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Comment: Re:My message to SJW (Score 1) 59

by Bill Dog (#49368583) Attached to: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

Living in a society that is just before the total breaking point is not something I would like to be in.

I have to wonder why. That's the environment that fosters the maximum in human diversity, where everyone is the most free to find and do what is their own thing.

So you like an existence of more uniformity and degree of being controlled. I don't. I think even HOA's are frickin' nazis. As if the squeezing every last dollar of resale value is The One True Goal that everyone should have. Fuck that, I bought a home as a place to live, not something to flip, I want to customize it. If someone wants to paint their place Pepto Bismol pink, they ought to be able to.

My problem is I'm a city boy (or rather a suburbs boy) so I wouldn't be content to go live in some remote place just to be let be. That's why I wish the U.S. was split up geographically, for the two political sides.

+ - Global Wind Power grew by an astounding 42% in 2014->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A new report from Navigant Research covers developments in the wind energy sector during 2014 found out that worldwide wind power installations grew by 42 percent year-over-year in 2014

Fueled by the policy-driven acceleration of installations in three key countries—China, Germany, and the United States—the global wind industry staged a remarkable comeback in 2014. Expansion in second-tier countries, such as Brazil, Turkey, France, and Canada also helped sustain a strong foundation for the industry as it matures into a significant global source of reliable, renewable energy

The revival of the U.S. and German markets meant there was a significant shake-up in the rankings of the world’s top 10 wind turbine suppliers in 2014, according to the report. Vestas remained the top supplier after strong sales both onshore and offshore and widespread across global markets. Siemens jumped two positions to second place in 2014 due to strong sales in the offshore sector and the surge of the German market. Had more planned 2014 offshore wind been fully commissioned and grid-connected, Siemens would have challenged Vestas’ top position, the report concludes

The wind power industry achieved a record year of installations in 2014, setting the stage for steady growth in the coming years” says Jesse Broehl, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “The industry’s development is being bolstered by key established markets and increasingly supported by new and diversified global markets

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+ - Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid 1

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced on Fox News Sunday that she stood a 'higher than 90 percent' chance of running as a presidential candidate in 2016. Fiorina's tenure at HP was marked by controversy over her leadership, and it is unclear what level of name recognition she enjoys. Her only previous political experience appears to be a failed U.S. Senate seat effort in 2010, as the Republican candidate challenging sitting Democrat Barbara Boxer, in California. Fiorina lost by 10%."

Comment: Re:Cumbered (Score 1) 293

by Bill Dog (#49363313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

I would never even give away a program binary, let alone source, because even patents and copyrights aside, someone could use your code in their business and if something goes wrong, they could claim it's your fault and you cost them x thousands of dollars and then try to recover it from you in a lawsuit. I don't need patent reform, I need legal immunity; something like a good samaritan law for software.

Comment: Re:The butting edge (Score 1) 42

by hairyfeet (#49362791) Attached to: Toshiba Announces 3D Flash With 48 Layers

Bigot much? I listed several use cases that didn't have a thing to do with gaming, or do you think those taking pictures and home movies are pirates too?

And since we are jumping on the asshole train if VM users made even 5% of the population I'd be fucking amazed, it is YOU sir who are the extreme niche case which doesn't register as there are a hell of a lot more gamers (a market that has made more than Hollywood 15 years in a row) than VM users...hell probably a lot more warez hoarders than VM users.

Finally way to miss the point...WHOOSH...if you ONLY download the game when you are ready to play? You gonna be sitting there with your dick in your hand for at least a few hours every time you want to play...who wants that? I'm currently playing around 20GB worth of games...have 300GB worth installed...why? Because if I feel like a stealth game I do NOT want to play a stealth game in 3 hours, I want to play it NOW, same with FPS, same with sandbox or RTS, I don't want to wait, sometimes til the next day, when I could just "click game, start playing" and with 1TB going for $40, 2TB going for less than $60, why shouldn't I just have the games ready? I have 3TB installed and even with a pile of games and vids and music I still have over 800GB free so I don't have to give a single fuck about game size, if I wants it I gets it, period. Its a shame Steam doesn't do a hardware survey about install habits as I bet I'm faaar from alone!

Comment: Re:Its a shame WebM sucks (Score 0) 68

by hairyfeet (#49362757) Attached to: Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC

DaFuq? What does anime piracy have to do with shit, you like the majority eats Pokki and watches...sheeit, can't even name any of that crap for a comparison...uhhh...Battletech?

Again look at the formats that HAVE taken off...what do they have in common? EVERYBODY CAN USE IT, sure there are tools that can use CLI, fuck I'm sure you can encode MP3s in CLI...but nobody give a fuuuck, the majority are using easy GUIs...of which jack and shit exists for WebM. Fuck even the last Handbrake I checked had HEVC support...no support for WebM.

If you want your format to take off? KISS, make sure there are easy to use tools that make it, make sure your format runs better than the other guys in most if not all use cases, and make it so the layman can take a file and with minimal effort turn it into your format...mark my words WebM ain't going nowhere, even with Google pushing it. Remember G+? Yeah that had Google pushing it too..went nowhere.

Comment: Re:FTA (Score 2) 190

by kimvette (#49362551) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

No, when Best Buy goes out of business, very likely Fry's will expand.

Best Buy sucks because they never stock the items I want - be it a television, high end AV receiver (for which which I went to a small family-owned hi fi shop), keyboards, monitors, video cards, speakers- you name it, Worst Buy tends to stock the low-to-mid range items, not high end.

Comment: Re:The lack of debate (Score 1) 25

by Bill Dog (#49362459) Attached to: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot?

As a (Googling) service to anyone else reading this, what smitty's references are getting at is that the CEO's and board members are on a binge to enrich themselves during this time of artificially-induced plenty, because they'll have moved on by the time the government begins to force their organizations out of the market.

Incidently, this is why laissez-faire capitalism is bad (and crony capitalism is worse). Because business owners are not purists about capitalism and fair play. Capitalism is about competing, and like in sports, there needs to be *some* rules, within which the players do their competing, otherwise it's not really basketball or capitalism.

Comment: Re:My message to SJW (Score 1) 59

by Bill Dog (#49362415) Attached to: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

Or maybe the behavior in question stops because it's wrong and people are being held accountable?

Public corporations (vice private ones) in America are not about right and wrong, but legally about maximizing shareholder value. (And that's why I think we've allowed (way) too many of them.) And it's cheaper and easier just to try to avoid hiring those in trouble-maker demographics. Much more so than continuing to hire them and fund additional bureacracy for doing anal exams on the organization's pay and promotion statistics and buy insurance for lawsuits.

Given that 95% of all civil lawsuits filed never proceed to trial

They don't have to; just the slapping of a company with lawsuits, even if they don't pan out, is still costly and is a nuisance that distracts from doing business/competing with competitors.

Comment: Re:My message to SJW (Score 1) 59

by Bill Dog (#49362383) Attached to: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over.

Your "we" has fixed nothing. Irrational fears/hatred of other people's differences die out naturally over generations. I'm (believe it or not!) much less bigoted than my parents, and they were much less than their parents. But what has your welfare state and Affirmative Action done for the Black community in America? Jack shit. Besides making things worse. WWII put America on the path of women sharing the workforce, that wasn't going to be stopped. Especially when salaries vs. costs of living began shifting negatively for the family, and men need their wives to go off to work to pay the bills. Or at least pay the household's taxes.

The best approach for helping these kinds of things along is to abandon the Leftist approach of trying to force things, and instead to encourage the more libertarian mindset of respect one another's right to live and work and play. Don't treat someone with respect because you have to, but because it's the right thing to do. The whole "it's the right thing to do, so you have to" is not the same thing. That's like forced charity. And to assume you need laws for this is also defeatist, assuming that most people are extremists.

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