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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:Huh (117 comments)

That's the "risk" (among others). But at least you'd test it on a group of people where you can actually see more than just whether the crap kills them.

Then again, it could have the unwanted side effect to unveil prematurely that the crap doesn't do jack but line the pockets of its maker...

about half an hour ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:Huh (117 comments)

The problem is that this doesn't offer them a "way out", that whole shit ensures they stay down in the gutter. 'cause, well, you don't think they get paid according to the risk to their health, do you? They get paid just enough for them to get by and keep them dependent. It's drug pushers we're talking about. Legal drug pushers, but why does anyone think they're in any way morally better than the average drug cartel. Paying the bums more than absolutely necessary not only costs more than it has to, but it also potentially threatens your "test bed", because if someone managed to climb out of the gutter on your money, you'd lose one guinea pig to test on.

The Dream was that you can make a mistake but start over and claw your way back to the top. Forget it. The ugly reality is that once you're in the gutter, you stay in the gutter. You make a legal mistake and you'll be labeled for life. You make an economic mistake and you permanent credit history will ensure you'll never ever get a loan again. And once you're in the gutter, that's where you'll stay for the rest of your natural life.

about half an hour ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:not true because... (117 comments)

I don't have my people tested for drugs. For more than one reason. First and foremost, I fear they could find something. Actually, I'm pretty sure they'd find something with one or two of the guys.

Then, why the fuck should I care what they do in their spare time? I'm neither their mommy nor their nanny. I care about them coming to work sober and being able to do their job. That they do. So where's my interest in anything beyond that?

37 minutes ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:just pull a hobby lobby and say I'm on a drug (117 comments)

That's what I love about sane countries. Your religion means fuck if it conflicts with laws, first you have to obey the real laws, then the ones of your imaginary friend.

If your imaginary friend conflicts with the law, he can take a hike.

41 minutes ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Opportunist Re:People expecting their marketing for free (144 comments)

By typing "how the fuck can I get rid of the damn ads" into google.

In other words, I went looking for it. Nobody ever bothered to shove their crap in my face to convince me it's a good idea. They had plenty of others who did that convinced me without even trying.

If there's a market for a product, there's no need to slap someone in his face with it.

49 minutes ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Opportunist Re:It's not a marketplace.. (144 comments)

When people learned that working won't get them a house that you want to live in and that one income just ain't enough to get by on, let alone when you have kids and a dog.

about an hour ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (117 comments)

That far already? Not just considering them a "lower class" but already a "lower being"?

Just so I can confirm my prejudice: Democrat or Republican?

about an hour ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (117 comments)

What decision for fuck's sake? "Allow them to stick needles in me or starve?"

That is no decision. That's like me offering you the decision to dance for my amusement or end up with a bullet in your head, and then me claiming that dancing like an idiot was your own free will.

1 hour ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (117 comments)

Oh yeah, like they have a choice. A decision entails that there is a viable alternative. And I kinda doubt they go "hmm... become a human guinea pig or pursue my career in advertising...".

1 hour ago
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Opportunist Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (117 comments)

We're still talking abusing the plight of a person. I don't know about you, but in my books that's kinda immoral. According to our law books, that's even illegal under certain conditions.

1 hour ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Opportunist Re:The Entire Web Dev "Ecosystem" is Broken (144 comments)

I don't really fear that you'll be going extinct anytime soon. Web designers were in that bind before. "Nephew art" anyone? Where webdesigners got fired 'cause "my nephew can do it, he's good with computers".

Development doesn't stop, especially not in a technical field so closely tied with marketing and PR as web design. What "anyone" can do will flood the market, to the point where webpages that offer it will be met with "been there, done that" yawns. What people want is something new. New ways of presenting stuff to them is the key. Because that's something those "web kits" can, of course, not offer.

And don't get me started on security...

7 hours ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Opportunist Re:People expecting their marketing for free (144 comments)

Oh yeah, what the world needs is more advertising. If that takes off, I'll create an adblocker for the appstore and get rich, for there will be ONE app that EVERYBODY wants!

7 hours ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Opportunist Re:It's not a marketplace.. (144 comments)

There has never been much of a market to begin with.

Given that you can today get quite decent indie games for your computer for 5-10 bucks, flashgames-gone-iPad can't sell for more than pennies. There was a bit of money in timewaster games, games you can pick up and put down at the spur of the moment as you have to kill a little time, waiting in line, waiting for the bus or waiting for your girlfriend to stop talking.

The problem is that these games are rather easy to make and that only the first handful of people who had the idea to do so actually had a market to speak of. After the flood of copycat games drowned everyone, nobody really could make more than a handful of bucks out of the 99 cent game fad.

The next step now are free-2-play, pay-2-stay games. Games that are "free" but require you to spend money (and often quite ridiculous amounts thereof) to keep playing. Considering that I now even start to see TV ads for them, I dare say that they, too, are no longer something an indie game maker can try his hand at, considering that very obviously the game mafia has cornered that market already.

So, essentially, I'd say indie games on phones are over. Get over to Steam, there seems to be a market for indie games left.

8 hours ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Opportunist Re:It's not a marketplace.. (144 comments)

It's just reheating the American Dream: Anyone could win. Just not everyone.

So ... yes, it's a lottery. But then again, so is the Dream.

8 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Opportunist Re:The American Dream (502 comments)

Now that would make a difference...

11 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Opportunist Re:Past due not reported by companies (502 comments)

If I have a million in assets earning 3% p.a., I make already 30k without working. Including my annual salary, that pushes me well over 6 digits. Why the fuck would I want more?

Why the need for more money than what you can spend sensibly?

13 hours ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Opportunist Re:The American Dream (502 comments)

Just wait 'til the poor find out that the fastest way to success is a bullet through your head and a grab for your wallet. Why not? What do they have to lose?

In my country, they DO have a lot to lose. And hence our crime rates tend to be low enough that you can actually leave your house door open and nobody would even consider entering. Despite knowing that you most likely do NOT own a gun.

13 hours ago

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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