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Mon, 5 Jan 2009

Headhunter: Employers Hate World Of Warcraft Players

This is an old post, regurgitated because it yielded some spirited discussion.

Apparantly headhunters are being told to avoid World of Warcraft players:

http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/12/headhunter-employers-hate-world-of-warcraft-players

It's an interesting twist, because a little while back i also recall hearing an itconversations interview on in-game leadership skills..

My own views on this are mixed.. i find the amount of time spent on gaming to be staggering (at least with gamers ive spoken to)  but ive also heard some pretty hard core hax0rs talking about gaming.. hmm....

Fri, 12 Sep 2008

A truly sweet hack!

[Solve mazes with Photoshop (or gimp)]

i must confess that while i understand the logic of flood-fill doing a depth first search and therefor doing the lifting for u, my gimp skills are second only to my MS-Word skills and i have managed to burn about 40 minutes this morning still unable to replicate it (there goes my report writing!)

/mh

Tue, 8 Jul 2008

funky javascript

found this online last night. try in FF or IE7:

javascript:document.body.contentEditable='true'; document.designMode='on'; void 0

then edit the page in-place, screenshot, and make your scam millions...

at least, it beats editing HTML?

Fri, 19 Oct 2007

22:30 to 23:30: the quiet hour

while waiting around for the PSW guys last night, it seemed like a good time to test our mettle on the foosball table. we've witnessed rapid development of general foos skills in the office since the introduction of the table a few weeks ago, and the improvement in shot speed has been noticeable. of course, questions always remain as to the difference between actual and perceived velocity of shots, and the only way to answer the questions is by a clean, scientific, test.

here's the test apparatus:

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observe the high quality microphone inserted into the table's feeder. bonus points if you noticed a bottle of Q20, the fooser's friend (of course, given that the Q20 was highlighted reduces the significance of those bonus points. but they're still yours, to love and cherish.)

so, by combining a microphone, audacity, calc.exe, a ruler and primary school physics (barely keeping my head above water here), we get a test rig that can roughly determine shot velocity. the waveform below is a recording of a "snake" from the 5-man middle bar. the shot occurs at t0 and the ball hits the back of the goal at t1; we're ignoring a whole bunch of factors but the numbers matter more than their accuracy in this case as its all about boasting rights.

the easy calculation is 2.628/(t1 - t0)

where t0 and t1 are times in fractional seconds

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" ok, so all that aside, who are the speed freaks? bradleyj is providing page-filler with a respectable 19km/h, i'm sitting on 33km/h but haroon is currently leading with a 34km/h.

its interesting to see that the "snake" is almost twice as fast as regular shots, however we're still finding it a little unpredictable when playing the shot. no mention yet as to what the effect (if any) the table is having on productivity... wait remind me again, was i on a project this week?

Sun, 2 Sep 2007

Another attempt at you-tube science, aka how to save 36c when changing the batteries on your remote!

ok.. so a long time ago we tried the you-tube mentos stuff and happily wasted time (and coke) in the office parking lot.. (of course this was after half assed attempts to mimic the experiments imperfectly.. given the typical office makeup, this ensured that we tried it with various other softdrinks, various other sweets and at one point even tried microwaving the drink cause roelof thought "the cold was ruining it".)

So.. after briefly spotting something on youtube again it seemed only right that we waste more time and money in the interest of science..

How to save big on your battery bills!

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"OK.. so most remote controls / many gizmos make use of triple-A batteries.. They are the cutest of the penlighty ones. but i digress.. Now.. according to some arb site online, you can buy a pack of 16 for $9.99

This means it would cost 62c each. (they are rated as 1.5v) Now we look at the square 9v batteries (online priced at 2 for $5.99).

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" Turns out if you take a pair of needle-nosed pliers to one of the 9v'ers, you get this:

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Now.. a quick calc should show you that these 6 little guys are effectively 1.5v each. This effectively gives us a 12c saving per battery which would translate to 36c in my remote control.. i can almost feel my bank balance go up..

A note of warning tho.. deels points out that the plaster i needed due to sloppy plier-work should be deducted from the total savings..

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-sigh- the path of science never runs smoothly..