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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

_merlin Re:Americans are known to be ignorant an shallow.. (350 comments)

You can't remove my State's direct democracy by simply believing we don't have it, though you're certainly free to believe whatever you want, and spew it around the internet.

I might believe in it when you vote down the PATRIOT Act, kick the TSA bullshit out of your state, get rid of civil forfeiture... None of these things benefit the people, so why do they exist in a "direct democracy?"

yesterday
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

_merlin Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (350 comments)

It's not just stupid, it's insulting to the audience. And the video will look just as stupid back in the US because of context.

yesterday
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

_merlin Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

Just being deprecated doesn't mean it's necessarily a bad idea. I still prefer IMAPS/POP3S/SMTPS over this silly STARTTLS nonsense. For one it can't be hijacked as easily as these ISPs are doing.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

_merlin Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

Maybe he's suggesting to just use plain SSL without the initial plaintext exchange and initiation.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Patches OLE Zero-Day Vulnerability

_merlin Re:why is it red? (37 comments)

Stories only visible to subscribers have the red background. All stories are initially only visible to subscribers before being made available to everyone, but there's some delay between the story being made available to everyone and the colour being changed to the standard green.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Countdown To Zero Day

_merlin Re:Why are comments banned for this book??? (58 comments)

Anything pointing out that the only substantial act of cyberwar was perpetrated by US/Israel supports terrorists, I guess. Can't let people actually have a discussion about it, have to bury it in a crapflood. Yeah, it's odd that this particular story has attracted such a storm of MyCleanPC and Bennet copypasta. What are the odds that it's actually a coincidence?

about two weeks ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

_merlin Re:November 11th? Really? (115 comments)

I dunno, David Jones has scheduled the launch of their Christmas sales for 11/11 this year. Go to any of their bigger stores tomorrow after 5PM for free champagne and snacks while you celebrate consumerism. No-one's protesting.

about two weeks ago
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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

_merlin Re:armchair engineers (165 comments)

Newer Airbuses limit rudder range at speed. The A300 could lose its tail if the pilot did something stupid, as happened with American Airlines 587. People seem to be happy enough to deal with the interlock.

about three weeks ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

_merlin Re:Bloatware (138 comments)

Dell only packs the bloatware onto consumer machines. My Dell Precision T3610 had absolutely no bloatware (but the OS install was a bit weird so I reinstalled anyway), and neither did my PowerEdge R420 (no OS at all).

about a month ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

_merlin Re:Africanized swans: (432 comments)

The black swans native to Australia have a much more pleasant temperament than white swans. But yeah, I know you're trying to make a joke.

about a month ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

_merlin Re:HTTPS Everywhere (206 comments)

Any idea why they do this? Of all the sites to not to https...

CPU load. SSL/TLS greatly increases CPU demands on the server(s). For a high-traffic site that costs real money.

about a month ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

_merlin Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (328 comments)

AKG isn't even that great. For pro work these days people are moving to Audio-Technica and Shure.

about a month ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

_merlin Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

When H1N1 was spreading around Melbourne, people wouldn't go to the doctor if they thought they had caught it, because if you did and they diagnosed you with it you were legally required to take time off work and isolate yourself. People just didn't want the inconvenience, and taking your chances with swine flu didn't usually kill you. Ebola's a bit more risky to play with.

about a month ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

_merlin Re:same here. Installed Linux, run Chrome OS (345 comments)

Seriously, what do you do with your machine? I need to run Photoshop and Lightroom for graphics, Apache, text editors and a collection of browsers for web development, Quartus II for FPGA development... None of this would work on ChromeOS. Do you even use your computer at all?

about a month and a half ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

_merlin Re:Flash IDE ? (57 comments)

I thought of the ATA Flash PCMCIA card variant.

about a month and a half ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

_merlin Re:One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

I had H1N1 swine flu and my coworker's girlfriend had it. It was pretty widespread in Melbourne. But all it seemed to really do was make people feel like shit for a week. People weren't even taking time off work for it. Yeah, not taking time off work is likely to spread it, but it didn't seem to take out entire offices. It may or may not have been overblown, but it definitely didn't kill anyone I knew.

about a month and a half ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

_merlin Re:Cell (338 comments)

My LSI SAS controller card has an 800MHz PowerPC processor. Lots of car ECUs use PowerPC. It's anything but dead.

about a month and a half ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

_merlin Re:PTT ? (153 comments)

GSM push-to-talk is an abbreviated call establishment sequence with preconfigured recipients. It still runs everything via the base station and hence via the carrier's network, so you'd be paying. If the network didn't advertise the feature as being available it would disable it, even if you bought an unlocked phone directly from Nokia.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

_merlin Re:Nvidia is shooting themselves in the foot (192 comments)

"The FOSS community" is tiny. The vast majority of the time Linux is selected for practical or pragmatice reasons. Most people using Linux aren't using it for ideological reasons. There aren't enough people prepared to boycott NVIDIA over this to make a difference. Also, it's firmware that needs to be signed, not drivers.

about 2 months ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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