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Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by Coolhand2120 (#46657991) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
You can't read Eich's mind. I am in favor of gay marriage but not in favor of the court's ruling against prop 8. Don't understand that? I didn't think so. There was a Constitutional amendment passed in the state that banned gay marriage, but somehow the courts decided that the amendment was unconstitutional! What?! You can't deny that the precedent set here is a terrifying one. The will of the people was thrown under the bus! I am a libertarian so I don't much care of some dude marries another dude, but I take issue with lawyers overriding Constitutional amendments! You can fight for your cause, but not like that, it erodes trust in our system. Today, the Constitution of California isn't worth the paper it's printed on thanks to a small group of people who felt their own right to marry was more important than the civil society itself.

The issue isn't as simple as you make it out to be.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 1) 1746

by Coolhand2120 (#46657881) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Why, for example, is one getting into all sorts of trouble for opposing — not gay sex — gay marriage, but, for example, glamorizing Che Guevara is deemed perfectly acceptable?

Amen brother! Che was a despicable murderer that promoted a despicable murderer and a murderous ideology. People who sport the Che shirt usually not communists, just really, really stupid.

Comment: Re:I think this is bullshit (Score 2) 1746

by Coolhand2120 (#46657871) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Odd, I thought being a CEO made you an employer, you know, one of those "job creators"

No, as the CEO you're an employee. You can be fired. Although you may have a say so in hiring decisions, you are not an employer and you don't sign pay checks. It would be like saying a department manager is an employer because he can hire or fire people.

By the way - one point a lot of people seem to be missing here is that as CEO Eich would have the power to decide how the company he heads throws its weight around in the political arena

So you're basically saying that he's guilty of maybe doing something in the future? There is no evidence to suggest that he would allow his personal views to influence his decisions as CEO. If follow that logic then nobody that has any sort of political affiliation should be in any sort of decision making position lest they allow their personal beliefs to influence decision making.

And funny how you've convicted him of this behavior in your mind before you have any sort of evidence to suggest that he would do that.

I find it rather ironic that the supposed champions of intolerance are the ones that are demonstrably the most intolerant.

Comment: Re:Not the sun (Score 2, Insightful) 320

by Coolhand2120 (#46001035) Attached to: Solar Lull Could Cause Colder Winters In Europe

On the other hand the "alarmist" logic is: "we already know the cause of the warming, it is humans saturating the atmosphere with too much CO2, we just need to gather and/or create the evidence to support this theory". That's called inductive logic, and is just as unscientific as what you describe coming from the "denialists".

"Real" science comes from gathering evidence and basing your theories on the evidence gathered. You then determine what it might take to falsify your theory and try as hard as possible to falsify it.

All I see from the "alarmist" camp is people trying to support their theories at all costs, calling things causation where there is barely correlation, and making very little if any effort to falsify their theories. This behavior is more akin to religion than any sort of science.

Comment: They have made themselves political pawns (Score 0, Troll) 640

Refusing to look at alternative hypotheses speaks volumes of these "scientists". The reaction would be the same if a Catholic priest was asked to attempt to verify the existence of Vishnu.

AGW continues to be junk science by excluding itself from the scientific method. Scientific hypotheses must be falsifiable, when you conjure up a hypotheses that is not, you're not longer dealing in science, you're dealing in religion.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 1, Insightful) 767

by Coolhand2120 (#45159409) Attached to: Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

I personally think most employers should get out of the health care and retirement system altogether.

Because the single payer VA system has done such a poor job taking care of our war fighters?
Or maybe it's because Social Security is nothing but a ponzi scheme that's slated to be insolvent in a dozen years?
But no, I'm sure you have a ton of valid reasons why the government has done a spectacularly poor job with their existing "single payer" healthcare system and retirement system.

Why take a system where you're paying for your own retirement and attempt to filter it through the leviathan of the federal government? Let me guess, you don't have a 401k.
Why would you take a system that a vast majority of the population is satisfied with, massively increase the cost for the sake of a tiny minority who should already be covered by the existing Medicare system? Unless... you're only interested in having the government envelope more and more of the private economy, and you really have no interest in providing "cheaper" or "better" health care.

I think at this point we can agree that government run health care is more expensive and worse quality. If you ask for proof I give you the VA.

Comment: Re:Executive Power (Score 5, Interesting) 273

I would add that people give their information voluntarily to these third parties, while the government takes it using the threat of violence. People give their information to third parties because the third party offers a service for storing and distributing their information to select friends and acquaintances. The government takes and distributes information to an untold number of alphabet soup agencies for some abstract, unproven and unconstitutional notion of security.

Furthermore, the very definition of sharing information at all requires that you do it with a third party. So does the ODNI suggest that the government be privy to communication between me and my doctor? Lawyer? Wife?! That we're even at the point that government officials are asking these questions is proof that the government has grown too big and powerful for the good of the people.

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” -Thomas Jefferson

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -James Madison

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium.

Comment: Re:My solution for fixing Windows 8 (Score 1) 578

by Coolhand2120 (#43910705) Attached to: A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8
Thanks for the helpful reply. A few things I'd like to point out about your comments.

You have to have a CC# and/or have an iTunes account to update? Nonsense

The following is from a reply I posted a little earlier to the same comment:

As soon as I received my computer (from my company) it was asking me to update three programs. One was the OS (I think) the other two were built in apps that required I put in my CC# to update. It did make me create an iTunes account (I have the spam to prove it), if there was a way to opt out of this it wasn't obvious and I looked hard. I think the apps were iphoto and imovie. I canceled out of giving my CC# several times, I didn't want to give it up for no reason, but I couldn't "activate" my account until I did, and until I activated the account I couldn't get rid of the "you need updates!" message. That I even need to create an account at all is pretty lame, that I have to enter a CC# to update other software is super lame.

As for my critique about the file system, I just wish /Users/ was /home/ really.

I have the full sized mac keyboard, and option does say alt on it but it doesn't behave like the alt key (maybe if I hold down the fn key that replaced insert?). When using emacs the alt (meta) key is essential. The removal of the other keys is pretty bad with insert at the top of that list.

Comment: Re:My solution for fixing Windows 8 (Score 1) 578

by Coolhand2120 (#43909617) Attached to: A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8
Thanks for the informed reply. I'm happy you're trying to help and some of your suggestions will help me transition to the new system. That said, I have a few comments about your comments.

As of Lion, you sign in with an Apple ID. That is not iTunes, but iTunes also uses this ID. You do not need a credit card number [apple.com] to update your OS.

As soon as I received my computer (from my company) it was asking me to update three programs. One was the OS (I think) the other two were built in apps that required I put in my CC# to update. It did make me create an iTunes account (I have the spam to prove it), if there was a way to opt out of this it wasn't obvious and I looked hard. I think the apps were iphoto and imovie. I canceled out of giving my CC# several times, I didn't want to give it up for no reason, but I couldn't "activate" my account until I did, and until I activated the account I couldn't get rid of the "you need updates!" message. That I even need to create an account at all is pretty lame, that I have to enter a CC# to update other software is super lame.

It sounds like you are using the mini bluetooth wireless keyboard. You would probably prefer the full-size keyboard [apple.com] which has many of the keys you are concerned about.

I have the full sized keyboard. It lacks the keys I mentioned. I use emacs a lot and by using iterm2 I can replace option with alt, but that's hardly the same as having an alt key because it then disables option. It does not have an insert key, scroll lock, num lock, pause etc.. but it does have 19 F keys that have no apparent function. I tried switching to a PC keyboard, but it lacked the command key so that didn't work out very long. I've resolved to just getting used to it. But the lack of these keys is pretty crappy. Especially the insert key.

When you full screen an application, a virtual desktop for that application window is created on the fly. Your other windows are still there on their original desktop. You can still Opt-Tab back to them or use Mission Control/Expose. I don't understand what the issue is here?

The issue is that the button is useless. I don't know why anyone would ever use it given that it hides all the windows on your other screens. I don't much care what it technically does. What it effectively does isn't terribly useful. Seems a little like a crippled maximize button. How exactly is it useful?

This is another one those scenarios where you have to unlearn Microsoft paradigms. The green button is not a maximize button, and no one ever said it was. It is referred to as the "zoom" button [macyourself.com].

So it's called the zoom button, but it doesn't zoom? That really doesn't make any sense, but ok. It really should be optional how you want it to behave if anything. The unpredictable behavior makes me hesitant to use it. For example, on chrome it resizes vertically only (apparently no web pages can benefit from extra width?), but in my IRC client it resizes both. Why? Who knows? It just does. You're going to be flipping a coin on any new program you install as to what this button actually does. That, in my opinion, is bad design. It doesn't have a maximize button? Well it really should, that would be helpful.

It's not perfect or intuitive, but Command+Shift+G will bring up a dialogue to allow you to type in a path.

Which would be halfway good if it showed the path to the folder you were currently in or had tab completion. As it is, Finder really sucks and I'll more often than not just use the console. I don't really like nuCommander either.

If you don't like the Apple Magic Mouse, you aren't forced to use it.

Yeah... I sort of am forced to use it, for now. It's provided by the company I work for. I don't think they'd be upset if I brought my own mouse in, and that's what I'll probably end up doing. The right mouse button thing is really a pain though.

I have to completely disagree with you here. Multi-monitor support is an area that OS X really shines. Windows in a multi-monitor scenario on the other hand is a total frustrating experience.

I'm not sure why we're talking about windows monitor support all of a sudden. The biggest problem I had was that I have to be careful when I close my laptop. If there are other monitors hooked up and the dock is on one of them when I close it, it means time to hard reboot the computer to get anything back.

* Child windows open up on random monitors seperate from their parent. * God forbid you boot up without one of the monitors

That's up to the programmer. You can center the dialog on the parent window, or you can spawn it on the center of the main monitor. If it's doing something wrong that's hardly the OS's fault. To your second point, I use multi monitors in windows quite a lot and that was an issue pre vista, but it has been fixed for a few years now.

Also, since the introduction of the Windows 8 disaster, there's been much discussion as to why a touch-screen on a laptop is generally considered a bad idea.

I thought that touch screen was useless too, then I got one, kinda used it a little then really started using it. I don't use the touch screen features, I just use it instead of the trackpad/mouse. The PC trackpad on the Vizio (ct15tb1) (10 point multitouch with mac-like gestures) isn't bad at all and is quite comparable to the Mac's, but even so it's much faster to use the touch screen. The only down side is fingerprints :(

Also, since the introduction of the Windows 8 disaster...

I like 8 more than 7 just for the minimalist UI. Never liked the start menu - no love lost there. The much improved file copy and task manager are really cool too. Other than metro - which should go rot in hell - win 8 is just like 7 which is just like vista. I don't care for a lot of the extra steps they put in to get to common tasks (get to your network adapter for example). I could write a few paragraphs on "the stupid things in windows" but this isn't a critique of windows. But the popular idea that "Windows 8 [is a] disaster" I think is a little hyperbolic.

However, don't mix personal-preference with "This OS sucks." You seem to be doing that a lot in this rant of yours.

I didn't say "This OS sucks". I actually said I could switch to this OS full time. I was just pointing out some things that can really be improved upon.

No this is not FreeBSD. It's OS X. The userland core it is built upon is its own BSD variant called Darwin. It has roots in Mach, FreeBSD and even NeXTStep/OpenStep. As far as conventions go, care to elaborate? What exactly about the file system layout do you take issue with?

I come from FreeBSD/CentOS systems so I would really like a /home/ directory to store user profiles in. I don't like the capitalization of the directory names either. Not that my opinion matters at all.

In the meantime you always have the option of bootcamp. You don't lose anything by going with Mac. You can always install a Windows partition and enjoy all of the software available to PCs, and boot back into OS X when you're done with your gaming.

Or I could just use windows for everything. I don't really like dual booting. Seems like a waste of precious SSD space. It would be great if I could just play my x86/x64 games on my x86/x64 processor somehow without installing another OS/partition.

Like I said before, it's not a bad OS. Both OSs have their good and bad parts. I could write a critique about a lot of the stupid things that win8 has, but this one was about OSX. I'm not trying to pick a winner here. If I'm wrong about something, like I'm not doing it right, that's one thing, outside of that people will either agree with my criticisms or they won't.

Anyways, this was a good discussion, thanks for the feedback. I'm happy to continue and thanks for being civil in the debate, I know people can get pretty passionate about their OSs.

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