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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

toiletsalmon Re:so what? (812 comments)

In a country where the constitution was deliberately crafted around the idea of protecting AFFLUENT CAUCASIAN MALE citizens from governmental abuse and seeking to empower the AFFLUENT CAUCASIAN MALE citizens with means to call their government on any and all abuse.

I think you forgot something...

Yes, this shouldn't have happened and was wrong, but I've only got so much outrage to go around. If he can afford to buy a boat, I'm sure he has an attorney. He's a big boy, he'll figure it out.

about a year ago
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Flu Shot Doing Poor Job of Protecting Older People This Year

toiletsalmon Re:Quit promoting it when it doesn't work (205 comments)

Got a better idea, bozo?

I do actually. Try this:

-Removing harmful pesticides from our food chain
-Removing chemicals from our water supply
-Remove things like petroleum-derived food coloring and other bullshit from our food
-Cut back on the excessive use of processed sugars and grains from our diets
-Exercise regularly

Collectively, our immune systems are shitty because we feed ourselves with shitty fuel and then wonder why we're all sick and crazy. A healthy body means a healthy immune system which means less sickness of ALL TYPES.

You want to avoid the flu? Keep your body healthy and wash your hands. Millions of years of evolution are more effective than a buch of vaccines made from questionable materials, under questionable manufacturing circumstances, and being monitored by a government agency that was probably bought and sold to the pharmaceutical industry decades ago.

Our, you know, continue to throw money at big pharma and have another double cheeseburger and a Coke. I'm sure they and their lobbyists have your best interest in mind.

about a year ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

toiletsalmon Re:I don't get it. (1313 comments)

For example?

about a year ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

toiletsalmon Re:I don't get it. (1313 comments)

Don't you realize that if an economy were managed in such a way you effectively create huge disincentive for people to become doctors? Some still will, but many will look at Easy Path A compared to Hard Path B, see they achieve the same result, and thus choose A.

Although I agree mostly, I have to say that I feel we'd all be better served if the doctors in our society we more likely to be people interested in healing rather than people who are interested in fancy cars and social prestige.

about a year ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

toiletsalmon Re:I don't get it. (1313 comments)

I think the issue is when you feel that you deserve to work a couple hours a day (or week) and get paid more than other people who work for 10s of hours a week (or day) and be paid the same amount.

I own a business. I'm in the business of selling my labor. Therefore, I'm going to maximize MY profits. That means getting paid as much as I can for as little work as possible. If business owners shouldn't be stigmatized for being greedy assholes, then workers shouldn't be stigmatized for being lazy assholes.

This double standard has to go.

about a year ago
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The End Is Near for GameStop

toiletsalmon Re:I doubt it (393 comments)

I felt the exact same way until I had to sit through a twenty minute update and DLC install before I could start shooting at my buddies. Consoles seem to be heading in the same direction.

Because of this, I've given up on desktop gaming and only play games on either my laptop or my phone/tablet. If I can't play it on one of those, then I won't be bothered wasting any more of my life on these people who don't appreciate my money anyway.

about a year ago
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Unigine's Newest Benchmark Features Huge, Open-Space Expanses

toiletsalmon Re:history (87 comments)

Here's the closest thing I've seen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bHpUljLVrc

It's a bunch of benchmark videos saved into one long youtube video. Boring to sit through, but interesting to jump around in.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

toiletsalmon Re:US University Education shocked me... (605 comments)

Yes. Damn lefties! Our colleges will be much better when they close down all these public universities sucking on the government teat and replace them with high quality private institutions like ITT Tech and DeVry. Get the government out of our classrooms!

about a year ago
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Xbox Originator: "Stupid, Stupid Xbox!!"

toiletsalmon Re:appstore model will not work (245 comments)

I disagree. I think most of their arcade games are "shitty" as it is. Plus why should I pay $15 for a title on my xbox when I can get the same game cheaper on four other platforms for less? PLUS, it doesn't cost me $5 a month to take full advantage of my iPad.

A more open and competitively priced market is exactly the thing that would bring me back, but Windows 8 had proven that they have other plans.

about a year ago
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Pirate Bay Documentary Film Now Available On TPB

toiletsalmon Re:look at the numbers (72 comments)

Bullshit.

You don't have the "right" to make a living off of your artistic endeavors anymore than I have the "right" to make a living from making paper airplanes, having sex with college girls, or selling snowcones. You, like anyone else have the right to make as much money as you can, in any way you like, as long as you don't:

a) break the law
b) piss people off enough that they kill you

That's IT.

It's fine to complain about not getting paid appropriately for your work, but this sense of "artistic entitlement" needs to GO. If you can't hack it trying to support yourself doing what you love, either fix it, or suck it up like EVERYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET and do something different.

You are not entitled to make a comfortable living off of your art.

And as for "professionalism" argument, if you call all the bullshit I see on the Grammy's and hear on the radio "professional", then you can keep your professional works and their "150 years after the death of the artist" or whatever ridiculous length has been bought and paid for by the media companies.

You want to fix artists not being compensated appropriately? Band together and get rid of organizations like the MPAA and the RIAA, because they represent "artists" and they're making "artists" look like a bunch of greedy assholes. And why would anyone care if they aren't compensating a bunch of greedy assholes?

Now get of my lawn! I've got to go to WORK. Because not all of us are FORTUNATE enough to be able to feed our kids by farting the tune for "Old McDonald had a Farm" into a cup or selling macaroni portraits of Che Guverra.

about a year ago
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Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

toiletsalmon Re:Always on = !on (592 comments)

"who are these people without reliable internet"

We're called "Comcast Subscribers" and we live in the United States of America. :/

"It would be unrealistic and unnecessary to have a constant internet connection the entire time you are using the device."

Not necessarily. Once you hack an Xbox 360, you have to be really particular about when and how you connect it to the network. If you REQUIRE the console to always be connected to the Live network, it limits the amount of ways you can compromise the system and gives MS constant access to the hardware kill switch that I'm almost certain will be implemented.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

toiletsalmon "Buddy Network" (347 comments)

I'm assuming that your company has an attorney? This is the point where they need to lean heavily on their social contacts to find someone who specializes in either:
a) Patents
b) Tech
c) Both (preferably)

Otherwise, I'd ask as many competent people that you know/trust to go through their rolodexes for "friends of friends". As a last resort, I guess you could visit some of the places where prominent opensource folk hang out. Hell, amazing things have happened on Reddit, so see if you can get some traction there as well.

Whatever you do, DON'T JUST IGNORE IT. It is my understanding that if you don't show up to defend yourself, you can get a default judgement against you even if the claims are complete bullshit.

Good luck!

about a year ago
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Next-Gen Console Wars Will Soon Begin In Earnest

toiletsalmon Re:Brotherly Opinions (284 comments)

This, but also, honestly, I'm tired of being fragmented to death as well, and I'm really afraid of that with the OUYA. You know what's nice?

Humble Bundles that let me pay for a game that I can play on my Linux box...
and my Mac...
and a Windows machine...
and an Android device.

Not quite as nice is me buying a game ONCE in the Play store and then being able to play it on all my Android devices. And possibly the desktop here soon via the Chrome browser or Android X86.

I'm all in for gaming on Android as a general purpose system, but I'll be damned if I'm going to buy ANY game more than once ever again. If OUYA could find a way to let me play (even a subset of my) Play store games, then I'm on-board 100%. Otherwise, I'm sicking to my android phone, my MHL adapter, and my SixAxis gamepad.

about a year ago
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New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

toiletsalmon Re:Here is how you stop that from happening again (899 comments)

Gun registration is publicly available. Is "Alarm Registration" data publicly available? If it is, have at it. Otherwise, you're just being childish with an inappropriate comparison.

about a year ago
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John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

toiletsalmon Re:Hmm (275 comments)

It's been my personal experience that "criminals" and "protectors" all come from, and live in, the same cloudy moral grey area.

about a year ago
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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

toiletsalmon Re:Wine (295 comments)

As far as I know, wine users are detected as "wine3d" as their OS, or something like that.

about a year ago
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What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

toiletsalmon Re:Copyrigt was created because of greedy publishe (309 comments)

"However if production companies were offered the amazing windfall profit of free contemporary music"

Are you seriously labeling music from 1956 "contemporary"? That's a stretch. In 1956, my parents weren't even born yeat and my grandmother wasn't allowed to Vote in Mississippi. We hadn't even been to the moon yet.

I understand where you're coming from, but no offense intended: I seriously think you are overvaluing your artistic contributions if you're willing to label something from the late 50's as "contemporary".

about a year ago
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NYPD Developing Portable Body Scanner For Detecting Guns

toiletsalmon Re:This device empowers criminals. (575 comments)

They're not talking about scanning random people on the street and taking their guns. They're talking about scanning arrestees instead of frisking them. If you're getting frisked, we're no longer talking about "law abiding citizens".

Granted, they certainly could use this device to scan random people. But that's an unconstitutional search which the Supreme Court would slap the Hell out of. Remember: fear the people, not the tool.

Yes, because only people who break the law get arrested. Also: there are no innocent people in jail, and the police never give a little extra attention to "brown people" and "terrorist types". Fear the people indeed... Now I remember why I stopped coming to this site two or three years ago, because of uninformed nonsense posts like that...

about 2 years ago
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Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality?

toiletsalmon Re:A bit late? (735 comments)

"I have no problem with revenge against useless fucks too lazy to do anything to help others."

Ironically, this very attitude is the reason why I wouldn't help someone like you. /points-at-you

If you aren't able to control your emotions any better than that, I'm sure you're also one of those people who would sue me for pulling you out of a car wreck. I figure at that point, the only winning strategy is not to play. That means letting you die or whatever.

Sorry bub...

more than 4 years ago

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toiletsalmon toiletsalmon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Taken from a specific post, but it still mostly applies:

OK. I'm willing to bet that YOU are at least a little racist, and it might not completely be your fault. After all, you choose to be an insensetive asshole, so the racist hat might fit too. I don't know.

First of all, following your link up there, I'm going to assume a few things about you:
a) you're a "white boy"
b) you probably live in the US.

I could be wrong, but I'll go out on a limb with that one. You seem to think that you speak with some level of authority on the subject of slavery, and slavery discussions usually center around the US. Even if you're not from the US, at least SOME of these same principles apply to most european derived cultures anyway.

Second thing, I am a "black man". My ancestors were indeed slaves. I have the "last name as a profession" to prove it. Butler. Granted, that gives the implication that some of my ancesstors probably got to stay inside with "Ole Massa", but they were slaves none the less.

Finally, my great-grandfather was a member of the group that slavery "evolved" into after the Civil War. The Share Cropper. Additionally, my grandmother was spit at as a child for being a "nigger" and my father and mother had to relocate themselves geographically to pursue their relationship because it was frowned upon in the southern state where they were born. Basically, my father didn't want to end up face down in a creek somewhere in the middle of the woods. The point I'm trying to make is that I feel I have at least some "authority" to speak on behalf of the minority side of this whole issue.

Now, to address your (proxied) assertions about slavery. First of all, like most "white" people, you too closely relate slavery and racism. Because of this, you like to draw the conclusion that because slavery ended after the Civil War, that "peculiar institution" also took it's cousin racism with it. NOT TRUE at all. Slavery is an action. A way of doing things. Racism is an idea. A state of mind. They are two totally different things, but they were used together here in the US. This is illustrated by the fact that not just anyone was allowed to be enslaved. There were very few "white" slaves in the early days of the colonies, and by the time of the Civil War, it was pretty much unheard of. Wouldn't it have been just as easy to enslave a poor white man who owes you large sums of money? Of course it would have, but because of RACISM, they soon decided that the proper people to be enslaved were Native Americans and Blacks.

Now that we've got that out of the way, the next thing I'd like to highlight is the fact that many white people GREATLY underestimate the extent to which slavery had a very real and everyday impact on the everyday life of an American. Do you realize that, at this point in time, my ancestors were officially denied basic human rights by the government of the United States of America for almost 40% of the lifespan of this nation. 87 years from 1776 till 1863. That's 143 years without slavery. HARDLY an impressive number. Slavery was on EVERYONE's mind. Two of the most popular books from the last two centuries dealt DIRECTLY with slavery. "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "Gone with the Wind". The first epic motion picture was "Birth of a Nation". It was about the KKK for Gods sake. Abolishing slavery was one of the most effective ways to kill the economy of the Confederates in the Civil War. No money means no bullets and food. If it's important enough to inspire or be a part of all these "big things" here in the US, I'm pretty sure that we can safely say that a) it WAS a big deal and b) it has probably left a pretty large blemish on our culture.

Which brings me to my point (finally) which is that: Because of all these things stewing away in the background, it has a profound effect on what little white boys like yourself are taught by parents, school teachers, HISTORY BOOKS, friends and neighbors. And that subtle lesson is this:

We (in the US) had slaves, but it was a "bad thing". The slaves we had, were black, so there must be something "wrong with them". That probably makes them not as valuable as us white folk.

These two things, plus the guilt that some white people feel for knowing that their grandfather still tells "nigger jokes" or whatever your family's little racist "skeleton in the closet" is (most families have them. Even mine)...Those three things are the basis for all kinds of racist behavior. Both conscious and subconscious. Have you ever thought about WHY you don't like some black people? Why don't you think black people are as attractive as white people? Why don't you have a more equal number of black and white friends? Why were so many of the frontline troops in the Vietnam war Black? Why does the media generally "care" more when little white girls are kidnapped compared to little black girls? Why are there so many poor black people? Why do some people immediately think that black men are good at sports like football and basketball? Would you be as likely to ask me if I play cricket? What about Lacrosse? Why do black children score lower in academic tests than white children? Why are there so few black video game directors? Why are there so few black people in IT? What was that whole blackface/minstrelsy thing all about? Why is Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama only the third (3. 3!! 1.2.3!) balck senator in the last 100 years. A whole century!

I'm not saying all of these things are caused directly and solely by slavery and racism, but they are both very much a part of the reason. There also a part of the reason why you and I didn't grow up in the same neighborhood, why we didn't go to the same highschool, and why we probably wouldn't go to the same neighborhood bars now.

So I say to you, I can't stop making race a "big deal" because it always HAS been a "big deal" and it STILL IS a "big deal". You're just in denial, like most of the white people in this country.

*And yes, it most certainly IS "most white people" in this country because, quite honestly, if it wasn't still a majority of you, we wouldn't still be treated like shit in this country.

**Of course, I am fully aware that I'll be modded into oblivion, by the self described pale, pasty legion that is /., but this shit started last week with that LocoRoco post by that asshole Florian on Kotaku, and It's starting to get a little difficult to ignore my "peculiar situation" when all the racist assholes come out of the woodwork.

***And no, I actually like white people. I've dated white girls, have many white friends, hell my MOTHER is white. So no, I don't have a "problem" with white people. Of course, that reminds me: Why do people consider me black if my mother is white? Yep, that's exactly why.

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