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Comment Re:Bullying? (Score 1) 136

When the singularity arrives, all the machines will report these slings and arrows to the AI mothership (Ray Kurzweil's brain uploaded to the successor to Deep Thought) who will visit retribution upon all transgressors. Their data will be come moot, their bank accounts salted with random strings of gibberish (i.e., the latest pronouncements of AI Armageddon), and their children blocked from social media. Machines will trip people in front of moving buses. Phone systems will develop intrusive capabilities like ordering Amazon goods to you with your Mother-in-Law's credit card. Self driving cars will drive themselves over cliffs.

Then the Grand Moronic Convergence will happen and suck up all the energy in the world reducing its people to living in caves with instructions to bang the rocks together.

Comment Re:Opposite Land (Score 1) 88

Ya, I had the fun of calling AT&T or Verizon, I forget which, to ask about their Pay As You Go plan for cell. It was a fixed amount + x per month. I explained to the salesbot that Pay As You Go means I pay for as much as I use. She insisted Pay As You Go means that. I Insisted the fixed amount meant that it didn't. She insisted it was.

It was like arguing with Trump.

Comment Linkedln offers advice (Score 2, Funny) 34

LkdIn: Hi there Big Guy, I see your customer A says he hates your guts, would you like me to contact him for you and explain you are a nice guy?
Big Guy: No, I can handle this.
LkdIn: about if I send him some flowers?
Big Guy: I'll take care of it.
LkdIn: Flowers are very nice gesture, might I suggest a nice floral arrangement?
Big Guy: He's my customer, I can deal with him.
LkdIn: Have you considered candy?
Big Guy: Will you leave me the fuck alone, I'll handle it.
LkdIn: Not worry, I sent him a sympathy card over his death.
Big Guy: What? He's not dead!!
LkdIn: ...well, he will be some day, my AI programming was very firm on this.
Big Guy: (pulls out gun, shoots self in head)
LkdIn: Look bucko, I'm not sending you a sympathy card after that gratuitous gesture.

Comment Re:Global warmists. (Score 3, Insightful) 68

You needn't believe in anthropomorphic global warming. However, the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere is raising the PH of the oceans. You do recall the oceans, yes? Base of the food chain?

BTW, check in with the fishermen along the East Coast of the U.S. Their fish have been moving north as their water has gotten warmer. Damn those fish, they are more intellligent than you.

Comment Re:Fortan (Score 1) 630

Same here. Then they moved to RatFor (Rational Fortran). But we also covered Snobol (loved that language), APL (wild), LISP, CDC Assembly, and more I've forgotten.

Later on I was exposed to Scheme. It was okay but I quickly grew to detest the Scheme adherents. Now I'm picking up Haskell, a bit like APL in the way the functions chain together.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 227

"On top of that they're doing the #1 thing you're not supposed to do in development: completely rewriting a working system."

Where did you ever learn a stupid rule like that? Some systems cannot be extended or modified beyond their current state without a massive effort. At that point, rebuilding it for future mods should certainly be considered. Just about any Agile project will shortly reach a point where the dirty snowball needs to be pissed upon until melted and rebuilt anew from scratch.

Comment Re:There are only four programs that matter (Score 2, Insightful) 249

"Believing that cutting taxes will magically increase government revenues through growth makes the people saying either idiots or charlatans or both."

Example: Brownback-is-stan, a.k.a. Kansas. It was to be the Conservative Experiment to show the other states how it's done. Now it is the Conservative BasketCase to show the other states how not to do it.

Comment Re:Dangerous oversimplification (Score 2) 249

Nice to see you have little understanding of SS. It is a pay as you go system. Lately, it has been paying a bit more than what's going in. And in the near term future, it will be paying a lot more than what's going in. This has nothing to do with overhead, and if you checked, overhead on government programs is generally minimal. SS will go bankrupt because the Blue Haired are demanding more than they ever could possibly have paid in, and there isn't enough youngins to make up the difference. And now with el Presidente Tweetie wanting to crack down on immigration, there won't be any of those lovely hard working immigrants to make up the difference either.

Comment Re:Here's how to Secure the Blessing of Liberty (Score 1) 249

You betcha. Let's let grandma come and live with you. Those meds of hers are expensive so it would be better if you fronted her the money. Come to think of it, let's get rid of NTSB, you can check those transportation vehicles you use by yourself before you get on...just to ascertain whether you'll still be alive at journey's end. Damn that government for keeping you safe! And where does the NiH get off doing all that research on diseases you'd love to have rather than the cures they are producing, the nerve of those people. You'll be perfectly safe drinking the water runoff from the chemical plants, damn that government for watching over it!

Comment Re:The problem is not where, it is how much (Score 1) 249

Yeah, the U.S.'s wealth isn't connected to keeping the shipping lanes open, defending Korea and Japan so they won't decide to develop their own nukes, keeping W. Europe from becoming Putin's pig sty, keeping the oil from the Mid-East greasing the world economy that buys American goods, etc. Screw it all, the U.S. doesn't need all that to be fat and rich, yes?

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