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Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 322

by Mullen (#47937515) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

> You regularly use NFC for payments? You must be some kind of wizard.

I use Google Wallet all the time: Pete's Coffee, 7-11, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Target (I'm pretty sure I used it at a Target last time). With the Target hacking, most of the Payment Terminals are being replaced and support Google Wallet.

Comment: Stupid Blame Game (Score 5, Insightful) 1198

by Mullen (#47111715) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Why is Elliot Rodger being put into the Nerd category? I have not seen anything on this guy that would put him in the Geek or Nerd category. What languages did he code in? What con's did he attend? What was his comic book/manga collection like? What technical degree's did he hold? This discussion has nothing to do with "misogyny entitlement nerds" but a genuine crazy kid.

Just because some guy is a Asperger social reject does not put him into the category of nerd or geek. Elliot has major issues and he blamed women and people who had social skills for his troubles. He was an entitled little shit who thought having a BMW, traveling the world and wearing $500 sweaters would automatically get him the girls. It turns out he lacked the one major component in the Get The Girl Formula that you really need, a personality. He found an outlet in Men's Rights/The Red Pill/Misogyny but he could have found an outlet in any of the other shitty beliefs that exist in our society like 9/11 conspiracies, Little Green Men and the Black President is from Kenya. Blaming a sub collection of a sub portion of our culture is not going to find the answer to the complex problem of what to do with truly mentally ill people.

Comment: Re:California is dead, TEXAS is where it's at... (Score 0) 190

by Mullen (#47013365) Attached to: Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

> Look, I am not a Texas cheer-leader or anything, but I will say, at least we have jobs, and a much lower unemployment rate than the average. All of my kids are in private schools, because of the education thing... still our cost of living is significantly lower, and our lifestyle significantly higher than when we lived in California.

I would be willing to bet that high property taxes, huge electric bills and funding private education for your kids (Depends on how many you have), that your Total Taxes + School Fees + Electric Bills are not any lower than my California Taxes and Property Taxes. I don't need private education or have $500 electric bills.

Plus, Rick Perry.

Comment: Re:California = 1D10T Errors (Score 5, Insightful) 420

> Rather, it is all about killing agriculture in the southwest to free up more water for California urbanites.

Agriculture uses about 70%, with industry using 20% and urban populations using 10% of the water. Agriculture, you know, that stuff you eat from those greedy bastards in California.

> Nevada rancher stand off...

Bullshit. It's about some welfare rancher not paying his grazing fee's. Pure and simple. He has no intellectual or legal argument, so he is whipping up the dummies over on Fox News to call out the Tea Party morons to protest his desire to rip off the Tax Payers.

Comment: Forget Cars! (Score 1) 174

by Mullen (#46863371) Attached to: Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

People talk about cars as the next big thing, but in reality, it's trucks. Google 18 wheeler will be able to get on the highway and travel across the country in a couple of days. The big transit points and warehouses are already next to the freeway, just load up Google 18 wheeler, have it take off and two turns later it is on the highway trucking across the country. Just need to make gas stations with attendants that will fill up the trucks gas tanks and check the tires.

Comment: Re: Congressional fix? (Score 1) 217

by Mullen (#46861233) Attached to: How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

Well, the USA does not. To get a heart you need to go before a panel to decide if you are "worthy" and you will survive. If you will not survive or you are not going to take care of yourself, you will not get that heart. I'm pretty sure that the "insurance will pay for a heart transplant while you are laying in bed with inoperable brain cancer which is expected to kill you within 2 months" is Right Wing propaganda bullshit.

Comment: Re:Austin, great but not my kind of town... (Score -1, Troll) 193

by Mullen (#46816725) Attached to: Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

What they are doing is using "code words" for what they don't want around them. They don't want it to be diverse; White's Only. They don't want ANY Gay people around. They don't want any "Femanazi's" around (*Gasp* asking for equal pay for equal work is like cutting off my penis!!!!!). They want Bible to be the main focus of education in their schools.

Don't be fooled with the polite code words, they want to go back to 1950's.

Comment: Re:Lobbying aside (Score 2) 423

by Mullen (#46758657) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

It would not be hard to make it clear to people how much "The Man" is taking.

For example, this is what the IRS might send you:

You make: $X
Your deductions: $Y
Your Tax: $Z
Percentage Paid: %R

For the vast majority of the people in the US, the IRS knows everything it needs to know about you to do your taxes. There is no reason why a voluntary system like this would not work.

Comment: Re:How to Falsify Evolution (Score 5, Insightful) 243

> Same with evolution. Point out a fossil that doesn't fit, and win a prize. except you can't, so you don't.

I always say to people that don't believe in Evolution that if they can collect the data, then make it reproducible and can write a good paper explaining it all, then they can win a Noble Prize and completely and utterly change a major branch of science. Their name will go down in history one of greatest minds ever in the entire length of mankind.

For some reason, none of these people ever take me up on my offer.

Comment: Re:Why should YOU care that TX education is fucked (Score 1) 770

by Mullen (#45989465) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools

It does. Everyone who spews the bullshit, "Texas buys the most text books and thus controls the market" is just wrong. The textbook market it broken into two markets that can be described as California and Texas. The reason you don't hear about California is that were are not Bible thumping morons and Science rules our Science Classes and Religion is rules the Religion Classes. Same thing with our Sex Ed. You don't hear about the controversy about California Sex Education, because there is none. We teach real sex in our sex ed. classes.

Comment: Re:Theft (Score 5, Insightful) 1010

by Mullen (#45599073) Attached to: EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Here on Earth and not Planet Black and White, there is thing called, "correct response to a problem". Here on Earth, we handout measured punishments based on the actually crime committed and the damage done to the victim. The offender in this case stole 5 cents of electricity. Which, while technically is a crime, is not a large one and not one worth the time of a police officer. If, for some reason, it did come to the attention of a police officer, they should have issued a warning since that may have all that is needed. Having a state employee deal with this is a net loss to society and its people since the officer could be doing other things like chase murders and rapists.

Comment: RTFM you lazy bitch. (Score -1) 80

by multiplexo (#45557123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Scientific Computing Workflow For the Cloud?
Seriously, RTFM. There are lots of documents online about how to create your own AMI and upload it to EC2, or you could use one of the prebuilt AMIs available in the Amazon EC2 marketplace, customize it to your needs and then convert it to an AMI. Once you have that you can use the Amazon CLI and script these tasks with bash, or you could use the AWS gem and do it with Ruby, or you could use the Python (Boto) SDK. I think that there's a PERL API as well, but I'll let you do the searching for it, you lazy sack of crap.

"Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming