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Comment: Spielberg pfft (Score 1) 97

by Areyoukiddingme (#49759015) Attached to: Cute Or Creepy? Google's Plan For a Sci-Fi Teddy Bear

Let's go even further back, to Anne McCaffrey's novel The Rowan, which featured a pooka—an animatronic stuffed bear used as a therapy device for the titular character. Published in 1990.

Technically not prior art, since it was a sci fi bear, far advanced of current robotics, with sensors in every hair, and squishable enough to be hugged by a child.

Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 231

by Areyoukiddingme (#49756583) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

And except for AM radio conservatives, nobody gives a shit about Benghazi.

Are you kidding? One of the victims of the Benghazi attack was a major diplomatic power in EVE Online. The game was permanently altered by his death.

He served on the Council of Stellar Management, a position you get by player votes, and there are only 9 members. You have to be very visible and quite well respected to get a seat. You get a free trip to Iceland out of the deal, plus the ability to propose significant changes to the game with the assurance that CCP will seriously consider the proposal. It was a major loss for his corporation in particular and EVE Online in general.

He was also a Something Awful moderator, for what that's worth...

Comment: Re:Not news, not for nerds, doesn't matter (Score 1) 231

by Areyoukiddingme (#49756467) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

The people who actually know this, and who claim they don't care, are desperately hoping that Clinton's complicity in spreading that lie won't remain on people's minds during this upcoming election.

What makes you think anybody wants to see Mrs. President Hillary? (Again?) The last time she tried, an unknown senator from Chicago got the nomination, and I'm willing to bet only pat of the reason was "unknown half-black senator." The other part was "not Hillary."

Comment: Re:Also (Score 4, Interesting) 230

by Areyoukiddingme (#49754481) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

But even so....nobody is scared of that, even though we know for a fact that it will happen, it will kill most of north America, and it will plunge the entire planet into a year-long winter.

Well, almost. A good sized fraction of North America gets buried in ash, which is dangerous to inhale, and makes a mess of machinery, but it isn't immediately deadly if you make any effort at all to avoid inhaling it. It will definitely result in another Year Without a Summer, possibly two. But the ash in the upper atmosphere, the lightest and finest stuff, tends not to cross the equator, so the southern hemisphere won't suffer the serious crop failures that the northern hemisphere will. Given how much of North America's food (and Europe's food, these days) comes from South America, the resulting famine will only be bad, rather than catastrophic.

The problem is how many volcanoes get set off by a large asteroid strike, including possibly Yellowstone itself. Given the probability of an ocean strike (high), you get all possible fun: massive steam cloud and tidal waves, followed by volcanic ash everywhere.

Comment: Re:Camer was owned by the school (Score 1) 375

The school owned the camera he used. Therefore all work from that camera belongs to the school.

No. It does not work like that. If you borrow my guitar and write a hit song, it's your song, the copyright is yours. If you borrow my camera and take a Pulitzer-winning photo, it's your photo, the copyright is yours. Copyright goes to the creator of a work, not to the owner of any tools incidental to the creation.

A state of affairs that will undoubtedly be "fixed" in the next Mickey Mouse law...

Comment: Re:there aren't that many high paying wage (Score 1) 1082

by Areyoukiddingme (#49746689) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Costco hires even the most basic, unskilled shelf-stackers for well above minimum wage (closer to $19).

Disingenuous statistic is disingenuous. Costco is legendary for paying more than minimum wage and irritating stockholders in consequence. The famous quote from Deutsche Bank was "it's better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder." Naming an extraordinarily unusual retailer does not bolster your point.

Comment: Re:My god you people need to think about economics (Score 1) 1082

by Areyoukiddingme (#49746497) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

The Waltons wealth did not come from their employees payroll. The Waltons wealth is in shares of the company.

It's that and it's money they didn't pay to their employees.

Walmart pays a dividend.
More than 50% of Walmart shares are held by Walton family members.
Walmart has 3.226 billion shares outstanding.
In 2014, Walmart paid a quarterly dividend of 48 cents, or $1.92 per share for the year.

So for 2014 alone, the Walton family collected approximately $3.09 billion in cash from Walmart. Completely ignoring the value of the shares themselves, and changing no ownership of those shares in any way...

Your argument seems to be: Owners of a valuable company should sell the company and give the money to the employees. Except who is going to buy the company if they too must then sell it and give the money to the employees?

The reason you made this argument is because you are an ignorant fuck that doesnt understand the difference between wealth and income.

...you ignorant fuck.

Comment: Re:I dreamed of warp travel since childhood (Score 1) 185

by Areyoukiddingme (#49722329) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

It's sickening to see the mindset of the Space Nutter. If this planet is a "dirt rock", then what's so important about going to see other "dirt rocks"?

Because every square centimeter of this rock is owned by someone? And no one owns any square centimeters of the other rocks in the solar system? It's about the frontier, and its opportunities.

They're sterile, barren, lifeless, radioactive hells!

Nobody said it had to be an easy frontier.

You or I might not be interested in making the attempt, because sterile, barren, bathed in radiation, etc. but other people do, and why do you care if other people run off and get themselves killed in an attempt to acquire unclaimed land?

Comment: Re:Obsessed with keeping government out of busines (Score 2) 289

by Areyoukiddingme (#49721921) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

<snip>
  Also, small businesses like Comcast could not compete with big government like the council of a town with a population of 1,000 people.

Have you got a license to use that much sarcasm in one post? That exceeded the unlicensed sarcasm allowance. You'll need to file a form and pay a fee. The queue forms on the left. The office is open on alternate Tuesdays if the previous Wednesday was a full moon.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 2) 529

by Areyoukiddingme (#49712741) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Yea, well you were not kept as slaves, killed for learning to read, beaten with inch and a quarter thick poles (often to death). Your families were not sold separately to different owners and broken up. You were not systematically excluded from education, jobs, housing, medical care for generations and eveb lynched for generations.

Never heard of coolie labor, have you. In much of the Americas, it was literal slavery, and in the US, it was slavery in all but name. Until 1879, where it was recognized as slavery even in name, in the constitution of the State of California.

Asiatic coolieism is a form of human slavery, and is forever prohibited in this State, and all contracts for coolie labour shall be void.

Chinese immigration to the US up to that time was nominally voluntary. And you can believe as much of that as you like. Once they got here, they were enslaved with contracts of indenture that were rigged to be impossible to pay off because they were forced to buy all necessities from the company store, which was rigged to make them go further into debt. It didn't last nearly as long as Black slavery, but it still involved hundreds of thousands of enslaved people. Many, many third and fourth generation Chinese-Americans can claim a slave ancestor.

They don't. And they don't dwell on it.

Comment: Re:Ahem... (Score 1) 612

by Areyoukiddingme (#49698719) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

Last week, I live-blogged a talk by theoretical physicist Amanda Peet, and while there were a great amount of comments and discussions focused on her lecture, there was also a great amount focused on Dr. Peet’s physical appearance

Random schmucks commenting on an internet blog do not constitute "sexism in science." The world is full of such people. They're about as far away from scientist as it is possible to get without actual brain damage.

Comment: Re:Woman in Tech Here (Score 1) 612

by Areyoukiddingme (#49698365) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

... the church I just quit put out a fact sheet that men were 95% of perpetrators of domestic abuse...

When domestic abuse statistics are kept solely for physical abuse, yep, 95%. If statistics for emotional abuse were kept (and men were willing to report it (never EVER happen across the general population)), it'd be 50/50.

Comment: Re:Who keeps posting this garbage? (Score 1) 612

by Areyoukiddingme (#49698179) Attached to: A Plan On How To Stop Sexism In Science

And in a great many cases, that unacceptable treatment came simply because of their gender.

You haven't proven there's a sexism problem, you simply dictated it like some kind of god. Where's the evidence?

They're taking the fact that all graduate students everywhere are treated like slave labor as evidence that there is sexism.

Sorry ladies, that's not why you're being treated like crap in grad school. You're being treated like crap because everyone is treated like crap in grad school. Yes, something should be done about that, but it isn't driven by sexism.

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