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Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 5, Insightful) 48

by l0ungeb0y (#48438331) Attached to: Another Hint For Kryptos
Because cracking the code is a rewarding achievement unto itself? You sound like a highly unimaginative workaholic who can't comprehend why someone would do something purely for the novelty, entertainment or pure enjoyment of the act itself. To you, everything must have some sort of tangible reward such as a paycheck or prize. I feel sad for you. I mean, why do you bother to live? For what purpose? Clearly you find no satisfaction here, aside from working for a paycheck.

Comment: Re:Err on the side of warmth (Score 1) 306

You have only to look at the jungle compared to that arctic to realize that...

Unless you also compare the jungle to, say, the Sahara.

Incidentally, the arctic is classified as a desert. There's very little precipitation, just like with any other desert.

Comment: Re:Standing (Score 1) 199

by penguinoid (#48433475) Attached to: Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

Cut 'em some slack; it's not as though they're attending an Ivy League law school where they'd learn fancy schmancy legal concepts like standing.

Exactly. When you're sued by your own students, you're quite screwed. Turns out not only are Harvard's students incompetent, but they also hate Harvard enough to sue. Why would anyone want to go there?

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 477

by gmhowell (#48430157) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Do you know anything about running a business? In a service industry, people costs are often a huge portion of a company's overall costs. Minor changes in that structure can have major impact on the bottom line.

Even in traditional manufacturing jobs, where a large percent of the costs are tied up in capital and materials, a modest change in employee costs filters through. Just ask GM and Chrysler.

Comment: First in what? (Score 0) 233

by istartedi (#48429371) Attached to: Does Being First Still Matter In America?

First in what? What's the prize?

If the prize is just throwing money down a hole on hardware that will be obsolete the moment it's deployed, then let the other guys win.

If the prize is getting accurate weather forecasts at the lowest cost, then maybe we'd be better off contracting from those countries, using spare cycles from other government agencies that are wasteful and counterproductive (cough, NSA, cough), or writing better software to run on the other guy's hardware and licensing it to them.

The second approach won't allow us to thump our chest and say, "computer that required 10 new hydro-electric dams! BOOYAH! fastest in the WORLD!!!" but it'll accomplish a meaningful goal.

Comment: Re:How about this one? (Score 1) 62

by penguinoid (#48428057) Attached to: US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

"Go fuck yourself."

Better idea. Enter the competition, use already well-developed commercial software (or write a program to average the results of several commercial programs), and easily win the competition. It's not like anyone is going to create software worth millions and give it away for a tiny prize.

Comment: Unfair gender stereotypes (Score 1) 539

by penguinoid (#48427879) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

I'm offended that boys are being stereotyped as too stupid to realize that Barbie is just using them! Wait, I bet I was supposed to be offended that Barbie using her natural talents and as a result achieving her objectives, was using the wrong talent. Cause she'd be smarter to do it all 100% by herself, so the book portrays her as stupid, right?

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