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Comment: You already left the barn door open ASSHOLES! (Score 1) 124

by Chas (#49744827) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

At this point, it's pretty much moot.

The tools are already out there.

Cutting off now accomplishes JACK SHIT. And all the tools will simply be mirrored outside the US.

The especially bad part? Look at the whole encryption export debacle.

Basically most of the meaningful security jobs and development will move outside the US.
Sure, we'll have in-country development, but it'll be happening in a vacuum, as nobody else will want to touch development of tools they can't legally use.
Meaning that security tools in general will stagnate in the US and slow down elsewhere as they have to now gear up for development without using resources inside US borders.

Comment: More super? (Score 2) 228

by Chas (#49729451) Attached to: Marvel's Female Superheroes Are Gradually Becoming More Super

Okay, the most powerful super in the setting is one SQUIRREL GIRL!

She's the living embodiment of "Chuck Norris Facts" for the Marvel Universe, and is basically on par with the Living Tribunal (a fundamental entity of the universe and essentially a godlike manifestation).

How, pray tell, does one get "more super" than that?

ASIDE from grating on about the feminist implications of "Name+GIRL" vs "Name+WOMAN" or "Name".

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 2) 528

by Chas (#49710499) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Sorry bub. There's no such thing as "equal footing".

It's a nice concept. But that's all it is.

What you're asking for isn't EQUAL treatment. It's SPECIAL treatment.

This is victim mentality and places you at greater disadvantage than the actual oppression did to your ancestors.

And your mindset would have us eternally offering "reparations" because there's no way you can ever be "equal" in your own mindset.

Nowadays, how much of the African American community's problems are from remnants of oppression and how much is of their own making?

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 0) 528

by Chas (#49709405) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

That's just it. These schools aren't looking for good little rote learners.

They're looking for intelligent, and WELL ROUNDED people.

People who've been drilled and drilled and drilled and drilled and drilled by so-called tiger-mothers generally don't perform well when finally cut loose in the collegiate environment.

Sure, they still have the overbearing parents at home making their lives hell. But there's long gaps in between where they simply don't see those people. And, eventually, the habit of drill, drill, drill breaks.

More over, collegiate classes generally aren't the sort that you coast through on rote learning.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1, Troll) 528

by Chas (#49709381) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

Even if you were african american:

You have not been kept as a slave, nor have your parent or grandparent.
You have not been killed, or even corporally punished for learning to read.
The closest you've gotten to being beaten nearly to death is corporal punishment delivered by your elders or in gang initiation or at the hands of police in commission of a crime.
Your family has not been broken up and sold off, though statistics show that african american households have far greater tendency to be single parent homes, that has NOTHING to do with said parent being sold off.
You haven't been systematically excluded from jobs, housing or medical care.
If you've been lynched by idiots, I'm sorry. Idiots are everywhere.
And while the police may stop or shoot young african americans with more regularity, the fact is, your neighborhoods generally have higher incidents of violent crime.

As for Affirmative Action "correcting evils". Please don't tell me you're such a child that you actually believe that bullshit.
Affirmative Action is simply another hand-out to make you shut up and go the fuck away. To make you a complacent little consumer.
And all that happens when you destroy property, look and riot is that you fulfill the very stereotype you wish to divorce yourself from.

And, at some point, you KNOW that it's going to have to go away, right? Or are we still going to have to deal with it 100+ years from now, when nobody in living memory even alive at the same time as anyone who suffered through racial segregation, let alone slavery. At some point, the hand-out is going to stop.

Comment: Re:The two things that have led me to oppose the D (Score 1, Flamebait) 648

by Chas (#49702097) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

Fuck it. If you're going to kill someone. It should be in the most obscenely horrific and painful way you can possibly think of.

Death by giant mechanical grinder.

Death by giant belt sander.

Or go old school. Vlad Tepes had it right. Sit them on a spear. And let go.

You want to deter people from doing things that'd get them the death penalty?

Make the death penalty something nobody in their right mind could think about without shitting themselves in fear.

Comment: Never gonna happen under Kirchner Kleptocracy (Score 1) 294

by Chas (#49701311) Attached to: The Solution To Argentina's Banking Problems Is To Go Cashless

Seriously.

She honestly doesn't give a shit about her people.
She just wants her percentage of whatever can be bilked out of the populace and world in general.
And her solution to every problem is to ignore its very existence. Entirely.

Basically Argentina needs a bloody revolution and then a general election.

Likely that'll never happen though.

Comment: Linux and Mac development stopped. (Score 4, Insightful) 227

Basically means that this is going to be a Windows-only platform. Since it'll just be SO EASY to use Microsoft's secret sauce to get things working.

Making it totally impossible to duplicate on any other platform and requiring people to start from scratch with the platform again.

So, stopping multi-platform development means it's never going start again. At least not seriously.

Look at gaming in Linux. Now add an order of magnitude or three to that for Occulus support. And nobody's going to want to even try.

They may as well just say "We're going Windows-only-forever so fuck the rest of you up your stupid asses".

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