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Comment: Re:Slaves of Dubai (Score 1) 185

by lgw (#47422499) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Slaves? WTF? Are you so blind to the conditions in much of the world that you think offering a job to someone is bad? Are you insane? These are the best jobs most of the poor in Dubai are likely to have offered in their lives.

It's not right for the first world, so better the jobs don't exist at all? Seriously, I can't imagine how you think this is bad. These jobs are vastly better than early industrial revolution American jobs, let alone no job at all in a place with no real social safety net.

Sheltered suburban enclave American middle class are something else. No sense of perspective at all.

Comment: Re:Slaves of Dubai (Score 1) 185

by lgw (#47422479) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Do you have any idea of the rich-poor gap in Dubai? Sure, there's a difference between driving a Porsche for someone else and actually owning it. But there's a vastly greater difference between a Porsche for someone else and starving. WTF? How can you think this is bad for all the newly employed?

Comment: Re:Maybe because normal humans can't code (Score 1) 494

by lgw (#47421883) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

He's claiming women are poor at spatial relationships as measured by some (pretty arbitrary) objective standard. You're claiming they're just find in fields where success is a matter of fashion. Was that really the argument you wanted to make?

I don't think basketball has much to do with spatial relationships myself - I'd think athletic ability and hand-eye coordination would be the dominant factors (well, and height can't hurt). But then, what do I know about it?

Comment: Re:Oh great terminal, on-the-line! (Score 1) 494

by lgw (#47419135) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

It sure would be nice to have some standards there!

Because there were some firm standards for terminals, vendors could make clever ones, PCs had emulators, and you could make simplifying assumptions. And I guess if you stick to some basic HTML (which you would for non-AJAX anyhow), maybe we're already there with HTML5 (or XHTML, if you go that way).

Hmm, a modern server-side framework that sticks to the basic, non-AJAX world - does it exist? It would sure make all the geeks who use noscript religiously happy!

Comment: 16bit bliss (Score 1) 74

So, there are these consoles called the SNES (Super Famicom), and the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive). Back in those days, we didn't have any of that shit to deal with. Oh, except for the long lines of picking up our copies of Street Fighter and Mortal Combat. Oh the simple days of bliss. All you poor bastards, why do you even bother?

Comment: Re:Buy the book BANNED by Costco! (Score 0) 134

by jedidiah (#47418607) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

If it weren't for all of this fake controversy and bogus righteous indignation, I would have no idea what this book is. Perhaps it just didn't sell well at Costco. It's a warehouse store you know. You can't depend on an item being there the next time you visit even if it was there the last time.

These Tea Baggers seem to be missing the whole "Warehouse Club" concept here.

Comment: Re:So it's ok to kill US soldiers? (Score 1) 242

by smithmc (#47416367) Attached to: Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries
I wasn't referring to any side. But to answer your question... well, I'm not sure I can. Certainly it was understandable for the Iraqi military to fight back against the US invasion. But as for terrorists/insurgents... are they necessarily acting on behalf of or under the orders of their country? Are they legitimate war combatants? Hard to say. There is a government in Iraq, for whatever it's worth, and any attacks on an invading or occupying force should, it seems to me, occur at their behest.

Comment: Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (Score 1) 322

by DigiShaman (#47416159) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

The real policy question is how we now radically reduce the population without war, pestilence, famine and death.

You DON'T!!!

Trying to force AGW change by stymying the global economy is a sure way of ending WW3 (which is happening now) with nuclear fallout. So when a nuclear winter comes about, you might be wishing we had more CO2 thrown in to offset the bitter man-made cold. God forbid it happen, it would still be pretty fucking ironic; being a self-fulfilling prophecy and all. But hey, at least the population is now reduced. Right? Right??!

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 494

by jedidiah (#47415705) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I might not be able to build a skyscraper but I can nail some boards together, plunge a toilet, wire a room, or lay some tile.

Basic home maintenance is something that everyone needs to understand regardless of whether they own their place or not. People need to know enough to be able to delegate to experts and not get robbed in the process. People need to understand what they are buying.

People need to be able to fend for themselves on a very basic level.

This American love of stupidity only serves to make for easier victims.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel