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Comment: Extended Life Cycles (Score 1) 904

by Chili-71 (#37753284) Attached to: What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?
One thing that would have to be mandated by an already over intrusive government would be that you cannot have any offspring until you reach 75% of your expected life cycle. That way you can have kids and by the time they are properly educated and ready to join the work force, you croak leaving them a position to fill.

All the problems solved.

Next problem please.

Comment: Re:Anecdote.... (Score 1) 119

by Chili-71 (#37588628) Attached to: Oracle: Proud, Self-Reliant, Increasingly Isolated
I too am moving away from Oracle/Sun. Yes, we still have Oracle databases in house, but all the Sun hardware is moving to a fire sale. Sad because I really like(d) Sun, but now that Oracle has made it their bastard child, I have no intention of supporting it any more. Besides, we are primarily an IBM shop (p570s/p750s) and a smattering of Linux/Microsoft support systems. I have really come to appreciate the robustness and power of the pSeries hardware.

I met with Oracle a couple of times and always walked away shaking my head and thinking to myself, "These guys just aren't serious about supporting Sun." They talked a good talk, but it was like their heart wasn't in it.

Comment: Re:The U.S. is notoriously bad (Score 1) 338

by Chili-71 (#36996606) Attached to: Rare Earth Deposit Discovered In US
Here's the deal if you want to rule the world. Do not use up your own resources until all the worlds resources except yours have been depleted. Then when no one has anything left, except you of course, you can rule the world with an iron fist and demand whatever price you want for stuff you have that no one else does.

Why do you think the government is willing to let us pay $4.00/gal for gas? We're not squandering our own resources and when everyone else has depleted all the worlds gas and oil resources, the U.S. can charge $1,000/gal to other countries if they want. Remember the 'golden rule': Who ever has the gold, makes the rules.

Comment: Re:For a revolutionary workers party! (Score 1) 844

by Chili-71 (#36958170) Attached to: Debt Deal Reached
Free trade has been around since the beginnings of mankind. That is the basis of capitalism. You have something I need or want and I have something that you need or want. We discuss between ourselves what a fair trade would be, make a deal, shake on it and go our merry ways. That doesn't require ANY formal government and actually works best if there is NO government. If you try to cheat me and I let you, that's my fault. I don't need a nanny government to tell me not do deal with you if I'm not getting a good deal. If I continue to let you cheat me, then I probably deserve it. I eventually don't have anything to trade and we both lose. I should go crying to the government to bail me out? I was stupid and didn't learn from my mistakes. I shouldn't expect some magical government bureaucracy to give me a free lunch.

Comment: Re:Is this what it has come down to? (Score 1) 363

by Chili-71 (#36810556) Attached to: LulzSec Target the Sun After Phone Hacking Scandal
A very wise man once said, "Spare the rod and spoil the child." A lesson we have long forgotten. Heaven forbid we spank a child for doing something wrong [insert sarcasm]. Granted there's a fine line between discipline and abuse, but a good hide tanning when all else fails can accomplish miracles some times.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 99

by Chili-71 (#36216216) Attached to: Video Game Playing Increases Food Intake In Teens
Try eating anything while playing a FPS game - it ain't goin' happen. Not if you intend on staying alive during the game. And the time between rounds is so short you don't have time to scarf down anything. If they only sampled one game (FIFA09 as stated) then the study is flawed because the base was not large enough to determine any valid results.

Comment: What are you thinking? (Score 1) 1307

by Chili-71 (#35866574) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?
I work in the IT department for a level 1 trauma hospital and can say unequivocally you are completely off base with this one. There are rules we all must follow, but apparently you have trouble following the rules set forth by your IT department - which are there for specific reasons. Your "cowboy" approach could cause irreversible and catastrophic damage to all of IT and thereby potentially cause personal injury - or death - to patients. You should be ashamed of yourself.

If the IT person wants access to the system, it's to make sure that nothing is going to cause any harm to the network or infrastructure. Man up and give him access.

Comment: Let's do the numbers... (Score 1) 615

by Chili-71 (#35732594) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Take a Pay Cut To Telecommute?
My average commute is 15 miles each way. For a 5 day work week (not counting oncall trips due to failed hardware), that's 150 miles a week. I have a Jeep Wrangler that gets about 15 miles per gallon - but it's paid for (no car payments) - so that's roughly 10 gallons of gas per week. At $3.80 (in Minnesota) my average fuel bill is $38.00 per week. There are 4.33 weeks in a month, so I can expect to spend no less than $164.54 a month on gas just for work. The annual cost would be $1,974.48.

If I didn't use the car for anything else, I could factor in the maintenance costs, but since I do use it for other things, the only expense I can legitimately use is fuel.

I can save some money on laundry, but that is pretty much peanuts. And besides I know technical people that don't know you are suppose to wash your clothes (and body) occasionally. So, we cannot deduct that.

Sitting around my home office in my underwear (or nothing at all) is not a deductible expense - a nice perk for some people, but not an expense.

So, bottom line, the savings are a little less than $2,000.00 a year. I could, therefore, only justify a 2% pay cut. Forget it.

Comment: Misuse of then/than (Score 1) 145

by Chili-71 (#35732348) Attached to: Yahoo! Liable In Italy For Searchable Content

actually, illegal sites got a better ranking then the official one

It is my opinion that then/than are probably two of the most misused words in the English language. Then, an adverb meaning at a time. Back then I used to not care. Than, a conjunction used as after comparative adjectives and adverbs, to introduce the second member of an unequal comparison or as a preposition to show relation to or comparison with (usually followed by a pronoun).

The correct statement would there be: ...actually, illegal sites got a better ranking than the official one...

Oh, wait. This is a geek site, sorry, my bad.

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