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Comment: Re:The hero Gotham needs (Score 1) 76

by RyoShin (#47428309) Attached to: The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

Both of those people are dead, their legacies set. You are correct that Musk doesn't have as vast a philanthropic footprint as either of those two at the moment, but he's also very much alive (43 yo, no serious health issues I am aware of) and has plenty of time to make billions of dollars and then donate that to whatever.

For reference, both Carnegie and Franklin were approx 84 when they died. Assuming we don't go all Mad Max, 40 years is a lot of time for Musk to play catch up.

Comment: The hero Gotham needs (Score 5, Interesting) 76

by RyoShin (#47427821) Attached to: The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

PayPal, rockets, electric cars, solar panels, paying $1 million for oatmeal or something in the name of a Tesla museum. While he doesn't have absolute control of any one of those industries, he's sounding more and more like a modern Andrew Carnegie, maybe with some Benjamin Franklin mixed in.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2) 303

Absolutely nothing bad will be done to them; if anything, they'll get commendation medals for bravely charging at a potential terrorist machine. If they were in California, they'd probably be hailed as heroes and had a statue put up in their honor, compared to six cops beating a guy to death, on tape, with audio of them saying things like "Now see these fists? They're going to (expletive) you up" with the two actually brought to trial being acquitted by a jury. (A third was scheduled, but after this trial his charges were dropped.)

The jury part is what sickens me the most; there are all sorts of examples of police abuse, but rarely do the police in question actually get taken to court over it. It finally happens, and 6-12 of my "peers" think they were just doing their damn job. People will rationalize their stances, often going into convoluted and twisted reasoning; I have no hope for humanity, but it doesn't seem I have to make such leaps to maintain that stance...

(And in case anyone was wondering, the Fox News link is intentional; it's basically the AP article, and if Fox News isn't willing/able to put a spin to make the cops seem like heroes then any cop supporters should have a hard time as well.)

Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 1) 415

by RyoShin (#47409407) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

100 miles from the international border itself

And airports. I'm not sure if it's just the airports or also 100 miles around them, but in this case it doesn't matter.

People hear this and think "Oh, well, border protection of a small area, no biggie". Except that this "zone" fully encompasses nine states! From Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Delaware, Hawaii, and Massachusetts. Nine Constitution-Free States. Maryland, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware come very close to being included in this list.

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by RyoShin (#47404365) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

I wonder if we'll ever see a Corporate Mutiny. A situation wherein the employees want to do good work and make a good product/service, many can do decent work, but the CxOs and managers are hellbent are running it into the ground either through stupidity or expecting that golden parachute. Some combination of poor job market, location, and just being mad as hell causes the employees to essentially come to work and agree to completely disregard certain people/levels of management and continue about work in the way they see best, led by a small group who may or may not have been in leadership positions before.

It might not be smooth, and it probably wouldn't work, but it would make for a hell of a story.

If such a thing was attempted: Sure, the higher ups probably have the access to completely cut off their paychecks, but if all the non-managers left who would do the work? The company would quickly fold, turning it into an odd MAD situation.

Comment: Happy with NewsBlur (Score 1) 132

by RyoShin (#47388401) Attached to: Google Reader: One Year Later

I originally went to Netvibes, which tries to offer RSS as some sort of secondary service to some business analytics aggregation or something (I never fully understood.) But sometime around the beginning of the year they did a moderate layout change and then completely ignored the vast number of user complaints (a help thread, with almost 200 comments when most had 3, was marked "completed" with no change or solid comment from staff). It introduced a ton of useless whitespace and, most importantly for me, broke their Mosaic view, which was great for images and the primary reason I chose them after Reader's shut down.

Once they proved they didn't care about user interaction and had to have their vision, I jumped ship along with a ton of others (HINT HINT BETA). I now use NewsBlur and am fairly happy with it. Their free service is pretty limited, but I found it useful enough to be worth the $2/mo for a subscription once I changed the settings to get rid of all their Web 2.0 stuff. I miss having "pages" to allow for larger grouping and any kind of image-oriented feed option, but I have a lot more flexibility in how I view things (and I can sort by time descending, something NetVibes was never able to do!)

Comment: Re:...Why? (Score 1) 220

by RyoShin (#47379057) Attached to: IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

I don't think she's competitive, but one of the regulars on the TF2 server I usually go to is female and usually plays Medic; this doesn't sound too odd for TF2, until you go against her and find out that she is absolutely lethal with the Ubersaw (melee weapon, for non-TF2 players). If she gets the jump on someone (usually when her heal target loses uber and about to die, she'll split off and dive into the enemy team) she can easily take out two or three people with just that, and I've seen her clear half the team by a combination of luck (they had already taken moderate damage and were regrouping) and surprise.

She also likes to mock people by hiding around the corner and using a death taunt (for non-TF2 players, that's a taunt that can OKO an opposing player if it connects properly) if she knows someone is chasing her. Pretty good success rate there, too.

There are a few other players known to be female on the server who are really good, but I have no idea if they're comp or not.

Comment: Re:Would be different (Score 1) 185

by RyoShin (#47377831) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

he wrote about child pornography

Glad you're already +5, because my mod points expired yesterday. The judge wouldn't have given him a second look if it was pedophilic(?) fiction, despite falling under the same kind of fantasy. (Of course, as others have mentioned, him being a cop probably landed him on the good side of the judge and a common citizen wouldn't have been freed.)

Disgusting though it is, disgust should not be used as the main criteria for laws.

Comment: Disappointing (Score 1) 110

by RyoShin (#47364595) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

If true, that leaves me a bit disappointed. I switched to their pay-as-you-go plan in October and have been happy enough with it: while their cell service is pretty crap compared to Verizon, they also didn't do anything super-evil like Verizon (that I was aware of)... until now. Even if true, I still prefer them over any of the other three major providers, so I don't plan on switching to anything else.

Comment: Re:Sexism and racism (Score 1) 376

by RyoShin (#47337985) Attached to: Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

the pervasive pressure that's exerted against people who aren't like you [...] But we can get even better than that and be pretty good and inclusive.

So why must the pendulum swing the other way? Why can't Google offer free coding lessons to anyone and try their best to employ processes to make sure that they are advertising so as diverse a population as possible and nothing is in place that might favor one group over another? (Bonus points for transparency in that.) And if, despite their best efforts to be inclusive, the turnout is vastly white male it would be useful to find out why. Are the minorities/women threatened by the prospect of being around so many white males? Are they disinterested in coding in general? In how Google was presenting it?

Do Asians get to take part in this? Or are they not allowed because their quota has been met? At least here in America, they're still a minority (Wiki says 6% in 2010.)

I guarantee you if the headline read "Google is Offering Free Coding Lessons to White Males" the same "equal rights" people who view their current action as a Very Good Thing would rage with the power of a thousand suns. I'm not against equality, but I'm for equal equality. I wouldn't try to stop Google from doing this (I don't see it as a bad thing, I just think it's misguided, and it's a private initiative), but I await the day when elementary schools and nursing programs having hiring/teaching days targeting males.

Comment: Re:So they'll just add (Score 1) 249

by RyoShin (#47329907) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

What needs to happen is a permanent recording of all interactions with people so they can't just get together and decide what their story will be.

Agreed. At the same time, legal teams and individual citizens can tie up the courts with counter-claims, so not only would constant monitoring of the police keep the system from abusing the people, but it would decrease the potential for the people to abuse the system. So these systems save a lot of headache (at the very least) for a lot of people and should be mandatory for all standard police forces.

Comment: Re:I'm not a gamer (Score 1) 100

by RyoShin (#47329747) Attached to: Building the Infinite Digital Universe of <em>No Man's Sky</em>

I'm a long-time gamer, and I was astounded at the demo as well. It doesn't claim otherwise, so I assume the video is not from in-game footage, but just the design and suggestion really riled my inner geek. If their final product can reach even 70% of what the video suggests, it will be amazing... ...and that's the problem. As beautiful as the trailer is to me, there is a lot being promised and I doubt they can deliver on that, much like Fable. Fable (at least the first one) was still a good game, but it was far more limited than originally promised. And Molyneaux probably had a team of more than 10 people behind him when he made those promises.

Sadly, this is probably either vaporware or will be underwhelming when released.

Comment: Re:And the stupidest thing about it? (Score 2) 710

by RyoShin (#47328013) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

I went to an interview for a tech company (can't remember what they did now, this was years ago) and one of the questions went something like "We're looking for people who will be dedicated to our small company; right now most everyone regularly works 10 hours a day. Would this be a problem for you?" I can't remember my exact answer, but I tried to be clear but soft that I had no interest in doing that on a constant basis. While there were more questions, the interview basically ended at that point for me and, I'm sure, for them.

Crunch time happens, but it should be rare and compensated. If it's not rare, then something is seriously wrong at the company in the way it manages people, it's business, or all of the above. Thankfully, at my current job when I hit 40 hours I'm out the door unless there is something seriously wrong or I'm way behind a massive deadline (and those are rare to begin with). No one makes a peep about this, and everyone else does the same. My income isn't high compared to averages for the area for my job, but so long as I can survive I'm okay with that if it means not being beat like a rented mule.

Comment: Re:Maybe if the economy wasn't so fucked (Score 1) 710

by RyoShin (#47327925) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

Seriously. Try getting by on $30-35K a year. Now try doing it WITH STUDENT LOANS.

Adjusted to my situations. Thanks to believing the lies/myth that if I go to college and get a degree I'll get out with, at worst, a moderately paying job and those loans will be no biggy.

So, being a white male that did almost no extracurricular activities in high school, I had almost no scholarships and just put in for massive loans each year to also help cover room & board. It didn't help that I chose to go to an expensive, out of state, private university. (In fact, Yahoo! Finance did a piece recently on university costs, using my alma matter as a central example. Apparently it's now about $37K/yr there; when I was a freshman a decade ago it was about $30K.) And so I graduated, right after the Great Recession started, with approx. $150,000 in student loan debt. Unable to get a job, I did a stint in the military and took part in their Loan Repayment Program; between that and regular, minimum payments of $900/mo I'm down to $111,000.

I'm able to pay it with my current job (roughly $38K take home), but I live paycheck to paycheck and with such a massive debt over my head as I near 30 I don't even consider things like relationships, hobbies, or getting a place of my own.

Comment: Re:Corporate Brianwashed Fools (Score 1) 710

by RyoShin (#47327723) Attached to: Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

It's classic divide and conquer, helped along with everyone thinking they're not only above average but such special snowlakes they can write their own ticket as soon as someone notices their talents - any day now.

I never thought about it that way, but perhaps this is the result of the ideal in many schools/communities that everyone is completely equal no matter what they do. "Okay, you all played kick ball, so everyone gets a blue ribbon, yay!" "Oh, you won the championship kick ball game? Good job, here's your blue participation ribbon!"

The result being that when you grow up you think you're on the same level as everyone, regardless of actually being better or worse in any particular area, so you don't see the point in unions because "everyone is the same, they can just go to management and talk it out!" because they think management is also the same. And then management, who grew up in a different generation and/or knows better, takes full advantage of this.

"I'm not a god, I was misquoted." -- Lister, Red Dwarf