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Comment Re:Point of Order (Score 1) 340

I've never been to Cheyenne. I've never had cause to be invited. I would find such a trip fascinating. I've been in the area and, as I recall, they weren't doing public tours at the time. While I spent eight years enlisted, it was as a Marine. I don't think they'd really have much use for my skills there - though in my career I did go on to model traffic. That might seem an odd thing to mention, but modeling pedestrian and vehicle traffic (probably prior to design) might have some value in a limited space like that. I believe it's mixed traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular)? If so, it would have been a fascinating project to work on. Alas, I was never consulted on it nor anything really like it.

Hmm... I'm not sure that's entirely accurate. I did do some work at a military base which is, oddly, classified. No, I have no idea why it has that status but it has that status. I think it's safe/secure to say that the data should have been FOUO and the access to the data would have been much better. I'm not sure that the typical footpath taken to the chow hall and the times taken should be classified as secret when it's on a base, with public access, in the US. But, there you have it. With that, I also got to take a look at and consult on some plans for a mine. That included optimization, scheduling, and evacuation and emergency routes. So, nothing quite like Cheyenne Mountain but separate parts that have some similarity. I think I'd have liked Cheyenne. When I'm next out that way, I'll have to see if they're a bit less secretive and allowing public access tours. I've seen a few documentaries that include or are about them. The individual rooms being housed on giant springs would be neat to investigate but a public tour probably don't afford one the chance to stomp around unsupervised and make discoveries as you go.

That said, I've stomped all over the areas you mention. I've toured various WWII sites on my own or in tours. I've hit many of the islands (including Iwo and Okinawa) and I've stomped across parts of Europe. I've even been to some WWI sites like the Somme but that's mostly just fields where I was. I did a lot of that particular touristy behavior just after selling my business. My house was being built, things were in motion, and I didn't have a whole lot to do for a while so I spent just under six months bouncing around and finding new things to look at. The Pacific was nice as I really prefer an unguided tour and self-discovery. I don't know if that makes sense or how much sense it makes but I've never been a huge fan of going somewhere only to hang out and interact with other tourists or to have someone tell me where to look and when. Now that I've accumulated a few dollars, I do like hiring a local/knowledgeable guide where applicable.

Comment Re: Great way to get sued! (Score 1) 112

True but I believe(d) you were referencing this specific instance which is not, in fact, automatic. As viewing also enables torrenting, I imagine some folks would be right pissed if it were done without user interaction but that too isn't really germane to the topic. :/ However, if you're talking about a hypothetical that is not this particular instance then it might be a valid defense. I'm not sure how well a judge would take it considering that such would be a civil offense and the burden of proof for a civil offense is much lower than that for a criminal offense. (Civil offenses need only be proven that you "more likely than not" committed the offense, very unlike criminal matters where they must prove "beyond all reasonable doubt.")

Seeing as I'm off-topic... With some work and dedication, this could lead to good things - maybe. Instead of using YouTube to host your video, you can use torrents. Though it might be good if something like a seed box were maintained in an effort to prevent/reduce what I believe they're calling "link rot." Coupled with, maybe, having an /option/ to keep files, in part or in whole, on disparate systems by means of a browser addition would work though I imagine there's a limit to how much space people would offer for such a task. Basically, "You watched it, now share it." At least sharing it for a set period of time might work? But, as fewer people watch and the unpopular videos having few at all would probably limit the functionality. On the other hand, it might be nice as an option.

Either way, I've yet to try this. I should shuffle over and see if they've anything of value to watch. I can't say that I've used TPB much in ages. If I do torrent, it's usually via Kick Ass Torrents. Normally, I don't torrent anything other than varied Linux distros - and I torrent a whole lot of those even if I do not intend to use them. I am, however, a fan of documentaries. So, I'll meander over and see. Maybe...

Comment Re:We are returning to the dark ages. (Score 1) 78

They weren't even really trying to surrender. They were given ample opportunity to do so. They were trying to vie for an armistice, cease-fire, or discussions (depending on when). That was not an option per the Potsdam Resolution. The only surrender that was to be accepted was complete and total surrender. We did, wisely, allow them to keep their Emperor (in name only) to ease the transition into a non-warring society with democracy, rights, and a representative government.

Had we not dropped the nukes, they still probably would have surrendered completely. It may have taken longer. A good documentary on this, if I can only recommend one, is Hirohito's War, it's an episode from Secrets of War. Had we invaded the main island, the loss of life would have been much higher, including the loss of civilian life. There are varied estimates as to how many lives such an invasion would have cost but none of those estimates are lower than the lives cost with the totality of both nukes and the resulting figures even due to shortened lives.

Frankly, as a whole, Japan got off pretty light compared to the number of civilian lives they took all across the area. If you compare their number of dead to those caused by them, they got off pretty light. If you compare them with the numbers of dead caused by their allies, the Axis, they really got off light. If you go back and read some of the documents printed, there were people who really wanted to kill each and every last one of them. Fortunately, nobody took any of them serious and those espousing such views were not in a position of power nor representatives of their governing bodies. Though, to be honest, judging by the number of atrocities committed and the scale on which they were done, it's not hard to understand the anger at the time.

Oh, I went and found that documentary if anyone wants to watch it. I believe that's one of the ones from the series that was narrated by none other than Moses himself. Here's a link if you want to watch it in your spare time:

There's something like 110 episodes or more? I don't remember how many. It's hours and hours and hours long. Some of them are actually really good and information density rates are nice and high. I've no recollection of any factual inaccuracies from the series but there's a few times where the facts are presented with biased emphasis and the take-away can be a bit skewed. I'm not sure if that's intentional but it's not uncommon - specifically where war is concerned. That's one of the reasons that I try to get my documentaries from multiple sources. Keeping bias in mind helps keep things in perspective. Most are not outright dishonest but may not include certain events that are important and salient. There's surely a limit to what can be included (due to budget and time constraints) but the attempt to color the findings in a certain light is not always unintentional, I think. So, use multiple sources from varied perspectives.

Comment Re:Alliterative Headline Sucks (Score 1) 78

Technically? Yes. Practically? Well... Most of the mentions of Dice are gone (I just went and looked - Dice is still mentioned on the jobs board, I stopped looking at that point.)

Err... You're here frequently. We had a nearly 2000 comment thread. We had another thread with 1000+ comments. We've had someone mention it in nearly every thread. So, I'm not really sure why you're asking... I'll take it at face value 'cause I've got nothing better to do.

About 10 days ago, DHi sold Slashdot and SourceForge. The new overlords are BIZX (rhymes with physics). Two, that I know of, new overlords have offered some communication and appear to actually understand we're a community and not an audience. Presumably, it will take some time before any significant changes become manifest. Hopefully, those changes are beneficial. One thread reached out to us and asked what we'd like to see changed in an effort to make the site better. The other official thread was about the sale itself.

There's been mention of them being more open (which is not to be mistaken as entirely open - even though some folks seem to think that's exactly what more open means). There have been indications that there are a couple of changes to be made such as the removal of bundled software at SourceForge and increased access to Unicode on this site. So far, and this may be confirmation bias, the story selection seems to have improved and the majority of references to Dice are now gone. Other than those two thing and some communication, not much more than the name of our overlords has changed.

I'm still a bit suspicious of why you're asking. ;-)

Comment Re:freedom (but only for those we like) (Score 1) 78

While I disagree, entirely, with the OP AC, pointing out where you think the fault lies does not actually make it any less a war. Your "rebuttal" is a nice rant and all but not really salient.

Also, it's fun to blame the US but I'd suggest you study some history - the problem goes back *much* further. Instead of blaming the colonization and arbitrary borders put in place by the League of Nations or the United States or even the USSR - how about we, you know, blame the people who are *actually* causing the problems? You know, the people cutting off heads, blowing people up, and setting off bombs? I dunno but I think the culpability lies with the people committing atrocities.

Yeah, I know... That means holding people accountable for their individual actions and laying the blame on the poor impoverished, uneducated, and disenfranchised souls. That's terrible and not exactly politically correct but the reality is, they're cutting off people's heads. No, no... It's convenient to blame the US (and ignore history which points to much bigger problem creators) and to rant and be a right-minded soul. But me? No... I'm gonna blame the people who cut off heads for cutting off heads.

At any rate, it's no less a war just because you'd like to point to some cause le jour and feel better about yourself. But, you knew that. Well, maybe you didn't. You do now. And no, the blame lies squarely on the folks committing the atrocities and not the League of Nations or even the interference due to the colonization by Europeans and it's not even the fault of the church and the Crusades. It's not even the fault of Mohamed for spreading his religion north and then outwards. No, it's the fault of the people chopping off heads. But, you knew that...

Comment Re:freedom (but only for those we like) (Score 1) 78

That is countered by those who, right or wrong, will judge and make noise about them, "aiding and abetting." (I might as well continue the alliteration.)

So, for better or worse, they are "doing something." Smart people might go, "WTF? You're just making them harder to find and track." Alas, there do not appear to be too many smart people and the smarter people are generally not the noisy ones. So, you get stuff like this. I mean, you wouldn't want to be accused of aiding and abetting terrorist communications and recruitment efforts, would you? You'd not want to be providing an platform for the radicalization of terrorists or helping them plan acts of violence, would you?

So, as long as we don't have smart people (or logical and well reasoned people) you will see things like this.

Comment Re:Just a Few Thoughts (Score 1) 92

Yeah, I'd not say that it's a monopoly so much as there are alternatives but not many of them are very good. My home is in a *very* rural area. My choices are pretty much limited to those who have a peering agreement or resell VZW or I'm booted off in short order. I use US Cellular and they have their own towers and whatnot. However, they also have a peering agreement with VZW. T-Mobile seems to not have such an agreement and simply does not work in my area. AT&T works but they boot you off if it turns out you live there or spend most of your call time there. Neither has towers in the area.

Actually, only US Cellular has towers but VZW works fine. They've got some sort of peering agreement that allows one to not roam when you're using the others towers. AT&T will activate me, they've done so twice, but the phones indicate that they're roaming and they boot me off after just a couple of months with a letter saying that they're declining to provide service. I believe the inexpensive pay-by-month phones work but I have no details or knowledge. I've pretty much just accepted that I've limited choices and I don't even bother doing any searching any more nor do I even deal with billing or customer service or the likes - if I can help it.

Comment Re: Onboard with this idea (Score 1) 92

I like LXDE for its simplicity and speed. I don't need (or want) "pretty" so much as I want functional. LXDE is functional for me. I'm even able to make it look good (in my view). Here's an image that I took a while back - it's "busy" but it's not normally that busy.

The dock at the top only appears when I mouse-over the top and off-screen. That's not really a part of LXDE but I made it with the tools offered to manage task bars. Err... I'm not sure that was the goal of those who offered such tools but with the right settings, that's what I made. It works well enough and I think it looks fine.

LXDE is fast on older hardware and blazingly fast on new hardware. I guess Lubuntu is moving to LXQt so I'll have to see where that goes. Supposedly, it is much the same. I've not yet pulled down the 16.04 beta build to see what changes I can look forward to. I tried them all - well, all the fairly popular ones. There's little bloat with LXDE, it's straight forward, it's stable, it's light, it doesn't have a bunch of features that I'm not interested in, it's fairly basic but still robust enough for customization, and it results in something familiar to me.

So, I went with LXDE.

Anyhow, I had to say something. I mean, it looked like you were legitimately asking for information and not actually trying to flame, argue, or fight. Someone's gotta say something. Everyone's got their ego tied to such trivial things and anything seen as a slight will be taken personally. It's like a presumption that everyone wants to fight as opposed to converse, it's silly and it results in people fighting/arguing and doing stupid shit instead of actually communicating and learning. All because someone's ego is so frail and accomplishments so few that they're tied to some silly bit of software and anyone not conforming is not affirming their choice... It has to be an uncomfortable way to live one's life. I can't imagine what their interpersonal relationships look like.

Comment Re:Point of Order (Score 1) 340

You must be speaking about Limestone. I've been there too. It's closed now but they're still making some use of the old base. I've been out to where the POWs were housed in that area and over in a couple of other places up that way. There's one, slightly less known about, near Jackman, Maine. I've had more time to spend there than anywhere else in the area. By Maine standards, I'm sort of close to Limestone but the adage is true, "Ain't no way to get there from here." (It's a bit of a haul from home to Limestone by regular road. I can actually do it faster in the winter because there's a snowmobile trail that will take me over that way. Welcome to Maine.)

The complex you mention, I've not been to that one. I'll have to check it out when I get up that way again. My home is in Maine but I travel a lot. I'm actually wintering at a house I own in Florida. However, I expect I'll be out in the ND area before too long so I've bookmarked it and will look into it when I can get out there. It's bound to have interesting things - so I'll stop in when I'm out that way. Thanks!

The Cold War has left some interesting infrastructure all around. I did, with some degree of seriousness, consider an old missile silo purchase. I even made several inquiries. I should think it'd be neat to live in one.

There's now a minimum security prison there but in Charleston, Maine there's an old base. It was never very large and did just RADAR and communications. It was put up during WWII but managed to live on for a while afterwards. I think they closed in the 60s or 70s. There's some neat stuff there that I've had the chance to visit. I know one of the staff members and we've managed to bluff our way onto the facility a few times. It doesn't have fences or the likes, it's not like people are going to get far if they do escape and everyone there is a minimal security inmate.

I've got some pictures of my findings. I am unable to find them right now - even though I'm connected to my network at home in Maine. I'll keep looking but I spent a while already. I know I even put them in a special folder... With sub-folders... I'll just dump 'em online somewhere when I find 'em again and link you if I remember. I've had occasion to visit a few such places and a number of other types. I'm more of a WWII student but the Cold War was interesting - I lived through much of it as, presumably, you must have - given the date of closure for Limestone.

Anyhow, no worries. I will just blame it on the fact that I'm not nearly as articulate as I'd like and that trends to verbosity in an effort to clear things up. It's bound to be difficult for others to parse and tone is even more difficult to translate. I've set about trying to find some pictures but I'm now processing the data by date. That's gonna take a while. Should I find any, I'll upload and link.

Comment Re:Sad in a philosophical sense (Score 1) 107

How to put this? Hmm... I'm in Florida for the winter. I'm in Panama City Beach area. I've done a whole lot of traveling in my life. Yesterday and today have been Mardi Gras and, at this one, it's "family friendly." Sending robots to the exclusion of sending humans is like going to Mardi Gras in Florida instead of Louisiana. Yeah, you can do it and the results are the same in that you can say you went to Mardi Gras but they're just not the same.

I'm not against sending robots. I'm against the trend that I see where people think sending humans is too hard and beyond our capacity. While that might be true for the current state, the idea of not working towards a better future because it's too hard or technical in nature is disheartening. It's like going to a "family friendly" Mardi Gras, decaffeinated coffee, alcohol-free beer, or sugar-free candy. You can do it but it's just not the same and not working towards something because it's too hard or too risky is just disheartening. It's even more disheartening when you were able to see them do this live.

Sometimes, you do things just because you can. "This, that, and the other things. Not because they are easy but because they are hard."

Comment Re:Caller ID Blocker (Score 1) 239

I do have a crazy ex and she likes to get drunk and call me with the caller ID set to private. If we trade numbers, you might not want to answer calls marked as private. Well, you can but she's some kind of crazy. I mean, like stab you in your sleep crazy - except she's never done that, just called me and told me she was going to. Like I can sleep if you're calling me over and over again?!?

But, you can answer 'em. She's pretty damned cute. Like model kind of cute. She did, in fact, have a modeling "career" at one point. And yes, yes I do have nudes but if you browse the 'net, you too can have nudes. She is, however, straight up crazy. Not the good kind of crazy but the truly insane crazy. Under the advice from my lawyer, I paid her to go away - kind of crazy.

Other than that? I pretty much only get calls from people I want to talk to. No telemarketers, no political surveys, no helpful guys trying to fix my Windows computer, nothing. I should get a second phone and number and just start putting it out there on lists and see if I can amuse myself with the various calls. It's not a secret or private number. There's no mechanism that makes me phone number any different than your number.

I've two land lines and one of those is unlisted and unpublished. That one also screens calls for me when I'm home. I'm nowhere near that phone, however. The number is not even forwarded. Right now, it has a message telling folks I'm gone and will be back. I'm sure it has messages but I've not checked them. The other? I think only locals know it and it's not meant to be answered (long story).

None of them get marketing, survey, or support calls. I'm kind of disappointed.

Comment Re:Why the fuck isn't Mozilla panicking?! (Score 1) 387

I really didn't care much about what was under the hood but what I saw as a user. Oh, I've got the snapshot installed and load it via the terminal but not often. I do a subset of things in there and toss it off onto a different "desktop" and then "work" (ha, right!) in that virtual desktop to keep things from being less confused. At any rate, Presto was nice and all but it isn't keeping me back from continuing to use Opera and I'm not one of those folks who decided to stick with the (now) very old version which is, I think, somewhere around 12 or maybe 15. Alas, I'm too lazy to switch. ;-)

I'd probably use it more if I didn't have to remember the switch in the terminal. I've only got it installed on three separate boxes but it's flaky on two of them. I do have it installed on a few others but they're not real - they're virtual machines. It works like a champ in virtual machines. In both failing cases, they're fairly modern nVidia GPUs but not lagging far behind and not bleeding edge. I'm not a gamer and don't even care about HD movies. However, they do HD just fine (I thnk?) and they're neither old nor exceptionally new.

I use a rather vanilla install of Lubuntu and use the open source drivers. I've tried with the proprietary drivers and the result is the same so I went back to the open source drivers. The one that is "good" is a laptop. The two that don't work are a desktop and a laptop. It works fine in every VM that I've tried.

I approached the company and mentioned the need for the switch. I've even found others who have expressed a need for this switch. I have had, shall we say, a less than stellar experience while interacting with them. They may not be "they" in this case, I'm not sure if it was/is a user or a company representative. If I've got an error log and can repeat it, well... That means it exists, at least on my system. If I've got a missing option (on all other Chromium based browsers) that mean they intentionally deleted that option. They can put it back. Hell, I could put it back and I program like garbage.

Given that I have the source, I may just do that. I should be able to do a dif and find it after using a file search to pull the text out for the name on the option itself. Then I can just slap it where I want and patch new versions. I'd upload it and share it with them but it's obvious that they don't want the option. :/

Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 1) 387

Yup. It's excellent. I've been using it for ages - since the early days. It's got some quirks and it's not the easiest to figure out without reading the manual but I got it. I've got it fairly automated so that I share the settings between computers and updates get pushed to a central repository when I remember to save them. It took some human training but I've got that fairly well down now. If I've made any changes, I save it to the repository. I then just grab it when I'm using a session on a different box or different browser/user. It's not absolutely ideal but it works.

I did some reading, because of this same thread, and it looks like it also does what RequestPolicy does. So, they'd be able to dump two extensions in favor of one. I'm not a huge fan of the whitelist approach but it seems to work well in this case. I've acclimated and found it valuable. I'd like something with heuristics but the complexity and size would be absurd. So, I guess whitelist is appropriate as I'd be too lazy to blacklist everything.

I've actually tried to send the author money and he declined. It wasn't a lot but it was probably a bit more than most might send. I understand his reasoning though I do like supporting various projects. Hell, I think I mentioned it in this thread? I used to donate to Firefox and I don't even use it normally. Competition means my browser makers have to stay on their toes. I also gotta stop typing Chrome when I mean Chromium. Ah well...

Comment Re:The gun is pointing at the foot (Score 1) 387

I have not - let me do so...

I did not think of that, thanks. However, I don't see anything that correlates to "vivaldi-snapshot --disable-gpu-compositing" in there for flags. I see some GPU stuff, I see some compositing stuff... Hmm... *keeps looking*

I've actually got no idea? There are a few hits with CTRL + F for compositing and GPU. None of them appear to be anything even remotely close.

On those two boxes, I can use Opera and Chrome (it appears to be a GPU issue, if you're curious) just fine because they have an option to "Disable Hardware Acceleration" and that works. Vivaldi has no such option but works just fine with the above switch. There are two hits for acceleration on the flags page but one is for frames per second and the other is for overriding the block list - which is not something I want to do. If I could manually add something to the block list (it seems like it should be blocked) that might do it. So, for now, I've just used the switch when I want to use Vivaldi.

Much thanks! I'll keep poking. Eventually I'll find it. It's annoying but that's the way it goes. I like trying varied browsers out and seeing if there's anything exciting happening. Lately? Not really. I do like the idea of Vivaldi but they don't seem like they're going to have very good results.

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