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Senate To Vote On Internet Sales Tax (For Real This Time)

WhitePanther5000 Re:Unconstitutional as heck (326 comments)

But very practical, and should have happened sooner. The overall efficiency of our society will increase if people buy more things at local stores. Less gas wasted on shipping, more money staying in its own communities.

Less gas wasted on shipping? Considering that the vast majority of consumer goods are not produced locally, how do they get to the local stores?

about a year and a half ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

WhitePanther5000 Re:Teamwork (455 comments)

I can't tell if you're trolling, or if you really don't understand the defining qualities of introversion. From wikipedia:

Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement, introversion having even been defined by some in terms of a preference for a quiet, more minimally stimulating environment.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

WhitePanther5000 Re:Teamwork (455 comments)

A lot of people (thought granted not everybody) find that after spending some time in a collaborative environment the background conversations move from being a distraction to an undercurrent of information. It becomes possible to tune it out but still hear keywords that might be relevant and allow for better teamwork.

By "a lot of people", you probably mean extroverts. But for the other half of us, trying to filter out background conversations all day is distracting, exhausting, and counter-productive. Asynchronous communication and scheduled conversations are *much* easier for me to deal with.

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

WhitePanther5000 Re:sad day, and sad reality (589 comments)

if there was an additive to pork that had a similar effect of the cat toxin i mentioned, jews and muslims might be pretty safe. should nobody worry about everyone who doesnt mind the pig products? especially if it could be traced back to a solid physical cause?

I had a hard time parsing your post, but are you suggesting that eating pork increases suicidal behavior? If so, and if you expect people to take you seriously... you'll need a great deal of convincing evidence. Because otherwise, you just sound like a looney.

about 2 years ago
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DOE Asks For 30-Petaflop Supercomputer

WhitePanther5000 Make that 3 of them (66 comments)

If their bottom line is 10 Petaflops, they have a 10 Petaflop one at Argonne too.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

WhitePanther5000 This should be automated. (430 comments)

As other have pointed out: Yes.

But if you're spending time trying to remember coding style semantics, and others are spending time correcting you... then you're doing it wrong. Spend half an hour setting up your editor to automate spacing, formatting, etc. If your editor can not do this, then find a better editor.

Additionally, require code to pass some sort of automated style check (like cstyle) before check-in. It might require a little initial setup, but it will save a ton of time in the long run.

about 2 years ago
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Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

WhitePanther5000 Re:I value my brain (449 comments)

You sure seem to hold yourself highly superior to the casual smoker/drinker. Might want to rethink that part. I doubt it mirrors reality.

about 2 years ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

WhitePanther5000 Re:Always encryption (402 comments)

The nice thing about PowerPC is that nothing runs on it.
The crappy thing about PowerPC is that... nothing runs on it.
Old iBook/PowerBook? The one in my basement can't do much more than power on anymore.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

When you're older, will you be able to talk to your "good careers", invite them over for the holidays, share times good and bad with them?

1. It's a fallacy to assume that if another person chooses not to have kids, then their career must be the most important thing in their life.

And since you know nothing about the GP, it makes you sound like an ass.

Except that the GP mentioned his career. And his house. Really, it's in the second sentence. And your ad hominem makes you sound like, well you already said it best.

I would not assume that it was "the most important thing" in her life simply because she mentioned it in a post as a qualifier for being in the sweet spot for procreating.

And granted, I should not have called you an ass - that's just how "will you be able to talk to your 'good careers'?" comes off. But an ad hominem would imply that your argument is wrong *because* "you sound like an ass". I did no such thing.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

When you're older, will you be able to talk to your "good careers", invite them over for the holidays, share times good and bad with them?

1. It's a fallacy to assume that if another person chooses not to have kids, then their career must be the most important thing in their life.
And since you know nothing about the GP, it makes you sound like an ass.

2. You seem to imply that having children guarantees a functional family unit. Or that your adult children will want to spend time with you.
Or that you will even want to see them. There are no guarantees in life.

3. You're ignoring the differences in personality types. Some of us genuinely prefer solitude.
That's rather difficult to achieve when you're catering to a child's needs.

I didn't realize until after I had children how much I would have missed if I hadn't.

I'm very glad that you appreciate your children. Far too many grow up without that appreciation. But raising children is not for everyone... and those who recognize that before procreating should not feel pressured to choose otherwise. Raising children is not the only way to be happy in life - though most parents seem to feel otherwise.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

I have a difficult time believing that this switch in perspective can *only* be achieved by rasing a child.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

Stop doing this.

Almost every "why aren't you having kids?" inquery I've answered ended with the other party stating "oh, you'll change your mind." or "well, accidents happen." It's annoying as hell.

Some people don't want kids. Let it go. It's not a comment on your choices.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

Literally most of the reason I'm having children is because I have an IQ of ~172 and my wifes is north of 140. Anyone past 120 should be at least considering 2 children so they replace themselves.

My wife and I seriously considered this as a reason to have kids for some time, before realizing that it's an obnoxious elitist attitude and it still doesn't make up for our personal reasons for not procreating.

Mostly, I'm just irritated that the original post got a flood of "No, you SHOULD have kids!" in response to her reasons. This is why it's impossible to explain to parents why one wouldn't want kids. No reason is ever good enough.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

People who HAVE children are the ones being selfish.

I think it's funny how quickly this thread turned into both sides of the fence calling the other side selfish. Yes, DAMN YOU for basing your personal decisions on your own desires, rather than mine!

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

You titled your post "Why I'm not having kids" and the only reason I can tell from your post is that you don't want them.

Which is a perfectly valid reason.

Yes, it is. And a perfectly valid reason to say "Thank you for removing your genes from the gene pool"

Which quality, exactly, are you thankful that she removed from the gene pool?

...because not wanting to have kids is not a genetic trait.

about 2 years ago
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US Birthrate Plummets To Record Low

WhitePanther5000 Re:Why I'm not having kids (567 comments)

I did not see this as "dressed up as logic" or "non-negotiable requirements". I don't see where you're drawing these conclusions. We're talking about a couple's choice about having children, so of course it's personal preference.

To me, her post could be condensed down to "I like kids, but I don't want kids, and this is why." which is different from my opinion of "I don't like kids, I don't want kids, the end." or someone else's opinion of "I love kids, and I have kids."

An expression of personal preference is not an attack on your choices.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best File System For Web Hosting?

WhitePanther5000 Re:Not quite ready for prime time but.... BTRFS (210 comments)

BTRFS has not fully stabalized yet, making it a poor choice for a production system. And ZFS is only a viable option if you're running Solaris (Sure, you can use the 2009 OpenSolaris version of ZFS in BSD or FUSE... but again, not good production choices).

Ext3/4 and XFS are good choices depending on your needs and distribution. But for a small standalone sever, you will probably never notice the difference - use the default.

about 2 years ago
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Linux Mint 14 Is Out

WhitePanther5000 Re:Does it still use Nouveau? (129 comments)

You might just need to choose "Start in compatibility mode" when you boot of the disc to use the generic drivers. Alternatively, I've seen several suggestions to add 'nomodeset' to the end of the grub boot line - though I haven't had to do this.

about 2 years ago
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Android Hits 73% of Global Smartphone Market

WhitePanther5000 Re:How cool is it though... (601 comments)

- No Command line shit required to do stuff.

Actually, you got your assumptions wrong. Android has GREAT command line support. You can do pretty much anything, including send SMS and initiate phone calls using the command line. It is one of the things I love about it: I can do whatever the hell I want.

He did not say Andriod had poor command line support. He just said that no one is *required* to use it - unlike a typical Linux install.

about 2 years ago

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