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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

KingOfBLASH Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (281 comments)

What about roads? Schools? Sewage? Water?

There are some items that are critical to modern society functioning properly. It is a larger benefit to society to implement them efficiently, at a state wide or national scale, then it is to allow pockets of "haves" and "have nots"

Otherwise what we would have is pockets of civilization (e.g. Cities) and everyone else would be living like the amish.

yesterday
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

you can bet high performers like myself won't work in your shop

Everyone has the potential to be a high performer, of course.

FTFY

yesterday
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

Suits wear the same way jeans and other pieces of clothing do.

Yes, sometimes they can be repaired, but if the tear is in the wrong place, the suit is ruined.

And, yes, I've worked in jobs where I had to wear suits regularly, and I wore good suits not just any suit.

yesterday
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re:Correlation is not causation (263 comments)

Could it not also be that people who want to really understand computer architecture better take obscure classes like COBOL, and being better programmers make more money?

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

Bull.

Short term I may be forced to take a job that I don't want, but long term I'm looking for a place to work where I'm treated like a human being, and where I can enjoy working.

Life is too short to work like a slave.

And while it may be that you have some employees who can't get a better deal, you can bet high performers like myself won't work in your shop – at least not long term.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

In the Netherlands you'll see lots of Dutchies (in very expensive suits) riding bikes around.

It's not a big deal if your suit has been tailored correctly.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

Any job interview I walk into with someone with such a self righteous attitude, I walk out.

Hiring is a two way street: management picks the employees they want, but employees would be smart to pick the team they want to be on.

2 days ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

KingOfBLASH Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (263 comments)

How about cost? A suit costs more than jeans + t-shirt and you'll need a few of them. You still need to own jeans and t-shirts for your off days, so you're buying more clothes then before. Plus suits wear out easier. Torn jeans are trendy. Torn suit trousers are not.

On top of that you can't clean them yourself, you have to take them to a dry cleaner, which costs money. The shirts you can clean yourself but prepare to spend some time everyday ironing, and it won't look as nice as if you'd brought it in for a proper cleaning.

Not to mention the other bits you end up needing to buy (all expensive): nice dress shoes, cuff links, nice dress socks, ties, nice shirt.

Personally, I love the way I look in a suit. And I enjoy that people look at you differently since a suit screams status.

But for a low paying job, it's a huge percentage of your income and not worth it.

2 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

KingOfBLASH Re:built in network? (290 comments)

The problem is that as a developer you're screwed either way.

If you require login via a common platform (facebook, google+, etc), people will whine about yet another service that has access to their facebook.

OTOH, if you don't have access via a common platform, you make it more difficult for people to find each other in game, and people will whine that even though it's multiplayer, it's impossible to find your friends.

2 days ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

KingOfBLASH Re:I call BS (105 comments)

You don't call Nature a credible source?

3 days ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

KingOfBLASH Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

And you trust the cashier making $3 an hour after taxes not to be stealing your controlled substances?

So long as the bags are sealed in the pharmacy and the contents are not noted on the outside, it should be fine.

3 days ago
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Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

KingOfBLASH Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

In Europe and Asia there are already services like this. The service has a link with the restaurant. So if you send in the order, they send their order into the restaurant (or call it in). Then when your food is ready a guy on a motorcycle comes in, picks it up, and the store settles up later.

At no point in time is your delivery guy waiting 30 minutes on line.

Plus there is generally a delivery charge (or the restaurant gives up a cut). If each delivery is $5, zipping around from house to house would be a very good job if it's organized correctly.

3 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

KingOfBLASH Re:It also buys you (245 comments)

Yeah but this fails to address the point of which requires more upkeep: Microsoft or Linux.

It's been my experience that Linux is easier to administer (at least at scale) than Windows. Therefore, your argument adds to the fact that a switch to OSS would benefit the city.

5 days ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

KingOfBLASH Re:Bank customer records (151 comments)

You know all the banks "money" exists in a ledger at the Federal Reserve banks (also a computer). Even if your bank does a back up, if the Fed doesn't, you're still screwed.

about a week ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

KingOfBLASH Re:Prior art (194 comments)

At some point I moved to Europe.

This exchange really took place:

Mom: (looking at my speedometer) "Stop going so fast!"
Me: "Mom the speed limit is 130"
Mom: "That's unsafe! Go 60"
Me: "It's KPH not MPH. 100 KPH == 60 MPH"
Mom: "Well it doesn't matter. 120 just sounds too fast. Go 60"

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

KingOfBLASH Re:I don't drink coffee. (228 comments)

It'd be more impressive to make lime jello that tasted like coffee. Or at least has caffeine.

Come to think of it, there are a lot of foods that would be better if they had more caffeine. Like, say, all of them.

Sleep is for the weak.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

KingOfBLASH Re:This happened to me (814 comments)

If I have to pull my knees up to my chest (which hurts on a long haul flight) maybe we can bind your knees to your chest as well?

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

KingOfBLASH Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (814 comments)

Why is it we charge people for extra leg room but we don't charge people for the right to recline? Reclining is more of a pain to the person behind you then not reclining is to the person in front. And simply many airline seats are just really too small to allow people to recline, so why not reverse it that if you need an extra 5 degrees declination (I certainly don't) then you have to pay for it?

Plus, the extra seat room isn't just a few extra bucks, but it can be + 50% or more of your ticket price. Which doesn't make sense because these seats don't take up an extra 50% profile. I'm taking up max +20% more space, and I don't bring on more weight (e.g. baggage) so the extra cost does not make sense.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

KingOfBLASH Re:my solution is the gym (814 comments)

It's important to be nice about the issue.

I'm also 6'3" and no one can recline. Literally on some planes there just isn't space.

But instead of being a jack ass, I politely explain my legs don't allow enough room to recline. Then I (helpfully) ask if maybe they'd like to switch seats. Which allows them to put the seat I'm in back, and I can recline onto them.

Sure I could just be the world's biggest dick. But what does that get me? I have to sit by these people for the entire flight. And if I get someone who's really feisty, apparently they can turn the plane around.

about two weeks ago
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Two Explorers Descend Into An Active Volcano, and Live to Tell About It

KingOfBLASH Re:They descended (66 comments)

If you watch the video, there's a part where molten rock spatters out to one side, and were they standing in that spot they would have been hit.

In another part, a red hot rock (600 C) hit quite close to them and they took a heat reading.

They weren't bathing in the magma but they came pretty damned close to it (definitely in the danger zone)

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Picking up extra cash with small programming jobs

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  about two weeks ago

KingOfBLASH (620432) writes "I'm between jobs right now, and while I'm not a professional programmer, at prior jobs I used to write VBA macros, SQL, and powershell scripts from time to time, and I know my way around python (I learned it for fun)

Is it possible to turn these skills into cash? It'd be crazy for someone to hire me as a full fledged developer, but I imagine there must be a ton of businesses with small projects. And while I've seen a few web sites out there, they appear to be filled with low paying jobs and a lot of people living in countries with low costs of living."

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Free GMail Invites

KingOfBLASH KingOfBLASH writes  |  more than 9 years ago

When I read slashdot, I will often see signatures with a line that reads "For a free GMail invite, do $silly_or_annoying_task." Since I have 5 available GMail invites, and no one I know seems to want them, I have decided to pose my own challenge to people looking for a gmail invite:

My username for GMail is the nick name for a charachter, Vautrin, from one of Honore de Balzac's books. If you know the nickname, and email it@gmail.com, and you're right, I'll send you a free gmail invite to your email address. This is a first come first serve basis, good luck!

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