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Comment Re:Best and Brightest (Score 1) 205

We're tired of being told how horrible we all are by you authoritarian thugs.

For the record, here was the entirety of my post:

"Stories about women in tech always bring out the best in Slashdot readers."

And the AC takes this as "being told how horrible we all are by you authoritarian thugs". You just can't be nice to some people, I guess.

Comment Re:Three Seashells (Score 1) 194

and basically all paper (it's just cheaper for paper).

A lot of the paper pulp is coming from tropical palm plantations; they are much quicker to yield than temperate forests. Paper pulp demand is still causing deforestation in tropical areas, just not so much in the US.

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 142

Reputation management also involves correcting widely-held beliefs about a company/organisation which are flat-out wrong. This happens more than you'd imagine, and work like urban legends - statements of dubious factual content passed around as gospel truth.

Then that's what you spend your marketing budget on. It does NOT mean you should hire an army of minimum wage sockpuppets to post phony reviews or pay media strategies companies to edit your Wiki page.

If you can't repair your image honestly, you're either not trying or you don't deserve the image you want. Social media did NOT change the rules. In fact, it may have made them more important than ever.

How often have you seen a Slashdot post condemn a company for something it hasn't done, only for that post to be modded +5 and accepted as an honest appraisal of said company?

In middle school, there was a guy who called me a bad name in front of a bunch of people. Everybody laughed, and it was the equivalent of a +5 mod. Through my behavior and speech, people soon realized it wasn't true. I did not hire 20 strangers to give testimony or to scream in the guy's face.

The last thing you want to do when a damaging falsehood about your company is spreading like wildfire across the internet is to sit there and do nothing, as that only guarantees it will continue unabated.

To paraphrase a famous politician, business ain't twiddlywinks. Bad PR is not an excuse for corporate dishonesty. I'm sorry, it's just not.

Comment Fourth grade my fuzzy ass (Score 2) 578

Apparently this dummy, Olga Khazan (if that is indeed her real name) doesn't realize that there's a difference between "hating math" and not knowing any math beyond that taught in the 4th grade. Shit, I hated math, but I went through Calculus and Real Analysis. Then I married a mathematician so that I could get my partial differential equations solved via the bonds of matrimony. You know, whenever the need arises.

If you don't know basic algebra, you're not going to code for shit. It's like that Republican legislator from Arizona, Al Melvin, who believes that doing math with letters instead of numbers is a liberal conspiracy.


If you can't do that liberal math with letters instead of numbers, you can't code for shit.

Comment Re:The problem is people will comment on the bad. (Score 1, Interesting) 142

I guess human nature varies. If I'm not 100% satisfied at a restaurant, I'll generally chalk it up to them having an off day. I might tell the proprietor, but I'm not gonna go rant on Yelp. If I have a really nice meal, I'll go give a good review. It's sort of the YMMV approach.

I'm generally not much for bad reviews, just as I very seldom mod any comments down. I'm a believer in the carrot over the stick.

Comment Re:Austrian Machine (Score 4, Informative) 150

A school, I might add, that couldn't even COMPREHEND THE EXISTENCE of stagflation

What do you mean? Keynes modeled stagflation; he didn't use that term, but it's clear that Keynes, and those who studied his work, were aware of the effect of a supply shock on an economy.

The issue with Keynesian policy and stagflation is, given two problems with conflicting resolutions, how do you address both of them?

We now know that tackling them one at a time works. First you address inflation, then you address stagnation. This isn't a weakness of Keynesian theory -- it's validation.