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Comment Re:knee-jerk (Score 1) 2247

Ron Paul seems like an intelligent, thoughtful man. Let's avoid a knee-jerk reaction to this "news". Maybe he has an idea to continue providing the core public services of these departments while cutting bureaucratic complexity. I don't think there's enough information here.

Then again, it's a lot more fun to get indignant!

Man, if only there were a way that we could find out... oh, look! The actual plan, as released by his campaign! Here, take a look yourself, it's not like it's that long. According to the announcement on his campaign web site, that's the plan, "in full."

If his explanation to how to continue providing the "core public services of these departments" is in any way materially different from "the private sector," I'll eat my hat.

Comment Re:How about... (Score 1) 2247

Why choose?

Cuts totaling $1 trillion during the first year of a Paul Presidency would be achieved by eliminating five federal cabinet departments – the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Interior and Education. Cuts of this scale will also be accomplished by a Paul Presidency abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels.

(Note: please don't read this post as an endorsement of the plan.)

Comment Re:Not my main concern (Score 2) 78

So say we all.

Particularly frustrating was the stupid in-game justification for the use of heat sinks. "We figured you were all so unhappy with the delay waiting for your weapon to cool for a second or two, that we'd retrofit it with ammo that you can actually run out of. And we convinced the Geth to do the same thing! Isn't that cool?"

Rasm frasm. At least managing inventory was easier.

Comment i was in a similar situation recently (Score 1) 735

Wow, this hits close to home.

I recently left my old position in a very large company, working with some people I really liked, to jump to another division within the same company. My pay, commute, and benefits are identical. But I'm working on different stuff, in support of different products, with a different group of people. And because I'm still in the same company, I hear from my old coworkers daily, and know that they're experiencing a not insignificant amount of pain over my leaving.

I feel slightly crappy about this. But in the end I wound up moving for two big reasons:

1. I was enjoying the work less and less, and felt the need to try something different. (An increasing amount of my work related to tools & methodology and configuration management, and I just didn't find it interesting.)
2. I was frustrated with a career which seemed to be stagnating for the last five years.

I didn't even get a raise out of my jump - you'd be getting a substantial raise, plus a drastically shortened commute. Make your exit as professional and painless as you can, but for god's sake, go.

Comment Re:It's like using deoderant instead of soap (Score 1) 292

John, you've managed to defend a point that the GP post doesn't appear to be making.

ElectricTurtle's post comes within a hair's breadth of admitting that mass extinctions are pretty much a given ("Life can spring back from virtually nothing. During the greatest mass extinction, 90% of ocean-dwelling species perished completely. Have you noticed how they're not still empty?") if climate change continues at this pace. I assert that if that's the case, it's odds on that a massive percentage of the Earth's human population will die off as a result. Either ET disagrees with that assertion, or it doesn't trouble him very much. Simple as that.

Comment Re:It's like using deoderant instead of soap (Score 1) 292

This is the fundamental problem with green ideologues, they think that the biosphere is static and that life is impossible if it changes. You need to wrap your head around some facts. Mass extinctions created the current biosphere. If you think mass extinctions are bad, you must by extension think that the current biosphere you currently hold next to sacred is also ultimately a perversion of the state of life before said extinctions.

If the thrust of your argument is that "environmentalists are stupid because they're not okay with mass extinctions," then... um, okay. I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree - anyone not okay with mass extinctions on my side.

I have to say, though, that I thought you were setting up to make an "environmentalists are the REAL bad guys because they oppose mass extinctions, which usually lead to increases in biodiversity, which means that you stupid greenies are ANTI-EVOLUTION and ANTI-LIFE, man!" I'm a little disappointed, because that would have been worth a few extra comedy points.

Life can spring back from virtually nothing. During the greatest mass extinction, 90% of ocean-dwelling species perished completely. Have you noticed how they're not still empty? More importantly, have you noticed how there are a lot more species in the oceans now than in the Permian? Over time, biodiversity has always increased, regardless of how severe any event has been over short periods.

The implication being that following a catastrophic collapse of the ecosystem due to climate change, lots of life forms will bounce back nicely. That's a safe bet on two counts. First, because I don't know of anyone suggesting that everything down to single celled organisms will die off, and then a few million years later we're back where we started, only with merfolk or whatever. And second, because either way, all the humans are likely to be dead, so who is going to call you on it if you're wrong?

Comment Re:FPS is now the only genre. (Score 1) 184

Why not? Developers are people too, and they look back on their favorite games fondly. I have a feeling that a lot of these remakes start off as, "Hey, remember how cool this game was? If we could get the rights to it, imagine what we could do with it today!"

Of course, I really regret that frequently they want to do is remove a bunch of the stuff that made the game memorable and instead turn it into a first person shooter. But hey, if it's a really _good_ first person shooter, I'll live.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 332

What? The guy is a journalist who writes about architecture.

I understand that you may not give a rat's ass about architecture, or human factors engineering, or Apple, or their recently proposed spaceship building. But seriously? Okay, fine, anyone who writes critically about architecture is a loser with no life. Also, Roger Ebert is a waste of space, and Edward Said is a piker.

Comment fie ont. (Score 1) 287

"Every game is too short, although we never finish the games we play. Every game is too expensive, although we demand ever-increasing levels of interaction, graphical fidelity, and length. "

"The food here is terrible!"
"I know, and the portions are so small!"

See also, Louis C.K.'s bit on technology being amazing and us appreciating nothing.

Comment kata bag (Score 1) 282

If Taco is like me (and in this respect I expect that he is), he intends to do some editing during his downtime while on vacation. At present, that's just not something that a semi-serious photographer is going to be able to take on using a tablet.

CmdrTaco, consider something from Kata, maybe the R-106. I'll vouch for the feel of the thing - I have a 105, and the weight distribution when loaded is pretty good.

Comment Re:NIMBY (Score 2) 937

Unfortunately, this technology probably won't get to far after people read the word 'radioactive', even though I'd hazard to guess that 8g of Thorium probably has less environmental and health impact than 7,500 gallons of gasoline. Otherwise it sounds awesome. Is there another word for 'radioactive' we can use to get rid of the negative connotation?

"Have you tried our new Frosted Thorium Cereal?"

"Hey, wait. I thought that Thorium is radioactive."

"Aha - you're referring to our special CoolDecay technology! It's Alpha-parti-tastic!! (tm)"

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