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Help Map Global Light Pollution, By Starlight

digitalcowboy Study results: (148 comments)

You know who doesn't have a light pollution problem?

North Korea!

(Did I misunderstand the whole Godwin thing?)

more than 3 years ago

Magnetism Can Sway Man's Moral Compass

digitalcowboy Really? (586 comments)

This is what passes for "science" at MIT now? (We already know that anything can pass for a headline at /.)

The researcher himself, as quoted in the story summary on Slashdot, debunks what the Slashdot headline advertises.

more than 4 years ago

Energy Star Program Certifies 15 Out of 20 Bogus Products

digitalcowboy FDA works the same way (275 comments)

Why do you suppose that the FDA "recalls" so many drugs after thousands have died and the scumbag lawyers run national commercials asking if you've ever taken [x] drug? Ever seen an FDA test lab? Me either. Ask around. Maybe someone will claim they have.

Wanna solve the health care problem... and every other problem in this country?

Get the feckless retards that are government the hell out of everything!

Government does nothing well and most of what it does today is unConstitutional for just that reason. The Founders were smarter than the last few generations.

If you trust government -for ANYTHING, you deserve what you get: slavery at best.

more than 4 years ago

25 Years of the .com gTLD

digitalcowboy Many defense related (104 comments)

Just an observation...

A significant proportion of those first 100 are defense contractors or otherwise related to the DOD. That's not a shock; indeed it makes sense. But it jumped out at me.

more than 4 years ago

25 Years of the .com gTLD

digitalcowboy Re:No .. (104 comments)

The "Walled Gardens" of the 1990s (AOL, CompuServe, The Microsoft Network, etc) were just value-added content layers on top of services provided by the Internet and all included access to the World Wide Web.

I'm not sure if you're wrong about this or I've misunderstood what you're trying to say. But (unfortunately) I wasted a couple months in the mid 90's doing (outsourced) tech support for CompuServe, after first discovering it on a Commodore VIC-20 in 1981 with a 300 baud "coupler" style modem that required a telephone handset to be firmly inserted.

I suspect you're not wrong, just imprecise and I'm being pedantic. However, in the 90's, CompuServe was dying a slow death trying to keep a proprietary hold on something that had become an open commodity. You're correct that at that point it had become a "value-added content [layer] on top of services provided by the Internet and ... included access to the World Wide Web."

It didn't start out that way and pre-dated any public access to the internet by more than a decade. AOL came later as well as Prodigy and Apple's failed attempt at e-something or other. (eWorld? I'm too old to remember and too lazy to check it.)

None of them adapted well to the rapidly changing landscape. What's more, when I was doing tech support for CS, it was owned by H&R Block. I joined in February and as tax day approached our internal network slowed to a crawl - as in: click a button on the internal ticket system and wait literally 5 minutes for a response over the WAN. It seems H&R bought the company for the physical network because they only needed it for a few months a year. As with most parasites, they quickly managed to kill the host. (My "supervisors" kept saying, "Hang in there until April 16th and everything'll be back to normal.")

Not that the internet wouldn't have killed CS anyway, but the short-sightedness was amazing.

Now then. About my lawn and your presence on it...

more than 4 years ago

Gov't Proposes "National Climate Service" For the US

digitalcowboy Re:Fix it quick! (599 comments)

Do you find it disturbing that you mentioned war guns and prison when talking about climate? I do.

I'm going to walk away slowly from this conversation making no sudden movements or noises.

That's probably best. You've obviously grown up in a police state and can't grok the point. If you're still interested in trying, I'll try again and type slower:

"Climate change" is a fraud. The SCIENCE says so. They lied. It was a government action that was aimed at destroying capitalism and controlling your life.

Government IS violence. Government is war, guns and prisons. (Did you notice my use of a comma there?)

I'll stick with the Founding Fathers of the united States - they never lied to me like the U.N. and the climate change crowd have. They also had a tremendous amount of respect for my personal freedom and very healthy distrust of government control of ANYTHING.

Government doesn't control anything without guns. The silly and the cowardly, "hire" government with their votes so that someone else will enforce their desires with guns and violence. Then they bitch about how violent government is as they wash their hands of it.

I do it all myself because I'm an individualist and real men don't pass the buck.

I drive a 13 year old Suburban with a V8. It gets about 11 mpg. At the moment, it has an exhaust leak, too. None of that is any of your business.

A MAN would come to my house to talk to me about it if he really believed it was harming him. With both of us armed, it would likely be a polite conversation and we would likely reach some compromise as reasonable people.

Girls and other spineless people, instead will elect people to pass laws to be enforced by guns and violence - all far removed from them.

That's violent and cowardly. That's the summation of government and the climate change fraud is just the latest infringement.

I live in Texas and had to scrape about 10 inches of global warming off my SUV so I could go to the liquor store Friday night. I don't care about your religion.

AGW/CC == Scientology.

more than 4 years ago

Gov't Proposes "National Climate Service" For the US

digitalcowboy Re:Fix it quick! (599 comments)

So Mr. I'm not arrogant or ignorant the facts are you as an individual are a piece of the puzzle. It's only the truly selfish that refuse contribute to others. You however have decided Take from others.

Yes. I have. I "T"ake from others. I do it in voluntary transactions. What (TF) are you doing? And why didn't they teach grammar in your school? (I shouldn't have to re-read in order to decipher my critics.)

You're a moron spouting nonsense and everything you have is almost automatically mine unless you can elect others to appoint people that will take up guns and imprison those who don't agree with you.

Thanks for playing.

If you ever learn - or find someone who can teach you - how to live peacefully with me, I'll embrace you.

more than 4 years ago

Gov't Proposes "National Climate Service" For the US

digitalcowboy The ONLY climate that NEVER changes.... (599 comments)

... is government and it's arrogance. No matter how many times they are wrong, they never give up the idea that they are automatically right because they were either elected or appointed by someone who was.

They're almost always wrong and they should never be embraced. Every Federal employee should be looked upon with suspicion. Always.

Government - at least in this country - was never meant to be a trough.

Anyone employed by the state is either ignorant or evil.

more than 4 years ago

Gov't Proposes "National Climate Service" For the US

digitalcowboy Fix it quick! (599 comments)

AGW/CC has always been a lie and always will be a lie.

Before you reply to me think, "We've always been at war with East Asia."

This is about government control and "socializing" to that end. You're all sheep if you buy this horseshit after all this time and after all that's been revealed.

You're also pretty damn arrogant - and ignorant - if you think your Prius - or my Suburban - makes a whit of difference to this "climate."

more than 4 years ago

Oh, What a Lovely Standards War

digitalcowboy Re:Just line any crime, follow the money (400 comments)

And a shout out to all you libertarian morons out there: THIS IS A TAX!!! It is a tax collected by corrupt self serving insiders who have subverted the legal system. It restrains trade and stifles innovation. It is not subject to competition. Those who are taxed have no say in the matter. It is arbitrary, and you cannot escape it by taking your business elsewhere. It is all the things you claim to hate about government. How come you this behavior is good when done by business for greed and bad when done by governments, which are more accountable to the people?

Huh? Wha? I was sound asleep until you started shouting.

But since you so rudely awakened me... Does the MPEG-LA have a legal right to use violent force to further their agenda?

That's the difference. Thanks for checking in to ask.

(Also, all of your complaints about them trace back to government corruption.)

more than 4 years ago

The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

digitalcowboy Stop proselytizing for your cult (752 comments)

AGW/CC is about as real as Scientology. Shut the fuck up already. "The Environment" has taken care of itself for billions of years. I'm not hurting it and it doesn't need you to save it.

Beyond that, this post has taken it to a brand new, stupidly religious place. You're now calculating numbers you pulled out of your ass to indict programming languages that you find to be "un-green."

That's my limit. Go sit in the stupid corner until you learn to interact with intelligent adults again.

more than 5 years ago

Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

digitalcowboy Abject Denial (533 comments)

I, for one, refuse to accept that 1984 was 25 years ago. I was a teenager in 1984 and I'm pretty sure I still am.

So... You might as well forget about the hot new computer you just found. Without the ability to read a calendar or do basic math, you're not ready for a machine that powerful.

Did you hear that Michael Jackson is already in the studio recording a follow up for "Thriller?" I hear it's gonna be totally Bad, to the max!

more than 5 years ago

One Broken Router Takes Out Half the Internet?

digitalcowboy Come again? (412 comments)

You did what now, where and it caused which?

On your next visit be sure to ask your "counselor" about narcissistic tendencies.

more than 5 years ago

Lawsuit Between Apple and Psystar Moves Toward Settlement

digitalcowboy Re:Apple can do no evil (242 comments)

Don't hate me because I'm beau^H^H^H^H^H^H^H can afford a Mac.

If you work hard, someday - soon - you'll be able to afford one, too.

more than 6 years ago


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