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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

xxxJonBoyxxx Did you find that hard drive yet? (405 comments)

Sorry, it's going to be a long time before anyone believes anything the IRS says again.

about a week ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

xxxJonBoyxxx Yep, ready for a job in coding (130 comments)

>> the site is a bit lacking in the usability department

Yep, that'll get 'em ready for a job in coding. You really don't need any of that new-fangled usability crap to win customers or support people anyway - if it was hard to write, it oughta be hard to use.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

xxxJonBoyxxx For the price of an iPhone, you could have both... (277 comments)

>> driving force is consumers who want/need to do computing tasks with their phone, but can't afford or don't want to pay for a secondary tablet

For the price of an iPhone, you could have two decent Android phones and a couple of cheap tablets.

about a week ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

xxxJonBoyxxx Man. Bear. Pig. (200 comments)

>> former Vice President Al Gore were also there

How's the hurricane-o-meter look at the moment?

about a week ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

xxxJonBoyxxx Stable as a three-legged... (142 comments)

>> Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO

I can see why the stock dove. Ellison appears unsure that either Safra or Mark has the stuff to run the company by appointing them both to do part of the former job of one man.

In a best case scenario (where this triumvirate works for a while) I wonder which one's Brutus and which one's Cassius, because I'm pretty sure I know who Caesar is here.

about two weeks ago
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IOCCC 2014 Now In Progress

xxxJonBoyxxx WTF is a pre-announcement? (14 comments)

Given that an "announcement" is often used to tell people about something that's coming up soon, WTF is a "pre-announcement"?

about two weeks ago
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Two Bit Circus is 'a Big Band of Nerds' (Video)

xxxJonBoyxxx Ever heard of Wii? Or gaming on smart phones? (8 comments)

>> How is that home entertainment hasn’t changed in what, like a decade? What was the last big innovation? Laser tag.

He lost me there. Have you ever heard of Nintendo's Wii? Or the billions of people who started gaming on smart phones? Or Netflix? Or...

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

xxxJonBoyxxx "Caught" (364 comments)

>> Kathleen Rice says motorists who are caught texting while driving

And convicted. So, this rule will only apply to the lower and middle classes who can't afford the lawyers to beat the ticket down to some other charge, then?

about three weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

xxxJonBoyxxx This was my last Facebook straw (182 comments)

Agree. I think this was the fad that finally allowed me to give up Facebook. Just looking forward to signing on one more time in mid-February and replying to all my friends' challenges with, "sorry, I've been offline for a while, but if you're still up for it I'd be happy to kick in a dollar."

about a month ago
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NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

xxxJonBoyxxx Meanwhile in the Ukraine... (34 comments)

Meanwhile in the Ukraine...or is it Russia now? (Anyone at NATO looking at that in between Swordfish showings?)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

xxxJonBoyxxx I tried the free/open source route (163 comments)

I tried the free/open source route on video editing and ended up falling back to a commercial tool (MAGIX Movie Edit Pro). I still use Camtasia at home. For me, the key things that saved me time ($$$) when looking at commercial tools were:
- ability to quickly integrate still shots and movies (without a separate save/load process like some editors - e.g., VSDC)
- ability to see the voice-over waveform (makes it very easy to close up dead spaces, do in-line retakes and edit out "ums" and stumbles)
- ability to control every audio track independently (without an explicit "split the original video" step)

I just took another look out there for a quick project at work and STILL ended up with a non-open-source (but free) editor in VSDC (and CamStudio 2.7 for screen recording), but I'd be embarrassed to put my name on the resulting videos if they weren't just for internal use.

about a month ago
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The American Workday, By Profession

xxxJonBoyxxx TFA bad at math? (146 comments)

Look at the graph in TFA. Only 35% are still working by 5pm. By contrast, 45% are working by 7:30am. So...why isn't the "standard workday" the 45%-to-45% mark of 7:30-4:30?

about a month ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (848 comments)

>> Obama will be breaking out his Red pen anytime now

I'd love to see the transcript of their next call.
Obama: "Putin, but why?"
Putin: "Because fuck you, that's why."

But I won't, so I'll have to comfort myself with some classic Clinton triangulation, probably coming out on Friday.
H.Clinton: "I knew Romney was right about Russia, but it wasn't my place to defy my President as Secretary of State."

about a month ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xxxJonBoyxxx Re:As a guy whose worked in marketing... (126 comments)

>> ad development is more like a crap shoot than a science

Crap shoots (e.g., deterministic systems) can be science too. Think of particle physics. Or today's story about the "one in decades" chance to film moving stones.

The "science" in marketing (focus groups, crowdsourcing, testing, brand affinity, etc.) can be used to take a pile of ".00001% successful" ideas to (let's say) "2-3% successful" ideas...which can still be valuable if each idea takes $10K to try but could bring in millions if successful.

about a month ago
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Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

xxxJonBoyxxx As a guy whose worked in marketing... (126 comments)

>> It could benefit marketers or anyone who wants to spread a message.

The multi-billion dollar marketing industry is WAY ahead of you. We are well aware of memes (as self-perpetuating brands or slogans) and have been successful launching quite a few of our own on behalf of our well-heeled customers for the past 80 or so years, e.g.,

"Bud" "Wise" "Er"
"So easy a caveman could do it."
"... Burma Shave"
"War on Women"

So...we're good over here. Why don't you just send that $1M back to the taxpayers?

about a month ago

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