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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Darinbob He is lucky not being labelled a terrorist... (572 comments)

This isn't police state stuff, because Southwest Airlines is not a police organization but a private corporation. It was not the TSA that pulled them off the plane either. If the police had been called and arrived I don't think they would have done anything or could have done anything based on the tweets alone.

6 hours ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Darinbob Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (195 comments)

What political games? We NEED green jobs and a greener economy. Just because it's green does not mean it's taking sides or being political. Oil will not last forever. It's only smart to plan for the transition than to put it off forever and let the grandkids deal with the consequences. Climate change is real and not just a political pawn, it's too bad that it affects the major donors of a political party. The market will not magically fix these problems because it won't react until it is too late. But that's ok, we can defund all the scientists, have them get fired, then we don't have to hear anymore bad news.

7 hours ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

Darinbob Price of using scientists as political pawns (195 comments)

When did NPR "take sides"? They've always been very fair and balanced, sometimes going too far to let both sides get their silly viewpoints hear.

And most certainly, the scientists have never chosen sides. Although some sides seem to think that not choosing it is equivalent to choosing the other side (which is why moderates are the enemies of all).

7 hours ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Darinbob Re:Better late than never, Slashdot (241 comments)

The problem is that people actually believe this. Ie, if the government says anything, it is automatically assumed to be a lie by the same people who use much of that water. Coastal towns which tend to be more liberal start conserving (except San Francisco, since they legally yet immorally own a water shed a hundred miles away). Inland farmers tend to be be conservative and are dubious about it, and a subset of those think it's a plot. Their concern number one is that they might have to let some fields die off. People who are not even farmers express deep sadness that a crop might be lost because of government interference in water.

On the other hand, some conservation rules are a bit messed up. You get rewarded for saving more water, which means that it you paid the price to put in water saving features in your farm a few years ago that you won't get credit for that today. It's a mess, but the ultimate problems are that so many don't want to bother conserving water, there are stupid legacy laws that grant a few groups of people access to all the water they want, and water is so damn cheap that no one cares. We even have several cities that have no such thing as water meters, they figured water was so cheap that why bother trying to keep track of it.

The last problem is forgetfulness, no one remembers the droughts once they're over and so the old wasteful ways return or else it's an issue to solve later. It's not like droughts are rare in California and yet people always act like it's the first time.

11 hours ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Darinbob Re:Cost (469 comments)

I can't even use contacts myself. I had them briefly for about a year when younger, but I let it slide because it was too much maintenance for me. A few years ago the optometrist put a pair in for a short time just to see if I would like them or not, but I really found it uncomfortable. The thing was, I could not get them back out again and had to have help, just having fingers near my eye was too difficult. It didn't feel worth it for the higher expense and inconvenience versus the simple pair of glasses.

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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Darinbob Re:Uncertainty/fear? (469 comments)

And to coincide with that, there's nothing wrong with glasses. Laser in the eye, versus glasses. That's a very easy choice to make.

yesterday
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Darinbob Re:Great! Now when are they going to get them free (78 comments)

GoG only offers games that they get legally. They can't offer source unless the current IP holder gives them the source. All GoG is doing is taking an existing game off of CD or DVD, patch it up to be current sometimes, and and then packaging it up with a newer installer that includes Wine or sometimes dosbox or other support layer. And then sell it DRM free which is way ahead of how Steam is doing things.

yesterday
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Darinbob Re:Virtual trackpad and USB or Bluetooth keyboard (78 comments)

These aren't baby games that can be run from a trackpad. Ok, some might be. But a lot of these were very serious games for their day that require fine mouse control and fast typing of keys. Sure you could probably do a point-and-click ScummVM game this way but I wouldn't want to attempt some of the GOG games I have this way (Thief, Gothic 2, BG2).

Basically most of these games being offered are offered as-is, except with Wine wrapper on top. That means that they can't modify the UI.

yesterday
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Darinbob Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (78 comments)

The problem isn't just the ability to have the game run under Linux, but to set up the support system, set up the cross-distribution system, test each game, update the web sites, etc. DOSBOX is nice, but you can't just throw the binaries and a copy of dosbox and hope that the customer will know what to do. Just like most real products, once the product is done there's still a ton of work before it gets to a real customer.

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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Darinbob Re:Why does Apple charge for Mac OSX? (141 comments)

Free, but functionality drops with each release. They're pushing iOS crap on the mac, updating built-in apps that few people want to use, useless cloud features. The ONLY things I want for an upcoming release are bug fixes.

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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Darinbob Re:Flat UI Design (141 comments)

I really disliked W7. It was nice when the alternative was XP, but it still felt way over done. Too glossy, too much distraction, too much reliance on special effects (that often required video card help to achieve, which should be a warning sign). W7 is the opposite of keeping things simple and functional. W8 went the wrong way by being too simple and removing functionality. Mac OS feels in the middle, not distracting at all but very functional.

yesterday
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Darinbob Re:Flat UI Design (141 comments)

And the buttons will change as you mouse over them so you can see what's going on. Windows 8 was much less obvious about what could be clicked on many times.

yesterday
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Darinbob Re:Flat UI Design (141 comments)

I like it myself. I really disliked the overly glossy and special effect heavy style of Windows 7 for instance. Mac isn't "flat" per se, it's just minimalist. No borders for example because they serve no purpose except to waste screen space.

I have no idea about other apple products as I don't use them, but on my android phone I most definitely don't want all that wasted space from UI garnishes (and there's enough wasted space as it is, I want information not pretty looks).

Now Windows 8 went too far on the metro side, you can't tell what's a clickable item or not (I refuse to say "touchable"). But on the desk top I actually prefer that style (not counting silly charms bars and other metro stuff that intrudes).

However what is really needed perhaps is an option. All othe operating systems try to quash all customization (even many free systems). Freedom of choice is good.

yesterday
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Darinbob Re:let me correct that for you. (608 comments)

I've been to some. They were doing well once they got rid of the Russian overlords. I've also been to some of the "socialist" scandinavian countries that they were doing well, much higher quality of living than the US.

2 days ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

Darinbob Re:Robo-Polygraph? (102 comments)

It's possibly a tool to decide if someone is compliant enough to put up with the test.

I had a polygraph test once, for a summer job at Circle K (strange things are afoot there). Sitting in a motel room with a guy asking me strange questions about whether I had ever stolen anything. I didn't get the job.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Darinbob Re:Hypothetical (906 comments)

I don't worry about being embarrassed by my gender. I'm already too embarrassed by my species.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Darinbob Re:Online trolls, really? (906 comments)

Are there things that trolls can say to you that make you scared to go outside? Do trolls send you death threats? Do trolls even bother the waste the time figuring out what your real home address is so that they can scare the bejeezus out of you? I don't think so. So why do the trolls do this to women? I don't see this as equal trolling here. Either they need to lighten up on the women or a hell of a lot more men need to be freaked out by the trolls.

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Darinbob Re:And the result of all this? (906 comments)

In your first example, Fred went on about his work. In the second example, Fred was being a jerk by arguing with Big Boss saying it wasn't his fault, Linda started the whole thing. Do you see the difference between the two? Why did Fred make it a point to continue complaining? Why is Fred such a whiner?

2 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Darinbob Re:How do you (906 comments)

I think a lot of this is just the rushing to the defense of the status quo. Usually rushing so fast that there's no time to read the articles.

2 days ago

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