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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

icannotthinkofaname Two bits to say here (218 comments)

  1. And they couldn't have taken this approach with Windows XP?
  2. I choose to believe that these involved renaming the Windows 7 libraries to intunsafe.h and strunsafe.h.

about 8 months ago

Red Hat To Help Develop CentOS

icannotthinkofaname Re:Odd... (186 comments)

At a guess, it could be the same logic that makes Bill Gates not care that people pirate Windows. Sure, they might not be paying you for all the effort you put into the product, but one day, when they can pay, yours will be the system that they know, so they'll come to you.

1 year,19 days

Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

icannotthinkofaname "Fun"? (153 comments)

Maybe I'm getting hung up on the wrong thing here, but how the fuck do you measure how "fun" a web-browsing experience is? What does that actually mean? What is it that makes Firefox fundamentally more enjoyable during recreational use that, say, Chrome/Opera/Safari/IE/etc. are missing?

I'm fine with the rest of this and happy birthday to Firefox and all, but what is it that actually makes for a "fun" browsing experience, other than the specific websites that I choose to use?

about a year ago

Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

icannotthinkofaname Games and reality (706 comments)

We don't know at what time that game becomes reality.

That's a good question. To the end of answering it, I'd like to be the kid's defense attorney for this case, because I've played through all of the Ace Attorney games, and I'm looking forward to the new one coming out soon in English.

This proposal is a simple one. If I am not allowed to defend the kid in court based on my experience with law video games, then they can't use video games to call him a murderer, so the prosecution has no case on those grounds. If I am allowed to defend him just because I've played some law video games, then we are unlikely to be able to make a decent defense case (but these are criminal charges, so reasonable doubt is a thing).

If the kid can be a murderer because of a mobile game, then I should be able to be his attorney because of Phoenix Wright.

about a year ago

Officials Say NSA Probed Fewer Than 300 Numbers - Broke Plots In 20 Nations

icannotthinkofaname Re:I'm sure it's effective (419 comments)

Don't be shy of what you're doing.

Isn't that what they tell us? "If you're doing nothing wrong, then you should have nothing to hide"?

And then they decide that they should probably hide this massive surveillance program? :P

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Fails Antivirus Certification Test (Again), Challenges the Results

icannotthinkofaname Like I said... (228 comments)

With the right spin, this is what I believed from the beginning about Microsoft Security Essentials. If the company can't even write a decent, secure operating system to begin with, why should we trust them to write decent dedicated antivirus software? What reason could we as a population of computer users have for having any confidence in this product? Of course it should be a relatively terrible at protecting a user's computer from viruses, because it comes from the same company who has that sort of track record with viruses in the OS to begin with (that is, the same reason why antivirus software is pushed onto users in the first place).

To believe that Microsoft Security Essentials is any good at what it is ostensibly meant to do is to believe that Microsoft is good at detecting and clearing viruses from users' systems, but to believe this is to hold a contradiction to every observation made of various versions of the Windows operating system.

about 2 years ago

Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax

icannotthinkofaname Already against this on principle. (506 comments)

Like TFS states, games can receive T, M, or AO ratings without being violent. If a game is AO for explicit sexual content, that isn't a violent video game (and I would be hard-pressed to find someone other than this Missouri representative who would believe otherwise). The ESRB does give specific qualifiers in the ratings for why a game is rated as it is. The ESRB will tell you, on the box, if a video game received its rating because of violent content.

If section 144.1020 were re-written so as to appear to be the product of a reasonable human being, I might be in favor of this idea.

about 2 years ago

White House Must Answer Petition To 'Build Death Star'

icannotthinkofaname I can see it now. (384 comments)

The official response should look something like this, I imagine:


The rules say that the White House has to respond, not that they have to do it.

more than 2 years ago

Artificial Wombs In the Near Future?

icannotthinkofaname Re:Finally, a solution to abortion politics (367 comments)

I wanted to post something like this.

I think you're right -- assuming that the embryo or fetus can be transplanted from a biological to an artificial womb, this should be a legitimate solution to the abortion politics problem. The woman would be able to stop carrying her pregnancy at any time. The Church no longer needs to be worried about the destruction of life. Abortion could be outlawed in favor of this other measure, consistent with pro-life views.

We'll see how far this technology goes.

more than 2 years ago

The Motivated Rejection of Science

icannotthinkofaname Re:Suprising how? (771 comments)

To be fair, everyone's a data point. Either you occur as an "event" with hypothetical null probability p, or you occur as the opposite of an "event" with hypothetical null probability 1-p.

more than 2 years ago

Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

icannotthinkofaname Re:I'd still stick with DSL (263 comments)

Sooooo how did Google get permission to install fiber w/o getting sued by KC's local monopolies (Verizon and Comcast)??

I'm not sure. Is the tactic of "sue your competitors out of the market" limited strictly to mobile devices and software patents?

more than 2 years ago

The World's First 3D-Printed Gun

icannotthinkofaname Silly human warrior race (846 comments)

Shit, yo, why we gotta turn everything into weapons, huh? wouldn't we be more civilized without weapons?

more than 2 years ago

US ISPs Continue To Support DNSChanger Redirection Servers

icannotthinkofaname Re:What's the big deal? (87 comments)

Sure it will break everything but http(s) but if they are happy to do it for money why aren't they happy to do it for the common good?

Since when is there money to be made by supporting the common good?

more than 2 years ago

Copyrights To Reach Deep Space

icannotthinkofaname "We come in peace"? (247 comments)

What a fucking lie. If we look at human history, it's obvious that Mankind is a warrior race.

Also, the past-tense verb that you desire is "copyrighted."

more than 2 years ago

StatCounter Blasts Microsoft's Claim About IE Still Being the Number 1 Browser

icannotthinkofaname Re:Ok... (160 comments)


"Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than Apple"

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed a slide showing, from Microsoft's internal analysis, that Linux client use is clearly ahead of Apple's."

When the fuck did Slashdot become exactly equivalent to Microsoft? I thought this was still a second-hand tech article aggregator and instant DDoS machine.

more than 2 years ago

Paralyzed Woman Uses Mind-Controlled Robot Arm

icannotthinkofaname Progress... (43 comments)

What year is it now? 2012? Hmm...this looks promising, but not quite what I want yet. Wake me up when I can have Doc Ock-like arms attached to me that will function in the obvious intended way (like extra natural arms).

*back into cryogenic stasis*

more than 2 years ago

How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

icannotthinkofaname Re:Disgraceful (599 comments)

So basically, you're saying that because the natural people who live in and benefit from the taxable location pay income taxes in that location, the corporation that lives in and benefits from the taxable location should not have to pay income taxes in that location?

Call me when you decide to believe that corporations should acquire all of the responsibilities of people if they want to be recognized as people.

more than 2 years ago

Santorum Defends Robocalls To Democrats

icannotthinkofaname Re:Stop it. (290 comments)

If Slashdot doesn't keep me minimally informed on political issues, then how am I going to know how much each candidate hates my freedom? How would I ever have known who was a traitor and who was against SOPA?

more than 2 years ago

US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

icannotthinkofaname Re:Pesky constitution (1047 comments)

No, 21 lets us have our booze. It repealed 18, which was the one that kicked off the era known as "Prohibition".

about 3 years ago


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icannotthinkofaname icannotthinkofaname writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Achievement post. One of the achievements is "Posted a Journal Entry", according to the FAQ. So, here's a journal entry.

MOD THIS +5 INSIGHTFUL!!!!!!111112222233333######@@@@@!!!!!! >_>

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