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Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

ak3ldama Re:I got the notice... (137 comments)

You think this matters? We should have real concerns. In late October Resers had a listeria recall on a lot of products produced at one assembly plant for lots of sub-companies. There has been no followup in the news (post november) detailing any further testing by them or the FDA. That original recall was initiated due to testing done in Canada. Should there be any consumer confidence by the American public that we can trust a factory like this to produce safe food? Look at their recall window on those products, it has been expanded now and includes 2014 products. How often do they test!? Why are they still shipping this food if its being recalled? This problem was first exposed in October. How often do they do a thorough cleaning!? I have tried to followup and have not been told of _any_ routine testing done on American soil by either the FDA or the company in question. The Reser consumer rep literally told me consumers do not care about their quality practices and that she did not have any information for me on how often they test for this. I have tried to find out more and all I have to go on is public information in the news. All consumers have are gems like this and more questions:

The problem was discovered through microbiological testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A traceback investigation and follow-up testing by FDA at the facility determined there was potential cross contamination of products with Listeria monocytogenes from product contact surfaces.

about 6 months ago
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Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

ak3ldama Re:Great (222 comments)

Kind of like the research they do with whales?

about 7 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

ak3ldama Re:real socialism (356 comments)

If you want to have honest conversations with people, you need to be clear what you're talking about.

I was not applying some sort of rhetorical strategy. What anon was alleging is that you cannot have any meaningful conversation with some progressives because they try to mislead people, and that they do not tell the whole story. I was merely bringing up the reality that no one wants to have an honest conversation. Further: It's misleading statements like that that turn off moderates (who can easily google the federal budget) from believing in the good intentions of us on the left. I would assert that neither side has "good intentions" but merely their own interests at heart. Each side sort of has to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda and hope that the way they frame things wins out.

Imagine if a (real not Koch-brothers-fake) community action group approached regulars on the street with a whitepaper and said: Here in these 50 pages we outline the background behind Social Security and provide statistics that reinforce our belief that everyone needs to contribute 37% more. What would those people do?

about 7 months ago
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Fedora 20 Released

ak3ldama bcache (147 comments)

Is using bcache really this hard? I didn't see any mention of setting up bcache during an initial system install. Essentially like: install everything to /dev/sda and use /dev/sdb as cache? Couldn't this be done if /dev/sda1 was a LVM w/ / on it, maybe with /dev/sda2 as /boot?

about 7 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

ak3ldama Re:real socialism (356 comments)

When other progressives say stuff like this, it really pisses me off. Your statements are more than a little misleading.

Do you mean to say that those on the right never say statements that are misleading? That the big ag lobby never misrepresents the tremendous aid they get from the farm bill, while the pawns in the house try to cut spending on nutrition programs? That we do not comply with our free trade agreements - and that those other nations are merely trying to lash out at us unfairly? (I listen to ag radio, you wouldn't believe the nonsense. One day the corn lobby is complaining about the EPA relaxing the ethanol mandate; the next the beef lobby is saying how great it is since they have had to buy that over priced corn and have seen some red ink the last couple years. All the while no one cares about this particular case where government is regulating a free market?) You can pick another sector if you want, food alone is just so easy to refute you with. So please step off your soap box and review the situation(s) in the real world.

about 7 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

ak3ldama Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

You are correct. I would like to add: the basic problem is that ACA doesn't lower health care costs. It also now puts lots of people into these idiotic high deductible plans. Bush did that too there just wasn't as many people complaining because everyone didn't have to switch to a high deductible plan all at the same time - it was gradual. It also now lets the govt spend a bunch on failed federal and state IT projects. So they replaced high insurance company profit with wasteful govt spending we don't as easily notice? All of these guys need a comprehensive audit a year or so from now. How much is/was being spent, to what benefit, and is it any better now than when the (horrible) insurance companies had all the waste? Did the govt bureaucracy just want a cut of the waste? Questions. All we have are questions and shitty expensive health care. The irony is that this is what Obama is clinging to for his legacy.

about 7 months ago
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Indian Government Lifts Nokia's Asset Freeze, Factory Can Transfer To Microsoft

ak3ldama Re:Corrupt Indians (53 comments)

I think what this may be alluding to is the debt acting as a tax shield. I am not an accountant... I just pay attention when I read the news, this happens all the time with mergers. I have not paid too much attention to this Nokia-MS deal though and I might be wrong.

about 7 months ago
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Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?

ak3ldama Re:Mozilla's suite! (381 comments)

Oversimplification: Windows Firefox Download is 22.9MB and the SeaMonkey download is 23.3MB. And SeaMonkey has better default configuration options. And tries to maintain a normal semblance of configurable preferences without the go away shoo tactics of the about:config area 51. And has a suite of a few other programs. And doesn't have that nasty google smell. But OMG it must be so bloated!

My take is that SeaMonkey is a breath of fresh air. A reminder that you are using a real computer instead of a wannabe tablet.

about 8 months ago
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Tech Companies Set To Appeal 2012 Oracle Vs. Google Ruling

ak3ldama Re:Death of the small guy (198 comments)

so they don't even have to pretend to appoint fair judges

Fair Judges? Those same fair judges that the Chamber of Commerce chooses for us? Or those fair judges that get kicked out once called "activist judges" for making otherwise perfectly normal decisions that some member of the "business" community hates? Tell me again who the highest bidder is? This stuff isn't trying to read tea leaves...

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla's 2012 Annual Report: 90% of Revenue Came From Google

ak3ldama Re:They sold out a long time ago (278 comments)

Is that like the bug reports asking why the prompt for closing multiple tabs comes up when users have already told firefox not to warn when closing multiple tabs? Those go nowhere because some UX nazi cares so much about a user fat fingering the Right-Click-Close-Other tabs button. But hey, please now go read the bugzilla thread because its so informative!? Oh wait, its fixed since there is a second option in about:config, that kiss on our boo-boo makes it all better right?! Firefox UX design is basically: take options away, be more like chrome, put it all into about:config. Boring.

about 8 months ago
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Wikimedia Sends Cease and Desist Letter To Firm Providing Paid Editing Services

ak3ldama Re:First world problems (186 comments)

You mean like happened to Sarah Palin's page the night before she was chosen to be the VP candidate? Or on any other such page where there is a desire to scrub past or present? I am at least happy that we have a relatively transparent view into the history of these articles - but it has already been completely undermined.

about 8 months ago
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AMD To Launch a Windows 8.1 Gaming Tablet

ak3ldama Re:I have health insurance now. (119 comments)

(Didn't post this yesterday because offtopic...)

Oh and lots and lots of doctors aren't taking Obamacare, same for hospoitals. So much so that there is already talk of legislation forcing doctors to take it.

Why couldn't they have such legislation? There is already this legislation in place forcing the plebs to buy this thing from companies.

about 8 months ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

ak3ldama Re:overreach (303 comments)

There should be FIA requests to find out how many investigations led to all the participants being a mole.

about 8 months ago
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Canonical Targets Ubuntu Privacy Critic

ak3ldama Re:Update: (259 comments)

I was going to ramble on about fair use and things like ford-trucks.com blah blah... but then I looked at the site's HTML source. Seriously nice to see something in the wild that is so simple. Cheers.

about 9 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

ak3ldama Re:Sooo.... (603 comments)

Yes, among other things (Bloody Thursday?) there is this by Mr Dreamy himself. Notice how there is very little wikipedia chatter on Reagan and gun control? History is always being scrubbed.

about 9 months ago
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Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

ak3ldama Re:This might help the situation (390 comments)

This is not a privacy violation. He did this outside his home, in public. He has no expectation of privacy. Crow.

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company

ak3ldama Re: forbidden from transferring or open-sourcing? (285 comments)

Your analogy is horrible. This is like someone paying to bowl, with a robot, and then getting strikes all the time. They can run around saying they bowled a 300, you just have to ignore them. WoW worlds _are_ shared, so the bowling alley is obviously not a good analogy. In this case though, why should the bowling alley owner care that people are showing up and paying to bowl w/ their toy robots? It wrecks the high score list sure, deal with it.

All this said, I agree that you tarnish WoW by allowing bots... but they tarnish WoW in other ways than that and people still play. I however have quit. Paying ~$15 a month, for me, isn't worth it.

about 9 months ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

ak3ldama Re:Yeah, right ... (734 comments)

Kid having a tantrum in the store because you won't buy Fruit Sugar Pops cereal? Take the kid home and spank him, then leave him home with mommy or daddy, and do that EVERY TIME he misbehaves at the store. He will learn quickly not to do it.

Buy the little brats a container of oatmeal like it is 1932, or 2013, and teach them some real life lessons. Better yet take the time to make your own granola, show them how to do it and clean up afterwards. If they won't help, then - of course - just feed them the oatmeal while you eat the delicious granola.

about 9 months ago
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Irish Government May Close Apple's Biggest Tax Loophole

ak3ldama Re:Linkbait (292 comments)

It goes beyond that. Some complaints are legitimate, but things like this are just gaming the system:

Finally, multinationals that invert have an easier time achieving “earnings stripping,” a tax maneuver in which an American subsidiary is loaded up with debt to offset domestic earnings, lowering the effective tax rate paid on sales in the United States.

Most people do not know any of the details of these kinds of operations and so we all must just trust our benevolent job creators. As long as Obama has GE sitting at the table when he calls businesses in to talk about tax reform it'll never go anywhere significantly better for us the little men.

about 9 months ago
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CPJ Report: the Obama Administration and Press Freedoms

ak3ldama Re:You asked for this (289 comments)

Sanity check: It was sold at a loss. Not even close to a profit. From wikipedia: A White House report sent to Congress in August 2012 estimated the sale of the remaining G.M. stock acquired by the United States Treasury during the company's bankruptcy will result in a loss of $25.1 billion to the American taxpayer. The government is basically selling the stock at half the value we would need to be selling it at. I wish people would pay attention and remember the basic details of this shit. So in review: the GM market cap is ~$48 Billion and we the people are losing about half of that, maybe more.

about 10 months ago

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ARM Netbooks

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  about 5 years ago

ak3ldama writes "As recently as late last year we heard that Netbooks with ARM processors were coming soon. This of course has yet to be fully realized as any google search, or listings on Newegg fail to give any such netbooks on the market. A netbook that has ARM processor, Linux, and great battery life is what many geeks are likely to be waiting for. I am curious what the hold up is, is it 720p video without lag? Flash support from either Adobe or Gnash? Would any industry insiders care to enlighten us, and give us an estimate for when these issues would be resolved?"
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ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ak3ldama writes "According to The Register Apple has been approched for a while about problems with their products but has been neglecting (or postponing) the issue. From the article:
Greenpeace accuses Apple of not trying hard enough on environmental concerns, claiming its products are needlessly toxic, don't last long enough, and they end up in developing world landfill sites. The site sourced (Greenpeace)also mentions that Apple products continue to contain hazardous substances that other companies have abandoned."

Journals

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Fedora 15 and Gnome 3

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 3 years ago

First significant release of GNOME in years - supposedly about 9! They should have waited longer. Where to start?

The upgrade of Fedora from 14 to 15 broke my networking. I had set it up to be automatically enabled every bootup. It is a desktop with a wired connection. I couldn't find how to enable it and the manager said it was "unmanaged". Forgivable I suppose. This was probably something that changed with the new startup mechanisms.

So I did a fresh install. Added the FedoraFaq setup to play mp3s. Had to manually download and setup the GPG key information. Forgivable. While setting up the podcasts Rhythmbox crashed and blew away the updates. Then while doing so again it wasn't able to readd one of them. I then had to delete its xml storage file to be able to finish setting up rhythmbox. Not very Forgivable.

Then comes some more core Gnome things. Both dual monitors and the management of the wallpaper is close to broken. Applications on the second monitor aren't part of that "workspace" anymore. Keep in mind I am using the open source ATI driver and configured my desktop with the typical GNOME screens tool.

The second thing that is noticable is that a wallpaper set to tile doesn't actually span both screens. The third thing is that a transparent terminal window doesn't show transparently.

Lastly is the common gripe that the GNOME 3 theme is part of the black pixel lobby. There is no way yet to configure to a different one.

Those are what I consider some of the "relatively" minor gripes about GNOME 3. That doesn't take into account the loss of the old panel applets. Showing the values from sensors? The cpu scaling on the fly? The latest weather and temperature in the area? Where is the recent file list? It is there when I search but not upon first popup of their new flyout. It is understandable that people will have a hard time adjusting to certain new behaviors and muscle memory actions needing to be forgotten. But things really do take longer now. I used to have Firefox and Terminal and Rhythmbox shortcuts on the main top panel. As well you could click on the workspace and just go there. I will try to stay open minded, but my premonition about waiting a release or two longer was probably right.

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SANS criticizes Microsoft.

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

This news is slightly old, but I didn't notice it on /. previously. SANS has called out Microsoft for not following 'responsible disclosure' as they want others to. Even saying that they feel the right to brand others as 'irresponsible' when others release vulnerability details before the patches are released.

Speaking to Computer World, Swa Frantzen, an analyst at SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, criticised Microsoft for issuing patches that fix the Windows versions of PowerPoint while announcing that patches for the same flaws in the Mac editions would not be released until June.

A poll from the Internet Storm Center had 47% thinking Microsoft was irresponsible for omitting the fixes for the Mac editions, what are your thoughts?

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Overrated?

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Really? Marking my comment initially as overrated seems downright silly. I don't even use my good karma boost to start any post of mine at 2. So... WTF? Luckily it got a couple insightful mods after that to get back to normal.

In unrelated news: baseball preseason begins soon! Go Rockies, lets not all get injured this year. Also, my gas guzzling ways may be somewhat over soon. I bought a little dodge dakota 2wd and will start using that as soon as winter is over. Not sure though if I will leave it as a v6 or freak out and throw a v8 or a 360 crate into it. With the economy as it is though I will wait a year or two before doing any modding - not to mention crate mopar is too spendy.

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Interesting tidbit on security...

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I found a neat post on undeadly by some AC. The article in question is about a possible flaw in ssh version 2 and openssh in particular not being properly informed.

I haven't made a post in a while... Life is good. Went deer hunting again this year. Gas down to $2 makes life with an F150 so much nicer. Purchased a Compaq laptop (Vista, AMD 64 X2, 3gb ram, etc) for about $500. About ready to start reading the 2nd volume in the Art of Computer Programming now that winter is back. Had some snow today, the temperature is up to a very nice 27 degrees fahrenheit. Currently reading: "Global Tyranny...Step by Step" and working on finishing "That Hideous Strength."

If anyone has a suggestion for a pair of boots my ears are open. My main boots are getting kinda shot, also got some blood on em this fall which won't look good at work. The tread is gone which doesn't work well in winter so I need to find a new pair. Damn how I hate to shop. I'm not looking forward to it at all. I'm thinking something like these. Maybe Olathe though, not sure. I was happy with the $100 no name pair I had, they were cheap and fit well. I'm guessing the /. crowd are the wrong people to ask about this topic though - perhaps I am just rambling.

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Section 8 of bailout!?

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So Bush wants congress to act quickly on the housing market "fixup."

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

I agree with others, we should let these idiots clean up their own pile of shit, re-instate Glass-Steagall, and let the markets recover eventually. I, as an American tax payer, don't want to pay for this trillion dollar loss especially when (unlike the past) there is no proper decision making for where this money goes and how we are to go about getting paid back. Fucking idiot republicans and democrats. If the Democrats let this through I will once again have lost hope.

Quoting the article now:

The deal proposed by Paulson is nothing short of outrageous. It includes no oversight of his own closed-door operations. It merely gives congressional blessing and funding to what he has already been doing, ad hoc. He plans to retain Wall Street firms as advisors to decide just how to cut deals to value and mop up Wall Street's dubious paper. There are to be no limits on executive compensation for the firms that get relief, and no equity share for the government in exchange for this massive infusion of capital. Both Obama and McCain have opposed the provision denying any judicial review of decisions made by Paulson -- a provision that evokes the Bush administration's suspension of normal constitutional safeguards in its conduct of foreign policy and national security. [...]

The differences between this proposed bailout and the three closest historical equivalents are immense. When the Reconstruction Finance Corporation of the 1930s pumped a total of $35 billion into U.S. corporations and financial institutions, there was close government supervision and quid pro quos at every step of the way. Much of the time, the RFC became a preferred shareholder, and often appointed board members. The Home Owners Loan Corporation, which eventually refinanced one in five mortgage loans, did not operate to bail out banks but to save homeowners. And the Resolution Trust Corporation of the 1980s, created to mop up the damage of the first speculative mortgage meltdown, the S&L collapse, did not pump in money to rescue bad investments; it sorted out good assets from bad after the fact, and made sure to purge bad executives as well as bad loans. And all three of these historic cases of public recapitalization were done without suspending judicial review.

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Just so you know...

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago The 2-5 Rockies start is killing me too. I don't know if it is Corpas blowing saves, or Helton running the paths like a dolt, or the horrible hitting with runners in scoring position. Keep the faith RailGunner, this series in Boston should be interesting.

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Salutations

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

to all. I have for you a rather offtopic post. Also given my lack of knowledge for what you all drink this may be rather boring.

I have just tried my first sip of George Dickel No. 12. It is quite good. I had previously had their Barrel Select, but that is somewhat expensive. The whiskey market is preying on the publics current affection for "Single Malt" and so forth which in reality I cannot see how there can be such a demand. I have tried several various whiskeys but in the end Jim Beam Black Label, or Famous Grouse is good enough for me. I fail to see how these more expensive runs of whiskey are worth the extra cost. Anyways back to point, this dickel no 12 is great. I usually prefer splashes of coke (or half and half when i'm not in the mood to take it easy ;-) but this No 12 with just ice and some water is very smooth. And it is cheap enough not to feel like a total schmuck.

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Fedora 8 Install (i686)

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I mentioned once before that I liked ubuntu on my older 32bit athlon. I was using it recently and it's behaviour with monitors and resolutions sucks. In the end I was rather upset and following that the ubuntu live disc wouldn't even work properly. So the end of the story is I am now running Fedora 8 on this machine. I also ordered an ATI 9200 video card (with dual outs) to be able to run dual monitors. I installed and setup a wiki (apache, mysql, php etc) so the next step is to see if I can get netbeans running through some means or another.

Maybe i'll just make this my desktop, give someone my Athlon 64 x2, and get a laptop for Windowz. The long and short of it is that I have been wanting to implement a certain website for a while and will soon embark on this journey. I am not sure which technology to use yet though; I think for what I want php would suffice.

One last note, me and a couple guys from work (who I also went to school with - ********** Inc and South Dakota State University have a _close_ relationship) have embarked on reading "The Art of Computer Programming" by Knuth. We have met once so far and are about 40 pages in and plan to meet weekly. It will take at least 3 months, but it should be very fruitful. They are "working" on their thesis for the CSC graduate program so hopefully this won't distract them too much.

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Vehicles, etc

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I have a simple question: if you were looking for (or currently have) a vehicle that got some good mileage while being safe what would it be (or is)?

I currently own an F150 as I previously mentioned. The mileage is acceptable but if the gas price rises to near $4 or higher I will start looking for a second vehicle. I ran some numbers and if I had a vehicle that got at least 30 mpg I would save in the vicinity of $1500 a year. I would like a VW Rabbit or Golf but they are not too common to find. Also, I went deer hunting this fall, it was a blast. We all got something, and now I have been enjoying all sorts of good food.

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[Linux] Fedora 8

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I mentioned in a previous journal entry that linux hates my machine. Well I tried again, and failed. I installed Fedora 8. It went well. Then it started crashing as before with Ubuntu. I installed kmod-nvidia and the crashes stopped - for the most part. I still experienced a freak crash several minutes into operation while doing typical things so I suppose I will give up installing Linux on this machine. I really wish there was a good answer since Fedora Core 5 worked so well with this motherboard and configuration. Also: the latest netbeans wouldn't install which even if the machine would have been stable would have put a pretty serious damper on things.

From the previous post:

My machine hates the new Ubuntu (7.10) so I am downloading FC7's live disc instead. I would otherwise just download the DVD iso but alas I don't own a dvd burner. I know others with AMD64 type machines who have USB/Noboot issues with Ubuntu, I wish they'd get their shit together. I run Ubuntu on my x86 box and I definitely like it.

I did manage to install Ubuntu once I used the simple text installer though once I had it setup and fully operation I experienced at least one or two crashes that shouldn't have happened - so when Fedora did it I quit after the first crash. Luckily all I had to do was pop the IDE drive back in, reformat the sata raid partition and setup data/music from backups, and I am back in operation.

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[Guitars] EpiActive

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Epiphone finished working on an active pickup they call EpiActive. I am assuming they are wanting to gain back the market segment ESP stole with their LTD EC-500 and EC-1000 guitars. I think this would be something I would consider. Not much shows up on google yet, it seems like a very new product. I was actually considering an ESP EC-500 since for the price you can't beat it (any guitar w/ EMG pickups starts at about $500.) I really don't want another 24 fret guitar but it is not too big of a deal.

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Yay for personal freedoms!

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Today we solute Maya Ababadjani for realizing that her freedom is worth fighting for. This woman is not even a Muslim, her parents were Lebanese Christians, yet some Muslims in Denmark don't want her to exercise the freedoms granted to her.

This is easily my biggest holdup when it comes to the religion of Islam. This is a religion, but it places such strict rules upon society. Chief among these is the oppression of minorities - and in particular women and religious minorities. Though there was originally a lot of good intent and indeed many strides made, this healthy growth did not continue. Did you know that in Saudia Arabia they didn't even allow Muslims to have as a manager a Christian? Technical merit out the window, yep, sounds like a great idea.

I absolutely hate the idea of being a dhimmi. (Though for others their fate was worse - assimilate to the religion or die.) I also hate the idea of Muslims rewording human rights so it can fit their agenda and world view. (Though they would say the same about the UDHR in relation to the Judeo-Christian world view.) Notice they say that they can not agree to the UDHR without trespassing the Islamic law! They cannot change their view, because if God told his will to his prophets then this issue cannot sway. For to change their view on the issue would mean that God is wrong which obviously cannot happen. Nevermind the possibility that the prophet/leader may not have perceived properly the will of God. I guess I am getting sick of the accommodation of the Islam socio-religion when there are such glaring problems. Being open minded and discussing the issues is one thing, being blind is another. I leave you with a small quote:

Even though so much Qur'anic legislation is aimed at protecting the rights of women in the context of marriage[54] women cannot claim equality with their husbands. The husband, in fact, is regarded as his wife's gateway to heaven or hell and the arbiter of her final destiny. That such an idea can exist within the framework of Islam - which, in theory, rejects the idea of there being any intermediary between a believer and God - represents both a profound irony and a great tragedy.

I could write more but I don't see the point. I just urge you to go to the library sometime and read about Islamic law. I apologize if I may have worded phrases wierd or wrong. The english grammar is definitely not one of my better strengths. It doesn't help that I read too much Tolkien with all of his long sentences.

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Slashdot reality check.

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I haven't experienced any outrageous modding lately, I guess it was time for a reality check. Oh well, nothing like going against the slashdot groupthink. I thought it was obvious that nobody wanted to write applications in C or C++ anymore? Has nobody looked at projects like gedit and mozilla and wondered why they were doing all this weird shit that didn't even look like C anymore? Proper technologies like smalltalk are all too obviously the way of the future once we get more multi-core chips around but don't tell that to the slashdot dolts that pine for the days of their shitty 386. I had a 286, it sucked, why do these guys have to be so nostalgic? I can kind of understand why they might want better leaner code; but the levels of virtualization such as in C#, java, smalltalk, etc are here to stay.

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Go Rockies ! Oh Shit! It happened!?!

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, I knew this was possible, I just wish it wouldn't have. It does seem fitting for the MLB Playoffs to end on such a non-interesting note though. After game 1 I didn't even watch game 2. (I couldn't fall asleep for 2+ hours I was so disgusted. I figured it wasn't worth the pain/trouble; I have shit to do not sleep to lose.) Watched game 3, how the FUCK does Hurdle pull Herges like that? So accordingly I didn't watch game 4. Spending my time playing guitar was much less stressful. There is hope for next year at least, definitely a lot of young talent. One last thing: I HOPE TO HELL they fire Brian Fuentes.

My machine hates the new Ubuntu (7.10) so I am downloading FC7's live disc instead. I would otherwise just download the DVD iso but alas I don't own a dvd burner. I know others with AMD64 type machines who have USB/Noboot issues with Ubuntu, I wish they'd get their shit together. I run Ubuntu on my x86 box and I definitely like it.

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World Series writeup to end all!

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Here it is!

Which team has the best pitching?

On paper, it's definitely the Red Sox. But championships are not won on paper. Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Jonathan Papelbon are all big names that jump out off the page. But the Rockies' Jeff Francis, Manny Corpas and Co. have had the best ERA in baseball over the second half of the season (3.86) and in the playoffs (2.08). And I read those two statistics online, and not on paper, so I am comfortable saying Colorado has the best pitching. Now, if I print that Internet article out onto paper ... well, then, all bets are off.

And lastly, the funny finale:

As we all know, it's not who plays the best that wins sports titles, it's who The Creator picks to win in between helping poor people and sending messages to nonbelievers via hurricanes and wildfires. But who that will be in this year's World Series is far from clear. On the one hand -- God's right hand, to be exact -- you have Curt Schilling. Normally that would be enough to wrap it up. But on the other hand, we have the Colorado Rockies, who are so religious they will go into Boston tonight wondering WWJD and WWJDH. (That's Who Would Jesus DH, by the way. My guess is Ryan Spilborghs.) Anyway, this one is too close to call. In fact, there's really only one way I can see it ending. Seventh game ... bottom of the ninth ... score tied ... bases loaded with two outs ... count full and ... BOOM! ... rapture.

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Little baseball writeup.

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I keep reading various places do articles on the coming World Series but I wish to interject my views (primarily as to why/how the rockies should do well.)

* The Rockies may play in the NL but they came from the NL West, which had 3 "contenders" for the post season and had 4 teams in total that were good. The dodgers were contending well up till being swept by the Rockies at the end of the season. The Rockies played well in inter-league play, even beating the Bo'Sox mid season while being a ".500" club.
* The Rockies hitting is "fearless" when facing good pitching. They are young and could not care less if an opposing pitcher is supposed to be good.
* Clint Hurdle has setup the roster to be able to alternate right handed and left handed hitters.
* Todd Helton has been basically anemic so far this post season, look for him to step up to the forefront this series.
* Their good defense has been great this post season inspite of being such a young team. I (as a fan of CR) hope this continues at this the biggest stage.
* While Brian Fuentes has a tendency to combust, at least now they have Manuel Corpas to bail him out of trouble.
* Herges has been great, and Latroy Hawkins has yet to @#$! up this post season.

That's my perspective of the Rockies, as a fan so to speak. People say the Red Sox are a good team, I'll say what I said before the NLCS: "I have faith that the Rockies will continue to dominate."

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Damn You Slashdot!

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Would you stop running beta tests on the live server!!! Pulling shit like this gives you zero credibility!

Oh yea, go Rockies! Who wants to bet on Kaz Matsui and Yorvit Torealba getting their post season batting average up to .500?

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Small Quote, from 1837

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

"Yes" said the back woods hunter on my left, as he cast away his bone and smoothed down his long auburn hair with his greasy hand, "Yes you English and Irish are always talking about your fine Countries but if they are so mighty fine" (said he with an oath) "why do so many of you run off and leave them and come to America to get a living" from this the conversation turned to an argument in which the Hunter came off victorious driving his opponents from the field.

That's the ending to an entry from the 6th of August in Journal of a Trapper, originally written by Osborne Russell. This was during the years 1834 to 1843 while trapping near/in the Rocky Mountains. He had one previous entry that is a very timely entry right on the 4th of July where they were fording a river and barely escaped but is much to long to try to type in here. Suffice to say it is an excellent read though almost always bad grammar with usually simple entries on where he was traveling. I have already come across one very interesting thing: he makes special note continually of the Blackfeet Indians as being especially mean spirited - this is not present in their Wikipedia entry or other online resources I have read about them. A similar book, which I read when I was younger was The Log of a Cowboy but I don't remember much of it and will have to re-read it.

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Go Rockies!

ak3ldama ak3ldama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Rockies have just this weekend swept the San Diego Padres and are now only 1.5 games behind the Padres, while the Philadelphia Phillies are .5 games back. The Rockies only have 6 games left to play so I hope they stay as hot as they have been. In case anyone missed it Matt Holiday is injured and will likely be sitting out for a while. How this may or may not affect his chances at the NL MVP I don't know.

A friend of mine picked up Rapala Tournament Fishing for the Wii this weekend. Definitely a fun game, depending on your viewpoint on fishing games.

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