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Comment Re:So, in other words, they violate basic IT polic (Score 1) 151

Yeah, all the old behaviors still exist from childhood. Maturity just takes off enough of the rough edges to not be continually abrasive. Well, in those that have matured anyway. About a third of population didn't made it past puberty personality wise. And, about 9% never made it past the terrible twos. That latter group frequently clusters at the extremes of society, for example, in positions where they make and/or break the rules.

Comment Re:how long (Score 1) 398

Of course telling the truth is illegal in a society that depends on it's members telling themselves lies just to go through life without going ape-shit.

Here's a partial list:
The truth will set you free (as in death, unemployment, homelessness, divorce, etc...)
Hard work pays (minimum wage.)
Intelligence is respected (when it fits our designs.)
Honesty is the best policy (to espouse, just don't practice it.)
The little guy has a chance to make it (provided he has blackmail armor to take the blows.)
Heros are to be praised (to drown them out, then tossed in a closet until they are needed again, assuming they survive in the first place.)
It is better to do things the right way (just make sure it's the boss's "right way.")
We are all equals (unless you are in a position of power.)
The law applies to everyone (except those that make it.)
Justice is blind (to reason.)
True love is out there (just like Santa Claus!)
Love and marriage go together (if you love fights, pissing matches, resource paranoia, monotony, and abstinence.)

And, I really doubt this is limited to the US of A.

Comment Re:In a related story... (Score 1) 279

Anyone else remember this happened occasionally in the 80's and 90's: Some loner would tell a bully to fuck off, the bully or his/her family would bitch, the cops raid the loner's house, find a box of batteries and a gas can next to a lawn mower or similar, and claim to have found bomb making materials?

Comment Re:Slashdot Canidate (Score 2) 688

Agreed to some extent, it seems a lot of us libertarians cannot grasp that if an entity gains the power to run people's lives, it's a governmental entity regardless of whether or not it is officially recognized as one. So, instead they prop up some other megalomaniacal entity so long as it does not have the bad word written on the big club they beat you with.

Maybe the delusion persists because it is self-serving to ignore the consequences of acting on such beliefs: Prop up a a favored dictator while pretending to improve the condition of society. And, instead, they are just hoping that this bully will beat the shit out of someone else for a change and maybe look the other way if they want to join in. I have seen some indications of this in many political/economic/religious movements.

Comment Re:So Sad (Score 2) 684

Sadly, in reality, the same bullies end up exploiting this system as well by basically employing parasitic behavior. What they can do, for instance, is pretend to be on top of it by taking credit for group's brainstorming and while volunteering everyone else to do the work to someone important, park their asses on the project and make the other people pay them to get out of the way enough for the work to be done, hijack the project in the last 5 minutes and turn it in for their own benefit, trash it, and dump it back into the laps of the rest of the team, because they obviously need to fix their problem.

Comment Re:It's all tied together (Score 4, Interesting) 550

I wonder how people would feel if they realized that, agnostic to the possibility of a deity existing, their "god" likely isn't much more than a warped internalization of their parents ... kind of the adult version of an imaginary friend.

Thus making religion a manifestation of something along the lines of the sense of security of the family, the anxieties of growing up, and the fear of encountering dangers outside of the family, etc...

Basically, people like the sense of familiarity and try to maintain some semblance of it into adulthood so they feel more secure and sure of themselves. It gets spooky when you realize that that sense of familiarity is frequently not the positive kind.

This is usually where I get accused of being atheistic...

Comment Entropy (Score 1) 429

I trust a machine to run in a manner roughly consistent with what is to be expected due to entropy, it's own and the system it happens to reside in, plus any others it has contact with. Whether or not I trust the people that are supposed to be performing work against said entropy is another matter.

If you let con-men run the show, incompetents pretend to do the work, and otherwise starve the effort of what it needs to succeed, don't act all shocked when you are left holding the proverbial radioactive bag after they get through with it. This is the price of engineered ignorance and half-assed stewardship.

Can it work? Of course. Is it worth the cost? That depends, probably not. Will it work? Chances are grim: There is usually too much that could be screwed up that could be simply covered over with a shiny smiley face on a output system like that.

Comment Re:false dichotomy? (Score 1) 15

It can be anything from just trying to be positive (too scared to criticize, feels it will do more harm that good) to flat-out Narcissistic manipulation and posturing. There is too little to go on to narrow the field. But, considering organizational politics, it's probably some of both and quite a bit more. There's all kinds in the zoo.

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