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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Nimey Re:Pandering (777 comments)

The Republicans /are/ the crazy-right party and have been since either Nixon's Southern Strategy or the '94 election, depending on whom you believe.

7 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Nimey Re:The best quote from the article (777 comments)

It's ironic that you've made several spelling and grammar mistakes while calling other people stupid.

7 hours ago
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Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

Nimey Re:About fucking time. (81 comments)

Are you fucking stupid? B-52s are an obsolete design with a huge radar profile that are only in service because they're excellent cruise missile carriers and well-understood enough to be quite reliable.

It would be nothing for a reasonably modern air force to shoot an unescorted B-52 down either with SAMs or fighters.

7 hours ago
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Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

Nimey Re:About fucking time. (81 comments)

Imagine the reaction to our flying a B-52 with its bomb bay doors open low over a foreign city. Imagine how many people would be killed in the ensuing stampede, to say nothing of the air defense's reaction.

yesterday
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Nimey Re:It's time to fire samzenpus (299 comments)

I have to agree, this is nothing but yellow journalism and /. and Dice should be ashamed of it.

5 days ago
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Fedora 21 Alpha Released

Nimey Re:Does it address the existing issues? (37 comments)

If you expect things to work I don't honestly know why you're running Fedora. This distribution is for people who want bleeding edge but aren't willing to put up with Arch's cheeky hijinks.

about a week ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Nimey Re:can we have ONE non-dumbed down GUI please? (184 comments)

FSVO "smoothly". I question whether you've ever run full-fat Windows 7 on an Atom, especially in situations where antivirus is mandatory.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Nimey Re:more evil things to do elsewhere? (142 comments)

He's got enough money he could be idle the rest of his life, but...

maybe he'd want to run for a Senate seat or governorship. He already owns a whole island in Hawaii.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Nimey Re:System updates over dialup are painful/impossib (334 comments)

Chromebooks don't support dialup to the best of my knowledge. Some models have cellular modems, however, and that might be an option here.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Nimey Re:COBOL: Why the hate? (270 comments)

I would not be surprised to learn that a large percentage of existing Cobol is one of the archaic dialects that cares about which column you put things into; further, that most of the users of said dialects have no interest in the expense and risk of modernizing their code to a less painful version of the spec.

Besides that, there's the sheer verbosity of the language. Writing out DIVIDE 20 BY 4 GIVING RESULT vs. x=20/4, for instance, is simply annoying.

about two weeks ago
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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Nimey Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (270 comments)

If I absolutely had to I could wear a suit. I draw the line at wearing a goddamn tie, though, especially one that must be tied.

about two weeks ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

Nimey Re:KC-135 (112 comments)

The tanker DC-10 is designated KC-10. The '135s are close to but not quite the Boeing 707; they're closer to being a derivative of the Dash-80 prototype that became the 707.

about two weeks ago
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

Nimey Re:Wait, these are for real? (72 comments)

^^^ That's a place where "average" can be quite deceiving. The sun's atmosphere is rarefied but its core's density is up to 150 g/cm3, or 150x that of water.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Nimey Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

And you'd be factually wrong. There is such a thing as being so open-minded your brains fall out, and you're unwittingly demonstrating this with your false equivalence.

His "argument" about Al Gore was hardly nuanced, he's just giving the argumentum ad Goram cover because he happens to sympathize with the deniers, and that's enough in my book.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Nimey Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Deniers have nothing interesting or worthwhile, or even reality-based to say at this point, so there's no point in annoying myself by reading their drivel.

about two weeks ago
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I think next winter will be:

Nimey Who the hell knows (148 comments)

Last winter's polar air mass stooging around the middle US for weeks was a surprise to everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Nimey Re:Lets not forget (635 comments)

You're wasting your time: you can't reason someone out of a position they weren't reasoned into.

about two weeks ago

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CrunchBang repository and tracker DDoSed

Nimey Nimey writes  |  about a year ago

Nimey (114278) writes "CrunchBang Linux's package repository and BitTorrent tracker have been DDoSed.. Per the announcement on their forum,

The #! repo server and torrent tracker are currently the targets of a DoS attack and are offline. The attack is being monitored and I hope to have normal service restored soon. Apologies for the inconvenience, but this is somewhat out of my control. The repository being offline affects the cb-welcome post install script, so please don't run it until this is resolved. If you have a new install, please cancel out of the script. Thank you!

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Adobe introduces the paid security fix

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "Adobe has posted a security bulletin for Photoshop CS5 for Windows and OSX. It seems there is a critical security hole that will allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Adobe's fix? You need to pay to upgrade to Photoshop CS6. For users who cannot upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe recommends users follow security best practices and exercise caution when opening files from unknown or untrusted sources."
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Inside Amazon's warehouse

Nimey Nimey writes  |  about 3 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "Over the past two months, The (Allentown, PA) Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former warehouse workers who showed pay stubs, tax forms or other proof of employment. They offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to work in the Amazon warehouse, where temperatures soar on hot summer days, production rates are difficult to achieve and the permanent jobs sought by many temporary workers hired by an outside agency are tough to get."
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Microsoft's Win7 Student Edition fiasco

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "It seems that many people who have bought the $30 student edition of Windows 7 have received a broken installer that will not create a bootable DVD image. The problem seems to be related to extracting a 64-bit version of 7 on a 32-bit version of Windows.

In other news, the Pirate Bay has several editions of Windows 7 available in .ISO format, which need a license key (which we paid our $30 for) to work anyway."

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Anatomy of a malware scam

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "The Register has posted an in-depth story analyzing the all-too-common malware XP Antivirus 2008. It's a very professional scam, and I've had many users taken in by it. Essentially the program masquerades as a legitimate anti-malware program, pretends to scan your computer for baddies, wants you to buy the full version to remove what it "found", and imitates portions of Windows XP."
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Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "Gosh, imagine that. US Attorney General Michael Mukasey will not prosecute the former Bush Administration officials who improperly hired career Justice Department officials based on politics. The Bush Administration continues to protect its own at the expense of the country."

Journals

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My foes list

Nimey Nimey writes  |  about two weeks ago

If anyone cares, my foes list is made up largely of two groups:
1) Climate-change deniers, the sort for whom nothing will change their minds.
2) THE STATE IS ALWAYS WRONG AND EVIL fringe libertarians, ditto.

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