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How Deadbeat Facebook Friends and Using ALL-CAPS Can Lower Your Credit Score

jahudabudy Re:Kind of a warning sign actually (362 comments)

I've bought a couple of houses, and every time the lender had to show me the amortization rate of my loan. It's pretty crazy how much you pay in interest over the life of the loan, true. But if you're paying back 10x the loan amount, stop taking loans from the mob.

about 8 months ago
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Bolivian President's Plane 'Rerouted Over Snowden Suspicions'

jahudabudy Re:God it feels good to be an American!!!!!!! (621 comments)

That's true, and I didn't mean to imply that the Declaration of Independence didn't have admiral ideals embedded in it. However, one is a legally binding document for the USA and the other is not. That is quite a large difference.

about 9 months ago
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Obamacare Employer Mandate Delayed Until After Congressional Elections

jahudabudy Re:Fucking politicians... (600 comments)

Job creation is something that human employers do, and that's the only source of jobs. There is no job fairy.

Neither do job creators just magically create these jobs. They see a market need and fill it. If they didn't, the next guy who tried the same thing and failed would have succeeded. That's the thing - job creators are necessary, but not any particular job creator*. The guys that say "raise my taxes and I'll take my job creator self overseas" are deluded by ego. There are a hundred guys right behind him happy to take over his market position and provide those exact same jobs. And one of them will succeed, because the market is still there.

*there is the occasional rare genius that creates his own market and is absolutely necessary. But not many.

about 9 months ago
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The Amish Are Getting Fracked

jahudabudy Re:Their own fault (367 comments)

I'll respect what they believe when I think it is moral and just and they demonstrate that they truly believe it through their actions. I don't care if they refrain from murder because of a self-consistent, logical moral framework based on the principle of minimizing harm, or if they refrain from murder because a sky fairy told them it is wrong. Either way, I'll respect their choice to refrain from murder and encourage them to continue doing so.

about 10 months ago
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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

jahudabudy Re:Remind me,,, (327 comments)

Limit what government can do so that it can't provide lavish benefits to some at the expense of others and that pretty much solves the problem.

So, pretty much get rid of government, then. As long as you allow taxation, government can provide exceptions to taxes that provide a huge benefit to those favored few. And without taxation, government can do nothing. Everything else is the same: any power to regulate includes the power to exempt from regulation, which provides a huge competitive advantage. Any power to enact laws includes the power to enact loopholes that exempt from those laws, etc.

about a year ago
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Russia Captures Alleged American CIA Agent In Moscow

jahudabudy Re:Amateur (195 comments)

No wars or economic disasters? Throw in a lack of blatant civil rights abuse and you might have just set a bar no administration has met since Harrison.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Dismisses Movie Piracy Complaint

jahudabudy Re:About time (225 comments)

Maybe it's your genteel manner of polite debate that has prompted the downmods? Or your charming responses to those who do make a counter point?

about a year ago
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John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

jahudabudy Re:Sounds good. (614 comments)

Which is actually a somewhat scary conclusion. Are the only alternatives in our political system truly the insanity we see out of the Rs or the incompetence we see out of the Ds? Seems there ought to be some way to set up a system that encourages a sane, competent governing body, but I've yet to see it. The somewhat rare occasions we see competent sanity, it tends to boil down to an individual or group of individuals accomplishing DESPITE the system.

about a year ago
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John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

jahudabudy Re:WHY!? (614 comments)

I think the key is to distinguish between Joe down the street, who is a registered Republican, and the folks in the legislature who are Republican. It is pretty clear that the Republican Party, as represented by it's leadership and politicians, is very much more insistent on adherence to the party line than Democrats (as defined by the same metric). Or at least more capable of enforcing such - I suspect Dems would if they could. You are right that it is foolish to make the same statement about the individuals who have no more affiliation with either party than their voter registration, which is most people in the country.

about a year ago
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John McCain Working On Legislation For 'a La Carte' TV Channel Packages

jahudabudy Re:Sounds good. (614 comments)

Of course there are ass-hats in both parties, and on every side of any issue. The main difference is that the GOP is a tightly controlled party that asserts firm party discipline. And the party line is major asshattery. The Democratic Party (DP?) is much more splintered. While there is probably just as much asshattery, it is on a more individual basis because the Democratic Party leadership doesn't have nearly as much influence over individual votes. So they can't enforce their preferred brand of asshattery as the party line.

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

jahudabudy Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

It's none of your business what I think

And yet you and Mr. Card both are expressing your thoughts via a public forum. If you think it is none of my business what you think, keep those thoughts to yourself. As for what is and is not an acceptable boycott, I don't see that I (or anyone else) has any obligation to provide you (or anyone else) my business. Maybe I don't want to shop there b/c I don't like your opinions on the works of Dolph Lundgren. Why shouldn't I base my purchasing decisions on whatever criteria I find relevant? You are welcome to find my decisions frivolous or despicable, but unacceptable to me implies you feel that my decision should, you know, not be accepted. Maybe you simply meant disapproved of?

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

jahudabudy Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

There is a huge difference between boycotting someone for their views and for their actions. Only the latter is acceptable

What's unacceptable about boycotting someone because of their views?

about a year ago
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Ender's Game Trailer Released

jahudabudy Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

by 'better place' you actually meant 'more conducive to your pet politics.' Smarmy arrogance like this is why many have problems with the left.

Because the Right thinks the world would be a worse place if their political beliefs were implemented? I don't get how simply believing the world would be a better place if it ran more aligned with how I think it should run is indicative of smarmy arrogance. What kind of psycho wants to see the world run in a way that he thinks makes it worse? What a bizarre, logically devoid justification for disagreement.

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

jahudabudy Re:bollocks (678 comments)

social contract theory is neither voluntary nor something clearly negotitated and agreed upon by two parties

Whenever I hear this argument against the social contract, it brings to mind a teenager complaining about doing his chores saying "I didn't ASK to be born!"

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Handle a Colleague's Sloppy Work?

jahudabudy Re:Whining. (332 comments)

This. In school, it was my job to understand and learn as much as possible. It took me a while to realize that learning and understanding are nice in my job, but I'm getting paid to produce solutions. It's somewhat surprising how often I find I can produce a solution without the sort of thorough knowledge of the problem space I pursued in school.

about a year ago
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Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

jahudabudy Re:Florida (1078 comments)

I think it depends on whether you are characterizing Southerners as racist or The South. To my mind, one is a large swath of people that have a wide variety of opinions and beliefs. The other is a historical political/social culture that still has an influence on modern institutions in regions where it was most pervasive at its height. And that political/social culture undeniably has some roots that were planted in racism. Which makes it tricky to distinguish, in modern institutions, what occurs because of the normal stupidity that everywhere is subject to, and what occurs because of the influence of those historical roots.

about a year ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

jahudabudy Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

On the bright side, I do love the irony of athiests letting themselves get drawn into a holy war...

I think this is where a lot of the dispute between atheism is/is not a religion comes from. Non-interested third parties see the rabid fringe of atheists behave as zealous in their proselytizing as any religious zealot, and naturally lump them together as having some agenda around god that they are pushing. When you behave just like the rabid religious zealots, the small detail that your agenda is "No god" rather than "My god" is no more than a technicality to me. The leopard might find his spots to be extremely different than the tiger's stripes, but I'm overwhelmingly more concerned with the similarities between their teeth and their claws.

1 year,21 days
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

jahudabudy Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

It's not a slur. The X reference the Greek letter Chi, the first letter of the Greek word for Christ.

Pretty much everything else you said is quite ironic. If you want to have an intelligent discourse, best not to start by taking unnecessary offense at an imaginary slight. If people using perfectly acceptable language that just happens to not be your preferred nomenclature bothers you so much, you should probably reconsider your objectivity.

1 year,21 days
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al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones

jahudabudy Re:Second type of target... (303 comments)

Ah, and your point is that non US citizens who are admittedly waging a war against all who do not accept their narrow creed

Or even those who are merely accused of such. Or those who are standing too near those are merely accused of such. I'd be all for drone attacks if I believed for an instant that our intelligence agencies were capable of correctly identifying the threats. I mean, who cares if murderers are in turn murdered? The entire problem with vigilantism is its terrible track record of actually getting the right person. And killing someone because you really really believe he is a bad guy, you just don't have any proof, is vigilantism, whether it is Joe down the street or the US president.

about a year ago

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LittleBigPlanet delayed to remove Quran quotes

jahudabudy jahudabudy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jahudabudy (714731) writes "One of the background tracks in LittleBigPlanet apparently contains lyrics that are quotes from the Quran. According to the community boards, the offending lines are: 1- In the 18th second: " " ("kollo nafsin tha'iqatol mawt", literally: 'Every soul shall have the taste of death'). 2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: " " ("kollo man alaiha fan", literally: 'All that is on earth will perish'). Due to this concern, Sony has delayed the release; the new release date in N. America is currently week of Oct. 27. I'm not sure how official that announcement is."
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