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Wisconsin DA Threatens Arrests Over Sex Ed

Maguscrowley Re:Translation for the legislative impared. (703 comments)

Murry played hide the kreplah with a schicsah so Lois shvitzed and called the lawyer and then with the kids and with the house and now Murry is with his mother ... oy a clucktamiel it's all feshtunk.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Say Women Secretly Desire Hairy Geeks

Maguscrowley Still doesn't help some of us. (130 comments)

While the occasional woman likes a geek, us rarer gay geeks tend to not catch the eye of our mostly trendy shallow ilk. While I think my "I failed the turing test" shirt is witty and looks good on me, I'm immediately IDed as straight or laughable in a bar. My appearance is not sub par either. Maybe I should petition AE to start making apparel for my kind.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Reaching Out To 16,000 Anime Lovers

Maguscrowley Re:I Had to Read This 5 Times... (293 comments)

Well otakon is 3 days ... My lappy is done X and xfce with me being away most the day way before then. If he tries KDE4? I'll have a dedicated page in his Death Note ... written in blood.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Reaching Out To 16,000 Anime Lovers

Maguscrowley Re:What? Why? Huh? (293 comments)

"children's cartoon shows"

Granted their intentions are dubious, there's no need to illegitimate a fandom because you don't appreciate it. Anime is marketed for ages up to 35 and covers a wide range of genres not appropriate for children for reasons ranging from violence and sexual content (hentai gore etc) to slow moving plots and novel based stories which children would find boring or would not understand. I doubt that Grave of the Firefly's could be classified as a children's cartoon show, neither could Monster, Mushishi, and the Ghost in the Shell is really marketed at older teens to those in their late 20's.

You may not have even heard of most of these and that is probably because US TV doesn't think they should bother showing anime that is more for an older crowd that can appreciate serious themes. Part of that is because they know that people like you will turn on the tv, see animation, and immediately classify it as a children's show and switch. I'm going to guess that you're either someone in their late 20's or above and that you've only been exposed to things like Naruto, Sailor moon, Pokemon, etc and had an entire childhood of cartoons for kids.

I am not going to ask you to research or explore this beyond your exposure, but I will ask that you please not make an uninformed generalisation about a whole medium based on maybe filtered exposure to one of it's genres. It would also be nice for you not to be a dick.

Now get off my lawn kudasai

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Reaching Out To 16,000 Anime Lovers

Maguscrowley Re:I Had to Read This 5 Times... (293 comments)

I think that their plan is quite ingenious. Hell I'd love to have a paid pass at otakon and hand out install CDs of my favortie distro ... Only ... I use gentoo ... ._. I'd probably have a disgruntled narutard use it like a shruiken at my head after he fdisks away his vista partition at his hotel room.

more than 4 years ago
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Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

Maguscrowley Re:This is illogical (256 comments)

How are they viewing a show in a foreign language and unable to comprehend an advertisement in that language?

more than 4 years ago
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DHS Wants To Hire 1,000 Cybersecurity Experts

Maguscrowley Re:Well, I've already had my DHS background check. (222 comments)

Ahhh yes, the ones that suggest that I (a recent college grad) should apply for DEPARTMENT HEAD OF IT PROJECTS or something asking me for 5 years project management experence over a mid sized team and a protfolio of completed large scale projects.

Well I've done some neat little projects, but I don't think leading a team in a math modeling comp counts and somehow, I think my supermod position on a yaoi slash site doesn't cut the bill for management experience. But after the damn near hundredth message, one actually sent to me by the dept. through monster, I actually put those things in a cover letter and sent it to them. I even called them and got the manager who actually apologized for sending me the requests through monster.

However being asked "What is yaoi slash?" by an HR person is what really made my day

more than 4 years ago
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Kernel 2.6.31 To Speed Up Linux Desktop

Maguscrowley Re:Obligatory XKCD (360 comments)

My post looks REALLY out of context without the troll parent ... Guess I should have known better then post in a troll thread.

more than 4 years ago
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Kernel 2.6.31 To Speed Up Linux Desktop

Maguscrowley Re:Obligatory XKCD (360 comments)

I had heard that there was a community for gay Linux users, but was disappointed when I saw they all ran ubuntu. It was like going like going to a gay bar and finding out everyone there was "bi-curious" c.c I'm a gentoo boy and I appreciate a man who can compile his own binaries. You'd be over your shoulder checking out my "pasty white" ass too so can it.

Dear Troll: I'm gay, I'm a Linux user, I'm a geek, and I'm Fierce. So get off my lawn bitch!

more than 4 years ago
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Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Wants Struggling Industries To Stop Slacking

Maguscrowley Re:healthcare (235 comments)

A few chromosomes were just ... truncated in the reproduction process =D

more than 4 years ago
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Former Intel CEO Andy Grove Wants Struggling Industries To Stop Slacking

Maguscrowley Re:But ... without HMOs how will people get well? (235 comments)

Some people have chronic health conditions that need monitoring. Or would you like me to just see how things roll without my psychiatric medication, appointments, or the means to pay for my in-patient treatment? Perhaps you'd like to put me up for a while in your downstairs closet instead?

I don't bite .... trust me ... >:D

more than 4 years ago
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Average Gamer Is 35, Fat and Bummed

Maguscrowley Re:Makes sense. (439 comments)

"but when you're 35, you should be at the point where your other dreams are coming true."

*sniffs* Ahh the naivety. Either you're young and naive, or have had the opportunities to capitalize on your talents.

You should know though, a great number of people at that age have simply given up on their dreams (whether by laziness, misfortune, or a little bit of both) or have "revised" them to make them feel like less of a failure. At that point, after the realization that you cannot follow your dreams, what is the real difference between working a 9-5 and starting a family or living a recluse life aside from the stigmas attached to it? I don't fault them for becoming what they are. It is likely that the father, mother, and business man have all lost their "dreams". On this criteria, they have all equally failed. To call oneself a gamer at that age is simply accepting this reality, and (ironically) mature. I prefer to just accept them as the default, and there's nothing wrong with that. Mediocrity is everywhere. Accept it. It will make embracing it easier later on.

about 5 years ago
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Opera Being Composed On Twitter

Maguscrowley Voicing (99 comments)

Narrator - Lyric mezzo
Lonely male hero - Spinto tenor
The only girl on the Internet - Lyric coloratura soprano
The Admin - Dramatic bass-baritone
The Troll - Buffo tenor
3 cam whores - 2 Lyric Soprano, 1 Lyric Mezzo,
Chorus of 13 y/o boys - Treble/counter-tenor
Anon chorus - Tenor, counter-tenor, basses, & baritones

Carl Orff sized orchestration with incessant humming fans and effect percussion.

about 5 years ago
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Psychopaths Have Brain Structure Abnormality

Maguscrowley Re:Cause/effect doesn't matter. (438 comments)

I think we should start with the people who are so ready to indulge in eugenics and not bat an eye. Next let's go with the rest people who think that they have the right to dictate people's worth to society on their own personal scale. Both categories, if they were serious, show little regard for human life.

I really don't like how you are seem to be referring to such people as "them" (that tone you have for "justify letting them walk around.") and how that could mean anyone that has a mental disorder which causes SOME people to commit atrocities. Particularly how it would make people avoid treatment. I understand how you'd want to keep those crazy potential psychos away from you and your tiny little world, but please don't talk from a high seat and decide who deserves to live and die or decide who can be free and who can live like an animal. Accept that there will always be people with problems and minds that don't function nicely in your world. When they go off, there's a decision to make in the courts based on their actions. Things they've actually done.

I admit I have a bias here as I am in treatment for a number of disorders, but I'm fine in sociaty when I keep up with my meds and such. I've worked very hard to relearn things and structure myself and have not committed any crimes. However, in your pipe dream I would have been raised so many red flags that I'm sure that I'd never see the light of day again. I'm sorry I'm not worth your chance, but I personally think that every human being is entitled to a chance and to be judged only by their actions.

No I probably wouldn't shed a tear if I saw you get hit by a bus, probably not even if you were a friend. Does that mean I'm going to push you in front of a bus though? As much as I'd like to rid the world of someone who'd think like you I respect your person-hood. Now if I could get away with it for sure ... I'd be very very tempted. In fact I could do it without really caring. I could even console you family pretending I cared. But I wouldn't because my beliefs require me to respect your right to live. My ability to do these things do not imply action.

Now what scares people I find is that they think that this means that I'm going to do it because I wouldn't suffer consequences. You seem to think that most people are only thinking of teh consequences or need them to keep you on the straight path. I'm not afraid like you are of doing these things. I personally find you a little weak for not being able to in fact. I for some reason don't do horrible things though. Most sociopaths don't act out on these things, or at least not to a great extent. See I live in complete freedom from the fear of consequences and feelings of grief that you do and I get to be moral only because I choose to follow what I know is right. Some sociopaths just choose to do horrible things anyway because it was an interesting choice. You think that stealing that bike will get you in trouble. I know I could do it and pull it off but I don't for some reason. Odd thing.

So at this point you should realize my point that sociopaths are simply more free. I personally don't think that they should be given much leeway in the courtroom because they naturally have MORE choice. Punishment will be ineffective anyway until you explain things on our terms, if we listen. Still, equal punishment must be served. Nothing more nothing less. You can never punish for things that have yet to happen for you are not a god and you cannot determine what I will choose or assume that I am immoral for my lack of inhibition.

When someone like you devalues me and people with similar conditions like this I do get rather ticked off. Thankfully with some time and learned self control I can say my peace, laugh, and tell you to go fuck yourself. =D

about 5 years ago
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Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

Maguscrowley Re:I've been unemployed for a year (1251 comments)

Online courses would be an option, unfortunately I've yet to find anywhere that offers a real analysis and either complex analysis or matrix analysis course online. I also definitely NEED a course in PDEs and modern algebra. I'm confident I'll be able to study and score well on the math GRE test but I need to brush up on many things.

I'm rather confident about being able to get into conservatory and the particular ones I'm looking at are all affiliated with a university that have math grad programs. I've found out that if I can test out of the first two semesters of music theory I'd have enough paid for hours to take the courses I want. However, after my current learning experience in college I'm going to be choosing very carefully as I don't want to waste 4 years on another piece of paper that saying I can sing without it helping me get to the next step in that track (young artist program most likely.) That's the only way I see myself getting the necessary coursework.

I've already got hospital debts in my name (In-patient stays are NOT cheap) so I can't max out cards like you did as my credit is suffering from differed payments. My total debt atm is somewhere around $10k-$15k between student loans and medical costs. I'm still unclear as to how much I need to pay ...

I love love LOVE Dover! Though some of their books are not great as teach yourself material. The Hamming numerical methods book is great for a thorough coverage of classical polynomial approximation theory, and Fourier approximation, but it doesn't get into any cool modern applications like codecs and such. Other dover books, like the Bryon and Fuller book on mathematical methods in classical and quantum physics is very choppy and poorly explained in a lot of parts. The MIT courseware site is pretty awesome and I've used that a lot. In the courses that there are videos, I think I've spent more virtual class time with in there then a lot of the actual students :P

I think as far as open-source projects go I need to get used to socializing in irc with developers and figuring out the right way to make myself initially helpful like you said.

Thank you for your advice.

about 5 years ago
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Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

Maguscrowley I've been unemployed for a year (1251 comments)

I felt like I should share my story here.

I got my degree in interdisciplinary studies (Mathematics and IT) and have a fair GPA (I had chronic health issues through college) and have now submitted my 234th application+resume for jobs going from traders joe's to small it companies to IT healthcare to government jobs requiring clearance. Unfortunately most retail/wage jobs are not available due to the shrinking economy and you can only get them if you know people. Where I live you can only get a entry level job by getting security clearance. Problem: I've applied and the fact that I was hospitalized for a mental disorder twice precludes me from that. I am not unable to work and have maintained the problems stemming from a, admittedly severe, case of Type I bipolar disorder and PTSD unusually well. The auditors, despite letters from my all my doctors saying that I was fit for work and capable of handling state secrets didn't want to risk it. At this point I make an odd buck singing as I'm an operatic tenor (full-lyric/spinto) and will probably be able to reenter school under a scholarship for music (tenors who can be heard above a full orchestra and actually have a nice voice are rare). I'm also strongly considering going to cosmetology school as I've got an interest in make-up artistry and hair styling and it's a skill you can take anywhere. Until I get to the point, where I can foster my other talents, I'm applying for disability and SSI.

In the time I've spent now stuck in the house alone in the basement, I've found out that most of what I thought I knew from my college courses was actually watered down shit. I've essentially begun to reteach myself what I thought I knew through old math books that I've gathered from grad students that gave them to a book exchange program. Without projects in programming to work on I can notice my skills eroding and I'm not sure I'd be able to jump right into a job requiring that atm. I would contribute to some open source projects but the bar for the one's I'd like to work on (generally computer algebra systems and numerical computing) is so so high. I would go to grad school only I lack the courses (real analysis mainly) as my college did not provide any of the upper level coursework (at least not seriously [our numerical analysis was done by someone with their MA in math education and she had never touched matlab till two months prior and was technophobic, a complete joke]) necessary for that. I've learned that my degree is essentially worthless in almost every regard.

I was essentially forced to choose this particular school by my parents, who choose it because it's in biking distance and because the school has billboards (I shit you not) advertising that they get students jobs. They boast a 97% employment rate. They also host career fairs and have services for resume counseling and do hound you to use them. However, most of the fairs center around the schools most successful areas: nursing and accounting. They were once an all women 2-year school about a decade and some years ago, so this come as no surprise. They are also lead by a president who has amazing capabilities in manipulating figures. It took me a long while to realize that our ratings were mostly manufactured and overstated.

Now, however, after looking around at my graduating peers and listening to their stories, I realize that my school was not the only offender. In fact, there are a number of schools just like mine that have become, as one slashdotter here put it, 'degree manufactures'. They essentially live by manufacturing mediocre graduates, and taking their savings in the process, and consequentially flooding the workforce and devaluing degrees of talented people. I am at odds to decide though which category I fall in here. My degree is worthless in consideration of the fact that it failed to help me get a job and I learned little of my actual knowledge in the classes taken in pursuit of it. However I am (and I say this with the utmost confidence) more capable in what it prescribes then anyone I can think of in my class. Though since what I have gained knowledge-wise was gathered not in the pursuit of the degree (as it was not required) and according to the mindset of employers knowledge gathered out of work experience, school, and certification is worthless, I will consider myself here a devaluing worthless graduate.

As a post-script I will list here the only things college taught me: Writing, Philosophy, Literary Analysis, Debate, Comparative Religious Thinking

about 5 years ago
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Forensics Tool Finds Headerless Encrypted Files

Maguscrowley Re:Don't worry (374 comments)

Exactly. Boasting that you're a quant or a financial mathematician these day's is NOT exactly a smart move. *whispers* someone prepare the oil ...

more than 5 years ago
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Huge Supernova Baffles Scientists

Maguscrowley Re:It happens? (358 comments)

I think it's better to say that w have the understanding of the universe akin to a 6y/o and a car. We know what happens when the wheel's move and turn, what makes it do that, and we know that something called the engine (gravity) drives it but that's about it.

more than 5 years ago
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Canadian Court Orders Site To ID Anonymous Posters

Maguscrowley Re:Something interseting (358 comments)

No, but it makes a hilarious meme (3guys1hammer)

more than 5 years ago
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New Lossless MP3 Format Explained

Maguscrowley Re:why? (346 comments)

It was a joke. ./something meaning execute 'something' in bash. Jeeez

more than 5 years ago

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