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Comment: Fear-Driven Development is How America Works (Score 1) 192

by Lilith's Heart-shape (#47925715) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
I am an American worker. Fear-driven development is the status quo. Fear-driven work is the status quo. I fear poverty. I fear destitution. I fear being unable to have any time to actually live because the struggle to maintain my continued existence takes all of my time and energy. Getting a new job doesn't help, because I'm still a wage slave. Forming a startup won't save me, because equity doesn't pay the rent.

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist 441

Posted by timothy
from the thought-crime-in-maryland dept.
An anonymous reader writes A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report — "taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future."

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 1) 548

I object to corporations as currently constituted in the United States for the same reason I look askance at the Federal government: concentrated power is dangerous to those who lack power. It doesn't matter if that power is political, religious, or economic.

Comment: Re:Pick a different job. (Score 1) 548

I only chose it because I was young, bitter, directionless, and had some natural talent with computers despite not growing up with a programmable computer at home. I decided I wanted to be a writer, and thought I needed a "respectable" day job and my own apartment instead of just working a couple of part-time jobs and sharing a place with an amiable stranger or three.

Help! I'm trapped in a PDP 11/70!