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Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

wkurzius Re:Realities and Incentives (732 comments)

Oh god! Only 75k a year?? Did you have to apply for welfare?

more than 3 years ago
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Friends Don't Let Geek Friends Work In Finance

wkurzius Re:Realities and Incentives (732 comments)

Since you obviously value money more than anything else, let's rewrite those choices for those that are bit more progressive.

1) Start something great

2) Be part of something great

3) Fuck doing anything great and become a parasite

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

wkurzius Re:non-story (315 comments)

True, but it's a system that has led to a lot of bad PR ever since the App Store came around.

I'm sure they think parental controls are a good thing. Parents can leave the room for 5 minutes and not worry about their kid ending up on meatspin or whatever. However, it leads to all these other seemingly stupid warnings and restrictions, and if Apple decided to not use them, they would be the primary target of every angry and irresponsible parent out there.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: You Must Be 17+ To Use Opera

wkurzius Re:non-story (315 comments)

Wish I had mod points.

If the finger should be pointed anywhere, it's at the over litigious society that we live in. I'm sure on some level Apple is cringing that they actually have to do this to cover their asses.

more than 3 years ago
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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

wkurzius Re:How to train: yaay! (201 comments)

The amount of advertising that this movie put out during the Olympics was offensive. I figured it had to be horrible if they were pushing it that much. Perhaps I was wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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NAMCO Takes Down Student Pac-man Project

wkurzius Re:Learn better (218 comments)

The reason answers exist in the back of math textbooks is not for cheating. They are there so you can check your methods and determine if you are going about things the right way.

One of my first programming experiences was making a tic-tac-toe game on the TI-83 my high school gave me. I knew the game already, I knew how it was supposed to look and work, and therefore allowed to me to concentrate on the method only. I had the answer, I just needed to figure out how to get there.

Scratch is a learning tool, aimed at elementary students, perhaps going into high school bit. Maybe the students (assuming they're students) shouldn't have posted the project online, but I encourage them to rip off every game they need to until they're comfortable enough to make their own.

more than 3 years ago
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Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

wkurzius Buy Once, Play On Anything (572 comments)

I was very pleased to find that the copy of Torchlight I bought to play on Windows is available to me on OS X for no extra coin.

more than 4 years ago
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fake Amazon 1099 forms??

wkurzius Sell Through Amazon (2 comments)

Have you sold items through Amazon?

Have you contacted them about the forms directly to make sure it's not a scam?

more than 4 years ago
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Superbowl Tech Ads, 1976–Present

wkurzius Re:Why bother? (70 comments)

The only people who think geeks don't care about social events are geeks who don't care about social events.

more than 4 years ago
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Superbowl Tech Ads, 1976–Present

wkurzius Re:Why bother? (70 comments)

Seriously - why bother?

Geeks, at least the type of geek who cares who is making their cpu generally don't watch the superbowl.

Based on your small circle of friends? I could make the opposite based on the "geeks" that I know. Computer science majors, run their own web-design company, as well as build their own computers as a hobby. We've been playing in a fantasy football league together for 5+ years now.

You're also forgetting that the Super Bowl is more of a social event. I'm a Giants fan, so I barely paid attention to the playoffs, but I'm watching the game today because someone is having a party for it.

more than 4 years ago
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Move Over BoxeeBox, Here Comes PopBox

wkurzius Re:How can it be a run for it's money at $200? (117 comments)

If I remember correctly, the high-end Roku ($130) has a USB port, though its disabled by default and has no functionality.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Crowned "Person of the Decade"

wkurzius Re:Most ways are overrated or overstated. (346 comments)

So? What did he do in the LAST decade? Shouldn't that be what matters?

Jobs returned to Apple in 1997, and those first three years really set up everything Apple has done since his return. The iMac was in 98 and Final Cut was 99, but the rest of the big stuff came after 2000: iPod, OS X, Apple Store, iTunes Store, iPhone...

I don't have an iPod. More Americans don't than do.

Not everyone needs to be a part of something in order for and impact to made. Look at the iPhone, it has a 4% (I think) of the market as far as all cell phones go and it has heavily impacted who uses smart phones these days and also the infrastructure of cell phone networks.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Arrest Man For Refusing To Tweet

wkurzius Crap (550 comments)

According to police, the crowd was broken up after safety concerns were raised, but Bieber's record exec, James Roppo, Tweeted that the singer was still signing. This caused fans to go berzerk and rush forward, breaking down barriers.

http://www.limelife.com/blog-entry/Fans-of-Tween-King-Justin-Bieber-Cause-Mall-Riot/26650.html

Roppo continued to tweet about the autograph signing even after it was canceled and ended up being arrested for reckless endangerment among other crimes.

http://military.rightpundits.com/2009/11/24/james-roppo-man-arrested-for-not-tweeting-cancellation-of-justin-bieber-event-photos/

Crappy summary linking to crappy reporting.

more than 4 years ago
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Vulgar Comment On Newspaper Site Costs Man His Job

wkurzius Re:I see a lot of weak people here in the story... (643 comments)

OTOH, why the heck did the teacher resign at first being contacted? I wonder how much more there is to the story than we're seeing.

You're probably right. He either didn't bother putting up a fight (which he probably would have won if he was a teacher because of his union) or was on his way out already.

more than 4 years ago
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Public School Teachers Selling Lesson Plans Online

wkurzius Re:Higher taxes needed (590 comments)

As for teachers selling lesson plans, I am concerned that teachers should be using their "on the clock" prep periods to create lesson plans (that's what teachers I know do, or claim to do).

Following our district's format for lesson plans, it usually takes a couple of hours to plan lessons for the week. We get 50 minutes a day for a prep. In that time you need to contact parents, make copies, set up your classroom for the days activities, go to various meetings, and generally recuperate mentally since it's the only other time of the day besides your 30-minute lunch where you don't have 20-25 children hanging around. I could include grade papers in that list, but that's usually incredibly time consuming as well so most leave that for home.

I don't agree with the selling of lesson plans as I believe in having these resources available freely, but what this is a quick fix to a complicated problem: teachers not getting paid enough while not having enough time in the workday to achieve what is asked of them.

more than 4 years ago
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OS X Update Officially Kills Intel Atom Support

wkurzius Apple Netbook on the Way (610 comments)

Another sign of the rumored Apple Netbook?

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

wkurzius Re:Vodka (770 comments)

I'll point out the obvious and remind you that your original statement claimed that the two machines are "comparable".

more than 4 years ago
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A Tale of Two Windows 7s

wkurzius Re:Vodka (770 comments)

You mean the one that has a 500GB hard drive as opposed to 1TB, comes with 3GB of DDR2 instead of 4GB of DDR3, and doesn't include a monitor, Bluetooth, a wireless card, built in mic, built in webcam, or a fancy multi-touch wireless mouse?

http://www.staples.com/Compaq-Presario-CQ5210F-Desktop-PC/product_828021?cmArea=SC3:CG71:DP4119:CL161746 (couldn't find the $300 dollar one, assuming typo and meant $400)

http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html (the higher end 21.5" is the $1500 model)

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year

wkurzius Time for Teachers (1073 comments)

How about an increase in time for teachers to prepare meaningful lessons for students? I get 50 minutes a day to prepare lessons, contact parents, and fulfill obligations to various other clubs and responsibilities. There's no overtime pay in teaching, but yet it's one of the professions that require the off-the-clock work.

more than 4 years ago
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Chinese Schools Ax Green Dam Censorship Software

wkurzius Re:Kinda like my school last year. (53 comments)

I have similar issues in my classroom. I would rather they leave everything unblocked and let the teacher keep an eye on the students. If the teacher is paying attention and makes sure everyone is busy, then there shouldn't be any issue.

Instead, I have to worry about nytimes.com or Google getting blocked, or getting accused of looking at porn when a certain string of characters appears in an encrypted site address.

more than 4 years ago

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DRM Free Comedy

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "Comedian Louis C.K. released his new stand-up special in a unique way: online without DRM and for only $5. On the page where you can buy it, he writes "I don't really get the whole 'torrent' thing. I don't know enough about it to judge either way. But I'd just like you to consider this: I made this video extremely easy to use against well-informed advice. I was told that it would be easier to torrent the way I made it, but I chose to do it this way anyway, because I want it to be easy for people to watch and enjoy this video in any way they want without 'corporate' restrictions."

GigaOM has a nice write-up about what Louis C.K. is doing, along with the typical rational for distributing content without DRM."

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ABC Pulls Channels From Cablevision

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "Cablevision and ABC have failed to come to agreement after two years of negotiations, and as a result ABC has pulled all their channels from the Cablevision lineup. The dispute is over $40 million in retransmission fees that Cablevision says they won't give to ABC. On the other side, Cablevision has been accused of pocketing $8 billion last year and not being fair to their customers."
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Warner bullies Redbox into 28-day release delay

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "DVD rental kiosks from Redbox will no longer have Warner Bros. new releases when they hit the market. Thanks to a new agreement between the companies, Redbox will offer Warner's DVDs and Blu-ray movies 28 days after release, just like Netflix."
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Verizon to double ETFs on FiOS TV contracts

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "Despite the FCC breathing down their necks about Early Termination Fees for their wireless contracts, Verizon is doubling them on their FiOS contracts: $179 to $360. On top of that they are also raising the price of their services another $10 to $20 a month."
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Google Faces Deluge of Nexus One Complaints

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "It seems Google is going through some growing pains as far as customer service is concerned. Since their new phone, the Nexus One, can be bought unlocked, many people are turning to Google themselves for help, but not getting what they're used to from traditional mobile carriers. T-Mobile and HTC are also getting hammered, with many customers being bounced back and forth between the two companies service lines."
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Google Nexus One hands-on, video, and impressions

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "Engadget has gotten their hands a Nexus One and have put the first impressions up for the world to see, including whether or not they think it's the "be-all-end-all Android phone / iPhone eviscerator". They're opinion? "Not really"."
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Google Nexus Rumored to Cost $530 or $180 w/ Plan

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "The new Google phone, the Nexus One, is rumored to cost $530 dollars unlocked and will work on any GSM network. A subsidized version is also available for $180 and will get you a T-Mobile Even More Individual 500 Plan for 2-years with a $350 termination fee. Access to the phone is supposed to be invite only at first, with January 5th being the supposed release date."
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Once in a Blue Moon

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "On Thursday, a second full moon in a month will appear in the night sky, an occurrence known as a blue moon. There has not been a two full-moon month since 2007, when sky gazers enjoyed one on June 1 and again on June 30 of that year. The first full moon this month occurred on Dec. 2."
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Fox Threatens to Leave TWC Unless They Pay Up

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "News Corp. is demanding $1 per cable subscriber from Time Warner Cable and will pull their Fox channels as of January 1st if they don't comply. News Corp. believes that they need two revenue streams in this day and age in order to compete with cable networks, and Time Warner naturally doesn't want to pay. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) has stepped in to try and settle the argument."
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Google Releases Chrome for Mac Beta - Mac Rumors

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "As anticipated, Google has finally released an official beta version of its Chrome browser for Mac. The initial beta version, termed Build 4.0.249.30, requires Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard, and is only compatible with Intel-based Macs."
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AT&T Strikes Back With Own 3G Commercial

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "On the heels of AT&T's lawsuit against Verizon being shot down, AT&T is trying clean up its image as a 3G provider with their own commercial. It stars Luke Wilson as he goes through a checklist of items that AT&T has over Verizon as far as their network goes, with half of them applying only to the iPhone."
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Apple’s iTunes Pitch: TV for $30 a Month

wkurzius wkurzius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wkurzius (1014229) writes "Apple is looking to compete head on with the cable companies with a subscription-based service for television. "Would you pay $30 a month to watch TV via iTunes? That'(TM)s the pitch Apple has been making to TV networks in recent weeks. The company is trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software...""
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