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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

axl917 Re:No thank you (267 comments)

But why can't there simply be room for two belief sets? Faith vs. science? Like in Anne Rice's vampire series, for many many centuries the vampires had varying beliefs on they whys and the hows of their vampiric existence. It was only later on that it was discovered that a spirit had taken over the body of a dying woman and somehow animated the cells into eternal life, but one can still view the original event as one of divinity.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

axl917 Re:Solution in search of a problem (168 comments)

DeepFreeze to minimize the frequency of needing to reflash the disk images.

DeepFreeze? What is this, 2002? We dumped Faronics years ago, there's nothing it did that could not be handled by group policy and, more importantly, not giving everyone admin rights to their boxes.

about a month and a half ago
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Pianist Asks Washington Post To Remove Review Under "Right To Be Forgotten"

axl917 Re:its terrible (257 comments)

the cultural marxist media

What does this even mean?

It's something Fox News says because it makes the god-lovin, gun-huggin corn farmers in flyover country ears pop up in sage agreement.

about 2 months ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

axl917 In other words (306 comments)

every Fox News anchor.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

axl917 Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (304 comments)

Lucky you. We had em in the room, 1 per every 4 computers. At least printing problems were rather easier to address; most everything was either "you fed the paper in wrong" or "you didn't flip the ABCD switch to you computer's parallel port".

I'd love to time-warp away from ipad, etc...support.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

axl917 Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (304 comments)

The best was when there were entire computer labs of Model Ms...such gorgeous cacophany

Add to that a computer lab full of tractor-feed printers, it's a wonder that anyone from those days can hear a thing anymore.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

axl917 Windows 7 + user-level access? (334 comments)

They won't be able to install a thing with a non-admin account.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

axl917 Re:Simple reason (225 comments)

Or even worse, the early adopters who hit right at the "netbook" craze.

We went with Chromebooks last year and more this year, but in 2010 ~100 netbooks were purchased. Win 7 Pro on an Atom processor with 2G memory wasn't a pretty sight.

about 4 months ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

axl917 Moms have been doing this for years. (205 comments)

> ...'pull-down conversation mirror' that lets drivers check on kids without turning around."

Back in the 70's, those mysterious "eyes in the back of the head" that'd always catch you when you were about to yank your sister's pigtails.

about 5 months ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

axl917 Re:Yay DRM (93 comments)

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

In 50 years, I highly doubt you'd wish to come down from whatever advanced technology we will have to play games on x86 architecture, any more than I have a desire to dust off my Atari VCS and play pong.

about 6 months ago
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EA Ending Online Support For Dozens of Games

axl917 Private servers are alive and well (329 comments)

Google for "Molten WoW", they rake in so much via donors that they can pay actual coders to work on the emu software. The gameplay isn't nearly as robust and they are a full expansion behind, but last I looked there were still ~20,000 people across a half-dozen servers.

about 7 months ago
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Thorium: The Wonder Fuel That Wasn't

axl917 Thorium is a real thing? (204 comments)

And here I thought it was just the step between mithril and fel iron.

about 7 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

axl917 Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (193 comments)

Yes, Colbert is much, much more than the faux-O'Reilly persona he's affected in recent years. All the work he did on the Daily Show...I recall the "Even Steven" segment he did with Steve Carell was rather brilliant.

I feel a bit bad for Craig Ferguson. He's a great comic but his shtick is a bit out there at times, and much less scripted and structured than I think CBS wanted for the prime night-time slot

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

axl917 that's it? (67 comments)

Short, and a shame I missed the call for question submissions, I was reading rec.arts.sf.tv.b5 back when JMS was posting as the episodes aired, would've liked to get in a few reminisces.

about 9 months ago
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Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

axl917 Re:Don't be so harsh ... (384 comments)

How is addition an "extra-ordinary level of math" ?

about 9 months ago
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Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60

axl917 I actually like leveling (253 comments)

You get to revisit old areas perhaps not seen in awhile, run mid-level battlegrounds where gameplay is different due to limited skillsets, and the like . I doubt I'll evne use the freebie 90 boost on a character.

about 10 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

axl917 Re:I no longer flash lights to warn of speed traps (457 comments)

I really hate to fall on "what if?" arguments,

Then don't.

I will if it suits my needs, sport.

Speeding isn't a right, so not warning oncoming drivers has no downside at all.

about 10 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

axl917 I no longer flash lights to warn of speed traps (457 comments)

I really hate to fall on "what if?" arguments, but I on the local radio here they have a lawyer ( shoutout to russmanlaw.com ) on to answer listener's legal questions, and one time one posed a question very much like the situation here. His response was, "what if the person you warn is actually doing something bad? "

What if they are driving drunk and the flash snaps a tiny bit of sense into them, long enough to slow down a bit and drive straight, but as soon as they pass the cop, are off and weaving again.

What if there's an Amber Alert in the area, and the guy you flash those beams to has a kid in the trunk? What if you prevented him from getting pulled over for speeding, when the cops would've seen or heard...

I know it's logically fallacious and one-in-a-million, but I couldn't live with myself if I found out something bad happened because of it. The only downside of not warning oncoming drivers is that maybe they get ticketed.

That I can live with.

about a year ago
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Chefs Preview Surface Tension-Based Cocktail Garnishes

axl917 Wonderful news! (33 comments)

Surely this means that all world hunger and nutrition issues across the globe have been solved, now that corporations are pouring millions into 3D cocktail garnish R&D, right?

about a year ago

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