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Comment: Waste (Score 1) 182

by Aryden (#47965727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?
In general, just about every conference I've been to has been a waste of money. The only real benefits I have gleaned from them have been free software for development use and/or making contacts. In general, the information that I would receive from the confs. is more readily accessible online or through books. An example would be a yearly conference that I used to attend for a particular software that I develop. On average, the conference + hotel + travel would run me about $6000. It was a massive waste as, all we really spent time doing was drinking and chumming around. In 3 years, I might have had 1 or 2 actual lectures or Q&A sessions that had any real benefit.

Comment: Re:Hell no (Score 3, Insightful) 363

by Aryden (#47844805) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?
Had we not learned from history, would we have the nation that we have today? Had we not learned from history, would we not have the sciences, art, and great works of this day? All of our greatest accomplishments in time have been based on an event, person or persons in history. History, whether you like it or not, makes us the people we are today. Should we forget about the wars our nations fought? Should we forget about the civil advancements of our past generations?

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 341

by Aryden (#47763939) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
You're only partially correct. Corporations can donate directly to a campaign, but they are limited in how much they can donate. They can donate any amount they wish to a PAC or multiple PACS. Now, PACS aren't supposed to donate to campaigns, but they can. Additionally, congresscritters receive compensation from corporations in the form of "after public service" appointments, appoitments for family members, vacations, stock options and many, many, many other ways.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau