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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

operagost Re:WTF! She was 32 years old (353 comments)

The initial exchange where he allegedly requested nude photos should have been passed on to the MIT administration. Done. And if not done, next to the federal office of civil rights.

yesterday
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

operagost Re:Awesome idea (786 comments)

I vote K.I.T.T., although I rode in a 1987 Buick GN once and it actually sounded a lot like that.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

operagost Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (786 comments)

There most certainly were in the UK. Vermont may have also had some. They went away by the start of the 20th century, though.

2 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

operagost Re:Censorship? (413 comments)

Who is "they"? Do you have evidence you'd like to share?

2 days ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

operagost Re:Crusty Hardware (185 comments)

I had an AMD 486DX-40 system with two VLB slots. I had both VLB graphics and multi-I/O. Before the Pentium era, a motherboard didn't usually have all the basic I/O on it, so you had to buy a card with serial, parallel, and usually an IDE controller on it. Anyway, the second most annoying thing with VLB is that it ran at your FSB speed, so if you had a 25 MHz FSB you could have three cards, 33 MHz you could have two. I had 40, so I was only supposed to have one. It was surprisingly stable, but when I had the occasional video glitch I understood why it happened and could deal. It got better when I dumped the Computer Shopper white-box special for a DX2/80 with a decent ASUS board.

The most annoying thing with VLB being, of course, that every card was almost full-length because the VLB part sat behind the ISA slot. They popped out all the time.

2 days ago
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Best Cube?

operagost Re: The BORG! (265 comments)

Voyager definitely wasn't in a "post-scarcity" economy.

4 days ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

operagost Re:Thank you, President Obama! (105 comments)

I don't see any problem with how many days of vacation he has. I have a problem with the EXPENSES RUN UP BY HIS WIFE. She's the one jet-setting for 12 weeks a year, costing the taxpayers millions.

5 days ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

operagost Re:Thank you, President Obama! (105 comments)

The State of the Union address would be far more entertaining if Grumpy Cat provided the post-speech response.

5 days ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

operagost Re:could be fems average better at groups, men one (219 comments)

Man here (from birth)... I don't see how selfishness is an inherently male trait. I would never think taking someone else's food was OK as long as I replaced it. Obviously, at the moment there's a problem, and fixing problems you created is clearly inferior to not causing them in the first place. I would not want someone who wasted time and professional reputation, by constantly fixing the problems they caused, on my team.

What I see with men-- including myself, of course-- is that we DO want to fix problems, and save the discussion for later. "Lessons learned", "post-mortem meeting", etc. Women don't seem to like that. For some reason, they want to address the collateral issues at the same time, or even defer the solution in order to perform in-depth problem analysis. This seeming lack or urgency is frustrating to me, personally.

5 days ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

operagost Re:What's the graduation rate for women? (479 comments)

It is hilarious that one day, we can have an article lamenting the lack of women in IT-related undergraduate majors, then the next have an article wondering why there aren't more women working in IT.

Maybe we should stop frickin' worrying about how many women are in IT... unless we want to start worrying about the lack of men in nursing, veterinary, and grade school education.

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

operagost Re:Entitled much? (479 comments)

Apparently, companies are supposed to hire women based only on their resumes now.

about a week ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

operagost Deja vu (329 comments)

This reminds me of a game from something like 10 years ago that would delete everything from Program Files if you uninstalled it. I can't remember which one that was.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

operagost Re:One mile? (778 comments)

No, we mean American football, which originally had play started by kicking (or "snapping") the ball with the foot, the field goals and tries were worth more than the touchdown, and the forward pass was illegal so the ball was rounder. Perhaps if Walter Camp had anticipated that ignoramuses would make stupid jokes, he would have proposed renaming the game.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

operagost Re:I did way more than that when I was 5 (778 comments)

How the heck were you wiring up receptacles at 3? I can't get my 5 year old niece to tie her shoelaces.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

operagost Re:nanny state (778 comments)

To be fair, we can't really lump net neutrality, a consumer protection issue, in with those others. But things like telling adults between 18 and 21 they can't drink alcohol and making single parents pay child support until their adult children are 25 are stupidly extending childhood and ultimately giving governments unreasonable power over the people.

about a week ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

operagost Re:smarter than many people I know (111 comments)

This logic has escaped my in-laws, who have not had ONE child-- not ONE-- while in a marriage or even anything resembling a stable relationship. I really hope the idea of having a trusting, stable relationship and the ability to support one's own family is not a quaint one.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

operagost Re:ps - I dumb, impatient things often (111 comments)

Logic says we're more likely to be alive tomorrow than dead.

If some of your thoughtful choices include not participating in needlessly dangerous activities or unhealthy behavior, the odds move even more in your favor.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

operagost Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (872 comments)

stop using the stupid, "Love the sinner, hate the sin"

What's stupid about it? You can demand tolerance, but not acceptance.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

operagost No fool like an old fool (872 comments)

The Pope, like most leaders, thinks his wisdom is boundless and intelligence such that he had insights no one else has had. The fact is, the champions of freedom of expression realize that it's perilous to label any speech as forbidden, as the slide into tyranny is inevitable. The problem is, any zealot can decide your words are worse than insulting his mother. And any zealot can decide that killing people is a reasonable response. Perhaps it's because this pope is not as learned as his predecessor. I find it hard to believe that Benedict XVI would not realize that several core beliefs of Christianity are mother-slandering to Muslims. For example, the divinity of Jesus and the Holy Trinity. The Qur'an says, "There is no god but Allah" and that he has no son. The Qur'an also denies that Jesus dies on the cross. Any of these beliefs are blasphemy to Islam. So, Your Eminence, shall we deny the Bible's mission to spread the Gospel, so as not to offend?

about two weeks ago

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