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Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 117

"grit" = stockholder profit potential

Many geeks lack the social awareness to distinguish genuine feelings from emotional subterfuge, aka friendship vs. politicking.

Non-technical managers (and other "bosses", including PMs) often manipulate naive techies into sacrificing their personal lives for absurdly low pay and frivolities like ping pong and soda pop. Additionally, many geeks don't have deep and extensive social networks (aka friends and significant others) and so often don't have much incentive to value their own personal lives over work.

Now Google, Khan Academy, and other would-be Masters of the Univese are formalizing the cultivation of "grit" among undersocialized nerds, giving them certificates and free Internet access in the process?

I hope some of these young geeks will think about what this "grit" metric really means and look the executives right in the eye and tell them "You can kiss my grits!"

Comment: Re:Being comfortable around crazy (Score 1) 866

by VitrosChemistryAnaly (#49683593) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

Check out the Nazi medical experimentation for starters.

I hate to burst your bubble, but that most certainly was done for ideology and not science.

They were attempting to use science to justify their ideology, which is just as bad as people who use religion to justify their ideology and no different.

Comment: Re:"There will come soft rains" (Score 1) 403

I too read this when I was young, as a part of a science fiction anthology book we had in school. It is the one story from that time that has always stuck with me. The over-shadowing sense of futility and loss in the story really triggered something in my brain.

Comment: Re:memory (Score 4, Informative) 148

This is very flimsy, as well. Sen. Wyden gave the DNI advance notice of the question, and, his office offered the DNI to correct the testimony in the written record the day after (which happens often with minor technical or honest mistakes; basically an aide to the person testifying who is knowledgeable sits and takes notes on anything that needs technical or administrative clarification after the fact, and then in the official copy of the testimony that is submitted for the record, these imperfections are buffed out; incidentally it would be nice if normal people had this courtesy when dealing with the law).

These statements from Clapper were premeditated vicious lies. He knew that Sen. Wyden knew the truth, being privy to it, and he knew that it would be a felony for Sen. Wyden to reveal that he knew Clapper was lying. Clapper only had to be exposed because of Snowden.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 182

The first question that comes to my mind is, "What the fuck is the point of 2 Gbps service for residential customers?"

Your question is limited to existing technologies and platforms that are built around the assumption of 12/3Mbps connections at best.

Imagine a respectable percentage (or large enough market) where the network was reliably 2Gbps or more.

If the latency were low enough, there'd be less reason not to share multiple GB files on remote drives for editing locally, like agencies using Photoshop files between 700MB and 1GB large.

Hi quality VR conferencing might materialize if the machines connected to each other could exchange data at rates that today are considered too fast to do anything with.

Or what about existing or yet-to-exist distributed networks that might benefit from truly massive throughput? What would be possible with faster interconnectivity across great physical distances? Say 10Gbps. 100Gbps? 1Tbps? 2Exa bps?

Sure, none of those speeds even mean anything today let alone would be feasible in the current market, but hopefully you get my point, which is that the as-yet uncreated future technologies that would evolve and flourish under much faster and reliable Internet throughput can't be known in advance.

And like any resource rich ecosystem, you can bet that once those resources are there, someone and something will use them.

Yeah it'll be used for higher fidelity porn, more unwanted spam, and larger cat videos. But such a network will also be used for cool things like better medicine, more accurate physics, and more efficient manufacturing, in addition to stuff we can't know about yet.

Stop holding back the future by asking for comparisons from today.

Comment: Re:standard operating procedure for monopolies (Score 1) 182

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you're a moron

not baseless insult. an objective description of the quality of your thought

what you wrote is hilariously solidly wrong. you blindly and blatantly deny basic facts of a subject matter you inject your puerile ignorance into

you're deluded uneducated wackjob and if you had any shame you would stop lying and making yourself look like a feeble crackpot to anyone who actually understands the simple basics of this subject matter

just shut the fuck up about what you clearly do not understand you dumb ignorant fuck

Come on. Tell us how you REALLY feel.

; )

Comment: Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 0, Troll) 517

Affirmative action in the United States counteracts institutional and systemic discrimination against specific groups (often visible) minorities.

Affirmative action for women is not the same as sexism; it is a corrective for sexism.

A CONS is an object which cares. -- Bernie Greenberg.

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