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Comment Ebola (Score 1) 740

Christie put a nurse in quarantine who tested negative for Ebola because he thought she might be contagious - against the recommendations of the CDC - but unvaccinated kids - no problem - it's the parents choice - wonder if when the kids might be exposed he will put them in quarantine

Comment Idiot (Score -1, Troll) 958

I would just like to say that Scott Adams is an idiot - if he thinks science has lost its credibility because he is fat, he is quite simply a moron who enables other morons who can't tell the difference between marketing and science - for example he blames science for dropping the ball on cigarettes! cigarette companies fought the science tooth and nail for 50 years - and fuck him for not trusting science while typing on his fucking blog while reading about the space probe visiting Pluto and not worrying about fucking polio when he was a kid - no fucking credibility? - fucking moron

Comment whining (Score 0) 333

Wow - so many little boys whining that they aren't being encouraged to play with Chistmas tree lights! Whaaa Sexism! Man up - as a white male I can attest to enjoying the benefits of white privelege in america every day - cops don't pull me over and I dont worry about getting shot by them, my bank likes me and gives me loans, people alway defer to me right in front of my chinese girlfriend even when we are shopping for her! - oh and I am the boss at work - don't worry boys I don't see that changing any time soon, so some little girls get to play with christmas tree lights and you will grow up to be a senior director while she will be told to quit after getting pregnant - OMG OBAMA sexism! I guess maybe you guys are upset because you have all the advantages and you still can't get ahead!
The Almighty Buck

Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries 198

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Software development and IT remain common jobs among those in the higher brackets, although not the topmost one, according to a new study (with graph) commissioned by NPR. Among those earning between $58,000 and $72,000, IT was the sixth-most-popular job, while software developers came in tenth place. In the next bracket up (earning between $72,000 and $103,000), IT rose to third, with software development just behind in fourth place. As incomes increased another level ($103,000 to $207,000), software developers did even better, coming in second behind managers, although IT dropped off the list entirely. In the top percentile ($207,000 and above), neither software developers nor IT staff managed to place; this is a segment chiefly occupied by physicians (in first place), managers, chief executives, lawyers, and salespeople who are really good at their jobs. In other words, it seems like a good time to be in IT, provided you have a particular skillset. If those high salaries are in Silicon Valley or New York, though, they might not seem as high as half the same rate would in Omaha, or Houston, or Raleigh.

Comment Re:the solution: (Score 3, Insightful) 651

Yes I love how in the 1860s in the US an armed citizenry overthrew a corrupt goverment that allowed the enslavement of its citizens - oh wait, that didn't happen, the armed citizens were there to suppress slave revolts on the south, which was the original purpose of the second amendment - not to overthrow a tyrannical goverment, it was to preserve a tryranical government which allowed slavery - i.e. to allow (white) people to carry guns to suppress local slave revolts - duh, you can't really keep slaves without guns to keep them in line. The freedom loving patriots in the south never rose up to free the black slaves - that took a fucking government army.

Comment Re: First post (Score 1) 274

I doubt unions are the problem Germany makes lots of cars with very expensive labor - in my experience US management sucks (literally) - management at a lot of US companies is just focused on looting the company by transferring any value created into their bonus and not reinvesting in new products and not paying to keep skilled labor - of course the profits look great for a while until there is nothing left but a dry husk of the company left - usually just marketing, sales and service teams are all that is left in the end state....

Comment SpaceX -whoopie! (Score 2, Insightful) 333

I know this will not be well recieved - but I do not understand the enthusiasm, or what is remarkable about SpaceX - the government never has built rockets, it always subcontracts them out to (usually to Boeing or Lockeed) maybe integration is done by the government but usually that is subcontracted out too - so the "innovation" in SpaceX is basically just a change in the way goverment contracts are run, removing the rider that lets the contractor get paid more if the budget goes over (note SpaceX recieved 250M+ in "seed money" from the gov't - sounds alot like the old way of doing things to me) - I guess this is what the we call innovation these days - as for the critique by NASA and the ESA, it is more credible that both agencies say it could be an issue, they both have experts and have tried re-use before - so SpaceX should listen to what they have to say - but listening to experts is out of fashon these days too - anyway call me us when someone develops a new type of rocket motor or spacecraft system concept, not a new way to write government contracts, or just the government having another contractor to shop with.

Comment Re:Forbit all HFT (Score 1) 246

bingo! mod parent up - damping is what is needed in a lot of socially engineered systems, just as in mechanical systems sometimes damping is required for socally engineered systems to operate effectively - without damping, we get a lot of the problems we see in our society like CEO salaries, or unlimited political donations.... the problem is the people who profit from these out of whack systems fight like hell to make the system even less damped...

Comment Re:need more government sponsorship (Score 1) 126

Rockets were always built by private corporations - like Lockeed Martin - the "innovation" in SpaceX is simply a change in the terms of the contract by which the rockets are funded - the Saturn V was built by Boeing, McDonnel Douglas and IBM as lead contractors - I love how we equate innovation with a change in contract, or how we equate money with actual value - it is like being confused over the difference between a pointer to an object with the object itself

Comment Re:And the US could turn Russia into vapor (Score 1) 878

How is this a threat? the value of the dollar goes down and US industry magically becomes more competetive via cheaper production- China has been buying dollars for years precisely to keep the value of thier currency _down_ - the problem is Russia's and China's they have a bunch of dollars which can buy American goods and services what are they going to buy? guns from the US? - plus most dollar reserves are owned by Americans - approximately 80% - how was this labeled insightful?

Comment very disappointing (Score 3, Insightful) 401

I am always disappointed by the comments of otherwise intelligent people on slashdot in response to these articles, as this point was first brought up by the club of rome and more recently Jared Diamond - the response I see here makes it clear we will have a collapse - everyone is in denial, nobody wants to change a thing, everyone is going to use up non-renewable resources as fast as they can to get some perceived short term advantage over some other group - I want my car, I want my house in the middle of nowhere, I want to have as many children as I can - blah blah blah Exponential growth is impossible on a finite planet, space travel will not save us nor will any breakthrough technology - at best genetic engineering can buy us a bit of time - we need birth control, we need people to live in cities and share resources and we can't have a handful of people allocating a civilization's resources for their own self interest - and I will be cursed on /. for saying this.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.