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Comment Re:I love Pale Moon (Score 1) 225

> The only downside is some builds for some systems have gstreamer
> built in and some don't. MP4 video works on all of them though.

As of version 27.1.0, linux Pale Moon defaults to using ffmpeg directly. No need for Gstreamer plugins as middle-men. The current roadmap is for Gstreamer code to be removed entirely by version 27.2.0. BTW, libav is touted as a "drop-in replacement" for ffmpeg, so it may work in place of ffmpeg.

Comment Re:Drudge's Fault (Score 0) 104

> Actually its ABC's fault.
> Back when Clinton was president, the story about Monica was given
> to ABC 3 times over a 8 month period. They buried it every time they
> got it. There is no telling how many stories the "big 3" buried.

Add Newsweek to the list.

> At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed a
> story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A White
> House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the United States!
> The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the story of
> his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours before publication.

By the way, the crying about "Fake News" by the lib-left elite is not new. It's been going on for over 2 decades already.

> Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be
> consumed, President Bill Clinton's White House feared that the Internet was
> allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and
> access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press.
> The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative
> media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures.

When the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, the Clintons denied-denied-denied. Hillary Clinton even said that internet news needs a "rethink", and bemoaned the lack of "gatekeepers" whatever that means.

And when she was running in 2016, her campaign sent out a newsletter saying that the Breitbart website did not have a right to exist. And it also suggested that if Hillary was elected, Breitbart would be shut down.

TLDR; The lib-left has controlled news for a long time via their media lapdogs. Thanks to the internet, anybody with an internet connection can break a story that the lib-left wants to bury. Do not expect the lib-left to go down without a fight. The next Democrat president, 4, 8, or however many years from now will rush in internet censorship ASAP. It may be under the guise of stopping "Fake News" or "Hate Speech" or whatever excuse, but underneath, it'll be the lib-left censoring conservatives.

Comment Credit ratings often self-full-filling prophecies (Score 1) 85

> You are leaving out the money part. Credit is not rich. Its debt. You
> want to be rich, have money as savings. You want to be wealthy, have
> money as assets/investments. Most don't need credit except for a car
> (still poor), a home (very common), school loans (credit may affect rates).

That's how it used to be. Nowadays, credit ratings are part of the hiring process. If you have a bad credit score, you can't get a promotion, or in some cases even a job. So you have no income and default on loans. And the credit rating algorithm shows up as being "successful".

Or at best, you're stuck in a lower income job. Either way, you end up poorer because of credit ratings, even if you have no intention of applying for a loan.

Comment Re: Giaa to the rescue! (Score 3, Interesting) 136

> Here in the UK people living in flood plains get flooded, who
> would have expected that eh? And then they go complaining
> to the government. That's mostly as bad as it gets.

Many years ago, local governments would dredge river channels every so often, so they wouldn't flood. Good. Then Britain joined the EU. Along came unelected Eurocrats, who imposed ridiculously punitive/expensive standards regarding the disposal of the dredged up mud/silt. Result...
* local authorities couldn't afford to dredge river channels
* river channels silted up
* rivers flooded

Well... like... duhhhh. To add insult to injury, the flooding was wrongly blamed on global warming. It was crap like this that contributed to the Brexit vote result.

Comment Re:The genie and the bottle... (Score 1) 301

> > So 'jumping species lines' would only be possible if the two species naturally interbred.

> If they can breed and pass the gene, they're already the same species, by definition . . .

Not necessary. E.g. SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) jumped into humans, and became HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

> Virus strains from two of these primate species, SIVsmm in sooty mangabeys
> and SIVcpz in chimpanzees, are believed to have crossed the species barrier
> into humans, resulting in HIV-2 and HIV-1, respectively. The most likely route
> of transmission of HIV-1 to humans involves contact with the blood of
> chimps that are often hunted for bushmeat in Africa.

Comment No FB account; I don't trust Zuckerberg because... (Score 1) 652

...I'm not a dumb fuck

        ZUCK: yea so if you ever need info about anyone at harvard

        ZUCK: just ask

        ZUCK: i have over 4000 emails, pictures, addresses, sns

        FRIEND: what!? howâ(TM)d you manage that one?

        ZUCK: people just submitted it

        ZUCK: i donâ(TM)t know why

        ZUCK: they âoetrust meâ

        ZUCK: dumb fucks

Comment Re:Musk always ignores safety (Score 1) 139

> Or become President.

Or run unsuccessfully for president.

http://business.financialpost.... Leading up to the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore filed a financial report claiming a net worth of less than $2 million. Today he's worth $200 million. Let's just say those $100,000+ speaking fees didn't hurt.

Comment This will hurt Microsoft (and Intel) revenues (Score 1) 171

Consumers buy 2 el-cheapo machines @ $500 each. MS gets 2 Windows licences worth of revenue, and Intel sells 2 sets of chips. OEM gets very little profit.

Consumer buys 1 "ultrabook" @ $1000. MS gets 1 Windows licence worth of revenue, and Intel sells 1 set of chips. OEM gets a higher profit margin.

The OEMs may be better off, but MS sells fewer licences, and Intel sells fewer chipsets. WTF would Microsoft deliberately hurt their bottom line???

Comment Re:They delete and lock accounts too often (Score 1) 75

>> It's too easy to get you facebook account deleted or locked out for it to be useful for this.

> But is it really? I mean the only people I know of who get their account deleted or locked out are
> trolls, SJWs, activists, and people who just plain shit on their terms of service for shits and giggles.

Blame the victim, why don't you. Read this horror story...

Guy mysteriously gets his account disabled and is forbidden from creating a new one. This is straight out of Kafka...

> According to the company's responses, Facebook's decision is final. There's
> no way I can get back on the service and there's no way I can get my data
> back and there's no way I can know why I've become ineligible for an account.

Imagine you had all your calendar, contact, and password info on Facebook, and woke up one day to find out that you were locked out, with no access to that info. There are almost 1.8 billion users vulnerable to that scenario, of being locked out of Facebook at Zuckerberg's whim...

I don't know why they "trust him"... dumb fucks.

Comment They can be intercepted (Score 1) 203

China, US, and the former USSR have already knocked out satellites. From the New York Times

> China successfully carried out its first test of an antisatellite weapon last week, signaling
> its resolve to play a major role in military space activities and bringing expressions of
> concern from Washington and other capitals, the Bush administration said yesterday.
> Only two nations â" the Soviet Union and the United States â" have previously destroyed
> spacecraft in antisatellite tests, most recently the United States in the mid-1980s.

At the speeds in question, a head-on impact with an inert third stage will at least break up the rock into smaller, harmless fragments. No nukes required. The force of impact might even vaporize most of the target. The main problem is detecting the rocks. The Chelyabinsk meteorite was not detected

While a similar rock may not directly wipe out humanity, like the Chicxulub rock wiped out the dinosaurs, consider this... Washington or Moscow gets hit, with no warning, by the equivalant of a multi-megaton nuke. If the surviving commanders have itchy trigger-fingers, a disastrous nuclear exchange could ensue.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 53

> Sorry, but if you feed emails automatically to the shell in Mutt on Linux, no such protection happens.
> *** Of course you would need to configure this yourself,***
> but it is entirely possible to do.

My emphasis. "Clicking on an email attachment" should ***NOT*** default to running an executable. Showing my age here, but I remember a "kinder gentler" time when WFWG (Windows For Work Groups) was not generally connected to the internet. There was no such thing as "group policy", to reconfigure an entire work group, either. But MS had a hack for that. Microsoft ***BRAGGED*** that an admin could send an "all-subscribers" email, and that when the individual users clicked on an attachment, it would re-configure their Windws PC as desired by the admin. YES!!!

That was a quarter of a century ago, and MS hasn't changed. What also doesn't help is hiding extensions. So "my-naked-wife.jpg.js" shows up as "my-nake-wife.jpg".

Comment Re:Thanks for reminding us (Score 1) 152

> In addition, I believe that Zuckerberg will be the second
> greatest president in the history of the US, after Trump.

And in other news, last week, Donald Trump kicked a black family out of the residence they had lived in for the last 8 years on Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue. The black family consisted of a husband, wife, and 2 daughters. Women and minorities most affected.

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