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  • NoMoreNicksLeft

    NoMoreNicksLeft

    March 10, 2015, 5:23 pm

    1. When someone chooses the propaganda term "reform", they almost certainly are not talking about what you or I or any other reasonable person would call reform. It's chock full of graft. Such as forcing people to purchase insurance... wouldn't you love for the federal government to mandate that everyone purchase your product, whatever it was?

    2. Some people don't want to be insured. These people might be rare, but do they not have this right?

    3. No one's bothered to understand what actually causes the problems, and they still attempt to fix this. The democrats are trying to therapeutically bleed the trauma patient to get rid of ill humors, while the republicans are claiming that only leeches and a homeopathy can save them. Both are quacks.

    Do we have the right number of doctors? If so, do we have the right kinds of doctors? How many laws prevent them from *lowering* their fees? Does insurance cause people to waste care, because they don't pay for it directly? Are insurance industry profits so high, that eliminating them will cause prices to be significantly lower? Are doctors salaries so high that limiting them will cause prices to be lower? Is malpractice so high that malpractice reform will cause prices to be lower?

    All these questions need to be asked and answered, but they never are. When they are asked, a lie is given as the answer.

    4. We already owe trillions. Can they honestly claim that it will be revenue neutral?

    5. If private insurance is already providing a hidden subsidy to medicare, what happens when we increase coverage under similar programs, what happens when we reduce the scope of private insurance?

    6. Should people not be responsible for themselves? Are we psychologically damaging hundreds of millions of people by teaching them that whatever it is that they need, they shouldn't be responsible? It's not as if the public option only kicks in for million dollar treatments... even routine care which they should be able to afford is included..

    7. They haven't even passed their "reform", and we're already hearing from the petty tyrants that they want to put sin taxes on fast food and such. What right do they have to fine someone for putting something into their body? Or can you simply dismiss it as a coincidence that we've been hearing about this?

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  • mathewferguson

    mathewferguson

    March 10, 2015, 8:15 pm

    Snake Rattle 'n' Roll on NES.

    My dad said he'd only buy me a new game once I had beaten all my current games. SRR was the last one left. It was way late and me and my friend were playing. I made it to the last stage and said I'd show him the bit I'd never been able to beat ...

    And I beat it!

    Should I wake up my Dad? The end credits are playing and it's only my friend who saw!

    Next day my Dad claims I was making it up and demands proof.

    Bastard.

    I'll add Secret of Mana in there too. I put in so many hours and I think that was a first long RPG that I ever finished.

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  • RedMarble

    RedMarble

    March 11, 2015, 3:31 am

    *By that reasoning you should be calling for the abolishion of all govenment entities that spend wastefully (not just a very small minor portion of the budget).*

    I do think all government entities that are wasteful (in the sense of net return vs. investment) should be cut, but this is a discussion ABOUT NASA.

    *Futhermore being less wastfull is actually an argument in its favour, since being less wastefull = more efficient. *

    No, being *more efficient* than something that *is horribly inefficient* isn't an argument in your favor. If neither is worth the investment, neither should be funded!

    *It astounds me that people would argue against funding NASA. It seems to me that they are much like Australias CSIRO. They invent amazing things that we take for grated everyday but nobody ever knows about them, and we wind up underfunding them.*

    Oh? Explain what we've gotten from e.g. the Apollo program that is worth $145bn in 2008 dollars.

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  • neocontrash

    neocontrash

    March 10, 2015, 10:42 pm

    There should be a non-violent solution that can be offered, but elections in the US are not the solution - they're the problem.

    Try getting a message across to the voters when roughly 6 corporations control the media, the two parties (the leadership, not the people) control the debates, the two parties control who can get on the ballot and how much it costs (in hours and dollars), the votes are counted by electronic systems and in many states there is little or no hope of verifying the votes.. etc.. etc... get involved with the elections in 2010 if you doubt that the elections are a lost cause. You'll see.

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  • amdela

    amdela

    March 10, 2015, 6:20 am

    Hey, thanks for the interesting question, feralmonkey (and kickass name, might I add).

    I did answer Marx the second time around. Basically, it came down to "why not, right?", and curiosity. I wanted to know what China really looked like, and what it really felt like. The only authoritarianism I've come against is having to register with the local police bureau - they say, so if anything happens to me, they can immediately track down my employer. I wanted the chance to meet the people, to learn about the history, and to see if it was as vastly different from Canada as I thought it would be (short answer, no, long answer, yes).

    Also, salaries aren't as low as job posting boards lead you to believe. That's just the negotiating point, and to see how cheap they can get someone. I negotiated for, and successfully got, a much higher salary than 600.

    I can't say if China is a better spot, I think it probably has the same pitfalls as other countries (inability to stick to contract terms being the biggest one), but I can say the people are very, very nice, and much warmer than I expected. The students are really keen to learn from you, not just English, but about your culture. And I think the Chinese spirit is just incredible - they have a real sense of familial and societal duty we really lack in the west.

    Hope this answered your question, and if not, ask again :)

    edit: my pleasure, feralmonkey. Anything else, send it my way.

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  • masta

    masta

    March 10, 2015, 8:46 pm

    The same thing happened to me once, but on Slashdot. Back when a friend of mine there, krow, had implemented the blogging feature, I used to write shit on slashdot about my co-workers. Somehow the boss found out, and I suspect it was some revenge thing by a then co-worker. I was terminated for BS reasons after they forced me to admit to the negative comments I made with my online alias. I experienced the same depression.

    My advice is to drink more, get it out of your system. Hit bottom, and bounce back. See, the problem is if you don't reach your low, you will sorta take longer to recover. You need to get filthy for a bit, then crest up. It will give you perspective and maturity you never realized, and make you hard wise from experience. If you don't, you will linger in the filth longer.

    Once you're done having your pity party, you can get confidence back and then you become attractive to girls or potential employers. Thing is it has to be for real, cuz chicks can smell loser a mile away. I'd say start with eating healthy food first, or at least limit the dollar menu items as much as possible, seeing that is all you can now afford on unemployment insurance. Oh yea, that reminds me, get the unemployment insurance if your state offered it. Your firing sounds to be due to lack of cause, reasonable cause, so you may be entitled. That is a minor boost to get the back sorta passive aggressively. You have to take what you can get both financial and revenge wise. Speaking of revenge, get some; make that old boss pay for this, or that co-worker. Just remember revenge is a dish best served cold.

    So anyhow, to distract yourself while having the pity party, I'd suggest you take up a code project for some open source project you might have been thinking about, but never had the time before.

    In regards to hunting for a job, you need to post the resume to monster once every day to ensure it rises to the top of the queue. Looking for a job is your new job. Nothing will restore confidence faster (artificially) than quickly replacing that crappy job with one that pays more.

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  • dantek1

    dantek1

    March 11, 2015, 12:48 am

    For server tuba-man is right, definately go with SBS 2008 standard (or sbs 2003).

    For clients, you should go with Vista Business which should get you a free upgrade to Windows 7 Business. XP Pro will also do. Don't use xp home or vista basic or vista home premium.

    For hardware,

    - quad core is a good choice (nothing less then dual core)

    - 4 gigs of ram will do (anything more, SBS needs to be 64bit, even with 4gig you should get 64bit for future upgrades)

    - hard drive is usually the biggest bottle neck and a common failure so the fastest one is not fast enough, especially if you use Exchange server. This is where I find most people making a bad choice. I strongly suggest you go with a Serial Attach SCSI 15000 RPM on RAID 1 (2 hard drives). You may find it too expensive, but I would cut corners on CPU & RAM before cutting on hard disk speed & reliability.

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  • NoMoreNicksLeft

    NoMoreNicksLeft

    March 10, 2015, 11:25 pm

    Evolution vs. creationism is a debate over what is fact.

    Health care reform vs. everything else is a debate about how people want to live. If your opinion is one that forces other people to do things they do not want to do... you've already lost the argument as far as I'm concerned.

    I do not want health insurance. I have that right. By forcing me to pay for it, or fining me if I don't, you remove from me the very money I need to pay my own way. Of course you think this is absurd. Those who infringe on other people's rights never think those rights are important. Fuck you.

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  • joshcandoit4

    joshcandoit4

    March 10, 2015, 7:00 am

    I have to admit, when I first arrived I was a little... put off. As it turned out, I met a lot of interesting characters and good people. Plus, I'm from LA, so I'm kind of used to (seemingly) shady characters and such.

    It was actually really funny. One of the first nights I was there my friends and I wandered into a "punk" club right next to the Cambie (I forgot the name of it, though). All of the people looked the same as what I am used to punks looking like, but the attitude was waayyyyy different. They were dancing to Oasis, The Killers, and other pop bands, and the way they were dancing was so... un-invasive haha. Just kind of jumping up and down without touching anyone. Someone actually apologized to my friend for barley brushing against him. In LA, you'd be lucky to walk out of a punk club without a broken wrist. Plus the music is, well, completely different.

    I'm not trying to hate or anything, it was just really funny to see how different people are in different countries.

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  • bbibber

    bbibber

    March 10, 2015, 2:50 pm

    Dude, it seems people have talked a bunch of crazyness in your head :

    > I left computer science behind as a major after 1 year at university because I lacked the discipline and patience required to be an effective programmer.

    Actually, programming is on of the jobs where lazyness is a key driving factor in being effective. Really, why do you think so many programmers (me included) waste time on slashdot, reddit and what have you not? Because they want to 'learn'? No, because they are procrastinating. That's like half the job description of a good programmer!

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  • Faithcharity

    Faithcharity

    March 11, 2015, 3:20 am

    Most people I teach happiness to confuse pleasure and happiness. Pleasures are short term activities that have to be repeated in order to keep the good feelings going. Pleasures are good BUT they won't make us happy. Happiness is a state of mind. A foundation on which the rest of our lives are built. Everyone can change their level of happiness. That is what I am hoping to see. Imagine a world where there are only happy people. Happy leaders don't invade other countries. Happy parents bring up happy loving children.

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  • vikingv

    vikingv

    March 10, 2015, 5:34 pm

    After WWII, our debt was way bigger than during the depression or now for that matter. The author conveniently and selectively belittles what does not support his case.

    The author also bastardized Keynes. The fact is, during good times, the government was supposed to balance the books and save. Only during dire economic contractions is a large government expenditure recommended to break the downward cycle of deflationary pressures that eventually stop only at extreme recessionary levels.

    The author also fails to mention that taxes can be raised to extremely high levels for the rich without side effects. This is what can and will pay down the debt. After WWII, the USA had the highest tax rates it had ever experienced without killing the capitalistic nature of the rich. In fact, we had the greatest period of growth our nation had ever experienced during the highest taxed rate we have ever experience (for the rich that is).

    This kind of flies in the face of accepted economic theory, but it is true. The 1950's and 1960's produced the middle class as we know it today. Too bad the Republican's have now destroyed the middle class starting with Ronald Reagan and his one-sided supply-side economics for the rich..

    It was Republicans who blew the balanced budget too, cutting taxes and expanding spending during the good times when there was no good reason to incur debt.

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  • notParanoid

    notParanoid

    March 11, 2015, 1:37 am

    Well, I still disagree with tithing out of principle. I also don't *care* whether someone has the integrity to donate to a cause if it's a cause that is indefensible to me. I am willing to admit that there is nothing anyone could ever do to convince me that gay people should not be afforded the same marital rights as heterosexuals (though I'd be willing and enthusiastic to make marriage itself a purely religious institution). If that makes me stubborn, I don't care. It's one of very few issues on which I think certain positions just aren't valid, and if I know someone is against gay marriage for whatever reason, I respect them at least somewhat less regardless of their other conduct.

    I'm all for discourse, but I'm not about to pretend it's for any other reason than to hopefully convince some people that they should revise their views, when it comes to this sort of thing. I honestly don't think people who are against gay marriage, or are intolerant for similarly unfounded or illogical ways, bring much to the table, and all I can ever hope to gain from talking to them is a better understanding of how to better convince them how deluded they are.

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  • Mshell

    Mshell

    March 11, 2015, 12:12 am

    I would suggest setting up your camera and posting a pic from it to reddit asking for some of us to determine what we can from it. that way you will know exactly what we will see. Do not use a gmail account for this as they have links to other emails or to your mobile which may be discovered. I would suggest hotmail and yahoo but any anonymous email account will do. Also do not put in another email address. already if someone really wanted to track you down they would have enough data about you from this post so it is all about degrees from here

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  • mikaelhg

    mikaelhg

    March 11, 2015, 5:34 am

    The lean principles have been tested in manufacturing. The prescriptive methodologies such as Scrum which their salesmen claim to have been developed to adhere to those principles, less well.

    I'm not saying that Scrum is bad, it's great in a situation in which an organization wants to move away from a culture or methodology that is clearly very bad, sub-par, or nonexistent, and faces the choice of developing their own, or adopting something that's on the market.

    The hardest and most expensive part of this process is getting developers to buy into the way of thinking about the problem the methodology requires. Since Scrum is so popular among the part of the developer population that can apply a methodology but doesn't understand why it works or doesn't work (the most expensive part of your development team: the junior and mediocre senior developers,) it might be significantly more economical to adopt than any of the popular alternatives, if it's at all useful, or even just not actively harmful to the business.

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  • Odysseus

    Odysseus

    March 10, 2015, 1:44 pm

    That's a fair interpretation of what I said, but I don't equate force or violence with the state; that's a very modern equation, and it's as dangerous as anything.

    If you want my goods, walk onto my property against my complaints, and won't return them to me when I challenge you -- if I run you through with a sword, did you instigate that violence or did I? If you're willing to put aside our own culture's notion of these things, it's clear that I did. I don't call this a bad thing. I think it's right for us to enumerate our rights -- to list those things that if someone does to us, we will initiate violence, if we must.

    I've read the socialist argument that all markets originate with potentates, and I don't buy it, but I think it's largely irrelevant -- princes of the past cannot be equated to states of today, and their use of force (or financial conniving, as some just-so-stories have it) cannot be differentiated from anyone else's, the way that states claim the right to do.

    Free markets arise on cultural conventions that are largely invisible to us. And I don't say that to invoke cultural relativism; I think that most of the applicable cultural conventions are good. But I think that they are also subject to reason. The idea of property is not, contrary to expectations, a human universal. It does happen to do an awful lot of good where people have it.

    Markets are a natural outgrowth of these rights and conventions.

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  • hukedonfonix

    hukedonfonix

    March 10, 2015, 11:48 pm

    Could it be that it's the lack of depth perception that would cause someone to drive like this? I mean even after she drove away she just putted along straight on the dividing line, but then again depth perception has nothing to do with following a straight line... Imo this has nothing to do with being a woman, but just a plain old disability thing, one way or the other though she really shouldn't be driving, I can't even image what she's like on the highway, nothing but a hazard to everyone around her.

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  • PunkRockMakesMeSmile

    PunkRockMakesMeSmile

    March 11, 2015, 7:36 am

    I really appreciate the even-headed response even though we diverge in opinion, so i hope I'm not coming off as contentious, but does it seem correct to you to be so dismissive of your own opinion? the elvis comment caught me really off-guard, you don't like his music but he's the greatest rock and roller that ever lived? It seems like you've gone to some lengths to refine your pallette, so why don't you feel entitled to say "this shit sucks" if its what you think? Is it really impossible that without elvis, no one would have ever figured out to make faster, catchier music with their guitars? As far as Dylan's concerned, music's pretty old. I'm sure he wasn't the first person to write a song about political and social issues. And even if he was, wouldn't thanking bob dylan for crass make about as much sense as thanking some butterfly flapping his wings halfway around the world for a nice day? It just bothers me because it feels like a sort of groupthink insinuating that we're just not entitled to dislike these musicians. It conjures memories of discussing hiroshima with my dad- "if that bomb hadn't been dropped, you wouldn't be here, so shut your mouth" (I know how this is starting to sound, I'm sorry, I swear I'm not trying to talk shit). Anyways, its good that someone still loves something at least, so don't let me piss in your cereal. stay cool

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  • InspectorJavert

    InspectorJavert

    March 11, 2015, 12:03 am

    I think the thing is that they roam in a sort of random but interconnected network, where, if one detects you, it will moan, and any zombies within earshot will head towards you, also moaning, and attracting all zombies within earshot of them. This is how invariably in any zombie movie, the holdout gets surrounded.

    The risk of that is small at first, but the longer you wait the more zombies will wander nearby. The first few might not alert any, or only attract small groups, but as uninfected humans in the cities gradually dwindle, the cities will empty out and your risk factor goes way up.

    Sure you might be safer at the start of the outbreak, but then you constantly bear the risk of attracting a hoard to a harder to defend farmhouse.

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  • Marxshmarx

    Marxshmarx

    March 10, 2015, 8:07 pm

    If stating facts as an argument makes me a pompous asshole then I'm a pompous asshole and you're an idiot. No, internet speed isn't the only thing that matters, but I'd put potable water, uncensored internet, and a well educated, free society on the top of my list along with a well developed infrastructure and basic labor laws. Yes every language has their idiosyncrasies and pretty expressions that make learning them enjoyable, but Chinese or Mandarin seems to me (my humble opinion) to be a silly way of communicating. Using tonalities to denote meaning is incredibly inefficient as is a character driven alphabet. Just my opinion. Technically, South Korea is still at war with the North. No, you're not in danger here. The North Korea situation doesn't frighten anyone here and shouldn't be the basis for a decision, it's barely an issue. Yes the cost of living is cheaper in China, but it's cheaper than the Western world in Korea. And it's not two thirds cheaper in China than Korea. So I can save more in current purchasing power, and that money continues to be worth alot in dollars. So, when you don't know anything about what other people are talking about and haven't done a spot of research, maybe you shouldn't comment. Just my opinion.

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  • mathewferguson

    mathewferguson

    March 11, 2015, 4:23 am

    I've never really seen internal people hired for new positions in companies. Main reason is that it doesn't solve the problem which is *we need to hire someone*. If they put you in the job then they need to replace you in your old role.

    But if they put in an outside person then they solve the problem and end the task.

    This is why people who do amazing work in their current positions can find it hard to be promoted or get better jobs -- they're too valuable and hard to replace.

    I'd think about moving on -- they've shown you that you won't ever be leaving your current position. Years ago I worked for a place like that. No promotions so whatever you started as, you finished as. Junior designers couldn't even move up to Senior designers after three years of work. Crazy. And they had an internal advertising policy but it wasn't real.

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