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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

sideslash Are they real jobs? (134 comments)

Keep in mind that many app developers put a huge amount of time and effort into developing their apps and publishing them, and then only see a small trickle of income. They just hover at the edges of the app economy desperately trying to catch their big break, while watching the big stars like Rovio rake in huge paychecks every day. Often they have to work side jobs like waiting tables to pay the bills while they dream of becoming stars in their own right. And sadly, the statistics suggest that most of them won't ever make it big.

Contrast that to Hollywood, where... uhh, nevermind. Carry on.

yesterday
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

sideslash Re:Can we send his whole administration... (200 comments)

you've obviously never taken any time to research and come up with an original thought, let alone research anything to substantiate the trash you repeat from far right-wing nutbags

It's OK honey. Calm down or you'll blow a gasket. Let's pick one claim and substantiate it, shall we? In my post (on which you heaped such opprobrium), I claimed that Obama previously said he would lack legal authority to change immigration law on his own as president. Here's a source that doesn't fit the category of "right-wing nutbags" that claims the same, with quotes and links:

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2014/dec/05/michael-mccaul/michael-mccaul-says-obama-said-over-20-times-he-la/

Note that this fact checker is disagreeing with a conservative count that Obama said this 20 times, and points out that only about 15 of them are solid examples. At any rate, it's not a one-off misunderstanding or misstatement, it's a solidly documented example of the president's lack of integrity. Wouldn't you agree, O Coward Without Cognomen?

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

sideslash Re:Can we send his whole administration... (200 comments)

I think you somehow mistyped "I disagree with XYZ, can you provide examples to substantiate it?" It's completely understandable, keyboards can be so tricky sometimes.

about a week ago
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Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

sideslash Re:Cool (224 comments)

<grammar nazi>You mean "fewer people", not "less people".</grammar nazi>

So how about when a bunch of religious people flag a story on evolution as false? Sounds like this semi-curating of stories will turn more on Facebook demographics than on objective facts.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

sideslash Re:Can we send his whole administration... (200 comments)

infowars

Let's see... space ships... [illegal] aliens... complaining against the government... OK, I see what you did there.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

sideslash Re:Is nursing high-paying? (200 comments)

You do have to be reasonably smart, though. Healthcare is not Walmart.

about a week ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

sideslash Can we send his whole administration... (200 comments)

...out into the Solar System, not just to visit, but to stay? President Obama's arrogance and lawlessness is unprecedented in that office. He feels that the normal rules don't apply to him. The only way he can keep positive rapport with people is through these cynical and largely meaningless stunts like the "hour of code". His actual major accomplishments have been, and continue to be a disaster for the country.

I personally was in favor of Congress refusing him the "bully pulpit" of their hall for his SOTU address, and instead playing video recordings on a big screen of Senator Obama repeatedly saying that he would lack legal authority to change immigration law on his own as president. You know, since they lack the cohones to impeach him.

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

sideslash Most vocal Win8 haters aren't Windows users (489 comments)

Most of the complaining about Windows 8 that I hear seems to be from people who don't use Windows (much) anyway, and instead use OS X or Linux.

Speaking as a software engineer who has always used Windows primarily, I think Windows 8 is a fantastic upgrade over Windows 7. I say that while acknowledging that the WinRT stuff is klunky on a non-touchscreen device, and admitting that most Windows 8 computers seem to be in that category.

However, Windows 8 still rules if for no other reason than the easy OS reset/reinstall/wipeout feature. I can now tell my friends and relatives who infect themselves with malware to just back up their files, reset with strong prejudice, and off they go again to download more viruses. It's a profound advancement that directly benefits the unwashed masses.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

sideslash Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

No, not really. Software does that kind of thing a lot.

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

sideslash Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (84 comments)

In english "or" does have the connotation you describe.

I would say it "does sometimes" have that connotation. Addressing an invalid in bed: "Can you sit or stand?" Obviously in order to stand they will first sit up, but we don't know whether they can do both. I'm sticking with my theory that while writing the summary and tags, an editor accidentally executed it, as usual. :)

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

sideslash Re:Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (84 comments)

I think what happened is that while somebody was writing the summary and tags, they accidentally executed it. Happens often around here. ;)

about two weeks ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

sideslash Very disturbed by tag "writeorexecute" (84 comments)

C'mon, people, it's writexorexecute, as in "xor" as in "exclusive or". Write or execute is exactly what they're trying to avoid.

Never bothered learning how to tag stuff or contribute to tags on Slashdot, so just ranting here. Thank you, that is all.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

sideslash Re: YES. (703 comments)

"I've made a lot of money on the free market," said the capitalist. "I have decided to donate funds for a local library."

"Sorry," said the socialist. "I need to confiscate all that money to redistribute to others. This redistribution will have the effect of subsidizing and promoting single parenthood and general sitting-on-behinds by non-productive members of society. But they will vote for me, so it's all cool."

The communist, meanwhile, shrieked, "When the revolution comes, you'll both be the first against the wall!"

As it turned out, the communist was close to correct. The communist revolution came, but in fact he was first against the wall, as that's how it often turns out. The capitalist and socialist were merely second and third against the wall, respectively.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

sideslash Re: YES. (703 comments)

Another funny joke: The three are talking again. The capitalist says "I love capitalism." The socialist wants to comment, but isn't allowed to. The communist doesn't say anything because he was taken away and shot last year.

I'll be here all week, try the veal!

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

sideslash Re:YES. (703 comments)

You know, let's extend this to all of society. We need to eliminate the middleman "money" as a barrier to entry for all kinds of success. It's not fair that some people live in nicer houses than others. The government should decide who gets what house. And so on.

Hey, funny joke: A communist, a socialist, and a capitalist were standing around and chatting, and the socialist complained: "The other day, I had to stand in a queue to buy some meat." The capitalist asked: "What is a queue?" and the communist asked: "What is meat?"

about three weeks ago
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Lawmaker's Facebook Rant Threatens Media For "Unauthorized" Use of His Name

sideslash Re:Republican (for the record) (136 comments)

Alright, noted. *grumble, grumble* With the country largely split down the middle into a two party system, you will find plenty of loons in both parties. There are other conservative-leaning individuals who know that the solution to undesirable speech is not censorship, but rather more speech. Read Mark Steyn on this any day of the week, or as quoted in the newspaper article, Eugene Volokh.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

sideslash Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (276 comments)

Will the owner of that private property try you in a private courtroom and sentence you to a privately owned prison for attempting to bring a gun onto the plane?

about a month ago
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TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

sideslash And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (276 comments)

These were items confiscated, i.e. stolen from citizens. Heaven forbid that American citizens think they have a right to keep and bear arms. Bearing arms is the mark of a terrorist. Not the kind of terrorist who actually blows up buildings or shoots people, mind you, rather just one who plays the part of "Terrorist" in the Security Theater.

about a month ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

sideslash Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

Only to neo-Nazi mass murderers, huh? Thank you for sharing your fair, balanced, and nuanced opinion today.

about a month and a half ago

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