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Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 320

Hence it pisses people off when Apple avoids tax and they cannot.

Here's what I don't get about people who are pissed off that Apple avoids tax. They always bring up how much we pay for infrastructure, defense, etc. Do you just not understand who the infrastructure is for? It's for the people who live here, whether they work for Apple or not. Yes, they need roads to get to work at Apple, so yes, in some way roads are critical to Apple. But that's just coincidental, because if Apple weren't here those same people would need those same roads to get to some other job, or to the welfare office. Apple is clearly not the issue.

Think about Ireland's perspective. They don't have these huge successful native companies, they do have roads, water systems, police, town halls, health clinics, schools, waste treatment plants, etc. They have ALL THE SAME SHIT. Do you see that? And they have to pay for it. They don't have these big companies to demonize and whine about, yet they still have all the same crap we do to enable those big companies. So if they can get Apple to move there, and contribute just a tiny bit extra to the economy, they understand that to be a win. They aren't blinded by this strange entitlement that THEIR roads enabled Apple to become great, so Apple needs to pay for THEIR roads.

Companies like Apple are American companies because they were founded here. It wasn't our roads and sewer systems that enabled those companies, it was our culture. Unfortunately, that culture is being eroded by greed and entitlement and the idea that anybody successful owes their success to all the unsuccessful people.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

If your society collapses because people can't afford to eat, then you're just a guy with a nice house fending off the starving hordes with a shotgun. And your delivery of fresh organic produce isn't coming this week.

Well now that depends. Fresh organic produce can be delivered by drone. Can the starving hordes take out a drone? Not at altitude, and especially not if there have been a few more decades of encroaching gun/weapon control. As for the lonely homeowner with a shotgun, keep in mind guns can and will be automated (e.g.

That said, I think that dystopian vision is pretty unlikely. The reality is that people are social creatures and therefore other people have innate value to us. I mean look at how much money our society already spends on professional and college sports.

Comment Re:15M (Score 1) 291

Yet your BN brick-n-mortar bookstore sells a book at the same price as

Not to take away from the rest of your post, but have you been to a Barnes and Noble in the last few years? They do not sell books at the same price as Amazon. They do not even sell books at the same price as their own website! If you go to, you will find that they match or get close. But if you go into a store, you will find a much higher price.

I actually go to Barnes and Noble a lot (magazines, cafe, kids section with my toddler) and check on this sort of thing once in a while since I ran into 10+ years ago. It hasn't changed.

Comment Re:How will that "professional organization" be... (Score 1) 607

Ah, this is the one I was thinking of with respect to Boeing:

That's the union perspective, here's another one:

They didn't go on strike, they sued Boeing before the National Labor Relations Board.

So a union sued a company to prevent it from adding jobs in America, because it was in a state that didn't have a machinists union. This was to be a second production line so they could fill their huge backlog of orders more quickly and take market share from Airbus. They were not moving jobs, they were not laying off people in Washington state... the union prevented Boeing from adding NEW jobs for other Americans.

Comment Re:How will that "professional organization" be... (Score 2) 607

One problem with unions is they pit Americans against Americans. When an automaker wants to open a factory in the South, which is still America btw, the unions protest. So they are too extreme in their protectionism and that pisses off a lot of people. Same with Boeing, they wanted to build their next plane in like Tennessee or something, the unions went on strike.

The other big perceptional problem is that unions protect lazy and ineffective workers. Protecting against unfair business practices is one thing, but the stereotype of the union requiring 3 guys standing around watching 1 guy dig and 1 guy hold a "SLOW" sign (road construction) is just too damning. That's not what we need or want, because once again, that goes beyond protecting Americans and into dividing us. Paying 4x the labor cost (for that example) is a cost that the rest of us have to absorb, and that sucks. Then people start thinking, "Oh, I know why high speed rail is so goddamn expensive... fucking unions!" And they have a point. It's really unions plus excessive environmentalism.

Comment Re:Photos (Score 1) 330

Your futile efforts to preserve everything are nothing but a symptom of your inability to accept your own mortality.

That may be true for some people, but it's pretty ridiculous if you think that's true for everyone.

People also preserve memories so that they can recall them later for their own pleasure. When you're 80 years old and you've got a great-grandchild who's 2, you'll pull out your old picture of your own son when he was 2, and your old but newer picture of his son when he was 2, and you'll say "Wow look at that resemblance!!!" and you'll actually feel happy. Your son will feel happy. Your grandson will feel happy.

It's sad that you're not aware of that alternate use of preserving memories. Are your memories all unhappy or something?

Even if you die on a cross or you end up buried in a pyramid, people will forget you

That's hilarious. It's not "good enough" for you to be remembered and actually worshipped as a God by billions of people? That's not impressive? I think your standards are a litttttle bit too high.

Comment Re:Biased IQ tests (Score 1) 445

"Regatta" is an example of cultural bias that is okay. It's a standard English word that you'll find in a dictionary, and if it's the example that I've seen (it was an SAT question of the form a is to b as x is to y) then it's being used properly. People in this country are expected (even if not obligated) to learn English. In school, students who don't know English well are given remedial English lessons, so there's pretty much official recognition that English is going to be the lingua franca of learning.

A kid who doesn't know English well is probably going to be a burden on the gifted and talented program. He should learn English and then take the test again later.

Comment Re: Bias? Or reality? (Score 1) 445

That's true, but there is a difference between blaming kids and blaming adults. Those deadbeat dads and moms were once children, but then they became adults and perpetuated the shitty parenting they had received. I think it's fair to expect a relatively normal intelligence human adult to be able to exercise impulse control and understand the consequences of their actions. So you can't really say "Yeah but when they were kids, x y z happened, so now the adults are blameless." (I mean, unless x y z were very damaging and traumatic events.)

Comment Re:Segregation not the answer (Score 1) 449

"a place where the rules guard each person's self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others."

Are you being dense on purpose? That's referring to the people in the safe space. Good God, man. Go to a LGBT safe space and tell them they need to stop bashing straight white males and start respecting them. Go to a woman's safe space and tell them #NotAllMen and that you women had better start showing some respect because respect for all is the point of safe spaces.

I'm 100% sure you've seen these safe spaces in action, just like I have, and you know that you're just spewing absolute nonsense right now. You, I believe, are a straight white male. I'm 99% sure you've been told, prior to or during a safe space encounter, that you need to not be defensive and just listen to what people are saying. If something is offensive, ask yourself what experiences made this person be offensive to you. Etc, etc, other bullshit. I say 99% because you may have been there incognito.

Come on. Be forthcoming with me for a few seconds. Do you honestly not know what I'm talking about?

Comment Re:Segregation not the answer (Score 3, Interesting) 449

Yes it is.

"A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person's self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others."

"The concept originated in the women's movement, where it "implies a certain license to speak and act freely, form collective strength, and generate strategies for resistance...a means rather than an end and not only a physical space but also a space created by the coming together of women searching for community.""

So, a place where boys can be fully self-expressed... that means if they want to openly talk about how mean girls are for rejecting them, or talk about how useless girls are because they don't know math and can't code, or whatever... they can do that without feeling uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe. They can speak and act freely. They can form collective strength (meaning... boys against girls). They can generate strategies for resistance, which could be political or social... so stuff like talking about how women "trap" men with pregnancy or rape accusations.

You think that sounds crazy? I've seen safe spaces for women and LGBT people, and yes, absolutely fucking crazy things are said there. But that's what it is.

Comment Re:Segregation not the answer (Score 2) 449

Correct. However, as I already pointed out, boys have a safe space. It's the class where there was only one girl and some unknown number of boys.

No, that's not a safe space for boys. They still will get in trouble for doing/discussing things that offend the one girl. Even if there are NO girls in a given camp, it's likely that the material was created with at least the possibility of girls being present. Not so for the girls camp.

Look, if you want segregated camps, then segregate them. That's fine. Segregated camps (or schools) work well.

But learn what the word means. If one camp allows girls and the other camp allows girls, then it's not segregated by gender.

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