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Comment: Re: Maybe not extinction... (Score 1) 201

by frank_adrian314159 (#46837483) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

It is patience that is lacking because government only reacts to the "We must do something, this is something, therefore we must do it" tyranny.

Well, not necessarily. Patience is difficult because no one can predict the durations of economic problems, as well as the fact that (as Keynes said) in the long run, we are all dead. We should wait this long? This also does not address the fact that it has never been proven that time actually "fixes" all or even most economic problems. Nor that efficiency (which is about all capitalism promises) is not the only goal of an economic system.

+ - FCC doesn't care about net neutrality anymore->

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frank_adrian314159 (469671) writes "The New York Times reports that, after a recent SCOTUS ruling ripped apart current net neutrality rules, the FCC has decided that net neutrality isn't worth arguing over — it's now perfectly fine for carriers (including your last mile providers) to charge different rates for different data. If Congress wants to change this, they can, but until then, the FCC has decided that this debate isn't worth debating any more."
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Comment: Re:blame Obama care. (Score 1) 310

by frank_adrian314159 (#46828043) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

I don't think Obamacare is so powerful that it changed working hours for the poor 3 years before it was written, and 7 years before it went into effect.

Ahh, but you do not see what is obvious to conservatives - that Obamacare is so awful that it's awfulness warps the space-time continuum allowing it to go back in time as far as centuries back to make the world a horrible place. Especially for those horrible people who might use Medicare expansion services (or, as conservatives call them, freeloaders) or might be able to stay on their parent's policy or might not be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions by fine, upstanding insurance companies (aka "job creators"). Yes, they've made the world a horribly awful place for conservatives. And you don't want to know what the Libertarians think.

No, really, you don't want to know.

Comment: Re:In 2014, racial affirmative action is stupid (Score 1) 383

The biggest factors now are family structure, and geography.

No, the biggest factors now are wealth and income. However America is even more unwilling to talk about that than race. So yet again we get a smokescreen discussion obscuring the real issues.

Comment: Who cares? (Score 3, Interesting) 383

The college admission "process" is so arbitrary and broken that doing pretty much anything to it would be an improvement.

That being said, I have a hard time believing in equality as a tenet of our country (even equality of opportunity) when the opportunities of a poor kid from the ghetto, a farm kid from small-town America, a middle-class kid from the burbs, and a rich kid from a mansion differ so greatly. Affirmative action was a way (no matter how imperfect) to attempt to address this issue. I wonder how long the myth of American "equality" can sustain itself when even ameliorative programs such as this are shut down with nothing offered in their place to address this issue.

Comment: Re:Read what you wrote (Score 3, Informative) 168

by Xaedalus (#46817929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?
I work in Tape, and I can tell you that I've run into sysadmins and CTOs who have overlooked #3 (particularly with their belief in cheap disk arrays) to their sorrow. Tape is boring old tech, but it's damn near bulletproof in saving the bacon every damn time something goes wrong and a restore needs to occur. Ethernet with NAS boxes my ass, you need a tape library in there somewhere to completely insure that your company doesn't go down permanently after the inevitable rogue wave of human stupidity hits your network.

Comment: Re:It's not a doll (Score 1) 337

by Xaedalus (#46816833) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers
I like working in an environment where women are empowered and contributing. I have a great CFO who's a woman, and she's an inspiration to everyone here. I get to work with intelligent, fun, and attractive women who feel safe in expressing themselves--it's fantastic. Women in the workplace is a good thing, and I'm willing to surrender male privilege if this is the result.

Comment: Re:By what definition of "rich"? (Score 3, Interesting) 310

by Xaedalus (#46816749) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor
Your points are well taken. By way of comparison, I make $70K, am single with no dependents, and I reside in the greater Seattle area. I can be counted as middle class for Seattle, but for everywhere else I'd be upper middle class (possibly upper class dependent on the area). When I look at my monthly costs & budget, then compare where I currently live versus a place with a lower cost of living, I realize that I've got to stay in the Seattle region. The cost of living is higher, but the pay is commensurately higher, which allows me to continue paying on my student loans. I feel that reinforces your point about the household with two earners in their 40's. Once I get my student loans paid off, then I can afford to move to a less expensive locale where my salary will decline, but the other costs should decline even more. I'll still be considered middle-to-upper-middle class due to spending & saving habits, plus education, even with the decline in salary.

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