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Comment: Re:Be nice (Score 3, Informative) 265

by dafoomie (#48963027) Attached to: Don't Sass Your Uber Driver - He's Rating You Too

Creating a system where buyers can extort and outright steal from you with little recourse and no mechanism for warning others of their behavior was a GREAT idea. I should be able to neg a guy for buying my item and not paying for it so that his identical item at a higher price could sell. I should be able to neg someone for a chargeback after the item's been delivered. I should be able to neg someone for trying to return their damaged item in place of the good working item I sent.

They've created an environment where the buyer has nothing to lose from bad behavior.

Comment: Re:No pity (Score 1) 827

by dafoomie (#44589585) Attached to: The College-Loan Scandal

In the state I live in (Massachusetts) $3,333 won't even cover a year at a community college.

This table lists the estimated cost of in-state (i.e. subsidized) tuition and fees for all state supported colleges in Massachusetts for the last 10 years, without room and board.

In 2012-13, a year at community college was in the 4-6k range, state colleges 8-10k, and 11-12k for a UMass campus. Room and board goes for roughly 6-7k at a state college and 10k at UMass. Even if you find a job in college that covers all of your non tuition expenses (good luck), you're entering this job market with between 32k and 50k of debt, add room and board alone and that becomes 60-90k. And if you want to attend a more prestigious university, you're looking at 50-60k per year.

Add years of underemployment after graduation to that and it's easily a lifetime of crippling debt.

Comment: Re:The protesters need to refocus their anger. (Score 5, Informative) 1799

by dafoomie (#37669338) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

Thats strictly a paper loss, the Wilpons profited from their relationship with Madoff. They deposited about $700 million and withdrew about a billion over the course of 5 years, their only losses were the ficticious profits they hadn't yet withdrawn. A recent ruling limited their liability to only what was invested in the last 2 years, and likely only the profit they made of about $83 million.

Comment: Re:Democrats loved the Pentagon Papers (Score 3, Insightful) 833

by dafoomie (#34379670) Attached to: Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

If you can't speak frankly and candidly in your private, secret, and classified communications with the government you represent, how are you supposed to do your job? How do you give your government good information and an accurate assessment of the situation on the ground? If your impression of the President of Afghanistan is that he's corrupt and paranoid, your country needs to know.

Suggesting that we extend political correctness into classified communications is completely absurd. The expectation is that these documents will never see the light of day until they're only relevant in an historical context.

Comment: Re:Different psychology (Score 4, Insightful) 483

by dafoomie (#33698284) Attached to: Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

You follow orders because you don't have the big picture. It may be that the manner in which you accomplish your objective is more important than the outcome, something that you're not aware of could easily depend on how and not if.

The common failure among us geeks is that we tend to think we know more than everyone else. You don't always have all of the information in front of you, and thats an absolute necessity for the military.

Comment: Re:I have this really novel idea (Score 1) 922

by dafoomie (#27127643) Attached to: US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles

You know, there is a school of thought which says that a stockpile of nuclear weapons big enough to kill every living thing on the planet is big enough, and any extra are probably unnecessary expense. A nuclear deterrent only needs to be large enough to completely and totally annihilate any country that may attack you. The British nuclear arsenal is big enough for that. The US has about an order of magnitude more.

In order to be an effective deterrent, you need a stockpile large enough to survive a nuclear first strike, and penetrate the enemy's defenses.

"Big enough to kill everything on the planet" is quite arbitrary, if your enemy thinks they can take out most or all of your nukes before you can retaliate, then you have no deterrent at all.

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