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UN Debates Rules Surrounding Killer Robots

joeyspqr A Taste of Armageddon (215 comments)

"Death, destruction, disease, horror...that's what war is all about, Anan, that's what makes it a thing to be avoided. You've made it so neat and painless you've had no reason to stop it."

about a year ago

Pollution From Asia Affects US Climate

joeyspqr that's not pollution ... (209 comments)

... that's the sweet smell of the free market!

more than 2 years ago

Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?

joeyspqr Re:It's because of those XP EOL users (504 comments)

this, a thousand times this.

We'll be lucky to be halfway off XP on the desktop by 2013. Between user resistance, licensing restrictions, compliance requirements, tight replacement budgets, and vendors dragging their feet, I'll be supporting thousands of XP installs until 2014.

more than 3 years ago

Devices on my home network (less modem):

joeyspqr I guess I'm still a sysadmin - & apple fanboy (374 comments)

2 adults (we both are IT) & a male teenager

File server (ppc powermac)
desktop x 3 (iMac & 2 homebuilt game rigs)
Laptop x 4 (MacBook pro & 3 windows)
iPhone x 3
iPad x 2
PS3 x 2
DirecTV connector

Extra credit - I cabled the house myself

more than 3 years ago

Modern Humans Bred With Evolutionary Predecessors In Africa

joeyspqr NY Country Anthropologist? (160 comments)

... did they download copyrighted music to set the mood for their interspecies lovemaking?

more than 3 years ago

Facebook-Deprived Man Sues For $500K

joeyspqr Like (259 comments)

isn't there supposed to be a link here?

more than 3 years ago

Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?

joeyspqr in 1000 years ... (503 comments)

what is going to be remembered about the 20th century?

nuclear weapons
going into orbit
information networks

more than 4 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

joeyspqr Air Conditioner ... (715 comments)

the overhead AC in the test lab froze over the weekend, the ice then melted, the drip pan overflowed (the ceiling tiles got soaked, dripped, and then broke). the workstation underneath suffered the water torture for a couple hours and then the video cards shorted.

that Monday was spent filling out reams of paperwork. still hasn't been replaced, still a hole in the ceiling.

more than 4 years ago

The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

joeyspqr Re:John Carter of Mars (532 comments)

simple, clear plots, non stop action, sophomoric romance - the John Carter novels are ready made scripts! i remember being in middle school thinking 'this would be an awesome movie!'

and now, with the technology to realize the fantastic settings .... what could possibly go wrong?

more than 4 years ago

Beliefs Conform To Cultural Identities

joeyspqr Re:A partial solution: (629 comments)

a 'conspiracy' that 90% of the group being discussed participate in would be 'the majority culture'
60% is 'a mandate' 30% is 'a political party'

more than 4 years ago

US Missile Defense Test Fails

joeyspqr Re:Money (317 comments)

Excellent point, and further I agree with the political sentiment I (would like to) sense implied ...

Having said that ... hitting flying objects and blowing them up is cool!
Maybe letting the military play with these toys and the wrinkly contractors pocket a few bills yields a technology that might be useful at some indeterminate future point?
Has that ever happened before? Maybe more importantly ... can the US afford that now?
Speaking sentimentally (my father was military turned wrinkly contractor) ... is this the kind of program in a fuzzy area that can be justified as R&D, is politically possible, maybe has possible 'soft power' dividends, keeps the engineers and rocket scientists working & production lines running ... does that pass the smell test?

more than 4 years ago

Heat Engines Shrunk By Seven Orders of Magnitude

joeyspqr Re:Reeedeeeculous (168 comments)

well ... the statement
"The range of topics covered here is very wide and I don't know abc of several things discussed here"
makes you 'wise' in the Socratic sense, negating the description "stupid"

unfortunately, the location of this discussion reinforces the second descriptor

about 5 years ago

IT Workers To Get Fewer Perks, No Free Coffee

joeyspqr Re:Paging Mr. Vader - something slipping through (620 comments)

thanks for the reminders
I have to check gmail to see if my last comment was modded up and I was beginning to think that I traded my knowledge and skills for money in a fair exchange, instead of being grateful to my feudal liege for bare sustenance.

about 5 years ago

Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker

joeyspqr Re:What!? (658 comments)

modify this a little ...

"If they can [come up with a barely plausible scenario] that you [gave away/sold] [a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever] to a person you [have no idea whether they might] use [to violate copyright/exercise fair use] then yes, you [should] be charged with a crime.
[Who cares if] there are so many legitimate uses for [a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever], the [media] lobby is so powerful, [it doesn't matter that it's] nearly impossible to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you thought whoever you were selling a [a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever] to was going to use it for non-illegal means, [access to a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever must be prevented at all costs]."

just sayin'

more than 5 years ago

Secret ACTA Treaty May Sport "Internet Enforcement" Procedures After All

joeyspqr Re:have you seen my representative government late (239 comments)

IMHO, the problem with the "stranglehold the Republican and Democratic parties have on the machinery of government" is the result of corporate influence on those parties ...
"We need to limit federal legislation of states and depend upon each state to make the decisions ... "

when some corporations have revenue (and sometimes profits) greater than entire nations (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/business/worldbusiness/01iht-exxon.4.9679416.html), state budgets (http://www.nasbo.org/Publications/PDFs/FSSpring2009.pdf), and global influence, the various state gov'ts will be immune to this ... how?

more than 5 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

joeyspqr Re:Well then! Tijuana (958 comments)

I thought Chula Vista was San Ysidro's tony northern suburb ...

more than 5 years ago

Favorite seasonal transition?

joeyspqr Re:California (451 comments)

years of observation have allowed me to make the following generalizaton:
when the waves fade, and the uncountable hordes of pasty tourists arrive, that's summer.
when the pasty hordes disappear, and the waves return, that's winter.
reportedy, the rest of the US has two transition seasons, while we simply note the two holidays at either end

more than 5 years ago

Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition

joeyspqr Re:Redefine the dollar too then (426 comments)

good thing we don't know what a meter is here in the States, otherwise we might get upset that you dirty socialist Euro types were getting better service than us.

more than 5 years ago

Making Babies In Space May Not Be Easy

joeyspqr Re:Just for the record... (262 comments)

I prefer the interpretation ... "one of his predictions has been tenatively confirmed"
full disclosure: Niven has been one of my favorite authors since I read Ringworld in the 70s

more than 5 years ago



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