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Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

ITBurnout And this is Slashdot material...why? (1277 comments)

Nowhere in the article does it say that they are doing it "because Democracy would have 'Democrat' in it." That was just an editorial comment by the obviously juvenile and biased article-poster. We are a constitutional republic. We are not a pure democracy.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

ITBurnout Well, right now... (1352 comments)

Slashdot is making me feel more stupid. I mean, seriously? This is the kind of garbage that gets featured here these days?

more than 3 years ago
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'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

ITBurnout Re:Knowability (426 comments)

This is true. I do NOT miss wasting hours with EMM386.

more than 3 years ago
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'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

ITBurnout Re:Knowability (426 comments)

Beagle Bros Apple II Peek & Poke Chart FTW! Good memories dinking around with that.

The professor does have a point. I remember writing one of my first BASIC programs. All it did was wait for a key to be pressed, then fill all character positions on the screen with that letter. I could watch it go line by line. Then I wrote the same program in 6502 assembler. The entire screen of characters changed instantly, as fast as I could type. A feeling of awe and sudden empowerment rushed through my veins. Fun stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Buys McAfee

ITBurnout Re:Worth every penny ... (377 comments)

Your last sentence just killed the premise of your post. So, Slashdot is now invaded by angsty idiotic inept clueless poseurs who think they are geeks but are not, and...and...somehow these clueless idiots know enough to be aware that McAfee sucks. That seems to tell me that a growing number of people are becoming *less* ignorant and more savvy and knowledgeable about these things. If even the "clueless idiots" know enough to make fun of McAfee products, then maybe Intel's $7B purchase isn't such a smart thing. But what do I know, I'm just a socially inept clueless poseur pseudo-geek.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Buys McAfee

ITBurnout But...but... (377 comments)

I'm safe as long as I'm running my Mic-CAFF-ee! (At least that's the way my boss pronounces it).

more than 3 years ago
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Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico

ITBurnout Well, at least (187 comments)

if a Mexican guy walks past one and it says something like "Good afternoon, Mr. Yakamoto," you'll know to stay the hell away from him.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

ITBurnout Re:Your Favorite Youthful Indiscretion? (706 comments)

barry manilow.

An inexcusable offense; you should be copacabanished for that.

(I write the jokes the make the whole world cringe....)

more than 3 years ago
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Icelandic Company Designs Human Pylons

ITBurnout Cool! (142 comments)

Deathrace 2000!

more than 3 years ago
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Lucas Promises Star Wars on Blu-Ray in 2011

ITBurnout I stopped caring (420 comments)

when the first trilogy ended with dancing teddy bears.

more than 3 years ago
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MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

ITBurnout Re:Learn something, daily (94 comments)

Speaking of "learning something new," here's a stupid off-topic question, but I have to ask: I've been here off and on for years (not necessarily posting), and I've seen "GP" and know it means something like "top poster" or "original poster." But never knew what it actually stands for, and Google seems to be no help. So what does "GP" mean anyway? Told ya it was a stupid question...

more than 3 years ago
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MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

ITBurnout Re:Just getting started with MagicJack (94 comments)

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that I have Microsoft Automatic Update turned OFF on the Fit-PC, to prevent it from updating and rebooting. I do the updates manually.

more than 3 years ago
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MagicJack Moving To Smartphones

ITBurnout Just getting started with MagicJack (94 comments)

I'm making the switch from Comcast to MagicJack for my so-called pseudo "land line."

I have it running on a cheap Fit-PC Slim that is running the MagicJack software only, nothing else. I figure the $235 I spent for the Fit-PC Slim will be paid for pretty quickly due to (a) saving $25/month when I get rid of my Comcast line, and (b) running the MagicJack on a dedicated PC that sips power (it runs on only 10 watts!), rather than on my main PC that is an i7 behemoth with tons of cooling, etc. I can turn off my main PC when I'm away from it.

I have MagicJack voice mail messages e-mailed to my Gmail account, and from there I have a Gmail filter set up that sends a text message to my cell phone when a MagicJack voice mail comes in.

My Fit-PC Slim is remotely controlled from my main PC, so does not need a mouse, keyboard, monitor attached.

The MagicJack interface and the ads on the side of the window don't bother me because (a) I'm not using the interface at all; the MagicJack PC just sits there and does its job, functioning as a phone, and (b) I installed MagicBlock and MagicWho? to make it as invisible as possible.

So far, so good. The sound quality is at least as good as my Comcast line if not better. I'm hanging onto my Comcast line for a little while pending some more testing, but am expecting to get rid of it soon. Looking forward to the cost savings.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Takes Up Internal Farming

ITBurnout My mom used to tell me... (136 comments)

...not to inhale my food. Guess she was right.

more than 3 years ago
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Drunk Driver Mugshots Featured On Facebook

ITBurnout This may be legal... (321 comments)

...but it sure seems unethical. The police seem to be posting these pictures only to (a) humiliate and shame those arrested, (b) forever stigmatize those people by way of distributing (downloadable) pictures that will now live on in digital form in the public domain, in one form or another, forever. Who knows where they might end up. Sounds like a good way to potentially ruin someone's life over an *alleged* night of over-indulgence and bad judgment.

There is "being available in the public record," and there is "put on worldwide public display with a big scarlet 'A' for Alcoholic on their chests." They're going over the line here.

more than 3 years ago

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