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Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

Visaris Re:no-harm no-foul my a** (567 comments)

"Perhaps you have never been side swiped by someone who failed to stop at a red light or stop sign?"

The cameras/law are unreasonable. I've been caught by the cameras driving through Knoxville, TN going 4-5 MPH rolling through a stop. I had time to slow to ~4 MPH, stay behind the white line while maintaining said speed for a good few seconds. This safe time behind the white stop line was more than ample to check every direction multiple times. I really don't think it makes sense to fine for that.

On the other hand, someone can come to a nearly screeching halt, stop for an unreasonably short time period right at the line, and then speed off past the light, accelerating so fast their tires are just under the screech threshold. This person is somehow considered "safer" than I am under the law, when in fact, my rolling stop is safer. I'm very sorry if you've been sideswiped, but it wasn't because of a rolling stop. It was because of a bad driver.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

Visaris Re:They learned why it's a bard idea the hard way. (432 comments)

There are levels of investigation appropriate for various types of posts. For example, if I were submitting a story to Slashdot, I would spend more time looking into things. However, I don't have the time to fully research and vet every little thing I ever link to on the web. Be realistic.

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

Visaris Re:They learned why it's a bard idea the hard way. (432 comments)

"Do you know what makes you rather pathetic? "

Woa, there! I just posted a link to something I thought was interesting. Wow. I guess that makes me pathetic now...

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Backs Down On Real Names For Forums

Visaris They learned why it's a bard idea the hard way... (432 comments)

"""So Blizzard are now making it so instead of showing your character on those forums, it'll instead show your real name with the option of attaching your char name too it (no option of not showing your real name).

Now I think it's fairly safe to say that this is perhaps the dumbest idea that anyone has ever had ever.

To alleviate people's concerns, Blizzard employee Bashiok decided to say his real name on the forums, his real name is Micah Whipple World of Warcraft - English (NA) Forums - Will Blues also post with their real names? Post #16

So say hi to Micah Whipple

Address:
473 Avenue B
Lakeport, CA 95453-6032

Phone Number:
(707) 263-0190

Age:
28

Family:
Kimberly K Whipple, age: 54
Jason Stephen Whipple, age 34

It looks like he's staying in the same house as his mother =[

Free People Search | WhitePages
PeopleLookup People Search - Public Records, Background Checks More.

Oh btw, here is his facebook too:
Micah Whipple | Facebook

Music
Honeypie, Closed Heart Surgery, The Sound Of Animals Fighting, White Stripes, Tool Band, Radiohead, Disorient Express, The Mars Volta, The Unhandled Exceptions, As Tall As Lions, The Dear Hunter

Movies
*Big Trouble in Little China*, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Disney Pixar

Television
The Daily Show, Samurai Champloo, Tim and Eric Awesome Show: Great Job!, Freaks and Geeks, 30 Rock, Human Giant

I think we can all see what a great idea this is going to be."""


link to very indirect source

more than 4 years ago
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Intel's Core i7-980X Six-Core Benchmarked

Visaris "and be less upgradable." is not true (179 comments)

"and be less upgradable."

Not true. AMD's platform is much more forward compatible. AMD chips can now run DDR2 or DDR3 depending on what board it's in (Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3). That means that new AMD chips are compatible with 3 socket generations. Intel boards have nowhere near this broad socket and memory compatibility. Even in the same socket, a new chipset is typically required by Intel for new CPUs. This allows Intel to fake that their socket+platform had a compatibility life of 6+ years, when really, it was more like 1 and a half because they released 4 different chipsets with different support in that time frame.

If you're building your own box, or just want to upgrade later, AMD really gives you a much more flexible route. Here's an example of Intel's mess on their _current_ generation lineup: Core i7 runs on Socket 1156, while a different Core i7 runs on Socket 1366. Socket 1156 is not future-proof and will be dropped in the future. People buying those boards and CPUs might not even notice and will be s.o.l. after the very next generation. That's just silly. AMD's platform is the one with the sane upgrade path. And it's cheaper. I don't get all the AMD hate going around.

more than 4 years ago
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Chemistry Tasks For the Computer Lab?

Visaris typo (154 comments)

"I want the second" -> "I want to second"

more than 4 years ago
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Chemistry Tasks For the Computer Lab?

Visaris LaTeX (154 comments)

I want the second the LaTeX. This is one of the main computer tools I find myself using in every single class, from English, to Physics, to Math, to CS, etc. This is the computer tool that should be taught early and used (if not required) in every course from then on.

more than 4 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election & the War

Visaris Re:Define "Winning" (1211 comments)

I see news of marches by the Iraqi people frequently in the US news

I see news of marches by anti-abortion activists frequently. Clearly that means all Americans are anti-abortion.

Right?

That's interesting... I've never once seen any marches by the Iraqis where they are shouting chants about how much they love us and want us to stay. I must have missed that in the US media, which would have no reason to want to play that sort of thing... I'm sorry, I just don't buy it that the majority of the Iraqi people support our occupation of their sovereign country.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election & the War

Visaris Re:Define "Winning" (1211 comments)

Did we already win?

Mission Accomplished!

The joke aside... Look, I'm not a foreign policy advisor or anything, but I see news of marches by the Iraqi people frequently in the US news (that already voluntarily censors much of that sort of thing). They want us out of their country badly. If we can't leave, can someone explain to me why not?

more than 5 years ago

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Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Visaris (553352) writes "Back when I was in school, I used to pirate a lot of music. Now that I have a real job and real income, I would like to purchase music online legally. After trying a number of services from rapsody to emusic, I have yet to be able to buy a single mp3 or ogg file. As a Linux user, is it even possible to pay for music online? Are there companies out there that will allow you to pay for and download a mp3 or ogg file by simply using your browser? I don't think pirating has anything to do with money. From my hours online doing my best to buy music, it seems that most people pirate because it is easier than paying; cost is not a factor. If anyone knows of a decent service, please let me know what it is!"

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Second Amendment Stance as an Indicator

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 6 years ago "How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of." ~Texas State Rep. Suzanna Gratia-Hupp

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State Control

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 6 years ago B'Trey (111263) on Thursday April 10, @12:21PM (#23025904):
Horsefeathers. You (that is, society) assumed that burden on its own. It doesn't place any obligations on me. It's as if I decided to come over and mow your lawn for you. You'd probably be delighted that you didn't have to do it yourself anymore. But if, six months later, I came banging on your door and demanded that you stop allowing your kids to play in your own back yard because they were leaving toys laying around that made it harder for me to mow the grass, you'd most likely tell me to take a hike.

If you don't want to pay the cost associated with my behavior, then don't pay it. If I overdose on drugs, let me lay there and die if I don't have insurance or can't pay the bill myself if you so choose. But your actions in assuming responsibility for my debts don't give you any legitimate authority over my behavior.

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What my Journal is:

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 6 years ago I think a few people reading my journal have missed the very first journal entry I have made. This is entirely reasonable, as I don't expect everyone to read the entire journal.

This is a collection of things other people have said. I post them here from many sources, ./, friends, stories online, etc. I can't always cite the original author, and I'm sorry about that. This is a place for quotes which I find insightful, interesting, or simply thought provoking. Take none as truth or even my opinion for that matter. They are just words and ideas to ponder.

Now, I received a comment on my last entry which I am unable to respond to in place, so I'll put a response here.

Your journal entry boils down to "intolerance of things I like is bad, but intolerance of things I don't like is okay".

You seem to be turning one thing, namely "intolerance", into many things when you say, "but intolerance of things I don't like is okay". So, in effect, you are arguing against something the journal entry never stated.

Second, your extension from one thing to many things causes you to miss the point further, and I don't think you have picked up on what the previous journal entry says (though it does so fuzzily). I will provide another few examples which adhere to the same flow and general syntax to illustrate what the entry's author is saying:

Assume destruction is evil. Now, contemplate the destruction of destruction. The naive extension of this contemplation is to arrive at the conclusion that destruction of destruction is evil.

Assume murder is evil. Now, contemplate the murder of murder. The naive extension of this contemplation is to arrive at the conclusion that murder of murder is evil.

So, where does the confusion arise? It comes from the fuzzy and ambiguous nature of human language, English in particular. In the first assumption, destruction/murder is used to refer to a real world, physical act. In the naive extension, destruction/murder is used in a way where it means something totally different. In the extension, destruction really means "stopping destruction" and murder really means "stopping murder".

Applying this same framework to the original journal entry, the author simply uses lots of words to explain that "intolerance" in the real world means one thing, and intolerance of intolerance really means "attempting to curb/stem/diminish/stop intolerance".

Now, the only other issue here is that the original entry uses the word "you", as in, "because you are intolerant, I am justified to be intolerant of you". In this way, I disagree with the author and side with the comments made in the response to the journal entry. For me to agree with the entry's author, I would have to replace "you" with "your intolerance". As intolerance of an individual is real world intolerance, and intolerance of one's intolerance really indicates an attempt to curb/stem/diminish/stop real world intolerance.

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intolerance of intolerance

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago intolerance is evil

intolerance of intolerance is actually good

in fact, to meet a fundamentalist, and for them to call you intolerant, as in, hypocritically intolerant, is actually a badge of achievement

because you are not hypocritically intolerant if you are intolerant of them

because what they don't understand is that fundamentalism is true intolerance, and therefore to be intolerant of that is actually to strive in the direction of more tolerance

intolerant: "because you are not a true christian/ true muslim, i am better than you" =evil

intolerance of intolerance: "because you consider yourself better than me based on your religious bigotry, i am intolerant of you" =good

intolerance can be predicated on a number of characteristics of a person that is not intolerant in and of themselves: race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

intolerance can also be predicated on someone else's intolerance: not tolerating their intolerance of someone because of race, religion, seuxla orientation, etc.

so you can judge any tolerance in question as to what it is opposed to. and if it is opposed to some inherently nonintolerant feature of a person, it is true intolerance. but if it is opposed to an intolerant feature of the person themselves, it is not intolerance, it is a form of tolerance, because it directed against real intolerance

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School Censorship

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago
"Why bother improving security when you can just pass a law enabling you to arrest or expel anybody who tries anything funny?

After all, we all know that the most dangerous elements of our society are stopped by LAWS, right?"

::

"If the fundamental argument for the use of the proxies and security in schools is that the students are youths, to be protected from the corruption of the internet for the very reason that they are impetuous and easily led astray at this tender stage of their life, then it's inconsistent to punish them for the failures of those measures.

Clearly, the systems exist to protect the corrupt society from idealistic youth who are not materially benefited by the society. But it's a hard sell politically.

Thus this ridiculousness."

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"Think of the Internet as a highway."

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago "Think of the Internet as a highway."

There it is again. Some clueless fool talking about the "Information Superhighway." They don't know didley about the net. It's nothing like a superhighway. That's a rotten metaphor.

Suppose the metaphor ran in the other direction. Suppose the highways were like the net. . .

A highway hundreds of lanes wide. Most with pitfalls for potholes. Privately operated bridges and overpasses. No highway patrol. A couple of rent-a-cops on bicycles with broken whistles. 500 member vigilante posses with nuclear weapons. A minimum of 237 on ramps at every intersection. No signs. Wanna get to Ensenada? Holler out the window at a passing truck to ask directions. Ad hoc traffic laws. Some lanes would vote to make use by a single-occupant-vehicle a capital offense on Monday through Friday between 7:00 and 9:00. Other lanes would just shoot you without a trial for talking on a car phone.

AOL would be a giant diesel-smoking bus with hundreds of ebola victims on board throwing dead wombats and rotten cabbage at the other cars, most of which have been assembled at home from kits. Some are built around 2.5 horsepower lawnmower engines with a top speed of nine miles an hour. Others burn nitrogylcerin and idle at 120.

No license plates. World War II bomber nose art instead. Terrifying paintings of huge teeth or vampire eagles. Bumper mounted machine guns. Flip somebody the finger on this highway and get a white phosphorus grenade up your tailpipe. Flatbed trucks cruise around with anti-aircraft missile batteries to shoot down the traffic helicopter. Little kids on tricycles with squirtguns filled with hydrochloric acid switch lanes without warning.

NO OFFRAMPS. None. Now that's the way to run an Interstate Highway system. (author unknown)

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fanboi

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago Everybody knows Pilot pens are crap. Pilot is going to lose this generation with the G-2 because they basically released a beefed up G-1 with a rubber grip and called it "innovation". Bic, on the other hand, is going to set the world on fire with the VelocityGel. It features a 0.5 mm tip for highly detailed work. Secondly, let's face it, with the backing of a company like Bic, Blue ink is going to blow black ink out of the water. It's another ink color war, and it's already over, idiot.

But still, this is the same kind of typical fanboi spew I'd expect from a Pilot user.

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transistor feature size

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago "I'm way ahead of the game, my transistors are -30nm. I had to do some funny things with space time, but they work. Until you observe them anyways. Next up, I'm going for inm chips."

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Einstein on Memorization

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago One of Einstein's colleagues asked him for his telephone number one day. Einstein reached for a telephone directory and looked it up. "You don't remember your own number?" the man asked, startled. "No," Einstein answered. "Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book?

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Is it even possible to buy legal mp3s?

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 7 years ago Back when I was in school, I used to pirate a lot of music. Now that I have a real job and real income, I would like to purchase music online legally. After trying a number of services from rapsody to emusic, I have yet to be able to buy a single mp3 or ogg file. As a Linux user, is it even possible to pay for music online? Are there companies out there that will allow you to pay for and download a mp3 or ogg file by simply using your browser? I don't think pirating has anything to do with money. From my hours online doing my best to buy music, it seems that most people pirate because it is easier than paying; cost is not a factor. If anyone knows of a decent service, please let me know what it is!

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We will not be responsible for damage

Visaris Visaris writes  |  about 8 years ago Many of the circuits have been reverse engineered - traced from various schematics or actual hardware. There may be errors in transcription, interpretation, analysis, or voltage or current values listed. They are provided solely as the basis for your own designs and are not guaranteed to be 'plans' that will work for your needs without some tweaking. We will not be responsible for damage to equipment, your ego, county wide power outages, spontaneously generated mini (or larger) black holes, planetary disruptions, or personal injury or worse that may result from the use of this material.

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Dear Stephen

Visaris Visaris writes  |  about 8 years ago Dear Stephen,

I don't know anything about physics but dude, I will get you laid. And you're probably all like, "but I'm paralyzed." Dude, you don't even know. The bitches I know don't give a fuck. I'm tellin' you man they're crazy!

Hope to hear back from you!

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You are not the networks' customer.

Visaris Visaris writes  |  about 8 years ago It's kind of like television. You are not the networks' customer. The ad companies are the customer; you are the product that is sold to them. Everything else is just flim-flam designed to keep you in front of the tube.

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There's no way to rule innocent men.

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago 'There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Rearden, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with'.

- Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

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The law cannot protect you from the police.

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago The law cannot protect you from the police.

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Three computer users

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago Three computer users, one Windows, one Apple, one Linux go to the restroom. After being done, the Apple user washes his hands and uses a lot of paper towels to dry them. He says: "Apple users are very thorough."

The Windows user washes his hands, takes only one paper towel and uses even the last little bit. He says: "Windows users are not only thorough, but very economical."

Then they look at the Linux user who just walks out of the door, looks back and says: "Linux users don't piss on our hands."

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Eliminate--our dependence on foreign oil

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've come up with a way to reduce--perhaps even eliminate--our dependence on foreign oil as an energy source.

As more and more civil liberties are trampled upon, faster and faster will the Founding Fathers spin in their respective graves.

If we attach magnets to each Founding Father, then wrap copper wire around each of them, we should have a potentially unlimited energy source. Well, at least until the Libertarians get elected in significant numbers--so yeah, come to think of it, it truly is unlimited.

The AC frequency, of course, might be unpredictable. In fact, I'd suspect it will be ever-increasing, which could create some technical issues to overcome. But we're smart people, I'm sure we can figure it out.

What do you all say? Shall we write up a grant proposal?

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GWB bash-o-thon

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago Seriously though, you don't need to *disguise* a GWB bash-o-thon as humor. It *is* humor.

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Why DRM is fundamentally retarded.

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago "If someone is playing something it can be recorded even with the most secure format ever invented! How? Easy, i can record what I fucking hear you twits."

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root password to the Constitution

Visaris Visaris writes  |  more than 8 years ago Child porn is the root password to the Constitution. "Terrorism" is the alternate password.

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