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Steam's Most Popular Games

HBI Re:Partial statistics (112 comments)

Play Pirates, it was fun in the original "boot up your XT with the floppy" version, good in the mid-90s with "Pirates Gold" and the latest version is pretty much the same deal with better graphics. One of the better games i've ever played.

yesterday
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

HBI Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (445 comments)

Your accusation of war mongering is as specious as all of the rest, going back to Kissinger. The wars were going to happen, with or without Condi Rice and with or without your approval. They were a geopolitical fait accompli. Hell, people back in 1990 could see where the next world problems were going to come from. Your blindness is inexcusable in that context.

A failure to recognize reality - realpolitik - doesn't make you morally superior. It makes you an idiot.

5 days ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

HBI Re:Utterly gutless (141 comments)

So a totalitarian outcome would be just fine, as long as the NSA stops spying?

Now you're just being an idiot.

about a week ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

HBI Re:Utterly gutless (141 comments)

You're just impatient and young.

Truth. Much worse things have happened than NSA spying. Breaking the US system of laws to solve this one problem is stupid and shortsighted.

about a week ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

HBI Re:Utterly gutless (141 comments)

Or maybe they think that a decision isn't required and the lower courts can solve this. Generally, this would mean either the issue isn't important enough for them, the matter is settled law or the issue has been insufficiently litigated at a lower level. We can rule out the first two. Doesn't mean they won't come back for a bite at it if it is not resolved.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

HBI Re:Where do you draw the line? (645 comments)

I've been around the whole world and I know one thing: I kiss the ground with every entry stamp into the US. The majority of the rest of the world is a shit hole in comparison. There are some uncommonly nice places elsewhere (like Australia and Germany) but they are definitely the exception to the rule.

As for US accomplishments, you forgot the nuclear weapons. Then again, you sad sack communists always forget the nuclear weapons pointed at you. Also, who got people to the Moon? I don't think it was Cuba. For that matter, modern computer technology, including this Internet we're using right now, pretty much all originated in the US. The USSR barely managed to directly copy Z-80s and 8088s before its collapse.

Get back under your rock!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Open CS, IT, and DBA Courseware in 2014?

HBI Some names for you (84 comments)

Thomas Edison State College
Excelsior College
Charter Oak

Check one of these out. They can help you. (assuming you are 25 or over)

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

HBI Re:Get used to it (325 comments)

I moved out before Christie was elected, so I can't comment, except to indicate that Florio's DMV of the early 90s was the worst I experienced there. I know that the circa 2007 NJ DMV was worse than Georgia's or Texas' or Minnesota's. But it's better than the MD DMV is. Ugh.

about two weeks ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

HBI Re:Get used to it (325 comments)

Democrats aren't any deeper than FOX Republicans.

FTFY. Half a lifetime in New Jersey was enough education on that score.

Depressingly, the government is actually better in red states - polite junkyard personnel, DMVs that don't suck, simpler tax forms, etc. Entirely counter-intuitive but also entirely true.

about two weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

HBI Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

Sure, having 300 million people go to sleep an hour earlier is MUCH simpler than just not having the same number of people adjusting clocks twice a year, and all the IT infrastructure associated with same.

I admire that logic.

about three weeks ago
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Weapons Grade Stupidity

HBI Re:I'm going to be pudge for a day (14 comments)

Anyone who argues that it is ok to kill people because it's convenient to do so and they can't defend themselves against it... misdirection is going to be the go-to strategy, right?

I don't feel strongly enough about the issue to do anything about it, because the world is full of evil. But pretending some sort of righteousness because you are for killing babies is ludicrous.

about three weeks ago
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New circle, same as the old circle

HBI Re:What happened to the community site? (7 comments)

Great, i'm no worse off than anyone else now. I used the script that was graciously provided - and I got out about a year and a half before the end came, apparently.

about three weeks ago
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A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

HBI Why is such an incorrect post "insightful" (95 comments)

First Amendment rights don't extend to threats and trafficking stolen financial instruments
Fifth Amendment rights are clearly satisfied; the motion practice described above indicates he was charged and habeas corpus is not an issue.
Sixth Amendment rights are muddied by the aforementioned motion practice - I am positive that if he had wanted a trial by now, he'd have one. I think the point is that he'd get convicted of something, hence the delay.
Eighth Amendment - someone with a bunch of stolen credit cards available has resources, so evaluating 'excessive bail' ...please.

Woodward and Bernstein weren't instrumental to the Watergate case, they were simply public relations arms. The case was proceeding without them, and would have ended up in pretty much the same place if they'd been run over by a bus. Despite the mythology, the principals would have found some other reporter to feed data to. The independent prosecutor was the key to the case beyond February 1973, initially Cox and later Jaworski. It is important to remember that initially, the press reports of Watergate were not considered a large issue by the White House. The potential testimony of the burglars themselves was the primary issue initially, hence the hush money delivered until after the 1972 election.

about a month ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

HBI Re:It's a bit sketchy, but I think you can (340 comments)

Post 9-11, the cell towers ignore anything moving over a certain speed. Pre-9-11, no such thing
You'll note cell reception returns when the plane is about to land and the speeds are down sufficiently.

about 3 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

HBI Re:US jobs depend on cartels (323 comments)

The fact that the US has a higher proportion of its population incarcerated than most other nations is well known.

The reasons why are less well-known. Mandatory sentences play their part, but blaming the war on drugs for this is a little shortsighted. I see the US at war with an insurgency within its borders, except the government has chosen to combat it with a criminal justice approach. This approach does not work - and note that the enforcers look more and more like an army every day, with every little municipality having a SWAT team with automatic weapons, and people being summarily executed in their homes by supposed law enforcers for little to no reason. The insurgency started when the government chose to intrude on matters that had previously been left to individual liberty and the best judgement of the population. It is a very low-intensity sort of conflict, but the signs are all around us. The war on drugs is just one slice of the entire problem. The totalization of state control is the problem.

I am not offering solutions, as I doubt any of the possible ways out would be paths taken.

about 3 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

HBI Re:US jobs depend on cartels (323 comments)

I think I acknowledged a difference between alcohol, marijuana and the aggregate majority of abused substances and addressed it. That said, the whole issue is conflated nicely and is hard to split apart in most people's heads.

about 3 months ago
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Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

HBI Re:US jobs depend on cartels (323 comments)

It appears no one has answered this question, so I will. Why are people on the right so resolutely anti-drug?

If you spent your whole life working - regardless of the delivered value to society - the idea of paying an able-bodied person's way in life is antithetical. Those on the right perceive drugs as a certain way to turn an able-bodied person into someone who requires social welfare. No one on the right trusts the individual to make logical choices in the presence in the corrupting influence of a mind-altering drug. They correctly identify the number of people who would remain productive members of society while consuming drugs as very small.

Legalizing drugs would amount to at least removing society's disfavor from the consumption of same. The right expects that an ever-increasing crop of wastrels who do not work will be the result, increasing their tax burden and further damaging the perception that work is the correct pathway to life success. To the right, there is no upside to legalization.

Wresting alcohol and marijuana from this perception goes far to explain why blue laws are still prevalent in many areas and that the first commercial legalization of marijuana happened this year.

about 3 months ago
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Debug.js: A JavaScript VM and In-Browser Debugger In Pure JS Generators

HBI Re: man I wish (34 comments)

This is pretty stupid. This has no relation to actual multithreaded execution, but the author pretends like it does. Perhaps the sites are hosted from Colorado?

about 3 months ago
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Emmett Plant Talks About the Paper-Based RPG Game Business (Video)

HBI Re:WTF? (64 comments)

Most of Roblimo's posts over the past 10 years have been pretty disconnected from the userbase. This is hardly unusual.

about 3 months ago
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Losing Aaron

HBI Re:Minimum Security? (199 comments)

It was an over-reaction, but the guy wasn't willing to pay the price for civil disobedience. So now the hipster crowd wants to redefine civil disobedience as something that should never inconvenience you.

This, luckily, is something that will never fly with the public at large, who will continue to think he's a criminal forever.

about 3 months ago

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Wow

HBI HBI writes  |  about 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 3 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 3 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 6 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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