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Comment: Re:other people's money (Score 1) 407

Unless, of course, you're a corporation. Then the money flows like beer at a frat party. That's all okay though, as long as some poor person doesn't get it. I'm much happier if I know at least ONE class of people has more boots on their throat than I do! ...stupid f'ing country....

Comment: Re:Oh, please. (Score 1) 599

by Archangel_Azazel (#49136095) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

As far as the ACA goes, this is what I've seen :

Republicans put in the individual mandate as a handout to the insurance companies. (C'mon, you're going to seriously try to convince me that MANDATING that folks have healthcare, in effect giving insurance companies TONS of new customers isn't a handout?)
Republicans then campaigned against the mandate, because....reasons.
Republicans drag their feet, Republican states refuse to implement the plan, Republican states refuse to expand Medicaid.

Granted, Democrats have had their share of bullshit doings as well, but seriously... The Republican bullshit-fest, hand wringing, wailing and FUD are at *epic* levels. Never in my life have I seen so many ill-educated people argue against getting fucked over by corporations before. It's a demonstration of the power of advertising....especially FALSE advertising.

Comment: Re:Best money Tom Steyer ever spent (Score 0) 437

by Archangel_Azazel (#49123457) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

You know, for being so pro-big-government, the size of that government sure has been shrinking, eh? I'm guessing that by this logic, he's also really anti-gun...*ahem*.

Republicans and their Big Business overlords want smaller government for the same reason crooks want less police. It makes their lives easier. The Tea party is funded by the Koch bros, bankrolled practically from day one. If my contact with them is to be believed, they are ignorant and quite proud of that fact. Just look at all the climate change deniers hanging on to them, along with the hyper-religious anti-gay movement. Not prejudiced? Perhaps not on paper so to speak, but's not like you have to go very far to hear one of them waxing on about "legitimate rape" or some other such drivel. I have no love for that bunch of morons. They are what happens when you live in states that fund more prisons than schools.

Comment: Re:Presentation as seen on YouTube well done (Score 1) 61

by Archangel_Azazel (#48346925) Attached to: Researchers Simulate Monster EF5 Tornado

I've been a weather spotter for years and one of my dream jobs has always been as a storm chaser. I thought this video was incredible and the explanations that I found in the comments really helped me understand some of the things that went over my head. Many thanks to all who contributed to the discussion....y'all rock!


NZ School Goes Open Source Amid Microsoft Mandate 305

Posted by kdawson
from the kiwis-and-penguins-sittin'-in-a-tree dept.
Dan Jones writes "Kiwis have built an entire school IT system out of open source software, in less than two months, despite a deal between the New Zealand government and Microsoft that effectively mandates the use of Microsoft products in the country's schools. Albany Senior High School in the northern suburbs of Auckland has been running an entirely open source infrastructure since it opened in 2009. It's using a range of applications like OpenOffice, Moodle for education content, Mahara for student portfolios, and Koha for the library catalogue. Ubuntu Linux is on the desktop and Mandriva provides the server. Interestingly, the school will move into new purpose-built premises this year, which include a dedicated server room design based on standard New Zealand school requirements, including four racks each capable of holding 48 servers for its main systems. The main infrastructure at Albany Senior High only requires four servers, suggesting an almost 50-fold saving on hardware requirements."

Comment: Re:Misleading summary (Score 1) 417

by Archangel_Azazel (#26828729) Attached to: MS To Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrade To Vista Users

--So effectively the practical difference between stealing cars and downloading pirate oses is primarily one of enforcement.--

Actually, the practical difference is pretty simple. If I steal a car, I am depriving the original owner of the property.

If I steal software, I'm depriving a faceless, soulless, underhanded company of a few bucks.

Now, does that make software piracy right or justified? Does that mean that software piracy IS NOT STEALING? YES IT DOES.

What do you suggest, that we cut off a hand for each time you pirate a program? Is this that damaging to society in general? Somehow I don't think that it is. It's more of a white collar crime and less murder in the 1st degree.


Comment: Re:Considering the Rush Job... (Score 1) 48

by Archangel_Azazel (#26765817) Attached to: Major Spike in Security Threats To Online Games

Are you trying to tell me that there was no 8.0Gbit high speed servers in 2000? SERIOUSLY???!!!111

Of *course* the market is different. We've steadily increased the things we can do with a home computer, along with the speed and capacity of the 'affordable' internet services. What you're arguing is akin to "well, a 2008 Mustang is WAY faster than a Model A man!!!"

As a side note, the idea of PAYING for a game over and over and over and over again is just strange to me. Granted over the past few months I've done some checking and it would seem that it's not just paying for the privilege of being able to play the game online, which is basically what it started out as. I can actually get behind the whole "downloadable expanded content" idea. Took them long enough though :P

GET off my LAWN!! :)


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