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Comment Kind of this, but not really (Score 1) 675

Every situation is a bit different. Do I prefer civility and kindness? Absolutely. What happens when you take advantage of my good nature? I really don't have a choice but to change tactics. Probably not the first time, but I'll let you know I won't tolerate it again. Have I been accused of being a bully because someone only heard a more abrasive part of the conversation? Absolutely again. The funny thing is that I rarely, if ever, see those people jumping on the chopping block. People that jump in to help the screw up on their own time happens in the movies, but we don't live in movies.

As an example, iff you are a manager and you are working 10 extra hours a week because one of your people is continually messing up, for how long will you continue to be kind? Your personal life relationships start to suffer because of this person? How about when the rest of your team is also putting in 10 extra hours a week because the person is a real mess? Your boss is chewing your ass daily because you are late with a deliverable? The other 20 people on the team are upset because they can't seem to go forward. Nobody can get frustrated and tell that person causing issues to STFU, even if they attempt to pass the blame? Everyone needs to be kind to their "feelings" even though they are making a job miserable for many people?

TFA has nothing to do with bullying, it's about trying to get people to do what needs to be done. I'll add it's about unrealistic expectations where people don't vent in the workplace (or at least do not vent the same way as you). You may not think that the Kernel is a big deal, but it's Linus's whole life. He built it from scratch and makes his livelihood from the project. You can't really compare his perspective with an argument with a co-worker. It's more like seeing a master architect yell at a welder for fucking up a seam and not fixing it after being asked to fix it. Shit happens.

*steps off the soap box*

Comment Re:And maybe you should read the MIDDLE ... (Score 1) 271

So you can't argue the claim that the court ruling was completely corrupt. Good! What I do find interesting is that you throw up a straw man. Like GP, you insinuate the farmer's guilt while ignoring the other party which is at least as likely to be guilty.

Logic and reason, give it a whirl!

Comment Read it again! (Score 1) 271

Schmeiser never stated that the 1998 crop was compromised, but that the seeds he planted were from 1997. Do yourself a favor and read the whole page, or else you will simply embarrass yourself.

However by the time the case went to trial, all claims had been dropped that related to patented seed in the field that was contaminated in 1997; the court only considered the GM canola in Schmeiser's 1998 fields, which Schmeiser had intentionally concentrated and planted from his 1997 harvest. Regarding his 1998 crop, Schmeiser did not put forward any defence of accidental contamination.[2]

The ruling was, and is, completely irrational. Read that last sentence and compare to the first. The farmer owns the field, but can't sell the field if it contains a genetic modification. So yeah, the farmer was screwed over.

Canadian law does not mention any such "farmer's rights"; the court held that the farmer's right to save and replant seeds is simply the right of a property owner to use his or her property as he or she wishes, and hence the right to use the seeds is subject to the same legal restrictions on use rights that apply in any case of ownership of property, including restrictions arising from patents in particular. The court wrote: "Thus a farmer whose field contains seed or plants originating from seed spilled into them, or blown as seed, in swaths from a neighbour's land or even growing from germination by pollen carried into his field from elsewhere by insects, birds, or by the wind, may own the seed or plants on his land even if he did not set about to plant them. He does not, however, own the right to the use of the patented gene, or of the seed or plant containing the patented gene or cell."[4]

So while the seeds were his to use, he could not use them. Money and politics is bad, but money and courts is worse.

Comment Re:This is not about science. It's about dependenc (Score 1) 271

Hitler was elected by a democratic system as well. Giving the majority whatever it wants is not a good recipe for a free and prosperous society.

No, he was not elected. You failed at trying to Godwin the discussion because you failed at 3rd grade history. Companies are so sloppy when hiring shills sometimes...

Comment Shill, Troll, or Idiot? (Score 1) 271

Every post from you is either insulting or denying other people's claims. Had you attempted to perform a simple Google search you would have found that Monsanto has sued numerous farmers in numerous countries for a variety of claims, including but not limited to violating IP.

One such case shows up in the top 2 results.

In 1998, Monsanto learned that Schmeiser was growing a Roundup-resistant crop and approached him to sign a license agreement to their patents and to pay a license fee. Schmeiser refused, maintaining that the 1997 contamination was accidental and that he owned the seed he harvested, and he could use the harvested seed as he wished because it was his physical property. Monsanto then sued Schmeiser for patent infringement, filing its case in Canadian federal court on August 6, 1998.[4] Negotiations to settle the matter collapsed on August 10, 1999, leading Schmeiser to file a countersuit against Monsanto for $10 million for libel, trespass, and contaminating his fields.[6][7]

Go back and read some of your other insulting posts from this thread and take some of your own advice.

Comment Mixed feelings.. (Score 1) 78

I am not sure I agree with this fully. The webcam site which shows all the cameras with default settings I don't take issue with, because it's not doing anything special or malicious to access the camera. In this case, they are doing more than uploading software by using a default password. The original good intention can easily become something bad. You can check history on that last one if you have doubts.

Comment Re:Population/Area has to be a factor (Score 0) 278

Fewer than 1 million permanent residents in the city is not the same thing as the population of the city at any given time (I didn't really understand this until I started working in SF). In addition to all of the jobs there are tons and tons of tourists. I think it would be most similar to NYC, but without a "good" mass transit system. I also don't think you can compare it to other cities in other countries who have less means.

Comment Population/Area has to be a factor (Score 2, Informative) 278

People per square foot in SF is pretty dang tight. Between 8 and 10 million people live in the Bay area, depending on who's estimates you enjoy. To make it in and out of the city, you need to use Public transportation, which means lots more pedestrians than other places I have been (including DC, NYC).

Finally, we have things like the Embarcadero where cars can be stuck for a really long time because the Pedestrians have the right of way and at lunch time thousands are crossing the streets. A system like a ramp which allowed both cars and people would make a big difference in those areas.

Comment "be something better"? (Score 1) 162

Sorry, but that's a relative term and until pretty recently probably meant the exact opposite of what we promote today. Managers used to be the person who lacked the ability to do any real and meaningful work. Not quite smart enough to be the accountant, not skilled enough to touch commodities, and not of enough financial wealth to own their own company. I will prefix this with the fact that there are exceptions, most often in our (technical fields). That said, a large portion of most managerial jobs is taking attendance, making schedules, and filing the paperwork which other people decide on (not making many decisions). Tedious and thankless? Sure, but not really rocket surgery.

While society has made some huge leaps forward, they have also taken some side steps which make no sense and backtracked in other areas.

Comment Re:Big Surprise (Score 1) 488

I'm not sure if you missed or ignored the obvious statement I made, particularly with _this_ election. Democratic choices are currently Hillary or Bernie. There are no other candidates from one of the two major parties which have controlled politics in the US since the early 20th century. Is this really a voter making a choice of who's best? No, it's a choice for the voter to pick the best smelling turd.

Now when you extend that logic to the Republic party, you have the same issue. Jeb Bush was the front runner by party terms and funding for nearly a year, and the only reason Trump only upset the apple cart because he can pay his own way.

And then we get to the actual election: The best smelling turd from two parties are the choices you have on the ballot. Your "choice" is not for who's best, but who the parties gave you to vote on.

Finally, look at the last caucus in numerous states for the Presidential election. The amount of corruption and magically missing votes to ensure that Ron Paul didn't become the candidate is as plain as the gray in McCain's hair.

Comment Re:NSA and "parallel construction" (Score 2) 206

But my point remains — NSA has not been used to actually harm innocents

My point remains -- this is pure speculation which can not be proven. Knowing the heads of the agency have perjured themselves, I don't trust any claim made by those same people.

Once again, You have stated that they have acted illegally and lied, but you then claim they have not done anything against innocents. I am pretty sure this is called speaking out of both sides of your mouth, and if you really believe it it's called delusion.

Don't get me wrong on that either. I'm not saying we have proof that they have harmed innocent people, I'm saying that their known illegal behavior makes any claim of altruism extremely suspicious and doubtful

Comment Re:Big Surprise (Score 3, Interesting) 488

This would assume that the outcome is not predetermined, and in the big (President, Governor, US Senate//Congress) I have come to believe it's fully controlled.

As much as you may disagree with him, look at the press coverage of Ron Paul. My kid in 7th grade noticed how any time they showed a clip on TV it portrayed him as crazy, and the commentary was always about him being crazy. Now look at Hillary who has not dropped out and the Democrats only other candidate is "Socialist Bernie Sanders". Listen to the messages, and the brainwashing becomes pretty obvious. Subtle, but obvious.

There is a whole lot of psychology involved in these campaigns, and even though people claim politicians are stupid that's not really true.

Comment Re:NSA and "parallel construction" (Score 1) 206

I had a lengthy reply but will just say "Read the Constitution and figure out what and why a warrant is required." The lack of a court order or warrant is illegal by our own laws, only made partially acceptable to politicians by the Patriot Act (which numerous people including myself fought and fight against).

May all your PUSHes be POPped.