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Comment: Re:so yo momma (Score 1) 745

by yidele (#40002523) Attached to: Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

He is the only candidate that talks truth, which of course makes him unelectable.

No one ever wants to vote for reality.

'I don't think there's any need to advocate selfishness amongst human beings. I don't know what your impression has been, but some things do not need reinforcement'

--Christopher Hitchens on Ayn Rand, 'no-positivism' in "The Moral Necessity of Atheism"

Comment: Level playing field - an oxymoron (Score 1) 461

by yidele (#39981463) Attached to: NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change

Alternative fuels are unfortunately a sham. No technology or mix of technologies provides even a tenth of the energy output of fossil fuels. Affordability of basic commodities ( plastics) and food production ( fertilisers, without which we could barely feed 4 billion) all depend on petroleum. It's not just energy. The amount of acreage needed to grow biofuels would need to be greater than the total used for food production, and this is WITH synthetic fertilisers made from oil. The whole industrial paradigm is going to rot, a lot of people will have to die before we're anything like 'sustainable' without fossil fuels. Yes, you can help shorten this painful interlude now. Kill yourself.

Comment: Ray Bradbury is a tool (Score 1) 600

by yidele (#28405281) Attached to: Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet

...and a willfully blind one, too. You'd have to be a tool to refuse to see the single greatest technological change vector since at least Berthold Shwartz or Gutenberg. Sure it's up in the air. So is all of literature. So is his renown, fame, reputation, etc. These are all virtual, ephemeric phenomena.

Comment: Re:How much is your time worth (Score 1) 837

by yidele (#27729761) Attached to: Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

The TCP/IP protocol stack has nothing whatever to do with cables.

  Yes, you can make cables with a hand held crimper that are just as good as store bought ones - a decent SLT tester set will tell you what the ACR and NEXT values are. You don't really need to make your cables as good as that for your application, a T1 is 1.5Mb/s, this is an order of magnitude ( or two) less than the switch, so regular cat5 wiring, jacks, patchcords, patchpanels, etc. You can't make your T1 any faster by having "good" cables.....

Comment: bullshit (Score 1) 918

by yidele (#27354107) Attached to: With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

Yes, there is ageism in IT. There's ageism in just about every part of today's society. That should not stop you from getting a degree. I went back to college at about your age. Just remember that there is plenty of IT geeks with a BS degree and not a whit of experience - it's what you do with your degree that counts. BTW, it is possible to have a career without one.

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller

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