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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Descalzo Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Hilarious that this statement is made after a story regarding marriage.

about 5 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Descalzo Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Another quick comment on Argument 3: In my 5th grade classroom, I use Macs, Windows (XP, 7, 8), and Linux (all Ubuntu, with different window managers). The kids learn remarkably quickly how to flit from OS to OS, what they can and can't do in each of them, and so on. It has been fun.

about 6 months ago

How Did My Stratosphere Ever Get Shipped?

Descalzo The market is working RIGHT NOW. (238 comments)

If you start a Stupid Crap website, I'll visit it. Every time a friend or acquaintance asks me what they think about the phone they're thinking of buying, I'll direct them there. Every time someone comes to me and says, "Look at my sweet new Statosphere 3!" I'll say, "I don't know, man. I was looking at and how do you like your calendar?" and then I will encourage them to take the phone back. That's the free market at work. Now if I can beat you to the punch and create such a website, I'll make the money and you won't. Thanks for the idea, dummy!

about a year ago

Too Many Smart People Chasing Too Many Dumb Ideas?

Descalzo smart people doing dumb stuff (376 comments)

I thought the story was going to be about slashdot comments.

about a year ago

Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'

Descalzo littoral (757 comments)

Littoral. Awesome.

about 2 years ago

US Military Working On 'Optionally-Manned' Bomber

Descalzo Nice beginning (278 comments)

I would LOVE it if every single story about every penny spent by the US Gov't started out with that phrase: "Despite massive budget deficits,..."

more than 2 years ago

Smartphones For Text SSH Use Re-Revisited

Descalzo Re:Nokia n900 (359 comments)

Just seeing the contortions you guys go through to make backticks and tildes work makes me wonder how many months you wasted figuring that bit out. You could have been doing something useful/valuable instead.

I wasted 0.000004 months figuring that out.

You'd have saved that time by learning better scripting skills. Backticks have been deprecated for a long time (ambiguous nesting - use $(blah) instead), and I don't know where you'd NEED to use a tilde (bare "cd" takes you $HOME).

I also wish you people would learn to use blockquote.

Does it really only take 0.000004 months to learn better scripting skills? I guess it might, for all I know. I haven't written a line of code in many, many moons. And notice how I learned how to use blockquote! Another 0.000004 months put to good use!

more than 3 years ago

Smartphones For Text SSH Use Re-Revisited

Descalzo Re:Nokia n900 (359 comments)

I wasted 0.000004 months figuring that out. I was about to waste 0.000009 more months figuring out what I could have done with 10 seconds that could have been so much more useful, but I'm burning daylight.

more than 3 years ago

Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

Descalzo Why is this Amazon's fault? (377 comments)

Kudos to Amazon for trying to save their customers' money. And isn't this the states' fault anyway? They wrote the crappy tax code, didn't they?

more than 3 years ago

Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars

Descalzo Hidden photo? (475 comments)

What's that flash at about 6:32 or 6:33? Subliminal messages!

more than 3 years ago

Real-Time, Detailed Face Tracking On a Nokia N900

Descalzo Re:Nokia USA: N900? Oops sorry, 404. (139 comments)

Try Dell (where I got mine) or Amazon. It'll likely be cheaper anyway. Or eBay.

about 4 years ago

Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser

Descalzo Re:Loser's identity was already blown before Gizmo (853 comments)

Is it important that this wasn't a "leak"? This dingdong who leaves his phone out was not risking anything to get the information out there. He was a dumdum who left his phone at a bar after getting too loaded and showing it off to some honeys. Why is it so important to protect his identity? But they do seem to be protecting the identity of the true leaker, the guy who found the phone, realized what he had, and gave it to the news outlet that would be best suited for publishing.

more than 4 years ago

ISS Launches First Permanent Node of "Interplanetary Internet"

Descalzo Re:lol (121 comments)

That's high latency.

more than 5 years ago

9th Circuit Says Feds' Security Checks At JPL Go Too Far

Descalzo Re:They're smoking that wacky weed again. (139 comments)

Can someone please tell me what things like that damn suitability matrix have to do with suitability to work? Such as sexual orientation, traffic tickets, bad checks, eviction, incest, and bestiality have to do with ability to Science?

Just in case someone missed calmofthestorm's sarcasm, the suitability matrix he refers to (and the whole idea of background checks) has nothing to do with Science, and everything to do with trustworthiness.

more than 5 years ago

Illusion Cloak Makes One Object Look Like Another

Descalzo Re:Doesnt sound like much? (219 comments)

Here's a cool story:

It's interesting that the Luftwaffe was largely incapable of good reconnaissance at this time, so the bulk of the benefit came from radio traffic and double agents.

more than 5 years ago

Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

Descalzo Re:Always a source of amusment (550 comments)

Dan Quayle, Ted Kennedy, and Bill Clinton were in a Spelling Bee. Surprisingly, Quayle won! The word was 'harass.' Quayle was the only one who knew it was 1 word.

more than 5 years ago

Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

Descalzo Slow down... (550 comments)

You have overused commas her.

1. This is ambiguous. Is 'overused' intended as a past participle (You've overused the commas.) or as an adjective (You have commas and they're overused.)? Plus there's the feminine possessive at the end. No doubt that error was merely a typo: an imperfection due to your haste to point out imperfections.

2. You may want to look into the usage of double quotes vs. single quotes when quoting text or singling out key terms.

3. Also note that this is somewhat subjective and dependent on where you live in the English-speaking world.

more than 5 years ago



"I'm a Mac" Not Really A Mac

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Descalzo (898339) writes "In light of all the recent 'false advertisement' stories that have been cropping up lately, here's one that's not getting enough traction. Remember all those Mac vs PC TV spots? Well it turns out that the person who says, "I'm a Mac" is not really a Mac at all; he's actor Justin Long. He was paid to pretend to be a Mac, and even offered discounts at Apple Stores. He admits all this on the Ellen DeGeneres show! It turns out the PC guy really was a PC."
Link to Original Source

Microsoft Office for $60

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  about 7 years ago

Descalzo (898339) writes "For a limited time ('till April) Microsoft is offering Office 2007 Ultimate Edition for students for the low, low price of $60. From the release:

As part of Microsoft Corp.'s commitment to education, the company is introducing a promotion inviting students who are actively enrolled at educational institutions and have a valid e-mail address from the institution to purchase Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 at a student price of $59.95 (U.S.). "The Ultimate Steal" promotion will run in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States starting today and in France, Italy and Spain starting Sept. 20, 2007. The promotion will end April 30, 2008.
Of course, if you can't prove you're really a student, they'll charge you the full price: $680."



Fourth (OW!)

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 7 years ago I bit my tongue today while saying the word, "fourth."

It didn't hurt or anything, but I did it. I didn't know it was possible.


Best Mod Ever

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 7 years ago Here's something I did a few weeks ago. I submitted it, but it was rejected. Oh, well. Anyone who wants to look can check it out.



Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 7 years ago So I was parking today, and I noticed something about myself. I treat the parking lot like I do urinals in a public restroom.

First, if it's a lot I come to frequently, I always have my area. I don't have a particular favorite spot (at least not when that one tree doesn't have leaves). Then I see whoever else is already there, and how much empty space there is. You've got to leave an empty space between you and the other cars. Today, I noticed that in my favorite area of the lot, there was no spot with 3 empty spaces in a row. So then I had to decide who I was going to park by! Let's see, there's a green Honda and that faded blue minivan. Hmmm. The minivan is Diane's, and I don't want to park next to a stranger, so I'll park here next to Diane.

Am I crazy?


Israels' military supremacy

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 8 years ago I have heard and read today a couple of times condemnation of US and Israeli aggression in the Middle-East. That's nothing new. What I noticed for the first time today was another reason that Israel is to be shamed for its agression (the US was shamed for the same reason in Iraq): Military superiority. What the smeg is this about? What bearing could this possibly have on the justification for anything?


Privacy Uber Alles

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 8 years ago Is it just me, or is the entire US of A freaking out over the privacy issues while REAL crimes against freedom are taking us by storm, and we don't even notice?

I'm talking about the wholesale giving-over of our children to the school system (this isn't the government's fault, it's the parents'). I'm talking about the push to nationalize health care (if your phone bill isn't safe now, imagine when the gov't OWNS your medical records). I'm talking about how every time you turn around, control has been given from the state to the federal government, and from county to state, and from city to county, moving your say further and further up the chain, further from your influence. I'm talking about the myriad ways our freedom of religion is being taken from us. I'm talking about the wholesale slaughter of how many hundreds of thousands (millions?) of innocent fetuses in order to prevent a few thousand hypothetical back-alley abortions.

They strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.


Right and Wrong

Descalzo Descalzo writes  |  more than 8 years ago I feel like lately I have been apologizing for knowing right from wrong, or trying to justify it through arguing or something else. I think I need to stop doing it. How do you know something is right? I think it must come from God. Someone believes that same-sex marriage is a good thing, and should be allowed. How do they know that? What makes them so sure it is good? Is it their belief that all should have the same rights? And what makes them so sure that is correct? And so on. Where is the foundation. And when you meet someone who seems to have a different foundation than you, how do we know which person is correct?

For example, let's say that Osama bin Laden is arguing with me over who should die. He says that infidels need to die, and I say that we should let people worship how, where, and what they may. These are not compatible, and unless one of us gives in (he loosens his stance, or I convert to Islam), we are going to probably have trouble. So what can we discuss? I know bin Laden is wrong, but how do I show it? I really believe in my ideas of right and wrong. So who am I to judge bin Laden? Who am I to stop him from doing his thing?

Another thing. If there is no 'right' or 'wrong,' then do all value judgements go away?

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