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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

leereyno Ireland (172 comments)

Germany, Ireland, and the Czech Republic have entered into a mult-lateral agreement to fight the Leprechaun scourge and reduce the number of children replaced by fairy changelings by 2025.

about 2 months ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

leereyno We've had this for YEARS NOW (200 comments)

We've known how to build these reactors for over 20 years now. They're called 2nd generation breeder reactors.

Why don't we have them?

Because the anti-nuclear crazies are able to scream loud enough that the organized incompetence known as government shut it all down.

about 3 months ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

leereyno Re:Good (200 comments)

The meanie greenie vegeterrorists are not the electorate.

They're just single issue schizophrenics who make lots of noise.

about 3 months ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

leereyno Re:I don't know about this one... (376 comments)

There is no problem to be solved.

Women who want to become software engineers are free to do so. There are no barriers. That women tend to choose other careers is the result of human nature. Like it or not, boys and girls are different, and those differences are immutable.

As for "minorities," the very term is meaningless. Anyone of any color, creed, sex, or religion is (in America at least) free to pursue these careers. Trying to bean count the number of Inuit who are code jockeys is ridiculous and ultimately degrading to those being counted.

Google is being shook down by the race and sex hustlers, nothing more. They company is all too aware that these free classes are not going to change the demographics of software engineers. They're doing this as a PR stunt to fend off the hustlers, who will eventually move on to some other target who is more willing to be shook down.

Men are an extreme minority in the child care services industry. Early childhood development programs at colleges and universities are essentially estrogen clubs. There are no men anywhere. Why? Because human nature is what it is, and the nature of men does not include such things.

about 6 months ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

leereyno Trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. (155 comments)

What does it matter how many girls are doing what?

Young women are going to do precisely what they want. No one is stopping them from pursuing computer science or engineering careers. These fields pay well. There are many clear and obvious incentives to pursue these careers. If young women tend to choose other careers more often than young men, this does not represent a problem in need of a solution.

Promoting a class based on its female participation rate is absurd.

about 6 months ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

leereyno Free trade good, secrecy bad. (222 comments)

Free trade is good. Getting government out of the business of telling businesses how to do business -- is good.

Doing this in secret....not so good.

This kind of secrecy does to trust in government what tariffs and regulation do to the economy, undermine it.

about 6 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

leereyno Long story short (109 comments)

The EPA can continue to undermine the economy in pursuit of fairy tales.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

leereyno Making Nixon look like a boyscout (465 comments)

This is, belive it or not, the biggest political scandal within living memory, possibly in all of American history.

An arm of the federal government targets citizens for intimidation based on their political beliefs, likely at the behest of the White House. When the jig is up, the miscreants do everything they can to lie, obfuscate, and destroy evidence.

Political revolutions have started over less.

about 6 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

leereyno Diversi-what? (435 comments)

So yahoo hires the best people for the job, and this is supposed to be news?

I'm sick and tired of whiny losers complaining that they can't get a job because of their ethnicity.

NO. You can't get a job because you SUCK. The job market does not care what color you are, what church you go to, or where your ancestors migrated here from. The only thing the job market cares about is your ability to produce value. If you can't do it, the market will choose someone else who can. If you can do it, then welcome to the winner's circle my son.

This nonsense about juding a company's hiring practices by the skin of their employees is woefully pathetic peurile garbage.

about 6 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

leereyno Pathetic (646 comments)

We now live a country where one's property can be stripped away just because someone else doesn't like it.

about 6 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

leereyno As a proud member of the Tea Party in Arizona (932 comments)

I'd like to quote the great philosopher Nelson Muntz, who so eloquently said:

HA HA!!

Republican Party hacks are hereby on notice that the conservatives you depend on to get elected can and will remove you from office if you displease us.

about 6 months ago
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Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

leereyno May Day? (247 comments)

Why on earth would anyone use a holiday celebrated by socialists as their marketing buzzword?

Knowing absolutely NOTHING about this effort, I'm instantly opposed to it on this basis alone.

This is like calling your new computer system the CyberStalin. Anyone who would do so is either ignorant, crazy, or evil.

about 6 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

leereyno Inventing new names for old scams (568 comments)

There is a concept from marketing known as branding. Brands are not merely a convenient name by which your company or product is known. Consumers respond to brands themselves, either positively or negatively. This is known as brand equity.

A brand with good equity will sell a product simply by having its name attached to it. A Calvin Klein shirt will sell for more than a comparable shirt from a less famous brand. Likewise, a brand with bad equity will inhibit sales of an otherwise good product.

Brands that become toxic are abandoned. The company will change its name, or change the name of the product, or release a new product under a new name. Phillip Morris changed its name to Altria for example. IBM sold off its hard drive business to another firm when their "Deathstar" line of drives became irredeemably associated with poor quality.

Ideas also have brands.

When an idea keeps getting rebranded under new names, it means the people peddling that idea are having a hard time. The more familiar potential consumers (believers) of that idea become with it, the more likely they are to reject it. So the people who want to push that idea repackage it under a new name and try to pretend it is something different.

I'm not surprised that global warming / climate change / climate chaos / etc has been given yet another name. I'm just surprised that it took them so long to think one up.

about 7 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

leereyno Markets rule, not Mercedes (360 comments)

It is the market that will determine whether Tesla has potential, not its competitors.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

leereyno What kind of industry do you work in? (452 comments)

If you're working with people who are comfortable with technology, then making such a transition should not cause too much pain. Annoyances yes, especially with file format compatibility issues, but nothing too serious. You'll be answering lots of questions, but the questions themselves will be from a position of needing some details filled in, not failure to understand basic concepts.

On the other hand, if you're working with people for whom computers and technology are PFM (Pure @#%$ing Magic) then ANY CHANGE, no matter how trivial, will lead to nervous breakdowns. For such people, use of a computer involves memorized incantations (if not outright prayers) based on mouse movements, clicks, and magic words typed into the screen. If these change, even slightly, they will be utterly lost and terrified -- and they'll blame YOU.

If this is the case, then you're going to have to create a standardized installation of Linux with a normal desktop interface (Cinnamon, KDE) and then TRAIN your employees on how to use it. Mint is a good choice. I'm using the KDE version of Mint 16 on all my workstations. The cinnamon version is also perfectly usable. There are of course other options. The key is to create an environment that is as close to what they know as possible. Not necessarily in terms of how it looks, but how it BEHAVES.

Even so, there will always be some differences that will trip such users up. You guys might have to hire a temp worker whose sole job will be to train and support your employees until they learn the new incantations.

The good news is that moving from XP/Vista/7 to a normal desktop Linux distro will actually be easier than trying to retrain these employees to use the malware that is Windows 8.

about 8 months ago
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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

leereyno Future victims should sue Symantec (85 comments)

Future victims of this criminal organization should sue Symantec.

Class action lawsuit.

I also think that criminal charges for aiding and abetting would apply as well.

about 8 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

leereyno Facism or Mob Rule, take your pick. (1746 comments)

"Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn't live up to it," executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker wrote. "We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it's because we haven't stayed true to ourselves. We didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better."

The only way this statement would make the least bit of rational sense is as an apology for capitulating to the mob who called for Eich's head.

But sadly, that isn't how this statement was intended.

I'm genuinely disgusted that the Mozilla Foundation would behave this way. How can I trust a group to produce valid products when they have no integrity?

about 8 months ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

leereyno William Shakespeare wrote about this (704 comments)

He called it "Much ado about nothing."

Insensitive clods, idiots, and outright jackasses get to express themselves just like everyone else.

That they do so is not a crisis to be solved.

But it is a great excuse and cover story for efforts to deny freedom of expression.

Not all are fooled.

about 9 months ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

leereyno Re:That's Not a Spotlight, It's Stupidity (397 comments)

You make a lot of great points....that have been made for decades now.

Hasn't discouraged hustlers like Jackson from their perpetual shake downs.

They're not interested in the truth. They're not even interested in pursuing the goals they claim to have. They're interested in playing the race card for profit.

The best way to deal with them is with ridicule.

about 9 months ago

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This is a test of this journal thingy

leereyno leereyno writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Why is there a journal topic called "Star Wars Prequels?" Am I to believe that these movies are so important as to warrant their very own catagory? Seeing as how the first two prequels were pretty awful, and Return of the Jedi wasn't exactly great (ewoks anyone?), I'm not exactly waiting with baited breath for the third installment to come out. Its not like we don't know what is going to happen. Anakin Skywalker knocks up what's her name played so deliciously by Natalie Portman, develops a bad attitude, and decides he wants to do a reverse Michael Jackson by becoming a black man and imitating James Earl Jones. What else is there to say?

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