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Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like

elgatozorbas Re:People forget about people. (81 comments)

For some vegans they equate dairy as rape

Only if it is still inside the cow.

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

elgatozorbas Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (891 comments)

Well I think that's part of what "respect" means - you don't push your own religious / atheist beliefs in someone else's face when you know they have a different viewpoint.

Publishing cartoons in a magazine one needs to buy in order to see them is not quite "pushing beliefs in someone else's face".

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

elgatozorbas Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (891 comments)

"Francis [...] said religion can never be used to justify violence."

He doesn't say the killings were okay. He just says that people shouldn't mock other's religion. Which, first of all, makes sense since he is the fucking pope and secondly it may be good for his P.R. with the muslem community. If the other church leaders/imams/whatever are denouncing the satirical cartoons, what impression would Francis give by saying "oh well, no problem for me because I am far more forgiving than the Muslems". Sometimes one has to side a bit with the "competition" in order not to piss them off.

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

elgatozorbas Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (891 comments)

The elephant in the room is that Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably offensive to Christians because they say Jesus was not the son of God. There is nothing more blasphemous than denying this fundamental tenant of Christianity.

No, the elephant in the room is that some muslems have a greater tendency than other religions to impose their beliefs onto others and telling them how to behave. Buddhist don't care what you do. Hindus only care about what other Hindus do. Jews aren't interested in the rest of the world because they are the "chosen people". Chinese -whatever religion they adhere to- typically also don't care too much for other people's behaviour. Some -and I am not saying this is a majority- muslems interfere with other people's business. This is significantly more annoying than their ideas about Jesus. Besides: why would Christians care about what Muslems think? According to that logic, they should be furious at the Jews, because those were the ones who crucified Jesus in the first place, yet no-one seems to care.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

elgatozorbas Any communication? (329 comments)

They can start by reading my family doctor's notes.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

elgatozorbas Re:Grit? (249 comments)

What has ./ become of? Gone are the days when grits (preferably hot) was something Nathelie Portman should be covered in...

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

elgatozorbas Re:I no longer think this is an issue (258 comments)

Without a sense of self preservation it won't 'feel' a need to defend itself.

I cannot agree with that, Dave.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

elgatozorbas Re:Terrorists are not scapegoats ... (319 comments)

I have a feeling that the politcos have a secret pact with the terrorists, or whoever is/are behind the terrorist movement, just so that they can get a terrorist or two carrying out a really despicable terrorist act, in the middle of a major Western city, something that generates MAXIMUM IMPACT, and the sheeples be of course be scared shitless

Occam would disagree. It is far more likely that some egomaniac fuck wants to immortalise himself by attacking a cartoon magazine, on his own. Your conspiracy theory, while not impossible, seems much less likely and unneeded. At least, if I was "in control", I would prefer other, more reliable methods. Or just wait. Terrorist attacks have been happening regularly, so why stage on of your own?

about two weeks ago
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Text Editor Created In Minecraft

elgatozorbas Re:Cool, but why? (114 comments)

When I am laying on my death bed and someone says "you did all these useless things -- you could have directed your talent towards really useful stuff and made lots of money", I will honestly be able to say "They were not useless; they made me happy. And that is what gave my life meaning."

That is indeed the most important and hope I will be able to say the same (though probalbly I'll have regrets). Everyone should do as they please, and usefullness in itself is not a good measure of activity. That being said, I somewhat understand the original poster who was modded troll: why not do something -possibly equally useless- in the real world instead of this minecraft thing? Instead of simulating the Tour de France on a home-trainer, why not go out and cycle? Both are equally useful or useless, but one has more appeal than the other.

about three weeks ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

elgatozorbas Re:floppy disks don't contain silicon ICs (252 comments)

Back in the day, floppies were amazing [...] they basically worked and retained data very reliably.

Not by today's standards they didn't. Anything remotely important, I would put on at least two floppies. I still need to experience the first USB stick failure.

(Okay, okay, USB sticks may fail too, I know, but not nearly as often as floppies).

about three weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

elgatozorbas Re:Can't DRM or Root Kit Vinyl (278 comments)

No doubt about that. :-)

Nevertheless, I would expect that the chances of fucking up vinyl are lower, just because the intended audience is different than for CDs. Is that a valid assumption?

about three weeks ago
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Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

elgatozorbas Re:What is doxing? (171 comments)

Apparently coming from one too lazy to read the article, because it is explained in the first paragraph...

about three weeks ago
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Happy Public Domain Day: Works That Copyright Extension Stole From Us In 2015

elgatozorbas Re:And that's still too long (328 comments)

For lack of mod points I'll answer, because I agree with this post and don't think it is fair to label this troll.
(In the below "you" refers to the critics)

1) if you appreciate a creative work, why not pay for it? Buy the DVD, buy the CD, buy whatever medium and you can view or listen as many times as you want. If you don't want to pay, you don't get to see the result of the creative process. If you don't want to pay, why would the creator of Pulp fiction let you to see the movie? What obligation does he have in the world to allow you to see it? I never understood, and most likely never will understand this typical /. logic of piracy vs theft etc. Thanks for sharing the fruits of YOUR labour through open software, but please allow other creative people to differ.

2) Why should an author's heirs not be entitled to the fruits of the labour of their ancestors? Why should they be entitled to his house, savings, but not future profits? Why would it be that, because coincidentally, someone dies, you get to see the movie for free? Why would you rank higher than the creator's children? Let's hope Stephen King dies just after writing a masterpiece, because now we are entitled to read it for free. What sense does that make???

about three weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

elgatozorbas Re:*Spoiler alert* (561 comments)

The fiction gets even worse! Game reviewers are typicalle die-hard gamers, known for not having sex -let alone with other people.

about 2 months ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

elgatozorbas Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (339 comments)

A agree. How is this different from making "bomb" jokes at the airport. Everyone knows "bomb"-jokes are not taken lightly by serucity personnel. Same holds for using such stupid SSID. I *also* know this does no actual harm and, most likely, real terrorists would not use this name etc, but broadcasting such an SSID in an airport is just not a very smart thing to do because it can be expected to trigger security folks. Note that I am not defending them, just saying that their reaction is not completely unpredicatable. If you value such a joke more than your time, go ahead, but I don't.

about 3 months ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

elgatozorbas Re:Encrypted? (215 comments)

Yes, with ROT13. (Twice, to be safer).

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

elgatozorbas Re:If Bill Gates likes it (130 comments)

Wish I could joint, but only have tails.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

elgatozorbas Why is it necessary to reverse engineer this? (167 comments)

I think all first year computer science / programming / engineering students should be introduced to this and learn how to write programs for this environment first before moving on to modern systems. True power is being able to write useful stuff with only 64kb of ram and 1mhz of processor, and have it run in an acceptable time frame, and taking those skills and scaling up today's multi-core/ multi-gigahertz/multi-gigabyte address spaces.

While I agree, I wonder if this is actually true. To what extend does knowledge about efficient coding on an 8 bit machine with limited memory teach us anything about programming these heftier CPUs? Maybe the only people that should really have chewed the bits are the writers of compilers. For all others it might not matter so much how the compiler and the OS handle memory allocations and the like, and it may be more useful to focus on the program structure instead of the implementation on the CPU.

about 3 months ago

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