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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Chas He can kiss my ass. (1082 comments)

Sorry, but people aren't going to stand for this sort of revisionism.

2 hours ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

Chas Re:So while all of this was happening (670 comments)

4. Figure out why you're a target and change it.

I know why for me. Because I didn't want to get in trouble for beating the crap out of someone.
Because I didn't want to fight.
Because it was never a one-to-one fight.
Because whenever I fought back, I was immediately outnumbered and had the shit kicked out of me. Sorry, but IRL, martial arts training does NOT prepare you for fighting 15 people.
Because every time I complained, the stupid, piece of shit principal would reprimand ME.
Because every time I fought back, the stupid, piece of shit principal would reprimand ME.
Because the one time I fought back against someone who was attacking me IN A CLASSROOM WITH A TEACHER PRESENT, I had the teacher try to jump on ME and restrain ME.

Fuck that noise.

By the time I hit High School, the only thing that kept me from going Columbine was lack of access to a gun, and the fact that other large weapon would have been caught by my parents when they drove me to school.

People like this are the reason I DON'T allow myself to own a gun. The urge to shoot people like this is just overwhelming.
All school REALLY taught me was that you can't trust people in authority. Ever. And, as much as your parents want to help you, they can't do anything for you. Not that my parents didn't bust their humps trying. My grade school principal HATED my family, because my parents gave him and his lazy ass, do-nothing self absolute hell. But I still got the crap kicked out of me on a weekly basis from Grade 3-4 to Grade 8 and still had to deal with assholes throughout high school.

2 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Chas What this basically means... (638 comments)

Is that it's time to start killing our way through politicians until we find some who are properly terrified of the general populace enough to actually simulate honesty and do their job with minimal graft and corruption.

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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Chas Re:huh? (317 comments)

I can handle a static or rotating banner (which is what the suggestions thing always has been).

As long as they're not stopping content in the middle to hawk crap at me.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Chas Re:huh? (317 comments)

The thing is, I don't give a crap how much it costs to support streaming.
If you want to give it away, ad-supported, for "free"? Cool!

But if I'm going to pay a subscription fee, I'll be damned if I'm going to put up with ads on top of that. And if the sub price doesn't cover what it'd cost to go ad-free, then they need to rethink their pricing and delivery scheme.

In short "I don't want to see ads. PERIOD!"

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Chas Re:huh? (317 comments)

No, what you're seeing is fewer ads, but longer overall.

Take an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode.

43 minutes of show.
Plus 6 (count 'em) 2-3 minute commercial breaks when you see four ads back to back.

Granted, that's only about 28% (when TV is 36%). Still, for someone paying the monthly fee, that's ridiculous.

yesterday
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Chas Re:huh? (317 comments)

One. Nobody "prefers Hulu". Except the people who implemented it but don't actually USE it.

Look at Hulu. It's a mediocre streaming site with ever larger chunks of intrusive video ads. And paying them doesn't make the damn things go away or space them out further or make them shorter ads. That's how the entertainment industry would LIKE people to consume their media. Paying them directly, then supporting them indirectly through ad revenue as well.

NO THANK YOU!

I mostly agree with your sentiments about it being bad that Comcast got paid for content their users REQUESTED and were already paying them to deliver.

Not entirely sure about lock-out though.

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Chas Cue the IRS kicking my door down in 3...2...1... (377 comments)

Just filed by TurboTax this year. Basically, this year has been STUPIDLY busy, and I've been working 7 days a week, and pulling an average of 12 hours a day.

So last night it kinda occurred to me, uh, maybe I should file my taxes?

Unfortunately I'm booked solid today. Ooops.

Now I've had my taxes done for me for the last 25 years (basically ever since I started working as a teenager). In all that time, I've only had one tax scare (due to my employer at the time screwing up my witholdings). So, regardless of how "easy" people say it is to file for yourself, I was always terrified of filing myself.

This time I didn't get a choice.

Luckily it was mostly pain-free. One small goof around educational witholdings (interest on college loans). But I got it filed.
And it's become cheaper, by far, to file this way than to have a service do it.

Now I just have to hope nothing got screwed up.
(I'll unclench my butt from my chair once the direct deposits go through.)

yesterday
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Chas Re:This happened to my wife (608 comments)

FYI, they've cancelled the policy and are encouraging people targeted by it to contact them for a refund.

Where are you seeing that said? I've been searching around for a bit since you posted and I can't find information as to this policy cancellation ANYPLACE.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Chas Sensible nuclear talk? *Faints dead away* (423 comments)

Holy crap. This is one of the first serious pieces I've seen in altogether too long a time.

Actually acknowledging that nuclear is a vital part of the way forward.

And it's the UN doing it?

Did someone slip me a mickey or something?

2 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

Chas Re:What "let"? (134 comments)

Accountable?

The US Government?

Pfft!

I'll believe that shit when I start seeing it.

I hesitate to label them crooks, because crooks couldn't get away with the shit our government does.

Not to mention that crooks are more careful with money than the US government EVER was.

3 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Chas Re:Wait...what? (266 comments)

And this simile negates the REST of my point...uhm. HOW?

3 days ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

Chas What "let"? (134 comments)

Obama isn't in a position to "let" or "prohibit" SHIT (even his own).

He's a fucking douchebag, Chicago Machine politician.

He has no opinions or even feelings outside of what his little cabal of "advisors" tell him he does.

He's also in NO position to dictate to the NSA what they will or will not do with an undiscovered bug in a security device/program.

The NSA damn well WILL use it, and so long as nobody leaks it to THE PUBLIC, it's "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" from the rest of the government.

Even if Obama were to, God forbid, try something PROACTIVE, they'd still just ignore it and sacrifice yet another desk jockey stooge once caught.

3 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Chas Wait...what? (266 comments)

Okay, you're stunned that a company as culturally blinkered and rapacious as APPLE isn't turning over some of their huge cash hoard to fund Open Source projects that are outside of their control and might sabotage their patent warchest?

Why not just walk up to Smaug, kick him in the eyeball and demand the Arkenstone "OR ELSE" there Bilbo!

As long as you are witholding something Apple wants, they're either charming as fuck or litigious as hell in an effort to acquire it.

Once they have what they want out of you, you're a one-night-stand, it's the next morning and they can't be rid of you fast enough.

3 days ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Chas Online protests work? Nope! Live one? Nope! (75 comments)

Basically they're only worth the effort it takes to ignore or dismantle.
In the case of online protests, they can be safely ignored.
In the case of physical protests, if there's no rioting, they're ignored.
If there's rioting, they're suppressed.

And not just in the US.

Look at the Kirchner kleptocracy in Argentina. They had tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of people rioting in the street.
Kirchner's response? What riot? Ooh! Prada shoes! I'll nationalize something else, and squeeze a bit more money out of my citizens and I can buy all I want!

We're pretty much at the point where the government has stopped giving a fuck. They have more and bigger guns than we do, and that's the end of it.

The only way to effect real change nowadays is if lots and lots of people are willing to kill, bleed and die for their principles.

Unfortunately, things are too damn cushy for most people to want to go that far.

So, in the gilded cage we sit.

4 days ago
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Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

Chas Re:Overclockers have been doing it for ages (100 comments)

There's still a minimum conductivity in molar water. But it's several orders of magnitude lower than than tap or bottled water.

Again, primary conductivity of water is via impurities in the water, not the water itself.

about a week ago
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Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

Chas Re:Overclockers have been doing it for ages (100 comments)

Yep. Got to fiddle around with Fluorinert cooling years ago.

Interesting, just not very practical.

You really DO need a fully sealed system and ostensibly clean-room assembly. Because, while the coolant itself is non-conductive, any detritus that accumulates in the fluid after settling out of the environment ISN'T. That's the main thing about water (straight H2O) isn't conductive. It's all the other things in the water, minerals, dust, etc that's doing the conduction.

Also, as noted, there's STILL going to be use of fans and water. Because you still need systems that extract the thermal energy from the liquid medium. You simply remove them from the main system chassis.

It also doesn't change the fact that it's still a TERRIBLY inefficient way to cool the system. Unlike water cooling loops, where you have no more than maybe a pint or so of fluid cooling the major heat sources in the system, you have QUARTS of fluid basically covering everything. And you really have no good flow control, other than extremely high volume fluid exchange, which is energy inefficient in and of itself.

That's PROBABLY what a lot of the board re-engineering is about. Centralizing all the thermally active devices into a centralized area to limit the volume of immersion coolant required and to simplify flow control.

about a week ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Chas Self-imposed ghetto culture (507 comments)

Sorry, when I see "deaf culture", that's impression I get.

Can you blame a parent for not wanting their child to be socialized in a broader environment?
Not hemmed in my an arbitrary, self-reinforcing "culture" based on something like a shared, but treatable disability?

This has the markings of more technophobic histrionics.

about a week ago
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Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Chas Do F2P games get a fair shake? (181 comments)

Yeah. Because F2P is a misnomer in most.

Basically it's tied to eastern-style grinding unless you shell out big bucks in the cash shops.
And talking about being nickeled-and-dimed to death?
Yeah. You WISH! Most transactions are $5, $10, $20 or more. What the fuck is "micro" about those transactions.
That and the gambling, Things like PWE's lockbox gambling system. The boxes drop free in the game. But you have to pay to open them. And they deliver random crap. And worse, some of the gear in the game is ONLY available this way.

This is the sort of thing that kept me AWAY from MMOs for so long.
I was pleasantly surprised by City of Heroes and the fact that they didn't treat their gamers this way. Even when they converted to a cash shop and F2P.
Unfortunately, nothing good lasts and those idiots at NCSoft killed the game.
Now all that's left are a bunch of cash shop pushers.

As such, I'll just avoid them altogether.

about a week ago

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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Chas (5144) writes "And still more hoopla surrounding Bitcoin. 28 year old CEO of First Meta Autumn Ratke was found dead in her Singapore apartment on February 28th. Local media is referring to it as a suicide, but officials are waiting on toxicology reports."
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Maxis/EA admit SimCity could run offline.

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year ago

Chas (5144) writes "Well, after a week or so of denying that SimCity "could not" be run in an offline mode, Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw has reversed herself.

According to her blog, Maxis COULD have implemented an offline mode but "It wasn't part of their vision".

This coming to light after modders have come forth to show that the game can be played almost completely in offline mode.

And in other news, apparently they're also censoring their helpdesk number now as well.
1(866) 543-5435 (By the way)"

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Can the City of Heroes save... itself?

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chas writes "As reported earlier, NCSoft has announced the impending closure of the City of Heroes superheroic MMO. So that's it. The end. Finis. Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Or is it?

Apparently they didn't reckon with a community that's spent the better part of a decade fighting evil and myriad world-ending threats. Now the citizens of Paragon City are stepping up to bat again. The stakes? The end of the world.

In a surprisingly civil and well coordinated effort, thousands of City of Heroes players have come together in a campaign to convince NCSoft that City of Heroes is worth saving. With online events, letter-writing campaigns, presence in social media and an online petition that's now in excess of 17,000 signatures. On top of that, they're seeing support from various people with some celebrity of their own such as Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Mercedes Lackey.

So, while saving this game is still probably a long shot, many people, including those in the media, think that this group might just be able to save the day."

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Community seeks to stop closure of City of Heroes

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chas writes "On Friday, NCSoft announced the shuttering of Paragon Studios and the imminent closure of the City of Heroes MMO. After a brief period of shock, the budding heroes in the community sprang back into action. This time, facing a much different foe.

Multiple, coordinated actions are now under way, ranging from petitions to NCSoft against closure of the game, letter writing campaigns, attempts to find a potential buyer and new publisher for the game, as well as attempts possibly acquire the game via a crowd-sourced action."

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Ethical violations

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Approximately two years ago, a story popped up on Slashdot about a researcher, David Meyers (aka Twixt) who had supposedly spent time "studying" players in the City of Heroes MMO. At the time, there was a lot of media attention about the subject. After a short time, it dropped and nothing more was heard on it until now.

Apparently one of the players who was upset did more than simply rant on a board. The player, who had some of their own training in sociology contacted both NCSoft and Loyola University to notify them about the ethical violations of experimenting on people (especially minors) without their permission.

Since then the Mr. Meyers has scrubbed almost all reference to his paper from his CV, and a book deal was quietly killed."

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FreeJeremyDOTcom (5144) writes "Jeremy Hammond, of Chicago was sentenced last Thursday to two years in Federal Prison for hacking into the ProtestWarrior.

According to his plea-bargain agreement, he admitted to hacking into the ProtestWarrior servers and stealing upwards of 5000 credit card numbers. Reportedly, he had plans to use them to make fraudulent donations to various liberal causes.

In addition to his two year sentence, he was ordered to pay $5,250 in fines and restitution, and is barred from participating in any of the various hacking and anarchist groups for a period of 3 years after his release.

For the most part, all the various links point back to this article (may require registration/login) at the Chicago Tribune.

Of surprising note is the marked lack of support in the local hacker and anarchist communities for this person."
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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chas writes "I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased)."

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I am so SICK of brand-fapping.

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased).

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Been a while since I've looked into my preferences section. Indeed, I'm somewhat surprised at the host of options available to me now.

Quite cool in fact.

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