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Comment: I've always wondered (Score 1) 42 42

Comcast has those creepy surveillance sysems where Mom at work can breathe a sigh of relief when she spys on her children when they get home from school. What is Comcast and mom's liability when say, one of her underage daughters decides to prance around the house naked?

I had a friend back in Junior high who used to do just that - it's not uncommon. So is Mom and Comcast now disseminating kiddie pr0n?

Fun History fact. Winston Churchill used to run around the house naked.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 1) 300 300

I'm not an AC, but thanks for playing. My point is that a lot of Southerners don't feel that they're entitled to own other humans; in the past, certainly, but Northerners did a lot of that too.

Then you need to be shouting that from the rooftops. Because down south you are electing people like Rick Perry, and active hypocrite traitors like Canadian Ted Cruz. People who would stop the Government (an act of treason in my book, then go on the program they stopped government for.

That's who people are voting for, and electing to the highest state offices and they are shaping the South's image. And that is the image the South presents to the world. You have a Governor in Florida that won't allow mentioning of Global Warming, you have elected people in Oklahoma who would put biblical or Crystal or Astrology non-science as legitimate science class courses. You wave that second place finish flag like it was your primary one.

One fascinating thing, is that in Texas, apparently they cannot force a women to not eat her placenta. Personal freedom you know. The freedom to self cannibalize.

And they passed a law! Global warming is fake, but eating your placenta is great science.

Copraphagics are next in line for the personal freedom train? I'll pass.

Am I foolish enough to think that 100 percent of the people down south think that way? Hell no. But enough do that you present that image to the world. Don't want that image? Change it. Don't blame anyone else for your image - it's well earned.

Comment: Re:Computer Science and Computer Programming (Score 3, Insightful) 141 141

What this author is trying to say is computer programming can be a trade of a learned skill set, much like a brick layer is a learned skill set; albeit a crude example. If companies are bemoaning about the lack of computer programmers and the skill sets in the market, then they need to realize that mandating a college degree is not needed.

When I read the comments, in here, and the general attitude in the outside world, it always comes down to some form of this:

"We know exactly what a student will need for their career, nothing more need be taught."

Or some other such truism, focused on the job as it presently exists. One thing for certain, is that if you train a student in the fully practical, the student will know how ot do exactly one thing, and will become redundant rather quickly.

A programmer knowing what a netmask is? Hell yes.

I have found through personal experience and general logic, that a person who knows more about what they are doing knows more about what they are doing. A programmer that can answer questions that do not relate 100 percent to his narrow job description is more valuable than one who cannot. KNowing bout more things can lead to nifty stuff like promotions, raises and the like.

My extraneous and supposedly non-relevant knowledge has over the years served me quite well, as relevant solutions are often found outside the normal solution set. In addition, I can never tell where a solution might pop up from.

disclaimer: I read Wikipedia for fun.

But if you want to teach someone off the street the programming language du jour, and set him or her in a cubicle raking in that minimum wage, then yeah, you can teach that in short order. That isn't worth much more than minimum wage, as you are producing an almost valueless throwaway employee.

Comment: Re:Like whizzing in the ocean (Score 1) 87 87

Is that a risk? Digging back to grade 4 science here, but isn't that supposed to happen in a few billion years or so?

That's the point. It is a little difficult trying to envision us doing anything about Sol going red giant.

And imagine a Shoemaker-Levy type incident with a whole batch of space objects flying into the earth in short order. The only thing I can think of is nuts as diverters, but would there be enough? and would we want to build more as a just in case scenario?

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 1) 300 300

Here is what Southern culture was in 1860 -- in South Carolina there were more slaves than free people. So that's it, for the MAJORITY of S. Carolina's residents their culture consisted of being enslaved. SOME of the people who weren't slaves had a pretty good life, being rich and owning other people.

Crikeys. Put like that, there is a context and rationale behind the 1% outlook. All of the seeming irrationality of the idea that most of us need to be as poor as possible, and the significant concentration of wealth in a relatively few people, and someone having the Oliver Twist like nerve to ask for "more soup please" is immediately met with howls of "class warfare!"

Kinda falls into place. It all falls into place

Comment: Re:Or Stop Using Google (Score 1) 70 70

I have started to use for searches when I'm looking for actual articles or information. I have found that I get better results. On a Google search for some information on SaaS billing integration for example, all I got from Google were spiels from companies selling shit. No articles.

Same here. I found little of value, and when using Google, almost never want to go to the first results. So DDG is how I roll.

And they can fornicate themselves if they think they can dictate how I design my site.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 1) 300 300

I still want the land the Saxons stole from my British ancestors. And let's not even mention the Romans and Vikings.

Basically that's all it in a nutshell. How on earth do we determine ownership of land. Land lasts a long time, and we don't. Dynasties come and go. Sometimes terrible atrocities are committed, like the "smallpox blankets" matter.

But the fact remains, at this particular moment, that is US land.

And if the Hawaiians wish to claim native status, I would have to say unless they owned the land for all time, they are not natives. Can they prove there were no humans there ever before they arrived?

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 2) 300 300

Their land? I was unaware that land could be racially owned,

Lawyers have demanded that Europe must be returned to it's rightful owners - the Neanderthals, Britain to the druids, and North America to the small camel like creatures who once lived there.

Comment: Re: In other words (Score 2) 300 300

I imagine that even many atheists may be upset if, for example, the grave of a family member were dug up because someone wanted to build a power plant or casino or parking lot. Same deal. It's not ignorance - it's an important place to them and they don't want something built there.

Not as many as you might think. Old organic material is just that.

Comment: Re:The Declaration of Causes of Seceding States (Score 2) 300 300

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was in fact a punitive action relative to the secessionists only, and only applied to the ten states then currently in rebellion. It is widely regarded as the proverbial "straw that broke the camels back", and was issued under the president's war powers, and thus necessarily excluded those areas not in rebellion.

You gotta explain how the ""straw that broke the camel's back"" occurred in the third year of the war.

"Ninety percent of baseball is half mental." -- Yogi Berra