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Comment: Re:After reading the complaint (Score 1) 203 203

it would seem the defendant(s) would have a pretty good defense if they can show receipts for rework, notices of failed inspections, proof of injury to the daughter and the resultant investigation, etc

Absolutely correct. On the other hand, if, as the owner suspects, they have none of those things, they'd better try to settle as fast as they can!

Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 151 151

If you by "figure out" means "google it" then sure, we definitely need more software engineers that tackle each problem they get with "let's ask google and cut and paste the first solution that compiles."

What I meant was that even if he had to be reminded of what w.x.y.z/m means, that from there he could figure it out on his own. After all, if you never work with networking, you could possibly forget which bits the /m applies to...

Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 151 151

This makes as much sense as complaining that your car mechanic knows nothing about plumbing.

Bullshit. There's absolutely no excuse for someone with a CS degree not being able to figure out, on the spot, how to calculate the range of IPs for a given network, none whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Demographics (Score 0, Troll) 254 254

Black youth are given the same opportunities that every other youth is given.

Good lord, what a crock of shit.

They can attend public school.

Rundown, overcrowded, with severely stripped-down course offerings.

They can use the resources of public libraries.

Sure, if they want to take a long bus ride to a nicer part of the city where the libraries have not been closed.

They can better themselves and create futures for themselves, if they are smart enough to do so.

Smart enough, and persistent, and probably very lucky too. Sure, they can do that, but the point is why do we continue to accept that society makes it vastly more difficult? Shouldn't we strive to remove barriers, rather than add them? Shouldn't we provide at least basic, decent opportunities to people who are not "smart enough"???

They even get preferential treatment when it comes to college admission and many jobs.

Ah yes, that old complaint. Boo-fucking-hoo. (I think there's actually an argument to be made that the current system can be counter-productive here, and maybe it's time to start winding it down.)

When a black youth or adult decides to voluntarily get involved with a gang, ends up voluntarily committing crimes and finds himself in prison as a result, it's only his/her fault and his/her fault alone.

Yes, because clearly, at least in your little make-believe world, they had all sorts of great opportunities to get good-paying respectable jobs. Why heck, instead of joining the gangs they should have spent time at the local rec center--oops closed--or after-school programs--oops shut down--or gotten a part-time after-school job--oops no businesses hiring in their neighborhoods, except of course drug dealers.

The same thing happens to whites, Hispanics, Asians and Aboriginal Americans who engage in criminal behavior.

This is simply not true. White kids do not wind up with felony records for riding bicycles through a neighbor's back yard. White people can get away with so much more than black people that it's ridiculous.

It's not an "ongoing program to destroy their lives". It's a sensible system put in place to punish those who go out of their way to engage in overtly harmful behavior, not just once, not just twice, but often multiple times.

There is nothing remotely "sensible" about some of the so-called "crimes" and their punishments.

So put an end to your whiny nonsense about black youth being held back. They have many opportunities to create great futures for themselves. If they refuse to do so, then it is their faults and their faults alone.

That's a huge load of bullshit. (Of course, some of what I'm talking about here also applies to poor whites.)

I say this as somebody who is 3/4th black and 1/4th Hispanic, as well!

Well, good for you. You're a sheltered, entitled, judgmental, unempathetic black person telling all poor black people in this country "I got mine, you could have too, you lazy loser"! Congratulations, asshole!

Comment: Re:Operating in Africa (Score 3, Insightful) 24 24

I suspect many tribal people would rather not be diagnosed at all.

Exactly. They have not grown up being educated as the causes of disease and its spread. During the outbreak, people were hiding sick relatives from aid workers because they observed that once your name was put on the list, you got taken away and died. Cause and effect in their minds, because they lack the knowledge to understand the real cause, and the likely outcomes of different actions. This is not a problem that can be solved overall in the midst of an epidemic--it's something that requires a generation or two of effective universal public education, which is a big project.

Comment: Re:irony (Score 1) 40 40

Definition #5 is pretty open. That is ironic, don't you think?

No. In fact my point was that submitter was probably thinking of #5, but it is, in my opinion, blatantly moronic to find anything "unexpected" about google buying any large industrial building that fits its needs. In fact, I'd call it blatantly moronic to pull out the "how ironic" attitude for any purchaser of a defunct power plant. Plants of all kinds reach the end of their useful life and get de-commissioned. Then they get bought, and either re-purposed with some renovation or razed. Nothing unexpected there--commercial real estate changes owners & uses, big deal.

Now it's fine to post this to /. because we might find it interesting that a former power plant is well-suited to become a massive data center. But the drooling mouth-breathing "ZOMG HOW IRONIC" attitude is an annoying sideshow detracting from whatever real information there is to learn here.

Comment: Re:Heaviest workload on Earth (Score 1) 23 23

...dunno if the RAM ugprade did something or it wanted just one more reboot...

RAM. I went through this recently building Windows 7 VMs from an orginal/early ISO. With 2GB RAM, it stalled and would never finish the updates. With 3GB it got further, but still stalled and showed no further progress after being left running overnight. With 4GB, no problem, you can actually update the OS!

Comment: irony (Score 2) 40 40

noun, plural ironies.
1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning:
the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.
2. Literature. a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.
(especially in contemporary writing) a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion.
3. Socratic irony.
4. dramatic irony.
5. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
6. the incongruity of this.
7. an objectively sardonic style of speech or writing.

There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ironic about this.

Comment: Re:Why fight forest fires with airplanes? (Score 1) 268 268

Exactly. If people want to move to the middle of nowhere, they need to take on the expense of protecting their homes themselves. There's absolutely no reason the rest of us should need to subsidize the lifestyle of people already rich enough to move to those places.

Right you are! And there's no reason we should subsidize people who choose to live near the coasts and risk hurricane damage. There's no reason we should subsidize people who choose to live in tornado-prone areas. There's no reason we should subsidize people who choose to live too close to rivers in flood-prone areas. There's no reason we should subsidize people who choose to live in earthquake-prone areas.


Where the fuck should we all live???

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 1) 1074 1074

The argument that "we got together and had a vote and you don't get this right" is pretty much garbage.

Last night, on the news, they had one of our troglodyte legislators saying, basically "well, people need to realize that if the Supreme Court does strike down our ban on gay marriage, it may take us a few weeks to figure out how to write a new law to get around that."

I am not kidding. Sigh. They've lost the war, but it will be decades yet before the ones who refuse to admit this have all died off...

Comment: Re:Unhealthy food is tasty. Healthy food is boring (Score 1) 244 244

Are these American variants of KFC and Subway?

No, they're supermarkets. The person to whom I responded was literally claiming that because many of the mass-produced breads in the supermarkets contain (too much) sugar, he was unable to find healthy food there. As though the scent of over-sugared bread drew him uncontrollably, causing him to shuffle blindly past the fruits, vegetables, meats and so on, and fill his cart with nothing but bad bread.

Comment: Re:Unhealthy food is tasty. Healthy food is boring (Score 1) 244 244

But that one has more than a day's amount of salt in each slice.

But the currently-recommended day's amount of salt was literally pulled out of someone's ass, it has no basis in evidence. (You should still avoid hugely excessive amounts, but the commonly-recommended, almost impossible to achieve, amount is just bullshit.)

"Everyone is entitled to an *informed* opinion." -- Harlan Ellison