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Comment Re:This is how America ceases to be great (Score 1) 133

It has to do with free speech because the Supreme Court ruled that anyone should be able to give any amount of money to anyone they want, and their reasoning for allowing this is because they believe giving that money to anyone you want is defensible because it is free speech. So, while I understand your confusion, and I agree that the two have nothing to do with each other, the point the Supreme Court made is...

Giving money to politicians = Free Speech. Essentially saying we have no right to infringe on this freedom with rules or regulations because it would be contrary to the 1st Amendment.

So people like me, who think that money should play no part in how someone gets elected, just got kicked in the nuts and told to go home. Because a guy with $1,000,000 to blow, will be able to afford a lot more "free speech" (media exposure, staffers, etc.) than my $100.

Comment Re:More Corporate Greedmeisters (Score 1) 466

I feel like the sarcasm in my post wasn't thick enough. I was going for the tone of people I know that say things like, "If you tax the rich, nobody will work hard anymore cause they can't make any money." or "Regulation is BAD. Always BAD."

Which is utter BS but, when you're a capitalist you don't think that anything can ever happen without the incentive to get rich. As if people don't ever get curious and try to solve problems, simply because they want to try.

Submission + - Slashdot's new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant (

An anonymous reader writes: Technology Lab / Information Technology
Slashdot’s new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant
Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.

by Lee Hutchinson — Feb 12 2014, 6:55pm E

        Web Culture


In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish. The technology news aggregator site has been around since 1997, making it positively ancient as websites are reckoned. More importantly, Slashdot's long focus on open source technology news and topics has caused it to accrete a user base that tends to be extremely technical, extremely skilled, and extremely opinionated.

That user base is itself the main reason why Slashdot continues to thrive, even as its throwback interface makes it look to untrained eyes like a dated relic. Though the site is frequently a source of deep and rich commentary on topics, the barrier for new users to engage in the site's discussions is relatively high—certainly higher than, say, reddit (or even Ars). This doesn't cause much concern to the average Slashdot user, but tech job listing site (which bought Slashdot in September 2012, along with Sourceforge and a number of other digital properties) appears to have decided it's time to drag Slashdot's interface into the 21st century in order to make things comfortable for everyone—old and new users alike.

Submission + - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

unitron writes: Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?

Comment Oh how I dream... (Score 1) 412

Oh lord how I dream of the day when my life's most trying moments are how I mentally handle the way some guy plays Jeopardy.

Don't get me wrong, good post, nerdy stuff, love it. But... who are these people that have nothing better to complain about than Jeopardy strategy?

If only there was some way to get them to put their worries towards something productive.

Comment Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (Score 1) 1063

No, you can't always find another job. You're wrong. You must live in an area where jobs that pay enough to support a family are plentiful, and anyone with any skill set will be hired for these jobs. They don't have to relocate, and they don't have to sell their old house. They don't have to worry about protecting their family. This is the part where you go into a rant about, "blah blah blah your fault blah blah blah you should have went to college blah blah blah investments blah blah blah".

And tell me, how do you SAVE money if there's nothing left over since you're already living paycheck to paycheck? (

See, here's your problem. It's obvious from everything you've said, that you've never had to truly struggle. You have this view that everyone has the same life and opportunity as you did, and if they aren't as successful as you, they must have done something wrong... like it's their fault. News flash, not everyone gets the same treatment in life, nor the same opportunities. As a society, we do what we can to reduce that gap in opportunity, and help those less fortunate than us.

I am successful, my wife is successful, we have no problems with money. We are very lucky. I'm not stupid enough to say that the problems most Americans face with finding jobs and getting by financially, would just go away if they had worked harder.

No, sir. You can't always find another job. But I'm sure you will Mr. Romney.

Comment Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (Score 1) 1063

No, you can't always get another job. Are you in the US? Are you aware of the unemployment problems? Those aren't just high school drop outs that can't find jobs. There are many college graduates in that line too. And you can't just get a job at the local Gas-Quick-Mart if you're trying to keep your house and raise 2 children.

No, you can't always save your money. If your wife is diagnosed with cancer, or perhaps you're in a car accident with extreme medical bills, your savings would go to that. Then you're living paycheck to paycheck, making ends meet.

Comment Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (Score 5, Insightful) 1063

Yo AC,
Read his post again. I think you're the one who's missing something here.

Crazyjj is making a point that the problem is the stress caused by having to WORK way more than our fellow affluent countries. While I don't know if this is accurate, I do seem to recall articles stating the more relaxed work atmospheres and the large amount of vacation available in some European countries.

Most people in the US are lucky to get 2 weeks of paid vacation per year... INCLUDING THE HIGH INCOME PEOPLE. And if they do, they're too scared to take it because their employers make it seem like if you do, you're not a "dedicated employee".

Before everyone else starts in on the "Well he should just find another job..." Quit yellin that BS. If you have a job now, you're lucky. So you take what you can get and do the best you can. It doesn't mean you're not allowed to complain if it's difficult to change your current position.

I get 3 weeks of vacation, and 5 sick days. The 3 weeks of vacation, I had to work here for 10 years to get.

You are in the hall of the mountain king.