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Comment Re:Something stinks (Score -1, Troll) 381

Oh and by the way I'd like to point out that Angela Merkel was called 'Leader of the Free World' by the press last week; that's about the worst black-eye the U.S. could possibly get so far as I'm concerned; the destruction of the credibility of the U.S. is now more or less complete.

Was 9/11 so long ago that you don't remember it well enough to compare it to some rag ( likely with their own bias ) saying someone else is the leader of the free world?

I'm going to go ahead and point out that that seems to be more your problem than anything worth worrying about.

Comment Re:Something stinks (Score 2, Insightful) 381

. We're right down there, now, in the muck with so many African and South American countries, that seem to have a regime change every other week.
Were that true, then Trump would have been disposed by now. So saying crap like this undermines your point.

Regardless, I can take this as the joke it is because in the 20+ years I've been voting I have never had a candidate worth voting for. They've all been horrible. Yet every damn election cycle we pretend they're some holy figure come to save us, only to say the same thing about the next guy, all without breaking a smile. You can either rage against the idiocy of the voting public, maybe cry a little bit, or you can enjoy the show for what it is. Me, I tried the first couple options for a while, but found it's far more enjoyable to be "in" on the joke.

Here's the thing though; the world isn't ending, and it's never bad as it appears. We'll survive Trump, and the moron after him, and the moron after that. Maybe we'll be a bit wiser for it too.

Comment Something stinks (Score 2, Insightful) 381

Happiness in the US is declining and is expected to continue on a downward path, with Donald Trump's policies forecast to deepen the country's social crisis

This line should tell you everything you need to know about the related article.

Look, I get it. Your candidate didn't win and it's upsetting to you. However, throwing little hissy fits every chance you get only serves to reinforce WHY folks had the temerity to vote for trump; the behavior of Hillary supporters ( and, let's face it, Hillary herself ) soured her support outside of her base.

Obviously a lot of people are pretty happy that Trump was elected, and are encouraged by his positions and actions. So the nonsense that happiness is expected to trend downwards is...exaggeration at least.

Note: I'm not a Trump or Hillary supporter. Can't stand any politician, although I will say Trump has been more amusing than I could ever envision Hillary being. The literal crying from Hillary's camp on election night was particularly hilarious.

Comment It's been said before... (Score 2) 244

...but I'm going to say it again: Convenience, convenience, convenience. The market always corrects when you try to impose artificial supply constraints, especially when demand is high.

You'd think people would have learned from watching the music industry go through it's "head in the sand" phase.

Comment A hope (Score 1, Interesting) 391

A part of me hopes that men in the US, much like those in Japan, are waking up to the terror that is false rape allegations, divorce and family law. Being aware of what *could* happen is like taking 100 ice cold showers while watching an old Richard Simmons workout tape.

Men; you have guilty. If it's your word against hers, I hope you can comfortably reach your ankle.

Comment Re:Horrible...if true (Score 5, Insightful) 360

In my experience, I'd say a majority of sex and gender related claims are false. People use hotbutton issues to throw a fit when things don't go their way. Didn't get the promotion? Obviously it was because of your gender. Group of people laughing near you? They're obviously making fun of you. and so on...and so on.

That said, I have seen situations of real, honest to goodness harassment and discrimination. Worse, I've seen companies try to "quietly" handle it ( ie: hush it up ). Those who step up and refuse to be victims have my utmost respect.

However, they appear to be the minority.

Comment Horrible...if true (Score 4, Insightful) 360

Forgive me, but past accusations haven't exactly primed me to believe this. If true, it's absolutely something that should be corrected, and she should be lauded for having the courage to make it public. ...however, if it's sour grapes because she didn't get the promotion she wanted, I wonder if we'll ever hear about it?

Comment AT&T though... (Score 1) 61

...am I the only one who will never, ever, give another cent to AT&T? Nevermind their willingness to be the government's bitch, their customer support and billing practices are a joke.

After all the headaches they've caused me and my employer over the years, I took great joy in canceling every line we had with them a couple years back and vowed never to make that mistake again.

Comment "Research Projects" (Score 4, Funny) 75

Man, my high school career councilor has a lot to answer for. Had I known I could be teaching bees how to play soccer, I'd have actually focused on my grades...or indeed, shown up.

But no, he was always like, "Stop drinking that" or "why are you at my house at 2am?" or perhaps most amusingly, "You can't be here, I have a restraining order".

He was a bit of a kidder.

Comment I'll posit a third (Score 1) 156

...companies pushing their "revolutionary" products when, in fact, they are pretty boring and run of the mill ( when not flat out crap, which is the norm ). That kind of bombastic nonsense works for a while, but eventually folks see through the bullshit so when any truly impressive product does get released, it's viewed through somewhat jaded lenses.

"Fool me once" and all that jazz.

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