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Comment: Be useful (Score 1) 655

...that is all

There are many jobs in IT that benefit from formal education as much as they benefit from experience and attitude. Not every company has the budget for external expertise and that "girl in accounts" who "learnt the system" has more coal face and systems knowledge that is _relevant to the business_ than any of the shelf grad or expert they can afford.

Not every business is aware of industry best practices but they just want their problem solved with the means they have. The trick is if you have great quals or great attitude / drive then in the business case "just be useful"

Comment: Re: US = questionable value proposition netwise (Score 1) 406

by Gob Gob (#44974605) Attached to: Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

You just don't get it do you?

By posting information you influence others. If everyone was like you then all it would take would be for one person to post an erroneous claim only to have you and your kind repeat it.

"Citation needed" is a polite way to point out that whatever information was posted it should probably be disregarded unless evidence is provided.

So either you made a mistake or tried to influence people's perspective with information that was not factual.

I you choose to be offended then that is your choice.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 461

by Gob Gob (#43487535) Attached to: Ricin Tainted Letter Sent to Senator and Possibly the President

I'm truly curious what background check will keep someone from stealing another person's legally obtained weapon?

In Australia (that place where we had a couple of serious killings and decided to do something about it) the law states that you must keep your firearms in a locked safe that only you (or another person with a gun licence) has access to.

If I have a gun licence and the police come around to do a spot check and ask my wife to open the safe, and she does, I loose my licence. She is not allowed to have access to open the safe with firearms.

On the one hand its seems you people bitch about endless manipulation and conspiracy and on the other you claim your right to bear arms somehow protects you. If one took information to be power wouldn't you use the appropriate amendment to mandate access to information as "bearing arms" and an instrument for good as opposed a constant state of death and social division over these weapons?

Perhaps government and corporate secrecy is your real domestic threat and openness, access and debate are truly the arms of the modern age that will protect you.

Comment: Re:Just wait for the news media to pick this up. (Score 1) 254

by Gob Gob (#43189453) Attached to: Growing Consensus: The Higgs Boson Exists

"....I really don't see how it's so hard to find a way to reconcile ones religious beliefs with their scientific ones......"

None of the mainstream religions have a narrative that matches science. Saying "we dont know about the big bang" != "Jesus is cool" may be the exception but the moment a belief becomes a way to inturpret realtiy the human race loses

Comment: Defense spending - why? (Score 1) 639

by Gob Gob (#42454941) Attached to: The U.S. Careens Over the Fiscal Cliff, Reaching Only Half of a Deal

"......Let's say the government stops spending so much on defense....."

Thank you for your economics lesson. You could have opted to suggest the US Government invests in green energy projects, R&D, space research, (healthcare?) - but no you picked defense.

The day that countries stop spending on defense and move those resources to better the plight of their citizens and the human race is the day we as a species take a large jump forward. Justifying that defense is necessary so that Mandy from Iowa can stock grocery shelves after school doesn't amount to progress, it amounts to perpetuating a gun culture or at least one that is dependant on a handful of boardrooms paying a congress of politicians to own masses of people.

Comment: Re:Online International Newspapers (Score 1) 163

by Gob Gob (#42231605) Attached to: Washington Post To Go Paywall, Along With Buffett-Owned Local Papers

** The kinda sorta flip side is that quality newspapers (or blogs or whatever) will win... once there is no "free lunch" on news, pretty much all news will have to be for-pay again. **

I'm 40. I have never read a newspaper and had an interest in most of it. I would struggle for 3-4 articles (?3%). But if I buy a newspaper I buy it all.

It might be quality reporting (on the fact that some inbreds are having twins | Victoria's secret is no longer secret | the christian right follows jesus, etc) but its mainly worthless drivel that does not contribute the prosperity or well being of the human race as a whole.

"...will actually vouch for the work of their reporters..."

Please don't get me wrong - I agree with the need for reliable sources, but:

* Have you been on Facebook? A billion Sheeple will repost without any investigation of facts. Surely that means that their belief is strong or interest diminished in the junk they post. Perception is reality.

* Should we trust news? Really? Ever? Without going to look up a few facts?

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