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Comment: Frightened people are easily led and make bad deci (Score 2) 645

by surfcow (#48999285) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Watching videos of the 2nd 911 plane crash into the WTC
over and over and over,
slow motion, up close
seems to have reduced people's capacity for critical thinking to this day.

Suddenly the most paranoid person in any given room was considered a national security expert.

These videos seem to perform the same way.

I refuse to watch them for the same reason I refuse to watch snuff films.

But I know people who watch them with ghoulish fascination.

Comment: management is not the answer (Score 1) 184

by surfcow (#43942861) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will IT Departments Look Like In 5 Years?

Management: IT is expensive - we can save money by OUTsourcing.
5 years later...

Management: IT is expensive - we can save money by INsourcing.
5 years later, Go to line 1 ...

Those of us who've been in IT for a while have seen this cycle through a few times.

After much reflection, I conclude that there is no such thing as competent management.

Comment: 2012 election (Score 1) 260

by surfcow (#42114247) Attached to: Prediction Market Site InTrade Bans US Customers

Tens of Millions of US dollars changed hands on Intrade when Obama was re-elected.

Seems that the many people in the "Fox Information Containment Bubble" thought is they would triple their money. The Obama supporters (and anyone who read 538) realized a 50% return on investment.


Wish I had gotten in on it in time. It's like a tax on stupid people.

Comment: I will pay (Score 0, Flamebait) 642

by surfcow (#42104021) Attached to: Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

I will pay an extra $500+
for a well-designed & configured machine.
For a robust, stable OS.
For cheap OS upgrades.
For useful free apps - pages, numbers, etc.
For standards compliance.
For better than average HW, w/ excellent, reliable support.
For a good OBE.
For drivers that work the first time.
For a decent user interface.
For free, professional, in person help in every major city in the world.
For not wasting 200 hrs on configuration.
For a good API & Xcode.
For a useful command-line.
For smart standards & consistently.
For fighting entropy.
For letting me get stuff done quickly.
For a free HW swap within warranty.
For useful online documentation.
For a ridiculous resale value.
For BSD / Unix.
For superior security.

Comment: Bobby Fischer or Richard Feynman? (Score 1) 626

by surfcow (#41163831) Attached to: Study Shows Marijuana Use In Teens Correlates To Decreasing IQ

IQ, sure, yes.

How about Emotional intelligence? Sexual intelligence? Creative intelligence? Kinesthetic intelligence? Sensorial intelligence? Spiritual intelligence. ...

I suspect MJ has a positive impact on all of these. Would you rather be Bobby Fischer or Richard Feynman? The smartest guy in jail is ... still in jail. How about a balanced life instead?

Becoming the first Type A in your class to heart attack is no badge of honor. Leave that for another.

Light up, now.

What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?