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Comment: Re:"Working hours: Get a life" at economist.com (Score 3, Insightful) 545

by swamp_ig (#48535909) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

People who work the harder in their industry will almost always get paid more (barring other factors).

That's unfortunately nothing to do with how well they get paid.

Your pay level is largely about politics and self-promotion. (within a particular field and experience level)

Comment: Re:You can pry my wallet from my... (Score 1) 375

by swamp_ig (#48502779) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Where I live - number of x in last 100 years:

Hurricanes: 0
Earthquakes: 0
Snowstorms: 0
Tornado: I think there's been 2-4 very minor ones with local damage only
Revolutions: 0
Military invasions: 0
Floods: 2 (again minor and localized)
Widespread power outage > 12h: 2 in last 30 yrs

I guess I can chuck the wallet!

Comment: Re:I'm not a scientist... (Score 0) 99

by swamp_ig (#48331055) Attached to: French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

Eyesight is probably the most important sense you have to interact with the world. It's precious and even a slight chance off affecting it is enough to not take the risk. It's not like we're depriving kids of something important anyway.

I don't see what's wrong with the recommandation and the fact that an agency for food, environmental and occupational health and safety studies the effect of 3D viewing on people and kids. Sounds to me they are doing their job.

But there's no evidence.

Does that mean we should recommend against everything else where there's no evidence of damage too?

Funny how incidence of myopia and use of mobile phones are both increasing...

Quick! Ban mobile phones - won't anyone think of the children?

Comment: Re:The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (Score 1) 839

by swamp_ig (#48165153) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Population level surveillance is nothing to do with socialism or capitalism.

It's a tool that can be used by either - generally by the powerful against the majority. In 'true socialism' (which is impossible and more of a theoretical ideal) then there'd be no surveillance as there'd be no powerful group.

Comment: Re:In before Fuck Beta (Score 1, Interesting) 164

by Kell Bengal (#46194533) Attached to: German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement
Serious question: is this a feasible approach? If we can cash them out on a firesale and restore the site back to the ownership of someone who gives a damn, is it worth the psychic damage of giving these fuckers our money? I know Hackaday tried to go private with a kickstarter but failed... could Slashdot have more success?

+ - Slashdot Beta: Because They Hate You 3

Submitted by boolithium
boolithium (1030728) writes "People on here are missing the point of the Beta roll out. The elimination of the existing user base is not a side effect, it is a feature. Slashdot as a brand has value, but as a site has limited commercial appeal. The users are the kids at the lunch table, where not even the foreign exchange students want to sit. Nobody ever got laid from installing NetBSD.

Once they are finished with their nerd cleansing, they can build a new Slashdot. A sexier Slashdot. A Slashdot the kids can dance to.

They aren't ignoring you. They are exterminating you."

+ - If we Buck Feta and leave, where should we go? 17

Submitted by Covalent
Covalent (1001277) writes "I am a long-time slashdot reader (don't let the UID fool you), and I agree with most of you that the Beta is a disaster. Dice has promised a fix, but what if this garbage is the new reality? Is there a suitable alternative to slashdot that members would find equally (or more) fulfilling? Is someone going to fork slashdot and start it anew (Taco can you hear me?) Or is this just the end of an era?"

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