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Comment: Eric Spiegel is an idiot (Score 1) 524

by SupplyMission (#43785391) Attached to: Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

Not trying to be an ass here, but Eric Spiegel's self-agrandizing "columns" have been discussed on Slashdot before. Based on his past writings, he seems to think it's ok to treat people like cattle. (Give the cows a salt lick, they'll feel better. Give the developers their carbonated sugar water, they'll feel better.) He also doesn't miss an opportunity to point out how smart he thinks his decisions are, and his writings have an "I told you so" undertone. I can't help but get the feeling that he writes to help convince himself that he was right, if not others. If he were my boss, I'd transfer or quit, and if I couldn't transfer or quit, I'd lie down on his desk and slit my wrists.

Comment: Re:Let us watch Africa and former soviet republics (Score 1) 521

by SupplyMission (#43781585) Attached to: Working Handgun Printed On a Sub-$2,000 3D Printer

Nope. Nothing will change as a result of these poor quality, single shot, plastic 3D printed guns. Not in Africa, not nowhere.

Before piling onto the 3D printed gun hype bandwagon, think about the practical aspects of deplying these toy guns for any purpose, besides messing around in your basement with your 3D printer and CAD software.

Comment: It's not a gun (Score 5, Informative) 521

by SupplyMission (#43781475) Attached to: Working Handgun Printed On a Sub-$2,000 3D Printer

It may be a fun proof of concept, but about the only things it is good for are generating political hype and drawing attention to the inventors.

People fail to realize that it's much easier and cheaper to make a home made gun using existing tools and materials. Just because someone now made a [not very good] one using a 3D printer, everybody seems to be freaking out.

Further well-grounded and thoughtful discussion on the matter can be found here:

Comment: Re:Nice try.... (Score 3, Informative) 207

by SupplyMission (#43742681) Attached to: Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

You might think that comment was "skeptical" or that it demonstrates your "critical thinking" but really, it was just plain ignorant. Based on this comment, one might reasonably assume you fall in with the kind of douchetards that yell out "42! Haha!" every time a mathematical discussion takes place.

To answer your question, you might start by reading the article. It talks about isotopes and geochemistry.

Then you could do some reading at the library to find out more about isotopes and geochemistry, and why these things are interesting and important. If you want to go further, you could take an undergraduate degree in geology, where you will learn all kinds of strange and wonderful things about the Earth, and how we can know about things that occurred billions of years ago.

Comment: Re:that's how a 15 years old teenager (Score -1, Offtopic) 342

by SupplyMission (#43580625) Attached to: Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

Your genderless, generic 15-year-old piece of human offspring?

Seriously, what the fuck is it with people who refer to their kids as "my 15-year-old" or "my 2-year-old", etc.? In my mind, that reduces a person to nothing more than their age, as if that were the only important characteristic. Why can't people say, "my 15-year-old daughter" or "my 2-year-old son" instead?

Everytime someone says in conversation, "Oh hahahaha you wouldn't BELIEVE what our 2-year-old did the other day!" I cringe a thousand times on the inside. Maybe it's just me.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton