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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

HBI Re:A quote (408 comments)

Rummy has been demonized, and there's no question but that he's a dick and steamrolls people, but he's always been a pragmatist and relatively non-ideological. He always gets conflated with neocons, but he is not one of them.

I don't think he'd argue all that much with your characterization.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

HBI Re:No fun (462 comments)

Economics is already taking hold. The discount is already built in (ever seen what most games go for on Steam?) and most importantly, the boxes aren't moving off the shelves for most titles. All the MBAs trying to extract every iota of marginal demand by these tactics are instead driving stakes into the heart of their business.

That said, a new generation in school today is learning the same idiocy by rote.

2 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

HBI Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

I'm sure you'd like to believe this, but it isn't true. There are introspective people from all walks and everywhere on the spectrum, but most people are captives of their own echo chamber and don't want to hear a word otherwise. Leftists do not have any special properties in this regard. They are just as eager to squelch speech as any other government, when in power.

about a week ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

HBI Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

Bad form (replying to myself) but, I imagine many readers weren't even out of diapers when the last EISA system shipped. EISA slots supported ISA cards as well - the slots were dual use and had special keyed connectors that reached down lower in the slot when operating in 32-bit EISA mode. To an 8 or 16 bit ISA card, the slots were standard ISA slots for all intents and purposes, except that you had to run the EISA config utility (kind of like a BIOS config, but software rather than firmware) to get the system on board with what you were doing.

about a week ago
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User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

HBI Re:Crusty Hardware (189 comments)

AC, the Compaq Deskpro line implemented EISA. While these systems rarely saw use in homes, banks were full of the things as were other firms. Deskpros were built like tanks up until about 1996. I installed lots of EISA NICs, in particular.

My point is that there were more of these systems out there than you think.

about a week ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

HBI silly (126 comments)

I mean I know people running criminal enterprises aren't all that bright usually, but you'd think the smart play would be to avoid obvious telltales like an overlarge amount of shipments to your house.

The right way to do this would be to open up a shell storefront and conduct a legitimate trade for its cover value, and get your shipments there. How about one of those mailbox places?

about a week ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

HBI Re:This is nonsense (322 comments)

Q. How, precisely, do you stop bullying short of creating a police state with constant surveillance?

A. You can't.

about a week ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

HBI Re:Really? (106 comments)

The fact that most women have trouble getting along with other women is not my problem.

The fact that a significant percentage of women are also offended by male-dominated social environments is also not my problem.

I can speculate on the reasons why both of the above are true, and even come up with ways to fix it, but as stated, not my problem.

The majority is not going to change for a minority, no matter how many laws are passed. Sporadic enforcement is the rule. Eventually, they'll be rolled back. In the meantime, resistance is the rule. SJWs, like you, are to be taken out using any means available.

about a week ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

HBI Re:Really? (106 comments)

He's one of the assholes who make the problems. Probably lost a lot of lunch money on the playground, so now it's time to WIN via a collective power to irritate.

about a week ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

HBI Re:Really? (106 comments)

Really, who the fuck wants to read this? If the objective was to make this profession as sucktastic as the rest of them, mission accomplished.

about a week ago
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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

HBI Who cares (647 comments)

Every language named is Turing-complete and has the capability of implementing any algorithm you might wish. The whole argument is meaningless since the nascent developer will have to learn multiple languages across a career developing software. The language police are very boring by this point. I remember Pournelle arguing about what language was best in the 70s and I know the argument was happening before that.

Dumb argument.

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

HBI Re:Australis sucks (117 comments)

Umm, isn't Australis the Chrome-copying interface?

Nice astroturf for FF. Too bad no one cares, no tears for those assholes. The project is badly managed and will suffer the fate of those who are serving a niche audience. Who knows - maybe there is more of a market for a LGBT browser than I think.

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

HBI Australis sucks (117 comments)

Tired of updating every few days for guaranteed regressions.

Don't need the SJW crap.

Fuck Firefox.

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

HBI Re:Use Pale Moon (117 comments)

Some poorly-made add-ons don't work with Firefox itself, either.

about two weeks ago
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With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

HBI Use Pale Moon (117 comments)

Seriously, it's better.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

HBI Re:Did Congress pass a law? (122 comments)

Yup. Which can be almost immediately reversed by an incoming administration with differing objectives. As can the flood of EOs and regulatory actions going on lately.

There's a reason why these things generally didn't happen in past administrations at the six plus year mark, and the reason why was that they didn't want to salt the fields for their party's next nominee and the assorted congressional candidates who'd have to run on this record. It appears the current occupant doesn't care about that.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Will Kibbitz With YouTube Stars

HBI James Taylor in Paris (105 comments)

About as effectual as that.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

HBI Did Congress pass a law? (122 comments)

Didn't think so. That means the sanctions are still in effect...

about two weeks ago

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Wow

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I posted something in 2007 about leaving and I apparently came back at some point, but now it's going to have to be for good.

Some statistics:

On Facebook, Reddit has 115k likes. Slashdot has 400 something.

I think this says something about left wing amateur journalism. Where /. went wrong was the political shit. It's a surefire way to piss off your readership. There were other huge errors but that one was very big. Leave the politics to politics sites. But then again, it appears that /. is a political site now, too. A bad one.

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Does having all these left-wing assholes posting pay the bills?

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I sure hope it does. They are retarded enough that they'd drive off any new blood. It's been a long time since I learned anything by reading the comments on any article here.

I post once a month now, and will probably cut even that back. Many days I don't even bother visiting.

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Multiply sucks moose schlong

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Just FYI. Totally inaccessible *again*. Looks like the competence they demonstrated for a few short months is fleeting.

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An incident of bad moderation does it for me finally

HBI HBI writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fuck Slashdot.

I've had it with this place finally. Just about everyone I knew on here has fled the site in one way or another. Almost the last to leave, I bid you farewell.

You idiots ran it into the ground. Nice work. You had a vibrant community and wrecked it with posting limitations, moderation bugs and the irrelevant M2. 'Overrated' has to be the biggest laugh ever. I could spend every mod point I ever got on overrated mods and never be subject to M2.

You had a quite active (at least 100 people that I could identify) journaling circle which left for Multiply about 6 months ago because of all the harassment on here.

A friend of mine left about 2 months ago. His complaint was about the leftist slant on everything. He was right, of course, but that's almost an irrelevancy after the previously catalogued sins.

A large number of the people I mention were former subscribers, myself included.

The whole place is low grade dreck by this point and the articles are the same tripe every day. The insightful comments are rare, and the idiots posting are mostly just that, idiots. I used to learn something from reading here, but instead am annoyed incessantly nowadays.

In two words: bad administration.

Oh, and the editors were often flaming assholes too.

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