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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

Zonk (troll) Re: Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

I also don't see it happening. Cities and counties make truckloads of cash off of tickets and red light cameras. Plus it gives cops the ability to search people for prohibited plants. With driverless cars they wouldn't get ticket revenue, be able to use civil asset forfeiture or easily fill up the prisons with stoners.

about a year ago
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What Filters Are Right For Kids?

Zonk (troll) Re:Adblock (678 comments)

I never, ever see porn ads because I've got Adblock Plus installed in FF. If she prefers IE for some weird reason then just put an ad-filtering web-proxy on your network like Junkbuster.

You could also install IE7Pro. It adds the following:

"Tabbed Browsing Management, Spell Check, Inline Search, Super Drag Drop, Crash Recovery, Proxy Switcher, Mouse Gesture, Tab History Browser, Web Accelerator, User Agent Switcher, Webpage Capturer, AD Blocker, Flash Block, Greasemonkey like User Scripts platform, User Plug-ins, MiniDM, Google sponsored search,IE Faster and many more power packed features."

more than 5 years ago
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Open Source Study Included In US Stimulus Package

Zonk (troll) Re:i'm-sure-that-makes-us-socialists-somehow dept. (187 comments)

Yeah, but no matter what it makes us, the US population in general will not know about it till well past 2010. It will take that long for our legislators to actually read the damn thing. Sure there will be watchdog groups who have read it before then, but like those that nay-sayed on the DMCA and US PATRIOT Act, they will be ignored until we are suffering the bad and unintended consequences of caveats in this bill.

You know, this bill is a perfect example of why we need DownsizeDC's Read the Bills Act. It is unacceptable that Congress votes for legislation they haven't fscking read. Please contact your Representative and Senators about that act.

Three other DownsizeDC campaigns that this bill perfectly shows the need for are:

Enumerated Powers Act - "It's time for Congress to, "Cite it, chapter and verse." Where do they derive their authority? When they pass new laws or spend taxpayer money, they should be required to point to specific language in the Constitution. The Enumerated Powers Act would require them to do precisely that."

One Subject at a Time Act - "Congress routinely passes unpopular laws by combining them with completely unrelated bills that have majority support".

Federal deficit causes Congressional pay cut
Federal deficit causes Congressional pay cut - "Congress needs incentives to Downsize DC. H.R. 500 would provide such an incentive. If the federal government runs a deficit, then Congress will suffer a cut in pay. Tell your elected representatives to sponsor H.R. 500."

more than 5 years ago
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New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

Zonk (troll) Govtack (1235 comments)

You can track the bill here on Govtrack. If this gets past committee please write or call your representative and ask them to reject yet another unnecessary regulation.

In addition, if you live in New York's 3rd Congressional District, please remember how your representative wants to waste our tax dollars when you vote next year.

After doing a little more research on him, here's another very good reasons to vote him out. Quoting his campaign website:

Pete was a strong supporter of the PATRIOT Act, creating the Homeland Security Department, profiling for terrorists at airports and allowing the National Security Agency to wiretap foreign terrorists making telephone calls into our country.

Please vote this guy out.

more than 5 years ago
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US Senate & House Create YouTube Channels

Zonk (troll) Re:oh goodie (199 comments)

Some people care about parts of our government. CSPAN doesn't get watched because you have to watch all the parts you don't care about just to get to the parts you do care about.

At least now, I can search the videos for the stuff I care about. Like legalizing retroactive abortion...

Yep. CSPAN gets extremely boring. That's why I'm glad there are sites like CSPAN Junkie.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Beta Released To Public After Delay

Zonk (troll) Re:Still no virtual desktop (848 comments)

Well, I dont know about you, but I have been using multiple virtual desktops since 2kpro. Heck, MS even put them in the xp power toys package.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx

I'm sorry, but as someone who mentions Linux, you should be more than capable of locating one of the many programs that add this functionality to windows.

Sysinternals (now a part of MS) has a program called Desktops that's better than the powertoy. I use that when I'm stuck using Windows.

IMHO, it's still a joke compared to the virtual desktops support in Gnome/KDE.

more than 5 years ago
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CastleCops Anti-Malware Site Closes Down

Zonk (troll) Re:Hostile Action from Spammers (68 comments)

Excuse me, but what is the US Constitution's Second Amendment for, exactly?

"No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." --Thomas Jefferson

"That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well regulated militia composed of the body of the people trained to arms, is the proper. natural and safe defense of a free State. That standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that. in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power." --George Mason

"The said constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." --Samuel Adams

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed -- unlike the citizens of other countries, whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." --James Madison

"Are we at last brought to such a humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" --Patrick Henry

"[A]rms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but, since some will not, others dare not lay them aside. And while a single nation refuses to lay them down, it is proper that all should keep them up." --Thomas Paine

more than 5 years ago
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Diskeeper Accused of Scientology Indoctrination

Zonk (troll) Re:Wow (779 comments)

Or you can use Auslogics Defrag

I have to second that one. Also, starting with 1.5.19.330 they added a command line version. 1.5.20.335 adds a scheduler.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Rushes Internet Explorer Patch

Zonk (troll) Re:Interesting... (376 comments)

Internet Explorer may not have an auto-update system, but Microsoft Windows has an update system rivaling that of Ubuntu and OS X in automaticness, if not scale.

Since Windows encourages users to allow automatic updates installed at 3am every morning and also by default installs any pending critical updates at system power down, it doesn't seem like any supported version of Internet Explorer should remain unpatched for too long.

Ubuntu and Mint, at least, check daily. In Ubuntu when there are security updates you see a red arrow in the notification area, when non-security updates are available you see a orange sun(?). Also, if you go to "System"->"Software Sources" and then the "Updates" tab you can set it to apply security updates automatically (this really should be default, IMHO).

I still think Ubuntu's update system rivals Windows and OS X as it not only updates the base OS and OS vendor applications, it updates everything on the system.

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Achieve Mental Body-Swapping

Zonk (troll) Re:From the 'put-body-out-of-mind' department... (297 comments)

To be honest, I'd rather actually consume some really good weed than simulate it.

You can somewhat simulate weed with binaural beats, but it's nowhere near as good as the real thing. That will get you feeling somewhat high.

more than 5 years ago
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Critical Vulnerability In Adobe Reader

Zonk (troll) Re:For the uninformed: (160 comments)

That might work on some or most files, but there still is no replacement for Acrobat.

True, but we're getting closer. OpenOffice 3 now has a PDF Import extension, and of course for Windows there's PDFCreator (Gnome/KDE and OS X natively support printing to PDF).

about 6 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election & Education

Zonk (troll) Re:Make them Pay (1515 comments)

We are within 2 days of making the Republican party pay for it's failure, dishonorable behavior, and fraud.

How long before we can do the same with Democrats?

This country would be a much better place if both branches of the corporate party would just go away.

Ideally I'd like to see an end to parties in general. George Washington says it best:

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." --George Washington, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

At the very least if we had parties that put liberty and independence first we'd be better off.

--
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power" --Benito Mussolini

about 6 years ago

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