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Comment Re:Too late (Score 2, Interesting) 293

I said communicate with friends, not "friends". I doubt that more than 10% of those 254 "friends" give a shit about your last vacation, and maybe 25% of that 10% give a shit about your BBQ.

If that is your experience, then I suspect your life is sad and lonely. I can tell it's already bitter since you've degenerated into swearing.

Seriously? You're calling a guy sad and lonely because he only has two dozen people to tell about his vacation and 6 good friends to come to a BBQ at his house? That seems a little extreme. I doubt that anyone truly has time to connect deeply with 254 people.

Comment Re:Posting is forever (Score 1) 329

That is honestly the best and worst response to my comment ever. It seems you and I are in agreement. Unfortunately that agreement is that the work world is generally screwed up deeply.

This just reinforces my belief that we would have to work half as hard in a job if we cut out all this kind of bull.

Comment Re:Learning Without a Negative Response? (Score 1) 329

In other words, don't do shit that would ever cast a shadow of doubt on you, EVER. They are betting literally Billions of dollars on you, along with the livelihood of all your cow-orkers, and are not about to take any chances of you screwing it up while drunk at a party, dancing with a lampshade on your head. Wanna drink? Get loaded at your own home all you want, just don't be late for work, and make sure you can pass a piss test in the morning.

There are plenty of people out there like this, and if you don't fit the bill, someone else will. As long as you're not after that job, it won't matter to you, though.

the cyberscholar Viktor Mayer-Schönberger cites the case of Stacy Snyder — who was denied a teaching certificate on the basis of a single photo on MySpace

Wow, the requirements for getting a teaching certificate sure have been getting strenuous...

Comment Re:Posting is forever (Score 1) 329

Are you saying that if someone has ever in their entire life done something that you might object with, and you know about it, you won't be friends with them, and no one else should either?

Isn't alienation a big problem with ex-convicts that because no one likes them anymore and they can't get a job anywhere they often turn back to crime?

Honestly, everyone has something in their past that you probably won't agree with. I believe what the GP was trying to say is that if we are open and honest, and try to improve ourselves, why should it stand in the way? If no one will ever hire someone or befriend someone that drank in college, then that person is going to get old, lonely, bitter, and probably start drinking to try and cope.

Meanwhile in your hiring analogy, you're stuck with the employee that's actually pretty good at hiding his cocaine addiction and only does a line at his desk while you're not watching.
I know there are people out there that live fairly clean lives, but not enough that you can just the the rest to F off.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 387

My earlier thoughts were muddied. Let me rephrase that. The police force spends more than they get back because they are a service to the community, and in fact doesn't see a personal profit from success. The RIAA spends more than they get to further goals (I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that) and they do get money back from it, but only what the court prescribes.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 387

That comparison is not close enough to the situation. In your example, the money being spent is spent on hunting down the criminal. In the RIAA's case, the money is spent on lawyers to convince the court that a person owes them as much money as possible. The police will hopefully recover exactly the value of what was stolen, and put a criminal behind bars. The RIAA hopes to recover many times the cost of what was infringed upon, and leave the infringing citizen in their own home, likely imprisoned by debt.

Long story short, the RIAA is fighting to get some fairly arbitrary amount of money awarded to them by the courts. And also, honestly, it's not like there's a crime ring being taken down when these individuals are sued. This is not a public service, it is a company trying, however misguided they may be, to protect their profits. The only person that benefits is them, not the whole of society.

Comment Re:Well, really... (Score 4, Interesting) 487

He's not employed by them is he? Because if he's not, I don't think their trade secrets mean squat to him. If I mess around and discover coke's trade secret recipe, they're not going to come knocking on my door. And they wouldn't have any legal precedent to do so in the first place. If you discover someone else's trade secret, it's fair game. You can even sell a product using that trade secret as long as you didn't work for them and take it, or buy it from someone who did.

Comment Re:escalators too (Score 1) 698

well, I am with you, I don't mean we're HUGE burdens on society (pun not intended). But I mean, on an airplane or some such crowded area it can be a problem. And I personally find buying an extra seat for my ass to be too far to go to not be a burden. But yes, it's minor in that respect...

Of course we'll ignore the increased hospital attendance due to heart attacks, diabetes related complications and such...

Comment Re:escalators too (Score 1) 698

As a lardass myself, I will mention that I try to move out of the way for other people as much as possible. It's possible to be polite and knowledgeable about the fact that you're a burden on the rest of society.

Also, side note, I could still see this having a purpose in urban areas where you end up needing to walk a few miles across downtown to get where you're going, and only after having spent the first half of your lunch break on the phone with some utility or other such useless task that you can only handle in the middle of the workday.

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