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Third Party Debates Moderated by Larry King: Discuss

CobaltBlueDW Still Undecided (221 comments)

After watching the rest of the presidential debates I didn't know who to vote for because I didn't like either candidate. After watching the Third Party debate tonight, I don't know who to vote for because I liked all the candidates.

about 2 years ago

Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

CobaltBlueDW 3rd parties (529 comments)

We as a nation always complain about our 2 party system and all the problems that come with it. We also frequently joke about how neither of the candidates are exceptional. We then proceed to completely ignore all third party candidates. Realistically no third party candidate can win, but the more votes they get, the more seriously they will be taken in the future. Parties need to get 15% to get in these debates. If you view this system a bit like a free market, that's like saying a small business needs to take 15% market share from two colluding conglomerates. The third parties have been almost entirely ignored by the major political news dialog. Part of that is the fault of the news organizations that specialize to target a major political demographic, but part of that problem is us.

about 2 years ago

If I was to be killed by science-fiction villains, I'd rather:

CobaltBlueDW Death by snu-snu (405 comments)

"We need rest. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is spongy and bruised."

about 2 years ago

Will the Desktop PC Live Forever?

CobaltBlueDW Laptops aren't good for business?! (625 comments)

I like how he tried to sneak laptops in there at the end. You can definitely do REAL business on a laptop. In fact, my life would be a hassle if you couldn't, I take a laptop everywhere with me. Laptop + Smart-phone-Hotspot = business ANYWHERE. You might be able to get more power for the price with a desktop, but there are very few jobs where PC performance is an issue.

about 2 years ago

Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots

CobaltBlueDW Re:Freedom (584 comments)

I'm shocked that people think not letting others know their political actions is an issue of liberty or privacy. Would it be okay if your state representative didn't tell you how he/she voted on bills? Everyone in this thread is blathering about their political opinions on the internet, but put that opinion in a check box on a public government form and suddenly it's encroaching on your civil rights. If you are so insecure about who/what you vote for, don't vote. All political/government actions, aside from national security, need to have public transparency. Your vote is your participation and collaboration with the rest of our society; it IS a social, public form of communication.
Not only are peoples ideology blinding them to the true nature of this issue, but they are essentially advocating government corruption and identity theft. If your vote can't be traced back to you, then you can't be traced to your vote. The votes on your ballots could be changed, and since that ballot can't be traced back to you, someone just successfully stole your identity to rig an election. Congratulation, you have succeeded in hiding your vote, now truly no one knows what your vote was.
Grow up and be proud of your political opinion. Put your big boy pants on and participate in meaningful, finite, social discourse.

about 2 years ago

Rick Falkvinge On Child Porn and Freedom Of the Press

CobaltBlueDW Re:Some good arguments, some bad arguments. (580 comments)

" It's not really very compelling, and it ALMOST caused me to stop reading the article right there."

You sir, are a better man than I.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Track Bugs For Personal Software Projects?

CobaltBlueDW Re:A text file (221 comments)

An Excel/Calc file. No DB setup, even though it acts like a DB. Almost as quick to open as a ext file. Has many many more feature than a text file. Also, consider using a Google Doc spreadsheet for even more features, at the cost of needing an internet connection to access.

more than 2 years ago

Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

CobaltBlueDW Depends (878 comments)

We were told at a young age that grammar is quite important and grammar lessons were drilled into us, which is why we feel the urge to correct other's grammar when we see mistakes. However, grammar is a tool of language, which has the ultimate goal of conveying information. Thus, I'd say grammar is only important so far as it helps convey information. If you can under-stand what I'm saying hear, than grammar is nothing more then a miled annoyance.

more than 2 years ago

Biotech Report Says IP Spurs Innovation

CobaltBlueDW In related news (126 comments)

Bank report says,"Banks are awesome!"

more than 2 years ago

Vein Grown From Her Own Stem Cells Saves 10-Year-Old

CobaltBlueDW Bone Marrow!? (169 comments)

Did I miss something? I was under the impression that there have been multiple experiments converting average cells into stem cells. Was there a conversation at some point like, "Well I suppose we could learn how to make a stem cell bath, OR we could just subject this girl to excruciating pain. To be fair, she's likely already be in a lot of pain, so it wouldn't be THAT much worse..."

more than 2 years ago

Diablo III Released

CobaltBlueDW Re:Release Failure (594 comments)

Why should anyone get lag in a single player game?

The obvious reason is because DRM is cool! duh!

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing Is Booming

CobaltBlueDW Re:"Goes through a trusted friend"? (308 comments)

Contributory infringement doesn't seem like it would fit in this situation, unless you knew your friends were going to use the software in an infringing manner. I could be wrong, but it sounds like you, as a friend, are simply a referrer. If you don't know your referral is being used illegitimately you wouldn't be abetting. It would be akin to 2 of your friends robbing a bank, and you getting charged with a crime because they met through facebook with you as a mutual friend.

more than 2 years ago

Twisted Metal Designer Rails Against Storytelling Games

CobaltBlueDW Re:There are two kinds of gamers (313 comments)

I whole heartedly agree. Video game tastes differ just as music taste do. He may not want to be in the business of making interactive movie, just as he may not want to be in the business of making pop song, but that doesn't degrade their market value. --And yes, I think if interactive movies were songs they'd be the pop songs of the gaming world: over produced, over hyped, catchy, low replay value.

more than 2 years ago

BASF Moves GM Plant Research From Europe To US

CobaltBlueDW The 1, 2, 3 method (288 comments)

Is the bane of the 124th employee.

more than 2 years ago

MS To Build Antivirus Into Win8: Boon Or Monopoly?

CobaltBlueDW Re:Anti-Trust (748 comments)

I 100% agree. Out of all the things that major corporations do to collude and monopolize (Microsoft definitely not excluded), I can't believe how much of a deal people make about the addition of software to operating systems. --And I'm not a Micro$oft fan-boy, but people don't even seem to be equal-opportunity anti-trust criers. Apple is way way more likely to be guilty of leveraging monopolistic tendencies in this vein of logic, than M$ is, yet I seldom hear a peep about them.

Microsoft relies on market cornering strategies for the crux of their monopolization. Apple is the one who has always used the stadium concessions approach to monopolize, and not a single person, save apparently me, seems to be crying about that these days.

In the past I chalked that discrepancy up to the vast difference in the size of the 2 companies, but that's no longer a valid excuse, especially considering how much money Apple throws at its devil's disguise.

more than 2 years ago

UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

CobaltBlueDW Re:Apply for the job (411 comments)

"pubic representative."

tee hee.

No, but seriously, you have a good point.

more than 2 years ago

UN Bigwig: The Web Should Have Been Patented and Licensed

CobaltBlueDW Patent Trolls (411 comments)

Don't hate the playa', hate the game.

more than 2 years ago

Should College Go Online?

CobaltBlueDW Internet is the Anti-College (261 comments)

Colleges aren't dealers of knowledge as much as they are of branding. The college pitch has always been one of a luxury good. Now days, they try to pitch that it's a required luxury, which is moronic, but none the less, the case. Colleges have spent tons of money and effort weaving their narrative of college into our culture. In fact, even earlier posts in this thread demonstrate how pervasive their advertising has gone. Like Apple fans un-knowingly regurgitating subliminal-ish advertising.

Before I get too far out in left field, my point is, for that method to work they require that knowledge be viewed as a luxury good. The Internet has the ability to make storage and dispersal of knowledge nearly free and extremely accessible. Thus, to colleges, technology is candy being offered by a man in a window-less van. The environment has been changing, and colleges will have to adapt or go extinct, but like with everything else, until their hand is forced they will continue to grasp at what has worked in the past. --Which is, throwing money at branding opportunities like research and sports instead of worrying about pesky things like quality, efficiency, or quantity of information exchange.

more than 2 years ago

SCADA Problems Too Big To Call 'Bugs,' Says DHS

CobaltBlueDW Re:I don't care about SCADA. Vulnerabilities, I do (92 comments)

Personally, I think design flaws is a much more damming claim to make about your product than a bug report. A bug is a low implementation level issue/oversight. A design flaw means your product is rubbish from the ground-up. I would MUCH rather someone say my software had a bud than that there were design issues. I doubt this is going to be a trend that catches-on. The only way I think it could possibly help a company to make such a damming claim would be if it took the words vulnerability or security off the table, which have a much worse connotation. --Although, design flaws create vulnerabilities and security concerns, so even that doesn't seem likely, IMHO.

more than 2 years ago


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