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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

Dragon Bait Good enough for the President (362 comments)

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If it's good enough for the President, it's good enough for the common man.
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Seriously, if we're going to excuse it at the highest levels when because we like what the person does otherwise, what do you expect?

about two weeks ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Dragon Bait Re:Simple economics. (80 comments)

it has been a regulated industry

Industry regulation does not constitute a non-free market, just as industry deregulation does not constitute a free market.

Um, we're talking the telecommunications industry here -- where a free market does not exist. You cannot go into the cable business without the local and/or state (depending on the area) giving its blessing -- and they won't. The local/state governments have create monopolies. This is not a free market.

The same holds for the telephone industry. The norm is that a single company is granted a government monopoly in an area. There is no competition for land lines in a locale.

Don't get me wrong. You only want one company stringing phone lines throughout a community. You only want one company stringing cable coax throughout a community. But please, let's not pretend that these government created monopolies have anything to do with the free market.

about a month ago
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Time Warner Cable Customers Beg Regulators To Block Sale To Comcast

Dragon Bait Re:Simple economics. (80 comments)

Free market capitalism is very beneficial to the consumers...when there is open competition. .

When did the free market have anything to do with the telecommunications industry? At least in the United States, it has been a regulated industry for as long as anyone alive can remember. I really wonder why we've let companies with a government created monopoly in one area (local cable monopolies) leverage that monopoly to improve their business position in another area (content creation).

about a month ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Dragon Bait Re:Yea, I'm sure he gives a rat's ass. (304 comments)

It's Islam Shariah Law. The rich are always favored over the poor.

I don't know, the Iranians just hanged a banker.

about 2 months ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Dragon Bait Re:Yea, I'm sure he gives a rat's ass. (304 comments)

No country is on that list. They USA will never and has never extradited a person to another country.

Good thing you're an Anonymous Coward, because you're not even close to reality. According to US Embassy based in London:

During the same time period, the UK submitted 54 extradition REQUESTS to the US, of which none have been refused. Of those 54 requests, 38 resulted in extradition of an individual from the U.S. to the UK. In the remaining 16 cases, the individuals either returned to the UK on their own or other circumstances made extradition from the U.S. to the UK no longer necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Business Plan For Nest: Selling Your Data To Utility Companies

Dragon Bait Re:But they already bill me (167 comments)

Depends on what data Nest collects. Bet it can't figure out your sex habits?

This is slashdot ... "alone, in his mother's basement". What else is there to figure out?

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Dragon Bait Re:did you read the post you replied to? Wrong pos (504 comments)

The utilities already charge a flat baseline connection fee. That should take care of all infrastructure and grid maintainance. If you want it your way then I say get rid of the flat connection fee.

Do you know for certain that this is the case with this utility? I have a house in California that does not have a baseline connection fee. I have a house in Arizona that does have a baseline connection fee. I don't have a house served by this utility and don't know if they actually have a baseline connection fee.

about 3 months ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Dragon Bait Re:Excuse me for one moment. (207 comments)

Now just get the NSA, Al Gore, and Porn involved.

Please, no! I do not want to see Al Gore Porn. <shudder, puke, wretch>

about 3 months ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Dragon Bait Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

*Side note, I work in a non-technical white collar job, and a surprising number of my colleagues have tattoos.

It might be a generational thing. I personally think (thought) tattoos were very unprofessional, but the younger generation seems to have them -- a lot. One of the kids in the group (he's probably pushing 30) has tats nearly everywhere visible. I'm extremely glad they didn't discriminate against him when it came to hiring. He's change my mind on people with tats.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits

Dragon Bait Re:FP (415 comments)

Clinton started it.

You mean with operation Carnivore. Yes, but he had a D after his name. That means something. What it means, I don't know. But it means something.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?

Dragon Bait Re:I had to put down my 15 year-old dog. (473 comments)

That was hard. I loved that dog.

I would have marked this as "insightful" versus funny.

For me:

  1. -- Watching the love of my life marry someone else because I was too cowardly to ask her out in time.
    -- Explaining to my nephew that he'd never see his dad again.
    -- I still don't know what to say/do around my niece that was raped.
    -- I don't know if I'm proud of myself or self loathing for not having killed the rapist yet.

Most of these fall into "communication with people"; one falls into "planning and plan execution."

about 9 months ago
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Practical mathematics for programmers?

Dragon Bait Learn set theory (1 comments)

Okay, this isn't answering your question directly, but learn set theory. Set theory is the mathematical underpinning for both relational databases and object oriented design/programming.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

Dragon Bait Re:Maybe overturning an election (381 comments)

Ah. The recently popular "everyone is doing it, so we are okay to do it too". The slow descent in the abyss of mediocrity. I am sure if we tally it up, the US is actually responsible for the highest amount of meddling and government overthrows on this planet in the last 70 years. Basically every president of this nation in that period has overthrown someone somewhere.

70 years? That brings us back to, what, 1943? Who was the first democratically elected government that the US over threw starting in 1943? Was it the National Socialists in Germany? Just curious.

about a year ago
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Egyptian Security Forces Storm Pro-Morsi Camps Leaving Nearly 100 Dead

Dragon Bait Re:Maybe overturning an election (381 comments)

Are you deliberately fishing for comments or are you really that illusional? Pick for yourself the one that you like best:

Iran, 1953 [wikipedia.org]
Guatemala, 1954 [wikipedia.org]
Brazil, 1964 [wikipedia.org]
Chile, 1973 [wikipedia.org]

And that's just the ones that I can think of without digging too deeply.

I believe the comment was US has not attempted to overturn every single democratically-elected government and not the U.S. has attempted to overturn zero democratically-elected governments.

Some? Yes. All? No.

about a year ago
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Steubenville Hacker Faces Longer Prison Sentence Than the Rapists

Dragon Bait Re:Survival vs Copping out (297 comments)

Nixon's spying on the Democratic Party Headquarters,

At least they started impeachment proceedings against Nixon which led to his removal from office (even if he quit before he was fired).

about a year ago
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What Charles G. Koch Can Teach Us About Campaign Finance Data

Dragon Bait Re:WTF is income equality? (238 comments)

Stock does not only represent control of the company. It also represents ownership. So why shouldn't it be taxed? When a person is given stock, he/she should be taxed according to their market value (and I guess on a % of the companies book value in cases where the company is not publicly traded).

So when Steve got his shares, he should have paid income taxes on their value.

So, ultimately you're saying that the rich shouldn't be taxed. When Steve initially received his shares when it was just him and Woz, the company wasn't worth a huge amount. Same with Oracle and Ellison.

about a year ago
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What Charles G. Koch Can Teach Us About Campaign Finance Data

Dragon Bait Re:WTF is income equality? (238 comments)

You must think that all poor people should be dressed in rags and have no dignity or luxuries whatsoever. I've been poor before and I know how it is, you insensitive prick

I love it when someone tries to take what I say out of context and imply I said something I didn't. Thank you for spreading your ignorance.

By Obama's definition, I've been poor too. People do not need cable TV. Hell, I haven't had cable or satellite TV for over 10 years. If someone insists that they need it then they sure as hell don't need me to spring for the grocery bill. Take that $800+ a year and put it towards groceries.

about a year ago
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What Charles G. Koch Can Teach Us About Campaign Finance Data

Dragon Bait Re:WTF is income equality? (238 comments)

Tax Steve at 90% and he no longer controls Apple

Because taxes are levied on capital gains (i.e. only when selling his shares) and not on capital itself, then taxing Steve would have done about nothing. He carried many of them to his grave. Though I agree with you about what they represented to him: control. Stock ownership is only about profit when you sell your stake. Holding your stake is holding control.

Thank you for enforcing the point that the income tax does nothing about the rich.

about a year ago
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What Charles G. Koch Can Teach Us About Campaign Finance Data

Dragon Bait Re:Why Koch and not Soros? (238 comments)

The difference is that MoveOn has no pretenses in what it's about. What exactly is the tea party these days? All I hear from its mouthpieces right now is how gay marriage is a sign of the end times and moral decay causes deficits but we should totally spend trillions more dollars on war. And tax us less or something maybe.

I admit that I only have listened to actual Tea Party people three or four times -- but they were for smaller government and less taxes. They explicitly stated that they did not take any stand on social issues.

And please don't bring in the asinine fallacy that because I think Bush (and now Obama) are over spending that I somehow want to eliminate the Federal government completely or take us back to the dark ages.

about a year ago

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Apple Wins $1B Verdict

Dragon Bait Dragon Bait writes  |  about 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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