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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Travoltus Re:No (545 comments)

Those who do the basic workload for standard pay will be replaced by those who give everything they can for peanuts.

Those who give everything they can for peanuts will then be replaced by those who give everything they can for nothing, or next to nothing.

Then those will be replaced by automation.

Then what?

Has anyone here read this? http://marshallbrain.com/manna...

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Travoltus Re:No (545 comments)

The term you're looking for is not slavery, but the Gilded Age.

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Travoltus Re:No (545 comments)

Wait, companies don't pay wages, actually the consumer does. Lower wages means the company's more competitive. In fact if no one were paid wages, the cost of doing business would plummet and America could out compete the world!

^^^ Sarcasm, folks.

about two weeks ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Travoltus Congratulations! (1198 comments)

You just explained how ALL marginalized groups of people develop resentment for non-marginalized groups of people.

Which is to say that social marginalization is the problem, not nerds.

about 6 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Travoltus Re:Rinse Lather Repeat. (1198 comments)

That's like telling Muslims that it's their responsibility for policing terrorists. Thinking like yours is what led to internment camps for Japanese and German American citizens.

Also: what proof do you even have that kick6's friends are raping or assaulting women?

When are you going to ask women to police their female friends about domestic violence? Study after study shows that women are equally as physically aggressive, or moreso, than the men in their relationships.
http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert...

Want an even more authentic source? The CDC provides that.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...

You don't even want to know what the stats are for lesbian partner violence.

about 6 months ago
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What Can You Find Out From Metadata?

Travoltus A pity your post wasn't modded up. (341 comments)

You took the words right off of my keyboard with the most inconvenient truth of this entire comment section.

about a year and a half ago
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Viewfinity CEO Says Many Computer Users Are Overprivileged (Video)

Travoltus Re:Slashvertisment (95 comments)

And when that something that goes wrong is a virus, you will curse the day you were born.

more than 2 years ago
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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

Travoltus You're not really paying less. (1205 comments)

The price you pay at the pump doesn't include what you pay in tax dollars for the US military to protect our oil imports, or the terrorism that this breeds.

The price you pay at the pump doesn't include the pollution we all suffer as a result of burning gasoline. There's global warming, for one, which has resulted in the recent spat of horrible weather, record droughts, and poor harvests. Of course Republicans still deny that there's any such thing as pollution, to say nothing of global warming. They think smog is a figment of moonbat tree hugging liberals' imagination...

http://www.dylanratigan.com/2011/08/03/whats-the-real-cost-of-gas-in-america/
Actual cost of a gallon of gas = $10.70 to $15.70 / gallon

more than 2 years ago
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US Losing R&D Dominance To Asia?

Travoltus National borders are artificial? (461 comments)

Try moving to China to get a job. I dare you. Good luck with that. Then come back and tell me how artificial those borders are.

more than 2 years ago
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US Losing R&D Dominance To Asia?

Travoltus You're putting the cart before the horse (461 comments)

What is the point of cracking open a science textbook when you are going to be competing with people in Asia who can produce the same level of genius for pennies on the dollar?

I don't care what you can learn here in America, someone in China can learn the same thing and apply that knowledge for far lower wages than you.

These people are willing to live in cages. Literally. Look.
http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/11/21/hong-kong-citizens-living-cages-literally/

more than 2 years ago
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"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

Travoltus About martial arts, the worst part is (688 comments)

Teaching them how to react PROPERLY when their fight or flight response kicks in.

You know, like when your adrenaline levels hit 125 heart beats per minute, and your body goes into its first stage of panic. Things go real weird with the mind at that point. People freeze up or go psycho. Their ability to make rational decisions and think out their subsequent reactions plummets dramatically. Which means everything you just taught them goes right out of the window when a predator jumps in their face. Let's not even talk about when a crisis drives you to 150bpm or higher.

You can't teach people how to adapt to this inside of a day, and without being able to adapt to that 125 bpm level 1 panic mode, anything you teach them is fairly useless.

more than 2 years ago
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The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist

Travoltus Can it be possible that (235 comments)

both Capitalism and Communism are doomed?

more than 2 years ago
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The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist

Travoltus You're missing the big picture (235 comments)

All companies regard employees as a pain in the ass. Going by the capitalist model, all workers are essentially profit-stealing overhead. Ideally a company with no employees, run entirely by machines, is the most profitable.

Basic economics works against the working class.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Travoltus And eventually (653 comments)

They'll have no US or European market to sell anything to. I wonder how Agile and Scrum will help them then!

about 3 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Travoltus FYI (653 comments)

Actions trump ideas. Or better yet, actions are ideas. Stated ideas mean nothing; your actions say everything.

Just so you know.

about 3 years ago
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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Travoltus Actually you don't need a source (653 comments)

so much as you need a dictionary definition of a sociopath or a psychopath.

Take this definition and compare it to what a corporation does.

about 3 years ago

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Breaking America's Dependence Upon Gasoline

Travoltus Travoltus writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Travoltus writes "It's official: America has an addiction to gasoline, and it's a costly, harmful addiction. Drilling domestically for oil only provides a temporary proverbial hit, but inevitably that, too, will run out. Here is a quick and practical way for America to escape its abusive relationship with oil dependency — that is, if we're willing to stop making excuses."
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Proof that loss of privacy leads to real harm

Travoltus Travoltus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Travoltus (110240) writes "If you don't have anything to hide, you don't have a good reason to worry about losing your privacy. Right? Perhaps you do have something to worry about anyway — unless you can walk on water. This story uncovers a vast, distributed, decentralized epidemic of snooping into databases of personal information by workers at major utilities, the IRS, and other large organizations. Most striking is the incident involving now ex-Mayor Marvin Pratt, who had a pattern of being late paying his bills; this was leaked to the media and may have led to his losing re-election. As one can imagine, the harm becomes much greater when this same snooping is done by Government officials to deal with political enemies, or snooping by corporations to catch whistleblowers."
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The utter misogyny of /. 's 2006 April Fool's stunt

Travoltus Travoltus writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Pink website themes. "OMG! Ponies! Unicorns! 3 3 3 " etc etc etc

Come on, Slashdot, that's just wrong.

I'm as big a hater of male bashing and of stupid women as anyone, but you hit a lot of friendly targets today. A lot of intelligent women were insulted by your broadbrush tactics.

Bash stupid women all day long, hell, let's give them a taste of their own misandrist medicine, but leave the good people out of this. There was no legitimate reason for Slashdot to take such a prolonged, broad brushed and mean spirited swipe at women like they did on this sad day, 1 april 2006.

From a grizzled veteran of the battle of the sexes, and a frazzled and relentless hunter of male bashers: Grow up.

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Libertarians say the STUPIDEST things

Travoltus Travoltus writes  |  about 9 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=170125&cid=14178011

[Folks who talk about deregulation or decriminalization being "dangerous" do so because they fear their neighbors. They project that because some "government" wouldn't be holding a gun to other peoples heads, those people will act in irresponsible and evil ways. It is a very pervasive irrational belief.]

I had to share this with friends and family. So far I've got a whole city block laughing. There really are people that stupid swimming in our gene pool.

Fearing one's neighbors is a bad thing, suddenly. Ok. Let's go with that.

I guess it's time to tear down that fence.
And turn in those guns.
And disable that house alarm.

Whew. I need to catch my breath...

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I really HATE people like this

Travoltus Travoltus writes  |  more than 9 years ago The world is FULL of people like this:
http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=79324&cid=7016313

I wish I hadn't missed this post or I would have ripped this Zulux guy a new one.

The poster he was referring to as 'unreasonable' was, in fact, pointing out a historically proven truth that eroding privacy almost ALWAYS leads to a rapidly encroaching police state.

We only need to go back 50 years to the days of Senator Joe McCarthy to find an example of a police state in America.

It infuriates me that there are SCORES of people out there like Zulux who wallow in their numb apathy and who launch pointless bullshit jabs at people for challenging their cattle grazing mentality.

Chicken Little, meet the Ostrich.

God forbid. It's days and people like this that make me think there's a good reason why people catch that thankfully rare mental illness known as Libertarianism.

- Travoltus, a libertarian (with a small l, because laissez-faire is as big an enemy of freedom as Communism. Whoops, did I just say that?!)

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