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Comment Re:should be interesting (Score 1) 324

And if they rule otherwise .. who cares. The UN has as much legal jurisdiction in this matter as the members of slashdot do.

Julian .. try personal responsibility and accept the consequences of your actions. Stop acting like you are any different than thousands of others that get accused of things. You don't deserve an of this attention, your 15 minutes of fame are over.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 4, Insightful) 662

He's not whining about people being offended by his work. He's whining about those people doing something other than just not going to his next show. Things like trying to get him banned from future shows so that the 5 people who are offended get their way, but the hundreds that enjoyed it don't get theirs.

And he is 100% correct. Don't like guns or abortions or comics ... don't use them, have one, or go see one.

And then stop telling the people that have different opinions they can't have them.

Comment Who gives a flying fuck (Score 0) 225

Stop giving this treasonous coward more publicity he doesn't deserve. It's one thing to fight the system, it's another to just run away like a coward because you are afraid to face the consequences of your actions. Yep .. he might have gotten tossed in jail. But I guess what he was doing wasn't worth the price of becoming a martyr to him.

He's just a coward .. pure and simple. He's no better than a bank robber who steals and then runs into his little hole and hides.

Comment Re:Inevitable (Score 1) 412

Or, heaven forbid, people can learn to stop living with so much crap so they don't need so much money. I just recently moved and was ASTOUNDED by the amount of stuff I had, most of which I don't even use. Two months later, I still have crap in boxes that haven't been unpacked because I just don't use them. So, at some point, I spent part of my income on something I didn't really need. To really make the point, 12 years ago when I moved cross country, I used the smallest UHaul trailer there was and towed it behind my car. 9 years ago, when I moved locally, I only need '2 guys and a truck' to move all the furniture and boxes. This time, I needed three moving crates, and we didn't bring one stick of furniture except our bed and two lawn chairs.

Here is an example of living with less. When we moved, we didn't bring any furniture or appliances with us because they take up a lot of space to ship cross country. The house we purchased didn't have a microwave, and we decided not to buy one until we figure out how we are going to deal with the small kitchen.

Two months later, we are considering never buying one. We've re-learned how to take leftovers and cook them into something better rather than just reheating. We don't buy frozen convenience foods anymore. Surprisingly, or food bill has dropped as we consume all of our food instead of throwing it out, and purchase lower cost ingredients instead of higher-cost pre-made foods. My wife has lost 10 pounds, and I've lost 7. Without changing any of our exercise habits, except we now live in a two story home instead of a one story home.

Another example. We no longer commute 40 miles (my wife) or 60 (me) miles a day to work. We moved to a smaller town with a lower cost of living. My commute is now zero, my company allowed me to work from home. My wife's commute is now 20 miles a day. I fill up my car every other week when it reaches about half a tank instead of once a week when it was almost empty. I figure we are saving over $200/month just on gas, both on commuting and just living in a smaller community, and we'll put about 1/3rd the miles on our vehicles.

It is possible right now for my wife to completely stop working with all of the savings we have. She doesn't want to, so are taking her income and just stashing it away for retirement.

If many in the US could find a way to return to one-income households, that would remove a significant amount of labor from the job market and allow for the continued automation of jobs.

But .. just in case, I've got a sailboat ready. If forced to, my wife and I can easily become liveaboards and live off our retirement in the Caribbean without all of the socialist BS so many slackers want.

Comment Interesting point, but meaningless to most (Score 1) 166

When I run out of games to play on my Samsung, I still won't consider Apple because I think their interface and control-freak issues mostly suck the big one. My company forced me to have one for awhile, so I had two phones. I just recently gave it back because a 'free' phone is worth exactly that; I'd rather pay for my Android than use a free iPhone.

Fortunately, I'm not one of those people who just have to have the latest game or phone so I can be part of the 'in' crowd. I'm happy waiting until my old phone breaks before getting a new one and playing the few games I have for the few minutes a day I play them because I'm not addicted to my fucking phone.

Comment Re:This is fantastic. (Score 2) 247

The problem with the US elections has nothing to do with money (at least not directly) or whether people are capable of deciding who to vote for.

I'll prove it with this statement ... why don't you run for office???

I'll wait while you form a response ....

I'll bet the reasons fell into either it doesn't interest you, you can't afford to take the time off, you don't want the public scrutiny, you don't think you could get elected, you are too busy, or a ton of other reasons.

Which is why we basically have dedicated politicians, only someone who really wants to be a politician wants to run for office. And they usually have some sort of dedicated income so they don't worry about having a job if they lose. Or in 4 years when they get kicked out.

I've talked with a few people who have run for local political positions, and most have said they would never do it again because of the experience. My wife discourages me from public office whenever I bring it up because she was involved in local elections when she was young.

We get the politicians we get because no one else wants the job.

On a side note, I always find it funny that people complain about money in politics, and how they want to get rid of it. But what they really mean is they want to get rid of all the money from groups they don't approve of. They don't want the Koch brothers to have any say, but they don't mind if the Sierra Club or Everytown does. They complain about how money influences politics. But can't answer the question about why, if it influences it so much, doesn't the NRA give a lot of money to anti-gun politicians in order to sway their opinions??

Maybe it's the actions of the politicians that attract the money, not the money changing the actions of the politicians. Doesn't it make more sense for organizations to give money to the politicians they want to get elected rather than give money to those that disagree with them?? In other words, just because ice cream sales go up in the summer and it's hot in the summer doesn't mean that ice cream makes it hot out. Just because the NRA gives money to a politician that votes against gun control doesn't mean that the money caused him to vote that way. After all, Bloomberg has pretty big pockets too.

Comment Or .. this is what happens. (Score 2) 229

Our company started up some Big Data projects. Well, no one at work knows Big Data, so they went out and hired a bunch of new people. There are no 'old people' on the team. So naturally, none of the 'old people' are going to know it, except possible by some book learning. It's the company's own fault that none of the 'old people' know Big Data, because they won't put them on the teams.

In our company, we do sprints, and only put people in projects that already have the skills necessary to do the work. There is one special team that does research into new tech, but nine times out of ten, we hire people to implement it rather than train internally. Why?? Because we are already all busy and we don't have time to wait for me to train my replacement and then for me to learn the new stuff.

And this crap about new people not knowing the old tech is the same thing. Back in the 'old days', we had a concept where we would rotate people through maintenance and new development. That way they learn multiple systems and skills. But we don't do that anymore because Johnny is a web developer and we need his skills on the web development team. We don't have time for him to learn back end development.

The largest blame for corporations not having 'talented' people is the corporate environment and it's stupid rules. However, there are also a lot of people that won't learn new things, or old things. Mostly because they just aren't as bright as they think they are, and it takes too much effort.

Now, I'm a 56 year old 38 year IT veteran, who started out hacking the college HP so I could get accounts with better priority. I'm the kind of person that says "I don't know it, but I can learn it" and over the years have seen my salary grow because I can just as easily write in COBOL as I can Java, and a host of other languages. I can hand wire serial and network cables, build windows and unix servers, run cables through ceilings, and even administer phone systems. Because I've been lucky enough to work for smaller companies that didn't have the luxury of hiring specialized talents. Or stupid rules about what a developer is allowed to have access to.

My advice to developers is stop working for the big guys, take a small cut in pay and go work for someone that doesn't have a big shop so you can learn lots of stuff. Because, when you can work in any aspect of the IT world, you become far more valuable to your company when they realize they can put you in any project and you can perform.

Comment Re:Manipulate people opinions (Score 2, Interesting) 133

Those supposed health groups that try and tell all of us that sugar, soda, and corn syrup are all evil and shouldn't be consumed have been playing this same game. How dare Coke try and refute the lies those groups are spreading.

Funny thing, I rarely drink soda anymore, and I'm still overweight. Could it possibly be that other factors are involved?? Like not having enough physical activity?? Or just simply eating too much??

Everyone knows that too many calories and not enough physical activity causes weight gain. But a few feel it is their responsibility to get things banned because some people just can't control their own eating habits. They would ban something that many enjoy in moderation just to impact the few that still will be overweight because they have numerous issues with their caloric intake and burn rates.

I grew up with soda in the house. It was a treat. We had it once in awhile. We always had whole milk for dinner. I drank water in the summer from the hose, and the rest of the time from the tap. I had one or two bowls of sugary cereal every morning for breakfast. Yet I wasn't overweight because I rode my bike or walked everywhere I needed, my parents didn't cart my sorry ass around town unless the weather was really bad. I had a newspaper route, which for some reason has been deemed too dangerous for kids anymore. My parents let me walk the three blocks to the school playground as a young child without worry some nosy busybody would call the cops on them abandoning their kids. Oh .. wait .. my dad was a cop. We ate pizza and had milk shakes in the school cafeteria,. Yet, two years after I graduated from high school, a friends mom said I looked much better than that skinny kid I was in high school. Apparently, school lunches, soda, and sugary cereals don't make kids fat because most of my friends lived the same way.

Soda is not causing our kids to get fat. Frosted Flakes are not causing our kids to get fat.

Parents who don't encourage their kids to get off their asses and play outside are causing our kids to get fat. Parents who don't know how to cook and get carry-out every night are causing our kids to get fat. Parents who believe Kraft Mac and Cheese can be served several nights a week are making our kids fat. Parents who keep large supplies of soda and snacks around the house are making our kids fat.

In general, parents are making our kids fat. And no one else, not even the schools, are responsible.

Comment Apple has never innovated ... (Score 1) 440

... but they are GREAT at marketing and making pretty looking products.

EVERY product they have ever come out with was made using existing technology, just packaged in a pretty container.

And people paid more because Apple did a great job at marketing.

There is nothing wrong with that, I won't deny Apple their ability to make tremendous profit margins.

Just stop saying their products are any better than other products.

They are just prettier.

Comment Re:Beautiful (Score 1) 53

Bull shit on the battery life. I get 3 days on my Samsung watch, 4 if I turn mine off at night. I've had it for over a year and haven't noticed any change in battery life either. I'm sure there are some people that get only 2 days, I did when I first got it and was looking at it every 5 minutes.

They need to add a wireless charge option though, my Samsung phone has that. No reason the watch can't.

Comment Re:Great, more toys for rich Republicans (Score 1) 53

And the Apple watch is a toy for even richer liberals. Must be, because it has fewer functions and costs more. (The low end Apple watch doesn't have the same type of screen glass as the one that is priced just higher than the Samsung watch.)

Did you actually have a point???

Comment Re: Battery life (Score 0) 53

At the end of the day, my Samsgung watch is at 85%. I easily get 3 days of use before having to recharge. 4 if I turn it off overnight.

Suck it Apple .. you weren't even clever enough to figure out how to make your throwback watch waterproof or figure out how to include a camera.

What an overpriced, last generation POS the Apple watch is. But all the Apple users are like 'Ooooohhh ... look at the pretty button'.

Meh .. if you have an Apple phone, then I guess you are already used to Apple's lackluster choice of options. And lack of innovation. They can only 'innovate' if someone else does it first.

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