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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

bladesjester Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

Who's "they"? And, assuming you're referring to google, how are they shafting you?
It's not your money.

I disagree. The taxes they are avoiding paying would be used to pay for infrastructure, services, etc, so, in a very real way, it *is* his money because without those taxes, the system is not as well funded and projects/services/infrastructure have to be cut

more than 3 years ago
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Police Officers Seek Right Not To Be Recorded

bladesjester Re:AMERICAN CITIZEN KILLED BY TURK ON ISRAELI GROU (1123 comments)

Israel was enforcing a blockade, a number of countries do and have done for centuries.

Israel boarded ships in international waters by force, which is an act of piracy. They also practice apartheid (which we have shunned other nations, like South Africa, for in the past) among many other things.

more than 4 years ago
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Beijing Sweetens Rubbish With Giant Deodorant Guns

bladesjester Re:Great! (111 comments)

You couldn't fire someone explicitly for using the bathroom because that would be a violation of health and safety laws. You could, however, fire them for something semi-related.

more than 4 years ago
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Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS In 24 Hours

bladesjester Re:X in 24 hours (107 comments)

I have to agree with you. I don't get the hostility toward "Teach yourself X" books. They're a great place to start.

Granted, there are a number of crappy ones out there, but a lot of them are great as intro tutorials (and some even serve well as refs)

more than 4 years ago
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Rumor — AT&T Losing iPhone Exclusivity Next Week

bladesjester Re:Who cares? (353 comments)

When starting on 3G and moving out of 3G coverage area, it will try to keep a signal by shifting to a less optimal signal.

However, it may not work the same in the opposite direction. If it starts a call on Edge/2G and moves into an area where both 3G and Edge are available that it might *not* try to switch to the better service, but instead stay with what it's currently on.

This is, of course, just a guess, but it would explain the behavior.

more than 4 years ago
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Psystar Activation Servers Down?

bladesjester Re:Live and learn (245 comments)

Hey, they placed.

Last is a place :P

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

bladesjester Re:probably still makes sense (292 comments)

It was my experience in college that a lot of the grad students teaching math courses were nowhere *near* fluent. It made the classes that much more difficult.

more than 4 years ago
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Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills

bladesjester Re:That's just Western prejudice (403 comments)

Yup, right up there with leeching

Actually, leaching *does* have medicinal benefits. Doctors have learned that leaches can be used effectively in the reattaching of severed body parts. They've also found benefits in the use of maggots (they eat infected flesh, but don't bother the healthy flesh surrounding it)

Got a headache? We'll drill a gaping, untreated hole in your head to release the "bad spirits"!

Hate to break it to you, but this is used by modern medicine too in order to relieve cranial pressure caused by fluid buildup.

So, despite your cries of "it's all bunk", "new" discoveries involving old techniques are not uncommon. That's not to say that *all* old cures and treatments work, but just because someone scoffs at something as unenlightened doesn't mean it really is.

more than 4 years ago
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National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

bladesjester Re:Green, no turkey day for us (272 comments)

We /are/ resigned to not getting to eat out at a nice restaurant for a long time without finding a sitter first. :)

I would just like to say thank you. I like kids as a general rule, but parents who insist on taking the kid everywhere with them and who make no effort to quiet the child or make him/her behave (provided the child is old enough to understand) drive me up the wall.

more than 4 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

bladesjester Re:But it goes both ways (652 comments)

His IQ is indeed rated at 160 or 180 depending on where you look. However, I'd say that his intellect is much higher than that score would indicate. Among other things, distraction caused by pain would throw the test score off pretty dramatically judging by the difference in scores I got when I did it in a normal manner and while working on other projects at the same time.

Xue and I both test in the 140-145 range. However, we both have areas where our aptitudes would, in all honesty, put us rather above that.

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

bladesjester Re:But it goes both ways (652 comments)

Care to make a retraction on that now that we've traded numbers again? *smirks and giggles*

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

bladesjester Re:But it goes both ways (652 comments)

At least he didn't look down and say "You...poor...thing..." :P

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

bladesjester Re:But it goes both ways (652 comments)

She was rather shy before she met me. There was a lot of time spent building her confidence and dragging her out of her shell when we first met.

Of course, there was also quite a bit of time spent yelling at her, telling her to stab harder (fencing) lol

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

bladesjester Re:But it goes both ways (652 comments)

And yes, of the two of us, my IQ's higher. ;)

Yeah. Yeah. We're in the same 5 point range so it's debatable whether or not there's any real difference in scores :P

Though to get a woman *twice* as smart he'd probably have to drink a hell of a lot of alcohol and kill a fair few brain cells since we're both rather high up on the scale.

Not to be immodest, but to get a partner twice as smart as either of us, we'd basically have to find someone on a level with Hawking and even that might be debatable...

(This would be bladesjester's girlfriend of... shit, how many years has it been now? are we up to four?).

Probably, yeah. Possibly a little more.

about 5 years ago
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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

bladesjester Re:But it goes both ways (652 comments)

Women are much better at deception than men, and they're smart enough to know that stupidity is a turn on for guys...

I must be weird then, because stupidity is a *huge* turn off for me. I have met incredibly beautiful women before that pretty much instantly turned me off because they had no freaking brain.

about 5 years ago
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Lawyer Offers $1M For Proof His Client Could Have Done It; Oops

bladesjester Re:Contracat ? (362 comments)

As I said, some ways are faster. However, the problem with guns tends to be the noise. It's one thing to not care who finds the body, but most people, I would think, would generally want to be somewhere else when the body is found.

Sure, you can make a single use silencer, but that adds other difficulties (prep time, actually knowing/learning how to do it, etc etc etc)

more than 5 years ago
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Lawyer Offers $1M For Proof His Client Could Have Done It; Oops

bladesjester Re:Contracat ? (362 comments)

Making stops to kill people takes much longer than stopping for potty breaks or tossing Gatorade bottles out of the car.

Not really. People are rather fragile. It doesn't take a lot to kill someone in all honesty.

What takes time is hiding the evidence. If you just want someone dead and don't care who finds the body, you can do it in a couple of minutes (and that's for opening an artery or two and letting them bleed out. Certain other ways can be even faster).

more than 5 years ago
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Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

bladesjester Re:How 'bout a TCO on MBAs? (1144 comments)

Unfortunately, we find much of this same short-sighted idiotic MBA behaviour in the US government [salon.com] over the past several years:

There's a reason for that. George W Bush *does* have an MBA from the Harvard Business School...

more than 5 years ago
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Indian CEO Says Most US Tech Grads "Unemployable"

bladesjester Re:ORLY? (1144 comments)

Doesn't matter-- you just can't get around the fact that they currently make 1/10th of what we do and bill out at 1/3 of what we do.

This is part of the problem with the kind of short term "thinking" that a lot of the MBAs who decide to outsource a lot of this stuff engage in. They don't realize and/or don't care that paying 1/3 of what it would cost to write it here is actually more expensive in both "money cost" and missed opportunity (which is often the *really* big price that causes a lot of companies to go under) when you have to do it several times over before you get something close to usable.

Instead, they tend to see things more like this: "I cut our expenses by x%. I want a bonus. Now let me find another place to work before this decision catches up with me."

more than 5 years ago
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Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

bladesjester Re:step one (1354 comments)

You raise an excellent point, which only begs a very interesting question, what should we call it then? What's your idea?

AFK =]

more than 5 years ago

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Governor Tramples First Ammendment

bladesjester bladesjester writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bladesjester writes "Ohio's Governor, Ted Strickland, has ordered that Nativity scenes be replaced at two state parks because they are "an appropriate part of our traditional holiday displays".

In response to concerns voiced over violation of the First Amendment, it was stated that some other symbols would be allowed on a case-by-case basis (at least one has already been refused).

If someone wanted to add a menorah near the Nativity scene, that would be acceptable, but not a Zoroastrian symbol, according to Strickland's spokesperson, Keith Dailey. "It's not something that is traditionally displayed" during the holidays, he said.

In a related note, the article touched on a similar controversy in the town of Whitehall in which the City Council refuses to remove the prominently displayed Nativity scene on public grounds. In response to the outcry, City Council member Chris Rodriguez said "I think people should get over it and stop being so smug about their rights.""

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Zombie Battle Hymn

bladesjester bladesjester writes  |  more than 9 years ago

(Since my personal page isn't up at the moment, and since I wouldn't want to pay the bill for a slashdotting, I'll post it here. If you want to post it anywhere, please let me know first - I just like to know where my stuff ends up. BladesJester on AIM or hollingshead at gmail dot com)

Again, this is to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic.
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Mine eyes have seen the coming of another zombie horde
I wish they'd go away but instead they come toward
I'd hoped they'd just give up, but undead do not get bored
They just think I'm a snack

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

I see that I'm outnumbered and I try to beat retreat
But everywhere I go is the sound of undead feet
Normally I don't worry, but my brains they want to eat
This just can't be good

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

One of them gets too close, so I punch him in the nose
Doesn't do much good; I just get gunk on all my clothes
He just stumbles back and starts again to close
I withdraw again

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

I get the drop on one, so I stab him in the back
Too bad for me his friends come and join in the attack
The legions are too much for me alone to hack
so I should run and hide

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

Somehow I get away and I hide inside a house
Try not to make a sound; be as quiet as a mouse
but of all my dread bad luck, my fear I cannot douse
So they can smell me here

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

A zombie rushes up with a crash against the door
The wood starts giving way; my fortress not secure
The first one shuffles in - followed by some more
My odds don't look so good

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

I level my shotgun and I shoot one in the head
It's the only thing that really kills these damned things dead
I shoot another round and dive behind a bed
Then I hear a *click*

Zombies zombies are undead
Zombies want to eat my head
I grab my pump shotgun and I put a hole in one
But the horde comes for my brain

Being out of shells, with my hands I must now fight
One gets through my guard and my flesh he starts to bite
The life drains from my eyes and I walk into the night
suddenly craving brains

I'm a zombie. I'm undead
and I want to eat your head
You may think that I'm deceased but on your flesh I will now feast
I will taste your brain

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