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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

amicusNYCL Re:Not smart (406 comments)

Something similar happened to a friend. He got pulled over on his motorcycle while clearly drunk, the officer was apparently having a good day and let him go on the condition that he leaves his bike there and picks it up the next day. So, naturally, he goes back less than an hour later, gets his bike, gets pulled over by the exact same cop, charged, fined, jail time, lost his license, lost his job, etc.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

amicusNYCL What to know (532 comments)

What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

How to program, I guess.

2 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

amicusNYCL Re:Will they ban this ? (717 comments)

The ban isn't necessarily on news, it's on comments that people make.

3 days ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

amicusNYCL Re:Quarantine vs. being stubborn (358 comments)

the biologists who were studying the extinction of certain frogs subsequently discovering that the fungus that killed them was mainly transmitted by ... biologists studying rare frogs

Not to be too on-topic in this thread or anything, but did that actually happen? Can you point me to an article?

4 days ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

amicusNYCL Re:Darwinism as a team sport. (358 comments)

It really should apply to an entire culture. It's hard to blame the individuals in this society, but this kind of thing is what you'll eventually get when you mix modern medicine and science with a large group of people who have beliefs in things like witchcraft and sorcery. Most of the individuals are just products of their culture, but their entire culture is definitely in the running for a Darwin.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

amicusNYCL Re:Fortunately there is Linux.... (179 comments)

Simply because there's no legal precedent that would say otherwise. Maybe there should be a class action lawsuit, I don't know, but I think it's kind of ridiculous for people to expect payment from Microsoft because an update caused problems on their machine. If an update causes problems on 25% of machines that's one thing. If the percentage is in the low single digits then I think it would be difficult for a judge with knowledge about computers to find Microsoft liable.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

amicusNYCL Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

Right, you emphasize that you're ignoring that assembly is being counted as manufacturing. Yay, you emphasized your ignorance!

Are you ever going to offer a shred of proof against any claim I'm making, or would you rather just go straight to insults? Sorry, that's probably a stupid question. Obviously you're on to just insults at this point.

If I had made it up, that's what I'd have done. When I stopped having a regular 9-5 IT job and started working for myself (heh heh) it was because 50% of IT workers in the USA were out of work then. It led to a surge of unqualified numbnuts taking up all kinds of jobs they had no business doing, like long-haul trucking. Gotta feed those rugrats. The H1-B problem has only gotten worse since then, and the labor participation rate is at fairly pathetic lows, in spite of the published "unemployment" figures — which are worse than useless, they're deliberate lies.

That's a lot of words to still not have a citation for your claim that "more than half of the people trained in [IT] are out of work right now."

your sense of smug self-satisfaction

That's funny, seeing as how I do not live or work in California and have no interest there other than a real estate claim. I was responding to a person who claimed that California's economy is sliding down the "economic toilet", which it is not, and you got all in a tizzy over the (correct, and sourced) claim that California has the largest manufacturing economy in the country. You're going off on some random tangent, making unsourced claims, and I'M the one who's smug.

This isn't going anywhere useful, you're down to insults, I've backed up my claims. I'm done here. Have a fantastic weekend.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

amicusNYCL Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

The Forbes article is focused on heavy industrial manufacturing, which is obviously a subset of manufacturing in general. The WSJ article is a short piece about the steel industry in America, and how it relates to China. The only American city mentioned in the 9 paragraphs of that article is Detroit. It doesn't mention any states. And the steel industry and the manufacturing industry are not the same thing. The third article... wait, did you even read any of these? You realize that the third article is a PDF from the EPA titled "Economic Impact Analysis of Proposed Iron and Steel Foundries", correct? I was asking you for citations to support your claim that other states make "far more stuff" than California, I wasn't looking for an environmental impact assessment surrounding the iron and steel industries.

Here is what I see. I see that California has over 1.2 million manufacturing jobs (the US has around 12 million manufacturing jobs in total). Second place is Texas with 847k, then Ohio with 660k, and down the line. Are Ohio's 660k jobs somehow more "impressive" than California's 1.2 million jobs, considering the disparity in total population? Maybe. Does Ohio make "far more stuff" than California? No. Or, at least if they do, then their workers are working at about 3 times the efficiency of the workers in California.

From the same article:

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) notes that manufacturers in California account for 11.2 percent of the total GSP (2011), employing almost 9 percent of the work force. Total overall output from manufacturing was $229.9 billion in 2011, significantly higher than in any other state.

Emphasis mine.

For its part, Ohio produced $80 billion in manufacturing output, which is actually 5th in the nation even though they have the third highest number of jobs (source). So California's output was just under three times as much as Ohio's output, even though California has just under twice as many workers.

There is still quite a bit of actual heavy industry in the state, but given its size and population the claim that it's particularly friendly is nonsense.

That's fine, keep that statement in mind the next time you see someone claim that California is particularly friendly to heavy industry. I haven't made such a claim.

In fact, the numbers are probably far worse by now. That's how it was over a decade ago. I know you're not too young too remember...

Instead of coming up with a new unsourced claim, it would have taken less time to just say "I made that up."

about a week ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

amicusNYCL Re:Fortunately there is Linux.... (179 comments)

If it doesn't work right because of something MS did and they then leave him to fix it, why not?

You mean other than the license agreement which specifically indemnifies them against things like that?

Is the first time that a Windows update has caused problems on certain configurations? No? It's not? Is it a fantastic idea to have automatic updates enabled if you're going to whine about being paid for your time to fix a problem that your computer had but most others did not?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

amicusNYCL Re:Fortunately there is Linux.... (179 comments)

My problem is this: WHO is going to PAY me for my time?

Goddamn, how entitled can you be? How about this question: how much time have you saved by using a computer running Windows to do your job? But, what, you expect Microsoft to shell out your hourly rate every time something on your computer doesn't work right? That must mean that you cut Microsoft a portion of every check you make from working on your Windows machine, right? Or wait, you keep all that money don't you? And Microsoft never expects you to cut them part of your check, do they? It's a one-time fee with a giant agreement saying that they are not 100% perfect, isn't that right?

Now, WHO the hell is going to PAY me for having to spend MY TIME to reply to this crap?

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

amicusNYCL Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

I hate to point out the obvious, but if they have a single piece of software that they run on multiple sites and they are not able to change the configuration on the different sites, then whoever designed that software probably shouldn't be designing software. Kinja deserves to lose the business if they are that inflexible.

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

amicusNYCL Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Great, so you punish everyone for the actions of a few.

"Punish everyone?" Not being able to embed amusing images in a comment on someone else's site is now a punishment? You can't post images here, are you feeling punished little AC? Oh, the humanity!

That's the kind of idiotic thinking that turned the USA into the shithole that it is now.

Go dig a hole and die in it, freedom-hating fascist pig.

Oh, the hyperbole!

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

amicusNYCL Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

A nation which is suffering from crippling underemployment overall. First of the losers wins nothing. Fifth gets even less.

Whine about it however you want, it still sounds like California's economy is improving at a rate higher than the vast majority of the country. I don't live in California, but I'm not seeing any big economic hardship where I live either. The last couple years have been some of the best for me personally.

...but only because you can import nearly all the parts, stick them together inside a case made in the USA, and then stick a 'merican flag on it.

So what? You're not arguing that California is not the number one state for manufacturing, you're just explaining one reason why it is.

Other states make far more stuff — states where heavy manufacturing is still encouraged.

You forgot to add the citation for that claim.

...more than half of the people trained in which are out of work right now

You also forgot to cite that one.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

amicusNYCL Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

Because they spend more than they bring in. Just like the nation as a whole. Even though we have deficits, we still have the largest economy in the world. A deficit doesn't mean the economy is doing poorly, it means you're spending too much.

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

amicusNYCL Re:Meh (164 comments)

I just posted this farther up with some more links.

about a week ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

amicusNYCL Re:meh (164 comments)

There's another article here, which contains this quote from the prime minister:

This is a monument with unique features: A surrounding peribolos of 497 meters, almost a perfect circle carved in Thassos marble. The Lion of Amphipolis is 5.20 meters high; let’s imagine it as being on the top of the tomb

That article also shows a picture with a partial glimpse of the entrance. This article from the same site has a picture of the lion, and the video down below is basically a slideshow of pictures of the tomb site. There's another article here with another exterior picture. The site of ancient Amphipolis is here, on the land surrounded by the river (you can zoom in and see the ruins of the acropolis). Based on the pictures in the articles, it looks like the tomb itself is just northeast of the site, here.

I'm not an archaeologist, I just play one on the internet.

about a week ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

amicusNYCL Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

but as long as there are cheaper places with less regulations to run a business (Texas, Mexico, China...), that's where industry's going to go. And California will continue it's steady slide down the economic toilet.

You think so? From here:

California added almost 320,000 new jobs in 2013 and over 1.17 million new jobs since the end of the recession.

California's GDP growth rate was 3.5 percent in 2012 – fifth best in the nation.

Where other states have one or two main economic sectors, California has several -- all of which lead the nation. California is first in high tech, biotech, agriculture, entertainment, manufacturing, tourism and more.

California is by far the number one state for manufacturing jobs, firms and output – accounting for 11.7 percent of the total output, and employing 9 percent of the workforce. CA manufacturing generates $229.9 billion, more than any other state.

Information technology jobs have rebounded and exceeded pre-recession levels. California remains the top state for information technology jobs which drives venture capital investment, patents, innovation and ultimately the strength of our workforce.

California’s 2,324 biomedical companies employ 269,976 people. This industry accounts for $115 billion in annual revenues – which is more than the annual Gross State Product of 18 U.S. states.

Where's that "economic toilet" you're talking about?

about two weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

amicusNYCL Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Whether you agree with the politics of a particular site or not, the easiest solution is just to not enable posting graphics.

Ding ding! That's the first thing I thought of when I read about this "crisis" yesterday. If the problem is that you have offensive graphics appearing in your comments, then the solution is to disable graphics in the comments. It's another case of "this is why we can't have nice things", because people ruined it for everyone else. They already have a comment rating system, so an alternate fix would be to allow people above a certain rating threshold to post graphics. They are talking about all sorts of possible solutions like tracking and banning by IP (which would obviously do nothing to stop the graphics), switching software providers, turning off comments completely, etc. For some reason the idea of not allowing graphics for low-rated accounts apparently never crossed their minds.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

amicusNYCL Re:Stupid (557 comments)

She told me she had no one to work with because no guy would go speak to her lol.

Why didn't she go speak to anyone else? Was it everyone else's responsibility to include her, or was it her responsibility to include herself?

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

amicusNYCL Re:Stupid (557 comments)

That's just the nature of it and Apple, being ONLY 55% white and 60% male has done something remarkable with their diversity.

I think those numbers are skewed because of all of the retail locations that Apple manages. All of the people working there are considered to be Apple employees. Any time I've been in one of those stores there are definitely several women working there, but those jobs aren't the same kinds of jobs that Google or Facebook have when they talk about how the overwhelming majority of their workforces are men. Apple still said that 80% of their technology-related jobs are filled by men, which is in line with your own experience.

about two weeks ago

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