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God, I'm old and cranky today

rk (6314) writes | about 5 months ago

User Journal 4

So, there's this article here, and some of the comments by, shall we say, users of higher than normal userid value are really grating today. Between the one dipshit who won't use Google to figure out what a CRT is and has to ask (I know they're quickly headed towards obsolescence, and good riddance, but you've got no excuse for not knowing the term if

So, there's this article here, and some of the comments by, shall we say, users of higher than normal userid value are really grating today. Between the one dipshit who won't use Google to figure out what a CRT is and has to ask (I know they're quickly headed towards obsolescence, and good riddance, but you've got no excuse for not knowing the term if you're 15 or older) and the other dipshit who is ignorant of historical truth and assumes Google's dictionary is the all-knowing, all-seeing Oracle I just kind of lost it and went on a mod-bombing campaign with them. I'm not proud of it, but it sure felt good.

There's a new breed of "techie" who comes here now, and they've got their profiles linked up with their Facebook, G+, and Twitter. I'm not anti these services, I have accounts with all three, but they ain't linked here because my "online presence" isn't about "marketing my unified digital voice" or whatever sewage the tech-hipsters are shoveling out today. They slam together two websites with a javascript library and confer themselves the titles of "wizard", "savant", or "genius". Maybe I come from a different time, but calling yourself that was the mark of a complete prat where I come from. Even self-referring as a "hacker" was a mark of hubris. These titles could only be conferred by others, and when they were, they were terms of respect and perhaps some awe, heartfelt and honest when given and touching and glorious when received.

Rant off, now get off my lawn you damn know-nothing kids, or hang out and have a picnic... say something. It's all good. :-)

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4 comments

They wouldn't know how to make tight code (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 5 months ago | (#46341551)

They wouldn't know how to make tight code that runs on two registers if you made it a life or death choice.

They probably think Assembler is a foreign language used in Assemblies.

Endless September all over again... (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | about 5 months ago | (#46343745)

I recently revisited some of my old haunts on Usenet. Only a few are still active, the rest are just barren wastes save for the occasional spam rolling by. Ironically, it was Google (thanks to acquiring the old Dejanews archives and turning it into Google Groups) rather than AOL who started the rot. AOL just let the newbies loose - Google turned the volume up to 11.

Now we have a World Wide Web where everyone and their dog is a social media / SEO 'expert', Facebook is becoming a walled garden so overgrown that no-one can see or hear you unless you have wads of cash handy, Google won't show you in search unless you submit yourself to Google+, and trolls run rampant whilst their victims are told to tough it out or get out.

Sorry... I'm in a good mood. (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 5 months ago | (#46353749)

Beta was just the straw that broke the camel's back, what you're talking about has been bothering me and others for quite some time. Apparently, Ars covered it but I can't find the link.

Try Soylent News [soylentnews.org] . It's full of folks tired of /.'s direction. I'm staying at /. at least for a while, but S/N is refreshing. I'm posting my journals there before here, they can use it and Dice doesn't need it.

Oh, but the REAL reason I'm in such a good mood is someone owed me a shitload of money and paid me back in reefer and I'M RETIRING! Tomorrow is my last day of wage slavery!

Re:Sorry... I'm in a good mood. (2)

rk (6314) | about 5 months ago | (#46354859)

Congratulations on retiring again, sir! While I do love my job, to say that I'm not even a tiny bit envious would be a lie.

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