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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

q-the-impaler Re:First and third (290 comments)

Today's liberties could be tomorrow's crimes, and law enforcement has a database of future offenders.

1 year,27 days
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Don't Want a Phonebook? Give Up Your Privacy

q-the-impaler Purgamentum init, exit purgamentum (357 comments)

Go to the website and fill out and fill out as much garbage info as you can, aside from your address. Just a thought.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

q-the-impaler Re:You don't (683 comments)

I can tell you are humble just by reading your Nick.

about a year and a half ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

q-the-impaler Re:Good question (2416 comments)

It will also make your premium go up. Probably higher than the federal plan. So you will drop your insurance and go with the cheaper one. All the while, private practices and private emergency care facilities will slowly crumble under the price negotiations of the government plan and hospitals will be bombarded with extra patients.

Health care might be more affordable, but quality and timely health care will be more scarce.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Suspended For Reading Ender's Game To Students

q-the-impaler Re:Back to the Future (1054 comments)

conservative != social conservative

more than 2 years ago
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What percentage of your tax money should go to a government space agency?

q-the-impaler Re:What do you mean by 'tax' (432 comments)

Any military is in place to do one thing: kill the enemy until it surrenders. People on slashdot talk like the military runs like an automaton. Don't they realize that the President is the Commander in Chief of the military? Something that is long forgotten is that Congress is supposed to declare war before the POTUS can deploy troops. When was the last time Congress actually had to do that? June 5, 1942. Why do we allow Congress to authorize war without declaring it? And why do we allow the POTUS to deploy troops in a war zone without acting on a declaration of war? That includes Obama.

more than 2 years ago
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Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+

q-the-impaler Re:No reason to use it? (310 comments)

So true. I gave up on Facebook because of them, and now I can easily find people who are interesting. Maybe Google+ isn't a Facebook killer, but I find lots of good content on Google+. I deactivated my FB account months ago and will never look back. The cool thing about Google+ IMO is I have more people in my circles I do not know than people I do. These people are way more interesting than the people I knew in high school 15 years ago. The straw that broke the Facebook camel's back was when I ran into someone from high school who said, "${casual_acquaintance_classmate} thinks you are mad because you didn't friend them on Facebook."

If Google+ ever becomes Facebook, I'm done with social networking.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

q-the-impaler Re:New Sign in the Doctors Office... (1271 comments)

You got some links to support this assertion?

http://investment-fiduciary.com/2009/04/17/why-doctors-dont-get-rich/

In an anecdotal vein, my next door neighboor and his wife are both doctors. He is a pediatrician and she works in ER. He's been working at a private practice for 4 years and I'm not sure about her, but she's about the same age. They drive modest cars and have 2 children. The house is probably 2000 sq ft which is big but is not a McMansion. They each pay a 'mortgage' for their school loans and still have that to look forward to for another 10-15 years. So, sure they make good money, but there is a big cost to making that kind of money and it takes quite a while to net any kind of wealth. They also keep really long hours and question their career decisions from a family point-of-view. I, as a software developer, am much farther ahead than they are because I did not have 8 years of school to pay off and was able to start making money while they were still in school racking up debt.

So they made an investment in their education, expecting it would pay off in the long run. And this is not uncommon to doctors. So put your anonymous mask down and stop spewing half truths to make yourself feel victimized.

And besides, comparing a doctor to a community college adjunct professor is just ignorant.

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

q-the-impaler Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

IT unemployment is much lower than the national numbers. It's around 4% versus 9%. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2011/06/09/tech-sector-unemployment-half-the-u-s-national-average/

Most IT workers already have a job when they are negotiating a new position. Corporations are usually scrambling to find a technically qualified person who is presentable and shows up on time. In IT, there is much more leverage in negotiations, and that only increases as skill and experience increases.

I don't see a whole lot of .NET, Java, or Oracle developers unemployed for more than a few weeks, and even then they are waiting to apply for positions just so they can have a little time off. PHP and ColdFusion developers are a different story.

more than 2 years ago
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US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

q-the-impaler Re:I am planning to move to NC (1167 comments)

Scott Brown of Taxachusetts is definitely no conservative republican. Have no idea about the other two.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

q-the-impaler Re:Should X be mandatory? (861 comments)

Don't like it? Run for office and get it changed. Got a gripe with the social contract that we are all in this society together? Move to another country.

This is a republic. You don't need to move to another country when another state, or possibly another county may suit you better. I don't want the federal government overseeing trash pickup.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Composting Be Mandatory In US Cities?

q-the-impaler Re:Should X be mandatory? (861 comments)

The county where my parents live uses prisoners to sort trash into recyclables and non-recyclables. Don't assume that just because there is no bin that there is not recycling.

more than 2 years ago
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Apache Flaw Allows Internal Network Access

q-the-impaler Misread Headline (99 comments)

Did Apache Flaw finally get promoted out of incubation?

more than 2 years ago
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WRT to the next major election where I live:

q-the-impaler Re:If you don't vote... (390 comments)

The President should not matter as much as your representatives. And furthermore, the federal gubment should not assume powers that should be relagated to the states. We were intended to be a republic, where the governor of a state was more impactful to day-to-day life than the President of the United States. We are currently off track from the intended path. I have no idea how to get back on track. Perhaps insolvency will fix that for us?

more than 2 years ago
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LHC, CERN Has Found the Hugs Boson

q-the-impaler RSS feed (86 comments)

These summaries are much more informative when read via RSS

An anonymous reader writes "In a ground-breaking announcement issued today, CERN NASA PETA NAMBLA , the European Organization of Nuclear Research (which hosts the enormous and magnificent glorious orgasmic catastrophic Large Hadron Collider) has announced the discovery of the hugs boson, an unexpected gauge boson which was not predicted prognosticated invented baked by the Standard Model. Unexpectedly, the discovery was made by a high-school mascot student teacher gymnasium during his scholarship. Due to his Tourette's age face breath , it is not clear whether he can be awarded the Nobel Prize. However, his teacher has generously agreed to be awarded in his name, in case of any problems reprisals assassins aliens ."

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

q-the-impaler Re:Free software (778 comments)

"Free" is very difficult to retain because it is so easily corruptible. It requires strict adherence to principle. America is no longer free because the government has become the monopoly. If the federal government were to relinquish its policy power back to the states, then it would be arguable that "America is free." But that's enough libertarian mumbo jumbo from me.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

q-the-impaler Re:What's going on? (778 comments)

/. != journalism
Journalism is dead. Most submissions have an agenda.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Admits OpenOffice.org Is a Contender

q-the-impaler Re:I predict more are going to jump ship from Micr (480 comments)

Depends on the extent to which you use the office suite. Our business is not built on the documents we provide; they are merely a tool in which we communicate data and ideas. In this case the OO.org people tend to be the kind of people who figure it out for themselves, while the MS Office people just want to get the work done. So support still goes to MS Office. Until there is an absolute reason to support both products, there is no need to consider diverging on a particular office suite.

I think the parent's comparison to browsers is a perfect example for our case. But it might not be for yours.

more than 3 years ago

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