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Comment: Well, I'm glad you're back. (Score 1) 4

by plover (#47970933) Attached to: I'm dismayed at how many of the old gang are gone ...

Sorry I haven't written you back sooner, but I'm not spending as much time online as I used to, either.

When you dropped out of the net, after a few months I tried googling your name in various Montreal suburbs, just to see if you were OK. Nothing came up at all, which was better than seeing your name in the obits, but I was still a bit concerned that your blindness was worse and permanent. I was definitely pleased to see your return.

I'm definitely glad you're not squandering limited vision or time arguing further with the fey troll.

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 1) 626

by budgenator (#47967997) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

His bigging up experiment at the expense of observation is so he can get his AGW denying bit in.

Which "AGW denying bit" would that be? It can't be the part about observation because it hasn't gotten any warmer for the past 18 years, so there would be no warming to be observed.

Comment: Re:You Don't Go (Score 1) 164

by drinkypoo (#47967467) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

This is really pretty simple. If the funding isn't available to send you to a conference in Vegas -- You don't go.

If it's so simple, why did you make such a sophomoric error? This is about the funding being available, but the decision not being made to spend it in this fashion.

It seems that you can't afford to go and your employer doesn't see value in sending you.

So which is it, do you understand that the funding is available, or don't you?

Comment: Re:Bzzzzt:: wrong! (Score 1) 164

by drinkypoo (#47967445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

You're employer is under no requirement to pay for training unless they have asked you to job which requires that training and they hired you knowing that you did not have those skills.

Ignorance, you're displaying it freely. Every job pretty much demands that you take on other duties as required. The world is a changing place, and jobs change with it or companies go away. As the world changes, training is needed.

Your (note lack of apostrophe) employer is under no requirement to pay for training unless they want to stay in business. Then they should probably think about paying for people to have the skills they need to succeed.

If your company is laying stone or something, this may not apply to you. But if you are doing anything technical, then it does. If you think it doesn't, you are on the road to destruction.

Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 164

by drinkypoo (#47967415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

CEO: "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"

CFO: "We get to keep a productive employee doing the things he's been doing well,

CTO: Unfortunately, the world is changing, and we need to change with it.

Oh, no CTO? Too bad, so sad. Thou shalt fail, o maker of buggy-whips. Enjoy this moment while it lasts.

Comment: It has to be really cheap to succeed (Score 1) 43

by Animats (#47966675) Attached to: SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

This service has to be really cheap and fast to succeed. Iridium and GlobalStar already offer a satellite-based service. Iridium really does cover the entire planetary surface; GlobalStar has most of the planet, but not the polar areas. So it's all about being price-competitive.

Comment: Re: Trolls are hilarious people (Score 3, Interesting) 214

by plover (#47966571) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Your comment reminds me of an old joke.

Q: What's the difference between a computer salesman and a used car salesman?
A: The used car salesman knows when he's lying.

So how does someone know who to believe is a genuine "Computer Professional"? I don't normally* wear a set of test leads around my neck like a stethoscope; I don't have a "Mr. GoodBytes" patch sewn to my work uniform; I don't wear a lab coat or even carry a clipboard. What cue would you recommend people trust? A pithy T-shirt? A club tie? An expensive car in the driveway? An imperial conditioning tattoo on my forehead? Trust is always the problem.

* Yes, I do occasionally drape test leads around my neck, but that's beside the point.

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