Waist high snow *at least*.
Games, both downloaded and on optical media, are likely to be encrypted eight ways to Sunday on modern systems. Before you can even begin to emulate games from a modern console, you need the unencrypted binaries, or you need to resign yourself to running community-developed homebrew. This means extracting the console key from a console, which is not likely to be a trivial matter.
I understand you have your commitments, but if you didn't, would it have been worthwhile given the difference in cost of living?
I didn't "lose" the job any more than I "lose" a defective computer when I throw it in the trash. Indeed it would be very hard to consider it a loss when six months later I was earning $10k more per year.
Nor did I put myself in any legal jeopardy. I'll spare you the lengthy analysis.
Best way to handle the problem? Burning bridges rarely is. But sometimes it has a moral righteousness that's hard to defy.
I wrote a memo laying out all the issues in layman's terms and proposing solutions. Then I gave it to my boss. A little while later with no further movement on the problem, I quit.
A year passed and the system was hacked. Publicly. Embarrassingly. Folks here on Slashdot asked what the sysadmins could possibly have been thinking. So, I published a copy of the memo I had written.
Your mileage may vary.
ensuring any photos they post of themselves are as representative as possible
So they should use their drivers license photo?
At the end of the day I think we can boil this down to people letting (perceived perfection) be the enemy of good enough. Not that you'd marry "good enough", but if you met "good enough" in person you'd be more inclined to go on a date or two with them, after a few minutes of conversation, and who knows what will happen from there? When it's online though people see one flaw, real or perceived, and click "next" without another thought.
You can see this to an extent with the user generated match questions on OkCupid. I swear that half of those questions were people taking their biggest pet peeve about their ex and making it into a question. "Does [random character trait shared by half the population] PISS YOU THE FUCK OFF?"
To the West, please wake the fuck up
That won't happen until the Chinese do something we haven't done before, preferably something with implications for national-defense. When that happens there will be a massive panic, followed by determined efforts to rectify the situation. What you're looking for is another Sputnik, and it will be a few decades before the Chinese are there.
For some reason this quote comes to mind: "Americans will always do the right thing, after they've exhausted all other possibilities."
I'm a civilized person, and I say "let them die in the streets" - there is no "right to health care" in the constitution, nor should there be.
Repeat after me: The Constitution does not grant us rights. One more time: The Constitution does not grant us rights.
We had all of the rights recognized by the Constitution. That's why they're called inalienable rights. The only point to listing them is to make it harder for the Government to try and trample upon them.
What's harsh about it? It actually makes sense.
Selecting for attraction is just as valid as selecting for ideals and interests
My point was you can't properly judge attraction from still photos. You lose sound, smell, motion, etc. I've found very attractable women that take horrible photographs, and vice versa. Meeting someone for the first time in meat space gives a better indication of whether or not there is physical attraction between two people. Online they're just as liable to click 'next' without even bothering to find out if it's there.
What attracted me and Mrs. Esophagus was our shared values and interests.
I don't think we need to know about your oral sex life.
Dude! That's not the right Werner Brandes quote to use in a discussion about online dating.
"Shall I phone you, or nudge you?" <--- That's the one you want to reference.
Most females on dating sites get spammed
One of my female friends was on OkCupid (she put me onto it, actually) and showed me her inbox once upon a time. *shudder* She averaged 20-25 messages per day, this in a small city (Ithaca, New York), not a major metropolitan area. Over half of them were cheesey one-liners that were dismissed out of hand, most of the rest were outright disgusting, and a small handful were good enough to get a reply from her. Of course, of those, she ruled out the people that she didn't see a physical connection with, which sounds harsh, but that's another of the pitfalls of online dating (there's more to attractiveness than even the best photograph can ever convey)
Bottom line, out of ~150 messages per week she might have found three or four that got a reply.
I spent almost a year of my life on OkCupid, managed to get a decent number of dates for my effort, but I doubt I will never try it again. Online dating poses two particular challenges over meat-space dating:
- The people who are inclined to engage in online dating seem to be shier than average. Combine this is the fact that there are a lot of "colorful" characters on online dating, and they are hesitant to meet in person even if there seems to be a connection. Consequently, you end up talking forever before you finally meet them. The problem with this is twofold, one you find out too much about them, and lose out on a lot of the mystery that keeps the first few meatspace dates interesting. You also build a relationship of sorts, it's impossible not to with several weeks of writing letters and engaging in chats. Now when you meet them and it doesn't click you've got a much harsher let-down than you otherwise would for a first or second date.
- There seems to be an above average percentage of people who misrepresent themselves. This is hardly unique to online dating, but it's easier to filter a lot of it out when you can meet in person, look someone in their eyes, watch their vocal inflictions, etc.
I think I landed eight or nine dates on OKC in the time I was there. Probably half of them were normal, just didn't click, the rest had issues ranging from "completely misrepresented herself" to "was lining up dozens of guys for dates" to "thought we were married after two dates". I tried it for all the usual reasons, not really into the bar scene, don't have a whole lot of free time, and so on. If I were to try it again I would insist on a meat-space dates after a few good conversations. I do understand the safety issue, particularly from the female perspective, but someone who isn't willing to meet in a busy public place for lunch is likely too shy/introverted for me, or is trying to play games.
Incidentally, the last woman I went out with I met while on a run. She's out walking her dog, I'm doing road work, we wind up talking and the rest is history. Thinking back on it, I had my most successful relationships with those that I met in situations where neither of us was looking for dates. It's just easier to be yourself in that kind of situation, I think, and you're more likely to sustain a relationship with someone if you were yourself from the beginning.
The technology is ready to retire. The impediment is regulatory -- without FCC oversight, delivery of last-mile infrastructure becomes thoroughly anticompetitive, a process which has repeated itself over and over again this past half century. POTS and twisted pair has been the last vestige of deregulation in the sector, to the detriment of the public and MUCH to the detriment of inventors and small business.
we shall treat them like the bad guys. I learned French history in school.
Did you cover the part where the glorious revolution elevated a dictator that that united the whole of Europe against France, got hundreds of thousands of French soldiers killed, and cost France her self-determination for two or three generations? It might be satisfying to root for revolutions where the former powers-that-be get lined up and shot (or guillotined), but they never seem to end real well for the peoples involved.