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Comment: Re:How (Score 2) 101

the lawyer seeks out the victim

if you ever are the victim of a newsworthy accident/ crime, you will get cold called by a number of lawyers, who want to represent you pro bono

because such cases gild their CV, get their name out there. free advertising

some lawyers, they seek out interesting strange and noteworthy cases only. out of ego, fame, crank cause, adrenaline, hero complex, whatever:


Comment: Re:Never finish (Score 1) 125

He seemed equally annoyed anytime he got asked about why it was taking so long to get the next book out (A Dance With Dragons was long overdue at that point). He basically went off on how entitled the fans acted thinking he was a monkey who should dance to their tune and produce things on their schedule.

That sort of prima donna act, combined with the ridiculously wait between Feast and Dance, was basically what killed my interest in the series. When he was doing his tour for the fourth book (Feast), he claimed that the book was too big to be bound properly, and would have to be split into two books, and the spectacularly mediocre Feast for Crows was the first one we got: the next one would follow shortly behind. Then years of ass-thumbing. By the time Dance came out, I didn't have any emotional investment in the story anymore.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 463

i've been commenting on slashdot for years. there's always this steady drip of comments from grammar (punctuation?) nazis like yourself. do you see me changing or caring?

if you don't like the formatting of my comment, don't read it. i don't owe you anything. you're not paying me

this is an informal comment board, not a doctoral thesis. get over yourself

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 463

yes, exactly

and that's exactly the next step with a weakened government: corporation owned armies abusing you with no recourse for your rights

oh, i'm making that up? it's science fiction?

By the early 1890s, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency employed more agents than there were members of the standing army of the United States of America.

During the labor strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businessmen hired the Pinkerton Agency to infiltrate unions, supply guards, keep strikers and suspected unionists out of factories, as well as recruiting goon squads to intimidate workers. One such confrontation was the Homestead Strike of 1892, in which Pinkerton agents were called in to reinforce the strikebreaking measures of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, acting on behalf of Andrew Carnegie.[citation needed] The ensuing battle between Pinkerton agents and striking workers led to the deaths of seven Pinkerton agents and nine steelworkers.[4] The Pinkertons were also used as guards in coal, iron, and lumber disputes in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia as well as the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921. The organization was pejoratively called the "Pinks" by its opponents.

now remember dick cheney and his adventure with blackwater

weaken the government and blackwater expands exponentially, and corporate goons are now stepping on your throat: "get back to work slave, i mean citizen. if you have a problem with our enforcement activities, please see the corporation owned courts, or attempt to fight our legion of well-funded lawyers when you can barely get enough to eat, because we've let 'the market decide' your salary"

you look around the world at kleptocracies, warlords, mafias... you really fucking believe government has a monopoly on force?

if there is no government army, it's not suddenly peace and happiness, it's fucking hell

where do you morons come from with your bullshit unexamined beliefs?

Comment: Re:VMWare is worth the money (Score 1) 253

by phayes (#48944205) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

Suppliers of mine make VM versions of their appliances (people like Checkpoint, Juniper, F5, Radware, etc). Chasing down bugs (hmm, why doesn't the network interface work on that VM, why won't his one boot, etc) when attempting to deploy these images using virtualbox when they all "just work" using a $100 VMware license is an extremely bad use of my time.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 463

we have competing ambulance services here in the usa too

but they will take you to a further away hospital they have financial agreements with (fuck your actual health emergency)

and if you don't have insurance you get a life destroying huge bill (because health insurance is a "choice")

Comment: Re:$45 Billion is just another tax, different form (Score 1) 87

by circletimessquare (#48943115) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

oh, EUR, euro

you guys understand the concept of a natural monopoly so much better than americans

in the usa we believe letting a rent seeking parasite siphon more money for shoddier service, and buying off our government to keep the arrangement, such as with healthcare, is "capitalism." and anyone who suggests dealing with natural monopolies as they should be dealt with: government control or heavily regulated, as you describe, is "evil socialism"

propagandized morons

Comment: Re:No, i didn't know that (Score 1) 445

by Curunir_wolf (#48941793) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Because it's bollocks.

No, actually, it's quite true. Just a few examples:

Dana Nuccitelli (of Skeptical Science - an AGW support blog) is actually employed at Tetra Tech (the big oil company).

Pew Charitable Trust's Center for Climate and Energy Solutions are principally funded by Royal Dutch Shell, HP, and Entergy Corp.

The World Wildlife Foundation also received a lot of funding from Royal Dutch Shell, and John Loudon (former Shell president) actually served as the WWF president for four years.

Standard Oil's charitable arm has given millions of dollars to Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and others.

Four companies sponsor Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project: Exxon General Electric Sluberger (Oil Field Services company) Toyota

Comment: Re:$45 Billion is just another tax, different form (Score 1) 87

by circletimessquare (#48941745) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

additionally, no one wants their roads constantly dug up by various companies all the time, or the poles by their house an ugly rats nest of various cables

better: one cable, fractionally leased

as tech improves and one cable means much more bandwidth, government progressively upgrades the single cable, and has more bandwidth to lease

When it is incorrect, it is, at least *authoritatively* incorrect. -- Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy