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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

cascadingstylesheet Orwell missed out ... (478 comments)

... he should have invented "the Goldstein brothers", not just Emmanuel Goldstein.

There's just something more sinister sounding about brothers, isn't there?

(This comment has nothing to do with the merits or lack thereof of "net neutrality", BTW.)

yesterday
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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

cascadingstylesheet terror? (96 comments)

before deciding to spread their terror to PlayStation Network.

Terror?

These are games, people. Yeah, they are jerks and should be smacked around for it, but let's not lose our minds.

2 days ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

cascadingstylesheet mass hysteria? (327 comments)

I give up. This is some sort of mass hysteria.

3 days ago
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Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

cascadingstylesheet Ah (88 comments)

It's probably Dick Cheney's fault.

He also traveled back in time and caused the Dust Bowl.

3 days ago
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The Making of the Making of Nihilumbra

cascadingstylesheet digital magazine (16 comments)

The first "digital magazine" I remember encountering consisted of mostly Quicktime videos on a CD. By the time I got it, it was on the bargain rack at a computer store (remember those?).

But ... you used it on a computer! So it was digital! And a magazine, kind of.

3 days ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

cascadingstylesheet So ... (105 comments)

... we need to have an insecure buzzword, to "change our relationship" with the Internet? Why?

4 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

cascadingstylesheet Bleah (441 comments)

Real "tech", of course, thinks the opposite.

Unfortunately, they didn't vote the opposite.

4 days ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

cascadingstylesheet Gee (129 comments)

A student raised concerns after attempting to access the Wikipedia page for Westboro Baptist Church,

Aw, that'd be a shame if they couldn't access their totally inconsequential Two Minutes Hate target.

4 days ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

cascadingstylesheet Um (338 comments)

So now Slashbots are hyperventilating with hatred at hypothetical Republicans?

You really need to get a life.

5 days ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

cascadingstylesheet Re:Daily Currant (131 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah Palin said something like that, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hilary Clinton was running for president. Except there's no humor in fabricating plausible stories.

They are designed to basically confirm people's existing biases. "Well, she would say something like that, she's so stupid." That she inconveniently didn't is no barrier anymore.

They are designed to bash, not to be funny.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

cascadingstylesheet she (371 comments)

Whereas in fact any engineer worth her salt will tell you that she makes business decisions daily–

I still find that cute - or stupid, depending on my mood - every time I see it.

All you've done is to reverse an arbitrary rule ... you haven't struck a blow for anything, other than preciousness or pointlessness.

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

cascadingstylesheet Re:I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords... (304 comments)

You've got it backwards. The surge in socialism turned a recession into an ongoing depression (by real unemployment numbers, anyway). So your solution is more socialism?

about two weeks ago
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Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

cascadingstylesheet Robotics didn't take a giant leap in late 2008 (304 comments)

Sorry, no. It's opening the government spigot that turned a recession into an ongoing malaise. Just like it did in the 1930s (must have been another huge era for robots, cough). We never learn.

I know you don't want to hear that though, so mod me down and blame robots.

about two weeks ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

cascadingstylesheet Wow! (254 comments)

It's almost like division of labor and specialization is beneficial or something!

I for one demand that I pay my dentist no more than I pay the kid who mows my lawn ...

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

cascadingstylesheet Wha? (116 comments)

finding a task difficult is the programming equivalent of going to sleep at the wheel.

Say what?

Finding a task difficult is a chance to learn something new. Finding a task difficult is a chance to flex your mental muscles.

about two weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

cascadingstylesheet Just wondering ... (137 comments)

Just wondering ... but why didn't public schools need to engage in constant fundraising and beg-a-thons in the good old days, for basics? Governments weren't spending more on them then, proportionately.

We are spending a river now. Where is it going?

about two weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

cascadingstylesheet Re:5.5k for a Marimba? (137 comments)

How can a Marimba (which from a look at Google is similar to a Xylophone) cost so much money?

They are very large, professionally made musical instruments.

Check out the prices for other major musical instruments ... if you want to get any quality, they are not cheap.

about two weeks ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

cascadingstylesheet huh (137 comments)

The marimba is good .... and maybe the home bio-diesel kit.

And then there's

$400,000 for recruiting girls to learn to code

Because doubling the workforce without doubling the jobs has worked out so great for every other sector of the economy since 1970 or so when it took off.

about two weeks ago

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