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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

Kazoo the Clown You couldn't pay me to watch it. (239 comments)

It sounds lame, period. I see no reason to get upset about any of it. The movie is lame, Sony is lame, the North Korean dictator is lame. I could care less what happens to any of it. Why act like it matters in the least by making any kind of deal out of it at all? And if anyone acted cowardly here it was the theater owners who refused it. If I was Sony I'd just release it into the public domain right away to shut up the critics and move on.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Kazoo the Clown At least there's no pretense here... (379 comments)

No pretense they have any respect for the Constitution, due process or the privacy of citizens. There's no doubt everyone will have to take matters into their own hands now. No doubt they'll make that illegal too, at which point only criminals will have any privacy.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

Kazoo the Clown Re:explain? (647 comments)

It's essentially a project financed behind the scenes by Microsoft to delay the release of Linux updates-- hardware products (like Raspberry PI) that make use of Debian are currently stalled at Wheezy while the whole mess sorts itself out.

about a month ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

Kazoo the Clown So what's better... (145 comments)

So what's better for the planet? Painting my roof with this stuff or covering it with solar panels?

about a month ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Kazoo the Clown Slaves are always cheaper than the free (454 comments)

When will we finally get to a ruling class no longer pining for the pre-civil war days?

about a month ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Kazoo the Clown Re:APL: A Programming Language (127 comments)

The terseness of APL was a HUGE advantage for interactive programming when baud rates were, like 135. And I loved that its keyboard actually had real multiply and divide symbols rather than co-opting the asterisk and slash. The pictographic character set visually reflected the operations in many cases. It's decendant J, unfortunately sports none of those advantages and programs look like they are displayed on a terminal with its baud rate set wrong.

about a month ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Kazoo the Clown Re:J (You can type more than that for your subject (127 comments)

Yeah, as if APL wasn't cryptic enough, the J designers had to translate its pictographic character set into Multi-character ASCII gibberish.

about a month ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

Kazoo the Clown Re:Hatsune Midi (147 comments)

Sounds like there wouldn't be enough RAM/ROM for Linux, but running it stand alone somehow sounds like a good idea. I hung on to one of those cards too. Or maybe an ISA interface for the PI?

about a month ago
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Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Kazoo the Clown Re:remember this.... (137 comments)

And we also know that the GW "skeptic" crowd doesn't bother to send papers even to scam journals. Remember that the next time a skeptic claims the reason there are so few skeptic papers published is because they get rejected.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Kazoo the Clown Fix a thumbdrive virus by doing WHAT??? (561 comments)

The suggestion in the book that it would be appropriate to plug a known-virus-infected USB thumbdrive into another computer in order to fix it seems totally crazy to me. Even if the second computer does have better security there's no guarantee the virus isn't a new one that hasn't made it into virus checker recognition databases yet...

about a month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Kazoo the Clown Re:strange conclusion (123 comments)

So how many of you, when in a restauraunt in a strange town that you know you're not likely to ever go again, will stiff the waitperson? And if any of you have once worked on a wait staff-- how often were you stiffed on the tip?

about a month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Kazoo the Clown Re:This study is... (123 comments)

It's yet another damned fool trying to claim we're "better", but we're not. We're apex predators with all that which that entails. And I'd be more than happy to entertain myself at their expense if they're willing to keep deluding themselves and lying to others about this.

Thanks for the warning...

about a month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kazoo the Clown Re:Regime Uncertainty (308 comments)

If you ask me the big scandal here is that we're assuming the ISPs have any ability whatsoever to tell streaming video from VOIP, web traffic or email. That they can, tells us the internet is fundamentally insecure which is the problem at its core.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kazoo the Clown Re:Yeah right (308 comments)

Yes, It's looking like we're doomed. I keep wondering just how screwed up the government has to be to get the non-voters to wake up and vote third parties. The problem is, as things get more screwed up, people are less motivated to vote in response instead of more. So it gets even easier and cheaper to manipulate those who still vote and it gets even worse. It now looks that the government could go around herding people into concentration camps and gassing them and too few would actually rise up against them to make much of any difference. The electorate is so completely delusional the majority would probably just think it's a good thing and would only have a negative impact on "someone else" who probably deserves it.

about a month and a half ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

Kazoo the Clown Re:Bah (212 comments)

When I started the lead programmer had a degree in Nuclear Physics and insisted on coding his own text editor and assembler from scratch-- the assembler using his own mnemonics. Consequently, it was incompatible with any commercial product we might consider moving to later. The guy never dealt with ANY other code written by anyone. He also didn't have any error handling, which as a user, HE didn't need. My first project was to add error handling so someone could use the stuff besides him. He never used that error checking version tho. There are still apps out there running today written in the higher level language the guy designed at the time. It could run business apps in as little as 4K RAM per user. When we finally hosted it on Unix it scaled up really well...

about a month and a half ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Kazoo the Clown Wouldn't want to hamstring the NSA... (706 comments)

Of course they want Net Neutrality. Without it, the NSA would have to impose an override, something they'd just as soon not have to do because word would get out and it would be unpopular. I mean, throttling NSA packets just wouldn't do. And an override could be exploitable, before long every network packet would have the NSA signature on it. Net Neutrality solves all that. Plus, they wouldn't want ISPs to do anything to impede nefarious character's ability to freely surf the internet and hang themselves...

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

Kazoo the Clown Captain obvious (330 comments)

So they've figured out that conservatives are more chickenshit than liberals. This is news?

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

Kazoo the Clown Good idea, but that site sucks (81 comments)

The site's comments are driven by a Facebook login, I won't touch those with a 10-ft pole. Any site so brain dead as to think that would ever be appropriate has got nothing to say I want to hear.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Kazoo the Clown Re:Still try to do proprietary email? (173 comments)

I wish we could say the same about social networking and get it out of the hands of Facebook...

about 2 months ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Kazoo the Clown No shortage of scam products.... (76 comments)

Since a Kickstarter project doesn't usually have the benefit of a reputation, they're ripe for scam artists and huckster/hype factories. Then again, that HAS actually established a reputation. For Kickstarter/Indiegogo/etc. projects in general. Even ones that do what they say they're going to do can boil down to overhyped junk. Take the Om One, Leap Motion, or Midi PUC for example. They do what they say they can do. But it's like, so what, what they say they can do turns out to be pretty lame, it's just their marketing made it seem like something really hot.

about 2 months ago

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