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Comment: Re:Too be fair... (Score 1) 172

by drinkypoo (#47978211) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

when your people are dying and people are coming in, risking their own lives to try and help you, and your response is to attack and kill them, trying to use the injustices of the past to justify the mass deaths of the present won't win you any friends

This isn't about justifying deaths or winning friends. This is about if you want to try to help people, you have to craft your message in a way that they are ready to receive.

Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47977915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Yes, we do know what kind of conference this is because the OP told us.

What. No, no they have not. They said it was specific to a technology, that's it. You then concluded that it was more along the line of "C# or Java: Haskell to the Rescue!". but it could easily be technology-related, for example automation controls. There's lots of reasons why someone in the public sector might have something to gain by visiting a conference being held in Vegas. It's just a common place to hold them for a broad variety of reasons. You don't know what the subject matter is, but you're sure you do. Why? The provided evidence is insufficient to jump to the conclusion you're now standing upon.

Comment: Re:You Don't Go (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47967467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

This is really pretty simple. If the funding isn't available to send you to a conference in Vegas -- You don't go.

If it's so simple, why did you make such a sophomoric error? This is about the funding being available, but the decision not being made to spend it in this fashion.

It seems that you can't afford to go and your employer doesn't see value in sending you.

So which is it, do you understand that the funding is available, or don't you?

Comment: Re:Bzzzzt:: wrong! (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47967445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

You're employer is under no requirement to pay for training unless they have asked you to job which requires that training and they hired you knowing that you did not have those skills.

Ignorance, you're displaying it freely. Every job pretty much demands that you take on other duties as required. The world is a changing place, and jobs change with it or companies go away. As the world changes, training is needed.

Your (note lack of apostrophe) employer is under no requirement to pay for training unless they want to stay in business. Then they should probably think about paying for people to have the skills they need to succeed.

If your company is laying stone or something, this may not apply to you. But if you are doing anything technical, then it does. If you think it doesn't, you are on the road to destruction.

Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47967415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

CEO: "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"

CFO: "We get to keep a productive employee doing the things he's been doing well,

CTO: Unfortunately, the world is changing, and we need to change with it.

Oh, no CTO? Too bad, so sad. Thou shalt fail, o maker of buggy-whips. Enjoy this moment while it lasts.

Comment: Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (Score 1) 731

by drinkypoo (#47965249) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

You are definitely part of the problem.

Here's a nothing, kid. Buy a dictionary. "conformity with fact or reality; verity", "actuality or actual existence", "accuracy, as of position or adjustment" ... Science is the pursuit of truth. What it is not is a declaration that a matter is forever settled. Everything is open to question. Some of the debates are considered settled for all practical purposes, and don't really need to be revisited unless other base assumptions are challenged by new findings, but that still doesn't mean that science is not a pursuit of truth. That everything is open to question is you know that it is. If the goal were to feel good, then we could declare all current matters closed.

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