Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment I thought the sons were keepers... (Score 2) 131

Are we supposed to believe that people who sell their children can be generalized as especially evil if they are gamers, addicts, or Chinese? I mean what does that really have to do with it ? There are no good reasons for baby selling - its just bad for any reason. I bet these gamey baby sellers had a lot of other characteristics that were even more illuminating: like perhaps they were nuts or they had a spectrum disorder, or they were evil. Maybe they sucked at games and hate Chinese food. Somehow this headline smacks of "yellow" journalism. We always need to remind the west how shifty the majority population behaves. We believe in democracy as long as we out number them, but they don't get a vote if they are gonna sell babies for angry birds. Should we feel a bit superior because our gamers never have sex and therefore can't sell their children? Or perhaps that our baby sellers do it for better addictions, more cash, or porn? Somehow the story strikes me as a bad slant on China (sic) ...I mean everyone knows you keep the boys and sell the girls to desperate rich middle aged infertile Americans that will divorce before the child hits puberty.

Comment Re:Failing to learn from history? (Score 1) 47

Didn't Apple go through this exact same issue with the iPhone app store a few years ago, and they fixed it?

Yes, your absolutely right.

A pattern is beginning to emerge where the enforcement of laws has transformed into the institutionalized funding of government with punitive measures that neither protect the consumer nor discourage future violation of ethics and common decency. Is this regulatory befuddlement really working for Americans if the evil corporate behavior is not deterred? I am glad some folks are paying attention and remember the relevant recent events so that we may become angry villagers and start chopping off heads.

Comment Re:Every day (Score 1) 282

I rather enjoy being close to the biggest frog in the pond, even if the pond is just Pedersons Puddle. It has its advantages.

Cheers, Gene

Its a great career and life which unfolds for some folks, in your place and time: post world war II America. For my father, who was born in 1939, the concept of a lifelong career that would sustain a wife and family, comfortably, was real. It was possible, and with very little threat or fear of unemployment or poverty around the corner. Flash forward a generation to the sixties: my kindergarten, graduating high school during Ronald Reagan and what followed: it took me until the end of the cold war to finally realize that success for me would not likely look like my Dad's scenario. There was no longer a company that valued a lifelong employee and their dependents. Human Resources became liabilities that corporations must limit to minimize exposure and maximize profit. The longer they stay, the more they cost, and increase company risk to the competition, trade disclosure, higher premiums, bigger pensions, organized labor, higher safety standards, all things human and wasteful. Why implement the peter principle when cheaper outsourcing and globalized labor exist. A few years later, my slightly younger siblings, who don't remember Nixon or Apollo or life before divorce - were better equipped to succeed by today's standards: The willingness work any place the job takes you, or just jump ship with better offers, always looking for something next, Moving to the other gig as soon as a current project gets on track. Its never good to straggle behind the herd of stampeding upward mobility into uncertain future - This beats certain failure, atrophy or irrelevance. Its not like the good old days when government jobs were second rate to the private sector, and job security was a given. No skill set is indispensable. Now there is no job security, social security, no pension, no savings accrue, no interest compounds, money is simply printed like paper grows on trees and assets are rehypothecated like the population doubles again and again. I guess what I am saying is that it seems to be a function of place and time, a sign of the times, to a certain degree. I realize its a somewhat self deluding hindsight, but its just how I rationalized the experience of a shifting ideal in a moving target called life in America. I feel much more like a sign of the past now that I am a underemployed deadbeat waiting for entitlements to pay me like a fast food worker while Obama care cures me of my old age and despair. I prefer your story more, but I'm grateful to be here, even if I'm not entitled to make it to 80 with any marketable skills. Anyway, good for you. Its always good to see people in sync with reality. Its an impressive skill, surfing a wave, it keeps you moving forward as long as you can balance yourself with the forces of nature. Perhaps I'll feel that way again, non-employed, without a need to work for money or to be valued in social currency. A new social currency is my ticket to a higher self worth and value to society. Letting bottom line economics dictate human value is unfortunate, but its a choice not a paradigm for human existence. The currency we all spend and can never hoard is time. Its much more scarce than wealth, our choices, or the possibilities.

Comment Re:Inevitable end (Score 1) 404

Hey, I've got an app that for $300 you can park anywhere in san francisco! Even someone else's driveway! For $3000 we'll even sell you parking on the bridge!

Good point.

It works when money is no object, and if that's the case, only the city collects. Never move in on the government's racquet - its like moving in on a mobster's racquet - never profitable for long.

Slashdot Top Deals