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Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 194

No, it wasn't premeditated. He premeditated changing his grade on the computer but failed. The fire thing was a spur of the moment act of frustration and fear for the consequences of a bad grade. He was acting exactly like a kid.

Let's say we treat him like an adult as you suggest and he gets 2 years. So, there he is, 17 years old and out, sentence served. Naturally, he should be served alcohol on request since he is an adult, right? Naturally, he'll be able to vote, being an adult and all.

Here's a question for you, what should happen if an adult acts like a kid? Do we try them as a minor?

Comment: Re:What about the farmers who grew their food? (Score 1) 137

by sjames (#49607153) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

There actually is a point to that. Very wealthy people like to perpetuate the myth that they did everything with their own two hands from nothing but dirt, but there is no truth to it. Behind each and every one stand a rather large number of people who did a lot more for a lot less reward.

Comment: Re:More like to his own parents (Score 1) 137

by sjames (#49607013) Attached to: Bill Gates Owes His Career To Steven Spielberg's Dad; You May, Too

Interestingly, even his history with Altair BASIC is a but checkered. Since he developed it using an emulator running on his school's mainframe, technically they owned the code, not him. I think that's a raw deal, but they would have been perfectly justified in billing him for the expensive computer time he burned up without authorization, at least. Even still, he had accepted a fair number of pre-orders and was over a year late delivering when someone pilfered a tape roll from him, fixed the remaining bugs in short order and began distributing fixed copies. That's what inspired Gates' somewhat infamous open letter about copying (never mind that the guy that pilfered it did so because he had paid and gotten nothing in return).

To me, that more or less set the tone for MS a few years later.

Comment: Re:idgi (Score 1) 552

by sjames (#49604387) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

The thing is, as cropped the picture isn't pornographic and it's no more objectifying than any posed picture. Unless your beliefs demand that a woman wear a burka, there is nothing to be offended by in the actual image. There is nothing there that is at all inappropriate for any age.

You are essentially arguing that a reminder of the idea of a pornographic image is offensive. Where does it stop? Is her yearbook picture offensive (after all, it's the same person and nearly as "revealing")? If she herself now "unclean" and intrinsically offensive? Should we lock her away?

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 225

There certainly was an AT&T error there. When he called about the 1st month, the rep couldn't figure out what was going on even though he should have easily seen it was all to one number and that the number was AOL. Further, he promised to send a tech out to investigate and failed to do so. That failure accounts for half of the bill.

Meanwhile, warning your customer if they're running up an unusually large and potentially unpayable bill is just part of good business.

And yeah, in this day and age, $0.36/minute for long distance is rapacious.

Comment: Re:AT&T customer uses $24,298.93 in services (Score 2) 225

Except that it is a long running pattern across corporate America. Company keeps demanding the money, threatens collections. Problem drags on for weeks. Local consumer reporter makes a call, indicates interest in airing the story and BAM! no more bill. You think that's a coincidence?

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 540

by cduffy (#49598791) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

Prepare for another culture-shock, my dear passport-less American. Tokyo has competing privately-owned subway lines. Japan's wonderful highspeed trains are privately-owned too.

Which shock would this be, exactly? Major American cities used to have competing privately-owned commuter rail lines as well -- mostly torn down in the first half of the 1900s in favor of the highway model. This is by no means a surprise to anyone who knows even local transportation history.

If a government is doing it, it can not be smart...

You lecture me about fallacies, and then pull out that?! I find it hard to believe that you're actually interested in making a good-faith attempt at a meeting of the minds.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 430

by sjames (#49598605) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Or it's managing to accelerate something on the opposite direction. It's clearly not air. Perhaps it's this "dark energy" or "dark matter" that doesn't get half the skepticism here even with sparse evidence. Or perhaps it actually is virtual particles. Would it really be all that shocking that there's something about the quantum foam that we don't know yet?

It could be that there is a more conventional explanation. Perhaps not. But stomping and saying impossible won't get us anywhere. Nor will throwing out unsupported theories as if they were established fact. That's not science at all.

Personally, I'd like for the next run to measure electrostatic and magnetic effects though honestly, I doubt that would explain it.

Comment: Same for Mechanical Eng Too (Score 1) 214

I deleted my Linked In after getting endless recruiters and head hunters that didn't even read my resume and just blindly sent out requests.

I have 10 years in industry in a very niche market and I'll get jobs in manufacturing or other random area that just require a Mechanical Engineering degree.

It got to the point where I'd have boilerplate nastygram about actually reading my resume and getting back to me.

Comment: Re:25% deflation? Amateurs, I tell you! (Score 1) 249

by DRJlaw (#49598261) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

Seriously are we back in the 90's? Some of the most valuable things on earth only exist in the digital realm, see microsoft office and windows, google, and everything produced by the television and movie industries.

We get it. You have an enormous hard-on for Bitcoin.

Too bad I cannot use Bitcoin to pay my taxes, my mortgage, my children's school fees, my grocery bill, any gas station, the parking meter, or anything else that requires interaction with the physical realm around me.

The value of Bitcoin is what I can buy with it, which is very little beyond mail-order luxuries that, let's face it, are better ordered via and protected by my credit card.

We do not care whether you have some anrcho-capitalist obsession with Bitcoin. Counterfeiting does not affect us. Inflation and a central bank is not a concern when compared with a "currency" whos value fluctuates far more against real world goods than the US dollar has in decades, if not longer. Using Bitcoin to trade with the Chinese has the fundamental problem that nobody in the private sphere wants a public and de-anonymizable record of all curreny flows in international and intrastate trade -- it's a surveillance state's dream, but a citizen's and a business' nightmare.

Go troll somewhere else.

Troll somewhere else.

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