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Comment: Re:Politics (Score 1) 383

by operagost (#48203005) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

Appointing a political hack as "Ebola Czar" to shut the GOP up is the real world version of telling everyone to calm the fuck down and go the fuck home.

That's an interesting strategy.

1. Prove you're incompetent by appointing an unqualified person to an important leadership role during a crisis.
2. ???
3. Stay calm and PROFIT!

Comment: Re:Politics (Score 1) 383

by operagost (#48202829) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard
Yes, I'm sure that if we had a totally socialist health care system, that woman wouldn't have gone out to shop and pick up take-out. I'm sure that the protective gear would have worked perfectly, just like other fine products of socialism like the Trabant. And I'm sure that there's no way any of them could have gotten on a plane, what with the threat of being gunned down at the airport in socialist Utopias like Cuba.

Comment: Term that applies to this article: GIGO (Score 1) 765

by operagost (#48199423) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

These early personal computers weren't much more than toys. You could play pong or simple shooting games, maybe do some word processing. And these toys were marketed almost entirely to men and boys.

Wow, not only is this wrong, it's stupid. Home computers were aimed at FAMILIES, especially Commodores. Apples were ubiquitous in education, and I don't remember girls being asked to leave the room while the boys hacked on BASIC and LOGO. Were there male-oriented ads? Yes, but I don't remember any unless you count Shatner's-- and that would be only if you were some ironic sexist who thought Star Trek wasn't for girls. The author provides a biased sample by digging up two that happened to feature boys in them-- and they still have girls present. If I felt like slogging on YouTube for an hour, I could probably find ten that had girls and women prominently involved.

Comment: Re: Why? (Score 1) 109

by operagost (#48195651) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts
To be fair, that 5.9 number is after millions of people decided to quit working and either 1. Live with a lower single income in the family or 2. Go on the public dole indefinitely, whether through social security or welfare. The federal government permanently removes these people from the rolls, as if people who aren't even looking for work don't drain the rest of the people who are being productive.

Comment: Re:outsource your wedding (Score 1) 447

by operagost (#48150183) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Quite a few of the 100 didn't show, so I think it was adjusted down a little. Regardless, this was central Pennsylvania, and there I had financial leverage taking my expensive Philadelphia dollars there. No, it was not gourmet food, it was family restaurant food, but from a restaurant I had been to many times since college and I sampled the dishes to make sure their quality was up to par. They charged less per plate due to volume, which doesn't happen with high end restaurants. I'm not afraid to spend $25-35 a plate at a high end restaurant, but I could not afford to and preferred to have more people there.

In related news, my wife reminded me that her sister's 5K actually didn't even cover the photographer (who failed to show and still kept the money), limo, and tux rental. She actually spent near 10K. These are people who have never made more than $20K in a year individually.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 314

You wouldn't think that, with the people around here acting like Americans are so backward for using checks in such a manner. Many stores don't take them here anymore, either. Supermarkets and some discount stores do, but I rarely see anyone under 60 use checks. If you see that old lady pull out her checkbook, call home to let them know you'll be late.

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.

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