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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

rampant mac Who fucking wrote this? (594 comments)

[What] Virgin is doing it is not. When various corporate representatives eulogize those two pilots as pioneers who were helping to cross the Final Frontier, that should make you angry. That pilot died not for space but for a luxury service provider. His death doesn't get us closer to Mars; it just keeps rich people further away from weightlessness and a beautiful view.

"The cost of freedom is always high, but {humanity} have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. - JFK"

Seriously? That's like condemning the Titanic sinking and cancelling all travel plans across the oceans. Is it dangerous? Yep. Are people going to die? Yep.

Keep pushing the envelope.

~ Note, changed Americans to humanity in the JFK quote.

about 3 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

rampant mac Re:I learned a lot from school (281 comments)

"Back then the GI Bill covered $12,500 for college tuition, which in 1997 was around 3 semesters at the school I attended. ...You don't need a degree, you just need to be smart."

You just proved my point. The 1990's HR would hire you if you had anything technical on a resume that was 1 page.

Today there are people with 8 years experience who have been out of work for awhile who are desperate to make $30,000 a year since unemployment is about ready to go away.

In a recession/depression you compete for jobs. In a boom of the 1950's/1990's jobs compete for you! I am sure you have headhunters calling you today and the answer to this is you have many years of experience and solid references.

Also I can't buy a house today and even renting an apartment is hard. Why? I owe $40,000 in student loans. FYI I did 2 years at a community college to save momey. College is much much more expensive in today than in the 1990s. Try a good 400% more.

Back in 2002 - 2006 you could get a home easily. Not true today.

I am not whining or complaining as my wages are gradually increasing. But no I do not have it as good and it is requiring a lot more work today. Without a degree working at a call center or stocking electronics at TigerDirect is your only future as no one will take a chance when there are 3 to 4 people with them for ever job opening.

No retard, no. You stated "Those who argue I DO NOT NEED A DEGREE got in in 1999 when you didn't need one."

I started in civil service in 2001. 2 years after your bold and blanket statement.

I like how you highlighted the fact that I was in college in 1997 though.

about 10 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

rampant mac Re:I learned a lot from school (281 comments)

Those who argue I DO NOT NEED A DEGREE got in in 1999 when you didn't need one. If you are one of these try being born 15 years later and getting a job today? ... no degree? How does $12/hr aka 20,000 a year sound? Great!

It's funny you broke everything down that way, because that's pretty much my life. Except it's not and I don't have a degree.

See, I joined the military in 1992 and quickly learned the technical side of my vocation since it was always mostly OJT in the first place. In between I took a few college courses here and there, and after I got out of the military I went to college full-time. Back then the GI Bill covered $12,500 for college tuition, which in 1997 was around 3 semesters at the school I attended. I never finished and dropped out while I was just starting my junior year.

After a few temp jobs I found myself landing a position as a civilian with the government! It was structured exactly like the military was, with the lower paid employees being the worker bees, and middle management being your average NCO. The "upper" management staff were your E-7's and above, with CO's managing them all.

I'm a product of the system - If you're young like I was when I started and were able to move around, promotions came quickly. I went from 25k a year in 2001 to 45k a year in 2008. 20k in 7 years isn't too bad! I kept my eye open on places to move to that had low cost of living expenses, and now I'm working at a job that pays me 60k a year when the average family takes home 50k. I bought my house here for 97k and with the monthly payment of $460, I'll have it paid off before I turn 50.

I still haven't gotten my degree yet, but I'm working on it.

You don't need a degree, you just need to be smart.

about 10 months ago

FBI Issues Android Virus Warning

rampant mac Re:Wow, dangerous (129 comments)

You underestimate the power of human stupidity.

See: Bonzai Buddy, every IE search toolbar every created, et al.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Reportedly Luring Ex-Google Mappers With Jobs

rampant mac Huh? (334 comments)

"He has not released it yet due to crashing issues but states 'it mostly works.'"

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

more than 2 years ago

SOPA Provisions Being Introduced Piecemeal From Lamar Smith

rampant mac Why? (134 comments)

How could Lamar do this? I strongly suspect this to be a javelin to the heart of internet democracy, thrown by Lamar with his limp-wristed throwing style.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?

rampant mac What To Do With a Math Degree? (416 comments)

"What To Do With a Math Degree?

Would you like your fries Super Sized?

more than 2 years ago

Researchers 'Map' Android Malware Genome

rampant mac Re:Funny how things work out (67 comments)

" help shape a new way of fighting malware, learning from the lessons of the PC generation and its traditional anti-malware products. "

"Remember how Slashdot spent 10+ years mocking Windows for being a malware-laden cesspool of unremovable OEM junkware with an antivirus industry built around it?"

Yep, came here to basically say the same thing. I can't believe my phone would need a virus scanner. What's next? Android Security Essentials 2012?

more than 2 years ago

Is Siri Smarter Than Google?

rampant mac Re:Is she? (366 comments)

"*** News flash, you can enter your query in Google Search with your voice as well. ***

I just tried this, trying louder and louder each time. My neighbors just called the cops. Can someone else PLEASE google "Did Hitler love anal sex" for me??

PS - I don't have a microphone.

more than 2 years ago

New Samsung TV Watches You Watching It

rampant mac Footage (320 comments)

I'll go out on a limb here and say:

This TV is going to end up capturing so much footage of bored men fapping to porn.

more than 2 years ago

Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

rampant mac Re:Bay needs to... (481 comments)

"but now Megan Fox's ass has probably had 15 surgeries and looks like it's made of plastic, much like the rest of her. I'll pass."

She's obviously way below your standards, with her sharp knees and all. We can't all be lucky enough like you to have had Natalie Portman pour hot grits into our underwear.

more than 2 years ago

Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

rampant mac Re:it doesnt matter really (607 comments)

"...detects it as an "entertainment device""

Since when are entertainment devices all toys? I get entertainment from a variety of things, like driving a car really, really fast around a track on the weekends. I play golf with friends where I use an app on my iPhone to judge the distance to the pin. The device I'm staring at right now to type in this message entertains me.

So, cars, golf clubs, mobile computers and desktop computers are toys?

more than 2 years ago

Business Cards the Latest Internet Casualty

rampant mac Every time I get a business card... (243 comments)

Every time I get a business card I start quoting the American Psycho business card scene.

"Wow, nice card buddy, it looks similar to mine. Just without the Cillian Braille font."

I've actually had a few people catch on to it. :)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Give IT Presentations That Aren't Boring?

rampant mac Re:Being entertaining is not a requirement. (291 comments)

"Being entertaining is not a requirement."

What do you remember most about Steve Ballmer's "Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers" speech? What he said, or the fact he was dancing around on stage like a sweaty howler monkey?

more than 2 years ago

After 244 Years, the End For the Dead Tree Encyclopedia Britannica

rampant mac Not going to miss... (373 comments)

Not going to miss the obnoxious 80's commercial though.

more than 2 years ago

When Are You Dead?

rampant mac Re:I have an organ donor card... (516 comments)

"How do you know what treatments will become available tomorrow?"

How do you know the Earth won't be consumed by fire tomorrow?

more than 2 years ago

USS Enterprise Takes Its Final Voyage

rampant mac Re:Gulf to Gulf (455 comments)

"The "bible thumpers" have been serving in the US military since before there was a US. Show them some respect."

How can you be serving in the US military before there was a US?

Also, people that like to fuck have been using boats a lot longer than the bible has been around. Show them some respect.

more than 2 years ago

Meet The Man Who Designed a Tablet Computer 15 Years Before the iPad

rampant mac Re:iPad (374 comments)

"Samsung doesn't have their plugs and button/s in the same place as the iPad, and thus, it's not a copy."

I'm legally fucking BLIND without my glasses and even I can barely tell the difference between this and an Ipod. That's including the BOX AND THE DEVICE.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Unveils New iPad

rampant mac Re:Nice upgrade, but no big surprises in the new i (989 comments)

"Without Steve Jobs doing the dramatics, watching the Live Blog was almost as exciting as Watching Grass Grow."

Tim Cook may be as wooden as a door, but that man knows distribution. Jobs may have had the charisma, but Cook deserves a lot of the credit getting Apple to where it is today.

more than 2 years ago


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