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U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

BigHungryJoe Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

Reconciliation was used a few times during the Bush administration to pass tax cuts. The ACA was not the first use of reconciliation to pass something other than a budget, not by a long shot.

about 10 months ago

Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

BigHungryJoe Slashdot has grown up (608 comments)

Ten years ago the comments to this story would have been riddled with crude, misogynistic jokes. In fact, I wonder if the story was meant to elicit such a response from Slashdot. Congrats on rising above, everyone.

about a year ago

How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks

BigHungryJoe econ 101 for slashdot (123 comments)

But EA is a "job creator", so those tax breaks "trickle down" to the hoi polloi in the form of jobs.

more than 2 years ago

Why Any Competing Whois Registry Model Is Doomed

BigHungryJoe Vixie Cron (63 comments)

Didn't Paul Vixie write cron? Well, if he did, then he has no credibility in my book, because cron is a flaming piece of shit.

Give me Microsoft Task Scheduler any day of the week, Paul Vixie.

"Vixie" doesn't even sound like his real name.

about 3 years ago

DOJ Seizes Online Poker Site Domains

BigHungryJoe lobbying and online poker (379 comments)

The online poker industry is young yet and has not had time to establish a strong lobby in Washington, DC. Once they do, it will become a respectable, job-creating industry run by innovators that make this economy strong... and these sorts of stories will disappear.

more than 3 years ago

House Democrats Shelve Net Neutrality Proposal

BigHungryJoe Re:You? Why TF should they care about YOU? (221 comments)

You know, that's all true. The only people who do believe that the parties are equally bad (geminidomino) don't actually pay attention to politics.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Warns of China Closing the Supercomputer Gap

BigHungryJoe Re:What do they exepect? (238 comments)

what if they're home on youtube because there simply aren't jobs available? Not sure what industry you're in, but in mine, if you're over 50 and unemployed right now, you are screwed.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Warns of China Closing the Supercomputer Gap

BigHungryJoe Re:What do they exepect? (238 comments)

IBM is entitled to all the handouts they want - it's only the unemployed and welfare mothers that aren't entitled to handouts. Christ are you some kind of socialist?

more than 3 years ago

IBM Warns of China Closing the Supercomputer Gap

BigHungryJoe Re:To compute what? (238 comments)

are they actually brute forcing it, though? I always figured they had different, secret means of attacking the ciphertext. Possible ways that were designed into the algorithm to begin with... so it isn't so much a matter of brute computing power.

more than 3 years ago

Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

BigHungryJoe Re:Obstruction of justice (597 comments)

that is a good question - it seems like prosecutors are also complicit in the "circling of the wagons" - they also seem to make an effort to protect bad or dishonest cops, and I don't understand why.

more than 4 years ago

Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

BigHungryJoe A few bad apples (597 comments)

A few bad apples making the other 1% look bad...

seriously, why do cops always circle the wagons to protect dishonest cops?

more than 4 years ago

The Mono Mystery That Wasn't

BigHungryJoe A coincidence? (268 comments)

List of all open source iconoclasts --

Miguel de Icaza
Theo de Raadt

notice any similarities between the names?

more than 4 years ago

Constitutionality of RIAA Damages Challenged

BigHungryJoe Interesting! (360 comments)

A link to an old slashdot article, and 2 links to legal documents - one of which is 32-pages long!

Now THAT makes for some interesting reading... well, this is definitely one time that I will RTFA!

more than 4 years ago

US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

BigHungryJoe This is important people, it's for CHILD PORN (570 comments)

Can we waive the Constitution and give these brave law enforcement folks a billion trillion dollars to buy PS3's? This is about fighting CHILD PORN.

Child porn is almost as big a threat as terrorism. ALMOST.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Counterfeiting Deal Aims For Global DMCA

BigHungryJoe also have to be made law? (380 comments)

wouldn't any signed treaty also have to be made law in each respective country?

I've never understood how countries can be bound by a treaty through ratification (Kyoto protocol?) without it going through a country's law-making body...

more than 4 years ago

DVRs Help Some TV Shows Improve Ratings

BigHungryJoe watching commercials (297 comments)

Commercials give me a break to go pee, make a phone call, or grab another brew. I still need that break when I'm watching a DVR'd show. I'm not actually watching the commercials.

more than 4 years ago

Hunt For Earth-Like Planets Delayed

BigHungryJoe riskier to fix on the ground? (56 comments)

But in the end, he says, the team thought it was riskier to pry apart the telescope's electronic guts than to deal with the problem after launch.

Can someone explain to me why this was the case?

more than 3 years ago

How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

BigHungryJoe Re:Old school (823 comments)

aren't math people supposed to use pencil?

more than 4 years ago

Internet Probably Couldn't Handle a Flu Pandemic

BigHungryJoe Re:I'll be too sick to surf (341 comments)

Amen to this - why are they assuming that we're all going to keep working even though we've got H1N1?

If I stay home sick, I feel like shit and I'm not doing any work. Or has the state of labor affairs gotten so bad that we're still expected to work when we're sick?

more than 4 years ago

Internet Probably Couldn't Handle a Flu Pandemic

BigHungryJoe Re:OK, the solution for this is easy... (341 comments)

it doesn't matter how productive I am, my employer doesn't think I'm working unless he can see me working.

more than 4 years ago



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