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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

IHateEverybody Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

These people are already part of the workforce and are already competing for low wage jobs (in some sectors like agriculture, they are only competing against each other because American citizens don't do those jobs). If anything this change in immigration law takes away some of the leverage that employers could traditionally use against these people.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

IHateEverybody Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (523 comments)

Does the ESA use RTGs in its missions? The impression I got from TFA is that it doesn't.

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

IHateEverybody Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (523 comments)

Dead Like Me. A girl is killed by a toilet seat from the deorbiting space station. She became a grim reaper because that's what happens to people who aren't ready to "move on" in that show's universe. I think it lasted three seasons.

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

IHateEverybody Re:Really? (716 comments)

So it was never about ethics in journalism? It was about Obama with gaming journalism as a metaphor for health care reform? OK.

about a month and a half ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

IHateEverybody Re:Not worth it ? (594 comments)

Except that it's not a rich dude blowing $100k of his own money, at least not yet. It's two "ordinary" people risking their lives so rich people won’t have to. It's a little like crashing a luxury car with real, living human beings instead of crash test dummies. I'm exaggerating for effect here because that was basically TFA's argument, that this is going to be a thrill ride for the rich and not a way to explore space so why are people dying?

But as TFA also points out, a lot of worthwhile endeavors start out with less than laudable goals. The Apollo program started as a way to win a pissing contest with the Russians. It's possible that a space tourism industry might turn out to be a training ground where the astronauts who will explore Mars develop and hone their skills.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

IHateEverybody Re:Space Trilogy (534 comments)

I suppose that causation could work both ways. In my experience some atheists can be just as close-minded and judgemental as some religious fanatics. So anything that helps either group think about their beliefs and why they hold those beliefs is ultimately a good thing.

about 3 months ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

IHateEverybody Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (178 comments)

In fact this sounds a lot like the Harvard grads only dating site the Winklevoss twins claimed that Mark Zuckerberg stole from them and and turned into Facebook. I wouldn't be surprised if this website also fails and turns into a footnote in some other tech billionaire's life story.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

IHateEverybody Re:A real qualification should be... (117 comments)

While I suppose that this kind of attitude, if indeed she does think this way, would make her a terrible Secretary of Labor or Commerce, the office of CTO of the United States would require a different way of thinking than other departments of the Executive Branch. Presumably her job, if she gets it, would require her to apply technology to policy problems. If that is the case, then somebody "brought up in the culture of Google solutionism" would be perfect for a position like this one.

about 4 months ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

IHateEverybody Re:Thought that was obvious... ? (141 comments)

A less polite person might suggest that the parent comment meant to use "phallacy" as a synonym for "dickheadedness" which may not technically be a word but let's face it, we've all had days when we wished that it was one.

about 4 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

IHateEverybody Re:Yes it is. (421 comments)

You seem to be filled with paranoia, an easy sense of outrage, and distrust of all media. Are you by any chance a news pundit?

about 4 months ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

IHateEverybody Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

Vader was Luke and Leia's father and embittered by years of service to the emperor. He deliberately hired incompetent engineers and starship captains in hopes that his children would be able to fix his mistakes and help him kill the emperor.

about 5 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

IHateEverybody Re:Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

I think you're conflating several batshit insane religious nutjob theories. I've heard some Mormons for example suggest that black people suffered from slavery because they were descended from Cam, Noah's youngest son who was cursed for ridiculing Noah who was the one who got drunk and naked in his tent.

The part about the lost tribes of Israel I've seen comes from certain evangelical groups as a justification for America's westward expansion (and the death and destruction for American Indians that came with it). Basically Jacob, the ancestor of all the Isrealites, promised his favorite son Joseph that his own sons, Manassas and Ephraim, would give rise to great nations of their own. Flash forward a couple thousand years and somehow these two lost tribes of Israel go on to found England and another group of them breaks away and founds a little country called the United States of America. So basically according these groups, WASPS (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) were destined for greatness by God because they are a lost tribe of Israel. This was a hugely mind-blowing idea when I first heard it at age twelve.

The point of all this nostalgia for a more superstitious time is that the same people who are coming up with all these crazy ideas are the same people who are trying to make Creationism sound scientific. And a lot of them are perfectly nice, friendly people so it's not like you want to (or even can if they're family) cut them out of your life. Eventually mocking them with tales of Flying Spaghetti Monsters gets tiring and you just find yourself talking about sports.....

about a year ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

IHateEverybody Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

You've just described the prevailing attitude during the Jim Crow era.

about a year ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

IHateEverybody Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

Since private companies began offering health insurance as a form of compensation in lieu of higher salaries. So yeah, your company is not actually paying for your medicine, it's paying for the insurance that pays for your medicine. That's the way health insurance works in the US. Now that may be a bass ackwards way of doing things but it is how they get done these days. The argument here is about what this health insurance should cover.

If we had a single payer system, this would not be a problem. But we don't, so we have a million bean counters out there asking "do we really have to pay for that?" And now the bean counters have been joined by prudes saying, "hey! We can't get laid, why should we have to pay for you to sleep around?"

about a year ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

IHateEverybody Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

But even the First Amendment does not guarantee an absolute freedom of any and all religious practice. Just ask a polygamous Mormon. I very much doubt that a Jehova's Witness surgeon who refused to preform blood transfusions could use the First Amendment to prevent the loss of his medical license. And just to be facetious for a moment, human sacrifice used to be rather popular with some religions and while I am not a lawyer, I think I'm pretty safe in concluding that the First Amendment would not protect anyone trying to bring back this practice. A less facetious example would be animal sacrifice which actually does come up as an issue from time to time - usually with bored prisoners looking for an excuse to sue the prison by "converting" to satanism or voodoo.

This issue is somewhat similar in that health insurance is a form of compensation. Allowing the Catholic Church to dictate that say, a receptionist who is not Catholic but who works at a Catholic institution, cannot spend any part of her paycheck on condoms because they are a form of birth control and the church opposes birth control would strike most people as a violation of the rights of that receptionist. So why should health insurance be any different? If she pays for condoms out of her own pocket, she's doing it with money she earned working for a Catholic institution. If she gets birth control pills from her health insurance plan, that's still money that she has earned working for a Catholic institution. In both cases, the church should have no right to dictate how she should spend the money which she has earned.

about a year ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

IHateEverybody Re:The REAL cool kids are all using IRC (457 comments)

The Egyptian protesters who used Twitter and Facebook to organize protests that drove two dictators from power say "hi."

about a year ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

IHateEverybody Re:Too complicated (457 comments)

Of course they're features. They are very important features for Facebook's real costumers. [1] Advertisers.

[1] Even though you have a Facebook account you are not a customer of Facebook. You're its product.

about a year ago
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Researchers Claim Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' To Many Young Users

IHateEverybody Re:Yogi Berra (457 comments)

And I'm one of those millions of users even though I can't remember the last time I actually posted something on Google+ or even looked at it. And as somebody else already pointed out, the only reason a lot of Google+ users have an account is because Google goes out of its way to foist Google+ on users of its other services. And since when does a service have to be a failure for Google to abandon it? *cough* Reader *cough*.

Having said that I doubt that Google will end Google+ any time soon. At this point Google+ is to Google what Internet Explorer is to Windows. You may not like the former but if you want to use the latter, you're going to be stuck with the former anyway.

about a year ago

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Solar Wind Rips Up Martian Atmosphere

IHateEverybody IHateEverybody writes  |  about 6 years ago

IHateEverybody writes "Scientists have found evidence that the solar wind is ripping off chunks of the Martian atmosphere which could possibly explain why Mars has such a thin atmosphere today. The chunks are being ripped up along "magnetic umbrellas," which are bubbles of magnetic fields which rise from the ground and extend above the Martian atmosphere. This is surprising because scientists previously thought that these magnetic umbrellas protected the Martian atmosphere. Now it looks like exactly the opposite might be true."
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Love, Hate, and the Great Lizard

IHateEverybody IHateEverybody writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I love Mozilla. I hate Mozilla. It's a complicated relationship. And it became an even more complicated recently.

I had heard some good things about the nightly builds of Mozilla 1.3. So when the Alpha came out, I decided to download and install it on my aging Windows 98 machine. Then the troubles began. Suddenly, new windows wouldn't open, my bookmarks refused to appear in my sidebar, and other tools, like the Mail and Newgroups and Composer wouldn't open. Then Mozilla wouldn't shut down on its own. Its process had to be killed now. Luckily, I had the tools to do this and to monitor its behavior.

It was time to fire up Google. Apparently, this was not an uncommon problem. I followed the advice I found and nothing happened. I kept trying some more things but with the holidays and family in the general area, this was a slow and frequently interrupted process.

I finally decided to uninstall Mozilla 1.3a and go back to 1.2.1. But the problems still remained. After a couple of uninstalls and reinstalls of both versions and of a nightly build, I decided to get rid of everything -- to wipe out the last remnants of Mozilla and start fresh. I copied my bookmarks file to another folder and deleted my profile.

This worked. My cookies, preferences, and passwords were gone but Mozilla was working perfectly. I upgraded it to version 1.3a again and it continued to work perfectly.

Now it was time to rebuild. I imported my old bookmarks file and retrieved my old passwords from my Palm Pilot which over its various physical incarnations over the past three years has proven to be far more reliable than either Mozilla or any Windows computer I've owned. I reinstalled some add-ons that I've found that I just can't live without, Leech and Radial Context Menus worked with the new browser but apparently Diggler does not. Apparently many new themes don't work with it either -- disappointing but no big loss.

Time will iron out these incompatibilies. In the meantime, Mozilla is now faster and I have some new toys to play with. I haven't used Mozilla much for e-mail but its new spam filtering capacity may yet win me over.

The pop-up manager is back but some websites still manage to outsmart Mozilla's pop-up suppression mechanism. I've found that the best way of dealing with them is to kill pop-ups altogether. But this leads to problems when some geek decides to use pop-up windows to do something useful at his website. Fortunately, Google as always, has allowed me to find a solution for this problem as well.

This is not the first time that a new version of Mozilla has been b0rked. For some reason, Mozilla 1.2.1 rerouted my Palm directory to a temporary directory called ns_temp. I had to fire up the registry editor and change the "Path" string under the [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\U.S. Robotics\Pilot Desktop\Core] key to fix the problem.

So why put up with all this crap? Simply because Mozilla is the best browser I've ever used; tabs, built-in password and cookie management, pop-up suppression, Internet keywords, the list goes on and on. As annoying as Mozilla can be to install at times, it's no worse in this regard than a lot of Windows applications and has the advantage of working sweetly and smoothly when it's finally working right.

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