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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

drinkypoo Re:sigh. bailing wire? (417 comments)

The funny thing from my view is we never called it "baling wire", or "baling (anything else)". When we opened a bale of hay, we cut the binders twine that held it together.

I buy spools of what we call tie wire from the hardware store, it appears to be steel wire P in O (pickled in oil) which is stored in oiled paper. A lot of people might call that baling wire, but I'm not baling anything.

3 hours ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

drinkypoo Re:Might fine police work there, Lou! (130 comments)

Would you care to respond to that, or would you prefer to latch on to a typo somewhere in this post?

Well, you're right, I was in full dick mode. I'm even sorry about it, albeit admittedly only slightly. I apologize for how, but not what I said. Yeah well, that's the best you're getting out of me this morning.

Nobody expects the piracy sites to be legit. But a lot of people think that there are so many of them that their activity can go unnoticed. Those people are about to get an awakening, if they even take the banners seriously.

3 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

drinkypoo sigh. bailing wire? (417 comments)

duct tape and bailing wire not included

bail: to clear of water by dipping (usually followed by out ): to bail out a boat
bale: to make (hay, etc) into a bale or bales

Try "baling". Also, try not using words you don't understand.

3 hours ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

drinkypoo Re:Might fine police work there, Lou! (130 comments)

No one confuses Rapidshare for BMG's official site. People go there specifically to download pirated content, full stop. Seeing police ads might scare a few people with the paranoia of thinking "the man" has caught them, but the other 99% of visitors will just thank the police for subsidizing their favorite warez sites.

I know that this is slashdot, and that you therefore feel justified in being an ignorant idiot and spouting off without RTFAing, and you're in quite a bit of company: lots of other idiots are saying the same stupid shit you're saying. But the article makes it clear that "Neither the police or Project Sunblock are paying the website in question to display the police message". They're just suppressing the banner display, and displaying a police message instead.

Truly pathetic, Boys in Blue (Hmm, do Bobbies wear blue?)

Pathetic is deciding you know how the system works without R'ing TFA, and as a result, being a F'n I.

BRILLIANT!

Said no one about you ever.

4 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

drinkypoo Re:Smokers (137 comments)

same as car and motorcycle drivers,

The argument is that it causes unforeseen health complications, not that it is dangerous. Since the great streetcar scandal, Americans have had literally two choices: own a car, or be left behind economically.

factory workers and owners,

Which provide substantial benefit to others.

smartphone and computer users,

What? You are no longer in left field. You have left the ballpark.

meat and processed food consumers, etc., right?

There is no evidence that eating meat is bad for you, and in fact eating only meat and vegetables has been shown to have immense benefits for some people. Now you've gone from standing outside the ballpark to just being a fucking idiot.

Not all processed foods are evil, although that's the way to bet. But our government has told us to eat them, essentially, so they (we) are on the hook for that one. When it's had anything to say about it at all, the government has told us not to smoke.

4 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

drinkypoo Re:my mother quit when she was pregnant (137 comments)

When "the rabbit died" she quit until after I stopped nursing.

Yeah, I got the same treatment. But all that means is that we "only" were at developmental risk due to smoking during the first, and most important phase of the pregnancy.

I see pregnant women today smoking and just shake my head. Oh well, it's a free country...even if you aren't quite so smart.

It is not and never has been a free country, the government was designed by a bunch of rich white men who wanted to retain control of it after all. That's why they left themselves various loopholes.

4 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

drinkypoo Re:Odds of birth problems may not be that high... (137 comments)

No drugs, I suspect - can't imagine my mother (she's been gone 30 years) doing that!. [...] And yes, I'm normal - why do you ask?

We know you're normal, you believe against all evidence that tobacco is not a drug.

4 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

drinkypoo Re:Adopt (137 comments)

If you've in an area of the world where they grow tobacco people smoke, third world or not. Same way third world countries with poppies often have some level of opium problems. Drugs are cheap if you can produce them yourself.

This study is effectively about mass-produced cigarettes, not about tobacco.

4 hours ago
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

drinkypoo Re:ANY stress "alters the DNA" of a fetus. (137 comments)

On the other hand, even if we get the current obesity epidemic under control, or even reverse it, we're going to be feeling the effects for, literally, generations. Sins of the parents, indeed...

That is not the "on the other hand" takeaway for me. The takeaway is that smoking or sucking second-hand smoke during pregnancy is child abuse. I got both; my mom smoked until she found out she was pregnant, while she was trying to get pregnant, and my father never stopped up until his fairly recent death, and supposedly regularly smoked around my pregnant mother (I wasn't there, and she lies to herself regularly, so I can't really trust what she says either.) In spite of there being no family history of it, I have fairly serious activity-induced bronchial asthma.

4 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

drinkypoo Re:Technical Merit really overrated (684 comments)

No... ISA was a pretty shitty bus even in it's day. Compare to Zorro in the Amiga, which was fully plug and play from the outset.

Yeah, hindsight is fun. Since Zorro is four years (and change) newer than the ISA bus, there was plenty of it to go around when it was created.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

drinkypoo Re:maybe (492 comments)

But nooo, let's not let it go, hurrah, time to rub this in a whole nation's face! said the Jewish Association.

Wah wah wah. Oh no, let's not have this rubbed in our faces. As long as a nation is still producing holocaust deniers, it badly needs some face-rubbing. Nobody really cares if you will feel defensive.

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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

drinkypoo Re:Technical Merit really overrated (684 comments)

ISA bus vs NuBus vs MCA

NuBus was horrendously expensive and fragile, with orders of magnitude less insertion cycles than a cardedge connector. MCA had configuration floppies. ISA was a great bus for a computer of the day, before users needed more bus bandwidth.

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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

drinkypoo Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (684 comments)

You can point out someone made a mistake. There's no obligation to be "nice" when doing so. There is an obligation to not be abusive,

[citation needed]

yesterday
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A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

drinkypoo Re:$90 was for two. One's $40-60 (53 comments)

You're still looking at a higher price tag than just buying a Mikrotik Routerboard used on eBay. If your goal is to get a router it's a goofy thing to buy.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

drinkypoo Re:Typical (161 comments)

Thus sayeth the audiophile.

My PC stereo system is a couple of Yamaha monitors whose model I don't know on a 40W Kenwood whose model I don't know (squinting... KA-305) and my "home theater" system is a Sony STR-DE635. I'm still using the original double-driver powered sub from the kit (it's pretty Bose-esque in its own way, actually) but I got out from under the other kit speakers with an assortment of yard sale scores. I forget who made my cheap center, maybe JBL. I have cambridge metal case in the rears, and the fronts are something british whose name I can't remember. My Headphones may be Sennheisers, but they're refoamed and reconnectorized HD420s I got for five bucks. I am a cheap bastard whose stereo systems are cobbled together from cheap crap, not an Audiophile. I bought the Sony new at Costco some ages ago, and on purpose. Hilariously, it's never let me down.

your observations are preference observations

Bose falls on its ass when it comes to non-objective measurements every time someone performs a test at their own expense. Bose refuses to publish the same numbers everyone else publishes for their speakers, claiming that those numbers are irrelevant. Whether they are correct is, I think, a whole other argument, but why not, here we go. Subjectively, I think Bose sounds pretty good, but I've heard other stuff that I found much more impressive. Objectively, Bose is inferior to much of the competition, some of which is cheaper. Personally, I'd rather have someone else's equipment, but I won't avoid buying a car because it has a Bose sound system. I just wouldn't pay thousands for the option.

tl;dr: If you think Bose sounds good then feel free to buy, listen, insert rectally whatever, who gives a fuck? Music enjoyment is subjective anyway.

2 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

drinkypoo Re:Millionare panhandlers (199 comments)

From a cost-benefit point of view, is having your food and housing needs taken care of, in exchange for attending a one hour weekly meeting, really that bad?

It doesn't actually take care of your food and housing needs, and you spend that hour a week (or per day, in some cases) being told that everything that happens to you is meant to happen to you, and that the only way to happiness is to give yourself over to their faith. It's offering the man on the street a hand up while simultaneously kicking him.

2 days ago
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

drinkypoo Re:Typical (161 comments)

"To be fair, they are a speaker company"

No. To be fair, there is no sense in reading the rest of your post. [...] I read the rest of your post anyway,

I should probably rest my case here, since you just stuck a fork in yourself. But...

and you go on to openly admit

Out now!

they make radios, for exampe

Well, they also make them for car companies. And sadly, they are not very good, but more to the point here, those radios are designed specifically and explicitly to go with matched sets of their speakers. I should say that they're not very bad, either. I'd rather have a factory Bose than a factory Blaupunkt, for example. Faint praise, however, only serves to illustrate the point.

so to be fair you don't even believe your own bullshit.

If you can point to something I wrote and explain why it is bullshit, then do that. But you haven't managed that. Bose is first and foremost a speaker company. Their fancy suspension system so far cannot be made practically light and their radios go with and are always sold with their speakers. You might say that they are a speaker-and-truck seat company, though. Fancy!

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

drinkypoo Re:Check your Facebook autoplay settings (261 comments)

I looked at my usage and over 4G of traffic was from facebook... apparently because

...you were fool enough to continue to trust Facebook to run code on your phone after their various apps have run fast and free with users' private data.

I get why you would use facebook, but I'll never understand why you might trust them to run code on your phone.

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

drinkypoo Re:1 or 1 million (261 comments)

Why? Why wouldn't they want Netflix to pay given their usage?

I want you to play leapfrog with a a rainbow-colored unicorn, but that doesn't mean I'm entitled to see it happen. The customers have already paid for that usage, which is why Verizon isn't entitled to be paid again by Netflix.

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

drinkypoo Re:BOHICA (261 comments)

This is perfectly reasonable on the surface: Overloaded tower, less intensive customers line up first in the queue.

What's fair is to give an equal share of the bandwidth not being used for voice to every active customer, and to build out more capacity if you're running out.

2 days ago

Submissions

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Supermicro fails at IPMI, leaks admin passwords

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a month ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes "Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152." These BMCs are running Linux 2.6.17 on a Nuvoton WPCM450 chip. An exploit will be rolled into metasploit shortly. There is already a patch available for the affected hardware."
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UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

drinkypoo writes "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
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Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""
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Scientology proven false... by their counsel

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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Journals

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OMFG it's "rein in" seriously WTFBBQ

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 1 month ago

Lately, I'm seeing more and more "reign in" on Slashdot and I've got to say, I'm disappointed.

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2+ port router+asterisk server?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 months ago

I need a new system on which to run asterisk, bonus points if I don't have to configure it from scratch. I'd like to spend less than $200 (ideally I'd pick up something used if necessary for $100) but I have storage devices available, whether CF, SD, USB, or what have you. It can have wireless, but it doesn't have to because I have a routerboard for that. I have found my pogoplugs to be unreliable at best.

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nosupportlinuxhosting fail

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I decided to try out nosupportlinuxhosting but they appear to have suspended hyperlogos.org without notice or explanation. I sure hope I don't have to issue a chargeback, that would be stupid. I'm already waiting for Amazon to process two returns that have been sitting around at their facilities for weeks.

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This website has gone to shit

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

I'm not talking about the content, that has always been shit
I'm talking about what happens when I try to modify my relationships.

OK

The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, admin@slashdot.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at slashdot.org Port 80

Of course I reported the error. Of course I never heard back. Now I'm seeing it again.
Slashdot is basically unusable without friends/foes lists.

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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Subject says it all. If I can't read your content without javascript, either you are an idiot, or you're evil, or you're an evil idiot.

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Users opt in, but they don't opt out

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year ago

Google will tell you that their collection of "anonymous" location statistics is opt-in. That is, technically, true. However, on Gingerbread it is not opt-out. Once turned on, there is no option to disable it, that was added later. That, or I have forgotten all I once knew about google-fu. I can find how to change your mind about this on ICS, but not on GB.

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Slashdot Achievements Leaderboards?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I became curious (about Slashdot achievements, silly) and searched to no avail. Anyone have any clue?

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Keep it coming, mod trolls

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42803807
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436175&cid=42803841
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3430839&cid=42803897
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42804399

I can afford it.

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Modtrolls troll mod. Film at eleven.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771455
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771437
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3426877&cid=42770781
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427061&cid=42770777
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427083&cid=42770769

Pretty sure this time I offended an iFanboi.

Too bad you can't tag things "slashdot"

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Bring it on, bitches

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Every time I get a modtroll I get validation. Here are the five comments in question, all downmodded in a row by someone too lazy to even spread out their punitive moderation.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3411745&cid=42715053
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412111&cid=42714885
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412141&cid=42714871
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714843
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714801

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Internet Bravery

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I should very much like to demand satisfaction from people who are badly in need of correction. Namely, those who use insults against me in lieu of argument. (I am not above answering insult with insult, of course.) When are we going to get internet VR boxing, so that I can realistically challenge some random dipshit who talks a lot of shit to a boxing match and announce his cowardice should he decline?

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Moderation works?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Well, some mod douchewaffle spent all his points on me because I'm anti gun control. I heart slashdot.

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Android for Raspberry Pi

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

More or less every day I visit the Raspberry Pi home page to see if there is any new information on when the allegedly-mostly-working Android 4 will be released, and every day there isn't. As far as I know, Broadcom is the holdup. This does not give me confidence in Broadcom...

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What can be done about the Microsoft astroturfers?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is there indeed anything we can do about the new cadre of Microsoft astroturfers with modpoints? Is it just time to finally give up. I can't imagine that they haven't actually paid their way in.

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Good large-format inkjet with continuous inking?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I am looking for a large-format inkjet with continuous inking that is suitable for printing poster prints and the like. Ideally it would have both Linux and Windows support, preferably through a standard protocol, but this is not an absolute necessity. What IS a necessity is the ability to install a continuous inking system for making these large prints, and being able to change inks. I am biased towards Epson or Canon but I want good advice, not just biased.

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Copyright

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Copyright is not a natural right, and if it had been instituted in its current form (denial of copying, as opposed to forced copying) two thousand years earlier we'd probably be at least a thousand years behind where we are now.

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Strategy games that don't cheat?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK, I know AI is hard (no pun intended) but are there any strategy games out there that don't cheat on any but the lowest levels? Haven't tried Civ V yet, but IV is just another case of easy easy easy IMPOSSIBLE to me... I just can't muster the interest to outsmart a computer program written to cheat against me.

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Continuous servos?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I want some continuous servos. Should I buy or hack? What's good to buy if I just want to do that? Double-BB and metal gear would both be nice.

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