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Comment: Re:Arrest (Score 3, Informative) 333 333

When I bought a new car, I had to leave my truck at the lot and come back for it. I tried to get a taxi on three different occasions (I've never been in one before), and all three times I got screwed over; two just didn't show, and the third wanted to charge almost $50 to go less than 8 miles. I installed the Uber app, and had a car in front of my house in less than ten minutes. Only cost $17 for the ride. I will walk or just stay home before I ever take a taxi in this city after that experience.

As far as them inconveniencing everyone, I'm with the above poster: if I was caught in that, I'd do everything I could to avoid them there as well while doing everything I can to support anything that takes them out of business. There are any number of ways they can protest. Disrupting traffic when people need to either get to jobs or possibly a hospital is just doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:The downside is taxpayers... (Score 1) 283 283

It's impossible for handouts to NOT be abused, even when you give food stamps that have limited purpose uses, people sell it for pennies on the dollar to buy drugs/alcohol/tobacco.

Here in Albuquerque, NM, I saw a news report of a tattoo artist doing tattoos for food stamps. He got around it by having the people use the stamps to buy food, then trade the food for the work. All the appropriate departments looked into it, and decided it was a loophole they could not close. So, as you state, to make any of these benefits able to not be abused is almost impossible.

Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

Good lord. Tuition costs have really increased since my college days in the early '90s. I remember paying ~$900 semester at NMSU for 9-18 hours when going for my bachelors in chemistry. And I did my first two years at a branch community college at ~$30 credit hour for 9-18 credits. Even now I'm having a hard time imagining paying 10k/year for college. Just wow. I did have scholarships and worked two jobs @ 50 hrs a week to pay my way and came out with no loan debt at all (regular job at a gym and work-study at the school). I really feel bad for kids now that want an education and don't have scholarships and/or grants.

A guy I worked with temporarily at my last job actually left his position and had taken a job doing IT support for the U.S. military in Iraq/Afghanistan. The position was going to be for 13 months, so he would make, I think, $110,000 for the year and if he was there over 12 months I think it was tax-free. He was doing this to pay off ~$80,000 in student loan debt. His viewpoint was that if he was killed over there it didn't matter since most of his mediocre paycheck went to loans anyway and he had to struggle day in and day out just to get by. I never heard from him again, but hopefully he made it back in one piece.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 692 692

We have to be firm in adopting a sterilization after you've 2 kids.

You're Nessus, aren't you. Sent by the Hindmost to coerce the UN to have humans purchase birthrights, or have gladiator-style contests where the loser dies and the winner gets a birthright? Stop stirring up unrest! (I just read this, so it is still kind of fresh in my mind)

Comment: Re:Keeps the brain sharp (Score 1) 170 170

I stand corrected - I misread his statement my first pass through the article.

However, I still didn't read more into it than necessary. I just took it as he enjoys either a) football, b) wrestling or c) kickboxing, and if he can't do any of them, he's cranky. He's competitive, and his chosen sports involve physical dominance (being an avid MMA fan and jiu jitsu student I really don't see the big deal here). As far as how he worded his statement, if you've ever worked around extremely intelligent people like him who do physics, math, etc. (I currently manage a network for these types of folks), you hear things worded in ways much differently than what you hear in a social setting with, we'll call them.. 'people with social skills'.

I just don't understand some people's reaction to his statements.

Comment: Re:Moral (Score 1) 124 124

Technology is supposed to make life easier, not harder.

Only it isn't just technology, it is security. Security doesn't make it easier to use, but it sure as hell beats having to fight with a bank to get stolen funds returned. The app failing? That is just a risk you have to take. Any app that is related to finance I like to think would work most of the time. I don't see the big deal with carrying a smart phone around, and keeping it charged really isn't hard either. Given the choice of security vs. convenience and the extra 30 seconds security might add to your purchase, I'll take security.

Comment: Re:Surprising to those unfamiliar with mathematici (Score 2) 170 170

I doubt they are less susceptible. They may even be more susceptible, as they are butting heads on every snap, not just when they tackle or are tackled. Christ, just take a look at their helmets after the first quarter. I was a pulling guard in high school, and trust me; you'd be amazed at some of the impacts you experience on the line. And that was 20 years ago. These guys today are 6'7, 300+ lbs, and some run a 4.6-4.7 40 yard dash. The amount of power they generate off the line is incredible.

Comment: Re:Keeps the brain sharp (Score 1) 170 170

He said if he goes too long without physically assaulting people he becomes "not a pleasant person to be around". Most people aren't like that, and those that are don't usually admit it.

I think you are reading too much into his statement. He enjoys physical sports. If he can't do what he enjoys, he's cranky. Who isn't cranky when they don't get to participate in their chosen hobby/pastime over a long stretch? Maybe there are people who have no interests outside of work and are happy to drudge away with no break; I'm certainly not one of them. I have to look away from time to time.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.