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New Hitchhiker's Guide Book "Not Very Funny"

dctoastman Re:Oh, come on... (410 comments)

But he died before the movie was finished. Reading about Adams's work habits, I'm inclined to believe that there would've been significant tinkering up to and during actual filming. People were probably too respectful of his death to change anything about the movie once he died. The movie felt like something that was almost, but not quite there.

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Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

dctoastman Re:More Bets against the American Worker (817 comments)

Two things:
Yes, housing prices have corrected themselves. The fact that 50% of mortgages are upside down is irrelevant. Those mortgages were taken out then housing prices were seriously inflated, so when the price of the house goes down to a sane level, I'd expect the mortgages to be upside down.

When Bush threw money at the Fed, the Dems bitched. When Obama threw money at the Fed, the Repubs bitched. No one really cares about the country anymore. It's all about getting your guy on top and the other guy knocked down.

Screw that.

Actually a third: "Grow the economy" does not mean "buy more shit". Buying more shit is what put us in this mess. I fail to see how doing more of the same will get us out of it. We need to be focusing on paying down our debts and being fiscally responsible with the money that is coming in.

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AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan

dctoastman Re:Wrong way (342 comments)

Exactly. The "legions" of XKCD fans who would willfully troll /b/ is insignificant to the honest number of Twilight fans out there. Considering the book has sold over 1 million copies, was 16% of all books sold in the first quarter of this year, and the movie has taken in close to $400 million worldwide /b/ would not know what hit them. /b/ thinks they are random, disturbing, and whimsical. They have yet to meet the tweens.

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AT&T Blocks Part of 4chan

dctoastman Re:Net Neutrality (342 comments)

I do enjoy the part where they admit that they face a superior force on every front.
I kind of wish that they would try to go after AT&T. These guys need a good, swift kick in the ass to get their humility in check.

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Surprised When Players Hate Him

dctoastman Re:Being an asshole makes people angry, film at 11 (895 comments)

So, if the 'correct' way to play is a nebulous concept that every single player gets to define for themselves, then he was playing just as correctly as anyone else and the people complaining about him are still whiners.

Either way you look at, he was performing actions that are allowed and encouraged by the server rules just like everyone else. However, a bunch of players decided that he wasn't 'playing correctly' and decided to try and 'correct' him. They were trying to force him to play their way because it was 'correct'.

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Fifteen Classic PC Design Mistakes

dctoastman Re:Apple's fascination with single button mice (806 comments)

"And the method of right-clicking on a laptop touchpad (two-finger click) is simple and intuitive"

If by simple and intuitive, you mean "in the case where you learned the behavior repeatedly and are now intimately familiar with it", then yes. But for about two or three months after I started using a MacBook, I didn't know about it. I just used Ctrl-Click for right clicking.

And to be completely honest, I have found that I'm searching out more keyboard shortcuts because using the touchpad is an overall pain.

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Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

dctoastman Re:Remains unbelievable (1306 comments)

Okay, and when Christianity and Islam make up over half of the world's religion bases and counting that other religions have similar creation stories with man being explicitly created, what in my statement is taking a "Protestant view"? Last time I checked there was a vast difference between "most" and "all".

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Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

dctoastman Re:Remains unbelievable (1306 comments)

Evolution directly challenges most religions' central tenant: That we are uniquely special creatures created in the image of a divine being.

If we are descendant from a common ancestor then this form is just as likely as any other and therefore, not divinely originated. Some people really like the idea of some cosmological being thinking they are really special.

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Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

dctoastman Re:What do you expect (1306 comments)

Tad hypocritical. Why not claim the same for GW? That he was smart enough to pretend to believe. As to the veracity of anyone's words, we only have their actions to judge them by.

Seeing as how Obama has voluntarily attended church before any claims to running for President, I'd have to say that he is not pretending to believe, but actually does. Which makes his statement just as eerie as GW's.

And that's my biggest problem with politics today. Fuck all the problems of our nation and bankrupting our future to reward idiots for making tons of bad loans, as long as our guy is on top. When the first $700bn stimulus package was being dropped (with no oversight or repercussions for Paulson regardless what he did with it), everyone claimed it was a necessary pill we had to swallow. That it would jump start the plunging economy. Blah blah blah. When Obama took office and dropped another $780bn package, all of a sudden the Republicans start having issues with printing money willy-nilly and rewarding bad behavior.
Everything is ok as long as our guy does it. If your guy does the same thing, it is wrong, immoral, and UnAmerican.

Which is also a funny word, because according to the GOP, they are the only true Americans. When GW was president, criticizing the actions of the president (especially during a crisis) was UnAmerican. Now, criticizing the actions of the president is a wholly American institution and necessary to point out just how UnAmerican the president is acting.

Of course, the Obama brigade is no better. Apparently, this guy can do no wrong. Forcing us to pay another $780bn to retards is change? The even worse proposal for some sort of required civil service for high school students (sketchy on details, it's been a while since I looked it through). Even the things that he does that are blatantly wrong for us, the brigade accepts as if they thought it was right all along.

It's why I voted Nader, because we need at least a second political party in the U.S. again. I'm not sure if Nader will be capable of running in 2012 as he will be 78/79, but I hope that there will be someone who can provide the same sort of discourse as Nader has.

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Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?

dctoastman First Steps (904 comments)

Locking down an Enterprise is simple:

First I would raise the shields. Then go to Red Alert. Once the crew is at battle readiness, I'd open a hailing frequency and see if we couldn't resolve any disputes through diplomacy.

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Watchmen Watched

dctoastman Re:Faithful representation of source material (489 comments)

h, thanks. That didn't even register. I just glossed I we it because I expected him to be watching a wall of TVs. Did notice them playing "everybody wants to rule the world" in the background while veidt is talking to the power conglomorates.

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Watchmen Watched

dctoastman Re:First post (489 comments)

Hilarious... ly backwards.

Especially since in Dr. Manhattan's case, no one is capable of understanding his point of view. The man just decides to appear on Mars and then wills into existence a huge glass fortress. The level of power necessary to bend time and space to your will like that is staggering.

While, all Rorschach does is complain how he is the only one capable of seeing things as they are and bitching about the state of the world.

Watchmen is interesting because each character represents a facet of human nature.

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Watchmen Watched

dctoastman Faithful representation of source material (489 comments)

Ultimately, Watchmen was a faithful representation of the source material. You can read the book and base your opinion of whether or not you will enjoy the movie on your opinion of the book.

I found that the actors portraying Nite Owl II, Rorschach, and Dr. Manhattan were excellent in their roles. There were so many little atmospheric touches, I missed them all (looking through the credits, you'll see acknowledgments and thanks for use of clips from various shows and movies, I didn't see half of those in the movie itself).

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Wife of Harried Pirate Bay Witness Gets Buried in Internet Love

dctoastman Of course there's a Facebook group for it (470 comments)

There's a Facebook group for everything. There's even a Facebook group who's whole statement is that there are too many useless groups on Facebook.

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Square Enix To Buy Eidos, Midway Files For Bankruptcy

dctoastman Re:Chrono Trigger?? (88 comments)

And by "a lot of people", you mean you.

Chrono Cross is an excellent game in its own right and was received really well when it came out.

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How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

dctoastman Re:You must be very smart. (442 comments)

You basically dog out the guy for saying that he doesn't want to be a cell phone help desk. You then proceed to complain about stupid questions, use profanity (goddamn), and start in with excessive emphasis to hammer a point. That's combative.

And "fucking" is considered profanity by most everybody, including the people who use it. Although I find it funny that you link the post to prove that you didn't use profanity when it's right there in that final sentence.

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How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

dctoastman Re:You must be very smart. (442 comments)

You seem very hung up on this RAZR thing. When I said "I was just blah blah", I was referring to the RAZR obviously. Mainly because you seem to think this is about whether or not you know about the thing rather than your bad attitude.

Because that is what this is about. Your attitude. Your first post was highly combative and dismissive of the parent posted for not wanting to be roped into playing phone tech support for his family, friends, and their immediate circle. Your first reply to me was more of the same with the added civility of profanity. There is an attempt to rewrite history here, but it isn't by me.

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How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

dctoastman Re:You must be very smart. (442 comments)

Personal attacks aside. I was just saying that you probably had seen one, even if you didn't realize it. Your original post gave the impression that you had little clue as to what a RAZR was. I then pointed out how your ego and bad attitude is what causes the stereotypes of malcontent IT types to persist when the actual professionals in the field are nothing like you.

Sorry for doubting your obviously huge penis and apparent maturity. Have fun on the job search. Although I feel that most companies will probably not recognize your obvious talents and amazing acumen regarding other people.

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How Do You Stay Upbeat Amidst the Idiocy?

dctoastman Re:You must be very smart. (442 comments)

You said you've never seen one. Not all that. And you have obviously had little to no idea since you assumed there would be a setup.exe type thing. You accuse me of making all these assumptions when I did nothing but take your statements at face value.

Not to mention, being a cell phone, most apps probably are java midlets and are purchased directly from the cell carrier or simply copied over using the appropriate data cable and management software (usually included with the phone).

Anyway, the point was you demonstrated the very worst attitudes of "computer people", condemning those with supposedly less knowledge than yourself while at the same time showing a significant lack of knowledge yourself. Odds are you are either in college and do "computer work" for friends and family because you play a lot of PC games or you have some tech desk level of job.

Do everyone a favor and lose the attitude.

more than 5 years ago

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