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Comment: Re:Old dogs, huh? (Score 4, Insightful) 323

by preaction (#46547249) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

Dr. Townshend: What the hell's this all about?
Dr. Kelso: Nothing! I was, uh, just looking over your files and, um... well... your osteoporotic patients aren't on Bisphosphonate; your diabetics aren't on ACE inhibitors. Doug, a lot of your treatments are pretty out of date.
Dr. Townshend: Come on, Bob, I'm-guys like us, we're set in our ways.
Dr. Kelso: Well, this is not an age thing, Doug. Hell, these days if you've been out of med school five years, half of what you learned is obsolete. Why do you think I spend every other weekend at a seminar in some two-star hotel ballroom that still stinks of last night's prom vomit? I do it because I have to keep up.

Comment: Re:Complete Bullshit (Score 1) 500

by preaction (#46348913) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

It's not only people who live there, but if my estranged cousin from Sri Lanka (who are well-known for their ignorance of US law) is visiting and invites the cops in, they can come in and there's no longer any legal grounds to fight the resulting arrest on the basis of illegal search.

Any occupant at all. I wonder if my dog could consent...

Comment: Re:How long would that last... (Score 4, Insightful) 353

by preaction (#45969287) Attached to: Programmer Privilege

Sometimes it's getting tasked to do something that teaches you how to do it. If you appear incompetent to the eyes of the taskmaster, you won't get the chance to even try.

In an old retail job, a boss of mine told me he got where he was by saying "Yes, I know how to do that" to everything that was ever asked of him, and basically learning how to do it on the spot (driving a forklift, for example).

If you can do a passable job while learning, you can do it better next time.

Comment: Re:How do I type this? (Score 1) 106

by preaction (#44320053) Attached to: ICANN Approves First Set of New gTLDs

That's rather Amero-centric of you. Would you go to an Arabic language website? If so, you probably have a way to type Arabic characters. Would you go to a Japanese language website? If so, you probably have a way to type Japanese characters. These characters have been allowed in certain parts of the URL for a long time, but never the TLD. What, largely, has changed?

This is a step towards more globalization, which is a good thing for everyone except the people who are on top but unable to take full advantage of being on top (the American middle and lower classes).

Comment: Re:so much for... (Score 4, Interesting) 76

by preaction (#43735577) Attached to: Equipment Failure May Cut Kepler Mission Short

So we, as a species, should stop looking towards the stars and keep our noses to the ground and dig, dig until we build utopia on planet Earth? Somehow I do not think that is a long-term survival prospect for our species.

[insert link to graph showing NASA's budget as compared to DoD budget and other government agencies' budgets].

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen