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Comment: Re:Liberals will regulate it away (Score 4, Insightful) 461

by marian (#48531681) Attached to: Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

You must mean that notoriously goddamn liberal hotbed of politics called Texas. They really don't like that whole goddamn liberal free market direct sale model. If only they could learn from that famous bastion of conservative thought that started the whole mess: California. Let's not cloud the issue with facts. They're terribly inconvenient.

Comment: That makes it all ok? (Score 1) 1262

Really? Your reponse is "everyone does it so we shouldn't even try to change it"? An extension of the "everyone else does it" defense that every kindergarden child can tell you won't get them off.

It's not the community of gamers that's objecting. It's the small, virulent subset that sees it as an attack on themselves. The ones who can't conceive their attacks are exactly the problem and prove her right by doing what they do. People who say "what should you expect" are the enablers.

Comment: Re:Excellent! (Score 1) 665

by marian (#46221033) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Absolutely. A company or university can then discard all of the applicants that attended through high school in those states that do this crap. Makes it so much easier on the rest of us who have an education and might possibly have learned something that requires use of our brains.

Comment: Depends on the company (Score 1) 117

by marian (#43094549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: On the Job Certification Training?

There's no absolute in this. Some companies will pay for your training/certification and have you do it on company time. Others not. It really depends on the company.

I'm fortunate enough that the first option is pretty much always what happens for me. But it's entirely because of the type of company I work for. I'm a storage engineer for a big data center VAR, so I need to be up to speed on a huge number of different storage systems. The company gets financial incentives from the vendors to have employees get and maintain those certifications. The more of us with certifications from a particular vendor, the bigger the financial gain for the company. I take as much advantage of this perk as possible, and I'd suggest that anyone who can get their employer to pay for training jump on it. It makes you more valuable to the company, and in the job market in general.

Whether any of those certification is worth the paper they're printed on is a completely different discussion. :)

Comment: Re:Socrates, not Aristotle (Score 1) 402

by marian (#32732290) Attached to: Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

Interesting tidbit: The only record of Socrates is in the writings of Plato, and is very possibly just a screen for Plato's own ideas. It's easier to avoid execution when saying the things you're writing about are someone else's opinions rather than claiming them for your own. It's highly likely that Socrates never actually existed.

See? I did actually get something out of my degree in Philosophy. :)

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. -- Richard Bach, "Illusions"