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Netflix Wants To Go HTML5, But Not Without DRM

GaratNW Re:Silverlight greatness (394 comments)

Is it that the McDonald's burger is healthier?

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Telling Users To Uninstall Bad Patch

GaratNW Re:Here's how to uninstall it.. (154 comments)

When they said uninstall a bad patch, I just thought that was a euphemism for Windows 8.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

GaratNW Re:Archer? (236 comments)

I saw the reactions to his posts, and felt the overwhelming overreaction and hypocrisy to his comments. Now, before slashdot votes this to -20, stop and think for a second. While he actually is correct, sadly that is the way things are moving, I think not being able to play games if your connection is down is stupid and bad to a insane degree. But stop and think about how the whole game playing internet reacted to him. They basically tried to destroy a persons career - someone who has no involvement in the not actually officially announced product - over a stated opinion with a friend.

The reaction to his posts, however, are skin to the Christian conservatives reactions to Cesar Chavez on Google. The people fucking bitching the loudest.. NEVER FUCKING LOG OFF. It doesn't make their core point wrong, but assigning "burning contempt" to a guy fucking around with his friend in twitter is hubris, hyperbole, and hyprocrisy that only normally comes from people with an extreme politcal agenda.

Seriously. People need to fucking GROW UP. IF, and I state again, IF, Microsoft is stupid enough to require an always on connection, guess what? Flame the hell out of them. Frankly, they'll deserve it. But the shit I saw made up about a guy on Reddit and random other sites.. because a bunch of self righteous, outrage point seeking entitled assholes wanted to burn down someone that.. they FUCKING DISAGREED WITH. Makes me goddamn sick.

about a year and a half ago

Vega Older Than Thought: Mature Enough To Nurture Life

GaratNW Re:Pretty damn young planets (130 comments)

And after 4.5 billion years, we still don't have intelligent life.

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 Sales Below Projections

GaratNW Re:microsoft looks to have fired to architect of w (663 comments)

This is exactly the problem. Windows 7 is great as a stand alone experience. Metro is great as a stand alone touch experience. Microsoft is determined to force the convergence of them, despite no evidence that this particular venn diagram has any crossover: live tiles may be great for pure consumption (sometimes), it really kinda sucks for multi window productivity. Maybe 30 years from now we'll all work in such a radically different way that the live tiles will seem way ahead of their time, but right now, they're trying to ram a VW beetle sized peg into a square hole.

about 2 years ago

In UK, Apple Must Run Ad Apologizing to Samsung

GaratNW Re:This is why (190 comments)

As Nelson would say... "Haaaaa Hah!"

about 2 years ago

Dutch Police Ask 8000+ Citizens To Provide Their DNA

GaratNW Re:I see no problem here. (374 comments)

Didn't Lisa Sparxxx already film this video?

about 2 years ago

It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

GaratNW Re:Subsidized price (363 comments)


In other news, random product that is way in the back spends lots of money on marketing to try and get notice pulled from the dominant product. What will they think of next?!

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft's 'Cannibalistic Culture'

GaratNW Re:"Microsoft's Downfall" (407 comments)

Excellent point, but the headline is not entirely inaccurate. As someone who worked there from 1998 through to 2004, and with a large number of friends still there, the company has gotten really bad. It has a shadow of the potential that it used to. Not because there aren't amazing elements in some of their products (Metro, love or hate, is a pretty remarkable UI evolution - Please, no posting to that retarded AOL image or whatever it is; plenty of other examples of good ideas surrounded by bad; Forcing metro by default in the desktop, for instance), but the company is its own worst enemy. VPs fighting VPs, a culture that started as productively competitive that has turned into destructively competitive - I'm not talking about the market, I'm talking about internal competition and non-stop backstabbing and product infighting.

To paraphrase the Joker, "This company needs an enema.". And the first step is flushing Ballmer. People often underestimate how much of the culture stems from the top down, even at a 70,000 person comapny, but Ballmer, despite being a brilliant business man, is a horrifically bad visionary and leader.

more than 2 years ago

Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

GaratNW Re:We know better than you (1141 comments)

It's time to nip this problem in the bud.

1. No more warning labels.
2. No more bans on things that can cause harm to yourself, and yourself alone (indoor bans on smoking are still, in my opinion, reasonable).
3. Do away with all big media spends on "educating" people about health, nutrition and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, fast food, etc. Since they could, ya know, take responsibility to educate themselves.

Figure in 10 - 30 years, we should see the problem solve itself. Hi, I'm a misanthrope, and I approve this plan. (I'm only kind of joking)

more than 2 years ago

Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

GaratNW Re:False Dichotomy (1226 comments)

40% of Americans is hardly a subset or tiny sect. Literal creationism runs counter to accepting evolutionary theory. Another 40% or so believe in a god inspired evolution (basically the group you're referring to).

So yes, you are correct. There are nuts who take the bible WAY too literally. But 40% means, even with a strong margin for error, over 100 million people in the US think evolution isn't real. I don't think you should necessarily be modded down, but I do think you might want to take a strong look at the incredibly anti-science and anti-intellectual movement that is GAINING, not losing, steam in America.

more than 2 years ago

Diamonds Used To Increase Density, Performance of Phase-Change Memory

GaratNW Re:Boring not tunneling (115 comments)

You understand that lab made diamonds are chemically identical, and have identical properties, to mined diamonds? And are orders of magnitude cheaper to create. Does that instantly make this viable? No. Does it mean that the fact that diamonds, which are themselves kept artificially priced high by cartels such as De Beers, will be the most cost prohibitive part of improving longevity and speed, and reducing cost in PCM? Seems unlikely to me. But who knows. Don't get caught up on the fact that it's diamond though.

more than 2 years ago

IEEE Vet: Carriers Capping LTE Services To Avoid Fixed-line Cannibalization

GaratNW What?! (118 comments)

All those kind, honest and benevolent carriers, doing something to unduly distress consumer? Bless my soul, I need a chair, so I might sit a spell til the shock wears off.

more than 2 years ago

Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

GaratNW Re:Why is this moderated down? (707 comments)

Did I miss me somehow defending militant Islamists vs the rest anywhere in my post? Was primarily calling out his entirely bogus false equivalency. Maybe there has been a case of a militant buddhist or two, but I've never seen any. Both both Muslims and Christians have a long and storied history of achieving their ends through violence. The state of Israel is no better either, given the internecine conflict between them and Palestine.

more than 2 years ago

Anti-Education Attack Poisons 150 Afghan Schoolgirls

GaratNW Re:Why is this moderated down? (707 comments)

Yes, because the actions of a ruthless military junta to take over a 89% Buddhist country means those 89% are committing the violence. If other countries won't step in to help, how exactly do you overthrow a military regime with non-violence? Remember - they killed THOUSANDS in 1988 when people protested, and then in the first free elections, the junta refused to acknowledge the elections and kept power any way. I bet those non-ruling folks, mostly living in poverty, are incredibly peaceful. And of course, the ASEAN acknowledges that junta rule. So who exactly is to blame for the state of things in the country. Right.. continue blaming it on the Buddhists.

about 2 years ago

EA Defends Itself Against Thousands of Anti-Gay Letters

GaratNW Re:Anti-Gay? (1069 comments)

Frankly, yes? Because if you're going to actively vote against the human rights of others, and then try and dodge the title of anti-gay (or anti-black, or anti-woman, or any number of other examples in history) all it makes you is a hypocrite. If OP is so proud of his imaginary friend, one would assume he should be proud to embrace his stance, instead of trying to claim he's not anti-gay. It's hypocrisy, and even worse on a personal level, it's self-delusion.

Hate the sin, love the sinner is such a bullshit sentiment. Using your religion to justify taking away the rights of others doesn't make it right. It's just fatuous self-justification of immoral behavior.

I believe brain washing children is immoral and wrong, but you don't see me passing laws making it illegal for parents to indoctrinate children with their ancient sky-lord myths.

more than 2 years ago

US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!

GaratNW Re:Don't be silly (375 comments)

Can't we all just whoosh along?

more than 2 years ago


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