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Crazy Eric Schmidt, His Yacht Prices Are Insaaane!

jvkjvk Re:Holy Mixed Unit Systems Batman! (179 comments)

Are you a human being or a computer?
As you said: "Pick a style, pick a system, and STICK WITH IT."

about 2 years ago

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

jvkjvk With respect (567 comments)

I believe that N. Korea is going to be the cause of a nuclear war in the next five years.
All the anger of the world is directed towards some happening and this will probably be it.

about 2 years ago

Lew Rockwell: Ron Paul Not Using the State or UN to Control RonPaul.Com

jvkjvk Re:Not enough Libertopian novels for you! (232 comments)

>>If you read the SF novels detailing life in Libertopia, you'll find that, as if by magic, citizens voluntarily donate enough of their income to feed, clothe, and house those that are poor through no fault of their own. They purchase, build, and staff a full parks system out of the goodness of their hearts.

>This is how things used to be done.

When? Please come up with a concrete time boxed example of a country doing this. I'm pretty sure that I could look at the details and come up with a more accurate story.

about 2 years ago

NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

jvkjvk Re:Where's Waldo (228 comments)

I thought we learned that the overall water content of the planet is steadily increasing due to gravitational attraction of the planet sucking in comets water deposits and the like. Sure in a few hundred years it's not much, and I don't imagine water mining the asteroids or capturing comets technologically.

about 2 years ago

Xbox Originator: "Stupid, Stupid Xbox!!"

jvkjvk Re:The Downfall of Microsoft (245 comments)

You obviously aren't in their target business market.

No, they want CIO's, CTO's and CEO's thinking that they could have that much fun at "work" if only they had the kit.
And yes, these people do have the mindset that matches the ad you portrayed so it appears to be actually well matched.

about 2 years ago

Clay Shirky On Hackers and Depression: Where's the Love?

jvkjvk Re:FIghting the system is a mental health issue (319 comments)

So if a placebo cures *your* cancer you should try to get it to come out of remission?!?

That is essentially what you are advocating.

A sample size of one is all that is needed if it works for that one person, especially of the desired result is something like "happiness".


YOUR milage may vary...

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Threatened Palm To Stop Poaching Employees

jvkjvk Re:I never liked him but... (270 comments)

There is a difference between trade secrets and general know how.

I agree that if an employee is divulging trade secrets and they had a contractual obligation not to that is one thing.

Being able to create a business similar to the one they came from is not in any way remarkable or wrong.

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Threatened Palm To Stop Poaching Employees

jvkjvk Re:I never liked him but... (270 comments)

> It's quite another if recruiters from Palm are actively poaching their competitors' employees.

And this is what is wrong with your outlook as well as the outlook of most corporations.

You seem to feel that these companies own their employees, keeping them on their "employee farms" and only their King can kill them.

Kind of like cattle.

Now, please let me know what is wrong with receiving an offer of employment at another firm for a better salary?


about 2 years ago

Does All of Science Really Move In 'Paradigm Shifts'?

jvkjvk Always chose C in multiple choice (265 comments)

The interesting bit is the meta question implied by this - whether truths developed in a mathematical sense are valid in other contexts.

AN answer is something along the lines of this:

While a single equation cannot be created to fit every possible model it IS possible to develop an equation that fits properties of the model under study (at least to your own level of understanding of both maths and the problem domain).

The question whether mathematical insight can be used as an analogy machine to determine outcomes in other domains is the same question as to the breath of any particular philosophy, IMO.

To come back down to the question at hand Consider that the proposition under study is that differing eras of paradims are incommesurable.

Given the new meta framework we can then ask what would the underlying scientific model changes between physics, biology, and the social sciences be that would necessarily invalidate this proposition?

Since all of these models ultimately rest in mathematical descriptions of experimentation on created models, the question appears to me to be moot. That is, given the basis of these disiplines they cannot help fall into the same category. Even broadening their functions to the philosophical does not lead one out of this conclusion (if one accepts Maths as simply A particular rigorous philosophy).

Regards /.!

about 2 years ago

AIG Contemplates Joining Stockholder Suit Against US Gov't

jvkjvk Same old story (354 comments)

Privatize the profits in any way possible... even retroactively.

Externalize the costs in any way possible.. hell, that's just business.

about 2 years ago

What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

jvkjvk The problem is... (384 comments)

not that they are unwritten. There were detailed instructions on this topic.

The problem is that the instructions were deleted before being implemented.

A koan for a new age.

about 2 years ago

GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

jvkjvk Re:Distaste of C++ (476 comments)

Your reply us unfortunately wrong, however.

Given that C++ is turing complete, any 'spell' that the "Great Enchantress" can create well, so can the C++ guru. There is not a single thing the enchantress can do with her compiled spell that the wizard cannot, and that's the fact, jack.

Fact is, the end result for the great Enchantress is exactly the same if they misuse their language constructs or implementation details.

You can argue that you don't like how you have to go about the syntax construction, but fair is fair, they are both equally powerful in EFFECT.

more than 2 years ago

In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US

jvkjvk Re:What happems (491 comments)

>The people making $17,000 a year are buying cheap, disposable items made by people making $5,000 a year.

So, turtles all the way down?

I think you fail to understand the point. Businesses cannot ONLY EXCLUSIVELY make money off of other businesses.

Now. Who is going to be able to by the high market items that Businesses require (because they charge each other so much)? Or if all businesses charge less, then wages also must decrease, and...

So, what is the equilibrium point of this type of equation? Where do you find employees who are consumers who can buy the required high market goods after this equilibrium is reached?

Prove that they can, using the market economics. I bet you can't. Don't forget the wealth hoarding and ability to leverage that wealth to extract tax form the market by the (really now people! ONE PERCENT??? wtf, it's at most like 100,000 PEOPLE, total in the world who have the $MONEY$. )


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

jvkjvk You have the best problem in the world (451 comments)

Free Advertising.

So, spend some serious marketing $$ going to all these forums and letting other businesses know what you exactly have to offer.

Counter their points politely and suggest that other business owners check you out themselves and make up their own mind.

This is only a bad thing if you turn it into one.

more than 2 years ago

Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands — Starting With Mine

jvkjvk Re:That is cheap (299 comments)

But this is nothing like advertising a sale and bait and switch.

To make your analogy correct would be this:
I Advertise a "sale" - free service!
People come and get free service.
I Advertise a price increase.
People either come and pay that price or they don't come.
Those that come still expecting the old price are just SOL.
Even normal retailers work that way - just try to use that 50% off thanksgiving coupon in August, dude.

Where is the bait and switch again? Every time you come to my site there is a new "sale" advertisement and you get that.

If I create a service even if it costs me absolutely zero to continue doing, am I obligated to continue to let you use it for free if I have done so before?


more than 2 years ago

Motorola Wants 2.25% of Microsoft's Surface Revenue

jvkjvk Re:Google Proxy War (278 comments)

I am STILL confused by your statements!

"They CAN, and it would remain legal in Germany, however, they were ordered not to."

Ordered not to...

Perhaps that means that they cannot? What does "ordered not to" mean to you other than the judge is saying they cannot enforce the ban in another country?

more than 2 years ago

Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands — Starting With Mine

jvkjvk Re:That is cheap (299 comments)

So, if you could point me to the contract you signed with Facebook promising you a free service I would appreciate it.

Otherwise, I fail to understand why you believe Facebook promised you anything.

They built something and let you use it. Is that what you refer to as a "promise"?

more than 2 years ago

In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

jvkjvk I voted for myself (707 comments)

In good conscience, it was really the only choice for who has my best interests at heart.

more than 2 years ago

US Government: You Don't Own Your Cloud Data So We Can Access It At Any Time

jvkjvk Re:Bullshit. (531 comments)

Perhaps you should sit back down, or at least explain how "right of possession" makes his reasoning flawed.

As far as I can tell his logic is that renting computer "space" in the cloud is equal to tenancy of an apartment and you should obtain all the rights and privileges thereof for your "stuff".

As far as I can tell "right of possession" means it is legal for a person to occupy or use the "stuff" in question.

Looking a bit more closely, you are actually bolstering the parent's argument by claiming 'right of possession'. When a lease is contracted, the lessee gains right of possession to the property.

Given this, your attempt to dispute his points does not really appear to work. Cloud storage seems analogous to renting an apartment (which includes safeguards for those lessees living or storing their stuff there) than some other convoluted analogy with 'right of possession' (which you have not supplied).

Stating "Right of Possession" would mean something only if you can come up with that amazing analogy or show the logic about that "right" that illustrates your point.

Please do.


more than 2 years ago

Department of Homeland Security Wants Nerds For a New "Cyber Reserve'"

jvkjvk Re:If it worked like the Army reserve, I'd be in. (204 comments)

>>The US military is famous for switching job descriptions once people have entered their ranks.

Yes and no.

A contract is a contract. If you sign a Contract for a specific MOS/AFSC (or whatever they call 'em these days) YOU WILL get that OR have the option of declining to remain in the service.

Yes, they might make that hard for you to understand and pressure you to go along with the flow anyways but KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (you still have some!).

In my case I contracted for a specialty position. Even after basic training, even after tech school, if they had decided to pull the rug on that I could have (and would have) walked.

Sure to the uniform dude in front of you this may be incomprehensible, morally suspect, and mean you hate America but to the (big G)Government it is just another set of forms to fill out.

On the other hand if you just sign up without specifics you may as well think of the recruiter as a Marketer. As long as it's not IN THE CONTRACT they are *provably* lying (as they cannot guarantee what is not in contract).

This is where the military gets their reputation having the ability to ignore recruitment promises - most people don't get them written in to the contract.

So my advice is is you WANT to join and have a SPECIFIC goal, get it in writing otherwise the military will put you where IT thinks it will need you.

more than 2 years ago


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