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Will Your Credit Report Disqualify You For a Job?

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Dumb. (513 comments)

Maybe, but how is any of that your business? How you treat your daughter is relevant to how you might treat your employees, but is it any business of those employees? And let me tell you something, child -- and you MUST be young to be this naive -- if you think "tight situations" arise only "here and there" you have had far too easy a life and are probably going to be in for a very rude surprise down the line. And with that smug attitude, I certainly hope so.

more than 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Hey (909 comments)

As a woman, I find that an insulting and sexist thing to say. We women don't sit around and say things like, "Come on, ladies, this arguing is stupid and pointless. Stop acting like men!" Though judging from the fact that this is what happened here and from the content of your comments, I guess we should start.

more than 5 years ago

Debian Decides To Adopt Time-Based Release Freezes

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Linux: Debian (79 comments)

First, the small font used for the non-mainpage stories makes me read the story title as "Lesbian decides to adopt time-based release freezes".

Me too! My first thought was, "I guess the lesbians from the porn industry get used up so fast that they want updated versions every couple of weeks or so." Yeah, I could see where that would get annoying to the lesbian developers.

more than 5 years ago

Celebrate Your Next Birthday At the Microsoft Store

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Will it be next to the furniture store? (301 comments)

To be honest, I didn't get the squirting joke. Not to how it relates to Microsoft anyway. Of course, it's very late and I'm tired.

more than 5 years ago

China Bans Shock Treatment For Internet Addiction

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Doesn't hurt them? (113 comments)

I know I'm probably prejudiced but electro-shock therapy sounds too much like torture to me. Maybe it's because it has been used as torture in the past, maybe it's because it had the effect of being torture even if the therapy sort of worked, or maybe it's just because there are too many guys I've met online who wanted me to do that to them. Let's just say I have an aversion to it. I have PTSD and tend to suffer from depression and I am currently going for treatment, but I'll have to say no to electro-shock.

more than 5 years ago

How Microsoft Has Changed Without Bill Gates

Mistshadow2k4 Re:No not really (493 comments)

Never heard of any complaints about the "ribbon UI" before, but I'm sure if MS was changing it you'd be the first they'd notify.

You must have been deaf, blind and living in a cave for the last few years then. Everywhere on the web, from /. to Lifehacker to chat rooms to DeviantArt, I have heard complaints about the new UI. But I think the most telling thing, though, is to ask a few simple questions of people who seem to like it. Ask them what else is new and/or improved about Office 2007. I've yet to get an answer.

more than 5 years ago

"Definitive Evidence" For Ancient Lake On Mars

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Definite Evidence (102 comments)

Because "proof" doesn't sound as self-important as "definitive evidence", silly! Don't you know that scientists need to use longer words and phrases than the rest of us to be taken seriously?

more than 4 years ago

Supreme Court Declines Case Over Techs' Right To Search Your PC

Mistshadow2k4 Another cause for concern... (485 comments)

It would be almost brain-dead easy to put anything you want on a computer and then change the file properties to look like it was there before you gained access to the machine. I could do it on any given morning before I've even had a sip of coffee.

more than 5 years ago

Mozilla To Launch "Build Your Own Browser"

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Flash (171 comments)

My, the bitterness! Haven't met a woman who didn't demand the money up front in a while, huh?

What made this amusing enough to be worth replying to for me is how you proved the exactly opposite point in your rush to be an asshole. A poster who might be a female apparently does NOT get any special treatment around here, he or she gets immediate abuse just because they might be female. No special treatment or modding up in sight. Thank you very much for proving us women absolutely correct when we complain about the abusive, sexist hostility we receive on male-dominated sites like this.

more than 5 years ago

How American Homeless Stay Wired

Mistshadow2k4 Re:And yet (287 comments)

Wow. Seriously, people, wow. I'm not a historian, but I wonder if there's ever been a period in history where the fortunate were so incredibly delusional about how lucky they are, and actually believe that anyone else fortunate than themselves is just lazy. You don't really believe this, do you? Do you really think that someone would PREFER to live under a bridge, enduring inclement weather, harassment from the police and the threat of violence from others on the street, rather than get a job, work, and rent a cheap apartment where, at the very least, they're inside out of the rain? My God. You don't really think it's that easy out there, where you can get a job just because you're able to organize stuff without much difficulty? if so, I hope that you and the others posting the like on this article never lose your jobs and become homeless, for your own sakes; you're so clueless that you wouldn't last a month, let alone long enough to get another job and a place to live.

more than 5 years ago

Rapidshare Divulges Uploader Information

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Some basic rules to follow. (281 comments)

Why not just post next time with "My opinion is worthless, please ignore me>" since it's obvious that your "stance" is about as strong as a peice of wet paper.

And your alternative? Oh yeah, we're back to protesting and working to change laws which has done absolutely no good whatsoever since the 60s. So what's your point? You don't seem to have one to have one.

more than 5 years ago

UI Features That Didn't Make It Into Windows 7

Mistshadow2k4 Re:K.I.S.S (342 comments)

EXACTLY. Since Win 98, I always customized Explorer to show most of the extra buttons on the toolbar, changed the folder options to suit me, etc. In Vista these options are gone. You see, in designing the Vista UI they just used the old Explorer defaults and threw away all the extras, figuring that nobody used them anyway. In other words, they designed for the inexperienced users who hadn't been using it very long, not an experienced user that knew they could choose which view they preferred for that directory, icons or what have you and could choose that with the press of a button. No, they had to spread that out over half of a toolbar so they'd be sure to see it.

This philosophy is how they redesigned the entire system so far as I can tell. I used Vista at work and yes, SP1 did improve it, but I still hated it. All the little simple tools I'd taken advantage of for years (e.g., in Explorer before Vista, just glance to the left to see how big a file is) were missing, it was slower than my XP box at home that had the same amount of RAM and actually a less powerful CPU (Superfetch is supposed to make frequently-used apps load faster, but that only sped them up to ALMOST XP-speed). Now, I expect that a newer, more powerful version of something to use more resources, but I expect something in return for that besides a prettier UI. I may not get transparency out of it, but I can patch the uxtheme.dll in XP, apply a theme or msstyle and it will look pretty good without it using up hundreds more megs in RAM. Vista just doesn't offer me anything that I actually need since I have XP and know how to use it.

I haven't tried 7, but at least from what I hear it does have two features that interest me: minimize other windows by shaking the one I'm using ("aero shake") and making items on the taskbar appear as icons instead of as an icon and a text description. But that probably still means giving up all those little extra tools I've used for years that I mentioned above, so I'm not sure that I want it yet. Most likely not, since I hear that the DRM is absolutely Draconian. The last thing I want is more DRM and I'm willing to go without rather than put up with that crap.

more than 5 years ago

Mississippi Passes Law To Ban Traffic Light Cameras

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Wow... (629 comments)

Get real. Exactly how is to be determined whether a guy wasn't positive that he couldn't get out again? Mind-reading?

more than 5 years ago

Finding Twin Earths Is Harder Than We Thought

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Solution: (161 comments)

There must be some kinda way out of here...

Said the joker to the thief.

(Unfortunately, neither seems able to provide much help on FTL travel.)

more than 5 years ago

Did the Netbook Improve Windows 7's Performance?

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Or maybe you're pulling that from your ass (440 comments)

Yeah, that's what superfetch is supposed to be sucking up all that memory for. But you must be using some tweak I don't know about if it loads anything that fast (and this is with 4 gigs of RAM I'm talking about here). I can't tell that FF or anything loads faster than 10 seconds.

more than 5 years ago

Did the Netbook Improve Windows 7's Performance?

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Or maybe you're pulling that from your ass (440 comments)

Face it, the real reason that Windows 7 is leaner than Vista is that Vista was a market flop because it tried to do all sorts of things that Windows users were simply not ready for. There is nothing seriously wrong with Vista, and Windows 7 is mostly an optimized version 2 of Vista.

That is the MS company line about Vista, and that is part of their problem: denial. I've used XP for years and have had to use Vista at work. Your claim that there's nothing wrong with Vista and it did things the public wasn't ready for is laughably ridiculous. Let's just start with that first one -- exactly what does it do that the public wasn't ready for? The sidebar? That's probably the most popular feature about Vista, but other similar applications came out and were even more sophisticated before Vista got to RC1. The visual previews of items on the taskbar? The transparency? Or maybe you mean the security of UAC, which is not only annoying as hell but has been proven to be not all that secure?

Nothing wrong with Vista? Oh, nothing, as long as you don't mind nearly an entire GIG of your memory basically disappearing while Vista eats it up and returns nothing for it. I have literally seen this situation: two computers side by side, both with fresh installs of Windows, one with XP and the other Vista. Nothing extra installed, nothing customized. The XP machine was using roughly 450 megs of RAM idling, and the Vista machine was using over 900 megs of RAM idling! Just out of curiousity, I took the XP machine home and tried this little experiment. I installed a Vista look-alike app bundle, which included the sidebar, taskbar previews, flip 3d, transparency, etc.; all the bells and whistles. Memory usage while idling shot up to 738 megs. Yes, that's quite a lot, but the Vista machine at work -- with nothing extra added on to it -- still used over 150 megs more Ram idling. I'm not alone either. Study after study comparing the two showed the same results -- even after the installation of SP1 on Vista.

Seriously, I can't help but wonder; how did this get modded to +5? We all know better than this. I'm tempted to go back to moderating and meta-moderating when I see stuff like this. Seems more to me like you pulled that out of your ass, not the author of the article.

more than 5 years ago

The Survival of Survival Horror

Mistshadow2k4 Re:really, no Left 4 Dead? (57 comments)

I'd love to see a MMO or RPG-esque zombie game come out. Instead of worrying about the next thing to jump out at you around the corner (though you'd have to worry about that too) you would have to worry about things like having enough food and supplies to outlast the zombie hordes, or having to fight off other people from taking over your shelter. You could work with a team of other survivors to find a safe haven (i.e. clear this area of zombies and defend it).

In those movies this is the mistake the protagonists make, thinking they can keep the plague outside their defended area indefinitely as long as they have supplies. But the disease is so virulent that a victim is assured of becoming a zombie and spreading it with just one bite, so there is no way to keep it out in the long term. No matter what you do the Red Death will slip into the castle eventually.

I'm afraid that too many fans of zombie movies would recognize that scenario (and obviously Poe fans). If they tried to market a game based on that it would be shot down as cliche. Not everyone, but enough that it might not sell good enough to suit the company. I say "might not" because even if did sell just fine, the fact that it was criticized could scare the company enough to scrap before they got far into developing it.

more than 5 years ago

Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch Provokes Bomb Scare

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Whiny bastards (186 comments)

Only if you some how ascribe a ridiculous value to human life. We're animals; there's 6 billion of us. Life is cheap, and beer isn't free.

That is a statement one would expect from a psychopath. If you really believe that -- not just trolling -- then you need to see a psychiatrist. Seriously. If you see human life as so valueless then you will eventually kill someone, if you haven't already.

more than 5 years ago

Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Firefox will continue to be superior (662 comments)

Still seem to have? Just parroting? Dude, I'm using the latest version of FF right now. I have 5 tabs open but only one is active. I'm not downloading anything. It's not really even doing much of anything. It's almost idle. Yet FF is using 154, 320 K of memory.

more than 4 years ago

Spider Bite Allows Man To Walk Again

Mistshadow2k4 Re:Myth busters episode (221 comments)

This exactly why the original poster's suggestion would never work as a Mythbuster's episode: with nothing to blow up, there is no episode.

more than 5 years ago


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"email this picture" on right-click

Mistshadow2k4 Mistshadow2k4 writes  |  more than 5 years ago Why, oh why, did the devs at Mozilla pu this option on the right-click menu of Firefox immediately under "Save Image As"? Were they purposely trying to make life even more difficult for drunk people?


Microsoft buys to boost e-shopping search

Mistshadow2k4 Mistshadow2k4 writes  |  about 6 years ago

From the article: "Microsoft has agreed to buy Greenfield Online, owner of popular European price comparison website, for about $486 million to boost its Internet search and e-commerce business in Europe."

Microsoft has tried to buy their way into online success before; will this one be the charm?


Colliding galaxies shed light on dark matter

Mistshadow2k4 Mistshadow2k4 writes  |  about 6 years ago From the article: "Astronomers have captured images of a powerful collision of galaxy clusters and say it may shed light on the behavior of dark matter."


Tests Confirm T. Rex Kinship With Birds

Mistshadow2k4 Mistshadow2k4 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

From the article: "In the first analysis of proteins extracted from dinosaur bones, scientists say they have established more firmly than ever that the closest living relatives of the mighty predator Tyrannosaurus rex are modern birds." This was discovered by testing the soft tissue recently found in fossils.


T-rex blood found

Mistshadow2k4 Mistshadow2k4 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Soft tissue in dinosaur fossils found - but we're not ready to build Jurassic Park just yet. Interestingly, this raises questions about the decay process as it is understood by paleontologists, as it has been long believed that soft tissues could not be preserved for millions of years inside fossils. Schweitzer's work also has implications in the hunt for life elsewhere in the solar system.

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