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Comment: Re:Pay, not talent (Score 2) 144

by Lumpy (#49614145) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Right here is the solid fact.

it's not about skill, It's about how cheap can we get the whores for, and how hard can we abuse them.

20 somethings tend to be too stupid to stand up for themselves and accept a 60 hour workweek as normal. They also buy the bullshit of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and keep accepting more and more workload.

Comment: Dear recruiters.... (Score 1) 144

by Lumpy (#49614071) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

I'm an "old fart" and more of a digital native than any 20 something.. I have been in the internet since 1987 in a legit form.. Was a part of it in other forms for 2 years previous... Running Unix and managing dial up nodes for UUnet access. I have been active in usenet at that time as well as not only living the digital world, but I have done more in networking and computing hardware than any 10 of the new kiddies from college put together. How many of them have actually licked a cray?

In fact most old farts I know that are still in the business can still work circles around the new turds on the block. We just work smart using that experience we have instead of being over caffeinated lost puppies sniffing and peeing on every server rack they can find.

Comment: Tolkien saw realistic trees in his imagination. (Score 1) 95

by hey! (#49613635) Attached to: Why Scientists Love 'Lord of the Rings'

By this I mean if you asked a typical person to picture a tree in his mind, he'd picture a green blob on a brown stick sticking up out of flat green space. Tolkien is the kind of person who'd picture an individual specimen of a specific species of tree growing in a place with unique and describable topography. And the concreteness with which he imagines this kind of thing shows in his writing.

When I was young I read and re-read Lord of the Rings for the magic. Forty years later, I re-read Lord of the Rings for the landscape. You can often orient yourself in a Tolkien scene; do a mental walk through imagining the slope of the land and smell kicked up by the damp grass and heather. There's nobody who writes landscape like Tolkien.

If you're a careful reader -- alright, an obsessive reader -- you can correlate scenes in different plot threads in time by the appearance of the sky and particularly by the phase of the moon. So you know what's happening to Merry and Pippin when we're in a Three Hunters scene, or how far along Frodo and Sam are inMordor during the Battle of the Pellenor Fields. That's a degree of attention lavished on detail beyond any reasonable marketing justification; it must have added years to the drafting of the manuscript. It's not even apparent until you've read the book a half dozen times or more.

That sense of exploring the details of a real scene in space and time would be familiar to any naturalist.

Comment: Re:wtf (Score 1) 83


Does the prosecution not have a legal duty to turn over potentially excuplatory evidence??

"In many countries, including the United States, police and prosecutors are required to disclose to the defendant exculpatory evidence they possess before the defendant enters a plea (guilty or not guilty)."

Yes, but there's no enforcement mechanism and no penalties - criminal or civil - for breaking this "law". It's a literal farce.

Imagine we had speed limits with no penalties. An officer pulls you over, says "you're going over the speed limit". You say "Yeah, so what?" His response: "you're not supposed to go over the speed limit. Other than that, have a nice day."

Comment: Re:Suicide mission (Score 1) 774

by DaHat (#49612491) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Atheists don't believe in ANY shared mythos in general. They tend to be independent thinkers. Nice try equating drones with independent thinkers though.

You don't think that qualifies as a shared mythos? The idea that they tend to be 'independent thinkers'?

As an example, in my experience most people who call themselves an 'independent' politically are actually quite easy to peg as to where they actually sit on the political spectrum, they only believe themselves 'independent'.

Comment: Re:The Perfect Bait (Score 1) 774

by DaHat (#49612419) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

I keep seeing that singular case being held up as some sort of counter-proof... always lacking though is a sense of proportionality and scale.

Lemme guess, if a single Amish individual happened to stab a few people, you'd hold it up as proof that even the Amish can be violent and deadly and that blame should not be just focused on Muslims?

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer