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Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 2) 264

by PopeRatzo (#49748355) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

How exactly would raising funds for his political campaign help him personally?

He can donate the money to his Rand PAC ( or just let it sit there for future elections. He becomes more influential by virtue of that money. He can use it to generate support for a bid for certain Senate committee positions. When you have money to distribute to other political purposes, you have the juice that creates power. Most important, he can do what his father did and just make personal money by selling his campaign donor mailing list.

Did you know even retired politicians can keep their campaign fundraising going? They can keep fundraising even after retired and can use that money for other politicians political purposes.

Comment: Re:Thank you - just PR for his presidential run. (Score 1) 264

by PopeRatzo (#49748269) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

There are PODCASTS with larger audiences than MSNBC, dude.

Now that you mention it, Rand Paul's filibuster made it to MSNBC, too.

He got his facetime on the TV and that's all that matters.

[note: Rand Paul's filibuster is actually the lead story on right now]

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 264

by PopeRatzo (#49748211) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

The only problem with this story is that pandering to "bitcoin dudebros" is widely known to not be a way to electoral success, and if Paul is really just a shrewd grifter that you paint him, he knows that, as well.

Paul doesn't expect electoral success at the Presidential level. He expects fund-raising success.

Think for a minute of all the presidential candidates who know they're not going to win the nomination, but realize that a lucrative donor list is the next best thing. Rand Paul is one of those. He's building a nice packet for the future.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 264

by PopeRatzo (#49747971) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

So while of course some element of it is PR, that is not the core reason as to why he did this.

And you know this how?

You can recognize a public figure's cult status when their followers start to claim they know what's in his heart and mind.

Rand Paul is a grandstander in the Barack Obama mold. He is sound and fury signifies fuck-all but lip-service to a dimwitted ideology that I wonder if he even believes. It's almost as if some consultant told him that the only demographic where he has a chance is bitcoin dudebros and so he has these little events to check off the box.

Comment: Texas & Football (Score 1) 309

by PopeRatzo (#49746949) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

Clearly, the principal is an absolute goof. It's high school sports, for chrissake. I mean, I know it's Texas and all, and in Texas, high school football is sacramental, but geez. It's bad enough that public universities have become big-money football programs with a little school on the side, but can you at least pretend that high school sports is about the students and not about revenue or aggrandizing adults?

Let it go, or maybe next time the kid will post the pictures he has of the football coach snapping towels and playing grabass in the showers with the defensive secondary.

Comment: Evolution (Score 1) 232

by PopeRatzo (#49746199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

Here's what I've learned:

1) Being able to do something is good.
2) Being able to teach someone else how to do something is better.
3) Being able to convince someone to do something is best of all.

In other words, think about whether maybe you should move to management. Do you still really want to write code? I'll bet you've developed some skills over the years that would serve you well in management. And the most important thing to remember is, don't be the manager that you always hated.

Think about your future. Not just what you want to do today, but how you see yourself in a few years. I know it's a cliche that everybody gets asked at interviews, but you've got to be willing to give yourself an honest answer.

Comment: Re:Life of Crime (Major GTA V Spoiler Alert) (Score 1) 93

by PopeRatzo (#49744885) Attached to: Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money

Son, it sounds to me like you're ready to play Saint's Row.

Saint's Row IV is my jam. It's one of a handful of games I consider favorites. The story had a deep sense of humanity, forgiveness, ridiculousness and understanding. When older Shaundi learns to forgive her younger self (in the middle of a attack on a psycho DJ and his minions in which a dubstep gun is used), one of the deepest moral and human lessons in videogame history was on display: never hold a grudge against your younger self.

Saint's Row IV was made with such care and moral understanding, from top to bottom and with such terrific humor that it's a little bit of perfection. Everything from 8-bit platforming to 3D platforming to 1stperson, 3rd person, racing, shooting, fighting and obscene gestures are in the game. It was a wonderful kitchen sink gaming experience, and I ended up with affection for each and every character (including the villain).

During the final credits where they all do a Soul Train line dance, I actually teared up. 10/10.

Comment: Re: heh (Score 1) 248

Monopsony is when there is a single consumer of labor in a market.

It's also used to describe any market inefficiency caused by a very limited number of sellers and many buyers.

The same way Microsoft or AT&T were said to have engaged in monopolistic practices even though they were not the only sellers in their respective marketplaces.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340