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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

meerling Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

From the history books I've seen, many written by non-americans, it was pretty clearly stated that if the USA hadn't finally gotten into the war in Europe, Germany would have pretty much steamrolled what was left of western Europe, then turned full forces including it's Luftwaffe on Russia (actually USSR) and overwhelmed them outside of winter. Instead they got beaten back and their forces continually depleted by the Allied forces on the Western Front, leaving the Eastern front vulnerable and less capable, loosing even their initial advances when the lack of supplies and brutal winter devastated their forces.
Things "might" have gone smoother with the American forces in Europe, but they were also engaged in the Pacific conflict at the same time, and needed the shifting of forces from the ending of the European conflict to bring a conclusion to the Pacific conflict. Of course there are the nukes, but those only ended it quicker and with far less bloodshed than would have happened otherwise, even with the most optimistic forecasts. It just goes to show that fighting a war on multiple fronts is never a good idea.

4 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

meerling Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

LoL, "What is *wrong* with you that you've dumped so much of your ego into a pissing context between OSs?".
Usually it's a pissing Contest, but strangely enough, your "pissing context" seems to fit it better. :P

4 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

meerling Re:mistakes were made (464 comments)

They've made plenty of others over the years, but this one is probably their most extensive and stupid yet.

5 days ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

meerling VX (171 comments)

Definitely VX games, just make sure you avoid the BTL unless you're a burned out wirehead. :P

about a week ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

meerling Re: 2% is nothing (121 comments)

Really?! Last I heard they were attacking parts of the middle east, and hadn't even taken over an entire country yet, much less put out a rowboat to try and cross the ocean.

about a week ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

meerling Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

The renters. Do you really think the owners aren't going to pass the costs to the renters?
Also, I have to wonder how many of those buildings will cost almost or more to do these retrofits than they are worth.
You have to wonder if it's going to be cheaper to tear it down and build something new.

about a week ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

meerling Re:Time travel (107 comments)

Don't bother, it will have been boring.
The guest speaker was half dead from temporal lag and the symposium got over scheduled, twice!
Don't even ask about the Parallelers. Ack!

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

meerling Re:Hike insurance premiums (85 comments)

That history isn't so recent, and Sony hasn't bothered to implement any security that can't be broken by a rhesus monkey with SADD (simian attention deficit disorder ) before, so why expect them to change now?
(Disclaimer - Sony has a rather well deserved lousy reputation in this area for their past actions here, so I'm not likely to give them the benefit of the doubt for much of anything.)

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

meerling Re:News for nerds (118 comments)

It's just the whiners. If it was an article about how slashdot moderates and scores posts with an extraterrestrial artificial intelligence package somebody would still post claiming that it's not relevant and not interesting why is this on slashdot.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

meerling Re: When we give money to the schools ... (229 comments)

You aren't really paying for other peoples kids to get an education, you're paying back for yours.
Besides, would you rather have other peoples kids in school learning enough so they might qualify for a job, or running around the neighborhood finding "alternate means of obtaining funds"?

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

meerling Re:Cubic gigaparsec ... (184 comments)

You get a gold star for that reply :P

about two weeks ago
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Stars Traveling Close To Light Speed Could Spread Life Through the Universe

meerling Re:Best and fastest (184 comments)

Is that way the day seems to drag on?

about two weeks ago
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UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

meerling Re:Knee-jerk... (256 comments)

Though it may be illegal due to signing an international agreement that bans various "inappropriate" things by governments, and one of the things on the list degradation or humiliation.

I don't know if the UK is a signatory or not, and even if they were, if that country even gives a damn about following their own laws & agreements or not. (It sure seems like the USA doesn't.)

about two weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

meerling Re:better hope the us supreme court agrees (436 comments)

There have been people convicted of Armed robbery despite them being verifiably UNarmed at the time. It's just that the victims thought the person was armed, so they got prosecuted on that misperception, and convicted. o.O

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

meerling Re:What about metalheads (436 comments)

With the various TLA (3 letter agencies) guidelines for terrorists, yes, yes they are. Also, so are you for questioning it, and posting in public, and participating in a geek site, and probably a hundred other things.

about three weeks ago
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Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

meerling Threats are... (436 comments)

A threat is a threat, even if it's on key and has a backbeat.

about three weeks ago
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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

meerling Re:More stupidity... (187 comments)

Sue the Highway Maintenance Department because truckers filled up in Mexico. Right?

about three weeks ago
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Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

meerling Re:Hey, RIAA! Are your profits still in the dumps? (187 comments)

In the early days, they had almost total control over the entire industry from the radio playlists to the record store. (Research Payola.)
What changed is the internet and people suddenly discovering that there was another way to obtain, share, or sell their music.
Riaa wants to go back to the old days where everyone was their bitch, and that's not going to ever happen.

about three weeks ago

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, included 30 days does

meerling meerling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

meerling (1487879) writes "If you've purchased SWTOR and expect to be able to play on the 30 days included subscription time, before you decide to sign up for a recurring payment plan or buying a time card, you are in for a disappointment. Currently, you will be unable to play for the 30 days you already payed for unless you sign up for more. Some people are reporting that even though EA is saying that you won't be charged until the 30 days is up, it seems they are getting charged immediately. EA says this is a 'temporary charge' and you will get it back in a few days.
EA claims this is policy is mentioned on their retail packaging, this obviously does not include digital purchasers as there is no packaging.
Various forums are discussing/ranting about this."

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