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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

netsavior Re:Badges (327 comments)

And hats, hats, as far as the eye can see!

4 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

netsavior Re:I agree (512 comments)

What you have is a handful of companies (Facebook, Google) paying absofuckinglutely outrageous salaries and benefits.

If you think facebook and google pays outrageous salaries then either you are 20 years old, you have never interviewed there. They pay about 60% of the going market rate. The vast majority of people prefer to be paid in money, not nap pods and gourmet dinners during "optional" (expected) overtime.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

netsavior LOL, have you even met a child? (228 comments)

My kids range in age from 5 to 9. This is already how they see the world.

Their first hint that the internet is a thing that you have to think about was when they got wifi devices and tried to use them in the car as we drove away from the house.

Before they made that realization, it was just something that things did. Part of the expected infrastructure of existence.

about two weeks ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

netsavior Re:Bullshit (323 comments)

Children do not have rights. Especially at school. Sad but true.

about two weeks ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

netsavior No License fee, no skills. (648 comments)

Finally, a nationally branded computer science educational program, we need to build our brands for captive audiences, or we might lose grip.

Art - Photoshop 101
Literature - Kindle Classics
Math - MSExcel
Writing - MSWord
History - Amazon Prime Presents: Ken Burns - American Minutiae

That way our kids won't know how to do anything without a license fee.

about two weeks ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

netsavior Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

Humanity is doomed because we will never get past the human rights/religious obligation thing when attempting a large-scale rescue of the human race. Removing free will from the generations of host females, and treating tens of thousands of embryos as volatile memory for the human genome will never get past the religious views that tie up significant portions of the capital both political and physical that would be required to spread the human race to other planets. Hell today, in fertility treatment, gender selection is "controversial"... Embryo disposal is "controversial"... This is that times a million.

about three weeks ago
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Analysis of Spacecraft Data Reveals Most Earth-like Planet To Date

netsavior Re:Common sense space exploration (83 comments)

Blame religion.

It is perfectly possible to build a generation ship to reach for the stars and colonize planets thousands of years of travel away.

Just not in the way that we think of generation ships...

Cryo-sleep is how science fiction solves this problem, but the only known state of human that can survive cryogenic freezing is the human embryo. a crew of around 6 females, and 40,000 frozen embryos, a new generation of females is implanted via ivf and then born through live birth every 25-30 years.

Long story short, spreading humanity out across the stars with our current technology would require massive shifts in how humanity sees morality.

Building a colony on mars, populated with people who have free will, and not risking the wrath of the religious right, sure... that's easier.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Denies There Was a Policy Change With VPNs

netsavior Netflix releases seed story (67 comments)

Netflix has ensured that every user who reads the news (or facebook) now has the correct string of words to google in order to get around the country code restrictions mandated by netflix's contracts with content owners.

I predict a surge in "netflix vpn how" google searches
followed by netflix "negotiations" with content owners to relax country restrictions that "obviously don't even work"

about a month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

netsavior Re:Farts (420 comments)

don't worry about it... chances are the guy next to you is currently eating a bowl of home made deep fried curried broccoli farts and stale baked stinkfish. Nobody will even notice, they might even ask for a bite of your tire-fire masala before they realize it was just a fart.

about 1 month ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

netsavior Our COO quit because of "open concept" (420 comments)

The board and the (new)CEO handed down the "open concept directive"
100% of employees voiced issues ranging from visual distractions, to "how the hell are customer support employees supposed to talk to people on the phone?"
3 employees quit on the first day of "open concept"
Every "town hall" meeting included mostly questions about how to mitigate the negative effects of open concept.

The COO (of 13 years) blew up in a town hall meeting, confided in us that he fought it all the way, then he put in his resignation.

Our company was so paralyzed by it that we moved the developers to their own office building, because it was affecting deadlines to have constant interruptions and loud overheard phone calls by sales and support. It literally cost double, because we could no longer function in a single office.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

netsavior Re:Ten years? (332 comments)

Classic example: Kodak.

Since kodak was the inventor of the digital camera... this is actually a classic COUNTER-example.
Kodak actually failed when it wasted BILLIONS in the 1980s trying to expand its product line... 5.1 billion dollars for a drug company that they then ran into the ground, then tons of money in R&D trying to build a better Alkaline battery (because the battery was going to be the new "film" - disposable repeat purchase - once digital took off).

Kodak invented itself into oblivion, not the other way around.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

netsavior The real question is... (248 comments)

How fast is the VBScript engine?!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Is Building a New Browser As Part of Its Windows 10 Push

netsavior Re:user created dictionaries aren't dictionaries (248 comments)

It might be a pseudo-english term invented by german speakers.

That is actually a pretty concise definition of "English."

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

netsavior Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (484 comments)

The DEA and FDA have unconstitutional power, thanks to a little bill Nixon pushed through so he could arrest hippies. Now it will take some serious congressional balls to "look soft" on the war on drugs, in order to reverse this unconstitutional affront to our system of checks and balances.

about a month and a half ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

netsavior Re:Home of the brave? (589 comments)

The reality is the contract the studio has with the film makers probably has a "if this isn't released for some reason" clause in the contract... it probably doesn't have an "If we want to give away free copies to everyone for a PR move" clause. Even if Sony wanted to it couldn't do that... because Sony itself created a world where it is stuck between a lawyer brigade and a hactivist group.

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

netsavior I recently moved into a community that solved this (611 comments)

It's an "established" neighborhood that is probably a bit above my social class. My cross-street had the "shortcut" problem so the voters pressured the city to do the ultimate "dick move" to the short-cutters. 4 lanes became 2 lanes + bike lane on each side, and they added stop signs at every other cross street.

It went from "oh lets avoid traffic" to "why bother?"

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

netsavior Re:Move to a gated community (611 comments)

Almost nobody lives in Florida and commutes to Manhattan. Why is that? The pay is better in Manhattan and housing is cheaper in Florida.

oh but it takes 13 hours to get from jacksonville to manhattan. If it took 13 hours to get from long beach to culver city, people wouldn't try to live in Long Beach and work in Culver City, simple as that.

I am not saying crowded roads are awesome, but people make the decision every day to not work 13 hours from their home even if it doesn't "feel" like it.

about a month and a half ago

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