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Chinese Rare Earths Producer Suspends Output

PeanutButterBreath Re:Can't have it both ways (265 comments)

I was very specific in my criticism, which was directed at Romney (and to a lesser extent Bush). Of course, you are either mindlessly in thrall to Romney to just too thick to notice before you go on a hysterical "class warfare" rant.

Here's something for you to ponder. Numerically speaking, the majority of Romney's base is people on various kinds of Govt. asisstance. Republicans don't have a chance without welfare Red states, people on SS, etc. So you will be sorely disappointed if he gets elected and you think that will mean the end of "forced charity". The only difference is that in addition to being forced to give to the poor, you will be forced to give even more to the rich.

Romney thinks that dealing with the poor, grasping rabble is your problem, since he basically thinks you are one of them.

about 2 years ago
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Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

PeanutButterBreath Re:What's the definition of "impaired"? (487 comments)

What's the definition of "impaired"? I have always had a terrible memory. In college, I would study the material when it was taught. When the tests came around, I had to basically re-learn the material from scratch. And re-learn it again for the final exam.

That depends. One definition is: inability to forget things that don't matter.

about 2 years ago
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Is Non-Prescription ADHD Medication Use Ever Ethical?

PeanutButterBreath Re:I know a simple solution: (487 comments)

"We employ people for industry. Welders, electricians, mechanics, etc. to build or repair mining machinery, among other things. Some work sites do mandatory drug testing."

I can understand it if you are operating heavy or otherwise dangerous machinery, or you're a bus driver or something. But other jobs? I mean, you have companies out there insisting on pre-employment testing for grocery store boxboys and people who wash and stock produce, or do laundry! And in the computer business? Forget it.

Its not just about job competence. Risk-averse employers just don't want any part of any illegal activity. They don't want to read their name in negative press or criminal complaints. They don't want to replace employees on short notice because they OD'd or were thrown in jail. They don't believe that your habit won't contribute to attendance or performance issues, or personality conflicts. They don't trust people who break the law for entertainment.

about 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

PeanutButterBreath Re:Sure so long as coders l2sysadmin (298 comments)

Since when wasn't it a programmer's job to effectively analyse the requirements for what they're writing?

It never was. Requirements analysis is not programming, any more than architecture is carpentry. It is a job, sometimes a profession, unto itself. Granted, like many things, it is often not valued and delegated properly.

If the bare minimum is that software is required for that system, then it should be written to meet that requirement. The sorry fact of the matter is that getting even this "obvious" level of requirement from many people is a non-trivial task. Usually because people only stop complaining about how underpaid they are for plying their rare and special skills to complain about how obvious everything they do should be to all the idiots they are surrounded by.

about 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

PeanutButterBreath Re:Sure so long as coders l2sysadmin (298 comments)

Then maybe I wouldn't spend an inordinate amount of time fighting with programs that can't understand how to run as a deprivileged user, that can't properly set up their own environment variables and so on.

We'll get right on that when everyone learns how to accurately analyse and communicate their requirements.

about 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

PeanutButterBreath Re:Sounds like a plan! (298 comments)

Don't you see? Knowing how to code will make you more efficient. So, if anything, the amount of, er, whatever it is that you people do, can be increased!

Yes, early adopters will be able to demand a higher salary for any additional skills that they bring to the table. That is, until we can update our job requirements to include these skills (5 years minimum).

about 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

PeanutButterBreath Is this what any programmer does? (298 comments)

I'm fairly certain that if all I did was write Perl, I'd go insane.

As a programmer, to me this is like someone equating author and typist. Code is just a medium. Figuring out what to do with it, and how, is the fun part.

about 2 years ago
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iPad Mini Could Retail For $250, Delete iPad 2

PeanutButterBreath Re:You're looking at the keyboard anyway! (211 comments)

You don't need to be able to touch-type because you're looking at the keyboard anyway!

Which means you can not be tracking your input in real time, or observing whatever it is you are typing about, etc.

If looking at the keyboard while typing was desirable, touch typing would never have become the standard of competent keyboard input.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple

PeanutButterBreath Re:Retina Displays? (377 comments)

BLAST PROCESSING!

Way before its time.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple

PeanutButterBreath Re:Retina Displays? (377 comments)

Agreed.

Hardware manufacturer: We have a new 15 inch display at 2880x1800, wanna buy it?
Consumer: Well, is it a Retina Display (TM)?
Hardware manufacturer: Well no, that's a brand name owned by Apple. But our display exceeds what they call "Retina Display (TM)" with a PPI of-
Consumer: Not a Retina Display (TM), clearly inferior. If it was better, it too would be called Retina Display (TM). Not interested.

Hardware manufacturer: Its like a "HD" version of that Apple thing that came out a couple years ago.
Consumer: Ooooooooooooooh! [Dumps contents of wallet/purse on counter]

Problem solved

about 2 years ago
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TSA Moving X-ray Body Scanners To Smaller Airports

PeanutButterBreath Re:And... (168 comments)

Or, rather, areas less likely to contain people with a voice. There's a reason why so many unethical human experiments were conducted in the South.

These days, if anything, the South has a disproportionately loud voice in politics thanks to the GOP and the various iterations of its "Southern Strategy".

about 2 years ago
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User Tracking Back On iOS 6

PeanutButterBreath Re:Really? (188 comments)

Operating system software is supposed to operate for the benefit of the owner of the computer/phone. Any software that operates for the benefit of third parties without the explicit consent of the owner is called malware.

Stop worrying and be thankful that your carrier and Apple are gracious enough to allow you to use their phone and OS.

about 2 years ago
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Newsweek To Go Digital-Only In 2013

PeanutButterBreath Re:The problem isn't the medium - it's the title (110 comments)

Not all weekly news magazines are doing horribly. The Economist and the New Yorker are both doing fairly well, for somewhat different reasons (New Yorker focuses on long-form journalism, The Economist on concise analytical journalism).

Also note that both the New Yorker and the Economist cater to wealthy people.

about 2 years ago
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User Tracking Back On iOS 6

PeanutButterBreath Re:Unlike before, now you can turn it off (188 comments)

Don't use the iPhone then. It's not a hard choice. Better hardware, more variations and choices, as well as cheaper options available. Are you so concerned about your "fashion" image that you cannot go without an apple product in public?

I don't use the iPhone. At the same time, I don't think that people who do use it should be jerked around just because I disapprove of their choice of hardware or the reasoning behind that choice.

about 2 years ago
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Newsweek To Go Digital-Only In 2013

PeanutButterBreath Re:The problem isn't the medium - it's the title (110 comments)

Who waits a week for their news, even their analysis anymore?

People who want to know the "who", "what" & "where', but also the "why" and the "how". E.g. people who are interested in news as something other than a race amongst their "friends" to post "OMG!: [link]" on their whatever-feed.

about 2 years ago
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User Tracking Back On iOS 6

PeanutButterBreath Re:not going to stop some of their customers (188 comments)

The same can be said for the Windows fanboys, the Android fanboys, and every other damned fanboy ... that's pretty much the definition of fanboy; "my manufacturer makes awesome products and would never do anything wrong, yours are evil doodie heads who make crap".

That's resonable and all, but you miss the point that when people talk about "fanboys" of a brand, it is usually implied that all patrons of that brand are "fanboys", and that the fanboy mentality that you describe is primarily responsible for that brands success.

about 2 years ago
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User Tracking Back On iOS 6

PeanutButterBreath Re:Does this really shock anyone? (188 comments)

Tech companies as a whole value your privacy almost as much as a fat kid values vegetables.

Those that don't flat out refuse to acknowledge it, can't stop chewing it away.

about 2 years ago
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User Tracking Back On iOS 6

PeanutButterBreath Re:Unlike before, now you can turn it off (188 comments)

5) Set Limit Ad Tracking to "ON".

When I want something stopped, period, I don't request that it be "limited". Weasel words like this rarely appear by accident. They are usually, ahem, limited to strategic implementations.

about 2 years ago
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Twitter Censors German Neo-Nazi Group, Within Germany

PeanutButterBreath Nazis -- maybe you have not heard of them? (227 comments)

People act like the jury is still out on Nazism in Germany, and the best thing to do is allow it to compete in the marketplace of ideas. Neo-nazi's do not want to participate in a competition for hearts and minds. They want to incite hatred and violence towards minorities. They don't want to set up a stall in some metaphorical marketplace. They want to burn the marketplace down.

about 2 years ago

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