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Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet

OldManAndTheC++ Re:There's always a get-out clause (1010 comments)

Well, it's like how the maginot line was the best defensive structure ever.

It was. That's why the Germans went around it instead of through it. :)

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?

OldManAndTheC++ Re:Exactly, women love cute and adoreable. (993 comments)

For god's sake, someone mod this up. I just spat out a mouthful of rather expensive scotch laughing at it -- please don't let my sacrifice be in vain...

more than 5 years ago
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Secure OS Gets Highest NSA Rating, Goes Commercial

OldManAndTheC++ Re:lols (352 comments)

Hey it's not the system's fault if the pilot can't remember the password to unlock the joystick. It's supposed to be secure, after all.

more than 5 years ago
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AIX On the Desktop Is Getting the Boot

OldManAndTheC++ Re:No, (366 comments)

Unlikely.

more than 5 years ago
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Northrop Grumman Markets Weaponized Laser System

OldManAndTheC++ Re:Power? (246 comments)

You only need one. But you have to replace it every 2.5 milliseconds.

more than 5 years ago
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Dean Kamen Combines Stirling Engine With Electric Car

OldManAndTheC++ Re:stirling engine is a no-go (324 comments)

I've often wondered if it would be cheaper to give every wheelchair-bound person one of Kamen's fancy IBOT stair-climbing chairs rather than install access ramps, elevators (right next to escalators), curb cuts in sidewalks, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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David Axmark Resigns From Sun

OldManAndTheC++ Re:Huh ... (229 comments)

So, he gets the ax because somebody missed the mark.

Never fear, this is a minor setback for him. I hear he's already writing a book about what he will do in the next act of his career.

Title: "My Sequel"

more than 5 years ago
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Political Viewpoints Linked To Fear

OldManAndTheC++ The study was apolitical (800 comments)

According to TFA, the questions did not identify party affiliation, but rather social attitudes. For example:

Subjects who had expressed a high level of support for policies "protecting the social unit" showed a much larger change in skin conductance in response to alarming photos than those who didn't support such policies.

They then went on to suggest that the "fearful" reactions aligned with what we regard as "conservative" social attitudes.

Even the authors don't conclude that this means Republicans are more fearful than Democrats, only that the study suggests a genetic predisposition to a political viewpoint.

These parties would happily change their platforms if it netted them more votes

True. An excellent example is the attitude of the two parties toward civil rights, which were originally championed by the Republican party and opposed by the Democrats during the Civil War and Reconstruction; by the 1960's the Dems made civil rights a central part of their platform, and Republicans took the opposite tack to win white votes in southern states, by supporting "states rights".

more than 5 years ago
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Verizon Denies DSL Because of Subscriber's Name

OldManAndTheC++ Re:This has nothing to do with his name.. (493 comments)

Oh come on. Don't defend these losers. He asked for an email address based on his name, just like millions of other customers.

It's a perfectly reasonable request, which Verizon denied solely because some arbitrary filter detected a naughty word buried in the address, a word that would only be noticed by someone with a juvenile mindset. The filter is obviously intended to screen out truly nasty phrases, like "verizonisfullofshit@verizon.com", but like most such filters it is crude and inflexible, and unsuited for its purpose.

And to make things worse, no one at Verizon had the authority or inclination to override this zero tolerance policy for the substring "shit". The only choice they gave him, if he wanted DSL, was to select an email address that was not based on his name. Naturally he refused, as would anyone with an ounce of pride in his family name.

about 6 years ago

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