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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

mrchaotica Re:that's because (372 comments)

Except it's apparently only more transparent on the English-speaking Internet (actually more specific: English-speaking and not Australian-focused), not on sites in other languages.

4 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

mrchaotica Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (243 comments)

Then exactly three days after his successor at the IMF was sworn in, suddenly the prosecutor dropped the charges and admitted that the case was bogus.

And this part of the story should have been an even bigger media circus than the initial accusation, but mysteriously wasn't. Hmm....

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

mrchaotica Re:It's all bullshit (157 comments)

No. The Party put them in office; the "people" didn't really have a choice. Here's how it works:

  1. The Party (doesn't matter which one, R or D) gerrymanders the district so that the other party has no chance
  2. The Party chooses a crook to run under its flag.
  3. Nobody else runs because they can't possibly win
  4. Since only the Party Crook is on the ballot, he wins because half the "people" are too stupid to abstain or write in somebody

You might try to argue "well the people need to be smarter then," but you have to remember that the people are A) stupid to begin with and B) bombarded with propaganda and indoctrination from birth specifically designed to make them forget they have choices.

about a week ago
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Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

mrchaotica Re:Here's the deal (215 comments)

Do you ever run across companies who need a civil engineer who is also a programmer (or vice-versa)?

about two weeks ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

mrchaotica Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (202 comments)

Although on the surface, that statement is technically correct (the best kind of correct), it is a bit disingenuous when folks stretch that definition to imply a lack of rules.

I can agree with that, but the rules should be more along the lines of "every able-bodied adult is required to own a firearm and attend marksmanship training regularly," not "we're going to make it as hard as possible for private citizens to own a gun."

about two weeks ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

mrchaotica Re:Report every press release from the government. (316 comments)

Though without a troll army, you won't be doing much.

Good thing we have one!

I mean, I know Anonymous isn't my personal army, but I hope it'll go after this just the same.

about two weeks ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

mrchaotica Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (202 comments)

The U.S. Constitution was written by people who had just violently overthrown their government, who were quoted saying things like "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." If the American Revolution were happening today, King George would be calling them "terrorists." And you think the 2nd Amendment somehow doesn't suggest using force against government oppression?

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

mrchaotica Re:Ok, even giving them the benefit of the doubt (262 comments)

It's perfectly possible that it is purely an AMD performance issue, maybe there's no equivalent nVidia posting because there's no fucking performance problem on nVidia cards because that's what they built against and tested on?

If Ubisoft built and tested a game intended to run on consoles exclusively on nVidia hardware, they're goddamn morons because all the consoles use AMD chips!

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

mrchaotica Re:Ok, even giving them the benefit of the doubt (262 comments)

Let's even assume that something went badly wrong in the AMD optimisation.

But even allowing for that, how does it explain the console versions being such a mess?

All the consoles run AMD chips. Therefore, getting rendering performance right on AMD was really, really fucking important.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

mrchaotica Re:Don’t really get it (474 comments)

<typical stupid gamer>But if I wait I'll miss out on the preorder bonus DLC!</typical stupid gamer>

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

mrchaotica Re:damn (120 comments)

I'm unsure how the use in wartime would classify as terrorism.

If a declaration of war mattered, then Al Qaeda's acts could be excused by their declaration of jihad.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

mrchaotica Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

Good God, do these people attended school ? It's depressing to hear such stupid statements.

No kidding!

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

mrchaotica Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

By contaminating the stock of non-gmo seed. Are you seriously claiming to be unaware of the cases where Monsanto has sued farmers who had nothing to do with GMO seeds, just because they were victims of cross-contamination from their GMO-using neighbor?

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

mrchaotica Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

The real issue is that this proposed switch to GMO seeds also brings all that shit with it, because the GMO seeds are specifically engineered to require all those things.

about two weeks ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

mrchaotica Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

Yes they have to go back to buy more seeds but I remember my Grandfather buying new seed in the sixties. He didn't keep seed over year to year either.

And he could use tons of petrochemical fertilizer because oil only cost $19/barrel (in 2010 dollars), and he kept pests away with DDT. And everybody thought things like suburban sprawl, processed food and gratuitious radiation were the best ideas ever.

In 2014, we [should] know better.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

mrchaotica Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

They're probably talking about getting 100% of their net energy use from electricity. In other words, maybe they still use fossil fuels but they export enough electricity to make up for it.

(Either that, or they're talking about using syngas, biomass, biodiesel, etc. -- there's no way they're going to replace 100% of all their transportation fuels with electricity unless they shut down all their airports and start building nuclear cargo ships.)

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

mrchaotica Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

Replacing all roofs is not that great as north facing roofs would only get indirect sunlight and east/west facing roofs would only be viable half the day. Then there are the roofs that are in the shade of other buildings or trees. Just because light is hitting a solar panel does not mean that it producing anywhere near capacity.

The point is that even if you count only "ideal" roofs, there's still so many of them that there's plenty of space for PV.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

mrchaotica Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

I assume the blades can withstand the wind, since they talk about shutting them down in storms rather than adjusting the pitch to be parallel to the flow. Therefore, the issue must be over-revving. In that case, couldn't they simply use gearing to increase the resistance of the turbine so it turns slower?

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

mrchaotica Re:Are renewable energy generators up to task ? (488 comments)

You would need to pair a normal wind turbine with a high wind turbine to maintain power which means turbine power would cost twice as much.

Considering that the TFA is complaining that wind power is making electricity too cheap, maybe that isn't a problem!

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

mrchaotica Re:Okay, so (245 comments)

When does this shit start to count as criminal?

When someone other than a large corporation does it.

about two weeks ago

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Linux-friendly and Internet-enabled HDTVs?

mrchaotica mrchaotica writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrchaotica (681592) writes "I'm in the market for a new HDTV (in the $1200-or-slightly-more range, as I won the extended-service-plan lottery and have a Sears store credit). Several of the TVs I've looked at have various "Internet TV" features (here are Samsung's and Panasonic's). Some manufacturers appear to be rolling their own, while others are partnering with Yahoo (maybe in an attempt to create a "standard?"). Moreover, these TVs also tend to run Linux under the hood (although their GPL compliance, such as in Panasonic's case, may leave something to be desired). Finally, it's easy to imagine these TVs being able to support video streaming services (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, etc.) without a set-top box, but I don't know the extent to which that support actually exists.

Anyway, here are my questions:
  1. Is this "Internet TV" thing going to be a big deal going forward, or just a gimmick?
  2. Which manufacturers are most [open standard|Linux|hacker]-friendly?
  3. Which TV models have the best support (or best potential and community backing) for this sort of thing?

Thanks for your insight!"

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