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What To Expect With Windows 9

mjm1231 Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (534 comments)

Now if only they could make the OS worth buying rather than forcing it on people that buy non-OSX prebuilt systems.

You do realize desktop Linux distros have been unbelievably easy to install (or even run from a Live CD) for the last decade or so don't you? Nobody has been "forced" into using Windows just because it happened to ship as the default for a very long time.

And yet it doesn't stop them from charging you for it.

2 days ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

mjm1231 Re:Not good enough (319 comments)

a) false. You had to have your device set to allow automatic pushes.

Which is, of course, the default.

And, if I'm not mistaken, Apple defaults to downloading anything less than 100MB over cellular data. Which could be quite costly to people on more expensive data plans.

This exact thing happened to a family member. The do not ever purchase music or media through iTunes, so why not leave the default? The only thing that should ever come across are maybe software updates.

I wonder how much of a kickback Apple got from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, etc. for this stunt.

2 days ago
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How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

mjm1231 Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (179 comments)

It's wavelength dependent. visible light will blind people but for the military combat lasers they probably use wavelengths that the eye is opaque to, meaning no focusing on the retina and damage due to minor scatter and reflections, but will still literally cook the eye if directly exposed.

So doc, you're saying I'll still be able to see perfectly well out of my cooked eyeball then?
And will I also be able to play the piano after this "procedure"?

3 days ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

mjm1231 Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

Just a guess here. You've never even seen a picture of a NY city sidewalk, have you?

about two weeks ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

mjm1231 Re:Decaffeinated (228 comments)

Current decaffeinating processes also remove a good deal of the flavor and aroma of coffee. If it were removed genetically, the stuff might actually be drinkable.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Then you fail at reading comprehension. From the title, a belief in climate change can be assumed, but not that the drought is evidence for it.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

No. The article you linked to did not at all state that the drought in Texas was evidence of global warming.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

Stating that climate change had an impact is neither the same as attributing it as the single cause, nor the same as equating climate with weather. If you expect climate change to never have an impact on weather, then either your definition of weather or your definition of climate is very flawed.

about two weeks ago
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UN Study Shows Record-High Increases For Atmospheric CO2 In 2013

mjm1231 Re:Meanwhile in the real world... (427 comments)

If climate != weather, then why is there always some global warming advocate on the news attributing every hurricane, tornado, drought, and heat wave to global warming? It seems to me that a more accurate representation of what I'm seeing on the news would be:

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Stop getting your news from shitty sources. On NPR news, this doesn't happen. Though for some reason, I have heard conservatives consider NPR to have a liberal bias.
As to your second question, I have heard the nutty right wing rant of the jews control the media, but never heard that the scientists control the media.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

mjm1231 Re:Feminism (1134 comments)

But as soon as you're going out to do any actual good work in the name of feminism, you're going to need a broader definition, one that opens it up for criticism.

Why, exactly, would that be?

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

mjm1231 Re:Feminism (1134 comments)

But you still live in a world where a woman is very much more likely to be denied the rights which a man has easy access to than the other way around. For the most part, the differentiation you are insisting on is only applicable in a fantasy world which does not, as yet, exist.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

mjm1231 Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

Half of your argument is missing. You need the revenues collected information ("taxes per head"). If you get that and do the math, then you've got something.

about a month ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

mjm1231 Re:No shit. All cable content is crap these days. (85 comments)

None. I watch sports sporadically. Maybe a dozen NFL games, and once in awhile a special event like the Olympics or World Cup. However, I'm old enough to remember when that content was paid for purely by advertising. Now it still has advertising, so for me, the perceived value of being able to see these sports programs is pretty low. Certainly much much less per month than I pay for Netflix.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

You don't need a dna sample or a computer program to get the point of origin of any persons ancestors. The answer is always the same: Africa.

about a month ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

mjm1231 Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

I think it was the "can't imagine" part of the picture he was asking about, actually. I find it odd too. You would expect that someone with such a poor imagination could very easily be replaced by a machine these days.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

And some bodies passed biology 40 or more years ago, and then biology passed them.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Switcheroo (541 comments)

So you're saying a process which creates more variability will make a particular population be more the same as each other. Right. That makes sense.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

You're getting warmer. Race is a make believe purely social construction which has no correlation with genetics. 100% of it is not genetically determined.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

That there is no genetic test you can perform which will allow you to classify an individual as belonging to a particular "race". I'm not sure how you translate a similar test to large groups or populations, in any meaningful way.

about a month ago

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