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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re: Dismantle DHS (160 comments)

Yeah, but then you have to explain what "hypergolic" means. You'd probably get more traction with non-geeks using a matter/antimatter analogy.

7 hours ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Dismantle DHS (160 comments)

The fact that they came up with that name and didn't see any irony in it tells you a lot. Remember, "they hate us for our freedom".

8 hours ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

NoNonAlphaCharsHere People unclear on the concept (160 comments)

The whole point of being the secret police is that they're the SECRET fucking police. We've allowed literally half of the government agencies to be consolidated under one uber-agency whose charter is some nebulous bullshit about "keeping the fatherland safe". And then people are SURPRISED when it follows the example of the Gestapo and the KGB.

8 hours ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:So says (91 comments)

Anyone denigrating "Oooooooh! Shiny!!" CLEARLY doesn't understand Slashdot.

yesterday
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Better version of TFA (131 comments)

Gosh, I wonder what item on YouTube THAT could point to...

2 days ago
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The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

NoNonAlphaCharsHere What an awesome security hole! (131 comments)

That's right up there with the Windows Explorrer thing that executed arbitrary code from a bitmap file when you visited the directory it lived in. Kudos to Google for keeping up.

2 days ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:What about (229 comments)

Yeah, and it makes this odd "whooshing" sound.

2 days ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:What about (229 comments)

Advertised: 150/150
Actual: 112/112

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Local testing works? (771 comments)

As a couple of data points on the thin-skinned study, I had two different people (nicks "Libertarian_Geek" and "c5402dc53929211e1efb") go to the trouble of making me their "foe" yesterday. Try to imagine my sorrow that two random Libtards on the Internet don't like what I said.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Local testing works? (771 comments)

Oh, I'm sorry. Did someone make fun of your cherished fantasies?

3 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Local testing works? (771 comments)

Damn right. People can either choose to be poor and work at Wal-Mart and mooch food stamps from the rest of us, or they can simply decide to move to New York and become hedge fund managers.

Libertardian: n. 1. An anarchist who wants to do away with government, but expects police protection from his slaves, judicial enforcement of contract law, and the free and unfettered use of a modern and magically maintained infrastructure. 2. Someone blithely unaware of the consequences and logical inconsistencies of the nonsense they're babbling.

3 days ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

I'll even push the analogy a little further. Once you use (or, more likely are forced to by some other project) the tweezers from the Swiss Army knife, it FORCES you to use it as your ONLY tweezers. And your ONLY knife. And your ONLY screwdriver. And your ONLY corkscrew. And your ONLY toothpick. And your ONLY scissors. And your ONLY saw...

about a week ago
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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:An interesting twist... (64 comments)

That article is over 2 years old...

Don't you have sources that are less stale?

No. I used Bing.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

NoNonAlphaCharsHere The Chinese Room (68 comments)

Could you please speak to the bait-and-switch (i.e. changing definitions midstream) inherent in the Chinese Room argument? Can you elucidate how the program encodes/encapsulates/contains the intelligence, and how the symbols used/manipulated are immaterial? The idea that the program encodes "two-ness", irrespective of whether I use the symbol "two" or "dos" or "zwei". The word-games and verbal-sleight-of-hand inherent in the Chinese Room argument have irritated me for many years, but I lack the precision vocabulary to explain well how the program (using my term) "encodes" intelligence.

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

You've got that exactly backwards. The systemd lovers are more like the people who say "I don't care WHAT the Mormons believe, as long as they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior".

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

The juxtaposition of your post and sig "Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it." has me ROFLing. Systemd is, indeed, just like the spam skit - it's in EVERYTHING, and everybody gets stuck with it, even though nobody wants it. In the same way that spam isn't really FOOD, it's just on your plate, systemd isn't UNIX, it's just on your system.

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

Systemd vs init: It's a Swiss Army knife vs a chef's knife. A shiny abomination that does "everything" complexly and half-assed, vs a simple tool that does one thing very very well.

about a week ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

NoNonAlphaCharsHere Re:400 billion for war planes (364 comments)

So, 4.5% of this ONE SINGLE Defense Department program, then. Yeah. I see your point. /sarcasm

about two weeks ago

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