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$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

suck_burners_rice Reflections on D.C. and the election (857 comments)

This comment will be unpopular in this forum, but here goes: The government is out of control. Rather than specifically blame Bush or someone else, I think it's better to blame everyone in Washington right now. There are checks and balances that are supposed to prevent this sort of thing from happening, but somehow the government is working around those things right now. Plus, there is an election coming up Real Soon Now and, let's face it, you either vote Obama/Biden or you vote McCain/Palin. No third-party or independent candidate has a prayer of a chance of winning the presidency. Now look at my sig -- don't think for even one moment that I think McCain is anything special. My vote will be going to him only in the hopes that he will actually appoint Palin to some task that involves cleaning up the shit that's happening in Washington. I believe that if she gets such an appointment, she will make a tremendous difference, even if it's only a small percentage of the total waste going on right now (because a tiny percentage of trillions if still billions of dollars). About Obama -- he looks sharp, dresses sharp, has a great haircut, and speaks marvelously, but although he touts "Change" and "Hope" I really think he's more of the same bullshit we've seen from Washington. He's just really awesome at marketing himself. Kind of like the way Microsoft is really great at marketing their "more of the same" products that everyone continues to buy when better alternatives are out there. The testament to Obama's marketing prowess is how many people are enamored with him, but I know there are certain facts behind the scene that negate the marketing bullshit. With McCain -- let's just say that until he brought Palin in, I thought this election and what followed was going to suck no matter who won. Now I think there's a chance. Because this country needs more people like Palin in Washington -- people who don't know that things are supposed to be corrupt and fscked up over there, and therefore will help clean up the mess. In this upcoming election, we really need to think about who we have in office, not just in the presidency, but across the board. And I think that as many incumbents as possible should be changed for new people who haven't been to Washington yet. McCain in the presidency only because Obama is the worse choice (I know this is making me unpopular but look beyond the great looking guy and see what he really stands for) and nobody else has a chance. Bottom line, I'm voting McCain/Palin to get Palin into Washington and because Obama, although excellent at marketing himself,

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"Netbooks" Move Up In Notebook Rankings

suck_burners_rice Yuppies (139 comments)

This is sort of like comparing these netbooks to that Apple sub-notebook that has only one USB port and a power port, no other externally accessible I/O devices. Except that these netbooks are affordable and that Apple thing is, well, for yuppies to show off at the cafe.

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"Netbooks" Move Up In Notebook Rankings

suck_burners_rice Re:Vaginas (139 comments)

Only in your dreams, since you have never been within a hundred miles of one in real life.

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Spammers Targeting Microsoft's Revised CAPTCHA

suck_burners_rice Key exchange. (303 comments)

I suppose it would make sense if you had to make an exchange of keys with someone before initiating communication. Thus, when you give out your email to people, you could give them a key that they would need in order to send you an email, and similar methods would apply to other communication mechanisms. Now the spammers will need to waste inordinate amounts of computer time computing all kinds of keys, and the practice of spamming will (hopefully) disappear. Now this being /., someone will tell me why such a scheme is impossible. :-)

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Google, Circa 2001

suck_burners_rice Re:This is fucking cool (355 comments)

I don't think you meant "if it's illegal to stop abortion" -- I think you meant "if it's illegal to perform abortion" but thanks for your question: There is a huge difference between aborting an unborn child and, say, not giving money to a homeless person:

  • In the case of abortion, you are acting with the intention of deliberately ending a life. Note the important point here: It is your intention to end the life and you are putting the life in that situation.
  • In the case of not giving money to a homeless person, you are not actively and deliberately killing that person. You're not even the cause of his being homeless. You merely choose not to give money. If he dies, it is not your fault, since you did not cause him to be homeless.
  • In the case of jumping on top of a grenade to save other people, it is an honorable thing for someone to give up his own life in order to save others. However, again, you are not the cause of that grenade being there. So if you choose not to jump on the grenade, it is not you who kills those around you, it is whoever threw the grenade at you. It's his fault.

In other words, there is NO moral equivalence between:

  • The case of deliberately killing, where you are the one putting the life in danger, and:
  • The case of how hard you try to save a life when whatever puts that life in danger is NOT the result of your actions.

more than 6 years ago
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Google, Circa 2001

suck_burners_rice Re:This is fucking cool (355 comments)

Liberals claim abortion has something to do with the rights of the mother, like privacy rights or whatever such nonsense. But this is bullshit. It has nothing to do with anyone's rights and everything to do with reducing the world's population. Because they are population alarmists. Well, you know what? Unborn children have just as much right to be born and live as do the population alarmists who want to have those children killed. Because if it's OK to abort (read: KILL) fetuses that are nearly ready to be born, then why stop at birth? Why not make a law that you can abort any child, born or unborn, at any age? Heck, if you're a 72 year old parent and your 53 year old child is annoying you, then simply take them to one of your convenient neighborhood free government-run abortion clinics and have them aborted! How convenient! And why stop there? Why not build massive government-run gas chambers and put anyone in there who is disabled, sick, elderly, hard of hearing, nearsighted, or Jewish, and then burn the bodies and use the result to make soap! Why not? I'll tell you why not: Because it's MURDER, no matter what it's called and no matter how it's justified. Abortion is MURDER of a child! And when you make it OK to MURDER, then you've opened a door and taken a step down the path that leads to gas chambers and death camps. Who the hell does any living human think he is to decide who will live and who will die?

more than 6 years ago
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How Big Should My Swap Be?

suck_burners_rice RAM-based hard drive (900 comments)

I have 64 GB of RAM and my swap partition is the same size at 64 GB. I thought 128 GB is a little excessive. What I would really like is if someone would make up an IDE interface to RAM modules and build a large amount of such RAM into the form factor of a hard disk drive. Then, you could populate this RAM-based "hard drive" with the necessary data during startup, and use it for swap and for all of your system's various "temp" folders. This would make swapping (and temp stuff) extremely fast to access, and more importantly, it would eliminate the need to encrypt your swap and/or temp partitions, as the data would simply disappear when power is removed. So when the agents (including Agent Smith) come to bust down your door, all you do is pull the plug and voila! Your secrets are safe. :-)

more than 6 years ago
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Comcast's Throttling Plan Has 'Disconnect User' Option

suck_burners_rice Re:Idiotic Sig (299 comments)

It's not supposed to be funny. Democrats and Republicans alike are scared shitless of Palin because they know she'll kick their ass and expose them for what they really are if she gets into office. So tell me what you prefer: A president who looks and sounds great but has all kinds of nasty stuff in his history and promises to raise taxes to the sky, or a president who can't lift his arms above his shoulders but promises to keep taxes low and brings with him a candidate with a history of exposing dirty truths, even when the perpetrator is from her own party... Think about it: Those making the biggest noise AGAINST Palin are those who have the biggest dirty secrets to hide. What could be so bad? Because of her smart decisions, residents of Alaska are getting $1,200 checks in the mail! But you think it's a joke.

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Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions

suck_burners_rice The choice is clear. (940 comments)

As the .sig says... McCain/Palin '08. For those of you who haven't done any research into B. Hussein Obama's history, the dude looks great, dresses great, has a great haircut, and his rhetoric sounds great, but there's no substance behind any of it except a 20-year history of associating himself with certain people who... well, let's just say a potential U.S. president shouldn't associate with such people. Not to mention that his rhetoric changes depending on his audience at the moment -- but then again, he did promise change, right? On the other hand, you've got McCain and Palin. I don't agree with all of McCain's opinions, just so you understand, but Palin is just something else. If you want transparent government and all kinds of wonderful stuff like that, then Palin needs to be elected vice president. Because of her smart decisions, people in Alaska are receiving $1,200 checks in the mail! She goes after people who do unethical stuff, even people in her own party. So what do you prefer? Do you want a president who looks great but has a shady history, changes his story depending on the audience at the moment, and promises higher taxes? Or do you want the duo that Washington is so afraid of (because all those politicians in Washington know their bullshit is going to be exposed)... I think the choice is clear.

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eBay To Disallow Checks and Money Orders In US

suck_burners_rice Stupid decision (412 comments)

This is ridiculous. When I sell on eBay, the ONLY method I accept is U.S. postal money orders. Not even checks. Just money orders. And when I buy, I only buy from sellers who accept money orders. They're the only payment method that can be trusted at all. Forget this electronic trash. I'm going to stop using eBay unless they reverse this stupid decision.

more than 6 years ago
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The Mobile Internet You'll Be Using In 10 Years

suck_burners_rice Speling? (137 comments)

Hu in the fook said that I'd be using this mobile Internet system? In my opinion, and I don't have one, tiz better to be using tha Intornet from the comfy of your gosh darn desk than to use it from some tiny screen on a mobal fone in the streets of New York with all kinds of rude peopel pushing and shoving while yer trying to read the damn game scores. But that's just my opinoion that I don't have. Beside,s typical in the govment style to spend a billion trillion bucks on something that should "oinly" cost a million billion bucks. Dost ye get tha pictoor? My speling iz tha cottonpickin' suxx0rz. Please mod this funny.

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Apple Declares DRM War On Sneaker Hackers

suck_burners_rice Totalitarian regime (330 comments)

Well, that's what happens when a totalitarian regime gets into control. They make sure you only use the brands THEY want you to use. Want this phone? Only with that service. Want a shoe with this feature? Only with the brand shoe we tell you. And if you do anything different... lawsuit! I find it amusing that many of /.'s readers recognize this sort of thing (and hate it) when it's done by this company or that, but simultaneously want to vote into government offices people who will implement this sort of thing on a national scale. And I find it even more amusing that they don't recognize that their political opinions are actually exactly the opposite of what they want.

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Why Mozilla Is Committed To Using Gecko

suck_burners_rice Why use Gecko? (632 comments)

Because it has a cooler name than the boring sounding WebKit. Besides, it'll save you 15% on car insurance.

more than 6 years ago
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A History of the Xbox Red Ring of Death Fiasco

suck_burners_rice Dumping? Loss leader? (230 comments)

I'd appreciate it very much if someone could please explain to me, how is it possible that one company sells something at a loss and it's called "dumping" (which you can get in trouble for, IIUC), and another company sells something at a loss and it's called a "loss leader?" Wtf? It's especially clear in this case, when you have orange rings of death and whatnot, that the purpose is to bankrupt the competition by selling yours for less. By the time someone spent their Christmas money on one product, they won't buy the other. Hence, dumping.

more than 6 years ago
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Researchers Build Malicious Facebook App

suck_burners_rice social networking considered harmful (116 comments)

First of all, let's get something straight. Social networking is a BAD idea. Especially the sort of social networking that takes place at bars, clubs, parties, etc. The only safe place in the world is safe and sound all by your lonesome in your parents' basement.

more than 6 years ago
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Case Against Video-Sharing Site Dismissed

suck_burners_rice Contradictory laws (131 comments)

The DMCA should be repealed and replaced with a law that compels people to make illegal copies of copyrighted material. This way, if you obey this law, you'll be infringing on copyright. If you don't obey this law, you'll be breaking the law. Then, the government can selectively enforce one, the other, or neither, depending on who is friends with whom and deliberately messing with those who look at a government official or copyright holder the wrong way. Mutually contradictory laws are the only way to go in the new millenium, especially as our physicists learn the ins and outs of M-theory.

more than 6 years ago
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State Cannot Force Removal of SSNs From Privacy Advocate's Site

suck_burners_rice Government (262 comments)

Yes, the judge is right about this one. Censorship of this type is the classic way that government can sweep the bad things it does under the rug. We have to always keep in mind that "the government" is not some sort of ethereal force out there. It's a bunch of guys (and women) who happen to have been placed in a position of power, whether it's someone elected to office or that clerk at the local [insert government office here] who likes to be a jerk and inconvenience people because it gives him a power trip to feel like he's the king of some tiny kingdom. We always have to remember that. Just because someone is in "the government" does not make that person special or give that person any special rights whatsoever. Thus, the judge should not do anything about that website, but should force the government to fix its problems.

more than 6 years ago
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Apple Suit Demands That Psystar Recall OpenMacs

suck_burners_rice Vote with your dollars. (759 comments)

I don't think anyone with a /. UID thought that this Mac clone company would last very long. I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did. Think this is unfair? Hey, Mac OS X is Apple's product; it's a great piece of software despite its shortcomings; and, yes, to run it, you need a Mac, made by Apple. They do this to guarantee that it runs the way they tested it in the lab. On other hardware, OS X might rock equally well or it might be the suxx0rz, Apple has no way to know or to control that outcome, so they prevent it from running that way. You can take it or use the alternative, which is a computer made by anyone of your choice, running your choice of Linux, the *BSDs, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2008 modified to function as a workstation per the instructions given in another /. story earlier today. Vote with your dollars!

more than 6 years ago
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NetBSD Moves To a 2-Clause BSD License

suck_burners_rice BSD is dying. (67 comments)

Clear, irrefutable proof that BSD is dying.

more than 6 years ago
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China Launches Antitrust Probe Vs. Microsoft

suck_burners_rice The Microsoft Lottery (295 comments)

In other words, China is jumping on the bandwagon of countries that is playing the "Sue Microsoft Lottery" to get some extra cash. I mean, I don't like Microsoft's products, particularly their operating systems, because I think they've completely lost touch with what a computer is supposed to do, but when it comes down to it, it's our fault, not Microsoft's, that their junk software is so ingrained in the entire computing industry. We are the ones who vote with our dollars, and so, if you don't like Microsoft, or their software doesn't get the job done for you, then don't pay them your money. But don't wine and complain about them either. And certainly don't play the Microsoft lottery. That's ridiculous.

more than 6 years ago

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