What is your most productive time of day?
Huh. From the results so far, the afternoons genuinely suck; the larks are tired, and the night owls are just waking up. Siesta time!
Feds Take USAjobs.gov Back From Monster, Performance Tanks
Let me fucking ask you something. What's more slow, unresponsive, and costly for any large company:
1. A single, unified intranet with various services and uniform oversight.
2. A patchwork of outsourced-to-the-lowest-bidder Daily-WTF worthy enterprisy "commerical" websites for every separate service (HR, Payroll, Benefits, travel, documents, petty cash etc. etc.). Because that's my reality in the system. Uniform interface? Uniform security policy? Uniform uptime? Try three-times daily outage notices from one-system-or-other, weekly password resets (every one with different rules), piss-poor interface design, etc.
It's not about size-of-government or any other libertarian bullshit fantasy; even a government shrunk by 90% would still need these services. It's the constant drive to privatize these functions driven by the "ooh, the private market is magic and never does anything wrong" mantra that leads to this ugly, wasteful, and inefficient patchwork. Inefficient government? No, it's a government that only gets exactly what this idiot-driven free-market religion allows it to pay for.
I do my best coding after...
meth is for reading hex dumps in real time.
Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs
Alternative IF NBC wrote the script and the government found it to be accurate(*), then fine.
No, maybe not fine.
Fine is: Government wants to produce a message. Government writes the message. Government puts production services out for bid, NBC is best by fair assessment (not just on price but possibly quality services). Video is made.
NOT fine is: Message is essentially a corporate message from NBC following NBC interests, so they give/donate/underbid their services in such a way that their corporate message is being sent and endorsed using the government as a mouthpiece.
Daleks To Be Given 'A Rest' From Dr. Who
How many locks have you seen made of wood?
Ones that float.
Amazon Removes Yaoi Manga Titles From Kindle Store
So why didn't you donate them to your local public library instead?
You can also donate them to individual classrooms, I know many teachers who happily accept books for their in-class reading without these sorts of hoops.
Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science
Yeah. "Entitlement" programs like, you know, decent education. That weird thing that brought us Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, etc. that actually let us, you know, hard-earn our cash?
Or should the last one here just turn out the lights again?
Woz and the RCA Character-generator Patent
My own favorite case of proving non-obviousness to myself...
Old mathematics joke: A famous mathematician was lecturing in class: "It is obvious that X..." He paused, stared at the board in silence for a minute, then walked out of the room without a word. The students looked at each other and shrugged. Twenty minutes later he walked back into the class: "It is now obvious that X..."
Ask Slashdot: How To Encourage Better Research Software?
specs can change dramatically in most cases
Moreover, the very act of scientific progress is questioning and experimenting with the assumptions in the spec.
Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools
Some of the most inept people I know are serious chess players. How many of them do you know? They spend all their time studying chess, when they could have spent their time learning something useful.
Exactly. My father grew up in that neck of the woods. Basically, every male he knew wasted college/early 20s sitting in Cafes playing chess. It was his generation's WoW. He was a dammed good player, but one thing he told me, many times, was that he regretted the hours of his life wasted on chess. Of course, that was *after* he'd taught me the game...
Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?
In Dr. Who fandom it's commonly said: "You never forget your first Doctor."
You mean your first companion, if you're 13 and the companion is Leela.
Maximum Items You've Powered From a Single Outlet
Then there's not much difference between a LAN party and a business meeting in a conference room with one plug and ~20 laptops (three chained 8-plug power strips under the center table).
In my house, Santa mostly ...
Jews don't celebrate the biggest day in the Capitalist calendar? Aren't you guys supposed to be good with money?
True quote this year (at the supermarket):
"Are you open on Christmas Day?"
"Yeah, all the Jewish guys come in and make triple-time."
Between Christmas and New Year's, I'll take ...
6. I'm too ignorant and lazy to work it out, so I'll just bash the US unit system instead
Actually, this is clearly for those who prefer the French Revolutionary Calendar. Happy Frimaire!!
Order of importance if disaster strikes?
Strange, my loved ones are my data. Who let them out of the experimental tank? Come back, my children!
MPAA Dismisses COICA Free Speech Concerns
The Constitution grants Congress specific powers.
Devil's advocate: those do in fact include copyright.
Would You Take a One-Way Ticket To Mars?
Typical red-planet ranting. We blue-planeters are more reasonable. And what happened to biplanetsenism? Don't pay attention to the moon... strictly flyover country.
Apple the No. 1 Danger To Net Freedom
If "nought" isn't the same as "nothing", then what did this ship dread?
The Pirate Roberts?
College Application Inflation — Marketing Meets Admissions
As someone who went to Mudd 20-cough years ago, I've found it works well, when seeking employment, as the best school no-one's heard of. Sure everyone and their dog knows MIT and Caltech, but if your interviewer knows Mudd, it's a good sign of a with-it interviewer and a truly tech- (or engineereing- or science-) savvy, non-WTF company.
Their self-deprecation pretty much fits this image; underneath it they absolutely know they're elite.
Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..
Amazing historical events usually were pretty mundane if you were actually there.
I'd personally go back to watch one of Shakespeare's lost plays (e.g. Cardenio), write down the words, and make millions. Millions! And we're just outside the Renaissance Industry Artists Association's copyright period, too.
Best space opera earth empire
squidfood (149212) writes "Best space opera empire
United Federation of Planets
Buck Godot's humanspace
Cowboy Neil's Black Helicopters"
Big words make your work look dumber
squidfood (149212) writes ""A majority of undergraduates admit to deliberately increasing the complexity of their vocabulary so as to give the impression of intelligence." writes Daniel Oppenheimer in this
fascinating experiment. Experiment 3 consisted on grabbing dissertation abstracts and replacing words by their shortest synonym in the thesaurus. The simplified abstracts were perceived as written by more intelligent people and got higher rating. So now you know, no fancy editing required. Just run a thesaurus check and replace for shorter words. You'll sound smarter and get higher ratings..."
squidfood (149212) writes "The Guardian is announcing that Amazon.com will begin offering music downloads DRM-free in MP3 format, including the EMI catalog, according to their press release. I'm liking Bezos a little more than Jobs today... a welcome competition- bringing DRM-free entry with such substantial clout and infrastructure."
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