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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

aybiss Re:Duh (804 comments)

Even in our (Australia's) supposedly modern democracy, politicians can say anything at all to get elected and can't be held to it once they are. And once they're in they can hide behind things like parliamentary privelege and say anything they like without having to prove it's true.

There is NO true democracy anywhere in the world as far as I know.

4 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

aybiss Re:Revolt? (804 comments)

Oblig Futurama: "[Shoot] someone who deserves it for once!" - Bender

4 days ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

aybiss Re:Burned once (193 comments)

You haven't been burned just once. Every car that's been made with built-in iPod support but no equivalent open standard connector has been made obsolete by Apple, so you've been screwed by proxy via your automaker as well.

We should boycott this shit so hard, I already have a useless connector in my car and I'll be reminded every time I sit in it that that's Apple's fault.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

aybiss Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (574 comments)

It always amazes me that someone at Microsoft's job is to maintain a table of unique error codes for all their software, but it's nobody's job to document or publish that table.

5 days ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re: Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

The way to get a CEO removed from a company is to publicly name and shame him and then affect his company's performance in the market place.

Looks like that's exactly what they did.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

That's right, everone is equal but some people are more equal than others.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:I'm all for religious freedom... (1482 comments)

How many of the these 'tolerant' people understand that, and how many are scared that teh gayz are taking ar jerrrrbs?

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:I'm all for religious freedom... (1482 comments)

It's true, he can't possibly close his argument. However his premise is muddied by the fact that he sees this as a 'moral' argument rather than simply one of freedom not to be persecuted for rational choices by irrational people. For example, someone reading bullshit from 2000 years ago literally and calling it 'truth'.

99% of Christians have no morals. 99% of moral people aren't Christian. Reexamine your premise and try again. ;-)

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Another popular religion states 'let he who is without sin cast the first stone'. If only followers of that religion remembered that.

My religion says that anyone throwing stones is trying to promote Stonosexualism and should be locked away.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Anti-forcing-people-to-be-pro-gay is just paranoia from people who can't separate others rights from their own 'goals'.

Until we invent telepathy, nobody is forcing you to be pro or anti thinking about anything.

If the idea of other people doing what they want in private scares you, it's *you* who need to question what *you* want to force others to do.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Lack of consent has nothing to do with Common Good or whatever you want to call it.

He gets to his conclusiong from there by not going via an arbitrary world-view-centric argument.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Does it make it OK if there's less proportion of the population that you want to persecute?

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

aybiss Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts.

I just love it when people quote the Bible. Every single word is so ridiculous.

So God had the poops and decided... what? To change his infallible master plan in order to cause these humans to go crazy (remember if God exists, they have no free will anyway)? Or did he know all along that he was going to fuck with these people and simply watched it happen (setting someone unsuspecting up for a fall and then laughing when it happens)?

It's just so funny when not a single sentence could be adequately rationalised, let alone the whole 'principle' that people try to glean from it.

about three weeks ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

aybiss Re:unbelievable (382 comments)

In the US: Reclaim the holy land!
In Asia: Fuck it!

Yeah I see the pattern.

about a month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

aybiss Re:Debunked ? (382 comments)

RR Malaysia ? How much weight does RR Malaysia has ??

In relation to Malaysian planes? Probably more than RR Chicago.

Are you a troll or are you just stupid ?

Straight back atcha!

about a month ago
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Microsoft Dumping License Fees For Windows Phone?

aybiss Re:Other mobile OS? No, thanks (125 comments)

Great performance on lesser hardware... it might do, but I will never admit it nor will I care enough to find out for sure.

I've watched MS destroy performance in every area they've entered. (Anyone remember the MS game Monster Truck Madness?) Meanwhile they've failed to give a shit and have even pushed their multi-tasking operating system back to being a single task interface.

If anyone asks me, "Windows phones are slow and shit, just like Windows is on your PC." Also they crash more and are more expensive.

Am I lying? Only as much as MS has about performance... not even.

about a month ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

aybiss No V-Sync (170 comments)

Just like the Windows 7/Vista version, VLC will again prove itself the most useless media player available by still not having V-Sync.

about a month ago
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F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

aybiss Re:Left out a key piece of the original headline (193 comments)

Only on Slashdot is the inability to load malware-riddled apps on your phone viewed as a negative...

You must be new here.

about a month and a half ago

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Should we give UX designers a break?

aybiss aybiss writes  |  about 2 months ago

aybiss (876862) writes "There's been a heap of stuff on Slashdot recently about ruined GUIs thanks to UX designers, notably Windows 8, the latest Ubuntu, and Slashdot Beta (just kidding... sort of).

Should we be giving UX designers a break though? Instead of treating these people like specialised programmers, treat them like they are: the people who couldn't get a job in programming with their CS degree. Thus, we shouldn't expect them to think logically because by definition they were the people in your CS course that failed to understand the fundamental logic theorems that you spent so much effort mastering. We also shoudn't be putting them in charge of a bunch of GUI programmers, we should be using them as assistants (and 'at best' might be the qualifier given recent reactions to their work).

Should we 'real' programmers be starting to think of UX designers the same way a graphic artist would think of someone who can draw?"

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Poll: USA-centric news makes me feel a) nauseous b) bored...

aybiss aybiss writes  |  about a year ago

aybiss (876862) writes "I've discovered that there are a number of people using this site who DON'T EVEN LIVE IN THE USA!

How about a poll to find out whether polls like "How about those Saturday mail deliveries" even mean anything to these people?"

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Ask Slashdot: Digital movie remastering at home?

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "In the age where TVs can do temporal interpolation, and films like the original Star Trek movie can be brought up to BluRay quality, what tools have all you /.ers found useful for playing DVDs on 42"+ size screens high-def screens with basically instantaneous response time, where the pixelation, interlacing artifacts, and even the lack of bandwidth on the DVD are clearly visible?

Specifically I would like to watch my old Futurama episodes with some level of on-the-fly or reencoded enhancement. I often wonder if there are programs out there that can do the kind of scene-object detection and analysis that they must be using to remaster old films. The only thing I've found that comes close to offering an improved DVD playback experience is PowerDVD9, which funnily enough came with my BD drive.

So what do you guys use to play or remaster DVDs? Does anyone out there have sufficient knowledge of image analysis to come close to the type of reconstruction job that Star Trek did?"
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Nokia enters into patent license agreement with Ap

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "Espoo, Finland – Nokia announced that it has signed a patent license agreement with Apple. The agreement will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission."
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Microsoft actively stifling Win 7 complaints

aybiss aybiss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aybiss (876862) writes "Aside from failing to provide support for its medium grade server OSes, Microsoft seems to also be directly working to keep bad publicitiy about Windows 7 down. Not only have they closed (or rather renamed) the Windows 7 general discussion forum, they've been removing posts and forcing the closure of topics about Windows 7 that seem to get a little hot. For anyone who hasn't been watching the forums, you may find it interesting to see how many cases are closed by an MSFT, and there are cases all over the forum that are marked answered but are clearly unresolved.

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