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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

DexterIsADog Re:So, it has come to this. (740 comments)

Since you put it in your sig, you must be looking for comments. What does that mean, that we "deliberately forgot" creation? Are you talking about racial memories? Do you believe racial memories are real? I don't imagine you are referring to historical records. In any event, why would we deliberately forget the origins of the race?

yesterday
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

DexterIsADog Re:So, it has come to this. (740 comments)

Who's sending these emails? EVERYONE! People in general, and people who work in HR especially, are morons who will put the most damning discussions in email. If these people *weren't* so stupid, they wouldn't be firing people just because they are (a woman/pregnant/minority) in the first place.

yesterday
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

DexterIsADog Re:So, it has come to this. (740 comments)

Ha, ha - yes - the way I heard it was that 'hire at will' protects both the employer and the employee! As if to reassure the working stiffs that they are neither slaves nor indentured servants and can work for whom ever they please. Job security my arse!

Even that is bullshit. Most companies I've worked for required non-compete agreements, so I couldn't work for another company that does anything remotely like they do, for up to two years. At senior manager level, these companies will go after employees who dare to move to another company in the same industry. I have had to pass on candidates we wanted to hire because they'd have to remain uninvolved in the majority of our business for a year or more to avoid running afoul of one of these agreements.

yesterday
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

DexterIsADog Re: Missing option (214 comments)

As a young, 20-something idealist, I used to revile the idea of mandatory military service.

Now that I have the perspective of a 50-something, it seems like quite a good idea.

3 days ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

DexterIsADog Re: Missing option (214 comments)

You're absolutely right. We should stop the welfare we pay to companies in the form of cleaning up their messes. Let polluters pay, and then we'll see the cost of manufacture included in the price, instead of stealing it from citizens in the form of taxes used to pay to clean up after industry.

And Walmart, fucking Walmart - those rich prick heirs are sucking up the nickels and dimes of everyone, as we fund the difference between what they pay their serfs... er, workers, and what it takes to survive, to the tune of $6.2 Billion in public assistance. What a bunch of moochers Sam Walton sired!

3 days ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

DexterIsADog Re:Anything not intended to be a millionaires toy. (151 comments)

There you go, that's the answer.

There will be flying cars for the super rich. The critical mass we need to produce enough super rich to provide the financial incentive to create practical flying cars is just about the point when you are either super rich... or on the dole. We've made HUGE progress toward that point over the past 10 years.

about a week ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

DexterIsADog Re:Saturn Weekender (151 comments)

Actually, in Niven's ARM universe, any of these flying cars would get you sentenced to the organ banks if you tried to fly one over a populated area.

about a week ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

DexterIsADog Re:What are these? (151 comments)

Gay bounce! Gay bounce! Gay bounce!

about a week ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

DexterIsADog Re:DeLorean (151 comments)

Yes, where we're going, we don't need eyes to see.

And I never thought I'd see Sam Neill creepier than he was in Jurassic Park.

about a week ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

DexterIsADog Re:All Slashdotters in favor of the merger... (132 comments)

Can you name any pros for consumers? Do you believe what Comcast says about needing to get larger because their margins are too small?

Is it a good thing that the merger would raise the barrier to entry of any part of the larger market that Comcast would control?

Please, I'd like to know what you think is a good reason for this merger to go forward.

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

DexterIsADog Re:Can't help but have the same thought (185 comments)

It is amusing that someone pointing the "sociopath" finger immediately switches to sociopath mode to condemn

Um, this is exactly false. I was *not* displaying the type of sociopathic thinking you continue to show. As I said, and I'll say it again, I *don't* think you should kill yourself.

Really, don't do it. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

DexterIsADog Re:Can't help but have the same thought (185 comments)

Wow, what a valuable contribution to the conversation. And self-righteous to boot.

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

DexterIsADog Re:Eugenics (120 comments)

2) You still didn't say anything about what "shouldn't be having children" means.

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

DexterIsADog Re:Adopt! (120 comments)

And you're still not getting it. The doctor intruded his personal view into a doctor-patient relationship. It's absolutely ethical, even obligatory for a fertility doctor to inform his patients about the cost, difficulty, and low probability of success of the services he can provide, he can also mention that adoption is another option, but the way the original poster quoted him, "It may be that life is giving you a hint." You don't seem to understand how that crosses the line.

And far from "people like me being what's wrong with medicine these days" insisting that doctors be walking prescription pads (which I am not, and never even implied), it's people like you who don't understand the difference between what a doctor must do, and what he must *not* do, who contribute to the awful state of medicine in the U.S. because you don't understand your own obligations as a patient. I probably have more knowledge about this aspect of medicine than you do - I've been married to a doctor for 28 years.

The original poster can be as pleased as he likes that the doctor did that, but that doesn't make it right.

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

DexterIsADog Re: What's the point ? (185 comments)

These folks had it better than 90% of the World, and when they made a boo boo they killed themselves.

Weak...

The problem is that you fundamentally misunderstand the human condition, and write off people who killed themselves for reasons you think are weak.

I suppose you think it's best that Alan Turing removed himself from the world, since he couldn't bear up under the persecution for being gay. If that occurred before he did his codebreaking work during World War II, we'd be living in a very different world. We'll never know what he *could* have done if he had been saved from committing suicide.

Also Anne Sexton, Vincent Van Gogh, gee, the list goes on of people who contributed much more than *you* ever will, whom you believe the world could have done without.

about two weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

DexterIsADog Re:Failed QA (399 comments)

Phew, that was a long journey to go on for such a lame joke.

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

DexterIsADog Re:Adopt! (120 comments)

There's a difference between providing information about adoption and saying, in effect, "Hey, life is telling you not to attempt to reproduce." That is offensive.

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

DexterIsADog Re:Can't help but have the same thought (185 comments)

Gotcha. There's something missing in you. I consider it a defect that has a small negative impact on human society, but I wouldn't encourage you to remove yourself from the world, because, you know, I don't have that particular defect. :-)

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

DexterIsADog Re:Eugenics (120 comments)

Two problems with your thinking:

1 - "population with disabilities that require care is growing exponentially" This is pure bullshit. Either you know nothing about the trend of incidence of disabilities in children, or you don't know what "exponentially" means. Citation, please. Oh, and be careful if you post a reference that it not show a higher incidence only because the rate of reporting is increasing. That's bullshit too.

2 - You didn't say what you believe "shouldn't be having children" means. Does it mean you express that opinion whenever it comes up in conversation, but do nothing about it? Does it mean you vote for politicians whose policies would deny any sort of public funding to individuals with at high risk for disabled offspring? Does it mean that you go around snipping the vas deferens of people who look "disability-like" to you? Sure, we can discuss your opinion, but first you have to state something with a shred of meaning.

3 - (bonus problem) The comment about sperm is a pure straw man argument.

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

DexterIsADog Re:Adopt! (120 comments)

I'm glad your story turned out well, but if your physician really told you, "It may be that life is giving you a hint." then he was overstepping the bounds of ethical treatment. It's none of his fucking business what you choose, his business is to listen to what you *want*, and tell you what he can *do* for you.

The Dr. Phil homespun bullshit should be grounds for censure from the medical board.

about two weeks ago

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