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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

metrix007 Re: Semantics (393 comments)

And you completely ignore his point because it hurts yours.

Which destroys your credibility.

49 minutes ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

metrix007 Re:Not just women (393 comments)

No, there is no victim blaming, just facts. His observation that women tend to react in a way that stimulates trolls, while men ignore or fight back has no implication of blame.

Please don't twist peoples words like that.

about an hour ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

metrix007 Re:"Social justice warriors" are the ultimate trol (393 comments)

The OP has a point, unfortunately.

Modern feminism lacks a common goal like the earlier waves did. There are so many dissenting opinions all under the umbrella of feminism, many (most?) of which are not about getting equality.

I'm all for equality and fairness, but I've become very wary of 'feminism', or at least what it has mutated into.

about an hour ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

metrix007 Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

And that's fine.

All I'm saying is it is irresponsible and incorrect to claim that there is a direct link between sugar and diabetes, when at best there *might be*.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

metrix007 Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

That is interesting, Thank you.

I have to say it annoys me that all the alarmists who used to claim that soda emphatically did cause diabetes are correct. Not because they are correct, but because they used to insist upon it with no actual data to back it up.

See, the American Diabetes Association has it on their page as a myth that Sugar causes Type 2 diabetes, indicating it can lead to obesity which can cause Type 2 diabetes. WebMD has a similar passage.

That article is light on details. Previous research indicated that a high calorie diet has a link to Type 2 diabetes - Nothing specific to sugar.

There may now be research indicating something unique to sugar does in fact have at least a casual link to type 2 diabetes, but it's far from conclusive.

At this point, people insisting sugar causes T2 diabetes are still spreading FUD.

There are numerous reasons to limit sugar intake, and that shouldn't even be high on the list.

This is spoken as someone who for about 12 years chugged down at least a liter of soda a day and lived an otherwise healthy lifestyle. I was always annoyed at people who would insist that I was going to get Diabetes, when there was no evidence of that being likely.

If it turns out there is in fact a link, then that changes things. At the moment though that single press article about a study isn't conclusive, and until the FDA, ADA etc change their stance and the prevailing theory that it is a high caloric intake and weight gain that are linked, I don't see how it is responsible to claim sugar causes T2 diabetes.

Of cause, exercising caution is a whole different thing.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

metrix007 Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

No, I'm telling you that if you don't want to believe me, just ask the experts.

Exactly. Your saying I should go and verify it myself, because you have not actually provided any evidence.

that goes directly against what the experts say about excess sugar consumption and insulin resistance

No, it really doesn't. Excess sugar consumption may not be healthy, but that doesn't mean there is an established causative link between excess sugar consumption and type 2 diabetes.

If there is proof of that, maybe you could provide a link?

2 days ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

metrix007 Re:not mooching == cocksucker? (429 comments)

Torrents are not infested with malware and tend to be a better quality product in most cases. Stop drinking the kool aid.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

metrix007 Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

So to support your anecdotes, you're saying I should go and verify them myself? That's funny.

Fact is, there is no direct causative link showing a causative effect between sugary drinks and Type 2 Diabetes.

2 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

metrix007 Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (153 comments)

Piracy has been used to mean copyright infringement since the 1700s.

2 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

metrix007 Re:Teh G shoots! $core$! (153 comments)

Your comment wasn't a troll at all. Sorry to see the ignorant have mod points yet again.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

metrix007 Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

Anecdotal evidence isn't proof. You should know this.

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

metrix007 Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

It's a myth that Sugar causes diabetes. I'm so tired of that FUD being spread around.

There is no direct link between sugar and diabetes. Sugar causes weight gain and obesity, which can lead to diabetes.

That's it.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

metrix007 Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

Not many, although I manage many with RSBAC.

3 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

metrix007 Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

So take this chance to educate yourself.

As I said, comics is both a genre and a medium.

Due to the format of comics (generally 30 pages, once a month, emphasis on illustration over dialog), there are certain characteristics specific to that genre.

Yes, Superheroes are a genre, but that doesn't mean that comics are not also a genre. Superheroes do not define comics books.

The tropes specific to comic books define comic books, and there are enough that comics has become it's own genre.

It doesn't matter if you want horror, superhero, fantasy, or even a realistic story. They all will have things in common if told in the medium of comics, making them fit in the genre of comics.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

metrix007 Re:Hope! (519 comments)

I was an exclusive slack user for about 8 years.

At some point they started trying to compete with Ubuntu and the like, and many packages had weird dependencies which to get around you had to install the dependency or recompile. An example would be mplayer now requiring samba.

The community is also far less willing to offer support if you didn't do a full install.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

metrix007 Re:Hope! (519 comments)

I used to like Slackware until they lost their minds requiring a full install for what used to be a minimal system.

5 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

metrix007 Re:Some Sense Restored? (519 comments)

You couldn't be more wrong. Improving an dauditing code is a noble goal, but OpenBSD haven't done enough in that regard. They were vulnerable to heartbleed just as everyone else, were they not?

SELinux isn't the nicest implementation, but the idea is sound. Take away the legacy concept of an all powerful user. Don't have processes automatically inherit permissions, instead assign them only the permissions they need.

There have not been many SELinux exploits and you generally need local access anyway, with the ability to run executable. If SELinux is in place, that actually becomes a hell of a lot harder.

I'd much rather have a system that protects against unknown future attacks than a system which does nothing to protect against attacks and instead tries to remove them all..leaving little to deal with to contain a compromise.

5 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

metrix007 Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

Instead of spending time playing at semantics you should have tried to understand my point.

Let me paraphrase.

Most comics today have better plot and character development and deal with more mature content than most mainstream movies and books.

There.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

metrix007 Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

Comics is both a genre and a medium. "Superhero" is a subset of the comic genre. There are many comics, such as The Walking Dead and Clone that have all the staples of the genre, without being anything to do with superheroes.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

metrix007 Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

You seem like you would love comics. Many of the stories are very mature and have greater plot and character development than most books or movies.

The universes are amazing...a way to blend sci-fi and fantasy all together in one amazing cohesive universe.

You shouldn't be so dismissive of an entire genre.

about a week ago

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UK Goverment sedates a pregant woman and takes baby from womb

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK Goverment as part of it's onward march to becoming a full police state has reached a new low. British Social Services received a court order to sedate a woman and perform a ceasarian section to take custody of the unborn child. The woman was an Italian citizen who was in the UK for training. Her family stated the "breakdown" was due to her not taking her mediccation for her bi-polar condition. This is a new low...not only did they deprive a mother of childbirth and bonding with her child, they did it with little cause to someone who was not even a British citizen, but a visitor. Appaling."
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Why is it so hard to get a serious 3rd party in place?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  1 year,16 days

metrix007 (200091) writes "Everyone in the US seems to complain that the Democrats and the GOP are the same ala Kang and Kodos, and that it doesn't make too much of a difference which one you vote for as you will get screwed either way. Well, since the frame work is in place that anyone can form a political party..why isn't that being undertaken seriously?

Organized protests like OWS show that the support is there. Most states don't make it very hard to get on the ballot, and to be in a presidential debate you only need to have 15% support...which if the OWS support is any indication that should be easy.

What is stopping a real 3rd party from taking place? A 3rd party that has separation of church and state, complete support for LGBT, not shutting down the government over healthcare, holding the NSA responsible for the laws that have been broken, holding corporations responsible for the laws they continue to break, fixing patents, fixing copyright, fixing all the ridiculous problems with the police....how hard can it be to get support from 15% of the population for all of that stuff?"
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Can we elect anyone to office with enough support?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I'm a recent immigrant to the US, so I don't think I fully understand the political system in place. My understanding is that with enough public support, any party can be on the ballot and be elected into office. I keep being told, and seening comments on Slashdot that it is not a real democracy because we are confined to the two party system. Is this accurate? Can enough people not make a public party and with enough support be voted in? If this is not the case, what is preventing it?"
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New study shows organic food the healthier choice

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "A study done in the wake of the controversial Stanford study on Organic food which showed that there was no advantage, has been performed on fruit flies which have long been used to model effects on humans. The studies show that in almost every category, organic food has a clear advantage. Better fertility, less chance of disease, longer lives etc. I've been pretty skeptical of the entire organic food debacle thinking it easy to dismiss, but this evidence is convincing. The actual study is here."
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A cheap cell phone plan with an unlocked phone?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I am a recent immigrant to the USA. I am used to going to countries and paying a small amount, say $30 for a simcard and using it with my unlocked phone. I can't seem to do that in the US, where the only options seem to be to buy a phone and buy minutes as I need them such as with Tracfone, or a contract where I pay an amount per month to pay off a phone and a certain amount of minutes. I have a Google Nexus One, which is better than any phone offered on the basic plans from all the cell providers. Is there any way I can use it as a cell phone in the US for about $30-$50/month? It seems a shame to waste it and have to pay for a lesser phone."
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Why are there not more political parties?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Why are there not more political parties being formed? With all the upset over the 1% and all the protests, there is obviously enough people disenfranchised with the current system in place that they would welcome a change. What is stopping such groups who have sizable numbers from starting a party and voting themselves in? They may not get a huge amount but they would get enough votes to get a seat surely. What if all the the different occupy protests across the US voted themselves in as a unified party? Likewise the student protests in Montreal, students are a huge demographic in Quebec, what is stopping this and similar groups from voting themselves in and fixing things? Why are people not using the framework that has been in place for hundreds of years?"
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Firefox 4 beta 10 available

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Firefox 4 Beta 10 has now been released, and is available for download or update. This is meant to be Mozilla's final beta before the actual release, which is not scheduled to be until the end of February. Is this early final beta a sign of more beta versions to come, or an earlier release? Have people finally gotten use to the lack of status bar and stopped complaining, or is it still the subject of much controversy?"
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Stargate Universe cancelled

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jason (200091) writes "So Stargate Universe has finally been canceled, after it's remaining 10 episodes air in the Spring. I never liked the show very much but had thought SyFy were sure to stick with it if it survived after the first season. Given the amount of reasons the show was still trying to get over it isn't surprising it never attracted many viewers. So, is this the end of the Stargate franchise, or will it posisbly continue on in some other, more familiar form?"
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Scotland Yard to arrest Assange

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Julian Assange has been hiding in the UK for some time, and now it seems Scotland Yard are just waiting for the go ahead to arrest him. I don't know how he can safely travel at the moment, but maybe it's time to try and old man mask bound for Ecuador. With this and the removal of Wikileaks.org from DNS, it seems a pretty effective albeit temporary measure. There must be some really incriminate stuff in those cables."
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Firefox 4.0b7 released - insanely faster

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The next beta of Firefox has been released and it is insanely faster. I don't know what they have done, but the new JavaScript engine is a godsend. The Slashdot site has always had performance killing JS, and now I can restore a session of 20 tabs each with 1000 comments or more, all fully expeanded in a matter of seconds. Amazing."
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Duke Nukem release imminent!

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Well, as unlikely as it is, the game is finished and playable, and it now won't be too long until it is actually released. Is there any way in hell this game can live up to the hype? Will this be the matrix or star wars of games....something revolutionary that will be imitated for years to come?"
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UK placing CCTV into 20,000 family homes

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK government now wants to place CCTV camera to monitor 20,000 cameras deemed to be in a sin bin to make sure that the kids go to bed on time and eat healthy meals and the like. This is going to far, and hopefully will not pass. Where will it end? Article here"

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