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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Anonymous Meoward Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Nah, they're just douches. I read ValleyWag way too much...

about 2 months ago

Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Anonymous Meoward Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (533 comments)

Diversity and inclusion are tools for gathering ideas, not for determining their acceptance or rejection.

If we follow your argument to its conclusion, anyone's beliefs are valid by virtue of being diverse (or needing to be inclusive). Are you failing to "respect my diversity" if you don't believe my claim that there are ants on the moon?

(Ad hominem attacks are a logical fallacy. So is, as you're putting it, ad hominem respect.)

about 2 months ago

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Anonymous Meoward On the other hand.. (304 comments)

...they could ask for someone who would show up instead. What's Dennis Rodman up to these days?

about 4 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Anonymous Meoward Are these the same editors who.. (544 comments)

..added the propeller noises to the jet in "Airplane!" ?

about 6 months ago

Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

Anonymous Meoward Re:What party was that again... (234 comments)

There's a reason for the bile thrown at white Christian males. They deserve it.

Sorry if that sounds like troll bait, but I don't remember any other group lynching African-Americans. While also denying women health choices or voting rights, or screaming for border security to keep out people who are "not like us". Or complaining about the "culture war" (which is in reality an indicator of declining influence). Or recently, trying to get Draconian voter ID laws on the books.

They'll do everything in their power to protect their hegemony, because they firmly believe that their privileges are in fact rights.

Sure, there are counterexamples, but not very many. Far fewer in fact.

If you're offended as a white Christian male, well, I'll ask you to try something new: Stop whining.

about 6 months ago

Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Anonymous Meoward Big deal (126 comments)

Marc Maron has been fighting this fight for years. WTF, Slashdot?

about 6 months ago

Titanium-Headed Golf Clubs Create Brush Fire Hazard In California

Anonymous Meoward Best solution (169 comments)

Ban golf.

Total waste of (already precious) water and arable land. If we're lucky, every golf course will be consumed in flames.

( I would say it;s contributed nothing to society, but there is Caddyshack...)

about 6 months ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

Anonymous Meoward World War Z and story arc (276 comments)

Numerous posters are decrying the lack of the original book's content in the final screenplay, so I'll ask a slightly different question.

One of the problems cited with adapting the book was the structure of the narrative, since it was essentially a series of interviews. But movies consisting of interviews and recollections, and their non-linear construction, have been done before. (The most obvious example is "Citizen Kane".) As problems go, this one didn't look insurmountable from here.

So...what am I missing? Is there something else in the book's story arc that posed a problem? Or do Hollywood studios regard the average audience member as just a whole lot dumber these days?

about 6 months ago

N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Anonymous Meoward Re:Depends on China (325 comments)

Yep. And China won't drop it any time soon.

Why? Because they don't want a few million - or tens of millions of - refugees crossing the Yalu or Tumen Rivers.

The Kims have effectively blackmailed the Chinese with threat of a mind-bending humanitarian crisis.

And the DPRK knows that a coup is in China's best interest as well. Hence the ginormous military.

about 7 months ago

N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Anonymous Meoward Re:Why now? (325 comments)

Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick. It not only was constructed from interviews with numerous defectors, it is also very well written. (David Sedaris recommended it recently for both its message and its prose.)

Seriously, get this book from your local library and read it.

about 7 months ago

Mark Cuban Found Not Guilty of Insider Trading

Anonymous Meoward Re:Keep your eye off the real game... (48 comments)

Amen. Breitbart was a dipshit who knew how to manipulate mouth-breathers. I'm glad he's dead.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

Anonymous Meoward Re:As a geek who went to business school ... (167 comments)

Excellent response! I found my MBA program to be a very engaging - and challenging may I add. I managed to engage with all sorts of people from various professions, many very technical.

In short, I gained a perspective that otherwise never would have attained on my own. I recommend it highly.

One caveat: In my finance and operations courses (where geeks tend to gravitate), my professors were a bit impatient with me when I would ask questions that probed too deeply into the subject matter. (Not so accounting however.) The mindset in B-school is a bit different. You're not being asked to know exactly how something works, but how you can apply it in the real world. It's the difference between knowing how to rip apart an engine, and knowing how to drive an F1 racer.

And it's also a MASSIVE networking opportunity. Know and befriend your classmates and professors, and understand that everyone there will want to help you succeed, as you do them.

about a year ago

Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

Anonymous Meoward Re:The witch hunts continues... (365 comments)

Along with anyone else who denies the demonstrably proven. F'em all.

about a year ago

Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

Anonymous Meoward Following the twisty little pattern of logic (365 comments)

So, if the senator believes that we are arrogant to believe that humans can effect climate change, and the God is doing it all by Himself, doesn't that imply that God is not exactly nice? That He's earnestly trying to make our lives difficult? Maybe that He's one inimical being bent on destroying us?

Excuse me, time to go worship at the temple of Yog-Sothoth.

about a year ago

N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

Anonymous Meoward NC has become a very scary place recently (555 comments)

Some of the crap we've had to deal with down here with the veto-proof GOP takeovers of both houses of the legislature in 2010 includes:

  • The state legislature interfering with local school boards (Wake and Guilford counties)
  • Banning the use of LEED standards for public buildings (not just not requiring, banning)
  • Jim Crow 2.0, oops, I mean, Voter ID laws (cuz there's fraud to be seen, if you really squint hard enough)
  • Not just loosening enviro standards for fracking, but letting Halliburton re-write the rules
  • Gutting pre-K educational funding
  • ..and at least one legislator proposing a state religion in a bill that eventually was scuttled

So believe me, this is an incredibly minor incident, compared to the other B.S. that's been foisted on us by Art Pope and his cronies in the legislature and (since 2012) the governor's mansion. (I have friends who have protested in Raleigh and were arrested for trespassing as a result.) And oh yeah, nobody has explained how any of this will create jobs in a state that consistently has an unemployment rate that's 2% greater than the US average.

about a year ago

Cosmos Remake Coming To Fox In 2014

Anonymous Meoward Re:Let me guess (193 comments)

Nah, it'll just be subtitled: When Celestial Bodies Attack!

about a year ago

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

Anonymous Meoward Re:How can I contribute... (1078 comments)

Me too - where do I send a few bucks?

about a year ago

Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

Anonymous Meoward Re:Get Lockheed to do it (477 comments)

Essentially do what the Chinese are doing, but add a crapload of special interest cash into the system. This would work. (I didn't say this was a good thing, I said this would work.)

about a year and a half ago



Raleigh Councilman to Google: Name My Kids

Anonymous Meoward Anonymous Meoward writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anonymous Meoward (665631) writes "In what may be the weirdest perk proposed by a municipal authority to entice business, city councilman Bonner Gaylord has offered to name his unborn children Sergey and Larry, after the founders of Google, if the search giant it will build its proposed high-speed fiberoptic network in Raleigh. (And if the kids are boys.)"
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Pitetsbkrrh, the City of Champions

Anonymous Meoward Anonymous Meoward writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anonymous Meoward (665631) writes "The Grant Building in (my home town area of) Pittsburgh has had, for eight years, a red beacon that should be flashing the name of the city in Morse Code. While most Pittsburghers are unaware of this (probably since they're still nursing hangovers from celebrating the fortunes of the Steelers and Penguins), alert CMU grad student Tom Stepleton noticed that the system controlling the beacon's output is producing some interesting errors. The controller hardware dates at least from the 1930s, but Stepleton claims the errors ("Pitetsbkrrh", "Tpebtsaurgh") have cropped up only in the past two years. It's amazing that the controller has been running as well and as long as it has IMO; as folks from my area would say, that's "nawt too shabby"."

Hans Reiser Guilty of First Degree Murder

Anonymous Meoward Anonymous Meoward writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anonymous Meoward (665631) writes "Hans Reiser of ReiserFS fame was today found guilty of first degree murder in Oakland, California. Quoth the source article: "In a murder case with no body, no crime scene, no reliable eyewitness and virtually no physical evidence, the prosecution began the trial last November with a daunting task ahead... The turning point in the trial came when Reiser took the stand in his own defense March 3." Whether he really did it or not, Hans basically just didn't know when to shut up."

SCO To Live On Thanks to Private Equity

Anonymous Meoward Anonymous Meoward writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anonymous Meoward (665631) writes "SCO will live to fight another day, thanks to an injection of $100M of private equity. The suckers, I mean, buyers are Stephen Norris Capital Partners and "its partners from the Middle East". SNCP will take the company private, get it out of Chapter 11, and reorganize it to deliver on future product offerings (whatever those may be). No word on whether Darl McBride and friends will be shown the door."


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