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Comment Ageism is more than just gray (Score 1) 602

I'm just 26 and I feel old at my company...they hired me at 20 fresh out of college and have more than doubled in size since I was hired--most all of them fresh out of college. So in the five years I've been with the company, more early-20s employees have come on. I sometimes wonder how long they keep people around over 30!

Comment So much for... (Score 5, Interesting) 346

people crying that free speech here isn't as free as that in Europe. It's not true! It's legal in the U.S. to be racist, homophobic, a Holocaust denier, to be for or against abortion, or any other issue. Hell, it's legal to film sex and sell it here! In Europe, there are a lot of places it's not legal to be any of those things. While they're hateful positions that we can silence by not giving any attention to, the fact you can speak anything without fear is our greatest treasure, in my opinion. In several places in Europe, you go to jail for denying the Holocaust. You go to jail for preaching against homosexuals from your pulpit.

I'm sure I'll be modded down for saying it, but it needs to be said. Free speech is damn free in this country, and I'm glad we're going to even further lengths to protect it!

Comment Re:"Wahh, I'm a victim! Waahhh!" (Score 1) 360

You don't necessarily have the right to shoot it, or keep it on your desk and loaded. Depending on your state and municipality, it may have to be unloaded in a gun safe, or even disassembled, even at home. Even if you can keep it loaded and out, if you shoot it and hit nothing, if someone sees or hears it, you can get charged with "discharging a firearm within city limits" or "disorderly conduct while armed." I know for sure Wisconsin is strict on this sort of thing.

Comment I understand... (Score 4, Insightful) 281

Google's hesitancy to move into places where DoubleClick once trod with near impunity. I don't mind Internet ads on websites. What I hate are the scummy, one-flat-stomach rule, teeth whitening, acai berry, and other similar ads that show up on almost every website, major and minor. This says nothing of the older types of annoying ads, like audio, flashing banners and pop-ups. I don't even like seeing the graphics of these sorts of ads because they're so visually displeasing. These sorts of ads are why I use Ad-Block, not because I am opposed to all advertising. Cookies had a reputation similar to these ads, and that's why Google was so hesitant.

Comment Snowball's chance in hell... (Score 1, Funny) 837

that the U.S. would actually "arrest" this guy. If we have laws that keep us from assassinating leaders of countries we don't like, such as Fidel Castro, Kim Song Il, and so on, I seriously doubt we would have the legal authority to arrest a non-political person (i.e. private citizen) that has no ties to the U.S. whatsoever. I don't think the U.S. would try to do it, either, even under Bush. If the guy was dumb enough to wander into Iraq or Afghanistan maybe we'd have some ground to classify him as an enemy combatant or something. This op-ed is ridiculous, though. Even if he were brought to the U.S. by some covert operation, how long before a U.S. judge ruled everything they did illegal and make them let him go?

Comment Re:C too complex? Hilarious. (Score 1) 878

Well, the main exception to your claim is that the amount of data some of these programs must work with is ever increasing, too. Information available to humanity in general and to applications is increasing at an accelerating rate, and the program still needs to be efficient if it is to work with these ever-increasing amounts of data. Even though hardware is getting far faster, and perhaps for desktop applications where the machine has plenty of extra horsepower to absorb inefficiencies in the code or the programming language it was written in, for serious computing, such as scientific, database or other "big iron" applications, the optimization still matters a great deal, just because of the sheer volume of data it has to process.

Comment Mass vs Radius (Score 4, Insightful) 202

One thing the article didn't mention was the radius of the new star. It's obviously larger than the sun, but is it the "largest" star found or simply the most massive? It seems with that kind of mass it might be denser than your average supergiant and have less volume, and therefore less radius.

Comment Re:Textbook Publishers (Score 1) 208

I'm not an executive level employee, and my non-compete agreement clearly states I may not own stock in certain companies (mainly competitors), and I had to verify I did not own any stock in them prior to beginning employment. Odder still, the company I work for is private.

I'm not saying this is the case everywhere, however I'd say it's more common than not.

Comment Re:Look Around You, Look Around You, Look Around Y (Score 4, Interesting) 405

Wow, talk about bureaucracy. There's no way I would have gotten away with downloading that much on a work connection, even if it was Linux ISOs or legal, harmless data. How did these guys get away with it for so long? Let's say this guy had a 500 GB hard drive...then stacks of DVDs at 4.7 GB each...that's a lot of smut a day. My network admins would have been knocking on my office door. Once they found out what it was, I'd never find a job again.

Something tells me the network admins for that government department must have been doing the same thing, or were incompetent, or playing WoW (or maybe some hellish combination).

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