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Comment They beat themselves (Score 1) 19

the first responsability of the CEO is to protect the money of the shareholders and make it profitable

Exactly right. Add just a smidgen of shortsightedness and some pressure from the board, and you have the perfect storm of next-quarter-itis.

After a few quarters like that, the CEO takes off for the next company, as the company tries to put out the fires they left behind them -- fired experts, cheapened and crippled products, new hires that don't know much about the domain, insufficiently-tested but out-the-door-anyway products...

Yeah, responsibility to the shareholders. Which means: Short term thinking and cannibalistic profiteering. That's the US corporate mantra, right there.

Comment They should have Marvel do this (Score 1) 114

If Marvel does it, it will be done well. Otherwise, it's going to be crap.

I've played since Greyhawk was in 3rd edition (1977ish). It's a great game, but it has a lot of artificiality to it because of the Vance material.

They need good characters. It would be better to tell the story of Drizzt or some other character with a lot of storyline than to make a "dnd" movie.

Speaking as a DND fan who still runs for 12 players in the level 20 range.

Comment Kitchens (Score 1) 276

I think Robert Rhinehart is just trolling us. Who could possibly hate kitchens as much as he does? Check out his blog and tell me he's not either a troll or has some serious static in the attic. The section on kitchens is particularly illuminating.

http://robrhinehart.com/?p=133...

With no fridge, no dishes, no microwave, no oven, no range, no dishwasher, no utensils, no pests, no cleaning products nor dirty rags, my life is considerably simpler, lighter and cleaner than before. I think it was a bit presumptuous for the architect to assume I wanted a kitchen with my apartment and make me pay for it. My home is a place of peace. I don’t want to live with red hot heating elements and razor sharp knives. That sounds like a torture chamber. However, it’s not a total loss. I was able to use the cabinets to store part of my book collection.

Wait a kitchen is a "torture chamber"? Slow your roll there, big boy.

I mean, if he wants to make his life "simpler, lighter and cleaner" he could just tear out his bathroom and use catheter. It'd be about as much fun as living on Soylent 2.0.

Comment Re:Troll (Score 1) 567

I think it was more like 20 million...

That may be. The official numbers estimate 10 million military and 14 million civilians. Either way, without Russia soaking up everything Hitler could muster against them, there might well not have been enough time to plan for a Normandy invasion before England was gone. The costs were horrific, and Americans who forget that it wasn't just G.I. Joe that defeated the Nazis dishonor themselves.

Comment Re:Ataturk was a punk (Score 1) 102

I mean nobody would dare say Black people shouldn't be pissed about Colonialism. Ooops this comment is likely to get censored due to "racism" but then again nobody will care, "OMG CENSORSHIP ON SLASHDOT. Racism ohh okay no problem then."

Geez, man. What are you so upset about? You better take care you don't have a stroke worrying about all that.

Comment Ataturk was a punk (Score 1) 102

I was only in Istanbul once, and only long enough to have dinner, fall asleep and run to the airport. But my Serbian monther-in-law has some very strong opinions about Turks. She's usually such a sweet little old lady, but don't get her started on the Turks. I mean, the Ottoman Empire was gone before she was born, but damn, she's still mad about something.

Comment Re:Why only cyber weapons (Score 2) 209

Once they have located an attacker, having privately owned armed drones would be very handy. if the attacker is a nation state, even more aggressive measures could be used.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership gives them the right to use "even more aggressive measures". It's called "corporate sovereignty" and it will be our undoing. Basically, it says that a corporation can sue governments for damages for any law that might conceivably cost them money.

We already have a mercenary military. Imagine the armies the Fortune 500 will put into the field, and the mischief they could create.

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun

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