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Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

m509272 Re:Obama acomplishments (639 comments)

I see your score as Insightful. Delusional would be much more appropriate. With a 52% disapproval rating (a whopping 37% strongly disapprove) for someone who crushed the 2008 election and had a lock on Congress for two years you must be smoking some amazingly wacky weed. Maybe you're thinking about how he is so against deep water oil drilling. Oops, no wrong on that one. His admin was the one that decided to grant a special exemption for the Deepwater Horizon rig regarding a legal requirement that it produce a detailed environmental impact study. Oh yes, on a related note gas prices have increased 102% since he took office. Perhaps it's his commitment to getting out of Gitmo. Oops, seems that didn't happen either. Oh, I know government transparency. Funny how they had that closed door meeting about that and are closing off access to documents about it. Wait, wait get out of all our overseas military involvement. I guess we'll get back to that once we're done with our latest Libyan involvement. Yep, head and shoulders.

more than 3 years ago

NYT Paywall Cost $40 Million: How?

m509272 the norm (305 comments)

outsource, fail, still have money, still have support, repeat

more than 3 years ago

Samsung's Happy Galaxy Tab Users Are Actors

m509272 Actors being used in commercials, wow (190 comments)

This is a totally useless story. What's important are the technical specs and the experience. Who actually cares that actors were used in a commercial?

more than 3 years ago

Man Finds Divorce Papers, Tax Docs On "New" Laptop

m509272 Not a story.... (218 comments)

This was bought at a computer fair give me a break. Retailers selling returned stuff as new, not a surprise, definitely illegal. Manufacturers pulling it, extremely illegal. I had a friend that bought a "new" external hard drive only to find that it was loaded with someone else's photos, tax returns, etc. We believe that was the manufacturer buying refurb drives to install in the external case. Does that constitute a "new" product?

more than 2 years ago

Judge Allows Subpoenas For GeoHot YouTube Viewers, Blog Visitors

m509272 Scary beyond extreme. Boycott Sony. (306 comments)

How is this any different then forcing a library to turn over a list of what I read, what I listened to on CD and what I watched on DVD and Blu-Ray?

What's next? Will they now say give us a list of all people that checked out Sony products at a library so we can get a subpoena to search the patron's home for a copy of whatever was checked out that originated from Sony. This ruling is beyond extremely dangerous.

I've been boycotting buying any Sony labeled products since they pulled that rootkit crap a few years ago. Everyone should. Are Sony components in some non-Sony labeled products sure but they aren't making the same as if they were selling the entire unit. As for countertrolling's comment, as useful as the period at the end of this sentence.

more than 3 years ago

Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

m509272 Re:Uh.. no (705 comments)

Agreed. Servers should be rebooted periodically. Once every 3 months is a good number. Almost every time we've had a server up for a year or two there were problems bringing it back up up when it went down unexpectedly or for some sort of hardware maintenance. Of course, many of the people that were the sys admins had gone elsewhere and hours went by before they finally figured out some startup script was copied and altered just to get it to come up the last time. Better off scheduling a shutdown and restart when it's convenient.

more than 3 years ago

MPEG Continues With Royalty-free MPEG Video Codec Plans

m509272 two words (139 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Obama's Goal: 98% of US Covered By 4G

m509272 It's each individuals RIGHT...... (324 comments)

It's each individuals RIGHT to pay higher taxes so we can have $100+ bills every month from corporations! Glad to see everyone else gets it too!

more than 3 years ago

J.J. Abrams Promises 'Fringe' Will Die Fighting

m509272 Re:Die fighting, die trying, die hard... (392 comments)

So just how does it affect you so terribly that you need to see it die? You're pathetic.

more than 3 years ago

Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

m509272 Wrong (459 comments)

"which can't update itself over the air" - another "expert" making an grossly incorrect statement

more than 3 years ago

Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases

m509272 They've picked up the US polticians standard line (203 comments)

They've picked up the US polticians standard line. If we don't do this US jobs will be lost and the economy will suffer. I cannot count how many times that's been used here to justify the most obscene spending bills, creation of absurd laws, etc.

more than 3 years ago

The Right's War On Net Neutrality

m509272 Re:Which is more realistic (945 comments)

That's exactly what it should be, common carrier and one side pays, either the sender or the consumer. It's been the consumer so far as they are requesting the data be sent to them. This is in contrast to cellular service where both sides pay.

No transmission provider should be able to deny sending the data through and there should be no way a data provider should be paying anything more for "faster" lanes. They are already paying to connect to the backbone. I'm the consumer and I decide the speed at which I wish to receive data. Faster, I pay more. It's plain and simple. These ISPs simply want to double charge and that should never happen. I want real net neutrality not what the FCC is calling "net neutrality".

more than 3 years ago

'I Just Need a Programmer'

m509272 Re:As a programmer (735 comments)

Your statement "programmers as production line workers.. and as much as I hate to admit it, there really is truth in that" is about as accurate as your spelling.

There are people called programmers and there are programmers. The former represents the bulk of outsourced programmers and a good amount of local staff, the latter represents the people who actually understand what the designer/business wants/needs and are skilled enough to accurately and efficiently deliver that. They ask questions, they suggest alternatives/enhancements/etc. The former generally produces garbage that falls apart in days after being delivered late while the latter produces a quality product usually on time and on budget.

That's the problem using outsourcing, thinking programmers are like sewing machine operators. It's pretty much a scam in large corporations where all they are interested in saying is "we spent less this year on IT". They ignore the fact that things aren't delivered on time, fail when delivered and the requester has spent a significant amount of time trying to explain what they need, test more times than they should have to, etc. Back in the 70s and 80s IT told the user community what they will get, the late 80s and perhaps up until about 5-10 years ago the users told IT what they expected. Sadly, the 70s are back and the users once again get the shaft frequently getting nothing for their money.

more than 3 years ago

USCG Sues Copyright Defense Lawyer

m509272 Re:Good . . . (360 comments)

Agree totally. Since most people didn't know of the availability of this $20 package it's great that more know of it now. I think it should go a step further. I would love to see the guy (with the help of donations if need be) run a full page ad in USA Today so it spreads all over. They'll of course be follow ups on TV and other newspapers, etc.

more than 3 years ago

National Opt-Out Day Against Virtual Strip Searches

m509272 Re:The privacy/security scale tips again. (647 comments)

Please provide a list of all the successful air terrorism acts since these albeit invasive and annoying searches have started.

more than 3 years ago

The Coming War Over the Future of Java

m509272 South Park ep (583 comments)

The South Park episodes with Satan and Saddam pop into my head. Which one is Satan, Steve or Larry?

more than 3 years ago

Critics Call For Probe Into Google Government Ties

m509272 Re:Just another non-profit, I'm sure (289 comments)

So if they reported the facts accurately should it be discounted because they have a "right" orientation? I guess if Wikileaks reported on it, it would be more ok? Why are you trying to discredit the source if these are known, undisputed facts which are easily discountable if false?

more than 3 years ago

Mystery Missile Launched Near LA

m509272 Re:Obvious Explanation (858 comments)

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. 35 miles off the US coast? Doesn't seem like we would need to do that ourselves for any reason.

more than 3 years ago


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