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Comment Which is worse? (Score 1) 1010

Mishandling classified information (Clinton) or starting a war without cause and basically being a war criminal (Bush, Cheney, et al)? As a practical matter neither one has any chance of being prosecuted if for no other reason than to save the country from turmoil (yeah let's indict a major party's candidate in an election year over some relatively minor transgression in the grand scheme of things). Just like how it was better to just to move on after the 2000 election fiasco, some injustices just aren't ever going to be remedied.

The funny thing is I'm sure a lot of the very same people here on Slashdot up in arms over this issue think Assange, Snowden, Manning are heroes for releasing classified information. Of course they shouldn't have been prosecuted either.

Comment Works great for podcasts (Score 1) 296

I listen to podcasts at double speed and have gotten so used to it that they sound weird and slow if I play it at normal. The only time I have a problem is with people that are heavily accented or speak quickly normally.

That said this idea sounds stupid I can't imagine watching something at double speed.

Don't they some times alter the speed of film by a minor amount like one extra frame a sec or something to adjust long films to play in a certain amount of time? In addition to cutting scenes.

Comment My work headquarters (Score 1) 119

Meh, I'll take my work headquarters, my home office, over theirs any day. Nothing beats the 15 sec commute, clothing optional, my own boss basically, no one dropping in for a quick chat (except the wife and maybe a quickie) work environment. I know everyone can't do that or have jobs amiable to that but I personally can't go back.

Comment Haha (Score 1) 819

You I don't even take drugs or even drink, but if a company asked me to take a drug test to work there I would laugh in their faces and then immediately go interview at one of the other 50 opportunities I had available at a moments notice. Granted it's great to have a skill that's in demand, I do feel sorry for people that don't have that opportunity and are forced to deal with this nonsense. And of course drug testing should be required for occupations involving transport and other situations impairment could be dangerous. Thankfully this all this is a moot point for me since I'm happily self employed.

Comment Physics (Score 1) 286

It's almost as if you can apply an understanding of basic physics concepts (like say, conversation of energy, the laws of thermodynamic, concept of energy density, etc) to immediately understand why certain things (like say, a perpetual motion machine, the EmDrive, cold fusion, faster than light travel, powering a heavier than air vehicle with solar cells, gasoline made from plants, solving our civilization's energy/pollution issues without using nuclear, etc) aren't workable.

Comment Economics vs technology (Score 5, Insightful) 1116

You people categorically against this do realize we are rapidly approaching a point where large parts of the population don't really have to work to support our basic societal infrastructure? So what happens then? Do we actually reevaluate our economic system or just proceed as we've been going with increasing economic inequality and subsequent societal unrest? Are you people so selfish that you would deny basic support for all if our society could afford it? There will always be an incentive for work because you'll be able to make more money and have more things.

Comment Re:The one lesson developers should learn (Score 1, Offtopic) 39

Really dude? It's more of the fact it was an easy to use service that wrapped a nice API around a solved problem. I'm a mobile app developer I just want an easy to use standard REST/CRED database backend I can connect my app to save my data. I don't want to program a back end for a solved problem. The only issue with Parse was it was developed, hosted and run by another party. Obviously the best approach would be to host the service on your own servers, Facebook is thankfully making the code available to do that. As long as you're not writing even single bit of code yourself you're always going to be depending on some else, whether it be for the language, the server, the database, the OS, etc and have to hope they keep supporting whatever stack you decided on it. It's just a matter of where you draw the line.

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