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Comment: Re:Office Space (Score 1) 204

by Sardaukar86 (#48454233) Attached to: Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

To live paycheck-to-paycheck as an adult is to fail at life, or at least to fail at being an adult.

Assuming the adult in question is earning something more than just a basic living wage, I completely agree with you.

Quelle suprise: there are precious few adults to be found amongst an over-abundance of idiotic, petulant children in adult bodies.

Comment: Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (Score 1) 105

by Sardaukar86 (#48399653) Attached to: How To Anesthetize an Octopus

quick, reliable, and painless

There are a lot of people who apparently consider the process of execution wholly unsatisfying if the condemned fails to suffer in the process.

I saw a doco wherein a chap campaigning for quick and painless executions was unpleasantly surprised by the volume of opposition to the idea. Those opposed were very sure they wanted the condemned to suffer on their way out.

+ - Tesla delays launch of Model X until mid-late 2015->

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An anonymous reader writes "Tesla on Wednesday announced that it was pushing back the release of its highly anticipated Model X until the third quarter of 2015. Explaining the delay, Tesla relayed the following in its quarterly shareholder letter:

"Work continues on the finalization of Model X with the testing of Alpha prototypes and initial builds of the first Beta prototypes. Model X powertrain development is almost complete with the early introduction of Dual Motor drive on Model S. We recently decided to build in significantly more validation testing time to achieve the best Model X possible. This will also allow for a more rapid production ramp compared to Model S in 2012."

During Tesla’s subsequent earnings conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shed a bit more light on all things Model X, including the fact that if you order one today, it won't arrive until early 2016."

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+ - Ft. Lauderdale Men Charged for Feeding the Homeless

Submitted by jenningsthecat
jenningsthecat (1525947) writes "90-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident Arnold Abbott and two local pastors were charged on Sunday with "feeding the homeless in public". Abbott was told by police to "drop that plate right now" when he was attempting to distribute food. The three men were charged under a new city ordinance banning public food sharing, and face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. The ordinance "limits where outdoor feeding sites can be located, requires the permission of property owners and says the groups have to provide portable toilets".

Mayor Jack Seiler was quoted as saying "Just because of media attention we don't stop enforcing the law. We enforce the laws here in Fort Lauderdale". He believes that "Providing them with a meal and keeping them in that cycle on the street is not productive."

Really, I have no words for this other than "heartless jackbooted fuckwits"."

+ - The Internet Shines a Light on Predators

Submitted by (3830033) writes "The Washington Post reports that it’s hard to think of a celebrity with a more wholesome, family-friendly image than the man who so perfectly played Dr Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s. But comedy icon Bill Cosby stands accused of drugging, sexually abusing and intimidating more than a dozen vulnerable women and using his fame and power to silence them. In the internet age, there is nowhere to hide and when stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress launched a tirade in Cosby’s home town of Philadelphia, the fallout was massive. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ’80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so that brings you down a couple notches.” Buress’s savage commentary of Cosby’s character went viral and before long, news sites were full of stories of the alleged offences, some of which date back to the 1970s.

One was Barbara Bowman, who says Cosby raped her in the late 1980s when she was a teenager with dreams of an acting career. “He is a monster, he came at me like a monster,” says Bowman. “My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful." Thirteen women came forward with their own allegations and agreed to testify as witnesses if the law suit went to trial. Cosby settled in 2006. Despite the number of women who have come forward over the years, Cosby has never publicly addressed the serious allegations levelled against him. But Cosby won't be promoting his new comedy tour on Queen Latifah's talk show because Latifah and her crew got cold feet after rape allegations resurfaced. "One has to ask," writes Rita Panahi, "Did the media and the public elevate him to a position where he was virtually beyond reproach? Was he such an untouchable that multiple allegations of abuse could be all but brushed over?""

Comment: Re:so how did they form? (Score 1) 219

by Sardaukar86 (#48291847) Attached to: Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

Actually, I'd bet dust bunnies are more a function of static electricity, friction, and irregular air currents than gravity. I wonder if anyone's ever researched dust bunny formation? I bet you could get a fun igNobel for that.

Perhaps not an IgNobel but you sure can have a lot of fun screwing around with stuff like that in space. Who knows, you might just solve the odd mystery while you're at it. :-)

Comment: Re:it's funny what people will spend their money o (Score 1) 398

by Sardaukar86 (#48201313) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

I used my seat belt before there were laws stating you had to do so. Why in hell would you need such a law in the first place?

If accidents caused by stupid resulted in their own injury and death without affecting the rest of us, I'd be in agreement with you - that's Darwin at his good work!

Unfortunately, stupid often kills or injures other people and when stupid doesn't put on his or her seatbelt and crashes non-fatally, we all get to pay to patch up their bloody carcasses.

Seatbelts, airbags, side-intrusion bars.. all there to mitigate against the actions of stupid (and self), because we worked out long ago it's less expensive for society if stupid doesn't horrifically mangle themselves and others when they inevitably do something .. stupid.

+ - Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

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theodp (442580) writes "Having declared U.S. kids clueless about coding, Facebook and Microsoft are now turning their attention to Europe's young 'uns. "As stewards of Europe's future generations," begins the Open Letter to the European Union Ministers for Education signed by Facebook and Microsoft, "you will be all too aware that as early as the age of 7, children reach a critical juncture, when they are learning the core life skills of reading, writing and basic maths. However, to flourish in tomorrow's digital economy and society, they should also be learning to code. And many, sadly, are not." Released at the launch of the European Coding Initiative — aka All You Need is Code! — in conjunction with the EU's Code Week, the letter closes, "As experts in our field, we owe it to Europe's youth to help equip with them with the skills they will need to succeed — regardless of where life takes them." Hopefully, life won't take them to a massive layoff, like the one that left 12,500 Nokia workers jobless just three months after joining Microsoft. By the way, the "All You Need is Code" initiative, explained an SAP press release, was conceived at the 2014 World Economic Forum, where EU Commission vice president Neelie Kroes — who yukked-it-up at the event with former nemesis Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith — called on the private sector to endorse the Davos Declaration to deepen support for the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs."

+ - Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Time was that you could get an Oracle database certification and declare yourself Oracle-certified for the rest of your career. That time is now over, causing a certain amount of consternation among DBAs. On the one hand, it makes sense that someone who's only been certified on a decade-old version of the product should need to prove they've updated their skills. On the other, Oracle charges for certification and will definitely profit from this shift."
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