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Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 1) 220 220

You just said a leader's success criteria is {staying a leader} and a chemist's success criteria is {creating better chemistry}.

I think you got a little carried away with your lecture. Obviously, the success criteria for a leader is advancing his power by improving the aggregate power of the group being led. Of course bad decisions that degrade the performance of the group are failures of the leader.

Just like a chemist who accomplishes nothing but retaining his job is not a successful chemist.

Comment: Re:Yeah sure (Score 1) 371 371

What is this post? I keep seeing it posted by different people over the last few months. Same words, maybe rearranged a little bit. An appeal to emotion to justify capital punishment without a trial. Stay classy, Calavar.

We need a new moderation option - "-1 Government Propaganda"

Comment: Re:22 (Score 2) 370 370

Another illogical phenomenon I've seen is managers flat out stating that none of their employees should earn more than they do (indeed such a scenario is ludicrous). As if middle managing is always a harder to fill role than some ace technical person with a much-sought after skill set.

And I say that as someone who recently joined management.

Comment: Not About Growth Anyway (Score 4, Informative) 97 97

This is just classic use of government to support established corporations. It's been happening for a long time, and it's been lied about for a long time. It's not surprising that their sales pitch to the public isn't exactly accurate...

+ - Anonymous Hacker Who Exposed the Steubenville Rapists Gets More Prison Time Than->

An anonymous reader writes: Deric Lostutter, the 26-year-old “hacktivist” who leaked the evidence that led to the conviction of two of the Steubenville, Ohio rapists is now facing more time behind bars than the rapists he exposed. The Steubenville Rape Case made national headlines when a video made by the rapists themselves, and their friends, proved that their victim was unconscious and unable to consent.
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+ - Department of Defense YouTube Channel Gets Flamed->

Apocryphos writes: An "interview" with NSA director Keith Alexander was published in October 2013. Since then it has been blasted as propaganda with some news sites like RT running stories about it being the "most hated" video with 17k+ dislikes. One commenter puts it this way: "Yo dog, I heard from RT that you have the most hated video of 2013. So I gave your video a thumbs down so that you know how much you're a scumbag fascist, while you scumbag fascist it up."

Perhaps popular outrage is more prevalent than we have been led to believe. Or perhaps Russia spammed hate on the video so they could run a story...

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+ - Twitter Censors Criticism of NBC's Olympic Coverage->

Apocryphos writes: Guy Adams, a writer for the UK’s Independent, had his Twitter account suspended while criticizing NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. The ban was quickly executed at the broadcaster's request....
Twitter suspended Adams’ account on Tuesday for “posting an individual's private information such as private email address," though Zenkel’s email address was a publicly available corporate address. A spokesperson for NBC claimed they were alerted to the posting by Twitter itself, who advised the company on how to file a complaint against Adams, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph.

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Comment: Re:What really worked for tobacco? (Score 1) 842 842

Except if I consume a lot of soda but am perfectly healthy and not overweight I'm going to get taxed.

Smoking increases your risk of cancer and other diseases which makes sense to tax. Simply drinking soda... does it really mean I'm going to wake up one day and be fat?

This is really about taxing something because it is being abused, not because it is inherently dangerous.

Comment: Re:Worthy successor? (Score 1) 246 246

I agree with a lot of what you said, but the fact is that synergies did make more skills useful that weren't before. Your idea to redo "useless" skills is a shitload more work, and I'd definitely take synergies over no change at all. BTW - Grim Ward is useful, for example, I use it to kill enemy groups faster because it lets my barbarian focus fire better.
The real issue is that a lot of the difficulty of the game was destroyed online by bots. It was too easy to get good equipment and fast experience, which I say because you think the high end sets are jokes.
The immortal king set is really good. You can pretty much not be stopped when wearing it, and it's possible to do /players8 hell solo with it, as long as you are careful.
I mainly played d2 on LAN with people I know, enforcing a no-cheating atmosphere via peer-pressure, and I wish they would just make more expansions for d2 instead of an entirely new game.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.