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I expect to retire ...

Capt James McCarthy Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (265 comments)

When I see ages like 75 and never, I wonder if these are people who don't want to stop working, or people who financially can't stop working. My grandfather is 92 and still working...by choice.

Agreed. Really there should be reworded to "When do I want to be financially independent." Personally I don't want to retire. I enjoy work and the sense of accomplishment that goes with it. Traveling is fun and I do it three or four times a year, but I enjoy my businesses. Why would I sell my businesses that I enjoy and make wonderful money at?

3 days ago

'weev' Conviction Vacated

Capt James McCarthy Interesting (148 comments)

I never understood this. If you break up a rape and beat the crap out of the perpetrator, you are hailed a hero. But expose flaws and you are a criminal. I suppose it's not the crime they are exposing, but the tactics to obtain the information then? So the question would be do the ends justify the means? That would apply to all things governmental/commercial I suppose.

about two weeks ago

Inside Boeing's New Self-Destructing Smartphone

Capt James McCarthy Re:ATM keypads (162 comments)

I would not buy this phone as it is over-priced, and I can do the same thing with a common android smartphone and a little software and hardware tweaking.

You don't understand that spending tax dollars is way different then spending your own dollars.

about 2 months ago

Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Capt James McCarthy Re:Colonialism??? (398 comments)

Doesn't using the phrase "an immigrant would be required to 'live and work' in Detroit for an undetermined length of time" sound a lot like an indentured labour program? It seems awfully familiar to what the Brits did to/in India during the 1800s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_indenture_system)

Actually it's exactly like indentureed servitude and it's been done long before the 1800's.

I suppose it's legal since these folks will be volunteers.

In the United States, the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA) of 2000 extended servitude to cover peonage as well as Involuntary Servitude.

about 3 months ago

Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

Capt James McCarthy Re:Yes. (222 comments)

invent 'nuclear winter'

Awesome!! Totally forgot about that side affect. Humans can push this clock way back with one of those. Less population, less green house gases (fewer people, means fewer cars/heating/burning/etc..), and a cooler planet should Global Warming take off. Man, this could solve so many problems.

I'm trying to see a down side here.....oh yeah, distruction, loss of life, and reverting much of the world back to the 1800's. Dang. I thought we had a Global solution there.

about 3 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Capt James McCarthy Re:Cellphones during the movie was debated.... (1431 comments)

Well its america, and even worse, florida. The courts already said you can kill whomever you want, you just have to say "he's coming right for us".

If I was in america, and everyone around me was armed and with the above mentality, YOUR GOD DAMN RIGHT I WOULD BE ARMED!

If everyone around you is a violent psychopath (this did occur in america), I would want to be protected personally.

Don't believe the hype of the media. These random actions may appear frequent, but are just sensationalized to bring the world into every living room in America thinking that everyone is out to get them. Then the powers to be can more easily control/tax/litigate the populace.

about 3 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

Capt James McCarthy Re:Shocking (409 comments)

If proven true in court, this justifies a boycott of Oracle products by all us techies until Oracle produce an open salary audit proving no racial differentials between staff at the same locations. The allegation if true is disgraceful

Hmmmm....Interesting concept. An open salary audit. Let me see. So what you are saying is that all employees for a given job description are equal. Is that correct?

Well, I guess that you would have to make sure that there are measureable metrics to ensure that employee A is doing the same and equal job of employees D, B, F, E, T, C.

Look, what was said, or practiced, is wrong on all fronts. As an employer and a one time employee, it sucks, but it happens all the time. I know for a fact that recruiters look to the mid-west to bring employees to the east/west coast because they have a lesser expectation for salary. Does that make them racist?

about 3 months ago

Swarms of Small Satellites Set To Deliver Close To Real-Time Imagery of Earth

Capt James McCarthy Always made me wonder... (112 comments)

Of who owns the airspace above the atmosphere. Understanding that each Country in the world has control over the airspace within it's borders, but what what elevation does that cease? Could you launch a vehicle from international waters taking your own satellites into orbit and beyond the control of anyone? I'm sure it would upset many folks. Resources not being an issue for such an undertaking.

about 3 months ago

Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

Capt James McCarthy USPS Where are you?? (378 comments)

All this revenue that could be pulled by the one time largest shipper in the US, but for some reason, they keep losing billions a year.

about 4 months ago

Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

Capt James McCarthy Re:Slavery mentality in the USA still very strong (224 comments)

Governor Nikki Haley, R-SC, who appointed Scott, is also a fairly prominent South Carolina politician. (After all, she's the governor.) Haley's parents immigrated from India; she isn't descended from slaveowners either.

Debatable. Slavery has existed in India for quite a long time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_India

Assuming that the United States had cornered the global market on slavery is very short sighted.

about 4 months ago

Earth's Orbit Reshapes Sea Floor

Capt James McCarthy Re:Misleading Headline (55 comments)

Its a very sad state in the world that any article - even those who not even talk about global warmning - get dragged into that flame war by the deniers.

I think sarcasm would be more appropriate then denier. You know, humor.

Of course it could also be a reaction to past performances of science chicken little prognostications.

about 4 months ago

Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

Capt James McCarthy Another reason... (138 comments)

As a 1099, you are not an employee and the company is not responsible for any benefits. So the company can on the fines for the ACA.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

Capt James McCarthy Better investment... (308 comments)

I found it easier to start my own company. Yes there are painful trade-offs (wearer of many hats), but if I'm putting sweat equity into something, I'd like to be the beneficiary. I get to dictate direction and scope, and feel so much better about my future.

about 4 months ago

Tesla Gets $34 Million Tax Break, Adds Capacity For 35,000 More Cars

Capt James McCarthy Horrah!! (238 comments)

Another business that can't survive without tax payer money to help keep the costs down on a vehicle that only wealthy folks can afford. Brilliant.

about 4 months ago

Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

Capt James McCarthy Re:three responses (562 comments)

I'd be willing to bet you're one of the ones that wanted to shift healthcare from those that currently don't have it from those that have it leaving those that currently have it not having it due to it's unaffordability.

Ouch, my brain!!

about 4 months ago

Streaming and Cord-Cutting Take a Toll On the Pay-TV Industry

Capt James McCarthy Re:Why do they all fight technology? (261 comments)

All of these media "giants" became giants because they offered alternatives. Yet, they all think that their business model will be eternal. The studios fought against cassette tape recorders, VCRs, video rentals, streaming TV, MP3s, torrents, iTunes, time shifting. In other words, anything that made it more convenient for viewers to -- you know -- view their content was seen as something horrible. If they had their way, we would adjust our schedules around the 6PM Tuesday timeslot to watch some sitcom. Why do they fight technology so fiercely when they should be embracing it? Find out what people like to do and offer a solution... Or, develop a new way and people will flock to it.

It's not fighting the technology that is the issue, it's about fighting the distribution method that is their business plan. If they could quickly monetize the new distribution methods, they would embrace the change. The problem is that large corporations are not agile enough to adapt quickly enough to the ever changing technological shifts that take place today. They invest billions (along with tax payer funding at times) in an infrastructure that is meant to provide a stream of income to profit from, only to be obsoleted in a shorter time frame then was projected. These large companies can not just change on a dime and expect to stay profitable.

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

Capt James McCarthy Re:what? (513 comments)

Regulation gives everyone a nice level playing field.

It also ensures that inventiveness is removed from business.

Really? Have you *seen* the proliferation of charges the airlines invented, to boost the bottom line? They must employ the equivalent of Einsteins and Shakespeares of customer ripoff to come up with those.

Yes (or do you mean the govt mandated 9/11 fees?). And it's up to you as the consumer to pick which airline you wish to fly. And who are you to tell a business how much they can or can't charge? The market will determine cost. Stop being a lazy consumer.

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

Capt James McCarthy Re:what? (513 comments)

Regulation gives everyone a nice level playing field.

It also ensures that inventiveness is removed from business.

about 4 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

Capt James McCarthy Re:what? (513 comments)

It should be up to the airlines whether or not allowing voice calls would cater to their passengers, but airlines should have leeway on how they enforce their policy, such as being able to forcibly disembark a passenger immediately upon violating a voice-call prohibition.

How dare you let businesses determine their own methods of business. You NEED the government to tell you how to run your business since you suck at running it and some lifetime politician knows more about your business then you do.

about 4 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

Capt James McCarthy Re:This sounds racist (1010 comments)

I bet if the "suspect" was named "John Smith" and white he might not have been arrested.

I'm surprised that didn't make it into the summary.

To add more quotes for you, it's called "Race Baiting."

about 5 months ago


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Capt James McCarthy Capt James McCarthy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sitting in the woods getting ready to be captured with Lizard by those damn worms. We are sitting here looking at one another wondering when the hell something will happen to us. It sure is boring sitting here waiting for our story to be told. I mean, I wish I knew if Lizard lives or dies. I will be really pissed if she dies.


He's never going to finish the series. Keep counting those tribbles David.

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