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Comment: Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (Score 1) 526

by gfxguy (#47408191) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots
The problem with your assessment is that everyone wants to do music, art, entertainment, science, research and experimentation... nobody wants to clean the bathrooms, haul trash, unclog the shit in the sewers... we need all those people, too. What's their "motivation?" Let's face it, MOST jobs are shit. People might find it rewarding to create new serums, materials, hardware or software, music and entertainment... who finds it rewarding to flip burgers?

Comment: Re:If only this was a Microsoft issue. (Score 1) 215

by gfxguy (#47332787) Attached to: Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix
Maybe, but I don't think so. First of all, for this "exploit" to have been around so many years, it's interesting how I've never heard of it actually being used to hack or vandalize a system... second, if someone is already able to write arbitrary filenames, they're already into your system; if it's a normal user, you'd be able to track down who it is... it just seems like a really "weak" exploit, if I'd call it an exploit at all. IOW, IMO, nothing to see here.

Comment: Re:No accounting for taste. (Score 2) 215

by gfxguy (#47268445) Attached to: Was <em>Watch Dogs</em> For PC Handicapped On Purpose?
Pointing, not aiming. Aiming might take a little bit more time... pointing your rifle from one side to the other is done very quickly... then aiming it at a target takes a little longer. I don't have a rifle, but in movies and news footage, I see soldiers and SWAT team members often going at least 60 degrees left and right, if not more, in the blink of an eye.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 4, Interesting) 435

by gfxguy (#47262817) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
Plus 1 insightful, but no mod points. I recall almost 20 years ago the single black person working in our department stood up at a department meeting and asked when more blacks would be hired, and the VP of the company stood up to field the question and answered, quite simply, "when more qualified black people apply for open positions." And then he sat down. And that was that. We did hire more black people... the guy that asked the question made it his goal to seek out talented black people for open positions, and succeeded on several occasions; but he realized there was no racism going on, there was just good business going on.

Comment: Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (Score 1) 435

by gfxguy (#47262741) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's
Not necessarily, but until they contrast the numbers with the number of applicants and what their qualifications are, it's all bulls#!t. Equal opportunity doesn't guarantee equal outcome. The PC police understand this... yet still spew their B.S. ad-infinitum, without qualifying their data, without looking at, for example, the graduation rate of people in the fields that Google and Yahoo need.... No, they focus on an unequal outcome and demand action.

Comment: Re:Here's yer free market, telco's (Score 1) 106

by gfxguy (#47225181) Attached to: Portland Edges Closer To Google Fiber
I'm in GA. My choices are only AT&T and Comcast; No Verizon, and the competing cable company doesn't service my area. I pay about $80/month just for internet, no cable TV. Sadly, even if Google decides to come here, it'll both take forever and probably not reach out to the area I live in. Comcast is about 5 times faster than AT&T. I'd use AT&T anyway, but we use Netflix (which now runs great on Comcast for some strange reason), and my son is online gaming at every free moment (except right now... we're watching world cup).

Comment: Re:Detect this sarcasm (Score 1) 364

by gfxguy (#47195331) Attached to: Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

+1 Informative... too bad I have no mod points, but it's an incredibly interesting graph. As a Netflix/Comcast subscriber, with no viable alternative to high speed internet service, I've always argued against Netflix's caving into Comcast's extortion. Of course, the date is supplied by Netflix, but it echoes what we've experienced at home.... it used to work just fine, then suddenly it was terrible and we were always getting "rebuffering" messages, and often enough Netflix would just give up and not play.

I know people counter that this was a result of Netflix's service provider not having decent connections to the rest of the net, but the graph tells all...

Comment: Re:Licensed bricks are still bricks (Score 1) 208

by gfxguy (#47182833) Attached to: Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

It's true but, nevertheless, SW has been one of the best selling lines since it's introduction and, personally, while I don't like every license, I'm glad they licensed sets - I think a lot of them are absolutely awesome.

In fact, one of my favorites was this fairly simple steam engine from The Lone Ranger: Constituion., I put the figures away, I just liked the train. I never even saw the movie.

Comment: Re:why is this news? (Score 1) 208

by gfxguy (#47182723) Attached to: Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists
I can (and do), but you're missing the point - there's a HUGE amount of variety for male minifigure parts compared to females, and because of that, often enough, the female faces and hair are often priced higher. You just don't have the variety. Now, maybe if they stuck with the basic smiley face LEGO it wouldn't be a problem... but they didn't.

Comment: Re:Enough with science-fiction toys , please (Score 1) 208

by gfxguy (#47182685) Attached to: Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

They still do! That's the problem... you probably just don't know they're out there because LEGO is largely off your radar these days.


Forest Animals (new this year)

Bike Shop and Cafe (new this year)

Twin Rotor Helicopter

Palace Cinema

Horizon Express

The Emerald Night (the most beautiful train set LEGO has ever made)

Green Grocer

Haunted House

None of these are licensed, and they are all awesome LEGO sets. Yes, it'd different from when we were kids, but it's certainly not worse. On top of all that, look at the parts you wished you had as a kid... I've been able to make remote control cars and tanks, among other things:

Power Functions

Is that sparking any creative ideas?

Comment: Re:Wow. (Score 1) 208

by gfxguy (#47182511) Attached to: Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

This... The LEGO Group has been failing miserably at trying to attract girls (well, I guess those friends sets are selling, probably purchased by dads who wish their daughters were into LEGO). The fact is, they get berated for for selling "girl" sets with pink and purple bricks, but instead of adding a decent mix of female minifigures into ordinary sets, they come up with things like "Friends," where we're right back to the pink and purple and "girl" jobs, like Vet and fluff reporter for TV (yes, she's not reporting on politics in the set, she's reporting on a giant birthday cake!).

Of course whenever I've discussed it, the conclusion was not to force gender equality in a police force or fire department - that's simply a fake reality, but it's not to make bricks pink and purple either. Most women even agreed they just wanted more female figures in sets... I don't think that's too much to ask for, and putting in alternative heads/hair is probably the best idea I've heard on the subject.

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