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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

ahodgson Re:The Dangers of the World (778 comments)

At 10 I could bike anywhere I could reach. I had my own boat, and a gas account at the marina, and would frequently be out all day.

I usually bussed to school, because it was a couple of miles, but I could and did walk or bike it fairly often.

I'm astonished at how coddled most children are, these days. No wonder everyone's scared all the time.

4 days ago
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US/UK Will Stage 'Cyber-Attack War Games' As Pressure Against Encryption Mounts

ahodgson Re:Cameron passed the NSA test (77 comments)

Would Quebec be enough? Please, take it.

about a week ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

ahodgson Re:Jurors (302 comments)

Yeah I was mostly joking. The one time I was called I served willingly. Most of the other people on my jury were idiots, though. Seriously.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

ahodgson Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (402 comments)

Only if you're an idiot who can only point and click gui buttons and whose solution to any problem is to reboot.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

ahodgson Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (402 comments)

The comparison to Windows NT is because systemd insists on binary logs, takes over vast chunks of functionality that it has no business touching, and makes it basically impossible to debug problems. It makes the experience of administering the server much more like administering Windows than administering Linux should be.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

ahodgson Re:Jurors (302 comments)

Yeah, these are people too stupid to get out of jury duty. Probably not educated professionals.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

ahodgson Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (872 comments)

You have to protect religion, or else certain sects of Christians pass laws that oppress everyone else just for believing in a slightly different sky faerie than they do, or even for not believing in sky faeries at all. Protecting everyone's beliefs or the lack thereof is the only way to keep the meddlers out.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

ahodgson Re:Classroom participation (249 comments)

My grade 12 math teacher basically gave me a 0, dropping me 20%, for participation and attendance. Despite having a 95% test average that term. So for the rest of the year I brought no work to class and just sat and read a paperback. I figured I couldn't do worse than 0. Man that pissed her off.

Probably not the best way to handle it, but screw teachers who punish good students for not doing things their way.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

ahodgson Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

All utterly irrelevant, since virtually any real application behind that is going to be doing at most a few hundred requests per second per core.

Web server differences are only relevant for serving tiny static files, or possibly a messaging app with millions of otherwise cheap requests coming in.

Also, most sites offload image and static file serving to a CDN.

I guarantee that 99.9+% of real sites will see no performance difference between Apache and Nginx.

about a month ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

ahodgson Re:Increase pay, reduce work week. (628 comments)

Yeah, or any native reserve or inner city. People don't do well on welfare.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

ahodgson Re:Luddites (688 comments)

We DO have very low cost consumer goods. Most of it's crap and breaks in a few years, but it is certainly cheaper than ever. Clothes are basically free, electronics are super cheap. Appliances and furniture are pretty cheap.

The only things going up signficantly in cost are:

      housing - driven by government regulation, artificially low interest rates, and a large labour component in construction

      automobiles - seemingly driven by government regulation, but also by artificially low interest rates that have allowed feature-itis. Automation is widely used and you would think there would be low cost cars around as a result, but instead we get expensive tanks with 8 year loans.

    health care - huge labour costs, resistance to automation. In my country it's all unionized government labour too, which means the cost growth is practically unconstrained. In the US, cost growth is driven by monopoly practices that would be illegal in other industries and cost-shifting to third parties

  education - all labour costs. Also artificially low interest rates and government regulation of student loans has made large amounts of money available to people who shouldn't qualify to borrow anything. That in turn has enabled schools to siphon off all that borrowed money. Universities and bankers get rich, students get lifetime debt servitude, what's not to like.

  energy - well, we're running low on cheap fossil fuels. Not much to be done about that. It's tough to improve on "stick a pipe in the ground and free energy flows out".

Basically, any industry with a large labour component, or which experiences heavy regulation, or worse, both, has become increasingly expensive relative to how cheap everything else is becoming. Financialization and the suppression of interest rates have enabled that growth.

Labour gets more expensive as taxes get higher, and taxes get higher as more people lose their jobs or move into much lower paid work where their health care or transportation costs are subsidized by those still working higher paid jobs.

about a month ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

ahodgson Re: What Native American is supposed to mean (307 comments)

The many tribes fought each other and undoubtedly stole territory from each other and many since-exterminated tribes numerous times. It's not like a tribe settled somewhere 12,000 years ago or whatever and had lived there peaceably until Europeans showed up.

about a month ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

ahodgson Re:Can't avoid medical records (528 comments)

Refined sugar is a poison. It is not necessary for biological function, as it does not exist naturally.

I remember hearing about an experiment done quite a long time ago where some dogs were fed only water, some dogs fed only sugar water, and the dogs fed sugar water actually died faster than the dogs that only got water (hearsay, may not be accurate, I don't have a link, and I certainly don't condone starving animals to death).

Fats, on the other hand, are fine. Sugar and processed carbs cause obesity, not animal fats.

about a month and a half ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

ahodgson Re:It won't stop at 85 (525 comments)

Hey, I totally agree. I just think speed limits are mostly bullshit. There's no such thing as "normal" road conditions, so the limit is just what some random bureacrat thinks is a good idea, regardless of whether they've ever driven a particular stretch of road or not.

about 2 months ago
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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

ahodgson Re:Software projects always look rosy before start (74 comments)

He'll be screwing up some other agency before the cost details get exposed. Maybe he'll have learned what the cloud actually is at some point, though. Doubtful. But maybe.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

ahodgson Re:It won't stop at 85 (525 comments)

Safe is relative. What's perfectly safe on a sunny Sunday morning with no traffic is much less safe at 10 pm in a snow storm. I'll give you 1 guess when you're more likely to run into a speed trap, too.

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

ahodgson Re:humans (525 comments)

Ontario is just retarded. Half the province has endless highways with a 90km speed limit. Zealously enforced by the OPP, who apparently have nothing better to do. I so do not miss driving in Ontario.

about 2 months ago

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