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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

Aboroth Re:did you find this much romance in grad school? (226 comments)

They aren't in grad school, they are researchers at a university. 3 of them have PhDs, the other has a Masters, and he's made fun of constantly for it.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

Aboroth Re:Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

Erm, that is, the 4G cap is too low for too much money. That's what I get for not adjusting my sleep schedule properly.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

Aboroth Re:Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

No kidding, data plans in Germany are atrocious. I only get 100MB/month. There's more expensive plans but in my opinion the data cap for 4G is always too low for too little money. I expected a lot less retardery after hearing for so long about how much better Europe is for cell phones.

about three weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Aboroth It's amazing (199 comments)

Our entire government seems to think the constitution can be superseded by any other law whatsoever, as if the constitution being the highest law of the land doesn't actually overrule anything that contradicts it. It's as if the constitution is completely meaningless.

Sigh.

about three weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Aboroth Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

I'm really sick of reading that excuse. Whenever somebody doesn't like something new on computers, the people who do like the new thing immediately jump to "well it's just because you don't like changing."

This was easily the loudest, most repeated response to somebody hating the Metro interface on their desktop, and it should be clear by now that sometimes, avoiding change isn't the primary reason why craploads of people hate something new. Sometimes the new thing just... sucks.

about three weeks ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Aboroth Re:Or... (276 comments)

You sound like you care more about it than I do, and are channeling your hatred of others onto me. I think if you had better reading comprehension you'd have a better understanding for what I was saying, since you completely missed my point.

about a month ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Aboroth Or... (276 comments)

Mental hurdle aside, the reality is that anyone who plays games, regardless of the platform, is a gamer.

Or, people who play video games are called "video game players", and the subgroup of people who make it a huge part of their lives are "gamers". Or some other definition. I don't know, I don't really care. If you want to generate page hits by making boys feel uncomfortable by playing mind games with a definition of an adjective they use to describe themselves, whatever. If "gamer" is going to be hijacked to mean something else now, then the community will use a different word.

about a month ago
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Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It

Aboroth Re:Scotland (208 comments)

Huh? Oh you mean that song where everyone sings "An old man's eye, my dear, an old man's eye."

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Aboroth Well-deserved shame (841 comments)

You know what this sounds like? "Aw shucks, people don't like me because they caught me peeping in their windows and jerking off. Don't they know I'm helping to keep them safe? What's wrong with them?"
It sounds like a lot of them are sad people don't like them, not that they were unwittingly helping to ruin America. They need a big ol' whack across the head with a cluebat.

However maybe some of them actually have souls. I'd feel like crap too if I was a party to trampling all over the constitution and promoting a police state. Maybe we'll see another one with a brain and a conscience grow a pair and do something about it. It's hard to do when you have people you love who depend on you but that's life. Life isn't fair. Shit needs to get better and it requires sacrifice. If you can't handle that then you're a crappy patriot.

about 9 months ago
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Questions Raised By Education Dept's Road Show On College Value

Aboroth Re:Hell I'd love it if they had something so (95 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if "politics and PR" are higher than you think on their list, and "finding the next generation of researchers" was much lower.

about 10 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

Aboroth Re:God is great? (143 comments)

I don't see how it matters one way or another.

about 10 months ago
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25,000-Drive Study Gives Insight On How Long Hard Drives Actually Last

Aboroth Re: Am I the only one (277 comments)

Cars? I thought they were talking about sex.

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

Aboroth Re:Bookstores need to shape up (176 comments)

I see what you're getting at. We should all write our congressmen to force Amazon to build parking lots.

about 10 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Aboroth Re: Related question re: Women's Chess (284 comments)

My idea is, that one of the qualifications required to be a UN delegate, is to have a demonstrated ability at logic, proven by a demonstratable chess ability, maybe an ELO of above 1600.

It isn't often that I physically roll my eyes when reading, but you managed to get me to do it.

Clearly a better metric is who can win at "Guess Who?" without asking if they're wearing glasses.

about 10 months ago
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TxK, Tempest 2000 Remake for PS Vita Demoed

Aboroth Re:Laugh all you want about the Jaguar (41 comments)

Cybermorph

Where did YOU learn to fly?
Where did YOU learn to fly?
Where did YOU learn to fly?
Where did YOU learn to fly?
Where did YOU learn to fly?

about a year ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

Aboroth Re:I love to read (264 comments)

Every library I've ever known is a member of an inter-library loan program, giving you access to the collections of many other libraries. All you need to do is ask for it. This has been very widespread and common for a few decades now. Even if they didn't have that, you can always ask them to purchase the book for their collection, so you can read it. They have a portion of their yearly budget dedicated to buying new books, and librarians are happy to help you get what you want if you ask. It even makes part of their job a little easier since they have to figure out new books to buy anyway. You could see a good book in a bookstore, then ask your library to get it for their collection.

about a year ago
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Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

Aboroth Re: What is really going on? (247 comments)

The secrets revealed this far are already incredibly damning and terrible. They show out own government has contempt for our ideals and laws and treats it's own citizens as enemies. Let's assume those secrets were allowed to be released as a smokescreen for other, more damning secrets. I shudder to think of what they might be, as they would have to be truly nightmarish indeed. In that case, we need to stop our own government with greater urgency than otherwise. If the untold secrets aren't as bad, who cares? We still need to solve the problem of our government treating everybody as enemies.

about a year ago
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Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

Aboroth Re: What is really going on? (247 comments)

Sure, because instead of just quietly going to Russia and getting the big payday by handing over all of the secrets, he instead decides to make all of the information much less valuable to his "employer" by telling everyone at once, and at the same time letting everyone in the US government know what he took and how he did it, making further infiltration more difficult in the future. Sounds like the most idiotic spy plan ever, and since you say he did this with Russian backing, that must mean the Russians are idiots. What is more likely is that you are having problems accepting that one man can so deeply affect an all-powerful entity such as the U.S. government, so you invent crazy theories that involve another powerful entity since that is comforting to you.

about a year ago

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