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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

tverbeek Re:Is he a scientist? (163 comments)

Who called him a "scientist"? He's teaching a Business Administration class, not CS.

Who (other than the /. headline) implied he was being granted a professorship? TFA refers to him as "practitioner" who's being paired with an "academic scholar".

MBA programs routinely bring in people who may have no academic credentials but have real-world experience administering a business, because they provide valuable insight into the application of the principles that the academics lecture about. Even an ill-tempered in-over-his-head schmuck like Ballmer has knowledge that would benefit business students (e.g. all the mistakes he made).

So what's your problem with that?

7 hours ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

tverbeek passwords on the device/session level, not app (115 comments)

Of course I leave the apps on my phone "logged in"; that's how they're supposed to work. Obviously this only makes sense if there's a password to access my phone (or on my account if the device supports them), but if not, it's the lack of password on my phone that marks me as a security-oblivious idiot, not the fact that I'm using the apps as they were designed to work.

yesterday
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

tverbeek Re:East end subway (131 comments)

I don't get any enjoyment out of seeing "the ones who don't" spreading misinformation because of it.

3 days ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

tverbeek Re:Daily Currant (131 comments)

Yeah, there are too many click-bait hoax sites that justify themselves by calling it "satire".

3 days ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

tverbeek Re:The Jackson-Hobbit Syndrome in reverse (252 comments)

You need more screen time to recognize them as Space Romans. All the viewers would have time to pick up is that Londo has pointy teeth and talks like Bela Lugosi in that old movie.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

tverbeek The Jackson-Hobbit Syndrome in reverse (252 comments)

So JMS wants to take a story originally told in over 4700 minutes, and condense it down into a 120-minute feature film (or is he thinking a series of five of them)? What could possibly go wrong?

Seriously, one of the things that makes B5 a classic of the genre was the way it gradually unfolded an epic tale over the course of five years. Sure, there were a lot of B sub plots and C plot-of-the-week elements that didn't contribute directly to that overall storyline, but they provided the texture that made the A plot matter. For example, the viewers cared about the fate of the Centauri because they'd come to know (and seen the transformation of) Londo and Vir; without that, they're just a bunch of space vampires. To be honest, I'm not really a big fan of the soap-opera approach to storytelling that's become fashionable in hour-long TV dramas and monthly superhero comics... but B5 was a rare example of how it works. Without that format, without that scope, it would become just the Reader's Digest edit of The Lord of the Rings in Space.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

tverbeek missing option (267 comments)

Why the weasel words on the first option? I'm not colorblind. Full stop. It's been experientially and medically confirmed.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

tverbeek Re:not important? (190 comments)

So apparently some crybaby "libertarian" modded this down for exercising free speech?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

tverbeek not important? (190 comments)

Municipal elections are what most politicians use to launch their careers for state and federal offices. They're generally pretty cheap, so ambitious wannabes use them to build name recognition. Then when they run for those more powerful positions, the donors and voters say "oh yeah, that guy" and give them money/votes. It's how the moral-majority types took over the Republican Party in the 1980s, and it's how the libertea-baggers are trying to take it over from them today. So in that sense, local elections are very important. (To say nothing of the fact that the matters decided by local government have a greater impact on the day-to-day lives of people than those made at the state or federal level.)

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

tverbeek Re:I must be the outlier (234 comments)

Not just to avoid this. Maintaining customer service centers also cuts into their profits.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

tverbeek No means No. (234 comments)

There's a saying in organizations like Comcast that "salesmanship begins with the customer says no."
Interestingly, "when the other person says no" is also a common definition of when rape begins.

about three weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

tverbeek Re:"Vrije University"? (136 comments)

You'd at least capitalize it as "Vrije Universiteit", because it's a proper noun* and those are capitalized (in either English or Dutch).

*Not just a free university, but the Free University.

about a month and a half ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

tverbeek Re:"Vrije University"? (136 comments)

And Liberty University is already taken.

Liberty University is called that instead of "Free University" because it is neither free-as-in-beer nor free-as-in-speech. It teaches the religion of Capitalism and the legal principles of the Bible.

about a month and a half ago
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On 4th of July:

tverbeek Re:Hello Americans (340 comments)

You are apparently unfamiliar with "twilight". And probably Summer Solstice.

about a month and a half ago
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On 4th of July:

tverbeek missing option (340 comments)

I hear amateur fireworks.

Since the state of Michigan loosened restrictions on the sale of fireworks, every yahoo with a lighter has started setting them off, beginning sporadically the weekend before the holiday.

Any holiday.

about a month and a half ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

tverbeek confusing headline (74 comments)

From the headline, I thought this was a story about damage to a smartphone.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

tverbeek sexist double standard (265 comments)

I wonder if this has anything to do with the double-standard that Facebook applies to nudity in images. Posting a drawing or painting of a male butt can get your photo removed and your account suspended, while posting a photograph of female breasts gets nothing. Too many straight guys reviewing people's image uploads?

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

tverbeek Re:Diversity is not a virtue (265 comments)

"Diversity is not a virtue", said the straight white dude who fears he will lose his unearned position of privilege if diversity is valued in the workforce.

"There is nothing worthwhile in diversity in and of itself," said the straight white dude who fears he will lose his unearned position of privilege because diversity in the workforce makes his character traits less valued.

Of course you are right, straight white dude: diversity in the workforce doesn't do a whole lot to directly make things better for you. But there are other people in the world who matter too. As much as you do, even (if you can wrap your self-centered solipsistic little brain about that). It is a virtue, because it's worthwhile for them.

about 2 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

tverbeek Re:Families come first (370 comments)

"Older people have families, they come first."

No, I don't. So they do not.

But I'm almost 50, and I figure that I've successfully interviewed for my last tech job. That doesn't mean I'll never get hired for another job, but it does mean that I won't get another job through the hiring process that recruits younger techs. If I get one, it'll be through networking, through the still-good-old-boy system.

about 2 months ago
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Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

tverbeek Wayne Boring (128 comments)

I thought that BoringSSL was named in honor of classic Superman artist Wayne Boring.

about 2 months ago

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Russians find "new bacteria" in Lake Vostok

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," he said. "We are calling this life form unclassified and unidentified.""
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Canadian charges against US manga reader dropped

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "The US-based Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Canada-based Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund have announced that the Canadian government has withdrawn all criminal charges in R. v. Matheson, a case which involved a US citizen who was arrested and faced criminal charges in Canada relating to manga found on his computer when he entered the country. Customs agents declared the illustrations of fictional characters to be "child pornography". The defendant, a 27-year-old comic book reader, amateur artist, and computer programmer, has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Despite financial assistance from the CBLDF and CLLDF, he has an outstanding debt of $45K for his defense."
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HP reverses course on PCs

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Not to be outdone by Netflix's bumpercar strategic planning, HP's current CEO has announced that they will not be divesting themselves of their Personal System Group, which makes some of the world's bestselling laptops and desktops. No word on what this means (if anything) for the fate of WebOS and its mobile devices."
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Spock gives up the con

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Leonard Nimoy announced at the Creation Con in Chicago, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Star Trek, that this would be his last appearance at a Trek convention. He spoke for an hour, which at least suggests that he's making this move by choice and not out of necessity. He's 80 years old. "Live long and prosper," he told the crowd."
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Comics Code dead

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "After more than half a century of stifling the comic book industry, the Comics Code Authority is effectively dead. Created in response to Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, one of the early think-of-the-children censorship campaigns, and Congressional hearings, the Code laid out a checklist of requirements and restrictions for comics to be distributed to newsstand vendors, effectively ensuring that in North America, only simplistic stories for children would be told using the medium of sequential art. It gradually lost many of its teeth, and an increasing number of publishers gave up on newsstand distribution and ignored the Code, but at the turn of the century the US's largest comics publishers still participated. Marvel quit it in 2001, in favor of self-applied ratings styled after the MPAA's and ESRB's. Last year Bongo (publishers of the Simpsons comics) quietly dropped out. Now DC and Archie, the last publishers willingly subjecting their books to approval, have announced that they're discontinuing their use of the CCA, with DC following Marvel's example, and Archie (which recently introduced an openly gay supporting character, something flatly forbidden by the original Code) carrying on under their own standards. The Code's cousins: the MPAA and ESRB ratings, the RIAA parental advisory, and the mishmash of warnings on TV shows still live on, but at least North American comics publishers are no longer subject to external censorship."
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Bill O'Reilly: science cannot explain the tides

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "David Silverman of the American Atheists was a guest on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about the billboards the AAG has put up recently, including one declaring the Christian Nativity story a myth. O'Reilly, playing to his home-field advantage, figured he could show up his guest by citing a daily miracle that proved the legitimacy of religion, a mystery beyond the ability of science to grasp: "The tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman," he lectured. "It always comes in, and always goes out. You can't explain that.""
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Big Blue Sun?

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tverbeek writes "IBM is in talks with Sun Microsystems for a buyout. IBM would get Sun's hardware business and some substantial software (especially web and virtualization) expertise. Sun would get the financial support and the stability of being part of Big Blue. The merger would create a company with an increasingly attractive alternative to Wintel systems, with strong support for open-source technology."
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Majel Barrett Roddenberry Has Died

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tverbeek writes "Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and the only person to appear — in one form or another — in every Trek TV series plus the movies, has died of complications from leukemia. She was 76. In addition to her ongoing involvement in Trek and its fandom, she produced her late husband's series Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda, and made an appearance as a key character in an episode of "rival" series Babylon 5."
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Anti-Science political campaign launched

tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "MiCAUSE (Michigan Citizens Against Unrestricted Science & Experimention) — a political organization opposed to embryonic stem cell research on "moral" grounds — has launched a sneaky media campaign that pretends that the issue is the state's economy and taxes. Referring (without detail) to measures in states where stem cell research has not only been legalized, but also received investment funds, the TV ads claim that approval of Proposal 2 on the Michigan ballot this November wouuld not help the state's recessionary economy by stimulating the creation of jobs (on one of the few industries with growth potential in the Midwest), but would instead hurt the taxpaper by (somehow) forcing them to subsidize it."
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tverbeek tverbeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tverbeek (457094) writes "Good news and bad news on the RFID privacy front. The good news is that U.S. citizens may not need to carry an RFID-embedded passport just to cross the border with Canada. The bad news is that the driver's license you carry with you nearly everywhere would be embedded with an RFID chip instead. That's the scenario that's going to be tested in the state of Washington as a pilot program starting in January 2008, according to an article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer . Washington is anticipating loads of border-crossing traffic for the 2010 Olympics in adjacent Vancouver BC, shortly after the federal passport requirement goes into effect in June 2009. The "enhanced" licenses would require applicants to submit to an in-person interview and show proof of citizenship to get one."

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