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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

Steauengeglase Re:even a broken clock... (523 comments)

By the standards of today's GOP, Goldwater is a fire breathing Communist. Hell, even by the standards of many Democrats, Goldwater is a fire breathing Communist.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

Steauengeglase Re:Slavery mentality in the USA still very strong (224 comments)

All it takes is 1%? You are talking about people, not the bubonic plague.

I'm a South Carolinian and a descendant of slave holders going all the way back to the London Virginia Company. There are many painful legacies that are still alive and kicking, but you are making easy assumptions to generate invisible boogey men. It is like saying Germans are essentially evil because there are Nazis hanging on the family tree.

Because of your kind of logic I spent the first 18 years of my life wondering why the almighty didn't shine his mercy on the human race and have my ancestors castrated to remove the evil from this world. How would you like to look in the mirror and wonder how such evil exists?

Eventually I had to grow up and realize all of that was really self-obsession, not a desire for justice.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

Steauengeglase Re:Enough (224 comments)

Both statements are true. He was already doing work with the NSA before Booze Allen. Prior to that contract he had already voiced his concerns.

Reading old Ars posts of his, prior to working with Booze Allen, he struck me as being slightly to the right of most Slashdot readers, even a bit authoritarian. Somewhere along there he had a crisis of conscience when he realized that the NSA's actions were roughly in line with what most conspiracy minded folks already assumed and we were only a catastrophe away from a nightmare scenario.

about 7 months ago
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RMS: How Much Surveillance Can Democracy Withstand?

Steauengeglase Re:Wise words, wrong source (264 comments)

Stallman was always insulted, but the recent wave is a part of the brogramming phenomenon and a desire to be an alpha male when most of us are betas. Really sad to be honest and it has problems that spread out far from personal appearance to things like a boom in sexism, nerd bashing, etc.

about 9 months ago
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US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

Steauengeglase Re:Now for the fun part. (745 comments)

You don't have to, the answer is always the same: Mississippi and South Carolina. You are broke and you, your parents, your kids are stuck in eternal maintain/survival mode. Now how do you fix that when being ignorant and poor is your greatest asset?

about 10 months ago
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Crowdfunding Platform For Drupal Development Launches

Steauengeglase Re:Drupal sucks. (38 comments)

Normally I hate throwing rocks at any particular technology, but Drupal has some issues.

Using module A will often require modules B-ZZ and the maintainer of A has nothing to do with B-ZZ. If one module falls behind, often everything begins to fall behind with it. If you are just using it for a blog or small news site, Drupal is awesome, but moving beyond that becomes problematic.

Perhaps if Drupal Core began bringing more common stuff into the fold I'd have a different opinion, but as is the ecosystem feels hacked together and weak. I don't enjoy saying that.

about 10 months ago
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Biggest Headache For Game Developers: Abusive Fans

Steauengeglase Re:Games cost a lot of money (381 comments)

Yeah, nothing compares to NCAA football fans.

I may have not been a big fan of Deus Ex: Invisible War, but I wasn't sending under age girls over to Harvey Smith's house with beer to nail him statutory rape or dressing up as Warren Spector's biggest fan and smoking weed with him to get him fired over a drug test because he went to Disney instead of the studio I wanted him to go to. Some of those fans have gone to cold war era spycraft lengths to get what they want.

about a year ago
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FCC Rural Phone Subsidies Reach As High As $3,000 Per Line

Steauengeglase Re:Poor people? Taxes? (372 comments)

I'd happily never accept another income tax return again if it would make assholes shut up about how I'm rape-murdering their tax dollars. Of course it wouldn't matter. If I drive on the same roads that the logging trucks drive on I'm a co-conspirator in unwillingly sodomizing farm bill subsidies.

At this point I'd be fine with not accepting a single federal dollar, just to make the James Kunstler's of the world shut up, but it wouldn't. Until my living in a rural area makes you money there will still be the assumption that I fuck my cousin, rape my daughter and smoke meth every night. Wait, that won't happen either. Rome's client states made them plenty of money, gave then an army/food and they were still thought of as subhuman waste. Everybody has got to be somebody's Hitler.

Meanwhile NYC gets to cart off their homeless to cities in rural states because the homeless person's ex-girlfriends, brother's, ex-wife's sister lives there. But what would I know? Back to fucking my goat.

1 year,19 days
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Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

Steauengeglase Re:Playing the race card again (1078 comments)

Depressing. Sad that we even have to go to race and sex to make this story newsworthy. Sad that some DA did this just to puff up their felony count.

18 years ago the "works bomb" was our introduction to stoichiometry, came just after going over basic safety in the lab. Didn't do it in class, but several kids made them at home, one even blew up a mailbox and had to pay for the damages. Good thing that DA wasn't around at the time, bet they could have gotten two felonies out of a 16/17 year old.

about a year ago
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Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

Steauengeglase Re:MIssing the death blow (232 comments)

Because Microsoft.

I'm always wrong on these things, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if some manager in the Xbox Live division knew this would make him look integral to the company's success (instead of fixing the numerous broken aspects of Live, probably built on another stack of thoughtless compromises). So he scratched one guy's back who scratched another guy's back and the hammer was pulled on the gun that MS always shoots itself in the foot with.

For all of the things they do right, this is a place where they can't. It is in their DNA. See all the years where you had to have a Gold subscription just to buy something on the market place or that you still need it for Netflix (Why MS? I have a Wii less than 2 ft away? Are you stupid?).

about a year ago
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BioShock: Infinite Released

Steauengeglase Re:Cool (149 comments)

I didn't play it until a few years ago, maybe 2 or 3, but the game stood up (along with Thief and Thief 2, also games I didn't get to until long after their respective studios were closed/bought out). Looking Glass/Irrational, either by design or happy fluke, really did create a few classics.

Granted these games aren't for everyone. They aren't pretty (though the sound design is awesome) and they aren't action titles. They are slow moving examinations of tension in games.

about a year ago
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Could Twitter Have Stopped the Media's Rush To War In Iraq Ten Years Ago?

Steauengeglase Re:Revisionist (456 comments)

Depends on how you want to split it and people were very split and very scared at the time. Back then you could ask the average person on the street if they favored going into Iraq and the frequent response would be something along the lines of: I want to support the troops. It wasn't overwhelming support, it was fear for our children and anger and sorrow for our dead.

It was also a very heady time. I remember walking into a bar prior to the run up and a KBR employee was handing out flutes of Dom and wearing a platinum grill (really weird thing to see on a middle aged white dude). Asked him what he really thought of it and he asked me why I hated Capitalism. Told him I had nothing against it, but invading Iraq just seemed like a poor decision, an unnecessary expenditure. Then he asked me why I hated the troops. GO TO 10. No real discussion, no real discourse, just: Why do you hate America? You don't? Well then shut up and get on the bus.

On top of all of that you had Ashcroft and Rumsfeld making these really weird statements during press conferences about "sedition" and "I can't say that subversive sources can't be classified as enemy combatants, you tell me". The right knew it was hard trolling, the left went nuts and we still occasionally hear about "Bush Derangement Syndrome".

And at the time some wondered why the middle wouldn't go past "I support the troops"?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Steauengeglase Re:Grow Up (965 comments)

Win8 is perfectly fine for what it was designed for. Unfortunately they broke Fitt's law when they released it for the desktop.

Not sure how many rocks I can throw at MS. The new hotness was in tablets and they needed a proper tablet OS. I can applaud them for getting that right, but they should have at least thought of allowing users to run a pure desktop mode on their new emachine desktop. That would have saved them a lot of embarrassment.

about a year ago
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Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

Steauengeglase Re:As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still m (298 comments)

Thrift stores are the cheapest bet (think out-of-the-way Mom and Pop Christian Ministry type thrift stores, not Goodwill).

Stopped by one recently and asked if they had any old keyboards in the back. The employee pointed me outside to a shed behind the building. There was literally a pile of old IBM Model Ms laying behind the place, had been hit by rain several times. Took a garbage sack of them home, let them dry out and everything was fine (there was even an old IBM model 5150, but my wife wasn't about to let me add that to the PC graveyard in the office).

The annoying bit is that so many of them are AT instead of PS/2 (good luck even finding PS/2 ports on modern hardware, now it is just 4 USB ports in the back).

about a year ago
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Is Code.org Too Soulless To Make an Impact?

Steauengeglase stray thoughts (384 comments)

Gabe Newell's "wizard" comment struck me as the right thing to say. You can make cool stuff that does cool things and it doesn't require millions of dollars worth of equipment or special friends in high places or fame or whatever. Generally you just need time and effort and with the right idea you can do something pretty amazing.

Pics of offices with people playing rock music, ping pong and video games are, on the other hand, probably not a great idea.

about a year and a half ago
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White House Petition To Make Unlocking Phones Legal Passes 100,000 Signatures

Steauengeglase Re:Oh a petition that will change my mind (317 comments)

For the last 20 something years I've written nice, respectful letters to my Rep and Jr. and Sr. Senators ranging from traffic lights to pending legislation. Most often the response comes 6 months after the letter is sent telling me that they will take it in into consideration if the legislation ever happens to come across their desk table again, but currently they voted against what I was for or for what I was against. Better luck next time.

If I don't get that response I get one that says that they respectfully disagreed and then they regurgitate their campaign promises hoping to receive my support in the future.

As crazy as it sounds, the only real luck I've had is with the tea party caucus types. Unless it has something to do with some weird, arbitrary, moral stance they exclusively say no to almost everything. At least I can count on them to never do anything.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu For Phones To Arrive Next Week On Nexus 4

Steauengeglase Re:Linux on the phone? (107 comments)

Not sure if hard to use is still fair assessment. Back when it was purely a geek affair, but these days you don't even have to run a typical package manger. Just fire up Ubuntu Software Center, search and install. Just as you would on a smart phone. Easier than Windows at this point. Did that come 10 years too late, maybe, but the "Linux" of 10 years ago isn't the same as the one of today.

about a year and a half ago
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Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

Steauengeglase Re:Scary idea (350 comments)

We already have that, it is call a mortgage payment.

about a year and a half ago

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