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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

tick_and_bash Re:Filter (619 comments)

I agree here. I delete anything that's not for me appearing in my personal email. I have kept the more interesting ones. I figure since he's not my child, I don't have any responsibility sorting out his crap.

If it's my work email address, I direct requests to IT and let them sort it out if it becomes a problem. If it's a random one off, I'll email/call them back and they're usually quite quick to sort it out.

more than 3 years ago

Has iTunes Been Hacked?

tick_and_bash Re:Happened to Me, in much the same way (191 comments)

Chances are it's part of a money laundering operation. Buy cards with stolen credit card. Resell cards to buyers. Person with the card needs to purchase songs as soon as possible before someone queries the transactions.

more than 3 years ago

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

tick_and_bash Experienced a similar sitatuation (693 comments)

When I was in university, we had to submit a paper for one of our accounting classes. Naturally, many students didn't reference a few of their citations since they had met the minium required. (Myself included.) At the end of the following class, the professor informed us that he KNEW who had plagiarised portions of their papers. If we didn't turn ourselves in, we would be reported to the dean. Naturally, the entire class turned themselves in. He wasn't thrilled when the entire class lined up outside of his office to point out which minor excerpts we had taken as our own without proper referencing. Turned out only 2-3 people had plagiarised their entire papers. I wish he had done a better job wording his announcement. Would've saved everyone a lot of time.

While I'm sure several students did cheat, everyone who so much as glanced around or thinks they may be suspected of cheating will turn themselves in to avoid worse consequences.

more than 3 years ago

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

tick_and_bash Irresponsible on both parts (2058 comments)

The article states that he "forgot". (In quotes.) There's no clarification that he had paid prior years on time or if he had been "forgetting" for several years. If anyone had been injured as a result of them not showing up over a $75 annual fee, then there would be a lot more shit hitting the fan.

Since his insurance is paying part of the loss, I'm assuming their stance on this will be very important. If they hold the homeowner to a higher standard because of his failure to pay, then he's lost everything and won't receive much compensation. If the insurance takes the view that this was a preventable loss and that the fire department should've shown up regardless, then this could be interesting.

The fire department should've shown up in either case. Worst case, he honestly forgot to pay this year and they'll get $75 out of showing up. If he's "forgotten" to pay the past few years, then they'll have grounds for a lien on this property until he can reimburse them for their costs.

If the neighbour's sustained any damage, I wonder who they'll go after. The broke guy who just lost everything, or the fire department?

more than 3 years ago

100/1 Odds On 'First Contact' Within a Year

tick_and_bash First Contact (309 comments)

Even if there is/was/will be a first contact, chances are, it would not be public knowledge. I thought this quote from Men In Black would be appropriate:

Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.
Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.

more than 3 years ago

Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

tick_and_bash Re:LOLWUT? (602 comments)

Did you forget what modern journalism is about? (Formerly known as tabloids.)

about 4 years ago

Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones

tick_and_bash Re:include 'common-sense' returns false. (615 comments)

Wouldn't at the picture vaguely resemble the person? It's at least a better start than the fuzzy picture they may have gotten from a security camera.

more than 4 years ago

Jobcentre Apologizes For Anti-Jedi Discrimination

tick_and_bash Re:freeballer (615 comments)

How sad, that someone is so stuck on an old book they pretend it's a religion.
Its not discriminating against religion, because much like all others, its made up!

See what I did there? Just because you don't agree with the origin of a religion, doesn't make it any less valid than yours.

more than 4 years ago

Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

tick_and_bash Re:It's what comes before the @ that matters (1049 comments)

Seems like so many people share the same advice regarding firstname.lastname, and I'm beginning to wonder if you all have such unique names that you can be assured that you won't have any issues getting your desired address with virtually any provider.

more than 4 years ago

Man "Beats" World of Warcraft

tick_and_bash Re:I call BS (655 comments)

The achievements you've listed are considered to be Feats of Strength. As such, they aren't part of the current 986 achievements in the game.

more than 4 years ago

Dragon Age: Origins To Get Paid DLC Expansion — On Launch Day

tick_and_bash Re:Nobody's holding a gun to your head. (241 comments)

While most people won't mind paying a little extra to support their favourite studios, there is potential for the studios to really tear the ass out of it with DLC. I imagine someone will have the nerve to release crap DLC and eventually release some amazing DLC which requires all of the crap to already be installed.

more than 4 years ago

Student Designs Cardboard Computer Case

tick_and_bash Re:The case is least important (329 comments)

The people most likely to throw away a case are those who don't build their own computers. Not everyone has the know how or desire to do so. It's much easier to just order already made.

about 5 years ago

Back-to-school time means ...

tick_and_bash Back to school sales! (447 comments)

With more and more retailers trying to pitch their products as a necessity for a good education, I take this time of the year to go shopping for "school" supplies. I bought my fiancée's laptop during this back to school rush. Sports equipment is usually a steal around this time of the year too. Maybe I'm just cheap...

about 5 years ago

Take-Two Faces $20 Million Settlement For "Hot Coffee" Scandal

tick_and_bash Re:That's what you get (124 comments)

I doubt their premiums will go up very much next year. Any business of that size will have their own captive. With no significant losses in the prior years (at least that I know of publicly), there's no reason to jack their rates beyond inflation.

about 5 years ago

Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recall

tick_and_bash Too many variables not accounted for. (144 comments)

The article doesn't clearly state what the differences between the two games are. Is the non-violent version more challenging in which I need to pay more attention to the road in order to meet the objective? Is the violent version easier where they've placed the pedestrians right in the middle of the road and I don't really need to try to hit them? I'm sure if they actually made it so that both versions had the pedestrian/checkpoint in the exact same position, then we'd see a difference. Even if they're in the same position, which did the players play first? I'm sure we can all remember back to how the first time we played any Need For Speed title, how we didn't really notice the background and were more intent on the other cars and the road. Once we played it enough, we'd start to notice the background and potential shortcuts. What if I missed an ad in a particular area because I happened to do a poor job navigating a corner and wind up facing away from the ad? Too may variables exist between each person. There doesn't appear to be a good control to balance it out. (Sorry for the formatting.)

about 5 years ago

Are Game Consoles Ruining DLC?

tick_and_bash Re:Different Audiences? (399 comments)

I agree consoles are a great way to get a bunch of people in the same room involved, but unfortunately almost everything released lately has no offline multiplayer. At best it has some sort of 2 player mode if we're lucky. The rest of us have to sit around and wait for their turn. My friends and I still play Red Faction 2 and Bomberman just because of that. All this pay to play DLC just annoys me to no end and keeps me from considering purchasing my own console. They're effectively just fleecing the consumers. Unfortunately, I don't see this revenue stream drying up since many console players are so diehard that they won't even consider a PC beyond a game of Solitaire. (At least my friends won't.) Is there no other option for people with consoles? Isn't there somewhere else they could just download the desired content for free and still play it? I know the PS3 has a browser, so I'm sure there's got to be somewhere they could go to get the same content.

more than 5 years ago

The Mice That Didn't Make It

tick_and_bash Re:I wish this one made it... (202 comments)

While ditching the current console systems' trends in using joysticks, using a trackball would be an utter nightmare. Think of how much dirt and crap will get in there if your friends are half as messy as mine. Cleaning out your controller just to play would be a nuisance. Opening up the controller just to clean it would inevitably lead to warranty issues. I'll deal with the current setup. It's not too bad.

more than 5 years ago

China Bans Gold Farming

tick_and_bash Not the end of Chinese Gold Farming (293 comments)

While they have expressly forbidden the exchange of virtual currency/services for real cash, it does not forbid the exchange of their time (services) for a player's cash. This does not prevent them from offering powerlevelling, honor farming, or item grinding. (Change the term for whatever your MMO of choice terms these services.) These services are normally quoted as a function of time. Anyone who uses a bit of creative wording/pricing can still continue to sell virtual currency. So long as they refer to it as a service, then in theory they should be able to skirt this new ban. Quite a few sites list a time frame in which they can get gold to you. Up to 2 days for larger orders. Let's say someone wants to buy 10,000g. With a 2 day turn around time, that's about ~210g per hour. (Most players with a bit of a clue can easily bang out that much if not more per hour.) Thus, they have sold the player their playing time for a specific goal. I honestly don't think this solves anything. It'll either create an underground market, or sites will start to use more creative wording.

more than 5 years ago

Protecting the Apollo Landing Sites From Later Landings

tick_and_bash Re:That's retarded (339 comments)

For some reason, I keep seeing Fry step on that footstep and leaving the Nike symbol behind. (Futurama ref.)

more than 5 years ago


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