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Comment: Hey bosh ... (Score 5, Funny) 60

by gstoddart (#48653499) Attached to: Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much To Drink To Boost Your Creativity

I shtink I've sholved the problem ... we had a working lunch and did some sh-sh-sh-shpit balling to come up with a creative sholooshn.

Moshtly we concluded you're a dick.

Shisherely, your shtaff.

How's that for "refined bitterness with a refreshing finish"?

Seriously, there's a massive amount of bad idea lurking in there somewhere.

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 1) 268

by gstoddart (#48653327) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

What else am I supposed to do? Let him go right on doing it and wait for some teachable moment about not hitting the cat?

Does your cat have its claws? If so, the cat will provide his own damned teachable moment when it's good and ready, and when your kid doesn't expect it.

Though, in fairness to your two year old, I can see fifty coming up ... and I think throwing toy trucks at cats is an entirely reasonable thing.

Cats are evil, pointless animals to have as pets. :-P

Comment: Bah ... (Score 4, Interesting) 268

by gstoddart (#48652365) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

What is the point of putting kids in the middle of the forest if you can't beat them without anybody hearing? It was good enough for us, it ought to be good enough for these spoiled little kids.

Camp is there to weed out and identify the weak minded.

If you want to be coddled and understood, go to frickin' band camp. ;-)

Comment: Re:Brilliant, an out of date dupe (Score 2) 18

by gstoddart (#48652245) Attached to: Tor Warns of Possible Disruption of Network Through Server Seizures

Do you seriously expect competency in the editors? Because that hasn't been true in years.

Being an editor on Slashdot must be a cushy job ... you're not held to any standard of knowing the English language, fact checking, or even doing the barest checking for dupes.

They're just the monkeys who promote the stories, and people keep paying them.

Comment: Re: America is a feminist police state (Score 1) 69

by gstoddart (#48651811) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

Now suddenly the free market, with its rule of supply and demand, is bad?

First off, stop worshiping the free market, it's an abstraction, not some holy deity. It's a construct, nothing more.

Second off, your 'free market' is inherently amoral, and doesn't give a crap about good and bad. If it's profitable to sell women and children, someone will. Because the free market allows you to be a complete and utter douchebag if you can get away with it.

Which is precisely why the market doesn't achieve optimal outcomes, and only describes the mechanism.

The free market is a lie. You might as well worship entropy.

Comment: Re:So how does this work? (Score 1) 69

by gstoddart (#48651741) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

So how come the US government has not declared war on every tax haven around the world because those countries know exactly what they are doing

Because if the people who collectively make up the US government had it become public just how much money they have hidden in those tax havens it would be awkward.

See, if you are overtly helping people launder money or get around the law, it looks bad.

But if you can do it discretely, and in such a way as you may be doing more general banking for rich people ... well, they'll let that slide.

You think all of those millionaire Senators and Congressmen actually declare and pay taxes on all that money?

Many of these guys have a direct stake in some companies which have been accused of some pretty shady dealings, and make huge profits from stuff like this.

Organized crime with a veneer of respectability can be glossed over, and frequently it is. And the system is corrupt, and only really helps out those with money and connections.

Wall Street and Washington are two of the biggest bunches of crooks you can imagine.

Comment: Re:Trade $1,000,000 (Score 1) 69

by gstoddart (#48651689) Attached to: Bitcoin Exec To Spend Two Years Behind Bars For Silk Road Transactions

Help play a shell game to make $10,000,000,000,000 of crappy American junk debt look like AAA rated debt ... too big to fail or be prosecuted.

I think we can take it as a given by the time you're heading a bank or a major financial corporation you're a complete crook and a swindler, and are pretty much immune from prosecution ... in no small part because those in power probably profited from your crimes.

It's the little guys who the justice system is concerned with, the big fish operate with impunity and a wink.

Comment: Multi touch while driving? (Score 4, Insightful) 115

by gstoddart (#48649739) Attached to: "Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

Unlike an earlier simpler version of the system, the infrared curtain can also identify multi-touch gestures such as pinching and zooming.

I'm sorry, but pinching and zooming on a multi-touch display seems inherently incompatible with operating a motor vehicle. For a car, steering wheel mounted buttons, easily accessible knobs, and maybe voice control.

Mucking about with a touch screen? Not so much.

Do the people who make cars not actually keep tabs on things like traffic laws and common sense? Or are they just all trying to monetize your dashboard, and don't care?

I'm not sure this would legally comply with most hands free laws.

Comment: Hmmm ... (Score 2) 198

by gstoddart (#48648239) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

So, in this judges opinion, can we make a fake Instagram account for him or the police?

Or is this act of lying purely something they reserve for themselves?

Because, you know, maybe this judge should start sharing his fondness for sheep and Barbie dolls.

Oh, wait ... if we did it, it would be a crime. And, I'm sorry, but if it's a crime for us, then you should have some form of prior authorization.

Otherwise this judge has said "we can commit crimes, you can't" ... which will pretty much confirm that the law deems themselves above it. In which case this judge's new Instagram account should be interesting to see.

Comment: Re:Keep them busy. (Score 1) 238

He called me a "miserable son of a bitch" and slammed the phone down.

It never ceases to amaze me how someone who is actively scamming you, and knows they're actively scamming you, somehow expects to be treated with respect.

I'm sorry, but do you think you deserve to be treated as anything but a lying sack of shit?

It isn't possible to run this scam without knowing you're scamming. So if you don't get a good response, you shouldn't be surprised at all.

Don't care if it's the only job you can find. You know you're ripping people off, so you deserve all the shit and abuse you get.

Comment: Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (Score 1) 195

by gstoddart (#48639425) Attached to: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

True, much work on it does need to be done before it is nearly as mature as the traditional interpretation.

In other words, it's voodoo mysticism which isn't useful for anything, and the author may or may not be reaching to make his theory look sound?

Because the GP kinda makes it sound like healing crystals, and generally not very useful at all.

When there is "much work to do" on your pet theory before it can explain a lightbulb, maybe your theory is worthless?

Any given program, when running, is obsolete.