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The Real 'Stuff White People Like' 286

Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.

Submission + - Music while programming 6

BubbaDoom writes: In our cublicle-ville, we have programmers intermixed with accounting, customer support and marketing. As a programmer, it is our habit to put on our headphones and listen to our portable music players to drown out all of the noise from everyone else. The boss recently sent an email just to the programmers demanding that we do not use our music players at work because he thinks it distracts us from our jobs and causes us to make mistakes. Of course we've explained to him that the prattle from the other people is much much more distracting but he insists his policy is the right one. What is the /. community's experience with music at work for programmers?

Comment Re:How come nobody shoots spammers? (Score 2, Insightful) 268

If we can shoot the spammers, can we then go after the dolts on tv selling snake oil as well?

I'd go after the guys who sell:
Get Rich in Real-Estate books
Medical Crap that people don't want you to know books
Spray this crap in your dog dish to make them feel better
Send us your gold
Class-action-law-suit for some health condition
and any kind of exercise equipment.

Comment Re:Rational (Score 1) 807

If we legalize marijuana, that means we are going to tax it and collect taxes on it. Do you think the price of marijuana in the store will be more or less than the price you can pay on the street? So, if you buy it from your friend, but you didn't pay tax on it to the government, is that a legal transaction? Will the government classify your weed as illegal and seize it? (Think of moonshine ...)

Also, what makes you think the government is competent enough to pass a law that won't benefit big business somehow and screw something else over?

Comment Horoscopes (Score 1) 581

I had to take a personality test several years ago and the HR manager showed me my results. After she read the results, I told her that they were interesting, but as valid as my horoscope. Its like a psychic - they'll say a lot of things, some things might even be true, but these things are true for everyone to some extent.

My interviewing policy is to hire people who I want to work with, their skills are secondary.

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