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Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 196

Well, it's clear he was an idiot.

He was above her in the chain of command and sex with someone you have power over has been a no-no for at least 10 years.

That being said, they were BOTH drunk- we have no idea how it started. For all we know, she started with him while sloshed and he went along since he was so drunk as to behave like a idiot. For all we know, he got her drunk and tricked her back to his room.

The only think we know for sure is that he was her supervisor and that he shouldn't be making out or having sex with her.

It's common custom in many countries (and still at many businesses in the U.S.) for subordinates and superiors to drink socially. It's a way of opening lines of communication and getting a safe place to speak frankly. However, when you mix people who are sexually attracted to each other, it can turn messy. Women are starting to be caught abusing their power too.

And it's only abuse when it goes badly. In the cases where it goes well, the subordinate is promoted over more qualified peers. So it's going to continue. And there will continue to be scandals.

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

I learned to program primarily on Radio Shack machines (MC-10 and Color Computer, boy that brings back memories). I found the GWBASIC/QBasic interpreters fairly close to the old Tandy/RS variants of Microsoft BASIC. The Commodore interpreter, which was also an MS BASIC variant, still seemed to have some oddities.

The problem with gaming was of course that every microcomputer had its own graphics engine, so it made porting incredibly complex in many cases. Since we're talking about computers that had, at most, 30-odd kb in free RAM, there wasn't much room for graphics abstraction. Commodore's graphics, especially on the C64, with its sprite capabilities, made it very different than the rest of the microcomputers of the time.

But text-based stuff was usually pretty easy, and I remember the adventure writing book, which was pretty cool, and I wrote a few adventure games. It actually taught me a lot about string processing, indexes and counters and the like, so these books did teach some pretty important fundamentals in a way that gave you quick results.

Comment Re:The basic question is answered...but still... (Score 1) 479

You know, you can't just handwave evidence away with "It's a complex system."

If increased CO2 levels are increasing the absorption of solar energy, which you don't seem to deny, then pray tell where the fuck is that energy going, if not into the lower atmosphere and the oceans? Come on, Mr. Smarty Guy, fucking explain how "complex systems" make energy magically fucking disappear. Go on, get to it. Show how "complex systems" somehow allow violations of thermodynamics.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 53

Yeah, let's just ignore that little crash in '99 and 2000

What crash would that be? Unemployment was under 5% in 1999 and kept falling until 2001 (graph). Yes, it was bad if you were in the tech sector. More of a market correction than a crash. <Cue Crocodile Dundee> Now, 2008, THAT was a crash!

So, who benefited from that "boom"? The very same people that are benefiting from this one, and it ain't us.

Indeed, which is why I'm voting Sanders.

Comment Re:I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 53

Here's an amusing thought: Trump has threatened to run as a third party candidate if the Republicans are mean to him, Bloomberg said if Trump, Sanders, or Cruz were nominated he could jump in. So it could be a four way race; Trump, Sanders, Bloomberg, and Cruz. I don't think that's ever happened before.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 580

By sending hundreds of kilobytes of data as an ad.

It's horrific on mobile devices on wifi.

And by not vetting ads so (as happened in reality last month to Forbes), they are serving malware.

I'm sure I could think of others...

oh yea, flashing, blinking, taking over the screen, click jacking you with transparent ads.

Probably more.

Reasonable, low bandwidth ads may get ignored but they don't get blocked unless they are from somewhere with abusive ads.

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