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Comment: Are they real jobs? (Score 2, Insightful) 135

by sideslash (#48926851) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"
Keep in mind that many app developers put a huge amount of time and effort into developing their apps and publishing them, and then only see a small trickle of income. They just hover at the edges of the app economy desperately trying to catch their big break, while watching the big stars like Rovio rake in huge paychecks every day. Often they have to work side jobs like waiting tables to pay the bills while they dream of becoming stars in their own right. And sadly, the statistics suggest that most of them won't ever make it big.

Contrast that to Hollywood, where... uhh, nevermind. Carry on.

Comment: Re:Can we send his whole administration... (Score 1) 200

you've obviously never taken any time to research and come up with an original thought, let alone research anything to substantiate the trash you repeat from far right-wing nutbags

It's OK honey. Calm down or you'll blow a gasket. Let's pick one claim and substantiate it, shall we? In my post (on which you heaped such opprobrium), I claimed that Obama previously said he would lack legal authority to change immigration law on his own as president. Here's a source that doesn't fit the category of "right-wing nutbags" that claims the same, with quotes and links:

Note that this fact checker is disagreeing with a conservative count that Obama said this 20 times, and points out that only about 15 of them are solid examples. At any rate, it's not a one-off misunderstanding or misstatement, it's a solidly documented example of the president's lack of integrity. Wouldn't you agree, O Coward Without Cognomen?

Comment: Can we send his whole administration... (Score -1, Flamebait) 200

...out into the Solar System, not just to visit, but to stay? President Obama's arrogance and lawlessness is unprecedented in that office. He feels that the normal rules don't apply to him. The only way he can keep positive rapport with people is through these cynical and largely meaningless stunts like the "hour of code". His actual major accomplishments have been, and continue to be a disaster for the country.

I personally was in favor of Congress refusing him the "bully pulpit" of their hall for his SOTU address, and instead playing video recordings on a big screen of Senator Obama repeatedly saying that he would lack legal authority to change immigration law on his own as president. You know, since they lack the cohones to impeach him.

Comment: Most vocal Win8 haters aren't Windows users (Score 0) 489

by sideslash (#48850767) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?
Most of the complaining about Windows 8 that I hear seems to be from people who don't use Windows (much) anyway, and instead use OS X or Linux.

Speaking as a software engineer who has always used Windows primarily, I think Windows 8 is a fantastic upgrade over Windows 7. I say that while acknowledging that the WinRT stuff is klunky on a non-touchscreen device, and admitting that most Windows 8 computers seem to be in that category.

However, Windows 8 still rules if for no other reason than the easy OS reset/reinstall/wipeout feature. I can now tell my friends and relatives who infect themselves with malware to just back up their files, reset with strong prejudice, and off they go again to download more viruses. It's a profound advancement that directly benefits the unwashed masses.

Comment: Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (Score 2) 84

by sideslash (#48811501) Attached to: OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

In english "or" does have the connotation you describe.

I would say it "does sometimes" have that connotation. Addressing an invalid in bed: "Can you sit or stand?" Obviously in order to stand they will first sit up, but we don't know whether they can do both. I'm sticking with my theory that while writing the summary and tags, an editor accidentally executed it, as usual. :)

Comment: Re: YES. (Score 2) 703

by sideslash (#48774009) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
"I've made a lot of money on the free market," said the capitalist. "I have decided to donate funds for a local library."

"Sorry," said the socialist. "I need to confiscate all that money to redistribute to others. This redistribution will have the effect of subsidizing and promoting single parenthood and general sitting-on-behinds by non-productive members of society. But they will vote for me, so it's all cool."

The communist, meanwhile, shrieked, "When the revolution comes, you'll both be the first against the wall!"

As it turned out, the communist was close to correct. The communist revolution came, but in fact he was first against the wall, as that's how it often turns out. The capitalist and socialist were merely second and third against the wall, respectively.

Comment: Re:YES. (Score -1, Troll) 703

by sideslash (#48770997) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
You know, let's extend this to all of society. We need to eliminate the middleman "money" as a barrier to entry for all kinds of success. It's not fair that some people live in nicer houses than others. The government should decide who gets what house. And so on.

Hey, funny joke: A communist, a socialist, and a capitalist were standing around and chatting, and the socialist complained: "The other day, I had to stand in a queue to buy some meat." The capitalist asked: "What is a queue?" and the communist asked: "What is meat?"

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk