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New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish

FuegoFuerte How is this new? (31 comments)

"it's so weird-looking; it's up in the air in terms of what it is. It is unbelievably fragile, and... it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout — it looks like a cartoon dog snout."

Sounds an awful lot like someone I saw walking out of the women's restroom at WalMart once.

yesterday
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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

FuegoFuerte Re:One annoyance... (70 comments)

Oops, I forgot.. pointing out that Microsoft does things for logical business reasons gets one down-modded around here. I repent. Microsoft just did it to screw you, *personally.* All the new beta features have been directed to whichever platform you don't use, as a way to screw you for being you.

2 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

FuegoFuerte Re:Why Apple? (191 comments)

Actually, suicide is typically not talked about in Western media because they're trying not to encourage copycats. That's why, with very few exceptions (Robin Williams, other famous people) you typically won't find anything in the paper. I know Microsoft has had at least one jumper from the Lincoln Square office in Bellevue, other tech companies probably have too. Funny thing, anywhere you treat people as sub-human for long enough, strange psychological things happen and they start to lose the will to live.

But, by and large, I agree with the lack of coverage in the media. People who may be borderline suicidal can be triggered by reading about other peoples' suicides, no need for the media to perpetuate the problem with in-depth coverage and how-to guides.

2 days ago
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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

FuegoFuerte Re:One annoyance... (70 comments)

In case you never noticed, Skype needs customers to stay relevant. Even the idiots in management at Microsoft realize this. They also - at least mostly - realize that no matter how popular, not even Skype will bring users to a crap OS like Windows 8. They continue to support other OSs (and even add support for new non-MSFT platforms) because the world has moved on from being Windows-only. That doesn't stop them from releasing new features for their own flagshit OS first, however (typo not accidental).

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

FuegoFuerte Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

I'll see your Denmark and counter you a Mexico. Guns are also extremely difficult to get legally in Mexico, and yet it has one of the bigger gun violence problems of any country that comes to mind - far bigger than the US.

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

FuegoFuerte Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

Primarily because this "coward way out" leads to large numbers of people being unafraid to commit crimes. Would you also refuse to intervene in a rape if you saw it about to happen or in progress? I mean, the cops will catch the rapist eventually. How about a homicide, if you see a few kids stomping a homeless Tuba player to death, are you going to just walk on by? You pay taxes for this kind of thing don't you? The homeless guy can be replaced, your life and limb less so. The cops will catch the murdering youths eventually (RIP Ed, Seattle remembers you fondly).

Maybe you'd also sit placidly on a plane that was being taken over by a few guys with box cutters. I mean, the coward way out is more often than not the smart one, right? Let them have the plane, the airline has insurance and can buy a new one anytime.

Your victim mentality is not helpful to you, or society. You want crime to skyrocket? Play the victim, you seem to have the mindset down. You want crime rates to decrease? Refuse to be a victim. If I go down, I go down fighting. If I see someone being beaten, abused, robbed, raped, I will not stand idly by or walk on past, I will intervene on their behalf. I will not be a victim, and I will not stand idly by out of selfishness while others are victimized.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

FuegoFuerte Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

Is that supposed to be funny, or dumb? I'm not quite sure what you're going for. See, Indians are these people that come from a place called India. They're not known for casinos, they're known for working long hours for low wages to take jobs from more highly qualified American workers in this thing called the "H1-B" program.

4 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

FuegoFuerte Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

I didn't know what a Brahman was until I worked for one. And you're right... all of them I've met have been assholes, while the lower caste Indians I've known have been mostly pretty decent people. In fact, I've noticed a strong correlation between caste, hygiene, and personality. Lower caste Indians, from what I've observed, are often slightly less well-groomed, and are typically far nicer people. High-caste Indians will dress and groom immaculately, and be complete assholes.

There are exceptions, but by and large this has been my repeated observation after working with hundreds of Indians over the years. I'm probably a racist for pointing it out, but whatever.

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

FuegoFuerte Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

So, I'll summarize to what I was initially going to say (before I went on a bit of a rant, as it were). Essentially, you don't need technology to put you in such a situation. You can just take a job in a different industry, or company, or management chain, or whatever. Assuming you're white, if you want to be treated as a reviled minority, there are plenty of jobs where you can get the experience of being a reviled minority first-hand.

The other part of what I said though (which I think you missed), is that this type of experience doesn't typically breed tolerance; quite the opposite, in fact. I know a LOT of people who went into Microsoft without prejudice against any race, and came out loathing Indians. Sure, maybe those of us who went through that hell can identify with other minorities now, but is it really a better situation? I don't think so.

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

FuegoFuerte Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

If you're white, and want to be a minority and be treated like a worthless piece of shit, all you have to do is go work for an Indian management chain at Microsoft (or probably any other big tech company). Want to get a bad review because of the color of your skin? Be white. Want to work 16-hour days while your bosses are off playing golf? Be white - your Indian coworkers will be off playing golf with your bosses, so you get to do their work.

Want to claim that you're a minority who's been discriminated against, and that you're not racist as a response? I say bullshit. Racism breeds racism. I never had a problem with Indians until I and all my white coworkers (and ALL my female coworkers, regardless of race) were routinely subjected to their racist bullshit for years on end. When they routinely hand out mediocre to poor reviews to all the whites, and stellar reviews to all the Indians, but then put those same whites in charge of the high visibility projects that they need done right the first time, there's a problem. When the Indians can take down an online service multiple times without much more than a sideways glance, and a white person nearly gets fired for causing a lesser outage, there's a problem. When this happens long enough, it's easy to start harboring disdain and distrust of ALL Indians.

I was fortunate - I got to know enough decent, talented Indian folk who treated everyone with respect that it mostly straightened out my view on the matter. SOME whites are racist assholes - the majority are not. SOME blacks are racist assholes - the majority are not. SOME Indians are racist assholes - they are drawn to management positions at Microsoft, apparently - but the majority are not.

5 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

FuegoFuerte Re:Only 3.2T? *YAWN* (438 comments)

The Fusion-io cards are also single slot, single PCB. The 3.2T card is even a low-profile card. So it's more like saying "hey, there's a 32GB DIMM out now!" While true, it's been true for quite some time. They're expensive, sure, but the home user who wants one can still stuff a system full of them.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

FuegoFuerte Re:The real question is . . . (525 comments)

Well, I've gotten 42mpg driving I-5 through Oregon at an average speed of around 70, in a 2005 Civic Coupe. My average speed for most of my daily commute is about 70 (about half of it at 65 and half at 75), and my typical mileage is somewhere around 33mpg. So 30mpg at 85 doesn't really seem like a stretch.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

FuegoFuerte Only 3.2T? *YAWN* (438 comments)

Samsung just now announced a 3.2T card? Why are they so late to the party? Fusion-io has had 3.2T cards out for well over a year, and has 6.4T cards out on the market now. Most people won't be buying them anytime soon for home use, but for the person who really feels they need one, they're available. I think the online price to buy through Dell is about $24k right now.

about a month ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

FuegoFuerte Re:Here we go again (496 comments)

Yep, it's for sure all those darned Republicans with their fingers in Seattle and King County politics, from Jay Inslee right on down to Dow Constantine and Ed Murray.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Designing a Telecom Configuration Center?

FuegoFuerte Re:I do that professionally... (52 comments)

Actually, it's not so much an "unwillingness to share" even though I understand how it comes across that way. If it were a simple question, such as one might find on stackoverflow, certainly, happy to help. But the breadth of the question means a huge amount of time is required to answer it in any sort of adequate fashion. Time is money, they say, and frankly I have more money than time. So it's more like "there's a limit to my generosity, after that you have to pay for my time."

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Designing a Telecom Configuration Center?

FuegoFuerte I do that professionally... (52 comments)

and I like to get paid for my work. I expect most of my peers feel similar. So as unhelpful as you may find this, hire someone who's done it before, and ask them nicely to let you tag along and learn. Then you can become one of the professionals.

The above statement may sound condescending, but it's not meant that way. It takes years to learn the stuff you're asking, and differentiates the juniors from the seniors. Asking the seniors to train you for free isn't likely to be that well received by most of us.

about 2 months ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

FuegoFuerte Re:Completely Contained? (475 comments)

Because it was only completely contained in those two countries... It's not remotely contained in DRC or Liberia.

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

FuegoFuerte Re:Another terrible article courtesy of samzenpus (385 comments)

This is actually false in many cities in the Seattle area now. Many of them actually do force you to sign up for garbage service. If you refuse to pay, they send you to collections and do their best to make your life hell. I believe Kent is now one of those cities (about a half hour south of Seattle). Thankfully I'm in a city that doesn't do that (yet), but I've heard talk that they'd like to.

So really, the choice in some cities is:
1) Pay for garbage service and use the garbage service
2) Pay for garbage service and take your own trash to the dump, and pay to dispose of it there.

I'm not certain how they get away with it from a legal standpoint, but they do (so far, at least).

about 3 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

FuegoFuerte Re:Never carry lots of Cash (462 comments)

Ever hear of saying no? "Sir, if you want my cash, you will have to arrest me and charge me with a crime."
or
"Sir, I will be happy to comply when you have a search and seizure warrant signed by the court. You may contact me at [phone number] once you have it. Until then, if I'm not under arrest, I'll be leaving."

Seriously, stop orzing. Yes, he'll be pissed... but what's he going to do, pull you out of your car? Shoot you? Maybe, but unlikely. Keep your door locked, and be firm but polite. Oh, and if you end up in court get an attorney to fight it, there's no justice for those without legal representation. None whatsoever.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

FuegoFuerte Re:They still need to orchestrate a show and tell (419 comments)

You're aware that all the services of Office365 started out as box products, and are still available that way, right? Microsoft doesn't provide the server, but they readily provide the software. It's just expensive and a PITA to maintain, which is why people outsource to Microsoft where several hundred people work full-time to keep those services running as reliably as possible.

There's no reasonable way you could provide all the services of Office365 on a single local server for any company of reasonably large size, and even if you had a few servers you'd completely lose the local and geo redundancy features. The ability to have an entire datacenter go offline and only suffer a brief blip in services is something that very few companies have the money or the knowledge to implement themselves.

about 3 months ago

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