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Comment Re:Happy, happy, joy, joy... (Score 1) 339 339

There's nothing wrong with ceding a few seats (out of hundreds) to "fringe nutters". The whole point of a milti-party parliamentary system is for people who aren't in the majority (or the largest plurality) to get their say, and the district-type systems always short parties that aren't based on regional pork-peddling.

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 2) 502 502

Ahem ... that would be an _ostensible_ propulsion device, the working principle for which is (according to mainstream physicists) poorly described and violates commonly accepted physical principles

History is replete with examples of commonly accepted physical principles undergoing revision in response to unexpected discoveries. I expect, along with nearly everyone else, this is the result of bad experimentation. But you never know.

Comment Re:Might have everything to do with age. (Score 1) 634 634

You're like one of those cartoon characters that has an angry defensive outburst whenever someone disagrees with him, tsotha.

We call that "projection".

And then gets particularly petulant and childish, screaming and stomping around, when it's pointed out -- how defensive, petulant and childish you're behaving.

That too.

I'm surprised to find someone so socially awkward she doesn't realize how other people see her. This article isn't about you, is it?

Comment Re:Might have everything to do with age. (Score 1) 634 634

I see. You assumed you'd find certain kinds of comments and shot your mouth off before checking to see if they were actually there. That may fly in your women's studies class, but next time why don't you check first and save us all some trouble.

I'll give you a little hint for next time: You're not gonna find too many guys under 45 on slashdot, so even if there were actually something to your fantasies about what young men say and do, if they actually behaved like you imagine, you wouldn't see much of it here. The only person here acting like a child is you.

And you'd have to be using your own private definition of "petulant" to find it in my comments. It's true I've lost patience for the kind of transparent bullshit you're peddling, but that's not the same thing.

Comment Re:Might have everything to do with age. (Score 1) 634 634

We've already seen ALL of those comments right here, so you can't say it doesn't happen.

Which comment are you talking about, specifically? Which comment that's not obviously meant to be a joke expresses these sentiments. I'd particularly like to see where someone expresses the feeling any women who's old enough to be their mother should treat them like a child.

Comment I don't see it (Score 1) 93 93

It's an unfortunate situation for those with the rare conditions; there's a lot more potential profit in finding a way to genetically prevent pain for billions of people than it is to cure the handful with the condition.

Oh? How are these people harmed by the development of drugs for other people?

Comment Re:Might have nothing to do with age. (Score 1) 634 634

No, I never considered that. I give technical interviews. All the BS "what do you think your strengths are" questions get asked by HR in a separate interview. I'm asking things like "Can you explain what we mean by '3rd normal form' with respect to a relational database?" If that's the kind of question that makes someone decide to sabotage an interview they're probably never going to find a job.

And it still wouldn't explain the people who don't bathe.

Comment Might have nothing to do with age. (Score 1) 634 634

I've interviewed people who looked good on paper but were completely devoid of people skills in the interview. I've interviewed people who clearly hadn't bathed in quite some time. I've interviewed people who were so verbally aggressive they'd be a constant source of problems. Over the years what's amazed me is the number of people who can't at least fake "normal team player kind of person" in an interview. I suppose that's the point of interviews.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982