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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

tquasar A Bad Workplace (224 comments)

I saw things at work which were questionable or illegal like my mgr. dumping outdated chemicals into the process at a water treatment plant and falsifying reports to the state regulatory agency. I kept some records and pictures but never said anything about it because I feared that my job would be in jeopardy. One manager was corrupt and a co-worker filed a lawsuit which he won but then had to change jobs, sell his house and move to another city.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

tquasar A Big Local Government (182 comments)

The employer should pay all costs. Favored groups or departments received better treatment but I wasn't intimidated by a manager who tried to make me pay for and drive my vehicle to attend a great training conference 125 miles away. I got a company car and a gas credit card.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

tquasar Home Built (287 comments)

I bought my son a Compaq and he used it until he realized he needed something better. Bryan was a gamer and needed to keep up with his friends and enemies, so when he was about thirteen he bought all the stuff to build a powerful gaming rig. My only contribution was Visa. He assembled the thing in a day and then spent hours finding software to install and doing the set up work. So, then I thought that I need a new PC so we ordered all the same components and he built one for me. I still have a GIGANTIC Antec case on my desk.

about two weeks ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

tquasar I was prepared (155 comments)

I used Consumer Reports and other sites to find out what the dealer pays for the truck I bought. The dealer gets money back from the auto maker on every sale too. I was polite but firm in negotiating with the salesman, and the "Let me check with my manager" isn't just a line of BS. It is so the dealer doesn't take a loss from a sales person increasing their commission by making more sales.

about two weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

tquasar Re:Cash (111 comments)

So, cash is now a verb? Cool.

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

tquasar Cash (111 comments)

Just use cash instead of plastic. Go to your bank, get real money, QED. Cashiers are shocked when I use a fifty or hundred dollar bill to pay for a purchase.

about three weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

tquasar A Fish Cannon? (147 comments)

Dear Engineers Piss off. This is like fixing land rape with a parking lot.

about three weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

tquasar Look at Me, Look at Me! (336 comments)

WTF? Idiot celebs. End of comment.

about a month ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

tquasar The Law (463 comments)

No one is above the law. Except cops, I guess.

about a month ago
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NASA's Competition For Dollars

tquasar Space (78 comments)

Is there a lack of science classes in the education system? There was a science lab in my seventh grade school, a better one in high school. The teacher should have been working at a college but must have liked working with teen students. Mr. Munson was a genius and the students who could keep up with his work as he filled the room with algebra and geometry equations got a once in a lifetime opportunity to test their limits, no slackers.

about a month ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

tquasar Good Luck With That (133 comments)

After work you get home on a caffeine buzz and can't goto sleep. I'm a sleep can't sleep expert. I call BS.

about a month ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

tquasar Schedule from hell (146 comments)

I worked for a public utility at a water treatment plant. The plant operated day and night, every day. The shifts changed every month and there was a especially bad shift when I worked three PMs and two nights, the next shift was the same 3/2 with different days off. .The most difficult time in my life. I would tell my sons to be patient with me when I was being rude or not rational. Any shift workers out there?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

tquasar Parcheesi (382 comments)

It would take hours for me to learn this game again, it is difficult to play. My brother Pete had a collection of challenging board games and our dad threw them in the trash after Pete moved out to goto UC Berkeley. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

tquasar Prepared (191 comments)

I have canned and frozen foods that would feed me for weeks, dry pastas and sauces in jars. I own a camping trailer that has a stove, refrigerator, toilet and shower. Protect "Electronics and data..."? What do you mean? Unplug the PC 'till power is restored.

about a month ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

tquasar Just hope (135 comments)

I hope it's not a foreshock.

about a month ago
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Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

tquasar Tectonics (90 comments)

There was a 6.0 earthquake in the Napa Valley area near San Francisco today 2014-08-24 03:20:44 UTC-07:00. Could the changes mentioned in the LATimes story contribute to movement along the San Andreas Fault? http://earthquake.usgs.gov/ear...{%22feed%22%3A%227day_m25%22%2C%22search%22%3Anull%2C%22sort%22%3A%22newest%22%2C%22basemap%22%3A%22grayscale%22%2C%22autoUpdate%22%3Atrue%2C%22restrictListToMap%22%3Atrue%2C%22timeZone%22%3A%22local%22%2C%22mapposition%22%3A[[30.221101852485987%2C-131.30859375]%2C[43.229195113965005%2C-106.69921875]]%2C%22overlays%22%3A{%22plates%22%3Atrue}%2C%22viewModes%22%3A{%22map%22%3Atrue%2C%22list%22%3Afalse%2C%22settings%22%3Atrue%2C%22help%22%3Afalse}} Sorry for the huge URL.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

tquasar Binocs are my choice (187 comments)

I own a Parks 20X80 giant binocular and a decent tripod. Versatile and portable, easy to set up and use. From my suburban location I can see the planets as a disc not a speck, craters and lunar maria on our moon and Saturn's rings. It's easy to track objects by hand. When I drive to dark sky areas in the local mountains or go over the hill to the desert the Orion nebula and Andromeda galaxy are just brilliant. I use the Parks for terrestrial viewing and can watch hikers on a popular mountain trail six miles distant. .

about a month ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

tquasar Cord cutting (85 comments)

We're being hurt by the profit over anything else business model . Yeah, I have huge bills for TV and net, a land line and two cells. I used to have a antenna on my house to receive free TV and my RV has one so I can get local news and weather while on the road. Net access is not a luxury but a necessity. As a bonus, my electric company has the highest or nearly highest electricity rates in the US of A.

about a month and a half ago
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F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

tquasar Simple (164 comments)

There is no privacy. I knew a man who repaired pagers and police radios, etc. He worked in a small shop that was surrounded by copper screens and everything was grounded to eliminate any stray signals. Think of a clean room. So who can live like that?

about 2 months ago
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For Fast Internet in the US, Virginia Tops the Charts

tquasar Cox web and TV service (98 comments)

There were problems with TV and Net service. A tech arrives after 2-3 days and as soon as we talk to him it's obvious that the guy is not well trained or smart. He had a cutting and crimping tool and was going to replace the ends on the runs to my house. I said no. He makes a call and the second guy arrives with the same lack of ability. While talking to them I ask my son to call again to tell Cox WTF we're dealing with. My son is one of those tech wizard big brain guys and found some program to analyze our connection. The phone answer people have no idea what he is telling them. So, a third Cox tech arrives and he knows we were being treated poorly, sees how much packet loss there was, etc., gave us a new modem and said there will be no charge. Service has been good since then but my bill is close to USD $190 per month.

about 2 months ago

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A Peek At User OS and Browser Type

tquasar tquasar writes  |  about 4 months ago

tquasar (1405457) writes "I goto Heavens-Above to find out when satellites will visible from my home. You can also find info about the sun, moon, constellations and just a lot of astronomy stuff. Going on holiday? Set up a location to know when a satt or flare will be visible. There's a page that lists users OS and browser, Thirty-nine visitors use Win 98 , three use Netscape.

User stuff:
http://www.heavens-above.com/V..."

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