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Comment: Re:Have Both (Score 1) 566

by orgelspieler (#48574177) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
Here I was thinking I was the only guy with that setup. Documents on one screen spreadsheets on the other. Pretty useful. I was surprised to find out that ClearType subpixel rendering still tries to subpixel in the horizontal on the portrait screen. But it won't matter pretty soon, Microsoft seems to be going back to gray-scale anti-aliasing anyway (boo-hiss).

Comment: Re:"Expected" to release methane (Score 1) 329

by orgelspieler (#48565515) Attached to: Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

the only unknown is when, but prediction doesnt carry a "when", only a statement that it will occur.

Herein lies the crux of the problem. If the when is "during my lifetime," then I might give a shit. Otherwise, I'll crank the A/C all the way down to 60, then drive my H2 to watch a NASCAR race. Hell, I might even burn a few science textbooks while I'm there; I hear it's a fun way to release some extra carbon.

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 1128

by orgelspieler (#48459683) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

First of all, there are several protesters who have been trying to police their own and talk people down. But if the bad protester is already committing acts of violence, trying to reign him in will get you hurt/killed by either him or the cops that come for him.

Second, police have a history of using agents provocateur as recently as the 2008 Republican Convention. And historically police have targeted left-wing protests for these sorts of incitements. I'm not saying that the Ferguson police are guilty of such a thing, but it's one of the reasons why policing your own people doesn't always work. That, and the folks are really, really, REALLY pissed off.

Comment: Re:Meet Streisand (Score 1) 307

by orgelspieler (#48419945) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online
Just say no to the clauses you disagree with. I had an apartment owner let me lease there despite disagreeing to the big fine for keeping a Weber on the balcony. If you're signing a contract with a real person instead of a corporate "person" you'd be surprised at how reasonable they can be.

Comment: Re:Meet Streisand (Score 1) 307

by orgelspieler (#48419821) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online
At work they made me sign a contract that included some language I knew would make the contract unenforceable in my state. So I helpfully revised it. They threatened to fire me if I didn't sign it as is. So now not only is it unenforceable, but I signed under duress! Yay! Big international corporate takeovers are fun!!

Comment: Re:FISMA Security huh (Score 1) 54

It's not really right to compare CIO and CTO in this regard. The CTO at my company is a PE and damn smart. But he doesn't know squat about IT security. That's not his job. The T in CTO stands for technology, but it refers to the technology that the company makes, not information technology.

Comment: Re:Fuck showing my work (Score 1) 438

by orgelspieler (#48354621) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat
I had a tutoring student with a teacher who gave zero credit on three correctly-answered test problems, because the student did not show her work. The problem? "Give the point slope form of the linear equation shown in the following graph." I told the girl's mom there was nothing I could do. The math wasn't the problem, the teacher was.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 1007

by orgelspieler (#48329477) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

There is much debate over I Cor 7:21. Some scholars disagree with your interpretation. If memory serves, there are two different translations of the actual text that are in direct opposition to one another. If I gave half a shit, I would look it up. But the point is that here is a religion which really didn't have much negative to say about slavery, or wartime slaughter of civilians. WTF?

While I agree that I am not bound by the OT, I think that Paul's reasoning was questionable. The law is fulfilled so we don't have to follow it anymore? What does that even mean?

BTW Paul was batshit crazy. He really thought the second coming was going to be like tomorrow. So most of his writing should be taken in that context. He advocated not getting married. He told slaves just to enjoy their lot in life. These things make a modicum of sense if the BMIC is coming back next week to destroy the non-believers and summon all us righteous folk to his fairy land.

Of course Jesus wasn't completely sane, either. He suggested self-mutilation if you were prone to check out women. Yeah, that's smart. Stick a fork in your eye instead of look at boobies. So much for being the temple of God.

Statistics are no substitute for judgement. -- Henry Clay