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Comment I used to work for an "Idea Man" and it sucked (Score 2) 332

I used to work for a (bigger than small but smaller than medium) family owned business doing web development.

The CEO and President were brothers, they were the sons of the owner.

One of the two was the idea man. He'd see something on a competitor's website or he'd read about it somewhere and call a meeting to find out what would be needed for us to do it too. We'd discus it, start developing a plan and get to it and three days later, there'd be another newer, shinier thing that he wanted us to work on. It was soul-crushing because we never got to follow through on anything. I was very happy to leave that place.


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Journal Journal: Passwords 2

When attempting to change your password on the genealogy website, you get this not-so-helpful message:

New Password -- Your new password should be between 5 to 24 characters long and can be any combination of letters, numbers, and some symbols.

Really. Some symbols. Not that they're going to tell you which ones. Oh no, that would be too easy. You have to guess!

Comment Re:Remind them that one day, their opposition can (Score 1) 359

I think that many of them don't realize the future implications.

I can only use the US's political landscape as a point of reference but I think the point will be clear...
We've been hearing about the GOP's "Demographic problem" for more than a decade. Basically, as America is getting younger and browner, there is dwindling power for those groups who have traditionally been the Republican party's base. People with left-of-center politics really did think that we wouldn't see another Republican president for a generation or more.

Now that Trump won the presidency and Republicans control both houses of congress, I have heard grumblings on the right-of-center side who think that the Democrats are now over and done.

They're both wrong.

Giving more power to the government is a bad idea, no matter who is in control of it.


Comment Remind them that one day, their opposition can win (Score 5, Insightful) 359

During the Bush administration, I used to remind people of the dangers of giving too much power to the executive branch by reminding them that one day, another "Clinton" will have control.

During the Obama administration, I reminded people that one day, another "Bush" will have control.

Eventually, I'll remind people that another "Obama" or "Trump" will have control.

Never give anyone, even your allies, the kind of power you would fear in the hands of your enemies.


Comment Re:I still telnet for usurper (Score 1) 181

I don't remember the version number of the change change but I remember the game mechanics of the change. Back when they first make it so you could wear more than just an armor.

Back when the most Usurper could handle was a signed 32 bit integer. I had a crew of guys and I managed to amass over a billion credits. I saved up and bought a supreme protector. Then I saved up and got the best weapon (It's been so long, I just don't remember what it's called) and we took over the city. Everyone who tried to fight us lost miserably. I passed on a billion to my next in command and he sat on it, earning interest. As he began to approach 2 billion, I started messaging him furiously. He HAD to spend that money. Don't be greedy. Buy the stuff and give it to the next guy.

He didn't listen. There was an overflow and his bank balance went to something like -900,000,000.

The next day he started screaming and crying about all of his money and all I could say was "I tried to tell you".

With the next version of Usurper, they made it so there was different armor for different parts of the body and in the waning days of BBSs, I lost interest.


Comment Re:WTF? (Score 4, Interesting) 107

Boy, are you going to be surprised when you figure out how the Soviet Union used to dispose of nuclear reactors from ships and submarines. At least with the U.S. one it was an accident.

A Russian government report acknowledged in March 1993, that "during the period of 1965 to 1988 the Northern Fleet had dumped four reactor compartments with eight reactors (three containing damaged fuel) in the Abrosimov Gulf in 20 to 40 meters of water." Six other compartments, containing nine reactors in all, had also been dumped into the water in the 1960s and 1970s.

Submission + - Donald Trump Child Rape Victim's Story Was Completely Fabricated ( 9

Okian Warrior writes: The Donald Trump child rape victim’s story, as revealed early this morning by Daily Mail, is a work of complete fiction.

Katie Johnson herself spoke with journalists about why she lied and made herself into the Donald Trump child rape victim. “We would have a rapist in the White House. I would feel horrified every single day if I stay in this country,” she said, making it apparent that, although the GOP-running presidential hopeful never sexually assaulted her, she still believes he’s a rapist.

Katie maintains that she was sexually abused on more than one occasion by Jeffrey Epstein during mid-1994. A separate informant told Daily Mail that her story “had been believable and compelling right up until the last minute,” when it was found out “Donald Trump’s name had been inserted into this, [and] he was not involved whatsoever.”

Comment Grow the fuck up you damned babies. (Score 5, Insightful) 1368

Yes, I get it. You don't like Trump. I don't like Trump either.

There was a lot of bluster and bitching but Texas didn't really try to secede from the Union when Obama was elected or re-elected and they dislike Obama as much as you dislike Trump.

Stop throwing a fucking tantrum and grow up.


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