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Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 5, Insightful) 424

by Stargoat (#48618927) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

For years, the only thing this served was to try to get votes in Florida. And even then, I do not know how much good that did.

Either Obama has written off the Cuban vote in Miami or he has decided to concede FLA to the GOP. Either way, Obama has finally done something right.

Opening up relations with Cuba makes too much financial sense for pride or antiquated ideas of anticommunism to get in the way.

Comment: Re:Fear the Asian carp (Score 1) 118

by Stargoat (#48548053) Attached to: How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

The Asian carp is not going to destroy a 7 billion dollar a year industry any more than the zebra mussel did. The Asian carp will change the 7 billion dollar a year industry. The Chinese love Asian carp. I have had it, it's not bad. If it had a better name, I suspect it would sell better. Call it Asian Whitefish or Pekin Perch, some nonsense like that.

Comment: As an IT Manager (Score 5, Insightful) 545

by Stargoat (#48534571) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I'm an IT Manager. I weekly am required to make my dudes work 45-50 hours. Two or three times a year, they put in 65 - 70 hour weeks. They get nothing for the OT except MAYBE comp-time. I don't even get the comp-time.

I am in favor of this. If the IT dudes were treated the same as everyone else, they wouldn't be required to work themselves half to death and get a reputation for being sullen.

Comment: Re:Don't fight it (Score 1) 720

by Stargoat (#48490351) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

You need to pay closer attention to the above comment. If gaming is important to you, your fiance knew this before she became your wife. If she demands that you change now, you need to ask yourself what are you willing to give up.

For example, let's say you have a dog. You've fond of your dog. You marry, and then the wife demands you put the dog outside. Or give it away.

It's only a difference in degree. Your choices matter as well. If gaming is central to your happiness, then the rig belongs in the living room. If your new wife doesn't like it, then maybe she doesn't.

Comment: Re:Duh ... (Score 5, Insightful) 219

by Stargoat (#48467823) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

Ten years ago I would have said you were a crank. Five years ago I would have ignored the comment. But this country has gone seriously down hill over the past decade and a half.

Corporate fraud and malfeasance is a major issue. Even things corporations do legally should be of paramount concern to the people of the US. There needs to be a disassembly (not continued over-regulation, which are two completely separate things) of the finance structure in the US, starting with the repeal of GLBA and the reinstatement of Glass-Steigel.

Comment: Re:Story I heard as a kid (Score 4, Insightful) 100

by Stargoat (#48404579) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

My degree is in economics. What you are proposing is a zero-sum game. This is not how life works.

If you can get more grain out of a field, that will enable you to use that grain for other purposes. Cattle, chickens, etc. Your food choices increase. You can put some of the field into lumber at the same overall bushel production. Heck, you work less hard for the same number of calories. You can get a job in manufacturing perhaps. Basically, the increase in calorie production means an overall improved quality of life for both the individual farmer and the community as a whole.

Comment: Story I heard as a kid (Score 4, Interesting) 100

by Stargoat (#48403897) Attached to: Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

My people were farmers. There was a story I was told as a kid.

A farmer went on a long journey. When he came back, he had a new corn seed. He planted it and had yields 50 bushels per acre higher he had last year and it was much higher than all his neighbors. His neighbors wanted to buy seed from the farmer. He refused to sell it to him.

The next year, the farmer's yield was only 35 bushels per acre better than his neighbors. Every year it decreased, until his yield per acre was back at the original amount.

The moral of the story is twofold. First, crops germinate.

Second, a rising tide raises all boats if you let it. Just because your neighbors also have more grain doesn't mean you'll have less. With more grain, you can raise more head of cattle, have more chickens, reduce the amount of grain and begin raising vegetables. Even if the price of grain declines, the amount you can do with that grain should offset the decline.

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