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Google Bringing HTML5 To Gmail

thegnu Re:Thats not new (112 comments)

we need inline graphics on slashdot. clearly.

more than 4 years ago
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California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates

thegnu Re:Really? (624 comments)

twas a joke

more than 4 years ago
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California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates

thegnu Re:Really? (624 comments)

surely they wouldn't stoop so low as to allow people to advertise boner pills and penis pumps. they will no doubt stick with respectable advertisers, like plastic surgeons.

*ugly?* of course you are. we can help! (unless it's your penis, that's gross)

more than 4 years ago
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Scientists Question Safety of New Airport Scanners

thegnu Re:The main danger is (357 comments)

The fact that we soon may not be able to board an airplane without a government bureaucrat looking at our cocks is ample proof that the terrorists won.

i play by my own rules, and i play for points. the more bureaucrats i can get looking at my cock at once, the better. 20, and i win.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

thegnu Re:Hypochondria? (368 comments)

But if they seem relatively normal, I listen carefully and explain, because quite often they are right.

this is, in my opinion, what makes you a good doctor. i want to point out that by taking time to address the person's concerns, you help ease their anxiety if they're wrong.

i don't know what the difference is between google nowadays and old wives' tales 50 years ago, either. the solution to old wives' tales is to listen to the person, and correct them where they're wrong. i see a similar solution to the googling.

kudos to you, good sir. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

thegnu Re:Hypochondria? (368 comments)

I don't think you understand. Your wife is a rarity.

i don't think you understand. doctors who pay due attention and give a shit are a rarity. while an untrained individual is not the best person to investigate and diagnose their ailments, at least you have someone paying attention to the issue. as a matter of fact, i think that if someone goes in and after 5 minutes takes what a doctor says on a serious medical issue to be the absolute truth, they are shamefully uninvolved in their personal wellness.

i think the fact that you're pointing to is that most people don't have such a serious issue that a doctor not paying attention really matters. also, most people are not really all that great at logic, especially if their emotions get entangled in the issue. still, i'd rather have someone with less training paying attention to me 9/10.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

thegnu Re:Hypochondria? (368 comments)

The internet is not a good place to get a second opinion, but if encourages people to get second opinions from real doctors, that's a net positive.

I agree that it's not a good place to get a second opinion. It is, however, a good place to do research, and get an Nth opinion. considering that the problem is that doctors mostly refuse to spend an appropriate amount of time with a patient, i have a hard time believing that an intelligent and discerning person should be discouraged from doing research and asking questions on the internet.

my brother had a recurring ear infection. the third time he went back to the same doctor, he told him not to prescribe him the exact same antibiotic ear drops that he'd been prescribed the last two times, because they didn't work. the doctor spent 10 minutes with him, scribbled some shit on a piece of paper, and charged him between 50 and 100 dollars. as my brother stepped out of the office, he looked at the piece of paper. same fucking ear drops.

there's no worse doctor than a doctor who doesn't give a shit, except perhaps yahoo answers.

more than 4 years ago
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Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

thegnu Re:Why?? (753 comments)

trey parker and matt stone's reasoning behind starting south park studios is that they found themselves repeatedly going online and watching illegal versions of old episodes, and they figured that probably their fans were doing it too.

true that.

more than 4 years ago
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Politically Correct Zoology

thegnu Re:It is university.... (218 comments)

they wouldn't be able to use sex as a tool to destroy you, so at least they'd have to destroy you based on your actual actions.

more than 4 years ago
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Steve Jobs Says PC Folks' World Is Slipping Away

thegnu Re:Sounds to me... (1067 comments)

And the cost of being able to resize from any edge in Ubuntu for example? The need to have a fugly border all the way around every window, which on the one hand consumes display real estate, whilst still being narrow enough that it proves hard for some users to be able to grab easily.

I'm not getting way into this shit-slinging match, but I seem to be able to position my mouse on every corner of almost every window on my macbook without hovering over any active elements. it seems like they could just tick out a tiny section of each corner so that i don't have to move my window to resize it. i don't think people would complain about the edges if you could resize from the corners.

hell, how about top left and bottom right? that would be a start.

And there you are wrong. A menu at the edge of the screen is easier (more productive) to use. Again because of Fitt's law. Plus it also is more economic on screen real estate.

this is wrong in my experience. i have used almost exclusively a mac for over a year, i still prefer having the menu in the window. when a window grabs focus on mac, it changes the menu. if i'm selecting from a menu, and i misclick and hit another window, the menu changes. i don't experience the drastic hit in screen real estate, either, because i can buy a computer or display with better resolution for less or equal money than an apple product. also, when a window is behind another window, i don't feel like it's taking up screen real estate.

i understand the fitt's law argument, and i just think it is wrong for me and quite a lot of users. i think it's a bad idea. some people like it.

- instead of maximizing, the zoom button only increases the size of a window's height or width until the scroll bar is no longer needed (or the extent of the screen is hit.

i see the benefit of this, but only if you have a decent sized display. even still, i can acknowledge that it's a matter of preference. still, my web browser won't maximize, and since i can't resize from the left or top, if i want a full screen browser, i need to drag my window to the edge of the screen and then resize it.

and in linux, i can maximize it either vertically or horizontally, and move my windows with keystrokes. windows can suck it too. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

thegnu Re:Suggestion... (1343 comments)

hahaha. thank you. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

thegnu Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

I wasn't aware it was a double action, and I don't know enough about pistols to keep double action and single action straight, even.

However, I didn't get my info from movies or video games. I got all my info directly from 2 guys who served over 20 years apiece in the military and have guns scattered throughout their houses. What I hear is that people can (at least on some guns), modify the gun to have a hair trigger. Just because it's stupid and inadvisable doesn't mean people don't do it.

I don't know anything about this particular gun, though, and I may be wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

thegnu Re:What a Tragedy and No Charges? (1343 comments)

That's pretty fucked up, it's still an innocent child with the whole world ahead of her. Don't devalue a life because of poor decision on the parent's part.

If you value both the loss of life AND the sorrow caused by it, it's better that the negligence caused sorrow to the person who was negligent, rather than a neighbor. It doesn't devalue the life.

more than 4 years ago
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Accidental Wii Suicide

thegnu Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

You can adjust the trigger resistance. It's generally inadvisable to lower the resistance past a certain point, because it makes it more likely it will go off from bumping against things, but I think it's likely enough that a guy who leaves a gun out with his toddler around is liable to have the trigger resistance questionably (if not illegally) low.

I am by no means an expert, but I live in a mother-in-law apt in the back yard of a gun lover.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Shows TV Makes Kids Fat, Computers Don't

thegnu Re:Computer Awesome (276 comments)

I dont think this, computer can do a better brain, but always i dont exercise my body.
I work hours behind the computer and i need very much fresh air...
http://www.laclase.net/

i odn't i think i compt er bu understand about the link, laclase.net.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

thegnu Re:Hunters.. (1010 comments)

For some Apple fanatics, Apple could sell them a kick in the balls and they'd stand in line for six days just to buy it.

yeah, but apple will only kick you on the left ball. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo On the Hunt For More Scalps

thegnu Re:I'm glad I don't buy gaming consoles. (232 comments)

"and probably, the music coming out of your guitar isn't super-great. not to knock you or anything."

As long as it's not the same three chords every other fucking band plays now days, I'll bet it sounds better than most.

Oh, but I'll bet you've never actually played a guitar, so you can't give ANY sort of objective opinion concerning performance.

I should've made myself clear that I consider that I'm not the best damn guitarist in the world, and the statement wasn't just directed at you. I actually come from a place where I KNOW how hard it is to be a fantastic guitarist, and I'm working hard at it.

Radiohead is pretty good. Muse is pretty good. Modest Mouse could go either way, but I'm hoping their next album is good. Menomena is awesome, and worth checking out. Listen to Deerhoof and Experimental Dental School.

My band is decent, and our recordings are okay. Please follow the link in my sig, and check us out. I'm the bald-headed fucker with the guitar. :)

Beta is not as good as I wish it were because Jim and I recorded Beta by ourselves, and made some recording mistakes along the way. Our intention was to get the material done so we could move ahead, and now we have 3 new band members. Gasoline Alley is pretty tight, but it's the first show we played together with the new guys, and Jim wasn't there, so there are some mistakes. Definitely more punchy, though. We'll have more recordings soon.

(-3, OT. -5, link whoring)

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo On the Hunt For More Scalps

thegnu Re:Right to Tinker. (232 comments)

I want a programmable device to be re-programmable. I don't expect support if I do so I also do not want to be singled out for punishment if I do so.

Flogging a dead horse here, but dude. You can reprogram your device. If you try to connect to their pay service, they don't have to let reprogrammed devices connect. They don't want to provide support for reprogrammable devices, so they don't advertise it as such.

You're not being punished, you're being left out in the cold, and that's the deal you get with that product. Buy another product.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo On the Hunt For More Scalps

thegnu Re:I'm glad I don't buy gaming consoles. (232 comments)

FTFS, "The game company said since 2008 it had pursued over 800 actions in 16 countries to stop game piracy, confiscating 'well over' half a million game copiers for the Nintendo DS."

makes it sound like they're going after commercial copiers. but i don't know. i didn't read that damn article. in any case, i support them going after people copying and selling the stuff. which just means i sit in my room by myself and silently approve.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo On the Hunt For More Scalps

thegnu Re:I'm glad I don't buy gaming consoles. (232 comments)

um. i commend you for going and seeing live performances, but there are sort pretty great movies coming out all the time. just don't go to your local megamovieplex.

also, getting out your guitar and playing music as an alternative to listening to recordings means you don't listen to any dead peoples' music. and probably, the music coming out of your guitar isn't super-great. not to knock you or anything.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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thegnu thegnu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

thegnu writes "My mother sent me an article about a female schoolteacher who was tricked into having sex by an airline pilot who claimed he would apply a cream — using his penis — at his gynecologist's advice. From the article:

"A Syrian-born airline pilot allegedly tricked a schoolteacher from Haverfordwest into having sex with him by pretending he had to administer ointment on the end of his penis, a jury heard yesterday (Tuesday).

Fadi Sbano, 38, even pretended to know a gynaecologist who advised him on how often to have intercourse with her and whether to thrust "slowly or quickly". And, on the "doctor's advice", he kept a clock on the bedside table to time the sessions.

The teacher put up with the treatment for nine months before telling her doctor."


This is simultaneously good news for the sexually frustrated everywhere, and bad news for the educational system."

Journals

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thegnu thegnu writes  |  more than 10 years ago

a few weeks of relative solitude have led me to the conclusion that i am, in fact, a people person. go figure.

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thegnu thegnu writes  |  more than 10 years ago

i just discovered the whole friends and foes thing in my profile. ha! a whole new world of customization of my online avatar. and it only took me about a year.

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