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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Gort65 Re:illogical captain (920 comments)

But they don't allow for the possibility that the phenomena they're rejecting might simply be avoiding them because it's offended by them.

Seems like the insecurities of a human rather than some god. Who made who out of whose image?

about two weeks ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

Gort65 A bit too late for me... (99 comments)

It's a pity that I completely uninstalled Opera some months ago, after waiting several months with vague promises and excuses about a coming release. It was mostly a secondary browser for me, so I didn't lose much sleep purging it. It also has lost a lot of the features that enticed me in the first place.

Now that it's finally here, I'm not sure I can muster up the effort to install it. Maybe I'll wait a year... or maybe longer.

about 3 months ago
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Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

Gort65 Re:Martin Luther King would like a word with you. (76 comments)

But then if the authorities didn't listen to him and his kind, then they'd soon find that they'd have to listen to some other scarier people with growing support. Damage limitation, etc.

about 5 months ago
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Darth Vader Runs For President of Ukraine

Gort65 President Vader's emphatic veto (114 comments)

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *intake of breath* OOOooooooooo...ooo...oo..o.o...! *cough* *splutter*

about 6 months ago
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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

Gort65 The old 99% claim... (110 comments)

"I would say 99 percent of teachers see the benefit of it,"

Not damning the point that the Supt. of Holyoke Public Schools made or supporting it, but I tend to distrust anyone who claims that 99% of a group supports their side to bolster their argument. I know, figure of speech, but still indicative... at least 99% of the time.

about 7 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Gort65 Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

It wouldn't last. That worked for a while for drug testing, too, until people realized what a farcical damage to society it is.

Well, let's hope that society remains as vigilant.

about 8 months ago
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Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

Gort65 Re:In otherwards (664 comments)

It might be fine for Japanese culture... I don't know. But it sure as hell wouldn't fly here. As soon as I found out those were required I'd be out the door.

The problem is that there is always some desperate person willing to take your place, either out of apathy or economic necessity. Eventually, if enough of these people fill in the vacancies, then you'll find this sort of thing spreading to other workplaces, again chasing you out. It'll spread if it's allowed to. Still, there's always collective action to avoid this kind of thing. Pity that such defensive action is sort of frowned upon today, though.

about 8 months ago
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Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

Gort65 Re:For Those Who Forgot about Opera (181 comments)

Yeah, I had it installed on my machines for thirteen years, if not as my primary browser than as a secondary. Only about a month ago I uninstalled it, fed up with the evasiveness and long delay for the promised Linux version. There's only so long that I'll take being fobbed off with being told to wait, particularly for a browser now based on an engine that's already ported to Linux. What was also galling was the evasiveness by those running the dev blog and forum about when it'll turn up. Now, even if it does turn up, I'll probably just ignore it; why bother when you can install Chromium and get the same experience? From what I can see, it seems to be totally emasculated, with very little of what made Opera special. Ah well, life goes on...

about 8 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

Gort65 Re:Interview ending question (692 comments)

"Do you have any weaknesses?" "Kryptonite."

In that case, you might want to add an inability to correctly put on underwear.

about 8 months ago
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First Recorded Observation of Freshwater Fish Preying On Birds In Flight

Gort65 The early fish catches the bird... (93 comments)

Looks like we need a new idiom to replace "a fish out of water".

about 8 months ago
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Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

Gort65 Re:It's true -- but only root can read them though (341 comments)

Not quite. Root access means a compromised single host. Access to a list of WiFi passwords means compromising all the WiFi networks the machine in question has been given access to, so you'd still want that encrypted.

Sure, but if you're root, then you can quite easily decrypt to find those passwords. This isn't to say that it shouldn't be encrypted (another hurdle, etc), but once you're root, then anything on that machine is fair game, including those WiFi passwords if you're determined enough.

about 9 months ago
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

Gort65 Re:Cockroach rights? (512 comments)

Just to make it clear, my argument isn't really that it's wrong to treat this insect in that way (I'd have problems with it if it was done for kicks, etc, but I can see the educational and experimental benefits if done solely for those purposes), but I do think that the question asked ("You don't see a difference between killing it and doing this?") is a valid question, one that we should always be asking wherever you stand on whether it's right or wrong to deny self-control to another being for our own benefit (I can see good reasons why it's acceptable, but with reservations). I just don't see why it's a troll post as indicated. Seems like a unjustified use of moderation for what's a fair question of ethics.

about a year ago
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Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics Debate

Gort65 Re:Cockroach rights? (512 comments)

Why's this post considered a troll? Seems a valid question to ask, even if one is fine with doing this to a roach. Personally, I can see some validity in doing this within reason, but I do think that the issue shouldn't be taken lightly. So, to me, the question above is well worth asking. Mind you, I have bad karma, so maybe it's natural that I missed the point of the score. ;)

about a year ago
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Tennessee Official: Water Complaints Could be "Act of Terrorism"

Gort65 Re:Scare tactics (407 comments)

All nice and good, till the sun sets.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

Gort65 Re:Finally looks exactly like Chrome (250 comments)

A quick google (or whatever) search reveals a way to change that behaviour in Firefox back to what it used to be. Admittedly, this should be fixable via the GUI, but don't let search engines or about:config intimidate you...

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

Gort65 Re:Finally looks exactly like Chrome (250 comments)

I'm actually for having both the search bar and the address bar. I just want to have the option to have only the address bar and use it the way I have used it for some years, where I can use keywords to create searches. Still, if people want the search bar, then fine; I wouldn't want it removed. The point is, I actually hate this dumbing down of the GUI where you can't customise it (thanks, Google...). The poster above yours is just as inflexible as the "fucktards" he/she is lambasting against; same coin different side...

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

Gort65 Re:Finally looks exactly like Chrome (250 comments)

Yet another button and mouse click, though. I have my search bar set up to accept key words to run search terms through various search engines and other sites. Basically the keyword brings up a bookmarked URL string, adding the search term to the end of it, then sending it. If I send an address to the address bar (IP or URL), it sends me to that address. If I put "w border collie" in the address bar, it makes a search link to Wikipedia for the term "border collie". I have many other search keywords for various things. It's better for me to do it this way than to use the search bar, and far more flexible... and quicker to change. Still, I don't object to the search bar, many seem to want it (like yourself), but I'd like the opportunity to remove it for my usage.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October

Gort65 Re:Finally looks exactly like Chrome (250 comments)

Yes. And that makes it a horrible horrible UI mistake. Search and URL are two very different things and should never ever be entered from the same UI element.

Well, I suppose if you have OCD or something like that, then you'd be disturbed by such a combination. The rest of us are flexible enough to recognise its benefits. First thing I do with a new install is remove the search bar, create relevant keyword searches, etc.

about a year ago
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Google Rolling Out Gmail Redesign

Gort65 Re:"Let me just take care of that for you." (303 comments)

You got it. It's designer-driven change for change's sake. The same problem as Gnome with Gnome3 and the same problem that MS have with Windows 8. Changes that nobody wants or needs - except bored designers.

Add to the list some bored Firefox designers and the upcoming Australis, the design to protect users from themselves. You can have customisation, but not the way you want it...

about a year ago
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Opera Releases Its First Chromium-Based Browser

Gort65 Re:NOOOOOOO! (191 comments)

Try Ctrl+F1

about a year ago

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