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Comment On one blog post (Score 1) 128

Mozilla declares itself COMPLETELY out of touch with the vast overwhelming majority of the userbase.

Nice way to declare yourself absolutely irrelevant.

I've said it before and I've said it again, THIS IS AN ARMS RACE that the advertising industry started.

Live by the thermonuclear obliteration of your users rights, die from the thermonuclear backlash.

You made your choice long ago, and continue to poke the bear, be sure to enjoy the consequences of your obnoxious actions.

Submission + - Did DHS Edit The Wikipedia Page Of Kevin McCarthy (

schwit1 writes: An IP address originating from the Department of Homeland Security was tied to entries made on the Wikipedia pages of North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, alleging that the two Republicans were having an affair. McCarthy dropped his bid to be the next Speaker of the House earlier today.

It is unclear if someone at the federal agency actually was behind the edits. But both changes — McCarthy's and Ellmers' — show that a user at the IP address,, made them on Thursday. That address comes from DHS' offices in Springfield, Va.

Submission + - Dell Brings 4K InfinityEdge Display To XPS 15 Line, GeForce GPU, Under 4 Pounds (

MojoKid writes: There's no doubt that Dell's new XPS 13 notebook when it debuted earlier this year, was very well received. Dell managed to cram a 13.3-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display into a 12-inch carbon fiber composite frame. Dell has now brought that same InfinityEdge display technology to its larger XPS 15, which the company boasts has the same footprint as a 14-inch notebook. But Dell didn't just stay the course with the QHD+ resolution from the smaller XPS 13; the company instead is offering an optional UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD panel with 8 million pixels and 282 pixels per inch (PPI). The 350-nit display allows for 170-degree viewing angles and has 100 percent minimum Adobe RGB color. Dell also beefed up the XPS 15's internals, giving it sixth generation Intel Core processors (Skylake), support for up to 16GB of memory and storage options that top out with a 1TB SSD. Graphics duties are handled by either integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 or a powerful GeForce GTX 960M processor that is paired with 2GB GDDR5 memory. And all of this squeaks in at under 4 pounds.

Comment Global warming? (Score 2, Funny) 125

20+ posts already, and no one mentioned Global Warming yet? How could you, guys, miss this opportunity to refresh the fear in the hearts of your followers? If you keep burning fossil fuels, our planet too will become an airless desert devoid of life. Whether it will heat up or cool down is an impolite question, but something will happen, unless you install solar panels on your roof.

The "point of now return" — like the second coming of a deity of some unscientific cult followed by the unwashed — has been within "only a few years" for the past 4 decades.

Gebyy zl gnvy.

Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 161

I'm not sure I'd reject a language out of hand just because people can write terrible code with it. I'd rather reject those programmers.

I do agree with you on K & R style, though. Vertical space is valuable real estate.


Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 161

Except that their regex engine isn't very fast. I prototyped a project that used a lot of regexes in both python and perl and the python implementation was between 4 and 7 time slower. I really wanted to use python, but it wasn't the right tool for the job.

That's why anyone with a clue will see statements of "only viable" with comic disdain.

Say what you will, but perl is very, very good at parsing text.


Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 233

WOW! I am impressed!

So, taking the cop-out, as I predicted... You could've been more graceful surrendering your position, but I'll take it.

stuff I didn't even mention!

Yes, you did mention it — when you posted the truism about taxes being unavoidable, and invited me to expand with "Let's hear it"... Well, now you heard it. Hop along.

Comment Re:Blaming KKKorporations (Score 1) 233

I didn't single out corporations

Yes, you did — you are in full agreement with Dutchmaan as evidenced by your own talk of "complete control" and "gorging".

So, answer the question: are you challenging the assertion that corporations are in complete control and gorging themselves at the public trough?

This piece of rustic but still colorful rhetoric is too vague too agree or disagree with. Debating this is pointless — it will come down to trying to nail jellybeans like what constitutes "completeness" of control.

1) Obama would've gotten the vast majority of the black/poor (your cell video) vote without giving away cell phones

Not at all obvious. And, of course, it was not just the cell-phones — many people expected something: "free" healthcare, "free" college education, etcaetera. Those people "gorge themselves", as you put it, at the public trough and/or want to. That Obama got elected — despite being a junior senator (from a State famous for its corruption) without any notable accomplishment to his name — suggests rather strongly, it was that expectation of "spreading the wealth around" he promised, that helped him.

2) The cost of Obamaphones doesn't even qualify as a gnat's eyelash when compared the the largesse handed out to the corporations

Complete and utter bullshit. The single largest and dominating "hand out" given by the US government to KKKorporations (the proper spelling in the rants like yours, BTW) is for the military — planes, tanks, ships et al. It is big, but it is dwarfed by the costs of "War on Poverty", which costed the "public trough" more (inflation-adjusted), than all of the USA's real wars combined. Indeed, the much maligned Military-Industrial Complex, that Illiberals constantly complain about, constitutes "only" 13% of federal spending today less than education (14%) and healthcare (22%) (on which no tax monies should be spent at all). Now, which of these is a "gnat's eyelash"?

With both of your "clues" crumbled, I would not be surprised, if you claimed a sudden "lack of time" for debating me further. But let me answer your other questions, in case you decide to become a better human being by educating yourself quietly...

Why would I?

I don't know, why you would, but you did — by putting "confiscating the monies" into quotes.

Whatever term is your preference, government needs funds to operate.

Federal Income Tax did not exist in the US until 1913 — earlier attempts to introduce it were deemed unconstitutional by the courts. (My point here is not to question its constitutionality, but to show, how it is unnecessary.) Yes, I prefer the term "confiscate", because it is more to the point. "Collect" may apply to donations as well as willing purchases, whereas "confiscate" unmistakably refers to involuntary payments.

Yes, government needs to collect taxes, but their levels in today's Western world are outrageously high and a burden on our growth.

Let's hear it! (anarchy doesn't count)

Anarchy my behind — not forcing people to "help the poor" is not anarchy. What taxes would I approve of? Consider the following hypothetical scenario: a town facing an assault by barbarians... They need to organize fighting units, train, arm and feed them, and build fortifications — so they can confiscate money and food, disassemble wrought-iron fences to make pikes, melt church bells into cannon, conscript non-fighters into construction, and the like. In other words, taxation is justified, when the alternative is destruction and death of those taxed and most others.

But it does not have to be all about defense even — the US funded its participation in WW1 (where none of the belligerents have threatened us any more than Saddam Hussein did 90 years later) with Federal Income tax receipts of less than $100 million (less than 0.3% of the country's then-GDP) — how do you justify today's personal income tax of $1.7 trillion (8% of GDP)? You can't — not without the people (rather than corporations) voting themselves monies confiscated from others — and gorging on it.

Comment Re:Just (Score 2) 186

Side note: the guy that installed our new furnace a couple years ago said he runs solar in his home with no battery pack, at night he just switches over to the utility power (actually I think it switches automatically).

Assuming that guy is doing the standard grid-tie configuration, it's not that the house "switches over" at night, so much as that all power generated by the solar array goes out to the local grid (and causes the electric meter to run backwards), and all power used by the house comes from the grid (causing the electric meter to run forward). The actual electric bill is therefore calculated by subtracting the amount generated from the amount used during each billing cycle.

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 2) 267

I don't why so many in the Linux community are so hooked on ZFS.

Because it is good. In particular, it offers the only sensible way to make good use of the ephemeral storage offered by Amazon's Web Services (AWS) in a general case — the fast (SSD) storage can be used as read-cache for a ZFS stable of mount-points.

Why not just put your energy there?

Why do put any energy into reinventing the wheel? And struggle with triangular "wheels" in the process?

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard