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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

DNS-and-BIND Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

There are three professions where being untruthful is the key to success: Lawyers, salespeople, and marketing. All three are hired to portray their client in the most favorable light possible, and the very best ones lie through their teeth. The worst of these three are the marketers because they have legions of psychologists and scientists trying to figure out the best way to lie to people.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

DNS-and-BIND Re:DD-wrt (238 comments)

DD-wrt is old and getting older. The days of the WRT-54G are long behind us. Moreover a lot of VPN providers don't support it these days. I think the question wasn't about such an obvious answer. A little thought goes a long way.

4 days ago
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$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

DNS-and-BIND Re: what ? (74 comments)

What if you're right, and you've been promoted above your ability level due to the fact that you belong to an underrepresented group?

about a week ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

DNS-and-BIND Re:well... (246 comments)

. You know who gets screwed? 200 other local companies that each have 50 employees or whatever. Because they're forced to pay the normal tax rates, while your giant corporation is exempt.

These sorts of businesses are the foundation of strength of the Republican party. Hopefully they go out of business sooner rather than later.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DNS-and-BIND Re:This happened to me (812 comments)

You don't stick them out in front of you so they hit the seat in front of you. You extend your legs so they're as long as possible and tuck them under the seat. Works like a charm, I do it all the time - because I don't want to piss other people off.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DNS-and-BIND Re:my solution is the gym (812 comments)

I love how you put this into a "win/loss" context instead of finding a solution that everyone can live with. I especially like the part where you take great delight in causing pain to another human being. You're the problem here.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

DNS-and-BIND This happened to me (812 comments)

I was on a transoceanic flight, and the lady behind me kept knocking her knees into my chair. I looked behind me, and she's not only like 6'2", but she has her knees directly in front of her so as to present the greatest obstacle possible. No, can't put your knees in any other position, that would be too easy. We have to recline our seat while preventing the person in front of us from doing the same with his. I repeat: this lady had her knees out in front of her in the most obstructive possible position when she could have chosen to put them any other way. She knew damn well she was hitting the back of my chair.

It's people problem. Inconsiderate assholes who can't put themselves in other peoples' shoes - and get really self-righteous about it.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

DNS-and-BIND Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (362 comments)

Again, where the hell did the reference to the Middle East come from? You thinking about that all the time, right? Middle Earth is different, despite having the same first name. Read the goddamn Silmarillion, it quite clearly lays out the cosmology of Arda and says who good and bad are. Hint: the side that bombs schools to keep girls from being educated isn't the "good" side. Oh, and I'd be careful quoting Animal Farm - the whole novel is a direct parody of what happens to a country when communists take over.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

DNS-and-BIND Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (362 comments)

Uh, no, it's a work of fiction. The whole thing only exists in Tolkien's head. Orcs are elves corrupted by dark magic, they only exist to destroy life. Elves preserve life by...yaknow what? Fuck it. You can go read and get an education. It's frightening to realize that people like you think you can apply real-life like this to fairy tales. And, of course, the totally out-of-left-field reference to Fox News, which shows you're engaging in psychological projection.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

DNS-and-BIND Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (362 comments)

What the fuck? You do know that Middle-Earth was a fictional world, right? You can't apply real-world thinking to it. If Sauron or Saruman had won the war, the Free Peoples would have been exterminated or enslaved. Hell, the book shows clearly what was in store when Saruman conquers the Shire at the end. WTF? Orcs fighting for unity and equality?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

DNS-and-BIND Re:Nice (105 comments)

You should have been around during the Bush administration. People took everything the man ever said, twisted it, and started frothing at the mouth condemning it. It was ugly - this is mild in comparison.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

DNS-and-BIND Re:Absolutely correct; but what's the reason? (203 comments)

Hmm, maybe that's because the taxpayers' money was used to fund bizarre, esoteric research that nobody would use in a million years, and people caught on to that. When you take money, you owe something in return. Too many scientists look down on the less intelligent and don't think they should have to answer to anyone.

about two weeks ago
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Music Training's Cognitive Benefits Could Help "At-Risk" Students

DNS-and-BIND Re:Arts in Education (58 comments)

If that's the case then Artists need to change their tune, fast. All I ever hear from them is how they hate the rest of society and how we disgust them. Is it any wonder that we've figured this out and nobody bothers with the arts any more?

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DNS-and-BIND Re:I call BS (448 comments)

Yeah, the journalists who reported it had no idea what was going on, because they were journalists and hence ignorant people. Mitterand gave Thatcher secret performance data, there were no magical codes that made the missiles miss. Of course, that's what the reporters took away from the situation because that's how it works in the movies.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

DNS-and-BIND Re:Wouldn't edibles have the same effect (217 comments)

Tobacco mixed in is definitely a European thing. So much so, that they can't imagine smoking a "pure" joint. It's a real bummer to have someone hand you a jay, and cough your lungs out because some jerkwad mixed in half a Marlboro. I got started smoking cigarettes that way. Thanks, jerks.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DNS-and-BIND Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

This is nothing but cultural imperialism - imposing our own, "correct" values at gunpoint and forcing the native peoples to accept it or die.

P.S. "Islamist" is a right-wing term used only by Islamophobes.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DNS-and-BIND Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

Where are you going to get the rats and fleas to spread Y.pestis?

about three weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

DNS-and-BIND Re:global suicide (369 comments)

Idealists, whether they be Islamic or leftist, want to see their version of the world come to pass. If it doesn't, or if we're too stupid and reject them, then the world should come to an end because it's too corrupt and doesn't deserve to live.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

DNS-and-BIND Re:Star Control 2 (382 comments)

Burvixese

The Burvixese race evolved on the planet Arcturus 1, progressing from turtle-like swamp dwellers to a benevolent, highly technological society in just over fifteen million Earth years. Although the Burvixese had the wherewithal to build crude interplanetary vessels, they preferred to remain on the comfortable damp surface of their world and explore the galaxy through HyperWave communication. Using this method, the Burvixese made contact with several neighboring alien cultures, including the Utwig, the Gg, and unfortunately, the Druuge, whom the Burvixese would have been much better off never finding. For many decades, the Burvixese exchanged information with these races, trading technological, historical and philosophical facts and theories, until the fateful year 2142. It was then that the Gg announced that they had come under attack by a unknown alien race, who appeared to want nothing less than their complete annihilation. The Gg surmised that the hostile race, the Kohr-Ah, had located them using the Gg's HyperWave transmissions. Knowing that they had little chance of survival, the Gg warned the Burvixese that, unless they restricted their own transmissions, they too might face a gruesome fate.

Being a charitable race, before the Burvixese turned off their HyperWave transmitters, they shared the Gg's warning with the Druuge. But it was too late. The Druuge's powerful advertising beacons had already attracted the attention of the murderous Kohr-Ah, who, having finished with the Gg, began moving in the general direction of the Persei constellation, home of the Druuge. Realizing their peril, the Druuge took immediate action. They ceased all transmissions and sent a task force of their fastest ships to the moon of the Burvixese world. Once there, the task force assembled a huge HyperWave broadcaster on the moon's surface. When it was complete, the Druuge activated the unit which began emitting powerful HyperWave signals, focused directly toward the oncoming Kohr-Ah fleet. The Druuge hoped that the hostile aliens would change course toward the Burvixese planet and fail to find their own worlds. Unfortunately, this ruse was all too effective: the Kohr-Ah changed course, attacked the poor Burvixese and, sadly, destroyed them all in three days of orbital bombardment.

-- Star Control 2 Resource Guide

about three weeks ago

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Science checks again: still no aetheric wind detec

DNS-and-BIND DNS-and-BIND writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DNS-and-BIND (461968) writes "In a repeat of the Michelson-Morley experiment of the 19th century, scientists have repeated the experiment and reproduced the results using modern Cryogenic Optical Resonators. The result? The aetheric wind still hasn't been detected, putting the luminiferous aether theory to rest once and for all."
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