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Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 1) 477

by blahbooboo (#46714107) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

In the 1980's, IBM (among others) invested lots of money to have legislation passed that makes programmers, engineers, and sysadmins into "salaried professionals" so that they wouldn't have to pay overtime.

What legislation was this specifically that forced these folks to be "salaried" because I never heard of such a thing?

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

+ - CowboyNeal Locked In Basement For Opposing Slashdot Beta-> 23

Submitted by Robotron23
Robotron23 (832528) writes "Slashdot's finest editor to date has been mercilessly locked in a basement filled with fuzzy dice Dice created to furnish Google's self-driving cars. Screaming, followed by sounds of frenzied masturbation, have been reported from the subterranean dungeon. "There's no way enough ejaculatory fluid is getting sprayed on our dice to make us care about this deluded protestor's opinion." a Dice executive commented earlier. Former Slashdot owner turned professional millionaire Robert Malda, expressed support: "No porn. More dice than a casino. Lame.""
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Comment: What!? No mention of War Games! (Score 2, Insightful) 165

by blahbooboo (#45773481) Attached to: A Short History of Computers In the Movies

For kids of the 1980s this movie was first exposure towards the medium. Additionally it heralded the dawn of the hacker and government misunderstanding of the hacker capabilities -- specifically some of the problems Kevin Mitnick faced. Really surprised it wasn't mentioned.

Comment: Bitcoin is it just a scheme? (Score 0) 285

by blahbooboo (#45355693) Attached to: Security Breach Forces Bitcoin Bank Inputs.io To Halt Operations

Having watched this bitcoin project/program/scheme (whatever) unfold the last couple years it seems like a money making fraud scheme. I still don't fully understand how it works, it's extremely confusing to actually try to use the "currency", why someone can just say a bitcoin is worth X dollars, and you can create money by "mining" for it with a graphics card. It feels like something created by criminal entities which will eventually collapse or found to be fraudulent....

Comment: Re:So what. Doctors SHOULD be paid more. (Score 2) 336

by blahbooboo (#44422129) Attached to: How Outdated Data Distorts Doctors' Pay

Lawyers study as long as Doctors, get as many loans, and make less. Most Law School grads make under $50k. Vets are worse. It's harder to get into vet school then MedSchool, the coursework is harder (you have to know medical care for multiple organisms), the loans just as bad, and $50k is a really good salary for a Vet. Hell do you think ANY humanities PhD is ever gonna pay off his student loans?

I would have a lot more sympathy for American Doctors if their foreign counterparts didn't make do with a much less pay. Luxembourg is an incredibly expensive country to live in, yet their Doctors make 30% less then our doctors. Yeah we overpay our MBAs, and MPHs, but it's very hard for me to sympathize with a guy who does the exact same job as a Doctor from Winnipeg for $40,000 more and complains he isn't paid enough.

I disagree as your facts appear to be incorrect.

1. Lawyers have 3 years of school and no residency. Doctors have 4 year schooling, 4 years of residency, and more residency if they specialize. Cardiologists often don't finish training until their mid-30s. I don't follow how you say they study "as long"? They aren't even close to similar.

2. You're not comparing properly. In Canada med schools are far less than the US ones. About 1/3 less according to the article. Thus, the society subsidizes some of the costs of their training. So they don't have large loans with interest to pay off which enables them to be paid less...
http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2011/06/01/should-med-school-be-free-in-canada/

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