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Apple Reverses iPad "No Cash Purchase" Policy

scipiodog Re:Black market? (377 comments)

They even have legal recourse to go after jailbreakers of iPhone or people who make the tools, but they don't bother.

That's how they have demonstrated they don't think one really "owns" it - by having such a system in place, whether they bother to use it or not.

more than 4 years ago
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US House May Pass "Cap & Trade" Bill

scipiodog Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (874 comments)

And won't it be a kick in the balls to supporters of C&T once they realize that this is going to negatively affect food aid to the third world.

No, it won't. They don't really care, and the holier-than-thou feeling they get from this stupid piece of legislation will obscure the facts to them anyway.

Consider, these idiots who heavily promoted and supported Ethanol from corn, not realizing they were just playing in to the hands of the farm lobby, who wanted more subsidies. It was a factor in causing world grain prices to rise, thus creating famine in the Third World.

So, if they ever realize it, which is doubtful, they probably won't care, or think its for the "greater good."

more than 5 years ago
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NY Bill Proposes Fat Tax On Games, DVDs, Junk Food

scipiodog Re:How about (793 comments)

Believe it or not, the British NHS recently did an analysis and determined that smokers and the obese cost the system less money than healthy people. The reason being that these people tended to die early, before the complications and cost associated with old age set in.

Exactly! People should thank the smokers - they're national benefactors!

more than 5 years ago
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Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In?

scipiodog Re:Hmmmmm (1127 comments)

Please remove semetic.

I agree. Why don't we replace it with a word like, say "Semitic?"

more than 5 years ago
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Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

scipiodog Re:slashdot-search idle interesting (360 comments)

You are a sandwich and you're in a dark room. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

I put on my wizard hat...

more than 5 years ago
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Whistleblower Claims NSA Spied On Everyone, Targeted Media

scipiodog Re:I feel bad for these people (717 comments)

The conservatives you mention. By your definition they haven't had anyone to vote for in the last 100 years or so.

Seriously, if you're a conservative of that stripe...who do you vote for?

And another thing. Conservatives such as the people you describe need to *SPEAK UP* and get represented. Although I usually vote Democrat, I would happily consider people of that mind set. Anything that marginalizes the neocons is good, IMHO.

OK, I'll bite on this one...

No-one to vote for in the last 100 years? Except, of course, for Barry Goldwater, Ron Paul (as the Libertarian candidate in the 1980s) and Ron Paul in the repub primary race this year, or if you want to go further back, Calvin Coolidge (the only one of the three I listed who actually won.)

As to conservatives needing to speak up... actually many do. But REAL conservatives are usually marginalized very quickly by the current Republican (and Democartic) party. Ron Paul is a case in point. But it certainly hasn't shut him up. One political commentator on mainstream media, Glenn Beck, could definitely be called a real conservative (although some of his foreign policy views may be a bit un-conservative.)

Then there are the radio talk show hosts who are actually conservative (ie. not Rush Limbaugh types) as well as the many thousands of individuals (like myself) who constantly post true conservative views to places like Slashdot, write to magazines and newspapers and generally talk to all our friends continually about it.

Maybe all of the people you speak to are Democrat or Neocon, and you need to step outside your circle a little bit.... just a suggestion. You'll find some very intelligent, tolerant people among true Conservatives. There are some arsholes, too, but every group has those.

more than 5 years ago
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Cost-Conscious Companies Turn To Open Source

scipiodog Re:Would love to... (249 comments)

Maybe you could lobby for StarOffice instead? It meets the requirement of having a cost ($70 per user, on up to 5 machines, IIRC). Since StarOffice and OpenOffice look virtually identical, you might be able to slip OpenOffice to the more basic users later.

All humour aside, the sad thing is that it might actually work, and I'm going to try it.

more than 4 years ago
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Cost-Conscious Companies Turn To Open Source

scipiodog Re:Would love to... (249 comments)

I wish I was able to move more things to OSS.

I have had the devil of a time in my company just getting people to switch to Open Office from MS Office, and this is for people who only use basic word processing and spreadsheet functionality.

The fact that it does exactly the same things and only has a slightly different interface doesn't seem to matter - if it doesn't look exactly the same as Office they simply stare blankly at the screen, or pester me so relentlessly about walking them through every little feature that looks different until we just give in and give them an Office license.

After this I genuinely believe that they are only being stupid about it because they know it is free - they somehow feel less important if they're given a tool that wasn't paid for.

That may seem cynical but I don't think anyone who uses a computer all day at work could be so dense that they couldn't figure out how to use OOWriter instead of MSWord.

more than 4 years ago
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"Reality Mining" Resets the Privacy Debate

scipiodog Re:Privacy as a recent phenomenon (209 comments)

I completely agree.

The summary states

'For most of human history, people have lived in small tribes where everything they did was known by everyone they knew,' Dr. Malone said. 'In some sense we're becoming a global village. Privacy may turn out to have become an anomaly.'

IMO this statement is both idiotic and misleading.

The bulk of the protest about privacy violation, at least for those I discuss it with, is people who you don't know, and probably never will, having more access to information about you than even your closest friends in many respects.

more than 4 years ago
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Royal Society of Chemistry Slams UK Exam Standards

scipiodog Re:not news (408 comments)

Where are my mod points when I need them?

The parent hits the nail on the head of the unacknowledged problem here and the reason it is almost never resolved.

People continue to cry out to the Government for solutions, not realizing it is their intervention that has created the problem in the first place.

more than 4 years ago
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Lori Drew Trial Results In 3 Misdemeanor Convictions

scipiodog Re:Shit (568 comments)

"She's an asshole though." Well, but, that is not against the law...

No, but fraud and harassment are. And this sounds like a pretty clear case of using a pseudonym in a fraudulent manner in order to harass an individual. I for one do NOT hope that the judgment is vacated.

Wow. Just wow. If I tell you my name is "Betty" and then proceed to tell you to go and die, is that, in your mind, against the law?

What a terrible nanny state we live in if verbally harassing someone under a pseudonym is punishable by 3 years in prison!

Disclaimer for all the knee-jerk reactors out there: of course what this women did was wrong and mean, but illegal?

Further disclaimer to knee-jerk idiots: My name is Betty. Go and die.

more than 5 years ago
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Triple-Engine Browser Released As Alpha

scipiodog Re:Nope. (181 comments)

Why is this especially new anyway? I can already use IETAB in Firefox to view pages in IE rendering.

So, this is new because... they've added a Safari user agent?

Meh.

more than 5 years ago
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Barr Sues Over McCain's, Obama's Presence on Texas Ballot

scipiodog Not entirely true (918 comments)

Your definition of "civilized" may vary, but:

Russia is a Union of States. Brasil is a Union of States. Mexico is a Union of States. Germany is a Union of States. Austria is a Union of States.

The concept seems to be quite common.

Of the examples above, only Germany is even vaguely comparable.

Brazil and Mexico were single colonies of a single foreign power (Spain and Portugal) before becoming independent countries. The USA (before it existed) was made up of 13 separate colonies that were all administered quite separately, with different customs, political biases, etc.

Germany as a country is a recent invention, and is the result of Bismarck's enforced union in the 19th Century of entirely separate German-speaking countries, under Prussian domination. The only reason Austria isn't part of "Germany" is because they were already a fairly strong empire in their own right at the time (the Austro-Hungarian empire.)

My Austrian friends hate to hear this, and claim a political difference in the present day reflects the difference back then. The truth is that at the time of German unification, they had more in common with most Germans that the Bavarians, for example, who had customs and even language that diverged significantly from the rest of Germany. The only difference was Bavaria had a weaker ruler and was more easily forced into the federal system.

about 6 years ago
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Scott Adams's Political Survey of Economists

scipiodog It actually does (939 comments)

For whatever reason, apparently "economist" is a field that attracts liberals.

Maybe that's why republicans think you can cut taxes and increase spending and everything will work out okay.

OK, I'll bite.

The truth is that for the last 50 years or so, the "profession" of "economist" has attracted what you would call "liberals" (or what I would call "statists") who believe in increased government control of or interference in economic affairs.

Since the late 1940s Keynesian macroeconomics have been the fashion with the vast majority of economists. Therefore, economics has tended to attract people who agree with his theories, ie. central government planning of the economy.

Keynesian theories are regarded as "gospel" for most economists. People who view it as wrong are generally not considered "credible." It's not hard to see how this profession would then attract people with a similar political philosophy.

From there, it's not such a stretch to see a fairly heavy statist-leaning bias in this survey of economists.

N.B. : I am not saying one or the other is right, nor faulting Scott Adams in least. I'm merely trying to point out the flaws inherent in the system....

about 6 years ago
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Berners-Lee Wants Truth Ratings For Websites

scipiodog Re:This article is not true. (535 comments)

Except of course that in the Dark Ages they did not burn Witches (most were hung) and they were not as many as people think (only a few thousand over 150 years) and many where not old and not women, and the Church were against the practice ...

Indeed... They were so against the practice that two catholic inquisitors published a guide to help magistrates find them and convict them, ie. put them to death.

Ironically enough, the spread of this odious work was even enhanced by "modern" technology, in the form of Mr Guttenberg's little invention.

Common estimates for deaths are from 40,000 to 100,000, and mostly women.

Oh, I'm sorry, did I disrupt your little piece of historical revisionism there? My bad.

about 6 years ago
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McCain Answers Science Policy Questionnaire

scipiodog Re:Innovation (829 comments)

Rather, look at how they've voted. unfortunately, Obama's a first term Senator and hasn't cast enough votes to get a good picture of where he really stands.

Au contraire. I think we've been able to see exactly where he stands: in the same place as every other main party politician, when he went back on a very strong promise NOT to vote for any bill that included telco immunity.

And where is that? A little place I like to call "whateverwheneverwhereverwillgetmeelected."

about 6 years ago
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Slashdot's Disagree Mail

scipiodog Missing pieces (188 comments)

"I'd like to straddle you and let my motuh wander over your ears, licking them while you tell me how I shouldn't have done what I did. You grab my hair and..."

I think I can guess what came next:

"I put on my wizard hat...."

about 6 years ago
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Dolphin Inspired Mini-sub

scipiodog Re:Nothing like this. (181 comments)

Surely, that's not the only porpoise this could be used for.....

about 6 years ago
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Knights Templar Sue the Pope

scipiodog He was not black (675 comments)

Case in point: the most important Catholic theologian for the first 1200 years of Western Church history, Saint Augustine, was black.

St Augustine was not black, at least certainly not in the sense one thinks of today. He was a Berber.

He was African, yes, but African != Black, especially North African.

more than 6 years ago
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scipiodog Re:Sounds good ( comments)

This is actually a very good point, in my opinion.

Seriously, with the importance of the Internet in everyday life, is there a case that this actually infringes on a person's civil rights, or at least on their basic rights?

Yes, I know Internet usage is not a civil right per se. However, in the USA and Canada, it's becoming extremely difficult to carry out certain basic functions off line. When is the last time you looked up something in a "phone book" made of paper?

Banning someone from internet access for something so trivial would severely restrict their life, IMHO.

more than 6 years ago

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