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Comment: Re:No Girls, Blacks, or Hispanics Take AP Computer (Score 1) 118

by istartedi (#47539671) Attached to: AP Computer Science Test Takers Up 8,000; Pass Rate Down 6.8%

I was kind of assuming that people knew all the cited examples were skewed in favor of women. I specifically put in models as an example to counter the argument that these are not highly paid positions. So since we're ruining the humor by explaining this, we might as well go all the way and cite Forbes for some model examples.

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 198

States Rights has always been nothing more than a tool used by people who want something. Usually what they want is to take something from other people. They would just as easily use religion, economics, erroneous statistics, philosophy, or any other intellectual tool they could find.

IMHO, ultimately states don't have rights any more than corporations do. PEOPLE have rights. The PEOPLE should have the right to freely associate and provide broadband. If they want to do that through their city government, fine. There's no need to appeal to "states rights" which has quite a checkered past.

Comment: Re: Bullshit (Score 1) 198

Even the District of Columbia DMV was pretty good, and DC is not known for efficiency. When I got rid of my car, it didn't take very long to hand the plate to the guy, who marked it invalid. That was that. Comcast? I got charged after disconnecting, and the dispute is unresolved after two months.

In other words, "disconnecting" from the DC DMV was easier than disconnecting from Comcast.

Comment: Re:Pot farmers. (Score 1) 369

by istartedi (#47526349) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

The drug war is bad enough, but when the DEA waits until just before harvest to destroy fields they know about... really gripes my cookies. They let it consume all that water, *then* they destroy it. And of course they'll destroy small backyard grows that don't even push people into the next water usage tier. When Joe Sixplant's grow is pushed over, where does he buy weed? From big growers illegally diverting.

Comment: Re:Elective surgery on a critical organ (Score 1) 534

by istartedi (#47525915) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Someone who shall remain nameless once told me I looked so much better without glasses, I should get the surgery.

I place LASIK in the same category as nose-jobs, breast augmentation, etc. Unless you are truly freakish (e.g., Golf-ball shaped nose or something) I have a hard time justifying it. If you're normative in appearance, IMHO any ethical plastic surgeon should refer you to a psychiatrist but they generally don't because MONEY.

Anyway, totally not going to get a laser in my eye. Those ads for dry eye medicine you see? It's because of one of the most common complications. No thanks.

Glasses. Hundreds of years, reasonable outcomes. LASIK? Maybe it'll be proven as risk-free as glasses some day, but probably not until I'm long dead and buried. Vanity isn't worth the risk to me; but I understand others think differently.

Comment: Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (Score 1) 368

by istartedi (#47518315) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

Your analogy is unacceptable. You should have written it in Esperanto. Esperanto is the new standard for analogies from corporate. Also, you should have simultaneously posted it to your FaceBook account which you are required to have if you wish to perform analogy services on this network. Furthermore, you did not submit your prose to the grammar nazi trolls, or allocate time for analogy review in the scheduling program. Please rectify these discrepancies and I will get back to you during my appointed window for analogy review, Tuesdays from 2 to 4:20PM.

Comment: Re:volcano (Score 2) 151

by istartedi (#47467841) Attached to: Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

Ask someone from Seattle

Ask someone from the entire central US. Yellowstone's "next to" is pretty large when you consider the projected ash fall from a major eruption. Aside from that, the knock-on effect on food supply and weather would have global consequences, so I guess we're all pretty "stupid".

Comment: Re:I don't know how they pay (Score 1) 509

by istartedi (#47464303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

The place I just moved from was a fine example of this. Bathtub clogs. Not just a bit. Full stop. Clogged. I tried vinegar+baking soda, hot water, no dice. Called the landlord, who calls the plumber.

Plumber is like... routine hair clog. Goes to work on it. No dice. After hacking for 10 minutes and getting nowhere (it's a master plumber and he's got an apprentice with him) they dive under the house to access from a different angle.

The real problem? It seems that ages ago the little brass dumb-bell that plugs the drain had broken off its chain. No problem. They just replaced it, leaving the old one in what they must have figured was a wider pipe. Perhaps it was, but over time it worked its way down to another section of pipe and just so happens it plugged nicely against the joint.

Only practical way to fix this problem was to cut the pipes with a killer saw. There were sparks flying and everything. The guy showed me that among other things, some guy had somehow sleeved one pipe over another, perhaps as some amateur way to stop leaks.

This was a 92 year old building. Like you say, weird things happen. Landlord was pretty pissed about the bill until I explained it. That's one nice thing about renting anyway--I didn't have to pay it.

Comment: This hits close to home (Score 1) 401

by istartedi (#47460655) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

I recently moved out of Comcast's service area and am in the process of trying to have improper charges removed. Fortunately I live within a reasonable drive of their SA, where there is a physical office. Thus, I was able to employ the tactic of actually meeting a rep face-to-face. Like I said, I'm still in process though. She said I'd get a check. Both of us were very polite, because of being in person. She even did as I asked and printed a screen capture of her terminal, gave me her name so I would be able to properly document this in case the check never arrives and/or the charges aren't cancelled.

It's sad that you have to do this. I pity those who can't drive back into the SA and employ this tactic. They will probably have a much harder time.

BTW, allegedly the first rep that I cancelled with only changed my address, didn't cancel the account. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense to change address outside the SA without cancelling. (sarcasm).

According to another source (not sure if this is true) reps get a +1 when somebody signs up and a -1 when somebody cancels. If this is true, then it's easy to see how the rep would be tempted to just change the address so that their rating wouldn't be affected. These aren't sales people, they are just order-takers. Sales incentives like that have no place in such situations, since the best sales person in the world cannot provision outside the SA!

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."