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Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

BitterAndDrunk good idea (472 comments)

That way our species will self-select the thoughtless!

about a year ago

EA Is the Game Company Disney Was Looking For

BitterAndDrunk It's GOB (254 comments)

It's GOB, as in George Oscar Bluth Jr.

about a year ago

NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

BitterAndDrunk Hmmm (573 comments)

What if you don't trust the cops?

more than 2 years ago

Why eBook DRM Has To Go

BitterAndDrunk Here's how to do that, since I just did so (299 comments)

Since I just switched from Kindle to Nook due to quality issues and a complete lack of customer service, I had the (dis)pleasure of researching how to do this for my 50+ titles theoretically locked in to Amazon.

How to crack Amazon DRM

more than 2 years ago

Why eBook DRM Has To Go

BitterAndDrunk re: Butcher's pricing (299 comments)

Butcher prices his Dresden files books at over $10 a pop. I read the first four or five but the pricing is too stupid and the quality's simply not that good. Not for significantly greater than pulp paperback.

If he priced his stuff at $6 a pop I would have read the catalog. But $12? Now you're taking advantage.

more than 2 years ago

Neal Stephenson Takes Blame For Innovation Failure

BitterAndDrunk Re:I disagree (448 comments)

I thought Reamde was way better than Anathem. . . felt more like his older work (Zodiac in particular).

It was a pretty good yarn and honestly I wanted that MMO to exist pretty badly. That would be AWESOME

more than 2 years ago

Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling

BitterAndDrunk one anecdote here (908 comments)

I'm in the market for a new game right now. It won't be Amalur, just like it wasn't Anno 2070 (though I really really wanted Anno 2070).

They want to end-around first sale doctrine, that's fine. I'll just forego their products.

This is about First Sale Doctrine, not whether or not I'll resell my stuff. I use Steam so it's moot anyhow.

more than 2 years ago

Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree

BitterAndDrunk False Equivalency Horseshit (954 comments)

There are simply not enough taxable dollars in that lofty 1% realm to honestly make a difference. It makes for great popular sentiment as it supposedly impacts those "other" people. I also haven't heard a single viable argument as to how it is better to have that money get into the hands of a government that has shown a complete inability to manage money rather than let that money continue to flow into the economy.

Actually, there's enough to reverse most of the ballooning deficit strictly by reinstating the Bush tax cuts. Furthermore, the best argument is the one that every deficit hawk all over the tubes are stating: current debt levels are untenable and need to be reversed.

But yeah, it's helpful to pretend this is an intractable problem and "both sides are doing it". But it's a lie and repeating it makes you a liar.

more than 2 years ago

ERP Vendors Get Into Medical Marijuana Business

BitterAndDrunk and the buzzword bingo continues (138 comments)

We used to call that sort of thing an Accounting System.

I imagine we call them ERPs to jack up the price and set up a business model where there's continuous fucking^W servicing of the customer.

Honestly, after working within them for the past decade, I can't imagine anyone would want to calcify their business with such a tightly coupled morass requiring continuous upgrades.

Just terrible

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Bill Helps Teachers Challenge Evolution

BitterAndDrunk that and the two accounts contradict (735 comments)

The J and E thread reverse which comes first, animals or man. That's my favorite part about creationists - their own book gets it wrong almost immediately.

more than 3 years ago

Utah Repeals Anti-Transparency Law

BitterAndDrunk eh, I see his point re: Progressives (80 comments)

The abolitionists (anti-slavery being quite progressive) tended to also be prohibitionists.

I like to think of it as "nobody has a monopoly on bad ideas".

The larger point, progressives want to expand the power of the state, is a little fallacious.

That really ties into paternalism, how hard/soft do you like it (if at all), and where is it appropriate. Those questions/answers don't fall on either side of the political spectrum, I think. (e.g. Republicans believe in hard paternalism when it comes to a woman's body, whilst Democrats tend to believe in paternalism when it comes to health care)

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

BitterAndDrunk Corporations (was unclear) (884 comments)

I referred to the corporate tax rate, and was making reference to the fact that the top corporations in America paid ZERO in taxes in 2010. (GE comes to mind immediately, but it's merely one of many culprits)

Sorry I wasn't more clear.

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

BitterAndDrunk funny that (884 comments)

It's only called class warfare when the lower class fights back. Otherwise, it's what, "measures to ensure profitability"?

RE: taxation - I only agree because the top 10% pays zero (ZERO) taxes in America, with our 35% tax rate.

Making that more sane is the first step, but no matter what happens corporations have to step up and pay for doing business in America. Period.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Cash-For-Votes Exposé Rocks Indian Government

BitterAndDrunk Citation Needed (225 comments)

They redact before posting. The argument can be made that they don't redact enough and the identifying details are still unobscured, but that's not what you said.

You're just spreading FUD.

more than 3 years ago

Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO

BitterAndDrunk in my experience (245 comments)

Groupon is a death knell for a restaurant. Bourdain mentioned it in Kitchen Confidential - the death spiral of a rest. begins with coupons and the like.

Perhaps with a new restaurant to get the word out it works, but every Groupon rest. we've been to in the last year failed.

I don't think that's Groupon's fault, however. I think a Groupon deal is a very good indicator if a restaurant is struggling.

more than 3 years ago

PayPal Reinstates Fund For WikiLeaker Manning

BitterAndDrunk I cancelled my acct (92 comments)

I was a pretty heavy eBayer/PayPal user until this occurred. I'd had reservations but let the convenience outweigh them until this incident.

Cancelled the account and let them know why in both the feedback form and the survey they sent out.

So basically, this is my doing. You're welcome, America.

more than 3 years ago

George RR Martin Finishes A Dance With Dragons

BitterAndDrunk Well, I'm sure they're hurt (279 comments)

You're an asshole. A big "F U"? Ok. As Neil Gaiman once wrote: George R R Martin is not your bitch.

more than 3 years ago

George RR Martin Finishes A Dance With Dragons

BitterAndDrunk uhh, fifth (279 comments)

Game of Thrones Clash of Kings Storm of Swords Feast for Crows Dance With Dragons Interminably Long Wait for Six Posthumous Hackjob for Seven. I CAN'T WAIT

more than 3 years ago

Go For It On Fourth Down? Ask Coach Watson

BitterAndDrunk god damnit (241 comments)

I hate soccer

more than 3 years ago


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A standup set (off topic)

BitterAndDrunk BitterAndDrunk writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I perform standup comedy.
This is a set from last August.

I'm proud of it. Hate away.
Hopefully I'm not spamming all of slashdot with this. Wait, maybe I hope I am. I can't decide.

Anyhow, I'll never quit the day job if I don't get my name out there, so here I am in embarassing glory.


Fucking sick of the new Slashdot

BitterAndDrunk BitterAndDrunk writes  |  more than 5 years ago What kind of usability moron designed the new layout?
Once you're in a subsection, I can't figure out a way to navigate BACK to the main section.
The obvious choice would be to click either Home, the banner at the top of the page, or the Main heading in Sections, right? Nope. None of those take you back to . . instead taking you to whatever subdomain you're in.

Profoundly stupid design.


how come I get 10 mod points?

BitterAndDrunk BitterAndDrunk writes  |  more than 6 years ago I used to occasionally get 5 points. Nowadays I get 10. Is this some sort of a bug? I finally have enough power to abuse the system and downmod based on opinion! Oh joy!

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