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Comment Professional or not? (Score 1) 51

A truly professional "IT Pro" will learn to forget the things he has seen about his/her colleagues.
We've all had to do things like: check mail spools, check user directories, enable debug-level logging on various systems, etc. and seen embarrassing or personal things. The question is: are you a professional who learns to forget it and stick to the relevant data or are you a shithead who spreads rumours and makes us all look like privacy-invading assholes?

Comment Re:I guess I haven't understood this (Score 1) 53

It is will understood that the Tea Party is an extreme astroturfing movement that scores - at least - a solid 11 on a 1-to-10 bogosity scale. Even the name itself is bogus as there is no meaningful correlation between the Tea Party and the Boston Tea Party, there is no virtually no philosophical overlap. The Boston Tea Party wanted to end taxation without representation, the Tea Party wants to reduce representation. The Boston Tea Party was aware of what they were getting in to and fostered their own ideas, the Tea Party just takes the bad ideas that are handed down from their corporate masters and projects them as wonderful and beneficial without question. The Boston Tea Party encouraged participation and thought, the Tea Party encourages mindless following and chanting of mantras.

In terms of constitutionality, the Tea Party is the biggest group of hypocrites around. Sure, they are constitutionally protected to say whatever they want and to encourage people to do things that are counter to their own self-interest. However to say that someone who wants to embrace 1/3rd of the constitution, burn 1/3rd of it, and ignore the other 1/3rd of it is some great scholar of the document is ridiculous. I don't call myself a biblical scholar for having read a few parts of the bible back in the 80s, you don't call yourself a great scholar of Marx... oh, wait, you do call yourself a great scholar of Marx in spite of refusing to read him. Well, I guess I can at least say that you are reasonably consistent in your over-crediting yourself in terms of academic pursuits.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 476

1) Government funds your study and provides your grant
2) Government wants a particular result from your study
3) Government does not renew your grant when the study does not prove what they set out to prove

And...

1) Private industry funds your study and provides your grant
2) Private industry wants a particular result from your study
3) Private industry does not renew your grant when the study does not prove what they set out to prove
4) Private industry tries to censor any study that has results that embarrass private industry

Comment Re:Wasn't the C64 just a BASIC interpreter anyways (Score 1) 92

That is a really good point that I overlooked. When I wrote BASIC on the C64 I didn't go nearly that far (but that says lots about how little I did with BASIC on the C64 and nothing about doing anything clever to not need those features). That said, if these were "programming for kids" type books would they go to that level?

As someone else pointed out, a C64 emulator could make the point unimportant.

Comment Re:I guess I haven't understood this (Score 1) 53

I know you're not generally a big fan of reality, but the ruse that was the Tea Party ended some time ago. Now it's time to face the fact that it has been exposed for what it is. If you want to keep wearing your triangle hat and declaring your fondness for a whole new level of extreme regressive taxation that's fine, but telling yourself that others believe you actually give a shit about the rights that we used to have through the constitution is a lie that nobody but you still believes.

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