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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

Wiener What work? (597 comments)

While I agree something needs to happen in order to keep skyrocketing tuition under control, I do have a couple comments that struck me immediately about this particular idea:

  1. 1. This is just another ponzi scheme predicated on the economy continually growing
  2. 2. Specific to STEM degrees (?) - how will you force US employers to hire these new graduates instead of H1Bs/offshoring in order to pay the tax to keep a system destined to fail alive as long as possible?

about a year ago

Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Wiener Re:Reduce gun violence? (436 comments)

Are you really comparing the level of threat the president is under to the level of threat the average citizen is under?

I believe inner city Chicago is a bit more dangerous than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The law-abiding citizens that live there don't deserve to have the capability to protect themselves and their families stripped away.

about 2 years ago

North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

Wiener Re:Right on Target (450 comments)

Having a North Korean satellite crash into my home would not make the North Koreans' day, once Washington got involved.

Dude, if it landed on a public company's headquarters then D.C. would be pissed and invade but landing on a private citizen's home? Not so much. In fact, they'd probably write retroactive legislation so your insurance company didn't have to pay you and suffer the loss of profit.

more than 2 years ago

If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

Wiener I'd rather... (405 comments)

...suffer the peril at the Castle Anthrax!

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Responds To DoJ Lawsuit

Wiener Re:Forget Verizon Math (140 comments)

They don't think they know how stupid we are; they know it. They know this will all blow over and they'll be allowed to merge.

I am hoping from the bottom of my heart that this merger doesn't happen, but at least if it does I'll have a way to back out of my contract with T-Mobile. I will not be an AT&T customer. Never again.

That's not it, at all. They know that even if the the merger is blocked, T-Mobile is screwed. It's unverified by T-Mobile but customers appear to be leaving in droves, customer service is starting to suffer since the reps know they won't have a job in a year, and network improvements will stagnate leaving them so far behind the competition they'll look like Danica Patrick in a Sprint Cup race! Back to being serious, this will be just like what happened to Sun after the Oracle buyout was stretched out into eternity. The only difference is that T-Mobile was viable before buyout talk started and Sun was a zombie.

No matter what happens, buyout blocked or not, AT&T has one less competitor. No matter what happens, we (and especially T-Mobile employees) lose.

more than 3 years ago

Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million

Wiener Re:13 milion is nothing compared to what (122 comments)

Bonuses are just a good way for merit to be rewarded. If you do good work, you get paid more, if you do crap, you get paid less.

Somehow I'm thinking the need to be bailed out with taxpayer funds means you did "crap work" and don't deserve a bonus.

more than 3 years ago

'Most Earth-Like' Exoplanet Gets Major Demotion

Wiener Re:Real time science indeed (206 comments)

faith is a trump card - it has root privileges when reason only has user level privileges.

You should put that on a t-shirt...

more than 3 years ago

Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

Wiener Re:Surprising in its unsurprisingness (833 comments)

I would be extremely surprised if Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and just about any other ally of the United States were not also spying on the US

So your defense is "they do it too"[1] which somehow makes it ok in your mind.

[1] Bare assertion without supporting evidence

I think gknoy was probably going for the "Trust, but verify" angle.

more than 4 years ago

Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

Wiener Re:Let's stereotype! (600 comments)

Woo! Man I sure hit some button of yours!

I'm not a racist - I hate EVERYONE.

After all, you wouldn't want me to profile you as a racist due to a single post that seems to indicate you believe that certain people can only be hired for their "stylish" qualities and those "stylish" attributes mean they are not qualified or skilled to perform a job.

Actually, I believe that.

Racist? I believe a lot of people in government and NGOs get hired because of their race or their sex. If that makes me a racist in your eyes, then so be it.

Technically that makes you sexist, too.

more than 4 years ago

Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

Wiener Re:Uh (830 comments)

No it's not. If it was possible to do in a million lines of code, it would have been done by now.

That's silly. He's not claiming that just any million lines of code will do. You need to understand how the brain works in order to write the right million lines of (probably ridiculously compact and completely unreadable) code.

I always knew perl was good for something.

more than 4 years ago

Heat Engines Shrunk By Seven Orders of Magnitude

Wiener Re:Usefulness? (168 comments)

How much of a temperature difference do you think you can find within the human body across a machine of a few micormeters (or even millimeters) in length?

That's what the 12" heat sink sticking out of your chest is for. That, and impressing the ladies.

I think they'd be more impressed if that 12" "heat sink" was closer to waist height.

about 5 years ago

First Look At Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1

Wiener Re:Insensitive Clod (236 comments)

I write code on sticky notes, tape them together, scan them in, OCR, email it to my machine with my dev environment and then use a hex editor to manual compile it. I WIN!!!

Oh yeah! I do that while walking uphill, both ways, BACKWARD! Now get off my lawn!

more than 5 years ago

Amateur Astronomer Grabs Amazing ISS Picture

Wiener Par for the course... (80 comments)

Ralf, quite simply, takes amazing photos. From what I understand, these are manually tracked snapshots.

He has a number of photos posted at Cloudy Nights in the "Planetary and Solar System Observing" forum.

more than 5 years ago

How To Configure Real PC Parental Controls?

Wiener Re:logging firewall and TALKING (618 comments)

Hopefully you'll figure things out someday.
What exactly am I supposed to figure out? I reacted to excessive forces from my parents by lashing out, simple fact and it would have been much better if it had never come to that.
Obviously if they had let you do whatever you wanted you would have turned out a lot happier than you are now...you might even be dead or in jail!

When I was young I thought I knew more than everyone else, too. Don't worry, eventually you'll realize you don't know it all (hopefully).

Perhaps the problem was your incessant arrogance and the continued stress you brought to your parents by "lashing out". You do realize most parents only want what's best for their children, right? Maybe your parents were trying to prevent you from making the same mistakes they did? Perhaps they cared about you so much that they were willing to "make you hate them" in order to instill the discipline/self control you would need to become a well adjusted adult?

But, of course, you knew that already because you were a worldy teenager and had, through some miracle of evolution, obtained 50 years of wisdom in a mere 16 years.

more than 7 years ago


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