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Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 3, Informative) 505

by Dragon Bait (#48922233) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

No, this is really an absurd profit, Standard Oil's net profit from 1882 to 1906 was $838,783,800 equal to roughly $22B today, so on an inflation adjusted basis Apple's quarterly profit was nearly equal to the majority of the lifetime profits of one of the classic robber baron trusts.

The U.S. population in 1906 was 85,450,000 compared to 2014's population of 322,583,006. Apple is definitively a world wide, global corporation. Did Standard Oil reach as far.

Sorry, but you don't have much of a comparison here.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 3, Insightful) 211

My argument is that if someone isn't safe enough to drive people around for money, then they're not really safe enough to drive at all. If we need more stringent driving tests and vehicle inspections before we permit anyone to drive for any purpose, then okay, let's have those.

I appreciate your argument, but I think you're wrong. I think there is more risk to reward trade-off analysis to be applied. There's a major difference between the risks of a person driving two blocks to the grocery store and someone driving a 25-mile school bus route. I want more scrutiny on the bus driver than the mom going for a carton of milk.

When it comes to Uber-Lyft, I admit that I'm on the fence. There certainly should be a regulatory even playing field: either apply existing taxi laws to the Uber-Lyft drivers or remove those restrictions and regulations from the taxis.

Claiming "free market" when one side is regulated and the other isn't is disingenuous.

Comment: Re:Let's be blunt (Score 1) 361

by Dragon Bait (#48847703) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

I'm trying to oppose your using a single data point to draw conclusions, by demonstrating that there are other data points that contradict all of your pseudo-scientific babbling about hard-wiring.

Did you even read the article on testosterone in the womb? Have you tried googling it? There is a lot of real science about people being born predisposed to male roles versus female roles. Even explaining why your one son has been feminized.

As far as women in IT, I haven't taken a stand on it. I have only taken a stand on the idiotic notion that culture is the only thing guiding people's choices and that people's natural wiring has nothing to do with it.

What I said he enjoys playing with toys that would be traditionally viewed as "girly" - which of course throws a wrinkle in your whole thesis, so it's easier to subtly call my kid a faggot

I never called your son a faggot. I said feminization. Obviously you're hypersensitive and resentful of how your son has turned out so far. Really. There's nothing wrong with your son being gay (even though I never said he was -- but you need to watch you attitude. You're going to do the exact thing you're so proud that you haven't. You're the one that is going to actively damage him because of your own hostility.).

Comment: Re:Let's be blunt (Score 1) 361

by Dragon Bait (#48845119) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Sorry to be the one to inform you, but everybody is wired different from birth.

I'm sorry Coward, I'm confused. Are you trying to extend my argument that people are wired from birth (and not by up bringing) or are you trying to oppose it. Or maybe you've decided on a false strawman claiming I said they are wired from birth only one way?

As far as your feminized son goes, there's plenty of evidence that it probably has to do with the level of testosterone in womb.

Comment: Re:bitches be bitches (Score 1) 361

by Dragon Bait (#48842529) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Except when that boy's testosterone starts to flow at puberty, he'll see what kind of a bitch his "dad" really is. MAN THE FUCK UP and get a real job, pansy ass. You just said men and women are wired differently at birth. Why are you attempting to subvert your natural place in the world, huh?

From the parent

my wife is also in the tech field

-- meaning we're both in the tech field (and based on laws of averages, each of us is making more than you do), so I guess you failed at reading comprehension. Let me guess, you're male (males tend to suck at reading comprehension more than girls do -- it's PC to say that only because it slams the male [and can be backed up with statistics]).

Comment: Re:Let's be blunt (Score 4, Insightful) 361

by Dragon Bait (#48839151) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Number one can't be addressed within kernel community in any way. No point to even try. It should be addressed within our whole culture, by revising our notion of gender roles.

Do you have kids? I have 3: one boy and two girls. As far as gender role models go, my wife is also in the tech field. I do all the cooking at my house. My father-in-law does all the cooking at his house. My wife has cooked a total of five meals in 20 years. I've never seen my mother-in-law cook. The kids were effectively raised with reverse gender roles.

When the older two were three and four years old, we plopped them in the dirt while building our garden. The boy grab a matchbox truck that had been left over from the previous owners and start pushing it through the dirt making engine noises. The girl started making mud pies.

Sorry to be the one to inform you, but boys and girls are wired different from birth. Testosterone probably plays a huge role in this. I realize that that was political incorrect to say, but a little real world information would be great before going through and doing grand experiments on all of society to fit your perceived notion of the way things ought to be.

Comment: Re:Linus and Martin Luther King are in agreement (Score 1) 361

by Dragon Bait (#48839093) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Martin Luther King:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their kernel

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Hey, hey, HEY! Careful there. You might just get sued for copyright infringement by King's estate.

Comment: Re:Lobby = Corruption (Score 1) 190

by Dragon Bait (#48790273) Attached to: Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

All of us should have the right to lobby our legislators and legislatures. Where it's a problem is when we have these professionals and big money behind them to effectively give them a larger voice than the rest of us. How can one compete

Each congresscritter has about 725,000 (3.16M / 435) people living in their district. If everyone decides to directly lobby their congresscritter -- and the only thing the congresscritter does 24 hours a day is listen to constituents -- then each person gets less than 44 seconds a year to talk to their congresscritter.

The system needs to group voices together otherwise it would never work.

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