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Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

mmaniaci Re:Uhm, so we're at war now with Iran? (415 comments)

The moment my draft notice comes in, I'd be in Canada or Mexico or Anywhere-But-the-US. I'd also be a staunch anti-American activist wherever I ended up. The draft is barbaric, as is war.

more than 2 years ago

From MIT Inventor To Tea Party Leader

mmaniaci Re:I applaud the off-the-grid house... (815 comments)

In 75 years, when those solar panels, wells, and generators finally pay for themselves, he'll be living the dream!

more than 2 years ago

Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

mmaniaci Re:Not quite (354 comments)

If your favorite ad-supported website goes off-line, would you feel bad if you had Ad-Block on?

Not in the least. I'd be happy to donate a few bucks, though.

more than 2 years ago

W3C Member Proposes "Fix" For CSS Prefix Problem

mmaniaci Re:The solution is.. (144 comments)

My old site had rounded corners in 1997

... by using tons of nested tables and images (but not background images, mind you -- those weren't around in '97). Which means more requests and a more complicated document for the browser to render. You may think you're a badass web designer for doing that, but in reality you were just adding load time for your users. Photoshop probably did all the work for you anyway.

...they come to your site for its content

If that was true, then all websites would be black serif font on a white background with a standardize navigation either to the left or top of the page. No animations other than videos. Back in the real world, websites are the new storefront. They are usually the very first thing a potential customer will see when engaging with a company. The presentation is EVERYTHING.

I wish Hypertext meant what it was designed to mean, but it doesn't. Websites are not documents nor are they always content driven, yet "the document" was all HTML was ever designed to handle. Who is to blame if not the W3C?

more than 2 years ago

Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

mmaniaci Re:Year of the linux laptop? (399 comments)

Um. Any real gamer/poweruser already knew Alienware was a joke. When Dell took over, it was just ... more obvious.

more than 2 years ago

US Air Force Can 'Accidentally' Spy On American Citizens For 90 Days

mmaniaci Re:Yep, more of the same (200 comments)

...we need true leaders who understand industry.

So more industry shills... meet the new boss...

Unfortunately, most of America shares that point of view, which is only a problem because most of America shares that point of view...

That's because its usually the case. I can't even count the number of times I've called or emailed Feinstein, yet she's still off in her own world. I can count the number of times I voted for her: 0.

Let people know you are standing up for what is right

And they usually just pass us off as idealistic soapboxers. Try explaining net neutrality to any random person. They'll laugh you off the sidewalk and into the gutter with the anarchists and birthers before you get past "common carrier".

Perhaps I have a naive point of view of it, but it's better than rolling over and giving up.

INCREDIBLY naive. Money runs politics, and most money is in the hands of very few people. Until money is out of politics, or the distribution of wealth gets even (hahahahaha) we're fucked. Voting only makes a difference when the candidates aren't pre-selected.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

mmaniaci Re:trollish but... (465 comments)

Same here. I bought an iPod Touch a week before the App store update. When I found out there was no way around the $20 fee to get the update, I immediately sold the iPod on craigslist (it was a piece of shit anyway). I haven't bought anything from Apple since, and don't ever plan to. I won't stand for their endless cycle of screwing the customer.

more than 3 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

mmaniaci Re:Wow, way to move the goalposts... (1162 comments)

What do you think will be in the next consoles??

My guess is solid state (back to game cartridges) coupled with even more downloadable content. The next generation of console will see much larger hard drives as the standard since online game stores have become so popular.

IMO, spinning media is slowly on its way out. Computers hardly need them anymore and it would be reasonable to say that movies are headed to solid state way also. I'd give 'em another 5 years of relevance, 10 years until obscurity.

more than 3 years ago

Tcl Announces NaTcl: Native Client Tcl

mmaniaci Call me when its PyCl (124 comments)

Python would be much better suited for browser scripting. Its string-based also, and would wrap DOM like a womb.

more than 3 years ago

TJX Hacker Claims US Authorized His Crimes

mmaniaci Re:It's illegal... (159 comments)

A resounding YES. Undercover cops buying drugs is not quite entrapment, but IMO they're just exploiting a loophole so it may as well be. The war on drugs is a farce anyhow.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

mmaniaci Re:Easily CSI (1200 comments)

Theres a rumor about the writers of CSI being in a little competition with other shows on their network to see who can write the lamest tech scene and still get it past the suits. Anyone have sources proving this? Would be so awesome if it was true.

more than 3 years ago

US House Subcommittee Votes To Kill Net Neutrality

mmaniaci Re:Not Surprised (607 comments)

We have been in a dark age since post WWII.


more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

mmaniaci I love Ubuntu (778 comments)

Been my only Linux distro since 2007. Xubuntu to be exact, 'cause gnome is not my cup of tea. Oh, and this article is FUD.

more than 3 years ago

Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users

mmaniaci Re:The Amazon Prime myth (218 comments)

No, but those of us that do should expect 1-2 day shipping -- much like Newegg .Their baseline 3-5 days (or whatever) shipping hits me in San Luis Obispo the next day every time.

more than 3 years ago

IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

mmaniaci Re:Wow! Delusional much? (509 comments)

If the rich paid 100% of all taxes they'd still have tons more money than me.

about 4 years ago

Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

mmaniaci Is it 1994 again? (709 comments)

BASIC? Really? In 2010 someone is making products with BASIC?!?!?! This has to be for legacy supp... wait you say it isn't? WHAT THE FUCK!!!

Please do your students a favor and use Python.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Kills Office Anti-Piracy Program

mmaniaci Re:It's only $149, why pirate? (233 comments)

The software you listed is worth nowhere near $150. I'd pay $30 and maybe up to $60 if I was an early adopter. Its a text processor, spreadsheet program, and slideshow program. Woop-de-fucking-do.

more than 4 years ago

US May Disable All Car Phones, Says Trans. Secretary

mmaniaci Re:Go for it (1065 comments)

Don't take my word for it. Read the research.

What research? Links plx.

IMO, humans shouldn't be driving cars. Our computers today are plenty powerful enough to do such a thing.

more than 4 years ago



Stem cells 'can treat diabetes'

mmaniaci mmaniaci writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mmaniaci (1200061) writes "From BBC News, "A US-Brazilian project with 23 patients found most were able to produce their own insulin after a transplant of stem cells from their own bone marrow." Also, "the team warned the treatment may only work in those very recently diagnosed.""
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