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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Uberbah Re:Annex? (312 comments)

Yeah...American Exceptionalists. It takes some serious chutzpah/willful ignorance to accuse Russia of violating Ukraine's sovereignty while ignoring the long term efforts of the west to subvert Ukraine's democracy and install a sufficiently capitalist regime, all of which predated any moves from Putin.

U.S. officials met with the junta before they seized power, are on tape picking Ukraine's leaders, and braged about spending $5 billion to give the country "the future it deserves" - in front of banners for Chevron and Exxon - and immediately pledging a billion dollars to support the junta before the next set of elections. And of course there's the Fox News Bush-kept-us-save-from-terrorists style brazenness to pretend an illegal coup less than six months before the next set of elections has legitimacy, but ignore the fact that the people of Crimea - including the Tartars - overwhelmingly voted to join Russia.

Now, this is the point where the American Excpetionalist starts projecting with cries of "propaganda", without bothering to find counterexamples of Putin spending $5 billion of Russian taxpayer money to subvert a pro-west democracy.

3 days ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Uberbah Re:Russia wants a lot of things. (312 comments)

Like Bush's Mars announcement followed by cuts?

I know it's Slashdot, but you could at least read the full post before responding.

You first. Parent said:

As opposed to the U.S. manned space program, which consists of making plans to get back to the stuff they were doing in the 1980s, which come to nothing.

The U.S. did not have a mission to Mars program in the 1980's. I know it's Slashdot, but you could at least read the post before trying to scold someone for not reading it.

3 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Uberbah Re:About XP . . . (322 comments)

Windows XP is the best Win OS ever made.

Windows 2000. All the user benefits of XP, except for instant-user switching. But in exchange for that, you don't have to screw around with activation or Windows Genuine Bullllllllshit.

4 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Uberbah Re:About XP . . . (322 comments)

Except that XP doesn't have a doubled buffered, GPU accelerated desktop.

Nobody cares. Your list is dominated by other small potatoes that simply don't matter to 99% of users out there.

4 days ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Uberbah Re:Fantasyland (322 comments)

USG payed far more than that for a crap health care web site, which in itself is a drop in a bucket next to defense contracting pork. Odds are it will be far more than $11 odd million dollars, not less.

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Uberbah Re:Simple math (243 comments)

Quite simply to have a halfway decent gaming rig you are plunking down a minimum of $1200 with many doing a multiple of that.

Wut? Do you also complain about how Apple's operating system still has cooperative multitasking and no support for three button mice? Your post was doing great till it got to that...somewhat...dated...talking point. PC gamers no more need to spend that much money than a console gamer needs to spend $1500 on a TV and another $500 on a sound system. Especially since game engines have been dumbed down for PC/console releases.

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Uberbah Re:Simple math (243 comments)

But seeing that a console uses the home TV then the cost of monitor and whatnot must be included.

It should, but console fanboys never count the cost of the TV, and pretend a single $400 trip to Wal-Mart is sufficient for all their gaming needs.

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Uberbah Re:Simple math (243 comments)

Do you count the cost of the £500 TV in your lounge when you count the cost of your PS4?

Consistency. If console gamers get to write off most of the cost of doing business "because they already have a TV", then PC gamers get to do the same thing. Reused case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, power supply, motherboard, hard drive....

4 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Uberbah Re:I think you're missing the point (your "not int (243 comments)

In the PC gaming world, getting it to run at the highest settings *is* the game.

No more than you have to have thousands invested in a 73" TV and 9.1 surround sound to play consoles. Stupid tautology is stupid.

4 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Uberbah Re:Not puzzling at all ... (266 comments)

Apple got burnt in the 1990s by being a few weeks away from shuttering their doors.

Urban Legend. Apple had 2 billion in liquid assets at the time and weren't close to "shuttering their doors". Even if they hadn't managed a turn around when they did, they had enough customers, real estate and patents to hang around into the 00's at least.

4 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Uberbah Re:Steve Jobs' culture (266 comments)

But still, somehow, you know and it makes him even better in your eyes. Interesting that.

And just why do you find that interesting? If making himself look better was Jobs's game plan, he would have been public with the donations. What I will find interesting is how much of a dent this makes in the Jobs-never-gave-money-to-charity talking point. Sort of like how you could dig up the Apple -> XEROX stock receipts and it wouldn't make a dent in the "Apple stole from PARC" talking point.

4 days ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

Uberbah Re:They already "gave back" (266 comments)

They do not deprive the countries of money. They deprive the governments. This is a _good thing_ as governments are notoriously more inefficient than private companies since they don't have any incentive for saving and investing, but to spend and buy votes for the next election.

Like how socialized medicine provides better care at a third of the cost of a system based on profits and insurance?

4 days ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah Re:More like society becoming less bigoted effect. (1109 comments)

No bigot admits to being a bigot. Ask any of them throughout human history, and they'll all say it's because of xyz reasons, all perfectly reasonable and rational, that they want to treat Group X as less than human.

I'm a Catholic

If you become a Catholic with a time machine, go back and talk to the various people that have murdered and tortured and massacred Catholics for being Catholic. It's not because they hate you, it's because you're a heretic according their religious beliefs.

It's all the same cowardly, bigoted bullshit.

But I will not vote for gay marriage licensing because my religion tells me homosexual acts are wrong. Not homosexuals.

Ah yes, because that would be immoral. A Good Christian Marriage can be between a man and his mother, a man and his sister, a rapist and his victim, a soldier and the surviving daughter of the family he's just wiped out, a king and hundreds of live-in whores, etc. But homosexual sex is wrong! Wrong I tell you! Wrong like eating pigs, shellfish, planting different crops side-by-side, working on the Sabbath, etc etc. Why you hacks try to keep using arguments that were shredded 5 and 14 years ago is beyond me.

Now, are you still in De Nile, or are you gonna go for the tired Christianist copout of "but but the New Testament wipes away all of my Old Testament sins, but you gays are still bound by the parts of Leviticus we decide still apply!"

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah Re:So you're a petty bigot, really. (1109 comments)

What part of "it's not 'special' to finally have the same rights that you've always enjoyed" did you not understand?

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah Re:More like society becoming less bigoted effect. (1109 comments)

But it's completely possible to not hate gays and yet not think gay marriage is a thing that exists.

Racists were huffing the same bullshit when they were pushing anti-miscegenation laws, using the exact same reasoning as homophobes with different victims. No, we don't hate black people! We just don't think interracial marriage is a thing that exists!

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Uberbah Re:Snowden has jumped the shark (230 comments)

You haven't said a word about how any of those people "took up arms against the United States", yet you're still here flapping your gums.

That means that even you know you're full of shit.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah So you're a petty bigot, really. (1109 comments)

It all came out in the end:

So will I continue to vote against so called marriage equality; you bet I will because the last thing I want to see is the expansion of what is already a special class which should not exist in secular society.

Idiot. People aren't "special" for finally having the rights you've always enjoyed. Blacks weren't "special" after the passage of the 13th Amendment or the Civil Rights Act. Non-property owning men and women weren't "special" after Universal Suffrage. Etc.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah Re:Straight Privilege (1109 comments)

Actually same-sex couples already had legal recognition in California before Prop 8.

Actually then there would have been no purpose in passing Prop 8, if marriage and unions are the same thing. It was passed because they aren't the same thing at all; marriages comes with automatic rights that civil unions do not. Religion is not relevant as churches have nothing to do with marriage, which is between you your sweety and some forms you drop of at the courthouse. Churches perform weddings.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah More like society becoming less bigoted effect. (1109 comments)

In this country, it used to be socially acceptable to hate blacks and discriminate against them.
That is no longer the case.

In this country, it used to be socially acceptable to hate Jews and discriminate against them.
That is no longer the case.

In this country, it used to be socially acceptable to hate Italians/Irish/Chinese/Catholics and discriminate against them.
That is no longer the case.

Homophobia is at the place where racial or religious discrimination was at a long time ago: unacceptable in polite society.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Uberbah Re:There's more than one part to this (1109 comments)

The flipside of that is that it's easy to discriminate the stuffing out of people so long as you keep quiet for your real reason for denying that person a promotion or placing them on the layoff list. Hard to trust that you're being treated fairly if your boss hates some religion/ethnicity/gender you belong to. Jew working for an antisemite? Muslim working for an islamophobe?

about a week ago

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