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My toy collection is ...

fightermagethief Re:Define A Toy (206 comments)

That's a good idea, actually, marketing cigarettes as toys.

4 days ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

fightermagethief Link to check bash on osx, linux (208 comments)

This post had a quick way to check bash, also a Python script that would exploit it:
http://www.darknet.org.uk/
env testbug='() { :;}; echo VULNERABLE' bash -c "echo Hello"
See only the word "Hello" if you are not vulnerable.

4 days ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

fightermagethief Re:The WHO (478 comments)

ACL, MCL, Broken ankle, torn ankle ligaments, osteoarthritis, trigger finger, lower back general injury, and tendonitis in the elbows.

cool.
I one day hope to have such an impressive list of injuries, although I initially read as "lower back genital injury".

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

fightermagethief Re:The WHO (478 comments)

Vampirism?
I think the realization of ultimate destruction is the probably the most difficult thing to deal with in life, although it never seems to impact day-to-day activities...

about a week ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

fightermagethief Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (221 comments)

A real solution is education and health care, but oddly their children is the one thing they never whine about, until they are in a foreign country coming back with PTSD from picking up body parts from the shots they fired.

It's funny that the 'think of the children' trope is not actually implemented when it comes to something like actual combat. Well, I guess funny isn't the word. What is that quote about 'in a tyranny, the only free press takes the form of parody', eg. the Daily Show, Colbert.

Doing as opposed to whining is good advice, but it seems difficult to know how. I try and first do no harm. Then I speak my mind to people that are willing to listen. Third, when psychos around me act up, I act back. 99.99% of all bystanders will just stand there. A couple guys got into a fistfight outside a chow line, with one being much larger than the other. I jumped on the guys back with my backpack on and took him down and was holding his arms and legs when the other guy comes back with a rock. Now I was in the middle of this with like 20 full grown men around me and they did nothing.

A guy in mcDonalds yesterday was just standing there with his hands in his pants and everyone was just looking at the ground and trying not to barf. I was like 'EXCUSE ME' and he just removes his hands and walks out. People are just complacent and will rush off the street back to the tv instead of doing.

As far as organized action, I feel kind of hopeless in that regard, but that is on me I guess. You have to be the change you want and all that. I am open to suggestions though.

about two weeks ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

fightermagethief Re:They don't need fancy gadgets (221 comments)

3 and 1/2 inch folding knife. Less dangerous than say, a hammer or maybe even a rock. Could do some damage to someone, but the same could be said for an inanimate carbon rod.

about two weeks ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

fightermagethief Re:Bullshit (221 comments)

Seems like an unfounded criticism. While I think that many conservatives I have spoken with have some misguided ideals, many of them are religious enough to not wish death on someone, even someone that they disliked before there was good reason to.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fightermagethief Re: Yes and yes... (262 comments)

I agree that the lightning port feels much more secure and solid than the fragile microUSB and reversal is a good feature, but did it really take multiple iterations of connecting ports over a period of 10 years to figure that out? Apparently so, I don't know. If we start using lightning ports and they become standard for the next 10 years, I will eat crow, but at this point it seems like just the next 'new thing you have to buy'.
I always wondered what became of Dixie Flatline after you got unplugged from sense-net. All that potential and reprimanding noobs on slashdot...

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fightermagethief Re:Yes and yes... (262 comments)

Yes, it did come with the adapter mate, but I thought I would condense what was in my computer bag and got rid of it. So that's on me, but it still is like giving people the rope to hang themselves with. Actually, now that you mention it, I did bitch enough to get a 10$ or 20$ credit to bestbuy for the headphones, but I couldn't find any with inline controls that head ear loops. It seems like with all the design focus, they would realize how useless the earbuds are for some people. If I try and bend the contacts on the adapter and break it (not likely, but...), I would have to spend 50-60$ for a price gouged Apple adapter that could definitely cost less, they just know that people don't have any other option besides gray-market ebay stuff. Same with 'Apple certified memory' or whatever it's called that costs like 200$ for a couple 2gig sticks (a few years ago, but still at least twice what an equivalent product would have been elsewhere), another price gouge for people that don't know any better. I don't specifically think it's a problem with just Apple doing things like this, but they could be the leader of the pack and influence how transparent and universal the accessory market is.

about two weeks ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

fightermagethief Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (221 comments)

It is a very, very paranoid world (America, at least). It is now actually policy (no citation [pun intended], talked to police officers) for people to be questioned for being on the street at odd hours. In LA, it is like clockwork. As soon as the last bar closes (depends on the night), cops start the beat. At 6am, normal time resumes and cops discontinue the practice of running your ID just for being outside. I actually had someone call the cops on me for sleeping on an electrical box ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. I wasn't near any foot traffic, houses, or business. The cops were pretty nice when they realized I wasn't unhinged (completely at least) and I didn't even get a ticket. The next run-in happened because I was 'sitting on a bench for an unusual amount of time'. I was playing shining force 2 and had really only been sitting there for an hour or so. The cop walked up with his flashlight in my face at only about 9pm and asked me if I had seen anything strange. I said no and he proceeded to run my ID and ask me a bunch of personal questions like 'what I do/am doing', 'where I came from', 'why are you here'. I responded with the usual, 'These are not the droids you are looking for' and he was on his way.

        I could understand the needling if there was some efficiency and purpose to the process. At the same time I am getting my ID ran, there is a schizophrenic babbling to the air and some guy staring at a traffic sign while clenching his fists. They don't have warrants, so the cops just wait until they commit a crime and lock them up. There is NO place for the vast majority of the mentally ill to go. The mentally ill are the ones who cause the horrific tragedies because they can't separate reality from fantasy. People are afraid when they hear about cannibals and serial killers and ascribe those kinds of crimes to the generic umbrella of criminals. So cops start harassing everyone who is the slightest bit eccentric in the hopes of having a pristine neighborhood devoid of any unusual behavior that will scare people. This constant harassment and ticketing makes the mentally ill go from babbling incoherently to violently berserk, the source of many extreme acts.

        What we need more than this security theater crap is to reopen the asylums and have a humane place to house the mentally ill. Asylums have been relegated to a single floor on a hospital (had to pick up my sister from one after a suicide attempt). This unit, the largest of its kind in downtown Atlanta, could hold maybe 15 or 25 people. There aren't many quality controls either. She said she was placed alone in a room with a male who was incoherent, so spent all her time in the tv room, sleeping on a chair. All it took was me to come in and say, 'Yes, let her out'. And poof, out of the system. What a joke.

        The security theater and lack of care for the mentally ill go hand in hand with a culture of ME. The era of selfies and food pictures. I think it is going to take a considerable social and emotional revolution, in terms of how we value things, think, and communicate, as opposed to shifting of financial or political power.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fightermagethief Re:Yes and yes... (262 comments)

They are well made devices, for the most part. It is usually an obvious wear point or flaw in design that will force the heavy-handed to purchase more. The macbook charger (2008, mine) tends to fall out of outlets. It is heavy and brittle plastic and would easily have been destroyed if I didn't tether it to the table. The charge ports are not usb or mini-usb or micro-usb, like all sane phones have been for years. Not only that, but I found a 40pin connector on the ground and figured I would advertise on Craigslist for jailbreaking iphones. Of course you need different charge cords for most different models of iPhone, so it is an accessory that everyone will buy multiple times over. To corral people into your services like iTunes, iCloud, appleID, appStore is treating them like sheep. I was even able to use the term corral there. ;]

        A few years ago, I turned in an original iPod nano to bestbuy since I had a warranty. The policy, when I purchased it, claimed you could return it for a new model when it 'had trouble charging'. This was the model with on-device controls (play, next, previous, volume). They bagged up my device in front of me, sealed it, put it in a drawer, and handed me a stick of gum. Actually it was the new model of nano with no on-device controls. This meant I had to get headphones with on-cord controls and couldn't use my old around-the-ear headphones that don't fall out. I said I would rather just have the dying old nano than this new POS. Tough luck, it was already in a plastic bag which apparently couldn't be opened. The new one was pretty useless to me, because those gross held-in-with-earwax earbuds only stay in when I am standing stock still.

        I mentioned the lack of controls forcing you to buy (probably) Apple earbuds to a barista that I was talking to, and an Apple apologist in line actually said that Apple was 'smart' for coming up with this plan.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fightermagethief Re:Yes and yes... (262 comments)

I think you are your response is conflating the opinions of another poster with mine. I realize that many consumers do not compare the value of phones/mp3 players by their storage cost per unit or whatever metric you want to use.

To state the obvious, if people didn't think that 16 GB was enough storage, they'd buy more of the models with more storage.

Look at all the people lined up to buy the various iPhones. I think a large portion of this has to do with social influence and marketing, and not the specs of the device. You could probably release some fine print specs saying that they would receive a pet rock in an iPhone case and there would still be people lined up to buy them. So we have a large portion of the population that REALLY wants an iPhone for reasons that don't have anything to do with the fine details of the device. When they queue up to the front of the line, you could probably sell more 4gb for 200$ versus a 500gb for 300$, just because an individual ONLY HAS 200$ to spend. So we can't take the fact that more 16gb's are sold as evidence that 'people don't really care to pay for more storage, even if it is at a better rate'.

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fightermagethief Re:Because of Apple engineering (262 comments)

If people are willing to eat from dumpsters, why bother giving food to the poor? They look complacent enough to me!

about two weeks ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

fightermagethief Re:Yes and yes... (262 comments)

I don't know how you could correlate 'best selling' with 'most consumers think that 16 gb is enough'. Maybe they are the best selling because they are the cheapest. I type this on a macbook (2008 unibody), but I would never buy another Apple product again unless it was secondhand. Planned obsolescent headphones and chargers, locked in everything, strategies to extract the most money from consumers by delivering less than they could, what a bunch of corrupt jerks. Not that I can really blame only Apple, they are just the best at deceiving people without making it apparent. I guess that's competition-driven capitalism for you. Apple could probably be sued if they didn't try and fleece consumers at every opportunity. Remember the Apple commercial from 1984? What a bunch of hypocrites. RMS's freedom-nazi stance looks more and more reasonable every quarterly report.

about two weeks ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

fightermagethief Re:WTF? (184 comments)

This was new to me as well. KDE seems to make it easier to find things than in GNOME. I assumed this was about something more complex, but this is just about being able to navigate customization easily? Come on. I though this Unity/pseudo-tablet interface was the attempt to attract people who don't like to deal with too many options.

about two weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

fightermagethief Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

2015 will be the year of Linux on the vagina!

I honestly wonder if most women would find this offensive or not if it was said in an office environment. I try to imagine a world where Amazonian women control most aspects of society. They are all able to beat me up, so I end up getting the mundane tasks like coffee retrieval. The only socially acceptable clothing for males involves the protuberance of either ball from the side of low-cut shorts. They whistle whenever I leave the room and there are all kinds of inside jokes that seem to refer to me, but I don't get them. Water-cooler topics include the women comparing my dick to ones they have seen in the past...What was I talking about again?

about two weeks ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

fightermagethief Re:Dog Lovers (127 comments)

I think that's a foregone conclusion. Have they never heard the term "crazy cat lady"?

about two weeks ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

fightermagethief Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (127 comments)

I used to be a night-owl (like a 4am to noon sleep pattern), but have been sleeping outdoors for the past 8 months or so. I wake up with the slightest hint of color change in the sky. I feel much more healthy and I don't get tired during the day, even though I sleep less total hours. I would imagine this would be closer to our ancestral patterns.

about two weeks ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

fightermagethief Re:Bananas vs Grapes (127 comments)

diggety? Highly dubious...

about two weeks ago
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

fightermagethief Re:Repair (53 comments)

They do a lot of phone-cloning as well. I worked at a place that had a whole crate of phones 'never to be used' so the IMEI could be used in a blacklisted phone. They didn't even have a sign out front, but all the hood kids knew to bring stuff there to sell. An attempted robbery by 15-16 year-olds with pistols forced me to find a safer job than cell phone repair.

about two weeks ago

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