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Comment: How is this new? (Score 0) 33

by FuegoFuerte (#48643331) Attached to: New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish

"it's so weird-looking; it's up in the air in terms of what it is. It is unbelievably fragile, and... it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout — it looks like a cartoon dog snout."

Sounds an awful lot like someone I saw walking out of the women's restroom at WalMart once.

Comment: Re:Why Apple? (Score 1) 201

by FuegoFuerte (#48636491) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Actually, suicide is typically not talked about in Western media because they're trying not to encourage copycats. That's why, with very few exceptions (Robin Williams, other famous people) you typically won't find anything in the paper. I know Microsoft has had at least one jumper from the Lincoln Square office in Bellevue, other tech companies probably have too. Funny thing, anywhere you treat people as sub-human for long enough, strange psychological things happen and they start to lose the will to live.

But, by and large, I agree with the lack of coverage in the media. People who may be borderline suicidal can be triggered by reading about other peoples' suicides, no need for the media to perpetuate the problem with in-depth coverage and how-to guides.

Comment: Re:One annoyance... (Score 0) 71

by FuegoFuerte (#48629753) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator

In case you never noticed, Skype needs customers to stay relevant. Even the idiots in management at Microsoft realize this. They also - at least mostly - realize that no matter how popular, not even Skype will bring users to a crap OS like Windows 8. They continue to support other OSs (and even add support for new non-MSFT platforms) because the world has moved on from being Windows-only. That doesn't stop them from releasing new features for their own flagshit OS first, however (typo not accidental).

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 3, Insightful) 580

by FuegoFuerte (#48627581) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Primarily because this "coward way out" leads to large numbers of people being unafraid to commit crimes. Would you also refuse to intervene in a rape if you saw it about to happen or in progress? I mean, the cops will catch the rapist eventually. How about a homicide, if you see a few kids stomping a homeless Tuba player to death, are you going to just walk on by? You pay taxes for this kind of thing don't you? The homeless guy can be replaced, your life and limb less so. The cops will catch the murdering youths eventually (RIP Ed, Seattle remembers you fondly).

Maybe you'd also sit placidly on a plane that was being taken over by a few guys with box cutters. I mean, the coward way out is more often than not the smart one, right? Let them have the plane, the airline has insurance and can buy a new one anytime.

Your victim mentality is not helpful to you, or society. You want crime to skyrocket? Play the victim, you seem to have the mindset down. You want crime rates to decrease? Refuse to be a victim. If I go down, I go down fighting. If I see someone being beaten, abused, robbed, raped, I will not stand idly by or walk on past, I will intervene on their behalf. I will not be a victim, and I will not stand idly by out of selfishness while others are victimized.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 1) 448

by FuegoFuerte (#48621341) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Is that supposed to be funny, or dumb? I'm not quite sure what you're going for. See, Indians are these people that come from a place called India. They're not known for casinos, they're known for working long hours for low wages to take jobs from more highly qualified American workers in this thing called the "H1-B" program.

Comment: Re:Not a cargo ship (Score 2) 116

by Khomar (#48619677) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

It sounds like the plan is for this ship to be the first of several, so the question is how much of that $20 billion investment is for upfront costs (design, shipyard upgrades, construction equipment) that will not be duplicated in subsequent ships. As it is, the first ship looks to probably at least break even or even make a decent profit (provided it works as expected) with bigger profits hopefully to follow. I am sure these numbers have been gone over very carefully. You don't make an investment this large on a whim.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 3, Interesting) 448

by FuegoFuerte (#48613131) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

I didn't know what a Brahman was until I worked for one. And you're right... all of them I've met have been assholes, while the lower caste Indians I've known have been mostly pretty decent people. In fact, I've noticed a strong correlation between caste, hygiene, and personality. Lower caste Indians, from what I've observed, are often slightly less well-groomed, and are typically far nicer people. High-caste Indians will dress and groom immaculately, and be complete assholes.

There are exceptions, but by and large this has been my repeated observation after working with hundreds of Indians over the years. I'm probably a racist for pointing it out, but whatever.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 1) 448

by FuegoFuerte (#48613091) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

So, I'll summarize to what I was initially going to say (before I went on a bit of a rant, as it were). Essentially, you don't need technology to put you in such a situation. You can just take a job in a different industry, or company, or management chain, or whatever. Assuming you're white, if you want to be treated as a reviled minority, there are plenty of jobs where you can get the experience of being a reviled minority first-hand.

The other part of what I said though (which I think you missed), is that this type of experience doesn't typically breed tolerance; quite the opposite, in fact. I know a LOT of people who went into Microsoft without prejudice against any race, and came out loathing Indians. Sure, maybe those of us who went through that hell can identify with other minorities now, but is it really a better situation? I don't think so.

Comment: Re:Tired of this shit (Score 2) 448

by FuegoFuerte (#48611133) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

If you're white, and want to be a minority and be treated like a worthless piece of shit, all you have to do is go work for an Indian management chain at Microsoft (or probably any other big tech company). Want to get a bad review because of the color of your skin? Be white. Want to work 16-hour days while your bosses are off playing golf? Be white - your Indian coworkers will be off playing golf with your bosses, so you get to do their work.

Want to claim that you're a minority who's been discriminated against, and that you're not racist as a response? I say bullshit. Racism breeds racism. I never had a problem with Indians until I and all my white coworkers (and ALL my female coworkers, regardless of race) were routinely subjected to their racist bullshit for years on end. When they routinely hand out mediocre to poor reviews to all the whites, and stellar reviews to all the Indians, but then put those same whites in charge of the high visibility projects that they need done right the first time, there's a problem. When the Indians can take down an online service multiple times without much more than a sideways glance, and a white person nearly gets fired for causing a lesser outage, there's a problem. When this happens long enough, it's easy to start harboring disdain and distrust of ALL Indians.

I was fortunate - I got to know enough decent, talented Indian folk who treated everyone with respect that it mostly straightened out my view on the matter. SOME whites are racist assholes - the majority are not. SOME blacks are racist assholes - the majority are not. SOME Indians are racist assholes - they are drawn to management positions at Microsoft, apparently - but the majority are not.

Comment: It's not a "replacement." (Score 3, Insightful) 377

by gfxguy (#48571529) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
In this industry, there's no such thing as a "replacement," it's "just another competing format." None of the old formats ever dies, all we ever get is more new formats, all of which need to be supported, ultimately making everything more complicated. I'm not saying we shouldn't advance... but the belief that some new format you create will replace something instead of muddying the existing pool of formats is laughable. related xdcd. (yes, I know it's "standards" and not "formats," but the result is the same)

Comment: Re:Only 3.2T? *YAWN* (Score 1) 438

by FuegoFuerte (#48501869) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

The Fusion-io cards are also single slot, single PCB. The 3.2T card is even a low-profile card. So it's more like saying "hey, there's a 32GB DIMM out now!" While true, it's been true for quite some time. They're expensive, sure, but the home user who wants one can still stuff a system full of them.

Comment: Re:The real question is . . . (Score 1) 525

by FuegoFuerte (#48500659) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Well, I've gotten 42mpg driving I-5 through Oregon at an average speed of around 70, in a 2005 Civic Coupe. My average speed for most of my daily commute is about 70 (about half of it at 65 and half at 75), and my typical mileage is somewhere around 33mpg. So 30mpg at 85 doesn't really seem like a stretch.

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