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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

operagost Re: Politics (383 comments)

Nice straw man. You have a lot to learn about liberty, but that goes without saying.

Enjoy your next coup. Maybe the next dictator will be the one who brings prosperity.

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

operagost Re:Politics (383 comments)

Appointing a political hack as "Ebola Czar" to shut the GOP up is the real world version of telling everyone to calm the fuck down and go the fuck home.

That's an interesting strategy.

1. Prove you're incompetent by appointing an unqualified person to an important leadership role during a crisis.
2. ???
3. Stay calm and PROFIT!

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

operagost Re:Politics (383 comments)

The leftists are strong with this thread. I'm sorry that I posted now. I could have helped more by undoing this ridiculous partisan moderation that posting my pithy comments.

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

operagost Re:Maybe we need a Surgeon General (383 comments)

What kind of cocks mod up an AC who says this sort of thing? We don't even have adults here on Slashdot. Please, would the last person out shut off the lights?

3 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

operagost Re:Politics (383 comments)

Yes, I'm sure that if we had a totally socialist health care system, that woman wouldn't have gone out to shop and pick up take-out. I'm sure that the protective gear would have worked perfectly, just like other fine products of socialism like the Trabant. And I'm sure that there's no way any of them could have gotten on a plane, what with the threat of being gunned down at the airport in socialist Utopias like Cuba.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

operagost Re:Term that applies to this article: GIGO (766 comments)

Geez, I forgot to mention that they WEREN'T TOYS. You should have seen what people were doing with lowly VIC-20s.

4 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

operagost Term that applies to this article: GIGO (766 comments)

These early personal computers weren't much more than toys. You could play pong or simple shooting games, maybe do some word processing. And these toys were marketed almost entirely to men and boys.

Wow, not only is this wrong, it's stupid. Home computers were aimed at FAMILIES, especially Commodores. Apples were ubiquitous in education, and I don't remember girls being asked to leave the room while the boys hacked on BASIC and LOGO. Were there male-oriented ads? Yes, but I don't remember any unless you count Shatner's-- and that would be only if you were some ironic sexist who thought Star Trek wasn't for girls. The author provides a biased sample by digging up two that happened to feature boys in them-- and they still have girls present. If I felt like slogging on YouTube for an hour, I could probably find ten that had girls and women prominently involved.

4 days ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

operagost Re: Why? (109 comments)

To be fair, that 5.9 number is after millions of people decided to quit working and either 1. Live with a lower single income in the family or 2. Go on the public dole indefinitely, whether through social security or welfare. The federal government permanently removes these people from the rolls, as if people who aren't even looking for work don't drain the rest of the people who are being productive.

4 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

operagost Re:Really? (341 comments)

But the lines are too long. And we should fix that, because we can.

5 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

operagost Re:Click Here (238 comments)

There's no reason HIV/AIDS should be as prevalent in the US as it is.

Isn't that more a result of not using condoms or being selective with their partners than not taking their meds?

5 days ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

operagost Re:outsource your wedding (447 comments)

Quite a few of the 100 didn't show, so I think it was adjusted down a little. Regardless, this was central Pennsylvania, and there I had financial leverage taking my expensive Philadelphia dollars there. No, it was not gourmet food, it was family restaurant food, but from a restaurant I had been to many times since college and I sampled the dishes to make sure their quality was up to par. They charged less per plate due to volume, which doesn't happen with high end restaurants. I'm not afraid to spend $25-35 a plate at a high end restaurant, but I could not afford to and preferred to have more people there.

In related news, my wife reminded me that her sister's 5K actually didn't even cover the photographer (who failed to show and still kept the money), limo, and tux rental. She actually spent near 10K. These are people who have never made more than $20K in a year individually.

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

operagost Re:To their defense (314 comments)

You wouldn't think that, with the people around here acting like Americans are so backward for using checks in such a manner. Many stores don't take them here anymore, either. Supermarkets and some discount stores do, but I rarely see anyone under 60 use checks. If you see that old lady pull out her checkbook, call home to let them know you'll be late.

about two weeks ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

operagost Just one question (150 comments)

Well, how big can a torrent be? Just wondering...

about two weeks ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

operagost Re:To their defense (314 comments)

Since you don't use cheques in most of Europe, how do you manage large transactions for things like vehicles? There are certainly electronic means here, but they are far from ubiquitous and with every other company getting hacked, no one is inspired to shuttle their money through them.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

operagost Re:Why get married? (447 comments)

You just have to follow the Barney Stinson Hot-Crazy scale, and make sure she's above the line.

about two weeks ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

operagost Re:outsource your wedding (447 comments)

My wife and I spent less than $2K on our wedding and reception. Yes, we had an actual reception, with good food, a dance floor, and a DJ for about 100 guests. Ordering the gown over the internet instead of going to a ripoff bridal boutique helps a lot. So does actually comparison shopping, instead of just seeing something and buying it immediately.

Meanwhile, my sister-in-law spent at least 5K-- excuse me, she ran up over 5K on credit cards, which she never paid off-- and has never been financially stable, even when living rent-free with her husband's uncle. I make several times more than she does, yet she simply had to have a (relatively) fancy wedding and, I presume, hope fairies would fly carrying gold coins to pay for it. And trust me, having a wedding she couldn't afford wasn't the begging or the end of her financial troubles.

about two weeks ago

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