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Motorola Building "Self-Aware" Smartphone

jgdobak Good Idea (117 comments)

Hopefully it's self-aware enough to toss itself in the trash where it belongs.

about a year ago
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US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

jgdobak Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (1063 comments)

The higher pay and less taxes mean nothing because even simple medical procedures or healthcare can bankrupt us.

I had a meniscus repair in my knee last year. My health insurance sent me a nice itemized letter saying that, were I not insured, I'd have had to pay another $43K out of pocket for my surgery. I walked into the hospital at 5:30 AM and left at 11:00 AM the same day.

A few years back I had to get a root canal and crown for a tooth I broke. Out of pocket cost for the procedure, with insurance, was a hair over a thousand dollars.

The median household income in this country is $48K. Most Americans simply cannot afford what healthcare costs here, with or without insurance.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

jgdobak Re:Subjectivity (1130 comments)

Verhoeven's Starship Troopers adaption was a brilliant parody of the original material and made a pointed joke of everything Heinlein claimed to stand for.

If you consider the original novel to be profound I can't imagine you would have the sense of self-awareness required to enjoy the film, anyway.

about 2 years ago
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Boeing Hydrogen Powered Drone First Flight

jgdobak Innovative Murder (160 comments)

I guess The US will be innovative and environmentally responsible now when they bomb weddings and murder children.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

jgdobak Re:So what? (1046 comments)

"Latino" or "Hispanic" are markers of cultural background, not race.

That Slashdot posters don't know this and keep confusing this shows us how little 18-34 year old white males with no children (per Alexa) understand the politics of race in America.

(FYI, 69% of Mexico self-identifies as white or mixed-white per 2012 demographic info.)

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

jgdobak Re:So what? (1046 comments)

The police dispatcher told him not to follow because Zimmerman was known to the Sanford PD, having made calls to them forty-six times since the beginning of 2011, for everything from a pothole to the presence of a black child, age seven to nine years of age.

The dispatcher said not to follow because the police dispatcher likely knew he was a lunatic who self-appointed himself the "neighborhood watch" (Zimmerman was not a member of any such sanctioned organization; his authority was the same as if I were to call myself the Queen of Spain), and had a history of violence.

Considering an unarmed boy who was out to buy skittles and iced tea is dead now, the dispatcher was correct.

more than 2 years ago
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As Nuclear Reactors Age, the Money To Close Them Lags

jgdobak Re:Did the rules change? (292 comments)

Regulation is almost always written by industry representatives to be as beneficial as possible to that industry, see healthcare,mortgage, and automotive industry regulation.

We're willing to yell at some poor uneducated asshole who is homeless because he took on an investment he couldn't afford (apparently he is omniscient)

BUT

When industrialists fuck up in a fashion that may directly impact the health and safety of millions (let alone their finances), you "see no fault with them."

You're a horrible human being, eat shit.

more than 2 years ago
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Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

jgdobak Re:I love OT (969 comments)

If you need to work overtime to provide for your family, you aren't middle class. Sorry .

You're working poor, just like the rest of us.

more than 2 years ago
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Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

jgdobak Re:That's what America needs to be competitive! (969 comments)

Doctors are protected by the AMA, which keeps the number of medical schools and doctors in practice limited. No matter what motivation you assign to doing so, it helps protect the income of members.

Young lawyers, on the other hand, are screwed.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/03/01/1021123/young-lawyers-scrape-to-find-work.html

more than 2 years ago
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It's New. It's a League. It's for Gamers. It's the League for Gamers! (Video)

jgdobak Hmm, yes... (62 comments)

"I'm an internet athlete!"

*farts, scratches bedsores, inhales entire bag of Cheetos*

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

jgdobak Re:Wealth is Not Produced by Excess of Charity... (1040 comments)

If you can't figure out why I chose a post where you assume your profession has the most intelligent people (while mocking more social people) and chose it as an example of why engineers are terrible human beings, I don't know what to tell you.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

jgdobak Re:Yes (1040 comments)

America has entire industries devoted to obfuscating and flat-out lying about shit you initial.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

jgdobak Re:Yes (1040 comments)

We hire experts in various fields when our knowledge is not sufficient for the task at hand.

Medical problems? Call a doctor.

Legal problems? Call a lawyer.

Tax problems? Call an accountant.

Don't understand how mortgages work? Call your local bank/mortgage broker.

What, the nice mortgage broker tells you that you can afford a mortgage far above what makes sense to you? Well, he IS the expert and he's on your side! He works for your bank, after all...

Of course, he may get a commission on pushing through as many mortgages as possible and he may be falsifying paperwork and credit scores out of whole cloth at the urging of the lending institution, which is selling these bad mortgages up the chain, but hey... He IS the expert.

Expecting a home buyer to understand the purposely-obfuscated home buying process is as stupid as expecting him to understand why chemo may be necessary. Banks took advantage of the trust of their customers and cheated them, end of story.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

jgdobak Re:Yes (1040 comments)

If anything I have Libertarian leanings.

Way to immediately discount yourself as a mental child.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

jgdobak Re:Yes (1040 comments)

You could be a great driver and habitually speed 5-10 mph above the limit. That is not, in of itself, a sign of sociopathic behavior.

Actually, it is.

Speed limits are set by people smarter than you are about the subject at hand. To sit there and say that you know better and that you will drive above the speed limit because you know better is pretty sociopathic in and of itself.

Most people think they're "above average" drivers. Any trucker will tell you how few driver actually are above average, and it has less to do with reflexes and more to do with courtesy.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Rich People Less Moral?

jgdobak Re:Wealth is Not Produced by Excess of Charity... (1040 comments)

This is why engineers are usually terrible human beings.

Socialize your children and let them take a few arts classes, don't let them turn out like this.

more than 2 years ago
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USPS Ending Overnight First-Class Letter Service

jgdobak Re:My mailbox is filled with bulk mail! (713 comments)

"I don't use it so it must be worthless" is the Slashdot marching song

Yet you still all wonder why everyone hates the help desk and computer janitors in general.

more than 2 years ago

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