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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

cyberchondriac Re:Someone will always be butthurt (337 comments)

This. Both Christie and Cuomo are taking flak.
The use of the term, "scaremongering" in the summary is childish paranoid bullshit. Some people are too stupid or arrogant to realize that hindsight is 20/20, and forecasting is and always will be (for the foreseeable future) an inexact science. So, some butthurt whiners were inconvenienced by the safety measures enacted, yet had the opposite been the case, where the threat of the storm was under-represented and it turned out to be catastrophic, ala Sandy, they'd have been the first ones to scream about incompetent government preparation. Add to this the fact that people might've been genuinely endangered in such a scenario, and it's obvious to anyone capable of reason that it's better to be safe than sorry.
Besides, as it was, New England got hammered, it's just that North Jersey and NYC got off light, since the storm's path was some miles east from the predicted model.

3 hours ago
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White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

cyberchondriac Re:That'll stop the terrorists! (203 comments)

The chemistry set thing really sticks in my craw, as they say. You can find a decent one online if you look hard enough I suppose (and willing to pay a small fortune!), but the vast majority out there in stores are neutered crap compared to what I had as a kid in the early seventies.

3 hours ago
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Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

cyberchondriac Re:What's the problem? (143 comments)

Anthrax would be scarier and more damaging than a small explosive. I still remember the postal scare from 2002. If a hate/terrorist group manages to fly a drone or three through a window, (not sure if the White House allows those, at least, without bars), with a payload of anthrax, and that could get real ugly. Perhaps even ricin, though then again that seems to be nigh impossible to aerosolize. In any case, I don't think it's wise to get too wound up about them, but OTOH, it's not wise to get completely complacent either and trivialize the damage a drone could potentially do; people get creative.

yesterday
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

cyberchondriac Why "DeathEater" ? (401 comments)

Obviously a Harry Potter reference, but it seems like an odd choice. Perhaps after shutting down all the pedophiles, they can find the secret to immortality, and purge the mudbloods from the world too.

yesterday
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

cyberchondriac Re:No way! (511 comments)

You sir, just made my day. Look out for button up shirts, they're really murder to figure out... especially if you wear a woman's blouse, they put the buttons on the wrong side! uhh... not that I would know from personal experience.. yeah.. *cough*

yesterday
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

cyberchondriac Re:No way! (511 comments)

Sorry, that sounded meaner than I meant it.

4 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

cyberchondriac Re:No way! (511 comments)

I Common sense is wrong more than it's right. It's only good for making guesses about things you don't understand, and is worthless for evaluating things you understand.

You either don't understand what common sense is, or perhaps possess little of it yourself then. It's related to basic, common experience based judgement. I've known people who were math whizzes but had no common sense, and did really bone-headed things in regular life. Without a book or instructions to tell them how to proceed, they seemed a bit helpless, like a musician who can sight read perfectly but can't improvise a few measures.

4 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

cyberchondriac Re:Begun, (208 comments)

You beat me to it. A film of this name and subject will be Michael Bay's next project.

about a week ago
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19,000 French Websites Hit By DDoS, Defaced In Wake of Terror Attacks

cyberchondriac Re:Beats using bullets (206 comments)

They're not all that backward, unfortunately, that they don't have a dedicated hacking group or two. ISIS is considered plenty tech saavy as well. Centcom's twitter was hacked a week or two ago.
AQ and ISIS have sites for their fellow jihadis-in-arms, there are definitely targets anonymous could choose to attack, but I won't hold my breath that they'll actually conduct the attacks they promised.

about two weeks ago
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

cyberchondriac Re:Academic wankery at its finest (154 comments)

Is there a generally understood tolerance, plus or minus a century or two? Because I think it's fair to consider that humankind had transformed the planet before 1945 , with the industrial revolution, the span of railroads across continents, flight, building huge cities and skyscrapers and lighting them up at night with electricity (visible from space), etc..

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

cyberchondriac Re:2nd/3rd generation of immigrants are IMMIGRANTS (219 comments)

Australia belongs to...

. . . the largest concentration of deadly, poisonous critters and creepy-crawlies on the planet.

And then there's all the marsupials, snakes, and spiders ..... ba dum tish

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

cyberchondriac Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (311 comments)

I had an old mechanical flip type digital clock "back in the day", when digital clocks first came out. That only did 12:00 to 12:00, no military time. I'm gonna get off my lawn now.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

cyberchondriac Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (892 comments)

It's not that you know what you're talking about, it's just that you're an apologist who is willfully blind to the modern, recent reality of islamic extremism. Maybe before throwing the door wide open and embracing islam, we should wait until it's cancer is in remission. Oh, and comparing modern day islamic extremism with modern christianity? That's a really, really, bad caricature of xtianity.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

cyberchondriac Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (892 comments)

You are obviously retarded, and the coward... at least I posted with my username. Oh, and your gratuitously obligatory "Fox news" comment is fucking laughable, it shows total lack of self thought, it's just something on your checklist you must bring up in every conversation. It really doesn't have teeth, you know, it just kinda reveals you as a pretty poor troll. Keep working on it.

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

cyberchondriac Re:On credit, or because you saved it and can affo (111 comments)

Well, it all depends. I just spent a little over $5k to go to Universal resort with my family for the Harry Potter parks , and I think it was well worth it. At least I can cross it off of my bucket list. Oh, and the money was already in the bank. Kinda hurts to see it go, but at least it didn't put me in debt.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

cyberchondriac Re:And so he validates the violence (892 comments)

I get what you're saying, realism is what it is; but ideally, there is a difference. As kids, yes, people have less self control and respond more viscerally. As adults, it's our social responsibility to be more mature, and counter words or ideas with the same, not escalate to physical violence. Most of us manage that. You don't see nearly as many office brawls as you did playground brawls. (Bars and pubs are an exception, due to lowered inhibitions brought on by alcohol consumption)
And we also have to stop with being offended by every little thing, that's out of control, its getting to the point where one can validly question, who is bullying who?

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Verizon Internet to drop the alt. newsgroup

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyberchondriac (456626) writes "From http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Clarifies-Newsgroup-Changes-95333
As part of last week's anti-child-porn agreement with New York's Attorney General, Time Warner Cable and Verizon agreed to take aim at newsgroups. While Time Warner Cable confirmed to me they've eliminated newsgroup access entirely, Verizon says they're simply limiting the newsgroups offered. According to the company's policy blog, starting June 24, the telco will "only offer groups in the Big 8 newsgroups hierarchies." While over 1,000 hierarchies exist, Verizon will only offer access to comp, humanities, misc, news, rec, sci, soc, talk, and of course the Verizon support groups. Verizon Business customers meanwhile will no longer have the ability to view newsgroup images.

Well, there goes some of the appeal of having Verizon for an ISP. Are they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater?"

Journals

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Mod points

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 5 years ago I like getting mod points as much as the next guy, but when I do, why do I always always always get them on a Friday? I don't do /. on weekends. Aarrggh!
By the time I come back to work on Monday, I only have half a day left to use them. It's cruel I tell you. Cruel.

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Another shoot down

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 8 years ago Again some loser modded me down as overrated, when the post was only at the default "1" to begin with ?
What the hell is that about ?
I mean, who even cares to surf at 1 and knock people down to zero ??
That's some sick kicks.
Okay, the post wasn't fantastic - how many posts at slashdot are ? So long as you don't flame, any post represents someone's opinion and is worthy of a damn lousy "1". I thought mine was kinda funny, actually.

So... I guess I have a watchful enemy out there.
A post assassin, who remains cloaked, unnamed, and has no accountability for his actions. One who is willing to attack random, innocent people.
Hmm.. reminds me of a terrorist !

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Karma boost - w00t

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I wonder when that happened -- I just noticed my karma is now rated as "good", rather than just "positive".
Did I really reach a new plateau, or, did /. just decide to change the scale or naming convention ?
I mean, gee, I feel so .. *sniff* .. so accepted by the brotherhood of geeks :-)

Okay, I know that just jinxed the whole thing now ..

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Who the hell is Colin Bayer ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago He showed up in my freaks list a year ago, but hardly ever posts.
Well hey, if you gotta go so far as to mark me as a foe, for whatever reason, then f you, right back at you. I don't even know who the hell you are or why you've decided to hate me. I wonder if he's the phantom jerk that seems to follow me around to try get any positive mods I might happen to accrue get knocked down by "overrated"s and bogus "redundant"s.
Of course, the problem with this delusional hypothesis is that he would have to have moderator rights all the time, extremely unlikely since he posts pretty scarcely... unless, maybe that's just an alias for one of the editors at /. who aren't too fond of me for some of my anti-left-wing political views. Or maybe I'm just getting paranoid in my cyncial old age. Unfortunately,however, my cynicism gets more justifiable everyday.
Hey, can I get modded down for Journal entries ?

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Anonymous Coward overload !

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 10 years ago I'm beginning to wonder what point there is in moderating. The sheer amount of anonymous cowards now posting nothing but trash makes it worthless to mod somebody down, as they get a low score anyway, and the few good posts you run across and would like to mod up are usually already scored at 4 or above. I'd have to have no life whatsoever to spend the time looking for somebody with a low score who deserves a mod up. Somebody like me .. ;-)
Here's an example:
I just made a post defending, logically, not passionately or obnoxiously, Gate's Knighthood, based on what I felt MS had contributed to the world, the US economy, and the tech sector in general, by making computers a household item. I got modded down.
The last time I posted on something about MS, it involved security, and I had been humorously negative... and got modded down. You can't win. Zealots to the left, zealots to the right. Sometimes you can't get a break !

Seriously though, I think the /. editors should track the number of AC posts that each member makes: If they post as ACs above a certain number of times within a certain time period, their ability to post at all should be revoked for some period. They're more than likely trolling.
Also, new members should not be able to post as ACs until they've made a predefined number of normal posts. This might help to stem the flood just a little.

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A double standard at slashdot ?

cyberchondriac cyberchondriac writes  |  more than 11 years ago Something just occurred to me. Many, many weeks ago, I'd posted something that I thought would found as humerous, albeit something that took a pot-shot at Microsoft, as many slashdotters do. It even included the obligatory " :-) ", normally a sign to intelligent life that the post was to be taken lightly.
For whatever reason, a moderator knocked me down a point as flamebait, and went un-metamoderated. Okay, I can stand to lose a point, no big deal, even if tens or hundreds of other slashdotters often say worse and get modd'ed up as funny. I've decided I have too much of a life to live or die by what somebody forever unknown to me thinks of my point of view on a website.
But what I just realized, was the that the icon Slashdot.org uses for Microsoft stories is itself derisive and derogatory.
How then, can the slashdot editors allow someone to mod a fellow slashdot denizen down for the very thing slashdot itself does on a daily basis ?
Things that make you go , "hmmmnn.."

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