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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

Spugglefink Re:All Slashdotters in favor of the merger... (132 comments)

In Comcast territory now, and thinking about moving to Time Warner territory. Better the devil you know and all that. I hope they merge before I move, so I don't have to change companies and deal with a bunch of all new bullshit.

about three weeks ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

Spugglefink Well shit (367 comments)

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I can't upgrade to the newest Windows? Linux is a piece of shit. I want my money back!

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Spugglefink Re: People (481 comments)

You needed to get your wife eating more clover. That always makes milk taste extra good.

Considering my wife just made it official, and she is now all the way to morbidly obese, the image of that cow munching on clover makes me giggle.

about three weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Spugglefink Re:Serving staff (126 comments)

FAT MEXICANS!

about three weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Spugglefink Re:America = snowball (126 comments)

Doritos happened.

In all seriousness, when I was a kid growing up in the '70s and '80s, Doritos were like the most awesome thing ever, and I loved those things. Doritos, Oreos, Pringles and Fritos were my favorite pleasures on earth.

Two things have changed since then. First, I bet if I could go back in time and look at that "big" bag of Doritos I used to savor for a month or something, it was probably only a little bigger than a modern "big grab" bag, if not the same size. Second, I only got to eat any of the above foods once in a rare while, because they were "too expensive" to keep on hand. My staple diet growing up was home cooking from either my aunt or my mother.

We all need more home cooking, and less junk. Junk has its place, but too many of us make a staple diet of it, and I'm pretty close to being as bad for this as you can get. Some weeks I literally live on Doritos and Dr. Pepper and never have a real meal at all. Imagine, if you will, how it could possibly have come to pass that I am overweight, and about to turn obese. It helps nothing that I earn money by putting my ass in a seat and doing very little physical activity.

Unless you're a porn star or an athlete, there's just no money in physical activity.

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Spugglefink Re: People (481 comments)

Human breast milk, along with broccoli, is another thing that tastes remarkably like shit.

I happen to know this one, because I went on an exploratory mission to try to figure out why our first born was starving to death. I found out soon enough. He wouldn't drink that shit either. Gross. Put him on some Similac 20 years ago, and now I no longer have to mow my lawn or take out the trash. Ha!

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Spugglefink Re:People (481 comments)

Don't diss it till you try it ;) Also, isn't it a "cunt imperative"?

Tried it. Too abrasive on the external sphincter, even with buckets of lube. I don't know how the woman's mud cutter takes such abuse, but I'm not complaining.

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Spugglefink Re:People (481 comments)

Personally, if I saw human meat at the butchers, and it was properly inspected to be free of diseases and medication, I would not have any problem with it.

Personally, I feel the gorge rising in my throat just imagining the sight of such a thing.

That's actually pretty interesting to contemplate. I'll eat pretty much any kind of animal, and I would starve to death as a vegetarian (vegetables: you chew for days, they taste like shit, and you never get full), but the thought of eating some random totally useless human (there are trailer parks and prisons full of them) makes me quite ill. I feel the same way about dogs. I really love dogs, and I could never knowingly eat a dog, although I don't give two shits about horses, and I'd be all over a horse's ass buffet.

People are weird.

Side note: Vegetables literally do taste like shit. I have a basis for comparison, and no, I didn't like shit any more than I liked broccoli. Not my flavor, though you can't say I lack a spirit of adventure!

about three weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Spugglefink Re:Most animals? (481 comments)

When I was a little kid, I watched in horror as my cat ate her kittens. They did look kind of like mice, I grant you, but that was just wrong. Everybody loves kittens! Except mother cats, apparently.

about three weeks ago
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AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Spugglefink Re: climate change (162 comments)

Oh, and raping little virgin girls won't cure AIDs. So how is this the fault of the Catholic Church again?

Because raping little virgin boys won't cure AIDS either.

about three weeks ago
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It's Not Just How Smart You Are: Curiosity Is Key To Learning

Spugglefink Re:I'm curious.... (83 comments)

If you rigorously follow the one drop rule, Obama's a white dude. So he's a honky, just like George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Huh? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

...asserting that any person with even one ancestor of sub-Saharan-African ancestry ("one drop" of African blood) is considered to be black (Negro in historical terms)...

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

Spugglefink Great news! (280 comments)

Now my neckbeard is the last remaining obstacle I have to passing fully for a woman!

about three weeks ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Spugglefink Re:You know what this means (182 comments)

I've had to get obsessive compulsive about this just so I can get a decent sleep...but it's worth it!

I laughed. If you think a few little LEDs are bad, you should try working night shift. Blackout curtains, aluminum foil over the windows, light tight gaskets under the doors; every tiny chink in the armor is another hateful beam of bright glowing light.

I hate night shift. Three years of this crap; I need a new job.

about a month ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Spugglefink Re:Dangerous (399 comments)

My favorite is sudo, with the rm -rf / options. Just type sudo rm -rf / into your shell, and all your security concerns will be resolved.

True story: Shortly after switching to Linux back in '01, I did a clever demonstration for my wife, showing her how an ordinary user couldn't screw anything serious up by accident. I went to a shell and issued:

rm -rf /

Look honey, a million error messages, because my user doesn't have the right to delete any of the system files! You can't mess this up!

Just then, it iterated into /home. Oops.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Spugglefink Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 comments)

As it happens, I went on a vacation since the last time I was writing. I hadn't been there in almost 10 years, and I had never gone there as a tourist before.

I found what I'm looking for. I need to figure a lot of stuff out, and then I'm moving. I won't stop my wife from tagging along, but this isn't about pleasing her in any way. I gave her my youth, and now it's time to live for myself. I never had that luxury, since I went straight from being a son obligated to his mommy to a father obligated to his wife and children. I've lived my entire life in service to someone, and I'm through. I'm done. I'm out of here as soon as practicable.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Spugglefink Re:write a novel (795 comments)

You have a tremendous advantage though - you write beautifully. Your novel will sell well - just get some religious sociopath to market it.

Indeed, and thank you. It's going to be a highly biographical novel at that. The story writes itself! Running unknown contraband (people? drugs? he truly didn't know, and that was how he got paid) across the border, getting tied up with the organized crime scene south of the border, drunken bar brawls, sex trafficking, falling as a patsy, time in a Mexican prison, and so much more. I have to imagine and dramatize things about the other actors in his life, but this is some rich material to mine.

The best part is I got to experience all this without being exposed to all the risk, and my future readers will get to have a taste of that experience for a mere $10 or something. If I can only manage to carve out enough time to write the damn thing, that is. One of these days.

well, you could argue that since this is also _your_ only existence, you do have a right to enjoy it. Who knows but that the perfect wife for you doesn't also need your help and support. Perhaps your current wife would actually benefit from having to take a good look at her life and how she's been living it.

I'm getting myself there, but slowly. My wife would actually be better off if my leaving motivated her to start exercising and eating better. She's gone from overweight to obese to bordering on morbidly so, and she's the future poster girl for diabetes. I'm sure any girl I rescue from having to crap in a hole in the ground will be better off. Everybody could come out a winner after the wounds have healed, but first I have to wield that scalpel and do some painful cutting. I'm a nice guy, not a sadist. Thus far, I lack the balls to take action.

about a month ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Spugglefink Re:In lost the will to live ... (795 comments)

I have a sense of rightness that derives from empathy.

The irony of my own atheism is that not believing I have a sky daddy on my side has left me inclined to turn the other cheek, to be kind to other people, and so on like that. I can't, in good conscience, just dump the fat 45 year old wife who bores me intellectually and sexually, and consumes ravenous quantities of my income in ways that are of no benefit to myself. I can't even put down this wretched old dog who will just stand there looking you in the eye while taking a shit in the living room, who has been limping along in poor health for years, but still has a happy enough life. The dog is 20 years old, the same as the marriage, and I've been waiting for both of them to die of natural causes for the longest time now. I can't bring myself to put either one out of my misery, even though the misery is considerable, and the only real consolation I have is that I'm doing the right thing in martyring myself this way. Somehow the idea of allowing my own happiness to be a priority is a concept that never made its way into my atheistic ethos.

In contrast, one of my best friends is a deeply religious true believer who can attest, with no irony at all, that "every word in the Bible is the literal truth." I've thrown the full weight of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible at him, and he has an answer, an explanation, a dodge, or an excuse for absolutely every last line item. I couldn't believe the things he does if I wanted to, but it certainly has led to a sharply contrasting life. I suppose I keep him around in order to live vicariously through him. When you have Sky Daddy on your side, you can do anything and call it moral. He used to own a brothel in Mexico, and he was involved in sex trafficking operations whereby rural farm girls were lured to the city under false pretenses, and forced to work off their debt in the brothel. He dumped his old fat wife for a fresh young third world farm girl who worships him like a king, and is genuinely happy to do so. That's the hell of it right there. I've talked to his wife plenty of times. I know quite a lot about misery and abuse, and I see none present in her. She's really happy, beautiful, and servile. The only time I've seen her unhappy was when my friend forgot to let her perform some minor service or other for him, and did it himself instead.

The contrast between our lives is amazing. We have the same job and work the same 70 hours a week. He gets worshiped as a king, and I get walked on by a fat woman and then come home to clean up dog shit every day. If I could just suspend my disbelief and embrace this goofy Sky Daddy stuff, then I could become a sociopath too, and as a sociopath, I could be happy to shoot the dog, divorce the wife, and get me one of those servile young slave women from abroad. What man wouldn't want to come home to dinner and a blowjob seven nights a week? Me, apparently. I'd rather let a fat woman walk all over me, spend all my money, and keep me on an eternal debt treadmill, because it's kind thing to do, and the kind thing is always the right thing. That's what my atheist mother taught me; a fat woman who did the same thing to my poor meek father.

Sigh.

about a month ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

Spugglefink Re:Nope! (137 comments)

Everybody told me, "You can't buy a red vehicle! Your insurance will skyrocket!"

Everybody told me, "You can't buy a large vehicle! Your insurance will skyrocket!"

I bought a large red vehicle. My insurance skyrocketed. By $3.86 a year.

Then I added a teenage driver to my policy... Ugh.

about 2 months ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Spugglefink Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

I pay Comcast over $200 a month, but they're reliable and fast. You couldn't pay me enough to deal with Verizon DSL again, and while OTA channel options have expanded considerably, OTA today is like cable was in 1980, and a big step back compared to cable in 2014. My wife has to have her 24/7 reality TV. It's actually a reasonably cheap price to pay to keep her from annoying me to death.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Spugglefink A few problems... (430 comments)

As someone else already pointed out, doc writers for FOSS projects tend to be technical-minded early adopters who are either developers themselves, or who spend a lot of time with developers. That's how I got my own start, and it has come with the dual problems that my writing is too technical for Joe User on the one hand, and on the other, when you start documenting new software, you find a LOT of bugs. If you have any coding skills at all, it's faster to go fix the bugs than wait for someone else to do it, and that's how doc writers morph into developers morph into project managers. I haven't updated my documentation in almost 10 years, because only so many hats fit on my head at one time.

As a project manager, the problem I've faced is that I have dozen of peoples who loves my project and woulds liking to help in some way to be part of the team. These generous peoples is wanting to help very muchly, but they isn't writing so good in English, because they isn't talking English as first language. Really interesting it is getting when collaborating are peoples from two very distinctive language background who makes error in strangely conflicting way too. Resulting is documentation need to be heavily edited, to the point of rewriting everything. Them peoples is nice, but they isn't no use writing nothing.

It has been a really frustrating ride over the years. We could do better on documentation if I took the time to sit down and go through it all, but if I had that much time, there are so many more critical things to deal with first. What it all amounts to over the span of almost 15 years is a slow process of attrition and collapse where more people leave than join, and more and more unfinished work piles up everywhere.

It is what it is. If you don't want to deal with all this, go spend $1,000 on some commercial stuff.

about 3 months ago

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