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Comment: Re:Glad to hear it's not their just pathetic jerks (Score 1) 328

by Your.Master (#48675747) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Of course that's not a good thing. By that reasoning the parents shouldn't have gotten them an xbox in the first place. It's not a public service to take away the toys that you, personally, disapprove of.

December 25 is not known for its good weather in much of the world where Xboxes are sold.

Comment: Re:Rifle-shooting is a sport in the olympics... (Score 1) 232

by Your.Master (#48672095) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Snooker can deal with strategic thinking, and both are both driving you up to the upper edges of hand-eye coordination.

Really, any competition that is not totally random (like a coin-tossing competition) is about driving you to the upper edges of something. Poker would fit. It seems we lack a consistent definition of what the Olympics are about.

Comment: Re: of course it wasn't NK (Score 1) 236

Everyone and their mother would have bought this movie via vod on Christmas day If they put it up for sale.

I think you're forgetting that the ads to this movie didn't look very good in the first place.

If Korea hadn't made a fuss I doubt most people would remember the movie existed in six months.

I'd watch this movie on an airplane, or if I'm sick and bedridden. I wouldn't buy this movie on Christmas day (with my family?), regardless of the geopolitical posturing.

Comment: Re:What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (Score 3, Insightful) 465

by Your.Master (#48590425) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

To make it a fair comparison, you must move the time window such that the oldest boomers alive are the same age as the oldest millenials are now. That makes it the late 70s at earliest.

In the late 70s, the World Wide Web did not exist yet, and would continue to not exist for a decade.

The Internet was invented by the generation before them, and it was not yet all that important.

If you want to do intergenerational comparisons, you need to do one of three things:

1. Wait ~50 years.
2. Restrict yourself to the world as it existed when the oldest Boomer was in their early 30s (even if they already a great thing, it must be recognized as a great thing).
3. State your values clearly so we can know what defines "improvement of America".

I don't find Barack Obama particularly damning as a Presidential choice (it's not like he was a big drop-off from the last guy). You obviously don't value social media, which is kind of interesting actually, given that:

- In my experience things like facebook are more widely appreciated by the older generations than by the Millenials.
- Web forums, including slashdot, are social media. Forums were invented at the tail end of the pre-millenial generation, so you get a bye on using social media to complain about social media's worthlessness, but what makes you like forums but dislike others? What is the essential difference that makes the latter worthless?

why again do we have to let men who "feel like" women into the lady's room?!)

This is not a new issue; this is not a Millenial invention.

They've destroyed traditional cultural norms.

First: so what?

Second: literally every generation ever has done that. The US had a cultural norm that slavery was okay, and it was later replaced by a norm that slavery was abhorrent.

Note: I'm not an American so I have no horse in the "who improved America most" race.

Comment: Re:Externality--tax it! (Score 1) 176

by Your.Master (#48577527) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Everything ends up hitting poor people though. That's the problem with poverty.

If you just outright banned dirty gas, prices would rise and that disproportionately impacts the poor.

If you just outright allow whatever to happen, then health costs will rise and will disproportionately impact the poor.

Poverty means everything impacts you disproportionately, including inaction. Money provides cushioning.

Is there a way we can attempt to solve this problem in a way that is not overly onerous on the poor? Instead of just deciding not to do anything?

Comment: Re:One good turn... (Score 2) 235

by Your.Master (#48567043) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

You're thinking of net income. Median net worth is closer to $81k (as of 2014), and the mean considerably higher than the GP's estimate.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/...

Regardless though, there's a huge problem here where there is an assumption that the total charitable contributions of this guy in his lifetime is encompassed by one charity auction purchase.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly

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