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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

allcoolnameswheretak Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

It only works if you suck monkey balls, preferably in space. Sucking on donkey balls actually doesn't do anything.

Sorry to break it to ya.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

allcoolnameswheretak Re: In after somebody says don't run Windows. (467 comments)

Yeah, I also run AdBlock for safety first, and to remove ads I will never click on anyway second. AdBlock is the most important security software for surfing the internet.

I'm sorry about the websites that depend on ad revenue. But if the advertising companies can't get their shit together and instead abstract their business model in such a way that it's impossible to know where an ad is coming from, it's their fault not mine.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

allcoolnameswheretak Re:COBOL (385 comments)

Arbitrary spelling that must be memorized for every word?

This is the one thing that drives most non-native English speakers crazy. Interestingly I found that many native English speakers are not even consciously aware of this difficulty in learning the English language.

Stuff like
You have to polish my car until it is shiny.
But: The Polish car salesman made me a good deal.

Or
I read something in todays paper.
But: did you read that one article?

Then, for good measure you have words that sound the same but, of course, are spelled differently, like knight and night or were and where. Yes, my username also became victim to this consequence.

IT IS MADNESS!!!

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Limited power to change working situation... (348 comments)

You can get up and take a five minute smoke break every 30 minutes.
Sitting on your ass all day sounds so bad, taking up smoking might actually be a net-win.

about two weeks ago
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Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Business model? (105 comments)

I continue to be shocked about the sad state of affairs in the U.S. concerning services like Internet access, health care, power grid, water and food supply... I read recently that most of the "chocolate" you buy in the U.S. has zero cacao in it.

It seems to me most of it is due to the extreme "free market" policies with as little as possible government regulation and other socialist evils in it.

Which ironically results in funny facts like two cable providers dividing the market between them, each reigning over their own territorial monopoly, Americans paying exorbitant fees for subpar health care, power outages after every hurricane or chocolate without chocolate in it.

And when you get lucky by getting a president like Obama, with the balls and ability to change some things, ever so little as your congress and political bickering allows, everyone starts hating on him.

It would be funny if it were not so sad.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Mi peor enemigo soy yo (227 comments)

As a guy with some degree of competence on the subject, I would say that something like the Matrix (fully immersive virtual reality) is already on the horizon, whereas Terminator style virtual intelligence is not even on the radar yet.

Barring any amazing breakthroughs that change everything.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

allcoolnameswheretak Re:"AI" vs Strong AI (227 comments)

We already have a working example: The human brain. So, of course it is possible, unless you believe that the human mind is based on some sort of magic.

If this universe (or what you perceive as reality) is a simulation or some other kind of contrived illusion, then it is very possible that the human brain runs on a bit of "magic" which is impossible for us to recreate.

about two weeks ago
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Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Waste (170 comments)

It's his money to spend and I wouldn't stand in his way, but what a waste. Makes you wonder what kind of good could have been done or how many lives could have been saved with that $70 million.

Indeed. I'm sure you give all your excess money to charity rather than buy yourself a TV, DVDs, go to a restaurant or on vacation.

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

allcoolnameswheretak Never could get into Star Trek (106 comments)

There are three things about Star Trek which are unbearable to me:
1. The Holodeck, which is just one massive plothole
2. Badly done time travel, which is yet another massive plothole
3. Badly done aliens, with a lame explanation.

That episode made by the fans just utterly obliterated any interest I might have had by starting right with big mistake no. 1.

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Same as earth, for intelligent life (391 comments)

Intelligence and knowledge... they are not the same.

about a month and a half ago
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Curiosity Detects Mysterious Methane Spikes On Mars

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Obviously (68 comments)

They voted only -after- Russia took military control over Crimea. All the while Russia was claiming that the soldiers were not Russian, and they had removed flags and ensignas from uniforms and vehicles - a ridiculous move, as everyone in the world knew they were Russian soldiers.

You know someone is doing something wrong when they are
trying to hide it.
Later, when everything was under control, Putin admitted yes, they were Russian soldiers. As if this was clear from the beginning and the Kremling had never claimed anything different. Reminded me of 1984... warp the past to suite your present.

So this is your Democracy... Russian style.

Same thing happening now in eastern Ukraine, with "maybe" there being "inofficially" Russian solders there. "On vacation".

about a month and a half ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Let me be the first to say... (150 comments)

All languages are derived from a precursor language. What makes a derivative 'crappy'?

If any language is a crappy derivative, then English has the most going for it. Maybe as a native English speaker you never realized, but English is a terribly inconsistent language concerning spelling and pronounciation.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

allcoolnameswheretak Re:As a former muslim (880 comments)

I'm not equating all religions as equally bad. I think that most religions are a tool to exert power. That power can be used for good or for bad. The decision is up to the people who wield that power.
At the moment western societies are doing well also thanks to the comparatively little power that religion has over the people living in those countries. Power that unfortunately has historically mostly been used to oppress and control rather than to support people.
In the middle east, religion still plays a large role, and many people look towards a bleak, uncertain future. That makes it easy for madmen and hate preachers to abuse religion for manipulating people to further their own goals.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

allcoolnameswheretak Re:As a former muslim (880 comments)

The teachings of Christ may be about Love. That didn't stop the Spanish Inquisition from exiling, torturing and burning heretics and unbelievers at the stake, all with the blessings of the catholic monarchs and the pope. The teachings of love didn't help Galileo and other scientists and deviants in the course of christian history.
It is only thanks to the Age of Enlightenment and the departure and emancipation from religious doctrines that western societies have earned the freedoms they enjoy today. It is certainly not thanks to any teachings of Jesus.

That's why, again, it's not so much about what is written in the books. It's about the people and how they choose to interpret them to further their own goals.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

allcoolnameswheretak Re:As a former muslim (880 comments)

Remember that in the middle, and late middle ages, the Islamic world was the advanced, progressive, cultured and tolerant civilization, far ahead of western Europe. Christian Europe was a place of endless war and bickering and of religious zealots.

Especially in Al-Andalus, under moorish rule, muslims, christians and jews lived peacefully together in what was perhaps the most advanced, safe and free place to live in the world, at the time.

It's not really about Islam or Christianity. Both holy books contain a lot of questionable, self-justifying violence. It's about the human beings who interpret and lay out the words. This, in my opinion, is one of the greatest problems with the abrahamic religions. The holy books contain so many contradictions and inconsistencies, you can justify just about anything by picking out the relevant parts that serve your cause.

about a month and a half ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Compare to... (377 comments)

Because it has a catchier name.

I mean, "JPEG 2000"? Seriously? That is -so- 20th century.

about a month and a half ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Nuclear is Clean (235 comments)

Could you please enlighten me as to how the radioactive nuclear waste created by nuclear power is "sustainable"?

Or how the risks of a nuclear meltdown due to unforseen disasters or intentional sabotage are even worth it?

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

allcoolnameswheretak Camps mixed up (739 comments)

Many of the poorest and most rural states in the country tend to favor Republican politicians.

I've observed this myself. Quite baffling that those who would profit most from social reforms mostly advocated by the left are very often politically oriented towards the right.

And then you have the super rich, who are strongly favored by right-leaning policies, asking the government to tax them more...

Crazy world.

about 2 months ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

allcoolnameswheretak Re:Prison population (407 comments)

They are too busy playing GTA on the XBOX.

about 3 months ago

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91% of Germans would vote Obama

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "While the presidential candidates are running a tight, head to head race in the U.S., the federal election is a non-contest in Germany. According to a recent poll by ARD DeutschlandTREND, a program by the main German public TV station that analyzes current and future trends in Germany, 91% of Germans would vote for Obama (German) if given the choice- up 4 percent since last months poll.

How do you explain this stark disparity between U.S. and European opinion on who is the better man for the job?"

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Where is the weak dollar?

allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "How is it that even though the Euro is about to hit the 1.5 U.S. Dollar mark, prices on videogames and other U.S. products in Europe seem to be translated from Dollars to Euros 1 to 1? Compare the price for Halo 3 for example on Amazon.de and the same product on Amazon.com the prices being 59.99$ and 59.45 EUR respectively. What is this? How can this price be considering the US $ — Euro exchange rate? Are europeans being ripped off?"
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allcoolnameswheretak allcoolnameswheretak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) writes "Based on a comment made by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, it seems that UMG counterbalances "having to discount" pop music by charging high prices for records of bands that have a "true fanbase".

Quote from nin.com:

As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind: * The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US). By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: "It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out — you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy." So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off."

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