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Comment: Let's call it what it really is.. (Score 3, Informative) 181

by Rigel47 (#49783227) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy
The Clinton Corrupt Slush Fund for Easy Policy Change..

Need some weapons deals pushed through? Donate millions to the foundation! http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton...

And who really cares where the money goes.. Charity Navigator won't even rank them due to their "atypical business model." It's a slush fund for the Clintons to doll out favors to their political toadies. Nevermind Hillary's absurd "I can't carry two devices" excuse for hosting a private mail server in her house to conduct State Department business.

Comment: Re:Never talk about feminity crisis. (Score 1) 950

What you saw was girls being silly little girls. It's curious, immature pack behaviour ridiculing the guy because one didn't get what she wanted and the other didn't want to be asked out. He's better off not having ended up going out with either of them.

But yes, to your point, I agree there is every bit as much of a confusion of femininity as is there is masculinity.

Comment: Lingering effects of our puritanical past (Score 5, Insightful) 950

I don't think there are many guys out there, video game addicts or otherwise, who would prefer masturbation to porn over sex with someone they like, trust, and feel comfortable with. The problem is, as Mr. Zimbardo alludes, we don't demystify sex for kids so that it becomes a regular life experience. If you never get anything more than an awkward biological overview of sex from school it will, at least for many boys, remain this mysterious, anxiety-provoking, forbidden fruit. Some magic experience that women zealously keep locked up in the castle. Porn is nothing more than a safe, artificial side-channel outlet for temporary relief of sexual frustration. It's lame but it is also understandable.

tl;dr - Our society sucks when it comes to preparing kids for sexual maturity.

Comment: Unpaid shill for BlackBerry.. (Score 5, Interesting) 434

by Rigel47 (#49625179) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer
My z10 is now two years old. It runs better than it did when I first bought it. It now runs almost all Android apps without issue. I pretty much only charge it when I notice it running low -- I can't remember the last time it died overnight. The battery lasts at least 24 hours even with regular use. In an hour on the charger it is almost back to full charge. Then there's the security, BlackBerry Blend, the fact that if I lose it or it gets stolen it is a brick to whomever ends up with it.

For the life of me I do not understand all the BlackBerry hate on slashdot.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

by Rigel47 (#49539905) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
I respectfully disagree that chomping on meth is a standard practice everywhere. And, honestly, what you're mostly describing is the hedonic treadmill. If you have to take amphetamines just to keep pace then you're likely in some ultra high pressure job. Get out. If it means taking a pay cut and moving to a smaller place then so be it. In the end your children will do better having a healthy father around than they will being shuttled off to violin/dance/soccer/drama class every day while Dad palpitates at work, awaiting his final heart attack.

Comment: Re:republicrats (Score 1) 209

by Rigel47 (#49531835) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance
To say nothing of how the republicans literally fall over themselves to come off as the bigger Israeli boot licker. It was disgusting to see them swarming Netanyahu on the floor of the Congress like a bunch of teenage girls at a Bieber concert. It was simply unseemly and undignified. Now any criticism of Israel is considered absolute heresy in the Republican party.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

by Rigel47 (#49527525) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
So let them burn out and crash. It sounds harsh and while I don't wish ill on anyone, we live in a world of consequences. There's no clearer an autonomous act than putting a pill in your mouth and swallowing. If you are so damned desperate to climb the ladder, impress the boss, get the next raise that you're willing to pump yourself full of amphetamines all the time you shouldn't be surprised at all if there are negative repercussions.

Comment: Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

by Rigel47 (#49494055) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment
No surprise. I kid you not, I was at the gym the other day and the CNN headline was "DRONE TERROR NIGHTMARE." Not the drones firing missiles at people in Pakistan but, you know, your standard quad-copter. The news is so pathetic these days I pretty much don't watch it.

Comment: Re:Can we be sure there are no exploits? (Score 3, Insightful) 209

by Rigel47 (#49467733) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh
I do enjoy how we tech people less-than-quietly display our scorn of all the varying fields in IT that aren't our own. Because, hah, stupid Javascript developer, couldn't explain northbridge from south! Or what DMA is! He probably doesn't know a single assembly instruction! Clearly an inferior being.

Javascript guy meanwhile regards the C guy as a primitive, bearded man from the hills who labors all day on some stupid library that is ten layers of stack between that mortar and pestle and the awesome browser-art he's creating.

Systems administrators wish everyone would run off and die because they are all irritating, stupid whiners.

DBAs are just smug because nobody else understands their schemas and, hey, this is where it all happens.

Networking would rather be back below the hold, No, the network isn't broken, your app is buggy or the stupid website you're trying to load is just slow..

Help desk guys meanwhile consider themselves the cocks of the walk because, generally, their camaraderie and opportunity to interact with more regular people means their souls haven't been totally crushed.

Comment: Re:Get over it ! (Score 3, Insightful) 370

by Rigel47 (#49421181) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
Is that you, naivete? Yes, there is some degree of experimentation necessary but you clearly didn't RTFA. So many of these projects were dead from the get-go if anyone was paying attention. BUT, you gotta spend that budget or you don't get it back.

Your blind "thank the boys and girls who protect us" is simply facile and ignores the massive corruption and waste in the MIC.

Comment: Should be more common (Score 4, Insightful) 467

All too often we assume that dealing with trolls is like pissing in the wind but a few crushing responses now and then (being made "famous" and getting fired) is a start. The idiocy of these guys writing stuff like that to a dude who has a wide audience is nothing short of astounding. It's akin to threatening Obama and then being surprised when the Secret Service shows up.

At any rate, screw the scumbags, they deserve their comeuppance.

Too much of everything is just enough. -- Bob Wier