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Comment Re:Isaac Asimov wrote stories about this (Score 1) 82

To echo a previous poster who says people are a pain, wasn't it Satre who said "Hell is other people"?

Close, it's from a play by Jean-Paul Sartre. By the way, "L'enfer, c'est les autres" is said by a character, and does not exactly mean that other people create Hell, or even that interacting with others is Hell.

Isn't a bit more complex than that, it has something to do with our self-knowledge being a product of the way we are reflected in the the eyes of others.

I'm not the one to try to explain it, I've always seen existentialism, phenomenology, and even philosophy as a whole as a victory of style over substance. Give me problems that need to be solved, and ways of measuring my progress in doing so. If I care about how someone sees me, I'll do something about it. As for how I see myself, it's mostly about what I can achieve.

I may have married a professor of Psychology, but I'll always be an Engineer at heart :-)

Comment Re: Or worse, (Score 1) 50

I've never fired the AK47, only the AK74 and the AK101, but they were both perfectly serviceable at 300m. As a matter of fact, missing the shoulder and head target at 300m was automatic kitchen duty back in basic training, in '88.

I've used much more precise assault rifles... but they all had their problems - too much kick, too high of a rate of fire, and not one was nearly as easy to disassemble and clean as the good ole Kalashnikov.

For its purpose, the Kalashnikov is hard to beat at thrice the price. Of course, when money is no object there are many weapons that are simply better... if you ignore reliability, about which I have little to say, given that I had never the need to use a gun hard and put it away dirty.

Comment Re:Not enough money for it (Score 1) 283

And you think that this is something of which to be proud? In '93, I started with $73,000 per year in South Carolina, as the 'computer guy' for a medium sized manufacturer (My card said IT Director, but it was years before that became more than a joke between me and the owner).

This was enough to rent an actual house on Lake Wylie, eat out 100% of the time, and in the best restaurants on the weekend, and have enough to build a house on a better lot, again on Lake Wylie. And yes, I had enough time for sex, and even more, for driving to Charlotte to make it actually worth having.

Having to get a roommate to live on your salary, in an entry position, when you are supposed to be proving yourself? What the fuck, man?! No wonder those guys are not getting sex, their ego must be too busy digging down at rock bottom.

Or maybe you are just making shit up. In Southern California, 100,000 is enough to have a comfortable life, married with kids, even if your wife does not work.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 734

Bullshit. I'm a legal immigrant, i.e. a Green Card holder, I have had a valid California license since 1992, I own a house, I'm married to an American, and I have worked for the same company for more than 20 years.

I am not registered to vote, I do not get jury summons, and when I used to travel on business through the San Clemente checkpoint, the officers immediately knew I was not a citizen. The one time I did it with a brand new company truck, they wasted hours of my time making sure I was whom I was claiming to be.

Anyone who think that illegals get registered to vote when they get a license is delirious. The government knows who is a citizen and who is not, and only registers those who are.

Comment Re:Interesting, but entry-level programmers, not e (Score 2) 236

I doing plenty in Assembly for the Bulgarian People's Army in the 80s. There was a time I could read and edit in hexadecimal, getting things right most of the time. After the fall of the so called Communist government, I went to college in the US. Nothing mythical about Assembly and college, they mix just fine.

As a matter of fact, at least in the 90s, MIT had plenty of courses that used Assembly... and a few were you would actually design both a processor (with a very simple instruction set) and write the assembler (the program going from Assembly to binary code) for it.

This said, I have used (embedded) Assembly twice in the last twenty years, for the same reason both times: to wring a little bit more performance for data crunching that had to be performed in real time. Neither was for my day job. Then again, I'm not a hacker for the Russian government, the only government that's eeeeevil enough to employ *gasp* hackers.

Comment Re:Stupid move (Score 1) 414

Do you have any idea how much surveillance teams cost?

Furthermore, jailing someone can be very cheap in countries that do not have the US's hangups about slavery. In the bad old days, Bulgaria made its prisoners work, paid them a full salary, then charged them for room, board and guard salaries. The plant in which my father worked had a production hall staffed 90% with low security prisoners. Some were being released with sizable savings... others ended up in higher security prisons - the last of these being "heavy punitive labour" which usually killed inmates within an year or two - raising pigs in a swamp, mining uranium in 18th century conditions, etc...

Comment Re:Been there. Not fun. (Score 0) 813

This is just stupid. The Russians are not Republicans, they simply think that the US will be weakened if Trump takes power. There is a saying I keep seeing in Eastern European publications: "Not all Trump supporters hate the United States, but all those who oppose the US hopes he gets elected." Or in simpler language "Not all who love Trump hate the US, but all those who hate the US wish him luck." Russia, North Korea, ISIS, etc... certainly do.

I don't know whether those who think that a Trump presidency will polarize, weaken and isolate the US are correct. But I do know that almost every foreigner I've talked to believes it. I have no doubt Putin believes it, and thus would not be surprised if he does everything he can to make it happen.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 689

Putin doesn't need to like Trump to support is candidacy. It is enough that Putin thinks Trump's presidency will isolate, fragment and eventually weaken the United States. I see variations of the same phrase in the Eastern European press: "Not everyone who supports Trump hates the US, but all who hate the US hope he wins." Judging from how Putin, Kim Jong-un, ISIS, etc. act, thre may be some truth in it.

Comment Re:RTFA this time (Score 4, Insightful) 264

No, but having the axe will. Not as much as having an AK-74, a SSG 82 and a few hundred 5.45Ã--39mm rounds.

But you know what? Actually living in a close knit community with nearby farming land and no large cities nearby is even better... And yet, somehow, I have no desire to leave Southern California which is a death trap if civilization goes to shit, for South Carolina, where I own property in an area which is perfect for survival (and where my firearms and bows are stored, since my wife does not want them around our infant daughter. When she is ten or so, we will have that conversation again, though)

I'm afraid that I will be like most other people here - my head firmly in the sand until it is too late to do anything about anything.

Comment Re:Time is more vast than space (Score 1) 250

One hundred years ago, it took actually two months to fly across the US. From September 17, 1911 to November 5, 1911, to be precise.

As for supersonic jets that cross the Atlantic today... Are you sure? The Concord no longer flies, and its predecessor, the Ty-144 has been retired for even longer. I know of a few projects to build a private supersonic jet, but none are close to completion, and as for militaries, I do not think they fly their supersonic aircraft across the Atlantic regularly.

All of this is to say that the reason we do not see life is the same reason that we no longer hear Concords. Life does not stay around long enough. It may be likely, but its lifespan may be too short considering the time periods and distances involved.

Comment Re:Most obvious finding (Score 2) 643

I know you are being facetious, but you are still halfway right - it is not true, or at least, it is not the reason for the imbalance.

The people surveyed are between 20 and 24 years of age. At that point, men have relatively low earnings, especially those in the relevant categories (whites without college education) At the same time, women are at their most desirable... and both sexes has been just rudely awakened to the financial reality, which is quite a bit harsher than what was facing those born in the 60s.

Those women are dating older men, it's as simple as that.


By the way, the above is just a dumb ass theory, just like most of what you will find in this thread. It may be true, it may not, but I am happily married, so my days of empirical testing are over :-)

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