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'Old School' Arcade Still Popular In NYC

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Ah yes, memories from the 80s... (177 comments)

Sex in a canoe? PBR, fucking close to water that's all it is. Rogue Dead Guy, now that is a beer.

more than 4 years ago

What Happens In Vegas Happens In Afghanistan

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Fly-by-wireless-link for the win! (522 comments)

An honest observation labeled a flame. Karma be damned I'll add to it. Here is another similar comparison, the cowards in Afghanistan hide in caves, but never forget that the brave people that serve at NORAD are in a mountain, not a cave.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Gets Go-Ahead From EU, US DoJ

plantman-the-womb-st Re:I think... (113 comments)

But you were trying to argue that "search" isn't a market, and that Google has thousands of competitors since thousands of people sell advertising. The point is that only a handful of people sell sponsored links in their searches; it is a distinct market.

I neither "tried" nor "argued" anything. I very successfully stated that "search" isn't a "product".

When was the last time you bought a search from Google? Answer, you never have. What version of Google search are you using? You have no idea. What is a product is the people who are searching. Just like billboard companies don't sell the billboards, they sell the number of eyes that will see the billboard. The search engine is just the carnival hawker getting people to come visit. Search is an effective way of generating traffic, so is a map service, free email hosting and free blogs. As long as it gets butts in pews as the saying goes.

Make no mistake, "search" isn't the product, and that is a fact.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Gets Go-Ahead From EU, US DoJ

plantman-the-womb-st Re:I think... (113 comments)

Hmm, so what you are saying is that they sell advertisement, interesting. I never thought of it that way.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Gets Go-Ahead From EU, US DoJ

plantman-the-womb-st Re:I think... (113 comments)

They have plenty of competition, there are thousands of companies that sell advertisement. "Search" isn't a product, in exactly the same way that TV shows aren't products, the commercial slots between and during shows are. You view of reality is skewed.

more than 4 years ago

PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Tape (941 comments)

Even simpler, onboard mics turn off if an external mic is connected. Just take an old pair of headphones, cut the 1/8 plug off of them and stick it into the mic jack. Easily removable too.

more than 4 years ago

PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Logistics? (941 comments)

I doubt they intended to watch kids regularly...even "problem" kids. But perhaps if the kid was playing hooky then they might have thought it'd be okay to turn it on, find where they are and inform the parents.

The naivety of this statement is absolutely mind blowing.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Judge Rules Facts Cannot Be Copyrighted

plantman-the-womb-st Re:US Law (234 comments)

A list of interesting names is not a fact in that it is formed by the creative selection of names by a person or group of people.

As soon as you created the list, it's a fact.

Close, but wrong.

As soon as you created the list, it's a fact that you created a list. The list of facts doesn't suddenly become a fact in and of itself.

more than 4 years ago

Learning and Maintaining a Large Inherited Codebase?

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Large? (532 comments)

gtkdiff works pretty well for me.

more than 4 years ago

Software Piracy At the Beijing Branch Office?

plantman-the-womb-st Re:It's not "PDF stuff" (614 comments)

This might help with the CMYK stuff in GIMP, Separate+. I'm not a printer so I don't know for sure if this is the complete solution you're looking for though.

more than 5 years ago

Apps That Officially Support Wine

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Inaccurate? (354 comments)

In wine, having an app that was intended for an entirely different operating system actually work just blows my mind. i would never think to complain to the wine team that "x program won't work"

Complaining that "x program" doesn't work yesterday, is why wine works today. The difference between complaining in the F/OSS world and complaining in the windows world:

Complaining in the World of Windows = getting at best a rebate on your next purchase, and it's STILL buggy and broken until the next realease.

Complaining in the F/OSS world = getting the problem FIXED.

more than 5 years ago

Comrade, You Are So Not Getting a Dell

plantman-the-womb-st Re:The Cold War Called ... (600 comments)

Um, Given that Putin was the leader *for the other side* during the past eight years, I took it to be a cheap shot at Putin. You're the one that brought US politics up. Enough already, stop whipping the dead horse.

more than 5 years ago

Report Claims 95% of Music Downloads Are Illegal

plantman-the-womb-st Re:95%? (331 comments)

None, it's copyright infringement, which is civil, not criminal.

more than 5 years ago

Phishing For Bank Info Without Any Pesky Malware

plantman-the-womb-st Re:The Best Defense is Offense (232 comments)

I've got a question. Where did the parent say anything about "disappearing" anybody?

The solution is to make the bad guys "disappear," not to seek out "justice." Why the hell would Elbonia care if some local scumbags show up dead in a gutter somewhere?

Um, right there? You know, the ENTIRE post?

more than 5 years ago

Switching To Solar Power — Six Months Later

plantman-the-womb-st Re:$400 a month? (591 comments)

Both parties screw the peasants. One does it with a smile, the other with a wink.

more than 5 years ago

Qt Becomes LGPL

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Hello Moto (828 comments)

The GPL doesn't tell you what you can do with your code.

*yawn* Yes, we hear this over and over and over. Thank you for pointing this out, but please come to grips with the fact that distributing is something you DO with the code. It is in fact a way to USE the code.

Now, that statement may cause you to think that I dislike the GPL or the LGPL. I don't dislike them at all. What I strongly dislike is this pointless semantics crap.

The GPL restricts the conditions under which you may distribute modified and created code. Therefore the GPL has restrictions and is not 100% freedom.

It's just the way things are. Deal with it.

Saying, "but, that distrbution and not use," does not in anyway at all cause this to suddenly not be a restriction.

more than 5 years ago

Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Why do morons always pop up with this crap? (734 comments)

In ALL serioussness, if this trivial bit of beauracracy GENUINELY causes you to stay away, we're glad about it.

You, my fellow American, can fuck right off.

I have many friends that live internationally, and several family members. Eight years ago, was common to get three or four visits a year. Within four years, it became one a year (they came for my wedding). Since then nothing, because of crap like this.

You can speak for yourself, but don't you even begin to think you can speak for all of us.

more than 5 years ago

Hackers Finally Unlock iPhone 3G

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Is it worth it? (186 comments)

Is it worth it? No, not in my opinion. The iPhone lacks the single most useful feature of any mobile phone, a built in LED flashlight. I still use seven year old phone because it has this. I use it way more than anything else.

What to do when it finally breaks... ...hack a luxeon LED into my skype phone maybe...

more than 5 years ago

New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

plantman-the-womb-st Re:Novell already did this (460 comments)

I know this meme with the I'm a *insert* has gotten out of hand, but this whole concept reminds me of the fact that no one ever seems to remember that linux isn't an OS. Red Hat is, Debian is, Ubuntu is... nevertheless my idea was this:

(wannabe hipster walks up): I'm a Mac.

(up steps the old middle management guy): I'm a PC.

(scene FILLS with people, 200-300, all dressed in various profession/regional/ethnic attire): *in unison* We, are Ubuntu.

Novel may have info, but people don't pay attention to info. Get their attention with the bagel, then hit them with the book, it's the only way to keep them from eating the pages.

more than 5 years ago



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