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Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

OakDragon Re:Parallels exist in animals (87 comments)

I think "nuclear family" does not mean what you think it does. But if I'm wrong, what is the alternative that you're thinking of?

about a week ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

OakDragon Re:Can't be good for humans either (147 comments)

This might explain why grown men are more and more behaving like frightened old women these days.

Maybe that's what happened to Stephen King.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

OakDragon Re:wont take long till singularity (478 comments)

But will one be able to press the "Shift" key from Singularity?

about two weeks ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

OakDragon Re:Costs (315 comments)

Do people that chime in saying "fusion has been 20 years away since the 70s" think they're presenting an original gripe?

No, we've been tired of hearing this gripe since the 60s.

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

OakDragon Re:Why Chemistry? (29 comments)

One of the judges had already promised the Physics prize to his cousin, so they had to make do.

about two weeks ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

OakDragon Re:Oh yes, we were (115 comments)

Well, you are supposing a lot about me. But I will concede maybe I play into the right-vs-left thing too much. And I do think of it as a sport.

However, "my side" sees politicians working together as the problem. I have no issue with government being paralyzed. I don't want them to work on solutions. The less they do the better.

And I said "calm down" because you were rude. It was condescending, so sorry for that.

about two weeks ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

OakDragon Re:Oh yes, we were (115 comments)

Confession time - I did indeed do this. The "WhiteHart" sock puppet was a childish experiment to see if a raging liberal (as opposed to a hardcore right-winger) would garner more karma. Of course I am not a raging liberal, so the experiment went nowhere (as you can see from WhiteHart's comment history).

This may or may not violate Slashdot's account policies. I'm not sure, I cannot find anything about multiple accounts in the FAQ. If it becomes an issue and my regular account were to be terminated, I really have no defense to give.

As I said, the WhiteHart "fake" account never really got off the ground, and I'm surprised to have found myself logged in. According to the FAQ, I cannot delete WhiteHart; I will just have to try to forget about him. Please believe me when I say I've learned a few things in the 8 years since I set up the sock-puppet, and it is something I detest today if I see it elsewhere. Mostly I really do stick to posting my comments under my actual name where practical.

about two weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

OakDragon Re:The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

A perfectly reasonable proposition. Too many are labeled "deniers" for taking any position less than the extreme.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

OakDragon Re:Go Sarah! (292 comments)

Another example of the Republican War on Women.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

OakDragon Re:FP? (942 comments)

"It drives me crazy that I need both a metric and a standard set of socket wrenches and hex keys"

Me too, I want a set that is a mix of metric and SAE. At least the SAE sizes should be in metric first with the SAE size added as an afterthought.

I don't know if I believe you guys or not.

As a tool guy, I'm always wanting more tools, not less.

(Joking, but only kinda)

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

OakDragon Re:FP? (942 comments)

I vote semi-colon.

about three weeks ago
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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

OakDragon Memo : read ALL the headline (46 comments)

Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter...

Whhuuuuut??!?!?

...Training Software

oh... meh

about three weeks ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

OakDragon Re:Oh yes, we were (115 comments)

It's interesting that the politicians that *I* would describe as "liberal Democrats" are now the authoritarians.

about three weeks ago
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Study: An Evolutionary "Arms Race" Shaped the Human Genome

OakDragon A Quandary (33 comments)

I know that since this is Slashdot, evolution = good, arms race = bad, so I don't know how to process the headline.

about three weeks ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

OakDragon Re:Of course it does. (173 comments)

Well I just made some water this morning, and I'm pretty sure it's not older than the sun. As a matter of fact there are some relatively young Rolling Rocks that predate it.

about a month ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

OakDragon Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

False. Completely false. Why do you persist in this nonsense? Women, in the same career field as a man, almost always makes less. They only place it's close is in a wage controlled environments. Where a person doing X classification makes the same by contract. Even in those case women rise through the class slower then men. This is a real problem. Why does this scare you?.

This is just not true. Once you factor in time & effort on the job, the gap nearly closes. Women choose to place domestic priorities higher than men. Why does this scare you?

about a month ago

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NASA Study Finds Earth's Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about two weeks ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "The cold waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, analyzed satellite and direct ocean temperature data from 2005 to 2013 and found the ocean abyss below 1.24 miles (1,995 meters) has not warmed measurably. Study coauthor Josh Willis of JPL said these findings do not throw suspicion on climate change itself."

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YouTube issuing "report cards" on carriers' streaming speeds

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 3 months ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "In the shadow of the "Net Neutrality" debate, Google's YouTube has created a service to report on your carrier's usage and speed, summarizing the data in a "Lower/Standard/High Definition" graph. You may see the service offered when a video buffers or stutters. A message could display under the video asking "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why." Find your own provider's grade here."
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'Selfie' taken during stroke helps doctors diagnose mini-stroke

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 4 months ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "A Toronto woman had the presence of mind to record herself, using her smartphone, as she suffered from a bout of semi-paralysis. She had suffered the same symptoms two days earlier, and had gone to the hospital; but by that time the condition had passed, and doctors sent her home. However, using the smartphone video, doctors later diagnosed her with a transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke. The diagnosis was confirmed with an MRI."
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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 8 months ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "A sinkhole about 40 feet wide — and 30 feet deep — opened up inside the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY early Thursday morning, swallowing eight vehicles that were sitting inside. At least one of these cars is one of a kind, and due to its location the fire department allowed its removal. The sinkhole is remarkable in that it has left the surrounding ground which supports the circular structure intact, although that assessment may change up on investigation. Security footage from inside the museum shows the collapse as it happened."
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Man Indicted for Attempting to Blackmail Mitt Romney for $1 Million in Bitcoins

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about a year ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "A Franklin, Tennessee man has been indicted for his attempt to blackmail Mitt Romney. Michael Mancil Brown allegedly claimed his intent to release some of Romney's pre-2010 tax documents unless one million dollars was converted to Bitcoins and deposited into an account which he specified. Demand letters were sent to Republican and Democrat Party offices in Tennessee, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (whom he claimed to have stolen the documents from). Pricewaterhouse Coopers denies that he ever obtained such documents. Brown was also attempting to "sell" the documents to others (presumably the Democrats or other interested parties) for the same amount. And yes, he was apparently well aware of the Dr. Evil reference."
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Spider that Builds It's Own Spider Decoys Discovered

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 2 years ago

OakDragon writes "A newly discovered species of spider — apparently of the genus Cyclosa — has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon. The spider builds an elaborate decoy out of web, twigs, and other scraps, that appears to be a much larger spider. The spider will even cause the decoy to move, marionette-style, by shaking the web."
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OakDragon writes "Kickstarter has introduced some more stringent guidelines and requirements specifically for the Hardware and Product Design categories. These new requirements are laid out in a blog post called "Kickstarter Is Not a Store." Simulations will now be prohibited. Video cannot show a proposed product, action, etc. — only a real product and what it does at the time. Product renderings and other simulated illustrations also will not be sufficient — the project creator will have to have photographs of a real prototype."
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Neutrino message sent through ground

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OakDragon writes "For the first time, scientists have used neutrinos – the exotic fundamental particles that routinely pass right through Earth – to send a message through the ground.

Because neutrinos so rarely interact with other particles, they are extremely difficult to detect. The detector, called Minerva, contains layers of different materials, including carbon, lead and iron. As the neutrinos pass through it, occasionally a neutrino will collide head-on with the nucleus of one of these atoms, creating other particles that are visible to the detector."

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Fox to "paywall" shows for 8 days

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "For those who are used to watching Family Guy, Glee, or The Simpsons online the day after the shows appear on TV, get ready to be mad. Fox and Hulu will be putting new shows behind a paywall for 8 days, starting August 15th. However, Hulu Plus subscribers won't have to pay — and neither will those who prove they are cable or dish subscribers. The latter authenticate DISH Network customers at first, but "other cable and satellite providers will be 'coming soon.'""
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Mark Helprin Thinks Copryright Law Too Weak

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OakDragon writes "In 2007, Mark Helprin wrote what he thought was a mildly controversial opinion on an esoteric in the New York Times: he was in favor of strengthening copyright laws in order for authors to better protect their work. Within a week, there were hundreds of thousands of blog posts and comments criticizing his stance. A recent Wall Street Journal quotes his opinion: 'manifestation of the collective versus the individual, of central direction versus local decision, of concentrated powers versus dispersed powers, of the large corporation versus the sole proprietor, of the combine versus the artists, of the industrialist versus the smallholder.'"
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"Scaled-Down" Solar System Found

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "Using gravitational microlensing, astronomers have discovered a planetary system that is roughly analogous to our own Solar system's relationship between the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn. The star, OGLE-2006-BLG-109L, is about half the mass of our Sun, but the planets found are closer to it, hence the "scaled-down" description. Gravitational microlensing has turned up a handful of planets previously, but this is the first time conditions were just right to show the existence of smaller planets."
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The 10 Most Ridiculous Inventions Ever Patented

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon writes "Move over Amazon.com and Microsoft: Cracked.com (remember "Cracked?" It's back, in web form) presents their picks for the ten most ridiculous patents, including an "animal toy" that we might call "a stick.""
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Botnet stumping for Ron Paul?

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "Ron Paul's main support springs from the Internet. I suspect many Slashdot regulars support him (at least among those the support Republicans). But could some of his supporters be, let's say, less than human? Some researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham say that a flurry of emails supporting Paul is the work of botnets. The Wired story says:

Some participants in the online political world have long suspected Paul's technically sophisticated fan base of manipulating online tools and polls to boost the appearance of a wide base of support.


Don't everybody speak up at once, now..."
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Cassette Tapes Linger in a Post-CD World

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OakDragon writes "Twenty years after its obituary was written, the cassette tape is stubbornly clinging to life. Even though their production has plummeted from the early 90s, the last cassette maker in North America — Lenco-PMC — claims their factory will produce 22 million cassettes per year for the next several years. The market for cassettes now? Audio books for the blind (where Braille labels on CDs intefere with the slot-fed players), court recordings, and religious recordings."
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OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OakDragon (885217) writes "An Associated Press story relates:


Wearing Superman pajamas and covered with his Batman blanket, comic book illustrator Dave Cockrum died Sunday.

The 63-year-old overhauled the X-Men comic and helped popularize the relatively obscure Marvel Comics in the 1970s. He helped turn the title into a publishing sensation and major film franchise.

...

Cockrum and Wein added their own heroes to the comic and published "Giant-Size X-Men No. 1" in 1975. Many signature characters Cockrum designed and co-created — such as Storm, Mystique, Nightcrawler and Colossus — went on to become part of the "X-Men" films starring Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry.


On a personal note, it was Cockrum's generation of X-Men that ultimately made me interested in the comics. Flashier artwork came later — John Byrne, et al — but Cockrum's steady hand guided the X-Men well. (And, yes, my choice of topic 'X' was intentional. :)"
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OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 8 years ago

OakDragon writes "The DNC sent a 'helpful' warning to the RNC regarding a security flaw found in a Republican National Committee recruiting website. By changing an ID number in a URL, a user's email can be uncovered. In a press relase, the DNC reproduced the letter they sent to the RNC, which said in part that "...nor were you 'hacked' — this flaw was found through normal usage of your website and any GOP.com user could do the same..." RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt denied the suggestion: "Our Web site is completely secure.""
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OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

OakDragon writes "In this case, "ethical" means the company making the claim, Advanced Cell Technology, didn't destroy the original embryo. A study published in Nature promises a method of extracting stem cells from an embryo without destroying it. Could this render a very controversial subject a moot point? Of course, there's no pleasing some people. "Richard Doerflinger, deputy director of pro-life activities at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, says Lanza's methods are unacceptable for several reasons, including the fact that the experiments leading to his recent advance — although done to develop a technique that would preserve embryos — actually destroyed embryos in the process.""

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More? Less? Hotter? Colder? Global warming's gotcha covered!

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago Noted and posted without comment:

Since the late 1960s, much of the North Atlantic Ocean has become less salty, in part due to increases in fresh water runoff induced by global warming, scientists say.

- Michael Schirber, LiveScience, 29 June 2005

The surface waters of the North Atlantic are getting saltier, suggests a new study of records spanning over 50 years. They found that during this time, the layer of water that makes up the top 400 metres has gradually become saltier. The seawater is probably becoming saltier due to global warming, Boyer says.

- Catherine Brahic, New Scientist, 23 August 2007

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Scorching flames from the Boy Scouts' campfire

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  about 8 years ago

I knew when I saw the subject "Boy Scouts Introduce Merit Badge For Not Pirating," things would get ugly very quickly. This is the Boy Scouts, after all, and we know their crimes include being religious and homophobic, among many others. Predictably, Republicans came up rather quickly (thanks to the recent Foley scandal), and a thread branched off discussing Bush, Gitmo, Iraq, and even former President Clinton. I did want to reply to some of the posts, but there were too many to get my point across. Also, I didn't feel like burning karma. So I am addressing a few points in my Slashdot journal. Those that stumble across it can take it for what it is, and post their own comments if they like.

I would like to say first that I was scandalized by Clinton's affair, but not in any Victorian "goodness-I-have-the-vapors" sense. I believe in the sancity of marriage, and I was mad because Bill Clinton had not only lied to the country (both on TV and under oath), but presumably had broken his oath to his wife as well. (I admit I am not familiar with the Clintons' particular wedding vows.) I was not offended as a Bible-thumping Christian "fundie." (I was raised Christian, but am now kind of a take it or leave it, non-churchgoing fellow - pretty average for my part of the country.)

From Clinton's lies we progress to Bush's pack of lies. Or so they say. Look, everyone lies. That's not in question, to my mind. Successful espionage programs and covert operations require leaders to engage in some kind of deception as a cost of operating.

The problem is that Bush's political opponents claim that he's told some really big lies that drew an innocent nation into a war. What actually happened was that Bush laid his case, which was our best knowledge to date, before Congress and the American people. People complain of "cherry picking" the information. Has it ever occurred to them that Bush calculated - and accepted - the worse-case scenario? But I am tired of this point, as I am tired of most Bush bashing. He does deserve criticism, and he doesn't care to take it. I have nothing more to gain by defending him.

Last, a few things about Iraq. Some are making great hay about the 650,000 (supposedly) civilian deaths since the war began. I agree with those who say even the lower end figures are appalling. Not one civilian should have to die, and even the majority of Saddam's army do not deserve death. Our soldiers don't deserve to have their vibrant lives cut short.

I do have problems with that number, however. The originators of the study conducted interviews in a very small sampling. (These interviews can be extremely dangerous, after all.) Also, there is no attempt to explain who caused these deaths. (Indeed, by not talking about it, the press and the authors of the study seem to be attempting to accuse the US armed forces of mass murder.) The vast majority of slain innocent civilians are killed by insurgents, illegal militias, Al Queda, and other foreign combatants. Last, there is no attempt (and perhaps no way) of identify civilians who are actually unlawful combatants, those fighting without being part of a regular army.

If Iraq is a mistake - and although you may think otherwise, the history here is still too young to tell the whole tale - it is a mistake worth making. We may grow weary of this war, and withdraw away from the world. But the world will not leave us alone. We will be fighting Islam for many years to come. You may be shocked and appalled to hear me say that - it appalls me - but it is what I've come to believe. Islam was founded by a murdering warlord, and it shows no sign of moderating. It is a violent religion that punishes mercy and forgiveness. (That is not to say that it could not evolve into something else; there is no sign of that happening, however.) Americans can run from this war, but future terrorist attacks will take more and more blood, until the nation, reluctantly, unleashes more and more destruction against radical Muslims. It's sad and a shame, but that's just the way I see it. Am I wrong? I hope I am, on this.

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Tagging beta - wtf,no,yes,maybe

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

By now, some slashdotters should be aware of the tag system that is in beta. (If you don't know, just look at any story; the tags appear under the story's description.) As of now, only subscribers (and a few users) can add tags to a story.

It may be my imagination, but the tagging already seems to be losing some steam. Tags appear less quickly, or not at all. And of the tags that are present, only about half would be actually useful. Let's look at some recent examples.

fud
This is fair enough. (FUD stands for Fear, Uuncertainty, Doubt, and has a rich history among geeks and nerds in the IT world.) But it seems for every fud tag, a notfud is found. Useful?
thinkofthechildren
This one just seems to long and unwieldy to be a good tag. It's more like an in-joke or something.
notinternationalspacestation
Here's a real beaut - if you're looking for articles concerning the internation space station, this tag helpfully says "not here!"
slownewsday
That may be, but you can do better. Useful tag for those that like looking out for lame news stories.

Then we have tags that directly respond to the article description, often to rhetorical questions with the write-up.

yes, no
Really, what good is yes or no as a tag? Like fud, you are likely to find both together, which makes it doubly useless.
haha
Usually given in the "hanging's too good for 'em" spirit, it is pretty lame as a tag.
duh
For those that like reading about stuff they already knew, and how!

So how about some useful tags?

  • microsoft, linux, ...
  • security
  • apple, ibm
  • biotech, space, ...
  • google
  • ...others?

And one last question: how do we use the tags presently? Or will that come after the beta period?

EDIT NOTE: When I wrote this, I was unware that only some Slashdot members could participate in tagging.

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I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

When I first saw the "I'm a Mac... and I'm a PC" ads (produced by Apple), they got under my skin a little. At the time, I figured that I was the only one, being a curmedgeon-in-training. So I was a little surprised to see so many negative blog entries about those commercials.

The ads aren't exactly back-firing on Apple. I have no idea what the internal data looks like, but there is no outrage among the critics. People just find the ads a little off target, and perhaps a little lame. I think the main reason is that the PC guy is so likeable. People who think of themselves as geeks and nerds actually identify more with him, even if they dress more like the Mac guy.

What could Apple have done better? This is just my opinion - and they probably market-tested the commercials several different ways - but I think they should have made the PC guy a little bit older, a little bit louder, and a little more full of himself. I think this would have reinforced the idea they were trying to convey: PCs are all business, and little else. A PC will tell you what to do, not the other way around.

What do you think?

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Trolling

OakDragon OakDragon writes  |  more than 8 years ago Hi. In case you're wondering, I am on a Karma-burning mission. I am racing to the bottom. This post was the straw that broke the camel's back. I tried to respond to what I considered a snide, false accusation regarding the President and his supposed "lies." I gave 4 references to support my position, instead of just saying "you looozer!!!" And what did I get for my efforts? -1 Troll.

Now, I could have seen "Flamebait," maybe. But Troll? So, I'm just burning my bridges, enjoying the ride, and trying to be banned from /.

Be sure and help me out, and mod me as Troll whenever you can!

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