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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

cas2000 Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (379 comments)

one major problem with that is that you can't replace any of those 3-15 "modules" with something better (or just different) without replacing ALL of them.

this has an enormous chilling effect on innovation - the only improvements or changes permitted in any of those 3-15+ modules are those that are accepted by the systemd gatekeepers, who are not known for their acceptance of other people's ideas or code.

if systemd stuck to just being an init replacment, most people wouldn't have a problem with it. it's the fact that it's borging all sorts of other daemons that is the problem.

3 days ago

Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

cas2000 Re:English usage (97 comments)

your sexist rant against singular "they" might have some validity if it wasn't for the fact that "they" has been used as a singular pronoun for at least 400 years (i.e. since approximately the beginning of modern english) and the fact that there are numerous nouns in the english language which can also be used as either singular or plural - "bacon" for example. it's not unusual.

in other words when using singular "they", the pronoun and antecedent *DO* match in number. No amount of ranting will change that fact.

about two weeks ago

Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

cas2000 Re:Bad business practice (139 comments)

no, it's convenient. and more secure.

I buy *all* of my steam games from my linux machine.

I play nearly all of them on my windows machine. I do not and will not ever use this machine for anything other than playing games - and certainly never use it for any purchases or financial transactions. neither my paypal account nor my credit card details will ever be used on this machine - windows is just too vulnerable and prone to malware to be trusted for that.

if i couldn't see windows-only games while logged in using a linux browser, i'd never be able to buy windows games.

about three weeks ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

cas2000 Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

That's not discrimination... that's just low tolerance for bullshit. It has nothing to do with the employee's own politics. Only with the fact that he was objecting -- publicly -- ABOUT his boss's politics, whatever they happen to be.

yeah, uppity employees need to be put in their place! can't have them expressing opinions that their bosses don't like, especially in public. they need to learn to shut up and keep their heads down. it's just a shame that it's not legal to whip them any more, all you can do these days is fire them.

about 6 months ago

Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

cas2000 Re:Isolation, Reflection and Cross-talk (35 comments)

most chip production is still at 28nm or larger, so 200nm is less than 10 times larger....which is still a negative.

on the positive side, though, it switches at terahertz rates - and even assuming that means only 1 Thz, that's still 200-250 times faster than the roughly 4-5 Gigahertz that current top-of-the-line CPUs switch at.

10 times the size for 250 times the speed...for non-mobile applications like a desktop or server CPU - or for a GPU - the larger size would almost certainly be worth it.

about 6 months ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

cas2000 Re:Come and get it, stupid future generations! (676 comments)

also, it's not just about taxing rich individuals, it's about correctly taxing giant corporations so that instead of paying 0.05% or similar they pay the same tax rates that everyone else - including individuals and small companies that aren't big enough to "offshore" profits to a tax haven - has to pay.

about 6 months ago

70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

cas2000 Re:And... (676 comments)

thank you, thank you, thank you! you've solved the greatest mystery of all time:

        Step 1: Steal Underpants.
        Step 2: "bip-bam-boom!"
        Step 3: Profit

if only we had all realised it was as easy as bip-bam-boom!, we'd all be underpants tycoons or illegal immigrant millionaires.

and your method is so versatile, it can easily be adapted to countless other situations - for example, i could rob a bank, then claim that i was forced to do it by aliens and their evil mind control and bip-bam-boom! i'd end up with my stolen money and a complete acquittal.

thank you for your life-saving business plan advice.

about 6 months ago

BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

cas2000 bogus comparison (104 comments)

The amount is particularly egregious when perpetrators of willful data theft often attract fines of only a few thousand pounds."

This is nonsense. "data theft" and "failure to secure personal data" are two completely different crimes - it's perfectly normal for different crimes to have different penalties.....and failing to secure the personal details of 9900 patients is a far more serious crime than breaking into a computer and copying files.

about 6 months ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

cas2000 executor's request plus will should be enough (465 comments)

Legally, the Executor of the will (or the appointed Administrator if there was no will), should be able to write that letter of consent, if Apple cretinously insists on having one - the Executor is acting on behalf of the Estate, and has similar powers and reponsibilities as a person with power of attorney.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

cas2000 Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

no, but i have a nice brown stapler i can let you have at a good price

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

cas2000 Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

yeah, and how can a company protect their staplers and other expensive stationary from being stolen if they can't strip and cavity-search their employees as they leave each night?

about 7 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

cas2000 Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (794 comments)

Many anti-GM people are ignorant idiots - anti-science hippies and other woo-believing fuckwits. They are, however, useful idiots because the problem with GM foods is *not*, in most cases, the fact that they are genetically modified or what the modification is, but that the modifications are patented by corporations like Monsanto.

The issue is that GM foods are an attempt by corporations to establish an "intellectual property" monopoly on the world's food supply. THAT must be resisted by any means possible....this is more than just the *control* of the food supply that corporations have now, it will be an actual monopoly where it isn't legally possible to have any alternative (like growing your own or buying from small, independant farmers) because it will be impossible to do so without infringing their patents.

If simpletons need simple reasons to be against the corporate monopolisation of food, then so be it. they may not know exactly why and how their opposition benefits them, but they still reap the benefits anyway.

about 7 months ago

Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

cas2000 Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

a bakery business might have some limited right to refuse to, e.g. bake cakes with a message that they personally consider offensive ("suck my cock" or "kill all blacks", for example) but they don't have the right to refuse service to people just because they're gay or a member of the KKK or some other group.

about 7 months ago

Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

cas2000 Re: How much are they worth? (156 comments)

It was you that said that bitcoins are a commodity and have intrinsic value because you can make them at home - here's what you said:

Bitcoins, unlike dollars, are a commodity. You can literally create them at home. That is why they have an intrinsic value

my point was that this is complete and utter bullshit because i could make turd sculptures at home...this fact does not magically imbue them with intrinsic value or with commodity status. like your argument, they're still just worthless shit.

about 7 months ago

Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

cas2000 Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

but I think businesses should have the freedom to refuse service.

why, exactly, should they have that right? it's fair enough for a business to exclude particular individuals who have caused problems in the past (e.g. shoplifiting or being an annoying PITA), but to exclude people simply because they are a member of a particular group ("women", "gays", "blacks", "teenagers", whatever) - or *appear* to be a member of such a group - is discrimination....and that's definitely unethical and almost certainly illegal.

On the other hand, I think this law may open the door to "no hispanics or negroes allowed" signs going up, because someone could claim its their religious belief...

that door is already wide open - "no gays" is no different to "no blacks". it's the same fucking thing.

about 7 months ago

Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

cas2000 Re: How much are they worth? (156 comments)

i could make turd sculptures at home too - that doesn't mean they have any intrinsic value. certainly no more or less than the bitcoins i could make at home.

bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies are the ultimate in fiat currencies - there is no intrinsic value or worth in the fact that some calculation has been performed. proof of worthless work is just as worthless as the work.

they only have any "value" because it's a ponzi scheme of people pretending they have value.

about 7 months ago

How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible

cas2000 Re:Why wait? (194 comments)

but unlike nicotine, which actually enhances concentration, on meth/ heroin/ coke, your focus is for shit. so you can't hold a job/ maintain a relationship

you have no fucking idea what you are talking about.

1. meth, or methamphetamine, aka ice or speed is well known for its ability to enhance focus and concentration. it's focusing effects are far more powerful than that of the rather feeble nicotine.

2. many users with clean, reliable supplies of heroin and similarly poweful opiates have no trouble holding down jobs - even difficult jobs with lare amounts of autonomy and responsibility. many doctors, nurses, and paramedics have opiate addictions that have minimal or zero impact on their ability to do their jobs because they have a safe, clean supply and don't live the fucked up junkie lifestyle.

3. not all use is abuse. most people use their drugs with moderation and restraint, in the same the way that most people won't gobble down an entire chocolate cake by themselves or eat a block of chocolate every day. they'll have small amounts at appropriate times and places (i.e. on their time off on the weekend, and not halfway into their shift at work).

Your post should have been moderated Ignorant, not Insightful.
it's the same old half-truths, lies and prejudice masquerading as information.

about 8 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

cas2000 Re:Nope (448 comments)

the best response at a system-wide level is universal unemployment benefits - the dole. as a right, not as some form of time-limited insurance based on their previous employment. ditto for universal health care, socialised health care, not private insurance.

in short, the things that civilised western democracies have but the USA does not.

people who have a minimal regular income, and are able to feed, house, and clothe themselves and their families are less desperate and less likely to commit crimes to get some cash. same if they are able to access medical services *without* going tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt.

it's cheaper to society than the cost of crime, the cost of unsafe streets, the cost of police, the cost of hospitalisations or death when muggings go wrong, and it's cheaper than the cost of prison.

there will, of course, still be a tiny handful of crazies who prefer the criminal life, or are incapable of anything else, but there's nowhere near enough people like that for it to be a serious concern...easily handled by police. most people would rather not be criminals, or to be so desperate that they have no other choice but to threaten others.

about 8 months ago

K-12 CS Education Funding: Taxes, H-1B Fees, Donations?

cas2000 Re:Read as... (165 comments)

H1B visa fees are not a broader tax base.

about 8 months ago

Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

cas2000 Re:If 10 parties have 10% of the vote each (441 comments)

To bring back the war analogy, we were allies with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden once, because we didn't know any better.

the american people may have been ignorant about the nature of these people, but the american government and the corporations they work for knew exactly what kind of puppets they were hiring. they didn't give a fuck about anything but the oil and the fact that they were anti-communist or at least anti-russian.

America has a many decades-long habit of setting up and/or supporting/propping up puppet dictatorships all around the world - evil scumbags who loot their countries and murder the civilian population. and it's all fine as US corporate profits keep flowing. Hussein, Pinochet, and Marcos, just to name a few. Even the Iranian revolution of 1979 was due to the americans - the puppet. ie. the Shah, they supported was so bad that the religious loonies overthrew him.

about 8 months ago


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