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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

The Cat BUT (277 comments)

I thought the iPad was going to replace the PC and usher in a new era of technological wonders?

Or maybe it was just a load of shit.

4 hours ago

How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

The Cat No (195 comments)

Bandwidth is not scarce.

DRM is there because if it wasn't, anyone who makes their living writing, composing, programming, making videos or anything else viewable on a screen would be destroyed financially while everything they make is pirated from hell to breakfast.

You know why Steam makes millions? DRM
Why World of Warcraft makes billions? DRM
Why Amazon sells a shitload of ebooks? DRM
Why Netflix works at all? DRM
Why Adobe can make $6000 worth of software available for $50 a month? DRM

The industry would be happy to remove DRM, but the Internet culture will never abandon piracy.

So there you have it. Don't want it? Don't buy it.


How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

The Cat Well (192 comments)

At least they are trying to employ Americans. I'll believe it when I see it, though.

It wouldn't surprise me at all if they brought cargo ships full of Chinese teenagers to work every morning and shipped them home at night.

2 days ago

Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

The Cat Dumb (351 comments)

'You need to be very adaptable, so that you have a baseline skill set that allows you to be a call center operator today and tomorrow be able to interpret MRI scans.'

That's the stupidest fucking thing anyone has ever said.

At least he admitted their bullshit interview questions were designed to make the interviewer feel important and were a complete waste of time.

Sounds like Google is getting a head start on making everything else at their company a waste of time. Maybe they'll hire some grownups someday who have some respect for other people's educations.

Hey Laszlo. There are indie romance novelists who make more than in a month than you make in a year. English degrees produce billionaires. The only people who become billionaires in computers are dropouts.

Now go back to your meeting.

3 days ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

The Cat Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

The federal government has no legal authority to require brewers to dispose of edible by-products and not feed them to livestock.

In fact, under the 10th amendment, they are specifically prohibited by law from doing so.

Their "reasoning" is immaterial.

4 days ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The Cat Re:Militia, then vs now (1616 comments)

but we do not need to fear our military the way you seem to.

I don't fear the military. I fear a population led to believe the Federal government has the authority it claims to have.

nor would they stand idly by while someone else does it.

Sounds like we agree. So how about you get off my leg and start directing your outrage where it belongs?

about a week ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The Cat Re:Militia, then vs now (1616 comments)

There is an argument to make. The Second Amendment is there to protect the people against all enemies: foreign and domestic. If the Second Amendment is repealed, abridged, modified or otherwise tampered with, it weakens the nation against those enemies.

You can spout all the hyperbole you want, it doesn't change the reality of the situation: that if all other rights are taken from us, by stupidity or surrender, the Second Amendment is the last line before Americans start getting herded into railroad cars.

And that's not going to happen on my watch.

That clear enough for you, or do I need to use charts and graphs and an easel?

about a week ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The Cat Re:Militia, then vs now (1616 comments)

You can't have it both ways.

Yeah, we can.

Nobody argues it should be legal to scream "Fire!" in a crowded building to cause alarm

You can if the theater is on fire.

I don't understand why they argue any average joe should be able to carry an automatic rifle.

Because the Second Amendment says they can.

Guns are for defense: of the individual, the neighborhood and the nation. You will never disarm the United States. It cannot be done by any power on, under, over or in orbit around this planet.

Find something better to do with your time.

about a week ago

Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

The Cat I know (89 comments)

Why don't you have them manufactured by robots, then you can put the rest of the microscope business on the street too?

about two weeks ago

Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

The Cat And (327 comments)

And there ain't shit any of you are going to do about it. Your fucking sockpuppet accounts and your LoL legendaries aren't going to do jack shit in the real world.

about two weeks ago

Pluto May Have Deep Seas and Ancient Tectonic Faults

The Cat It's a Planet (47 comments)

It was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. Pluto is the only planet to be discovered by an American.

Tombaugh sat in 30 degree temperatures with a wooden telescope (that he built himself at his own expense) laboriously taking pictures at long intervals so he could measure (by flipping photographic plates back and forth) if anything moved.

It wasn't until he was able to use a 13-inch astrograph that he found Pluto in 1930. This guy was a stone cold badass. Nobody has any right to deny him his discovery.


about two weeks ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

The Cat Re:GIve it up (107 comments)

Modded to +5 by several of Opportunist's sockpuppet accounts, no doubt.

While those same accounts modded my post down. The "garden" wasn't fucked over by the law. It was fucked over by Internet culture. The same culture that demands sockpuppet accounts to defend your posts on Slashdot.

about two weeks ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

The Cat GIve it up (107 comments)

Internet culture has long passed the point where it actually gives a fuck about the Internet. It only took 20 years for the people who built the web to be replaced by ten times as many headset-wearing asscracks who neither understand the Internet nor would give a shit if they did.

When some monopoly trillionaire (or just five or six large corporations) buys the fucking thing and turns it off, the best you'll get is a "meh."

You probably think I'm kidding.

about two weeks ago

Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

The Cat Bad Logic (610 comments)

If it came from quantum mechanics then it didn't come from nothing.

about two weeks ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

The Cat Science hasn't conquered Sockpuppets (292 comments)

Maybe science can come up with a way to stop unemployed fatasses in their pajamas from loading up ten or fifteen sockpuppet accounts so they can mod themselves up while modding down anyone they disagree with.

about two weeks ago

Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

The Cat Bullshit (181 comments)

Games are an industry trying to make money from a free product sold^H^H^H^H given away to people who refuse to pay for entertainment on principle.

1. If it's shareware, they pirate the paid version
2. If it's ad supported they block the ads
3. If it's based on microtransactions, they hack the server, steal all the credit card numbers and post penis pictures
4. If it's client-server, they hack the server and post penis pictures
5. If it's retail, they pirate it
6. If it's a free app, they complain it sucks
7. If it's a paid app, they pirate it

Then people wonder why there's only six game companies left, and all of them bury their games under 118 layers of DRM.

about two weeks ago

Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design

The Cat Don't Worry (88 comments)

Some asshole on Slashdot knows why it will never work.

about two weeks ago

Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

The Cat Re:Designed? (224 comments)

This guy is an atheist. Did you all get that? He's an atheist. If he weren't here, he would be going door to door telling people he's an atheist. The brain wasn't designed by God. It's just a chemical reaction that makes noise. Kind of like this guy.

Stir fry is a chemical reaction that makes noise too. Maybe it has an opinion.

Oh, in case you were wondering. That guy ^ up there? He's an atheist. And he's not going to let you forget it.

about two weeks ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

The Cat Re:Won't work (342 comments)

You mean the HFT where they not only take 3-5% off every trade, but another 0.2% every time the price changes?

about two weeks ago


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