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Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

tsstahl Shades of Pern (54 comments)

Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth ...from threadfall?

about a month and a half ago

Making Sure Interviews Don't Turn Into Free Consulting

tsstahl Re:This does happen in the real world... (232 comments)

Mod parent up. This does happen.

I've been in several sysadmin consulting situations disguised as interviews with mid size businesses.

about a year and a half ago

Computer Opens Unmanned Store For Holiday

tsstahl Re:In Related News... (333 comments)

Self check out != self pay. :) Just thought I'd point that out.

more than 3 years ago

Do High Schools Know What 'Computer Science' Is?

tsstahl Re:Physical sciences (564 comments)

Yea, sure, but basic application use? Applications that are nominally designed to be intuitive?

There's training wheels, and then there's wheelchairs. The beef here is in the second camp.

more than 3 years ago

Nigerian Email Scam Victim Sues Bank, Loses Appeal

tsstahl Re:How is this a Nigerian scam... (312 comments)


I was taught that the phrase 'indian giver' referred to whitey breaking agreements with Indians, not the other way around.

Heck, look at the equity of the bargaining positions: Pick one, Genocide, or subsistence living on crap we wouldn't even graze goats on. Who knew that all that ground would be perfect to put casinos on?

As a person of mixed American heritage, I often have issues with determining when to self loathe and when to bask in martyrdom.

more than 3 years ago

IT's Last Hope — a Job In the Boonies?

tsstahl Re:I'd rather make peanuts telecommuting (470 comments)

NC has a state income tax of something like 6-8%. I'll look somewhere else, thanks.

On a totally unrelated note, the Asheville area is gorgeous.

more than 3 years ago

Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

tsstahl Re:Free Legal care! (475 comments)

I wonder why that has never been addressed before.

Because our ancestors found that all you really need for civilized society are the ten laws of God inscribed on a rock.

Things get more complicated with an overcrowded technological society, I guess.

more than 3 years ago

Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

tsstahl Re:Irony (475 comments)

I'm not denying that voters can be stupid, but I'm fairly sure none of the sitting board members during this fiasco campaigned on a platform of "let me watch your children in their bedrooms".

more than 3 years ago

Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump

tsstahl Re:Raise in the past 6 months? Try year. (608 comments)

You are assuming that pay raises everywhere follow the calendar year. Almost every place I have worked at has adjusted pay based on their fiscal year.

more than 3 years ago

UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act

tsstahl Re:So they can just keep stolen property then? (340 comments)

And no that's not a part of the US.

No way, dude! U. S. Americans is everywhere

--Ms. South Carolina contestant

more than 3 years ago

VMware Looks To Acquire Novell's SUSE Unit

tsstahl Re:Novell can't afford it (161 comments)

I think you missed the news about Novell looking to break itself up into pieces.

about 4 years ago

Criminals Steal House Thanks To Hacked Email

tsstahl Re:Does Aus have Title Insurance? (227 comments)

You should know that the title insurance required by the mortgage lender is to protect the _lender_, not you. An additional title policy for the buyer is very often overlooked. Unless, of course, local insurance regs say it does; in which case, never mind. :)

about 4 years ago

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

tsstahl Re:There's a lesson in here (539 comments)

People need to learn that typing random stuff on your facebook page amounts to public confession, and will lead the authorities to your door for a lot of crap you thought you'd get away with.

Don't soft pedal it; posting on Facebook IS a public confession. I can't think of a more public confession outside of renting the Goodyear blimp on Super Bowl Sunday.

about 4 years ago

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

tsstahl Re:Unasked Question (539 comments)

We were also strongly warned not to speak about the details of the trial with anyone other than the other jurors. Ever.

Trials in the U.S. are a matter of public record.

about 4 years ago

Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

tsstahl Re:Seriously... Criminal Intent? (398 comments)

But still, it really grinds my gears that this whole thing isn't explicitly illegal. The fact that it's legal for the school district to take thousands of screenshots of unsuspecting children IN THEIR BEDROOMS is really pretty upsetting.

Fixed that for you.

more than 4 years ago

Building the Zero-Fatality Car

tsstahl Re:Don't see the big deal (509 comments)

Maybe that death could have been prevented with a slightly-different curve in the body.

So your position is that sufficiently hot chicks can't die in car wrecks? Maybe the masked slow moving yet amazingly effective psycho that uses unlikely implements to kill is nature's way of balancing the population scales with regard to hot-chick-death?

more than 4 years ago

What To Do About CC License Violations?

tsstahl Re:Is BoingBoing's use "Commercial"? (437 comments)

I think the theory is that the image is part of the content they offer which attracts eyeballs to the pages that have the ads.

The model has been in use for some time now.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs

tsstahl Re:Thanks! (133 comments)

Virtual machine?

more than 3 years ago


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