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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Dragon Bait Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (334 comments)

Laws actually effectively dictate they have to, as they have to run the business in such a way as to try to maximise the profits of their shareholders.

Actually, no. There is no law that a corporation needs to maximize profits for their shareholders. Take Tim Cook's statements regarding Apple trying to be green when a shareholder insisted that wouldn't maximize profit.

about a month ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Dragon Bait Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (334 comments)

What's being "shoved down member states throats" are almost all laws that the national politicians wanted, but couldn't get through locally because of popular resistance and the media eating them alive. So they push it up to the EU, it comes back a few year later, thanks to short public memory they now claim they have no choice, it's an EU mandate, and they get the laws they wanted.

I'm confused. It seems like you're supporting his argument versus opposing it. It seems like you're saying the local politicians try something. People revolt. The locals politicians get the EU to shove it down the people's throats and all is good. Isn't the EU shoving it down the people's throats what the person was arguing?

about a month ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dragon Bait Re:No, you're not crazy (441 comments)

I'm still trying to figure out what my comment about Joan -- white Joan -- had anything to do with Kelly. Yes, I walked on egg shells around Kelly from then on.

If you're so ill educated as to not know what "integration" means with regards to race, and so blitheringly stupid as to not be able to Google it... you should walk on egg shells around Kathy - so as not to be a future cause of problems.

You're right. I guess I wasn't enough of a racist to look at her skin and realize I need to treat black women differently from white people. Thanks for the education.

about a month ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dragon Bait Re:The new progressive (441 comments)

It's hard work when your audience is hostile and will deliberately mis-interpret everything that isn't crystal clear and unequivocal.

Painful having the shoe on the other foot. Isn't it?

about a month and a half ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dragon Bait Re:No, you're not crazy (441 comments)

So is this how it works? I come up with an anecdote, unverifiable of course, about what a racist douchebag someone as a counter-argument?

I was responding to someone else having to walk on eggshells -- so it was still on topic.

Just because some (possibly ficticious) people are morons does not invalidate the argument.

So, someone writes a blog about some (possible ficiticious [sic]) people are morons and that's supposed to create a sound argument?

about a month and a half ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dragon Bait Re:Tech Up Bringing? (441 comments)

How many people in tech had welfare crack whores for mothers?

Dude. Your dog whistle is broken. Everyone can hear it.

My younger sister was a welfare crack whore. Perhaps it is you that needs to check your preconceived notions at the door...

about a month and a half ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dragon Bait Re:No, you're not crazy (441 comments)

And she wonders why she feels like people walk on eggshells around her and why she feels like she makes people uncomfortable.

Our group brought a white woman (race only matters based on what comes later), let's call her Joan. Joan had a closed door office downstairs from the group. Once she joined the group, we had her move into cube-land with the rest of us.

Enter Joan's friend, let's call her Kelly. Kelly happens to be black. One day Joan, Kelly, and I were having lunch in the break room. Kelly asked Joan why she moved out of her nice, closed-door office into cube-land. Here's where I step in it. I replied "We wanted to integrate Joan into the group." Kelly goes absolutely berserk on me. "What do you mean integrate?!? I'm integrated!!"

I'm still trying to figure out what my comment about Joan -- white Joan -- had anything to do with Kelly. Yes, I walked on egg shells around Kelly from then on.

about a month and a half ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

Dragon Bait Tech Up Bringing? (441 comments)

I feel like I've lost my entire cultural identity in effort to be part of the culture I've spent the majority of the last decade in.

Translation: I want to impose my culture on my team mates.

Frankly, I'm tired of hearing people bitch about diversity in the tech field and then blaming employers. Out of the 200 people in my freshman CS class, two were black. By my senior year, one of them was left in the program -- and his major semester project failed all tests (the test being automated were completely color blind).

Let's ignore race for a moment. What's the percentage of people in tech who came from a single parent home? Ditto for the population at large? How many people in tech had welfare crack whores for mothers? The population at large? What's the percentage of people in tech where education was a priority for the family? The population at large?

If you want to bring race into it, turn around and ask the same questions and throw racial demographics into it. Perhaps the problem isn't with the tech companies, nor institutions of higher learning,nor primary or secondary education. Perhaps the problem lies with the family dynamics.

about a month and a half ago
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Identity As the Great Enabler

Dragon Bait Re:nobody was in charge (58 comments)

In my opinion, healthcare.gov failed so miserably primarily because nobody at HHS was in charge of the project, ....

How many lines of legalize was the Affordable Care Act? Just translating the ACA into requirements would take longer than the time allotted to getting the web site up and working --- and then you need at least one individual who completely understands the sometimes conflicting requirements.

No. The web site was doomed before it even began.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Dragon Bait Re:Technology might not help. (87 comments)

This is controversial but it should be said. but the biggest problem, religion, cant be solved with technology because religious zealots dont operate logically.

History doesn't bear this out. During the black plague in Europe, the Jews fared much better than others because of a ritual of cleanliness. Islam also has numerous cleansing/washing rituals. At best, lumping all religions together is ignorant.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

Dragon Bait Re:Divergence (154 comments)

...mice and rats diverged somewhere between 12 and 24 million years ago.

...

What does this even mean?

Part of the problem is that we want clear and distinctive buckets (labels) to put things into: this a rat, this is a mouse, ... Evolution, slow, gradual changes over time, doesn't work that neatly. 12 to 24 million years ago there was some animal with some its descendants became today's rats and some other of its descendants became mice. That animal could interbreed with others of its kind. At some point its descendants branch that eventually became rats and its descendants branch that eventually mice could no longer interbreed. But it wasn't a "Gee, we could interbreed last night but not this morning" kind of deal.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Dragon Bait Re: The amazing part (201 comments)

It's amazing I was wrong. Dammit! :)

It's amazing that someone admitted they were wrong. Consider +2 to your credibility.

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Dragon Bait Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

...standard US foreign policy...

No, that level of insanity started with the Bushes.

I agree. We all hate the Bushes. But there's no reason to deny Viet Nam or Korea happened just because we hate the Bushes.

about 2 months ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Dragon Bait Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (376 comments)

Anyone who defines chemical weapons as "WMDs" is doing it wrong. Very wrong.

Thank you. For a moment there I was afraid we wouldn't be able to say that Bush lied.

about 2 months ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

Dragon Bait Re:DESI Is the SUPREME RACE! (117 comments)

Most of them are buddhist, vegetarians or vegans.

Do you think buddhism is some kind of diet? Or should that have been a period after buddhist?

Do you think vegetarians is some kind of diet? Do you think vegans is some kind of diet? I suppose if you're a cannibal it could be, but I highly doubt that what GP meant.

about 3 months ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Dragon Bait Re:What are the bounds of property? (166 comments)

Also, as far as I am aware, you are not allowed to have security cameras on your property that film parts of other's properties. Those laws should suffice, or at least be amended to include "roaming" cameras.

Be sure to check with your local laws. IANAL and I understand the law slightly differently --- which might be because we're in different localities (or because IANAL).

about 3 months ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Dragon Bait Re:define "customer" (290 comments)

We are not customers, however I would argue that we are service providers. We provide service to Google's business by consuming advertising. As a service provider I also do not want my emails ignored.

If you're the service provider to Google then according to this ruling it is you that is not allowed to ignore e-mail from Google.

about 3 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

My initial perception was the same as your experience: that the black and Latino populations were solid blocs

I never said they were solid blocks. That one day --- when violence was threatened --- then they formed one solid block. During normal times they weren't.

That said, they form pretty solid voting blocks. Blacks have consistently voted 90% for Democrats since Johnson's Great Society.

about 3 months ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Dragon Bait Re:zero privacy = full control (206 comments)

I'm just saying if we can embrace the positive parts of full transparency, that will be better than the fallacy of believing we can successfully safeguard our privacy.

You do realize that Roe v. Wade is based on privacy rights, don't you? If you get rid of privacy, including (or especially) medical privacy then you undermine the foundation of a woman's right to choose.

about 3 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

Dragon Bait Re: yet if we did it (463 comments)

They ran off to enact laws allowing the police to arrest the other two groups based on their color.

[sarcasm]You're right. 8th graders tend to do that. [/sarcasm]

about 4 months ago

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Apple Wins $1B Verdict

Dragon Bait Dragon Bait writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dragon Bait (997809) writes "Apple Inc. (AAPL) won more than $1 billion after a jury found Samsung Electronics Co. infringed six of seven patents for its mobile devices in a verdict that may lead to a ban on U.S. sales of handheld electronics a judge deems to violate Apple’s rights.

Let the appeal begin."

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