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Comment classified areas (Score 1) 1127

Writing code in a SCIF sucks. You won't have Internet access and any code you write can't be taken out of the room unless there is a trusted download process in place (and even then, it isn't easy.)

Usually you are just patching code and debugging in a SKIF as opposed to writing tons of brand new software, but it still sucks.

Comment Re:how is parent flamebait ? (Score 1) 414

Regarding the other point you made: there are a lot of economists that say a lot of things.

Exactly. "Economist" is about as broad a term as "Politician". Personally, I identify with the Austrian school of economics. But, there are many other camps and you can find someone to try and back up just about any scenario out there. The fact that someone with a title is willing to say something doesn't make it automatically "right."

I think the parent poster is just alone on Christmas Eve and in a particularly foul mood.

Comment Re:how is parent flamebait ? (Score 1) 414

Hello, and welcome to Slashdot. It seems you are having trouble understanding how this site works. You posted a comment that people with mod points felt was pure and complete flamebait. You are not entitled to an appeal. Posting a reply to your own post which was already modded as flamebait is both bad form and also demonstrates that you are having self awareness issues.

Please enjoy this site responsibly in the future.

P.S. you seem very angry. Why are you in such a grumpy mood on Christmas Eve?

Comment Re:Not understanding and lashing out is l33t (Score 1, Insightful) 414

There is a thing in this country that you many not be familiar with, I call it "choice." If you choose to live Nowhereville USA, you may not have broadband or cable TV. Therefore, if you live here and want to start the next IBM, Apple or Microsoft, you can and should pack up and move somewhere like California.

For the uneducated, if you choose to live in FL, you may in fact get hit by a hurricane. If you choose to live on the Big Island of Hawaii, you may find a lava flow in your front yard. If you choose to live in South Dakota, you might find it difficult to find Filipino food. If you live where I live, you won't be able to shop at a Best Buy store.

None of these things are inherently the problem of your fellow Americans.

Comment Re:Errr... (Score 1) 414

The problem is, even if Obama's people are great- integrity that rivals the Founding Fathers and what not... they're only in for 4 years... 8, tops. Then, someone else gets control of everything they masterminded. Up goes the great firewall and what not.

This is why government always needs to be limited. We've seen this problem over the last few presidencies with abuse/stretching of executive power. Look at executive orders, pardons, etc. What happens if a present-day Hiter gets democratically elected? Do we trust this kind of guy with the monarchy-style executive powers Jr. and Sr. Bush and Clinton enjoyed?

Comment Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 255

Only one island has Volcanic activity. And unfortunately, many locals are against geothermal because of their spiritual beliefs regarding Pele, the volcano, etc.

I'm all for having your own beliefs, but come on, the world is turning. Get over it. Beliefs like this keep this state in the dark ages.

Comment Lanai wind farm (Score 1) 255

A private entity is trying to start up a wind farm on Lanai and sell the electricity back to Oahu.

Holy flying crap, this is EXACTLY the way it should be done. A private party doing this, with their own money, their own risk, and they get rewarded with profit if successful. The taxpayer takes no risk.

Like all things in Hawaii, the project may never happen due to the years of red tape, permitting, bureaucracy, etc. involved. Of course, when government effectively shuts this project down due to red tape, we will hear how the "free market failed us once again." And then, government will come in with a billion dollar half-assed solution that never works and continues to cost money year after year. I love our government.

Comment Re:Not Really (Score 0, Flamebait) 752

Contemporary libertarians remind me of children who never learned to share. Or more on point, people who never learned the difference between possession and ownership.

That sounds like a post from someone who has nothing, and only has himself to blame for it. It sounds like a post from the type of person who would rather vote himself a pay raise, rather than studying, learning, and working harder and smarter.

I suppose that on the receiving end if the gravy train, it probably makes you feel much better if you call it "sharing".

Comment Re:Not Really (Score 1) 752

Using tax money for this is immoral, not to mention unconstitutional.

Sadly, most of the country seems to feel that it is perfectly fine and not immoral, meaning the only thing left to do is fight over the handouts.

Couple this with the fact that stupid people are beeding the most, and it becomes obvious that we are doomed.


Submission + - Does salary correlate to overtime?

bwy writes: It is no revelation that software engineers with more experience and expertise can command more impressive titles and higher salaries. However, are companies only expecting expertise and leadership in return for a larger paycheck? Or, are they usually expecting more hours from these employees as well? It is assumed that senior level employees are the ones expected to stick around late at night when things go wrong- but, does the baseline 40 hour week automatically become a 50 or 60 hour week when you have "senior" or "principal" in your title and you're earning one of the highest salaries on your team?

By the time one has 10 or 15 years experience, one may also have a family of their own. Have any of you intentionally taken a non-senior level position in order to have a better work-life balance?

Submission + - Paramount, Dreamworks go HD-DVD exclusive (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Paramount, Dreamworks go HD-DVD exclusive. Animation and film studios will release movies exclusively in HD DVD format, despite higher sales of rival Blu-Ray.

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