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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

sckeener virgin islands (310 comments)

I had a programing friend that was coding on his boat in the virgin islands via aircard. I was very jealous.

about 4 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

sckeener Re:So what happens when there are no more jobs? (870 comments)

There is another problem similar to the after effects of Bacon's Rebellion.

It is easier to hate the wealthy when machines replace our jobs than when a foreigner takes our jobs. We will have more civil unrest against the upper class with machines replacing people than with jobs going overseas. Be on the lookout for distractions from serious issues like food, clothing, shelter. Expect more discussions about gay marriage, 'in god we trust', affairs, pledge of allegiance, school vochers, etc....

about 6 months ago
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At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

sckeener The dance (177 comments)

The Dance is getting harder and harder. Got to keep up with skills, but one has to balance it with life. I find it harder and harder as I get older. Life keeps aiming at derailing work. They might be good or bad events...but they are still distractions from improving work. That said...I will take all the distractions my 20 month old can toss my way.

about 8 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

sckeener iphone (664 comments)

It doesn't seem to be needed. All one has to do is give every employee an iphone with a company app on it that does the above.

Tell them the app delivers their company email.

They won't be concerned because they 'do nothing wrong' at work and won't think about the fact that the company will know everything else about them as well. They'll assume it is just internet surfing, long phone calls, and texting that the company wants to track when in reality it is everything, a drag net of employee data.

That said, they'd drown in that much data. More likely they'd turn on such 'features' when they are already wanting to get rid of the employee.

about 8 months ago
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Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

sckeener Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (302 comments)

What is the median salary, divided by total cost of education, one year and five years after graduation? That is really the main thing a prospective student needs to know. Everything else is window dressing.

Correction, this might be what the student wants to know, but this is definitely what the government needs to know. After all, what bank loans out money with slim chances of getting the money back? There are more important things than money when seeking a college degree, but the government shouldn't be funding degrees or colleges where there is no chance of getting the funding back over time.

about a year ago
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Reversible Male Contraception With Gold Nanorods

sckeener Re:false premise (160 comments)

I've had 3 reversals and only one worked long enough for me to have a son. I've spent 45k. In my experience the reversals always work initially, but close up over time. My last reversal I hired the best I could get. I should have done that at the beginning, but the doctor I had preform it the 1st & 2nd times said that it is waste for me to try a 3rd time.

about a year ago
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Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

sckeener Re:Knows and Presumes are not the same thing (473 comments)

I figure over-reliance on this sort of analysis explains why Facebook will show me ads for dating services even though it knows I'm married. I like all this geeky stuff, so obviously the advertisers assume I'm single.

where's the 'like' button when you want it?!

about a year and a half ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

sckeener Re:American Wage Slaves are an Even Better Value (1313 comments)

Hell, I never took vacation... maybe 3 or 4 days in the last year. I got laid off anyway, never mind a promotion. I got no severance pay, but they gave me 70% of my remaining vacation time in cash.

The lesson is: use your vacation. You may not get a chance later.

I can easy one up that and drive the point home. My ex-father in law never called in sick or took vacation. He died at 48. The paycheck he got for the unused vacation time had no taxes taken out. His wife who died two years later had to pay a ton in taxes because of that. On his death bed, I showed him pictures of a recent vacation I had and he wished he had done more of that than work. Who wouldn't? And since you never know when your last day is take the time now if you can.

about a year and a half ago
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Cubify 3D Printers Aren't Just for Squares (Video)

sckeener ignorant question (134 comments)

Since I don't have the $ just to try it out, can someone explain to me where the designs come from that the printer prints? Are the patterns printer specific? Are there standard formats used, like autocad or something? Everyone understands how a 2d printer works. 99% (grabbed out of thin air) of the net is 2d, but I'd love to print 3d objects. I play D&D. Even though it would be expensive, I'd to be able to print 3d versions of monsters mini's. I know it would kill wotc's miniture market, but I'm tired of using at best pictures on cardboard stock taking up the same amount of space. It'd be sweet to print up the # of missing minis for what the encounter called for or print up the dungeon/village/or terran where the fight was taking place.

more than 2 years ago
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Open Source Electric Cars — Good Idea Or Not?

sckeener Re:Easy Solution (178 comments)

Someday a war will happen just like it did on BSG. The enemy will flip a switch and turn off all the vehicles.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

sckeener Robocode (525 comments)

I'd recommend doing something fun regardless of what language.

If you are fine with Java or .Net, try out http://robocode.sourceforge.net/

I know I'd love to write code as a kid to battle other players.

I learned most of my programing as a kid by picking apart other code. I learned on a trs80 loading up basic games and then in my teenage years, tweaking code for BBS sites when 1200 baud was awesome.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

sckeener e-voting bad (550 comments)

And this is why e-voting should be killed off. FB is something that is neutral. Employers and employees don't have any issues talking about why they want or don't want to reveal profiles. Overseeing someone's e-voting is taboo at the moment because for decades that hasn't been an option. Give it a generation and we'll have Tuesday Church Services where everyone who goes to your church is expected to attend for a voting party, where the computers are not hidden behind curtains and your neighbors can look over your shoulder. We'll have some straglers who claim they can't go to their Church event because their boss wants them to do the same. They'll tell their boss that their Church requires them to be there and since bosses don't want to run afowl of the 1st amendment, they'll let them go saying 'bring a print out to work.' When in reality they go home where their spouse watches over their shoulder instead and then as they doctor up a screen shot so their boss doesn't know they voted.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

sckeener Re:Yes (1040 comments)

"The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed." by -Honore de Balzac which is normally paraphrased as 'Behind every great fortune there is a crime'. Thus the only way an honest man can get into congress is if a corrupt man helps him get there. Which leads into this quote "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature." by Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

more than 2 years ago
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Angry Birds Boss Credits Piracy For Popularity Boost

sckeener Order of the Stick (321 comments)

People seem to be focused on the piracy aspect of the story and I focused on the 'fan' aspect. Something that is going on with Kickstarter as of this week is Order of the Stick, a free online web comic, that has blown away its goals multiple times in the first week of the kickstarter. That is the power of fans. The product is free on the web, but yet fans are tripping over themselves to get out of print material back in stores.

more than 2 years ago
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FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

sckeener Our war on germs will kill us (185 comments)

Our War on germs is going to get us killed. Soap and water are enough. Anything more and we risk making the places where we really need more (hospitals) breeding factories for superbugs. Oh wait, that is what is happening. Stop eliminating superbugs competition. If those keyboards are wiping out 2/3s the germs, I bet 1/2 of the germs or more were good germs. I remember reading an article years ago, no clue on the current state, where some research doctors were trying out putting yogurt on their hands after washing to make sure their hands were protected by a protective layer of good germs.

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

sckeener service jobs (990 comments)

I don't care how good machines get there are certain 'service' jobs for humans that will always be in demand. ;)

Seriously though, I was thinking of MMOs recently and the market for them. For the most part the target market is people who've had their lives made easier by machines. I can't see a machine coming up with all that World of Warcraft is.

The day that machines can come up with Facebook or World of Warcraft or the iPad or a best selling novel is when we have to worry. Machines that invent or create art are problem

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

sckeener Re:Lack of upward mobility (904 comments)

What I'd like is, if all appeals fail, an option to end ones life behind bars. Some people would take that option rather than being locked up for the rest of their life. I make the stipulation of 'all appeals fail' because as evidenced by all the exonerations from DNA many people are in prison innocently. There are many cases were someone is serving a life sentence and there was no physical evidence. No DNA to get them out of jail.

My father was one. He was given 30 years and died of cancer after 12 years. There was no physical evidence. Only the word of a 3 year old.

more than 2 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

sckeener Darnassus (627 comments)

Back in December, I moved to Darnassus. I think it's the right place for me. It is very environmentally friendly. To quote a friend of mine "I love Darnassus... trees everywhere." I highly recommend moving there, Diane. That said, there are some horrible little neighbors to the south east. They say things like

"One word: plastics."

"Yes, I'm a gold digger... and copper and silver."

"If at first you don't succeed: blow it up again."

"Skip to step three: profit."

Needless to say these little annoying nats cause all sorts of environmental issues. Still, come to Darnassus for a small subscription fee.

about 3 years ago
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World Population Expected To Hit 7 Billion In Late October

sckeener Re:In related news (522 comments)

I guess I'm contributing to the decline; however I want to have kids now. I had a vasectomy years ago when I was with a partner who didn't want kids. I've since then found someone that I want to have kids with, but 2 reversals later the odds are still not good. (pretty much nil because of low mobility) I'm the only child of an only child. If I ever can have kids, I probably will only have one. If something happens to me or if I have a kid, only to lose it, no one is going to care about our family tree. The family stories I tell will not live long after I die. Everything I care about and everything my ancestors cared about is going to be lost. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter, but at an individual level, a family level, it hurts emotionally. You don't think it will when you are young, but the older I get the more it does. You look around at everything you have (physically or mentally) and want it to go on in some fashion.

about 3 years ago
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What's Your College Major Worth?

sckeener Re:Finally some sanity (433 comments)

Wealthier than average people are driven to succeed. They're driven to finish college and they are driven to find a good job. There is certainly correlation between education and income, but I see no reason to believe the formal education itself has any bearing on ones chances at financial success. It seems that the attributes one has drives them to finish college, then make lots of money. However, if you removed the option of college, they would still be driven to make lots of money.

I agree. I do not have a degree. I dropped out to put my exwife through college. I had a drive to succeed. The bonus of having two parents that went into law and my dad being a work-aholic by only sleeping for 4 hours while maintaining 3 jobs for 25 years (lawyer in the morning, pc repairmain in the afternoon, sleep for 4 hours, and then work a night shift at NASA working on mainframes.) I'm making decent money. My ex-wife however did get a degree and then did nothing with it.

One has to have the desire, the craving, to succeed. A degree will not give you that.

more than 3 years ago

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Miracle Fruit has protein that tricks the tongue

sckeener sckeener writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sckeener writes "The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, tricks the tongue making sour sweet. It does it by using the protein called miraculin to bind the taste buds and act as a sweetness inducer.

From the article: CARRIE DASHOW dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a "chocolate shake.""

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Gary Gygax passed away on DM's Day

sckeener sckeener writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sckeener writes "Ernest Gary Gygax ( July 27, 1938 — March 4, 2008) was an American writer and game designer, best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) with Dave Arneson, and co-founding the company Tactical Studies Rules with Don Kaye in 1974. Gygax is generally acknowledged as the father of the role-playing game.[2] Gygax has been reported dead on the forum of Troll Lord Games, who publish his work. He had been in poor health, suffering multiple strokes and a near-heart attack."
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sckeener sckeener writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sckeener writes "Wizards of the Coast (D&D) has decided that the PDF market is viable and has switched from DRM to watermarking!

Per Monte Cook

This has been a long time coming, and is, pretty much hands down, the best thing that's happened to the pdf side of the market in a very, very long time. Particularly if one reads between the lines of the announcement and figures that WotC finally has some faith in the medium. Price, number of titles, etc... these are all just more steps that need to be taken, but I think it's pretty clear that this was the big step.
In addition to the 3.0 and 3.5 materials, WotC's ESD Materials (older versions of D&D, modules, etc) are still available."

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