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WRT to the next major election where I live:

mewshi_nya Re:Poll Tax (390 comments)

How would I go about finding out about this? That's been my main deterrent to getting my ID renewed -- 14 bucks when the only thing it's ever used for is voting is ridiculous.

more than 3 years ago
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Mexican Cartel Beheads Another Blogger

mewshi_nya Re:They should hire a social media consultant with (536 comments)

Drugs are profitable precisely because they're illegal. People will pay loads of money for something if they want it bad enough, and since the supply is relatively limited...

Look at prohibition -- after it was repealed, organized crime had to go into other businesses to survive. Ones that are generally less profitable.

more than 3 years ago
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HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys

mewshi_nya Re:How's about this... (569 comments)

Exactly. A man having sex outside marriage was never punished, but a woman who was even *suspected* of not being a virgin on her wedding night was to be put to death. And let's not forget the LOVELY requirement than women marry their rapists. That, right there, is enough proof for me that basically everything in the old testament should not be used as the sole basis for something in modern society.

more than 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

mewshi_nya Re:I'll Hold My Breath (1797 comments)

The thing is, schools "need" to have multi-million-dollar sports facilities and useless crap like that, and they can't do that if they can't charge people 20k/year or more. Now that the price is up, it sure as hell isn't going to come back down any time soon.

more than 3 years ago
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US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

mewshi_nya Re:Blame the schools, too.... (917 comments)

I wanna point out -- when I finally get back to school, I am more than likely going to be running a 300 dollar netbook. And in 2.5 years of schooling, I only racked up a little over 12k in loans. More than I'd like, but it's been going down now that I'm paying it off. Not everyone who goes to school is a "me-too" idiot. Some of us went to school because we liked the fact that we could learn stuff ;)

more than 3 years ago
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US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

mewshi_nya Re:There are two legitimate sides to this argument (917 comments)

You know that not everyone who goes for Art or History or English Composition is there because the sciences are too hard?

I just like writing, thank you very much. Makes me happy to do it.

more than 3 years ago
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US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

mewshi_nya Re:You think the housing collapse was bad (917 comments)

Having structure is good, to an extent; but when everything is so compartmentalized, like it is now, that simply is not going to work. College is far too "inorganic" -- things are discontiguous. Ever hear a student complain about how a class for their major is "something they'll never need"? That's a symptom of this, among other things. If you aren't showing students how the class will help them, they have no incentive to learn outside of getting a piece of paper, except in a few students who just like everything.

more than 3 years ago
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US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

mewshi_nya Re:You think the housing collapse was bad (917 comments)

I lived in the "high-end" building at my old university -- we each had separate rooms and big beds, and that was all that we got above the normal. The internet connection has *always* sucked there -- to the point you can't use Skype (which *does* have legitimate educational uses, since my ex still goes there and I use it to go over papers with her) or browse YouTube or download large files you *need* to have for a class. This is in addition to being forced into the oldest open building on campus every semester when something in the building fails miserably, and not even getting a refund for the difference.

And then the school won't help the psychology department go to a conference, but they gave thousands of dollars to the African-American organization on campus so that they could run a fashion show. And a million-dollar inflatable sports dome. And tons of other crap with money, like buildng a covered walkway for a section of sidewalk that is less than 250 feet, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

more than 3 years ago
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?

mewshi_nya Re:Lots of interesting angles (269 comments)

Actually, I think as long as they make it about a genius who happened to be gay, instead of a gay man who happened be a genius, it will work out very, very well, both in terms of storyline and in terms of what it does for people.

more than 3 years ago
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?

mewshi_nya Re:That won't work (269 comments)

Don't forget that the "OMG so many partners!" thing has been more or less completely debunked.

more than 3 years ago
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?

mewshi_nya Re:That won't work (269 comments)

... clever.

But I think the "once you have a girlfriend they all come running" phenomenon thing is a mixture of "Well, he's a got a girlfriend, he can't be a total bastard, right?" and "Well, I'm so much better than she is, obviously, and I'll prove it by taking him."

more than 3 years ago
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Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

mewshi_nya Re:Most generous? (276 comments)

64-bit has compatibility libraries and whatnot for 32-bit binaries. It's really useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

mewshi_nya Re:I missed the last one. (276 comments)

"Indie" and "Amateur" are very different beasts. And one of the games from a previous bundle -- Atom Zombie Smasher -- is fantastic, even if it has simple graphics.

more than 3 years ago
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Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

mewshi_nya Re:Most generous? (276 comments)

I have an intel 3100 graphics chip in my netbook, and a dual-core processor... frozen synapse runs great once you turn off the useless background stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pushes For National Internet Sales Tax

mewshi_nya Re:seems to solve an obvious problem (392 comments)

Actually, no, it was B has no power to force Amazon to collect their sales tax since they do not have a presence in the state; it is the *customer's* responsibility. Unless everything I've ever read on the matter is wrong, in which case, please, show me ^_^

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Pushes For National Internet Sales Tax

mewshi_nya Re:Confused (392 comments)

This sort of thing happens -- albeit on a MUCH smaller scale -- all the time. When a town is courting a large industrial company, there are frequently negotiations to temporarily forgive property taxes and things like that; it's assumed that the added jobs will more than make up for the temporary loss of tax revenue from the industrial company's new plant.

more than 3 years ago
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Phelps Clan Tweets Intent To Picket Jobs Funeral Via iPhone

mewshi_nya Re:Thank you Westboro (699 comments)

Actually, considering Stalino, Mao, and Pol Pot didn't perpetrate their atrocities *in the name of* atheism, you're wrong on this one. And there is *plenty* of religious fuckery in the world: genital mutilation, subservience of women, murder over which imaginary friend you hallucinate, etc.

Just saying, there may be good Christians, but that doesn't mean that their religion isn't full of shit... ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Sesame Street Begins Teaching Math and Science

mewshi_nya Re:"Teach the controversy!" (271 comments)

Actually, her criticism isn't of the vaccine itself, it's of the mandatory innoculation of young girls.

more than 3 years ago
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"Wi-Fi Refugees" Shelter in West Virginia Mountains

mewshi_nya Re:It's contagious, all right (627 comments)

When the doctor says, "this is a severe allergy," you should say, "rerun the rests"... just saying, since those tests aren't *that* bad >.>

more than 3 years ago
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Google Details and Defends Its Use of Electricity

mewshi_nya Re:OMFG Give me a break (237 comments)

5 times the global average, or 5 times the American average?

and 1% of the solar power available, right now, would require ~1% of the planet's surface. Barring ocean installation, which means we'd have to use ~3% of the land surface of the planet. And that's only if we have 100% efficient panels. Panels now are, what, 50% efficient? So we'd need 6% of the land surface of the planet in order to harness 1% of the solar power available...

If my math or assumptions are waaaaaaay off, please let me know.

Also, I rather like your sig.

more than 3 years ago

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Apple Sues Amazon over "App Store"

mewshi_nya mewshi_nya writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mewshi_nya (1394329) writes "Apple Inc. sued Amazon.com Inc. over its use of the phrase "App Store," accusing the online retailer of trademark infringement.
In a complaint filed Friday in federal court for the Northern District of California, Apple asked the court for an injunction stopping Amazon from using the name as well as unspecified damages."

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Paul Allen files suit over Patent Violations

mewshi_nya mewshi_nya writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mewshi_nya (1394329) writes "A firm run by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen filed suit alleging 11 technology companies are violating patents developed at a Silicon Valley lab that Allen financed more than a decade ago. Named in a lawsuit: Apple, Google, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google's YouTube subsidiary. The suit doesn't name Microsoft, Amazon.com or other tech companies in Seattle where Allen is based. The suit doesn't estimate a damage amount.

The suit lists violations of four patents for technology that appear to be key components of the operations of the companies — and that of e-commerce and Internet search companies in general."

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Firefox 3.1 to become Firefox 3.5

mewshi_nya mewshi_nya writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mewshi_nya writes "It appears that Firefox 3.1 will officially be re-versioned to 3.5. From the official announcement: "As recently proposed, the version number of the Shiretoko project will be changed to Firefox 3.5 before the upcoming fourth beta release." Also, from the discussion announcement: "The increase in version number is proposed due to the sheer volume of work which makes Shiretoko feel like much more than a small, incremental improvement over Firefox 3: TraceMonkey, tag and player support, improvements to user controls over data privacy, significant improvements in the web layout and rendering platform, and much more." Looks like the next beta will be 3.5b4, guys!"
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Kindle sells out second holiday season in a row

mewshi_nya mewshi_nya writes  |  about 6 years ago

mewshi_nya writes "For the second Christmas season in a row, Amazon has sold out of Kindle units. From the article: "For the second holiday shopping season in a row, Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle e-book reader is out of stock, and more of the devices won't be available until mid-February, at the earliest. Amazon thought it had plenty in stock, but then the most powerful person in book publishing intervened. In late October, Oprah Winfrey described it as her "favorite new gadget" on her TV show. And just as Ms. Winfrey's reading selections turn no-name books into best sellers, the demand for Kindles soon overwhelmed Amazon.""
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