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Comment: Re:There ought to be a law (Score 1) 97

You said:

it hasn't stopped any of it

Your anecdote is not enough to prove your position, and no number of examples will do so.

I haven't smoked pot. Not that I was never curious... rather, doing so may get me arrested, thrown in jail, or fined.

My anecdote is enough to entirely disprove your statement.

Comment: Irish are pricks ... tuff. (Score -1) 97

Easy to see why a rational Irish Gub'mnt can stomp-all-over Irish liberties . The Irish have been documented class-A pricks for 5000 years both to themselves and others. Damme even the spear-Danes out for a bit of rape-fest fun couldn't tolerate them.

Then the Brits & French came along to "help". Then the best of the Paddizzz came to America leaving the ol' sod to Hicksville degenerates. Now they are filled with Muzzi-wogs border-jumpers , yet they smyte eachother  instead of Allah-Wallazz and the Gub'mnt gives them the Stalinist sh*t  they deserve. Tuff tit Paddyz. 

Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Insightful) 282

However, if it's in the public domain, there is no monetary incentive to locate, digitize, and restore such a film. It either sits in a vault somewhere, decomposing (maybe even on nitrate film - egad!), or maybe it was transferred onto videotape before its copyright expired.

Counter argument: if the copyright holder felt that there was money to be made by transferring to another medium and selling, it would have already happened.

Instead, all those nitrate copies are locked away and will either burn or decompose. Many of those old movies have copies lurking away, open to non-copyright holders if they had the right to make updated copies and release them. But copyright prevents this.

Comment: Re:Being a less than ideal social fit... (Score 1) 315

by mark-t (#49541871) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit

If a communication barrier exists because of some demographic difference between one employee and everyone else, why should a company have to tolerate what they may be able to measure as a reduced level of productivity because of it?

I'm not saying it should happen, but it *does* happen... I've been fired from jobs for simply "not fitting in" myself... why should being older or even being of a difference race somehow protect somebody from such an evaluation?

Comment: Being a less than ideal social fit... (Score 1) 315

by mark-t (#49541749) Attached to: Median Age At Google Is 29, Says Age Discrimination Lawsuit
... in the company culture is a wholly reasonable justification for an employer to not hire someone who is otherwise even the most qualified job applicant. While age shouldn't ever be a reason to exclude an otherwise entirely competent person, if the fact is that if the rest of the office isn't going to easily be able to relate to the person simply because this one person is so much older than they are, that can introduce a communication barrier, however unintentional it may be on everyone's part and that will impede the effectiveness of any programming team that person is put on. Generally, this kind of thing would be more likely to be determined during an initial probationary period than during an interview, however.

Comment: Re:root = same process (Score 1) 124

I suppose the upshot is that the OS X app store doesn't behave like some of the other app stores.

The iOS and Windows app stores do not allow you to publish an application that can execute external code. The APIs are restricted and their use may be discovered during the approval process.

OS X app store submission process doesn't appear to have the same restrictions.

Comment: Re:" reason to think it couldn’t..." (Score 1) 147

by bondsbw (#49541335) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

From my logic class I learned the first thing you said is called the inverse, but the inverse is not equal to the original statement. The equivalent is the contrapositive. We form the contrapositive by negating the first and last part and swapping them. So you get something like "it could think of a reason".

What the hell? Not only is this volcano some super-super volcano that can destroy the world, but it can think of a reason to do so?

Well that's it. Drones forming Skynet is one thing, but a friggin' volcano with a temper is entirely different...

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin