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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

RyuuzakiTetsuya Comics? Comical is more like it. (29 comments)

I haven't read the book but I do find it fitting that comics are the best way to describe and teach WordPress. The whole thing is literally comical so...

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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Man, am I old ... (161 comments)

if I packrat digitally, I just fill up maybe a corner on my desk.

If I packrat IRL, the cops will break down the door because there's probably a dead animal or two in my apartment and i'm probably nose deaf to it.

When I die I don't care who's going through my digital shit. Unless I've got a backup of my consciousness sitting on a disk somewhere. In which case, DON'T THROW THAT AWAY.

yesterday
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (112 comments)

The Breitbart and Fox News offices haven't been busted and rounded up for treason.

My point was that if the whites had won instead of the Reds, what would the opinion of communism be?

2 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (112 comments)

Third position is absolutely a fine thing to bring up but it's like trying to insist loudly we talk about RC Cola when the context is the cola wars of the 80s.

Sure, there's a lot of alternatives to the dichotomy of capitalist vs communist, but that dichotomy was rhe backdrop to the context here.

2 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

RyuuzakiTetsuya Lots of QWERTY... no cyrillic? (112 comments)

Maybe I'm wrong here, but were there any machines then that had non-western keyboards and layouts?

Just weird seeing QWERTY keyboards on Soviet machines is well.. weird. I was expecting something else. Or is this just the nature of cloning?

3 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (112 comments)

The principle intent of communism was to end the oppression of the working class by those who had capital and wealth. Not so lazy people could leech off the system. I don't think that I've read anything like that in some of the original communist works.

I think the problem with Soviet style communism was that central planning bureaucracies were trying to balance authoritarian political power and economic production.

It's a pretty Brady Bunch view of the world, but had the Soviet Union not been a paranoid authoritarian bureaucracy, we might have a different view of what "communism" means.

3 days ago
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The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:'it is out of stock now; try to ask next year.' (112 comments)

It wasn't Communism or Socialism that collapsed, it was Sovietism.

Communism as a means of where workers own the firm and means of production hasn't failed. Look at manufacturing and worker coops. Some succeed, some fail. I'm guessing around the same rate that private and publicly owned firms do. Given that though, I'm willing to say that the idea isn't a failure.

John Green said it best. "Truth resists simplicity."

If you have a system where worker owned firms are exchanging goods and services on an open market using currency and capital as means of trade, is that a communist or capitalist society? What about when state governments establish rules that govern trade?

I'm a descriptivist when it comes to language. However, when the use of language is twisted as a way to paint people and ideas as "other" I have a massive problem with it. Don't get me wrong. I do understand that when we talk about "Capitalism" we're talking about western style capitalism where production and markets are more or less handled privately(Government regulations not withstanding). Conversely and by "Communism" we're talking about Soviet style communism where the state controls the means and focus of production. It's been a few years since I've read Marx and Engels, but I don't think this was the point of the mid 19th century communist movement.

So it becomes important to remember when we talk about things like Communism and Capitalism, things are pretty complex when you start to get serious into the terminology.

Did communism fail? Probably not. Has capitalism failed? Probably not either. It's likely that these are mutually exclusive ideas that can coexist.

Furthermore, how a state governs itself and interacts with it's markets complicate things further.

One thing i'm willing to bet on being pretty simple is that state planned production systems probably won't work. Not unless you got really lucky and the Government wasn't corrupt and somehow manages to provide for everyone.

3 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Processors take 4-5 years to design. (114 comments)

I think that's nominally true for CPUs designed from the ground up. Given that chip's taking most of it's cues from reference designs by ARM themselves... I think this is less of the usual case.

3 days ago
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

RyuuzakiTetsuya Sherlock Holmes themed opium den? (78 comments)

I just want a Sherlock holmes themed opium den.

However. Failing all of that. I could just add a theme park to my mind palace.

4 days ago
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Royal Mail Pilots 3D Printing Service

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Shape DRM (59 comments)

This is actually kind of interesting.

I'm waiting to see what companies like Citadel Miniatures is going to do in response to gamers printing their own figures.

It's not fair to exactly call them customers since, you know, they're printing their own figures. I guess they can try selling them 3d shape files of figs instead.

about two weeks ago
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Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:The real conspiracy... (161 comments)

All of Go and Swift's documentation is available as free PDFs.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

Regulation of industry, particularly interstate industry is in the Constitution(Article 1, section 8). Furthermore, States have the right to further regulate industry in their own jurisdictions.

Some of the taxicab regulations are protection rackets, but some of them are high barriers to entry for a reason. Namely things like public safety and accountability.

Like I said, regulations don't have to suck.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Can we hold the froth first? (250 comments)

I'm me willing to bet number 2 was true, but they screwed it up and rather than admit that they're trying to freeload off of iTunes and the iPod, they're blaming them for not sharing.

Despite the fact that RealNetworks had years to get into the game and establish a real actual standard. Sorry RN, you snooze, you fucking lose.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

As someone who's on the opposite coast, Valley and San Francisco both are one and the same to me. So, oops.

I'm also a fan of the ride sharing concept. When I flew out of Laguardia last week, I took an Uber from the Roosevelt Ave/Jackson Heights station to LGA and the process was smooth and simple(Also I had Uber credit so, might as well).

I just don't like Uber as a company.

Lyft seems like it's doing the right thing by complying with NYC taxi regulations though. So I'm going to have to look into that.

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

Apparently not. But I am American, and I understand the problem here.

What bothers me isn't the lack of an understanding of history but rather a lack of understanding about civics.

Regulations can suck, but they don't -have- to.

If the regulation sucks, reform the regulations. Don't throw a huge hissy fit and shit the bed out of spite.

There's so much entitled Valley logic in the business model at Uber that it's hideously disturbing,

(Not to mention the whole "let's get a PI on a journalist who didn't like us" thing)

about two weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:Monorail - define trivially. (93 comments)

Actually it'd have to go through the Tropicana, and/or swerve around several blocks because the side of the airport that faces the strip is the runways. Getting the monorail out there would be a clusterfuck to say the least.

about two weeks ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

RyuuzakiTetsuya Re:So basically (445 comments)

In an ideal libertarian world, what stops the mega-wealthy from exploiting the people? Is there any room for labor laws? OSHA? EPA? Regulations of any kind? FCC?

How does any of that square with extremely limited governance?

What does Libertarianism mean to you?

From what I've been told by libertarians is that the government needs to be smaller, less rules, less regulations, less interference. Individuals and market forces and rational common interest will benefit us all.

I don't buy it myself, but...

The problems you're describing where the hyper wealthy are colluding in an oligarchy to oppress the people and keep them consuming isn't solved by being more libertarian. Being hands off, having less regulations and rules doesn't solve that problem.

That problem's solved by *more* rules, specifically the rules to reform election laws to keep money out of politics.

about a month ago

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Steve Jobs reportedly angry over Android.

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "MacRumors shares a snippet from AP's coverage here of Steve Jobs' biography in which it is said that, "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong," Jobs said. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." He was also reported as telling Schmidt, "I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that's all I want.""
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Marvel vs Capcom 2 announced for PS3, 360

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "According to Kotaku, Marvel vs Capcom 2 is making it's way to the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Based on the Dreamcast code base, includes Online play and widescreen support. Demo is available Thursday and full game will retail for $15 bucks at the respective online services. Curly moustache not included."
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CPS-3 Broken

RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "Maybe not Classic according to the Classic Gaming Expo crowd, but, the long wait is over! The CPS 3 System has been emulated! All three revisions of Street Fighter 3(New Generation, 2nd Impact, Third Strike), the two Jojo's Bizzare Adventure games and the original, obscure game, Warzard/Red Earth are now playable. The problem never was the motherboard itself, but that the games were all heavily encrypted. Thanks to work done by Haze and Andreas, this encryption has been broken!"
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RyuuzakiTetsuya RyuuzakiTetsuya writes  |  more than 8 years ago

RyuuzakiTetsuya writes "It looks like SixApart.com's data center took a massive dive. Currently at LiveJournal.com, the message "Sorry, there was a power interruption at our datacenter. at our datacenter. We're working as fast as we can to get it back pronto!" is displayed instead. SixApart.com is still up and active though."

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