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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Microlith Re:In other countries... (253 comments)

This is because companies like Intuit and H&R Block lobby Congress to prevent the IRS from simply applying all the information they already have.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Microlith Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

We'll (deliberately) ignore that groups beyond those with "tea party" in their name were also delayed. Because that destroys the "conservative groups are so persecuted!" narrative.

This was done to rig the 2012 election

Paranoid, conspiratorial bullshit doesn't help anything except to paint you as a partisan hack.

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Microlith Re:Yes? No? Maybe So? (489 comments)

Do you care about what embedded OS your dishwasher runs?

Yeah, because my PC is as interactive and important as my dishwasher!

As long as Win 10 runs my existing Windows-only apps and games, I'm happy.

Life's too short to worry about operating systems.

Indeed, we shouldn't concern ourselves with options outside of that which Microsoft provides. Doing so is stupid, and makes you stupid. Right?

about two weeks ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

Microlith Re:What can the U.S. do the rest of the world cann (122 comments)

Consider just Canada alone, from which Cuba could have had any technology they wished.

Given they haven't gotten it, I suspect it's more complex than that! Part of it may be that companies that operate in violation of U.S. embargoes cannot do business in the U.S., thus making Cuba not worth their attention might be part of it.

Change has to come from Cuban leadership, if at all.

Indeed, when dealing with a regime on the wrong side of an embargo or blockade, it's always the one at the bottom of the power slope that is responsible, right?

What is very telling is that the cuban community in Florida is really, really angry we are lifting the embargo - because all it does is empower the people that made Cuba what it is today.

They're angry because their property was seized - but their kids don't generally care. On the other hand, the Cuban government released a bunch of political prisoners in the past week or two, which at least suggests that Raul and the party are at least cognizant of the changes coming down the pipe.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

Microlith Re: MORE SHIT??? (177 comments)

Why is it necessary for Mozilla to have paid employees, let alone an actual corporate structure?

Because they complete with Microsoft and Google, and have done a good job at it.

Why does Mozilla need to "compete" with Google. Mozilla is a non-profit. What's the endgame here?

Staying relevant and keeping up with standards, and delivering a browser with updates on a timely basis.

Why can't they just write their software for people who want it and let people use Chrome who want to use Chrome.

Because in short while the project would likely fall apart when faced with the pace of development MS and Google can do.

There's lots of open-source software projects out there that continue to run based solely on the contributions of their developers.

And a great many of those contributors are compensated for doing so, via other sources. They are very fortunate.

Given the choice between "Commercial Mozilla" trying to compete with Chrome, and a slower changing, community run affair, I'll take the latter.

And enjoy it as it falls behind.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

Microlith Re:Panic way over-blown (496 comments)

What's wrong with the Rod From God idea anyway?

Because it reinforces the mindset that the only way forward is military superiority, which is suicidal.

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

Microlith Re:There's a bigger challenge... (189 comments)

when somebody considers himself justified to do anything other than talk back in response to whatever speech he may find offensive.

I think people are willfully misconstruing the sort of thing the EFF is talking about. They certainly don't appear to be talking about things that are generally offensive, but specific, targeted harassment against individuals where they are hounded everywhere they go.

But since people are getting killed over comics, you shouldn't worry about the torrent of abuse directed towards you on every site you visit. Right? Just suck it up and be glad you're not dead?

about three weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

Microlith Re:There's a bigger challenge... (189 comments)

But you certainly have the right to offend them.

Indeed, you have the right to stalk them from website to website and deliver a constant stream of abuse. They take offense? Oh, that's their problem. So long as you don't physically harm someone, you're OK! Emotionally harming and constantly harassing someone until they break is a-ok though!

At least, if I understand ShangahiBill and the above post by fyngrz.

about three weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

Microlith Re:There's a bigger challenge... (189 comments)

Are we to assume that because France is having trouble, the EFF should stop and we should just not bother?

"Oh, they're dealing with something terrible, I suppose I should just be quiet and accept the abuse I suffer because, hey, at least I'm not being murdered!"

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Microlith Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

No I am tired of that argument it might have been legit 20 years ago but history in the mean time has proven its horse shit.

So basic logic was legit 20 years ago, but now it's invalid?

One religion in recent history has been responsible for the vast vast majority of religious inspired violence.

You mean a subset of people who consider themselves to be part of a religion.

I am not saying governments ought to step in an stop people from practicing their faith but I do think the rest of society might do well to express a little less religious tolerance and acceptance.

But only against those you choose to be intolerant again. And when you are intolerant, you express blanket intolerance. Great way to make enemies and end up like Europe.

A little social exclusion would probably lead lots of younger folks to drop it

Or it would make them feel oppressed and alienated, leading them to lend an ear to the extremists. Oh wait, this is exactly what is happening. You are your own worst enemy.

about three weeks ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

Microlith Re:He must enjoy preaching to the choir. (681 comments)

If noting that Isaac Newton was born on Dec. 25 would turn religious people away from science, they're too buried in their dogma and myopia to ever accept reality.

about 1 month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

Microlith Re:Oh yeah, it's "bombing" in the US alright... (288 comments)

That doesn't mean it's a good movie. Most of the sold out showings are because of the hype surrounding this incident. The reviews are pretty uniformly bad.

People aren't flocking to it because it looked good, or because it is good. They're going mostly to spite the group that hacked Sony and North Korea.

about a month ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Microlith Re:Most Unbiased Slashdot Gamergate Article (556 comments)

The attempt to imply that the FBI said they were investigating pro-Gamergate people has already been destroyed in the comments (thank fuck users are still in control of the discussion here).

Destroyed in the comments? Mealy-mouthed arguments and claims of "false flag" (what the fuck is this, Infowars?) don't make a convincing argument.

there still hasn't been a single /. thread about the Gamergate scandal itself

Sure there has. Oh you mean the journalism aspect, which was never a relevant part and the actions of the gamergate horde ensured that out of the gate.

Never mind that the journalism angle that sparked the whole thing was shown to be a bullshit basis to start.

the universal news media blackout and user forum/comment censorship

Universal? Not really. It's been observed for the horrible harassment campaign it's shown itself to be (omg false flag, false flag!) And people have been basically scrubbing forums of this stuff because it tends to be a drag and largely unproductive.

the still-ongoing coordinated smear campaign that was launched on August 28 with the "Gamers are Dead" shotgun blast of hit pieces.

Yeah, yeah, giant conspiracy. Not a reaction to the torrent of abusive behavior that erupted from the gaming world once they realized there was a much wider, and diverse audience for games than their narrow worldview let them conceive of.

But please, keep banking on the misbegotten persecution complex.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Microlith Re:cowardice (556 comments)

There was a bit of a conspiracy, because, while there's no concrete evidence

So your claims are baseless and hollow.

it appeared that a few of the 'victims' were working really hard through the use of sockpuppets

IT'S A CONSPIRACY (even though we haven't a shred of evidence to prove it)! A giant conspiracy that suddenly sprung up, not a bunch of people deciding that they'd somehow been wronged by an indie developer because her boyfriend made some (apparently incorrect) claims and some blog author and deciding to go nuclear.

You'll have to forgive me if I'm massively skeptical about apologetics for gamergate.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Microlith Re:cowardice (556 comments)

Slashdot is devolving into a geek version of Fox News.

Irony, given how many gamergate apologists sound like right wingers after viewing Fox News for extended periods.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Microlith Re:cowardice (556 comments)

So in other words, IT'S A CONSPIRACY!

I hope this because I know damn well GamerGate did not make these threats.

Given that there's nothing resembling membership rolls or a roster for gamergate, much like occupy and anonymous, anyone can claim they're part of gamergate and say whatever they want. And given that the birth cries of gamergate were basically textbook misogyny and harassment, it's pretty much impossible to separate the two.

The entire case against GamerGate is built of press pushing talking points off of empty claims made by professional victims.

Has it? So what's more believable:

It's a giant conspiracy by media types to set up false harassment fronts against professional victims to make gamergate look bad.

or

Gamergate was full of assholes who continue to act like assholes and don't like it when their targets push back rather than simply accept being harassed into silence.

By far one is much simpler, and hews much closer to the truth despite gamergate apologists denying and deflecting.

about a month and a half ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Microlith Re:Why not ask the authors of the GPL Ver.2? (173 comments)

Answer to #3 is clearly NO - that's why GPLv3 was created, which pissed off a large number of companies, and drove them to BSDL solutions, like LLVM/Clang instead of GCC

Unspecified patent claims on software should be an anathema to BSDL software, given that could result in the patent holder controlling any and all usage of the project despite the license.

Of course, if this is true then it shows how vile said corporations are. So desperate to undermine the core points of Free Software for the sake of power over others.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Microlith Re: Don't worry guys... (880 comments)

"Fundamentalist" christianity is actually very peaceful.

Which is all well and good, except for the idiocy that goes along with it.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Microlith Re:Don't worry guys... (880 comments)

This sort of thing is what that legislation was supposed to prevent.

So what you're saying is... false flag! /s

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

Microlith Re:Its own editors said so (346 comments)

They aren't pretending to be objective, balanced, or factual.

A couple problems. The first is that no one is truly objective except someone studying an isolated system. The second is that we have this misbegotten notion that "balance" is that we must give both sides of a story equal billing. When one side is flagrantly wrong, it deserves to be dismissed and ignored. The third is on you to show how they omit facts. I know the extreme right wing of this country loves to manufacture "facts" or omit actual facts when it suits them, there's a whole TV network that excels in such shitflinging.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on

Microlith Microlith writes  |  about 3 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes."

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No Custom ROMs for DROID X, 2

Microlith Microlith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Microlith (54737) writes "According to Tom's Hardware, the bootloaders for the DROID X and DROID 2 will be encrypted and signed, much in the same fashion as the Motorola Milestone (GSM DROID) as well as their other handsets. If they cover their bases, unlike last time, this will bar owners from installing 3rd party ROMs."
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