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Comment: Re:Start your own (Score 4, Insightful) 472

by g253 (#44110379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?
Look, obviously the young punks willing to work for cheap and able to write are finding better-paying jobs. So many employers are puzzled that they can never find a decent employee for less than it costs to hire and keep a decent employee. It's not rocket science : if nobody with half a brain wants the job you offer, then you're not paying enough.

Comment: Re:But We're Living a Lot Longer (Score 2) 97

by g253 (#42937117) Attached to: Ancient Teeth Bacteria Record Disease Evolution
It is a misconception that we live (much) longer, people think that because they hear of a life expectancy of 40 years or something like that, but that's the life expectancy _at birth_ . If you lived to be twenty, you could reasonably hope to live to be seventy. What we have now is less infant mortality, not longer lives.

Comment: Re:i'd like to see that (Score 2) 393

by g253 (#42858283) Attached to: Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine
He has a point. My computer is a bit old, and while can still watch any flash video smoothly, html5 video is unwatchable, even at the lowest possible resolution. I'm not on one side or the other in the debate, it's just a fact that I don't own a computer that can play html5 video, but I have several that can play flash video just fine.

Comment: Re:Onanism (Score 1) 245

by g253 (#42344377) Attached to: UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight
I've never heard of you. I would never ever read any of your work. Except if I could find some of it for free on TPB... That's just me of course, but I don't think I'm particularly atypical.

Also, even if piracy really did hurt artists, big fucking deal. I love art but it should be produced for its own sake dammit, what makes you think you can profit for years, decades even, from a few hours or days of "work" during which you did exactly what you wanted to?

What, that book you spent five months writing a quarter of a century ago isn't bringing you money anymore? Boo-fucking-hoo.

Comment: Re:What porn (Score 1) 544

by g253 (#40192821) Attached to: What Should We Do About Wikipedia's Porn Problem?
Uh, what? I've had a look, and there is indeed a video and an image composed of four stills. Both depict an ejaculation adequately. The two gentlemen in the pictures are average. They would be considered small by porn standards. The amount of semen is average too. No stimulation of the genitals is shown.

If you want to illustrate an encyclopedic article about ejaculation with something better than a drawing, this is as modest and "decent" as it can possibly be. It may technically be porn, but it is very clearly meant to inform, not to arouse.

Comment: Re:doh! (Score 1) 138

by g253 (#39420601) Attached to: Satellites Expose 8,000 Years of Civilization
Unfortunately those excellent points are of little use in an argument because most religions are only loosely based on their holy book (despite their claims to the contrary), what matters is the dogma - the officially sanctioned interpretation of the "divine" word. When people say "the book says so", what they really mean is "the dude in the temple says so".

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