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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

Full Metal Jackass Is it ok when Glenn Greenwald does it? (347 comments)

It looks like Glenn Greenwald himself is something of a sock-puppeteer himself.

But then maybe I'm a shill. Or maybe I'm a victim of shills. Or maybe I'm just biased and easily led because I think that GG is thoroughly intellectually dishonest in at least some of the statements that he does put his own name on.

BTW: If you care to read that one through, it culminates with the best smackdown I remember seeing.

about 7 months ago

Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

Full Metal Jackass Re:Apartheid (591 comments)

To be fair, it was "normal" back then for them to have sex that young. I'm sure 1300 years from now, certain "normal" things that we do today will be looked at as barbaric.

Yeah, it's not like anyone's saying that Mohammad had morality all figured out and we should take him seriously today. Oh, wait...

about 2 years ago

Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

Full Metal Jackass Re:Ah don't worry... (445 comments)

I think it's reasonable to look at more than the first page of a site before categorically denouncing it. This is from the "hate site" on the page entitled How We Feel About Muslims.

Islam is an ideology. It is not defined by what any Muslim wants it to be, but rather by what it is. No ideology is above critique, particularly one that explicitly seeks political and social dominance over every person on the planet.

Muslims are individuals. We passionately believe that no Muslim should be harmed, harassed, stereotyped or treated any differently anywhere in the world solely on account of their status as a Muslim.

You said:

Fortunately, most Jews and Christians have learned to disregard a very large part of their own scripture. Stoning a woman to death for adultery is not a Muslim innovation.

The point isn't who invented it, the point is who's still doing it. Jews and Christians don't stone women to death for adultery now.

The fact that this still goes on in non-secular Islamic countries in full compliance with Islamic scripture does make Islam "one really messed up religion".

more than 2 years ago

Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

Full Metal Jackass Re:Ah don't worry... (445 comments)

I've just had a read through and I see no justification for calling it "an anti-Muslim hate site". It doesn't advocate hatred of anyone and explicitly makes a distinction between Muslims and Islamic ideology.

Pointing out that the Koran is largely a hateful diatribe targeted at non-believers and women and is the probable source of much suffering is not an act of hatred. It seems more like an act of social responsibility.

more than 2 years ago

Jury Rules Google Violated Java Copyright, Google Moves For Mistrial

Full Metal Jackass Re:Time for the Judges ruling? (475 comments)

Microsoft licensed Java from Sun but then violated the terms of the licence agreement by not implementing Sun's Java Native Interface (JNI) and instead providing a bridge to COM. For that and (I think) the right to borrow lots of ideas from Java for .NET they paid Sun about one billion dollars.

This is different because Google didn't licence Java. They just built something very similar to it.

more than 2 years ago

Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

Full Metal Jackass Re:He deserves it (907 comments)

did you know that murder is actually illegal in many states (particularly in the Bible Belt).

Really, murder is less illegal in states outside the bible belt?

I realise that Christians like to claim that a lot of worthwhile laws are based on their religion but I'm fairly sure you'll find that theft and murder are (at least ostensibly) illegal everywhere whether Christians had any say in it or not.

It may have something to do that people are universally opposed to being murdered and having their stuff nicked.

I'm also fairly sure that God ordered up a fair bit of genocide, rape and pillage in the old testament so I really doubt the religious basis for those particular laws.

more than 2 years ago

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il Dead at 70

Full Metal Jackass Re:It's a big deal (518 comments)

How exactly do you know that the majority of Chinese would like to continue to have their free speech repressed when they don't have the free speech to express the opposing view?

more than 2 years ago

Adblock Plus Developers To Allow 'Acceptable' Ads

Full Metal Jackass Re:Am I in the monority? (247 comments)

I think you just invented a word! "Monority" n: A minority of one.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Chromeless Cross-Platform Browser?

Full Metal Jackass Appcelerator Titanium? (145 comments)

One solution would be to use Appcelerator Titanium:

I've used this and it's a doddle to create a standalone webkit browser running your app. You can also embed Ruby or Python or (I think) PHP in your app if you want and there's an online packaging service that packages up your app to install as an .msi for Windows or other formats for Mac and Linux. Also, this is a fully featured Webkit browser with full CSS3 and HTML5. It's not the crippled version supplied with Adobe AIR.

It may also be helpful to know that if you drag a Google Chrome App (which is basically a web page zipped up with some metadata) from the browser to the desktop and then launch it from the desktop, it comes up without any chrome. Well, yes it's still Chrome but there's no... oh stop it, you know what I mean.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Full Metal Jackass Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

Oh, so you have the Imperial system in case aliens land. It's so obvious now that you say it.

more than 3 years ago

VMware Releases Open Source Cloud Foundry

Full Metal Jackass Re:An alternative (91 comments)

You can do something similar with Amazon Web Services and/or Eucalyptus [].

No you can't. This is a layer of the stack above AWS or Eucalyptus. In fact those are two of the target platforms for this.

Those two give you an API for creating and destroying Virtual Machine instances. This leverages that ability to provide a scalable deployment stack for your applications. If you want to understand what it's about watch the videos on the site. Alternatively, have a look at It's the same as that but it supports more languages/frameworks and it's open-source.

more than 3 years ago

Blogger Fined $60K For Telling the Truth

Full Metal Jackass Re:Invasion of Privacy (433 comments)

Don't you think it's strange that he didn't sue the employer that fired him for the established fact rather than the person that brought the fact to light? I don't understand how, if once the facts were known the employer had no option but to fire him, that it was unfair to publicise the fact.

more than 3 years ago

Dual-core Smartphone Runs Android and Ubuntu

Full Metal Jackass Re:Battery life must be bad (148 comments)

How did you measure those numbers? It would be tremendously useful to me to be able do the same.

On my Android phone it's Settings | About Phone | Battery Use

more than 3 years ago

CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved

Full Metal Jackass Re:The headline should be more specific (270 comments)

I read it and got prematurely excited because I thought someone finally had the balls to ignore the anti-nuclear-as-a-religion crowd, and started building a Molten Salt Reactor. Then I read the article and found out it's just a new take on boring old solar. Oh well.... one day...

I realise that their are people who would reject nuclear even if it were proven safer than the alternatives but you hardly sound any more rational. Are you only interested in sources of energy if they are nuclear?

more than 3 years ago

CA's First Molten Salt Energy Plant Approved

Full Metal Jackass Re:Something to ponder (270 comments)

The real question is how do we use this green renewable source of energy to create petrochemicals so that we don't have to change our current habits in any way.

Do you want petrochemicals or do you want something to power your car? For the latter, hydrogen seems to be a popular choice.

more than 3 years ago

Australia's National Broadband Network To Go Ahead

Full Metal Jackass Re:Sweet! 43 Billion! (222 comments)

27 billion divided by the population of 22.45 million is $1200 per PERSON not per household. So in our home - 2 adults and 2 kids that's $4800. I will be paying $480 a year for 10 years in addition tax as will all Australians.

And you'll be paying $24.7 billion / 22.45 million * 4 = $4400 every year in tangible costs associated with alcohol abuse.

I know which I'd prefer to see cut.

about 4 years ago

Microsoft Out of Favor With Young, Hip Developers

Full Metal Jackass Re:A more appropriate quote seems to be... (775 comments)

Not really. C# is the cleanest language I've ever coded in. It's the libraries that are fucked up: the .NET base libraries are basically the managed versions of the Win32 platform.

Do we assume that you are hip? You didn't say.

more than 4 years ago

Unique ID In India Causes 'Fear of the Beast'

Full Metal Jackass Re:Blah (725 comments)

You assume the GP has it. He doesn't, for instance, if the person he loves is a minor, an octopi or his own sister.

And before you reply "but that'd be disgusting!" be aware that the same can be (and has been) said of homosexuality as well.

The problem with having sex with a child is that it damages that person. It's disturbing that your morality is so removed from the concept of people's well-being that you thought that pedophilia was merely distasteful.

more than 4 years ago

The Humble Indie Bundle

Full Metal Jackass Re:Missing option: (290 comments)

Then just pay $20 and only download 25% of each game.

more than 4 years ago




Joining windows together

Full Metal Jackass Full Metal Jackass writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Does anyone know of a window manager that allows the user to join two windows together? I quite often find myself swapping between two windows (eg a web browser and a terminal window) and it would be convenient to link them in some way that I can easily see them both at once and have them act as a single window (minimize/maximize together etc).

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