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Comment: Re:So no change then (Score 1) 193

by rockout (#46721979) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

You think he's not funny. But don't assume that you know what the rest of us are laughing at.

Comedy is more subjective than food. You can certainly disagree with what millions of people find funny about Letterman, and you can voice your opinion of those people for enjoying his humor, but when you make a statement about WHY those people are laughing, you reveal more about your own ignorance.

Comment: Re: Horse Shoe crabs have been fish bait for years (Score 1) 159

No, I understand entirely that they're not killing them. I say that's a good thing. I'm also not worried about 3% of them dying as that certainly seems reasonable when compared against the benefits of harvesting their blood. I was merely commenting on the fact that you seemed to be representing their status as not endangered at all - when that's the only sentence you write, you come off as someone that's annoyed by the fact that we're not just killing them, instead of the catch-and-release that actually is going on.

If I was incorrect about your point of view, I apologize, but maybe next provide a little more context - that way you won't have to jump down someone's throat and start typing in all caps like a 12-year-old.

Comment: Re: Horse Shoe crabs have been fish bait for years (Score 0) 159

The very sentence you linked to contains this tidbit:

harvesting and habitat destruction have reduced its numbers at some locations and caused some concern for this animal's future.

So okay, not technically endangered, by the scientific definition, but certainly the "near threatened" status would suggest that it's a good idea to not just kill them indiscriminately. In fact, wouldn't that be a good idea regardless?

Comment: Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

by rockout (#46348013) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

the use of show-stopper was perfectly valid.

"show-stopper" originates in theater, referring to a moment in a performance that receives such overwhelmingly positive feedback that it literally "stopped the show."

Apparently, along the way somewhere, the meaning got completely reversed, but only in the context of computer software, when referring to a bug in software crashing a program. It certainly didn't mean that the bug would "stop sales", and even if it did, you're really stretching to cover up your misuse of a cliche. You were looking for "deal breaker", but your mistake is nowhere near as embarrassing as you typing "hate hate hate it!" like the "stupid children" you're so eager to denigrate.

as for "not sure if you are native english speaker", you might want to investigate your omission of the article a in that phrase. Something tells me you're projecting. And you're probably old, so you're angry at your perception that no one gives much of a damn anymore what you think.

+ - The Individual Midnight Thread 40

Submitted by unitron
unitron (5733) writes "Trying to figure out time zones is starting to make my brain hurt, but apparently in a bit over 6 hours somewhere on the other side of globe from Greenwich the Week of Slashcott will begin, as Midnight arrives for anyone in that zone, and then it travels west, where I will encounter it in about 23 hours.

So if we can get this thread out of the Firehose, I was thinking that, as the 10th arrives for us in our respective locations, we could leave here what may be our final farewells to Slashdot.

Until Midnight, this is our meeting place, our City Hall, our town square.

(and yes, our playground)

After that I'm not sure where we can congregate to discuss how the Slashcott's going and whether it's time to move on.

I'm going to jump the gun and lay claim to "So long and thanks for all the Karma", and perhaps someone could do a Bob Hope and re-write the lyrics to "Thanks for the Memories".

In the meantime, a bit of housekeeping.

An AC beat me to the week-long boycott idea by a couple of hours, and suggested the date range of the 10th through the 17th.

As part of a group of people familiar with the concept of beginning a count with 0 instead of 1, I really should have spotted the mistake of putting 8 days into that particular week.

So, should Slashcott Week end as the 17th begins, or do we give Dice a bonus day?"

Comment: Re:Working men top out around $120k (Score 1) 173

by rockout (#45973609) Attached to: The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer


Not to mention, there's lots of "stuff" that costs the same no matter where you live. A new TV, or anything on Amazon, costs about the same (maybe you save some pennies on state sales tax). Cars cost about the same. Vacation stays, wherever you go, cost the same, and all this is bought with my discretionary income - which I have more of, because I live here.

In fact, in the NY area, you've got 3 major airports (and lots of carriers) to choose from, so airfare is often cheaper. This, of course, goes back to "Part of your compensation is getting to live in New York." You can keep your cost-of-living savings for living in BFE. I'll take the extra cash in my pocket along with all the other benefits I enjoy.

Also, to the GP, I don't know what "calculator" you're using, but obviously numbers will vary wildly depending on what you do. I looked into moving to Denver once - found out I could reasonably expect to make about 65% of what I make now. No thanks. I'll buy plane tickets and stay at a ski-in/out instead.

Comment: Re:Working men top out around $120k (Score 5, Informative) 173

by rockout (#45962059) Attached to: The Mystery/Myth of the $3 Million Google Engineer

The working people, including Engineers and Attorneys top out around $120k/yr.

That's one of the most ridiculous numbers I've ever seen pulled out of any asshole. Maybe where you live it's true, but at least in NYC (and I'd bet in a few other cities as well), there's plenty of regular job-type-jobs when people can, and do, make well above that - yes, on their W-2. You just have to be really good at what you do and be worth that much to the company that hired you away from the previous company that was paying you less. Mobility is part of the key here.

Comment: Re:I'd rather donate to Child's Play (Score 1) 50

by rockout (#45813941) Attached to: Video Games Charity Raises Over $10 Million
Actually we do know what happened. They put up a video on YouTube which was a friend of the woman in question simulating giving a blowjob. I'm sure you have a problem with that woman too. "I don't trust this guy because his significant other is a political activist who has a friend that made a video of herself simulating a blowjob on the viewer of the video." You're a fucking tool, plain and simple.

Comment: Re:I'd rather donate to Child's Play (Score 1) 50

by rockout (#45796649) Attached to: Video Games Charity Raises Over $10 Million

You're not only a bad judge of character - apparently your reading comprehension isn't so great. I see you've backed off your original statement of "she tried to trade BJs for votes to get elected to the Belgian senate" - let's look at the actual story behind your claim that his s/o actually offered blowjobs for votes:

Seems to me the satirical nature of that poster and the associated campaign is pretty clear. But hey, let's just smear a guy because of something that you claim his s/o did, which she didn't actually do, shall we? So much more fun that way.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long