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Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 2, Insightful) 742

You forgot about the recent elections where Greece elected a government who ran on an anti-austerity (pro-communist) platform, just at the time when austerity was starting to actually work for their economy. The Greek people's propensity to turn to communism whenever they have a financial problem is a bit worrisome, since it shows how clearly deluded they are with respect to how well communistic economies have (and still do) behave.

Comment: Re:no future for non-veterans (Score -1, Flamebait) 69

by OneSmartFellow (#49428083) Attached to: Feds Boost Goal To 75k New Solar Power Workers By 2020
Oh, I see, it's you who are a racist.

It never occurred to me that you were making a correlation between Obama being black (which is not only not really true, but also totally irrelevant) and people refusing to enter the armed forces. See, the difference between me and you ( aside from me not being an ass-hat) is that I am essentially color blind. I almost never even consider a persons race as a trait worth mentioning. The whole concept of race - as it is commonly understood by ignoramuses like you - is unscientific, it is only a tool used by weak minds to justify their improper behavior..

Comment: Re:no future for non-veterans (Score 1) 69

by OneSmartFellow (#49427805) Attached to: Feds Boost Goal To 75k New Solar Power Workers By 2020
You've lost me with that very obscure argument

Ignoring the fact that there hasn't been a draft since the end of the Vietnam war, how does entering the armed forces infer lack of racism - my experience in the service was that most demographics were fairly well represented (as one would expect), so the population of racists in the forces was - and probably still is - roughly equivalent to the population in civie land.

Comment: This is indeed a winnable race (Score 1) 155

by OneSmartFellow (#49378283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?
The issue is, under what circumstances is it worthwhile to spend time writing a virus/trojan/whatever.

Clearly financial gain is THE prime motivator, although notoriety is a close second - mostly because it leads to money.

The war, though, is certainly winnable. The idea of certified manifests is getting close to the solution - there is certainly more work and thought to be applied to that though.

End user expectation management is in order too. The days of downloading software are coming to a close. I really don't see the need for most devices to have this functionality. Downloading from a known trusted source is one thing. Downloading from user configurable sources is mostly stupid - since the vast majority of users are simply too stupid to make good decisions.

Comment: Most degrees from India... (Score 5, Insightful) 264

... are bogus as far as I can tell.

I've worked with plenty of Indian engineers (mechanical, electronic, and software) over the past 30+ years, and my general impression is that at least 50% have no knowledge of the subject matter at all. As far as I could tell they simply purchased a document claiming they had a degree. So, this appears to be just another example.

Comment: Re:could be right (Score 2) 353

Indeed, my feelings exactly.

For my generation it was too much TV causing these issues.

What I see now are children who have zero social skills because their parents don't enforce any minimum standard of behavior. They get nowhere near enough exercise, nowhere near enough unsupervised time to just be kids and do stupid shit, far too much poor quality food, and are completely over-indulged.

My kids weren't allowed in the house after school unless it was pissing it down with rain, in which case, they were expected to be doing their homework. They had real chores to do from an early age including mowing the lawn, folding laundry, sweeping the floor, etc. I see none of this happening any more in any of my neighbours houses.

You simply can't let children do anything they want, all the time. Children need rules, and they need to do productive work too.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.