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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Prien715 I don't blame WalMart Employees (284 comments)

After all, when your employer pays you terribly, why do you care? Reject the idea, customer complains to your manager. Who is also, may not be the brightest star in the constellation, who may discipline/fire you.

Also? Average wage at WalMart: $8/hr (weekly: 8*8=64 * 5 days=$320). Which means, pulling this once and reselling the console is almost a week's pay. Taking $300 from WalMart, whose family owns more money than the bottom 42% of the US combined to feed your family doesn't seem like the most heartless crime in the world.

about a week ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Prien715 Re:Well, to be fair... (555 comments)

This Barbie actually does sound like some computer "engineers" I've known.

Does that mean we need a "Police Officer Ken" book where he shoots an unarmed teen of color because that sounds like some police officers we know?

about a week ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Prien715 Creato (186 comments)

Slashdot Editing: Dead At 0.

about two weeks ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Prien715 Bias much? (350 comments)

Despite not being able to find anything of "significance" (there is actually a 7% difference in his own data!), Bennett starts not with the neutral headline "Do Black Women Experience Discrimination Breastfeeding", but with "Debunking" -- which assumes is patently false. This assumption is probably because of the amount of experience he has breastfeeding. Or being black.

I'm a white male as well, but sheesh, white priviledge much sir?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Prien715 Re:Real cross-platform is HARD (525 comments)

The framework must provide for platform-independent ways to do things so that it is easier/shorter to do it the right way than using a naive but non-portable approach.

You're totally right. Otherwise, it flies in the face of the virtue of laziness. If the easiest way to do something is cross-platform, you'll write all your code to be cross-platform whether the project requires it or not. Requirements, after all, always change;)

about two weeks ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Prien715 I'm optimistic... (267 comments)

After the terrible new trilogy, I'm cautiously excited by the new movie written by Lawrence Kasdan, who had zero involvement with the episodes 1-4, but did write such films as The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

They'll be plenty of eye candy (to be sure -- so did the originals!), but maybe having a good writer (who made almost all the Star Wars films you love -- and none of the ones you hate) means you'll have a good story?

about three weeks ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Prien715 Re:Hiring managers perspective (574 comments)

I have an ASCII diagram here describing a technical interview.

Post

  O -- You
-++-
  | |

At what speed does it have to travel in order to make a pleasant "wooshing" sound (2 m/s total velocity) assuming it must also travel at least 2 meters high vertically? (Assume gravity is 10 m/s 2 and air resistance is negligible for purposes of this exercise).

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

Prien715 Re:Terrible (430 comments)

allowing gay marriage will mean fewer "traditional" marriages.

To play devil's advocate, if bisexuality exists, then yes, it very well may.

Not that it's a reason against it. To me, a traditional marriage is where the partners stay together until death parts them -- gay/straight/otherwise.

about three weeks ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

Prien715 Re:Political science (265 comments)

Why not reform the way election laws work, so elected representitives of both state and federal government reflect the will of the people?

There's a certain nerd (Lawrence Lessig) who used to work for the EFF who's working on precisely that.

about three weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

Prien715 Re:Was pretty obvious (284 comments)

What corporation owns Senator Bernie Sanders (I VT)?

I guess those nasty "unions" who hold "elections" to "represent" their largely blue-collar workforce to ask for things like "fair pay" and "increases in the minimum wage"? Oh yeah, those little guys. ...but let's pretend all politicians are equal -- because cynacism is easy. That will surely change the system.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Prien715 Re:Why is he worried (583 comments)

I think a better "ethical principle" would be to maximize "life for everyone" -- meaning "years of life remaining".

If the 4 occupants are hospice patients, saving the child would make more sense from an ethical perspective -- but that's just me.

about 1 month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Prien715 It has Windows? (286 comments)

Airplanes are the only thing with Windows that don't crash (often).

about 1 month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Prien715 Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

That's a pretty big premium for what seems like an intangible benefit.

Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite -- or 10.9 if you don't like the new UI) is free on any Mac. Windows "upgrades" (like 8 or 10) cost ~$100.

about a month ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Prien715 Now I can panic! (463 comments)

Thank you Overzeetop! I was looking for a reason to go into all-out-panic mode, grab my family, some shotgun shells, and head to the hills!

My family thinks I'm crazy, but if you're right, we'll all be dead before the 4th of July! DOOMED!!!!! REPENT SINNERS!!!!! ::Goes off to take medication::

about a month and a half ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Prien715 Re:Same old American Xenophobia (323 comments)

Isn't it odd that no matter how much progress America makes, the Left is always ready with a cutting criticism? How welcoming is Egypt to new people? Nigeria? China? Thailand?

Yeah, it's stunning that some of us aim higher than Egypt, China, or Thailand as the aim for our moral compass. It's like aiming for bug-free code: we may never get there, but even incremental progress is still progress.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

That a person who chose to not buy health insurance goes bankrupt when he gets sick, is hardly grounds for mandating such insurance for everyone.

Since you clearly have no idea how hospitals the rest of the world work, allow me to explain. You get sick. You go to the doctor. You go home. There is no "copay" or "insurance you choose to buy into".

I know it's hard for you to understand that "not dying from preventable illness" is considered a basic human right in most other countries or how you can have a healthcare system that works efficiently without the invisible hand jerking off a group of plutocratic shareholders. The US has the highest healthcare costs as a % of GDP and the a life expectancy between Qatar and Cuba -- and there's the reason for that: it turns out people will pay a lot of money not to die if you force them to.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Money money money (346 comments)

And government is necessary to increase the wages of workers. At least according to this communist:
"When the regulation, therefore, is in support of the workman, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters." ~ Adam Smith Wealth of Nations

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Cost of government-provided services (346 comments)

Sewer/water lines work the same way in every US city and state. It's a shame that most Americans are so ignorant of the services they use every day that their elected representatives ensure work.

about a month and a half ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Prien715 Re:Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

those demography, social and cultural characteristics

Like a superior educational system (free public universities), a healthcare system where people don't go bankrupt, better transit, and free childcare?

You get what you pay for -- divorcing higher taxes from the services those taxes provide is moronic at best.

about a month and a half ago

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M$ vs MS and My Sig

Prien715 Prien715 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The M$ vs MS joke was funny the first time I saw it. The second time, not so much. The 3rd time. By now, it's really old and neither witty nor funny. What this spelling does do is remove any hint of journalistic integrity from the poster. Would it be any different if MS spelled Linux "Lunix" every time?

Though I may disagree with some MS business practices and dislike some of their products (*cough* Windows Me *cough*), I think if the OSS community wants respect, it begins with their respecting other people. To respect those who respect you is expected; only by respecting those who disrespect are you truly respectful.

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