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Comment: Re:Photos being separated (Score 1) 102

by Jane Q. Public (#49166711) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

It would be nice to be able to comment on YouTube videos (even reply/respond to comments on my OWN videos), but I refuse to switch to G+ and give them that info.

Exactly. I didn't use Google+. I didn't WANT to use Google+. When Google tried to force everyone to use one identity (which didn't work, by the way), my response was simply to stop commenting on YouTube, and stop using Google+ altogether.

There is one person -- and only one -- who now occasionally chats with me via Google Hangouts, and I'm trying to quash that use as well.

All in all, it was a dick move on Google's part, and it drove users away in, well, droves. Have you notices how FEW comments there are on YouTube now, compared to before that switch?

I have been slowly but surely divorcing myself from Google's services. Now, they want to be the judge of how "factual" web pages are, based on dubious methodology. No thanks.

So it looks like Google Search will be the next to go.

Comment: Fuckers! (Score -1, Troll) 78

by MightyMartian (#49165617) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Any energy source that does not burn fossil fuels is for pinko commies, and the people designing and building them should immediately be taken out and shot! We must only use oil, coal and natural gas, and we should have a law that allows for summary execution of anyone who brings up wind, solar, AGW, or science. After all, we know God fucking hates greenies and wants us to kill all of them!

Fuck everyone who believes spewing CO2 into the atmosphere isn't a good, nay, incredibly great and healthy thing! We should kill all the climatologists right fucking now!!!!!

I'd say more, but I'm at risk of drowning in my own spittle.

Comment: Re:Life has caught up to our dreams. (Score 1) 188

by MightyMartian (#49165477) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Which doesn't explain why there is little or no chemistry between the actors, why an Englishman was cast as a character of Indian descent, why the cinematography makes it look like they were filmed by a twelve year old with a ten year old digital camera, and why, in general, the plots of both movies, where they are comprehensible at all, are daft and simplistic.

I watched all three completed Star Trek Continues series, and have to say, despite what are considerably smaller budgets, and by and large unknown actors, have done what Abrams and the big studios, with huge resources, have not, and that is to actually capture the spirit of Star Trek.

Comment: Re:What's lacking is a plot and characters (Score 1) 188

by MightyMartian (#49164853) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

The super-duper Transporter is definitely the reboot franchise's midichloreans.

Frankly, I can't even be sure what the plot of the first movie was. There was this big fucking ship that screwed up the space-time continuum, so Kirk was a mean brat who turned out alright, except for cheating on the Kobiashi Maru test, which now earns him a big spanking, as opposed to the commendation in the other time line. And then blowing up Vulcan, Nimoy's Spock telling Kirk that the pointy-eared prick who has been trying to fuck him over is really his bestest buddy, and then big battle scenes and Enterprise wins. Yay!

Comment: Re:Live (Score 1) 188

by MightyMartian (#49164761) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

My impression of both films was a mindless action film with a Star Trek pastiche shoved on top. Just a lot of incredibly short shots, pointless dialog that served only to push the ponderous plots on, and very little beyond a skim of "Trekiness" that would suggest I was watching Star Trek.

My wife and I finally got down to watching fanfic Star Trek Continues series. Now THAT'S Star Trek. I wish someone would give these guys the tens of millions of dollars it took to make Abram's abortions. They could bring in Karl Urban, because the McCoys they've had so far are iffy (who would have known Bones would have been the hardest character to find a new actor for).

Comment: Re:Krebs (Score 1) 217

Nobody took computer security seriously back in 2001. Things have changed a lot since then.

I have to agree with you in general, but banks should have been concerned about it. Online banking was a fairly new thing, but even then, I am pretty sure this mistake violated Federal regulations.

Comment: Re:Poor choice of example (Score 1) 338

by Jane Q. Public (#49161973) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Wrong. You are the one trying to rewrite history. Japan did NOT want a war with the USA, instead believing that U.S. people had little resolve for war, and that knocking out Perl Harbor would remove U.S. presence and influence from South Pacific, so Japan could continue its colonization plan in Asia.

I have to agree with HornWumpus. Maybe it's a matter of terminology, but their expectation that America would itself not want to engage in war, is not the same as not wanting to go to war with America. Pearl Harbor was an act of war. You seem to be denying that.

But I'm willing to chalk it up to misunderstanding.

Comment: Re:Rocketboard (Score 1) 162

by Jane Q. Public (#49161959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

In my own (quite extensive) experience working in distributed teams, you're almost never going to find the entire team using OS X; it's a near certainty that all OSs will be represented, so a single-platform solution is a non-starter, no matter how good it may be.

I don't know that I'd agree with "almost never". In my own experience, also extensive, and also distributed, most of the people I have had need to use a whiteboard with were already using OS X. It has a disproportionate presence among developers, although Apple lately seems less willing to support its developer base.

At the same time, I won't pretend that my own experience represents the typical situation. I'm not going to claim it's everybody's thing. Which is why I wrote "IF you're on OS X..."

Comment: Re:stop the pseudo-scientific bullshit (Score 1) 87

by Jane Q. Public (#49161927) Attached to: Mysterious Siberian Crater Is Just One of Many

Your glibly dismissive attitude overlooks so much, but instead of answering the points you play affronted, thereby not answering the points raised. You know damn well you were wrongly dismissive.

You didn't MAKE any points. Instead, you argued with something I didn't say. I merely stated that it USUALLY doesn't work that way, and explained why. My description was accurate. I didn't say it was impossible. But you glibly assumed that it was LIKELY. It was not.

End of discussion.

Comment: Re:Krebs (Score 1) 217

Notorious troll Weev" did the above (although he went to the media FIRST apparently) and included the exposed data, and as a result was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and $73,000 in restitution. The EFF and many others condemned the prosecution.

Very different situation. This leak was TO computers, and didn't involve going to "unauthorized" addresses. The information was right there on your local machine if you knew where to look. No remote exploration necessary. I would rather not discuss the details but if you knew them I am sure you would agree that it was alarmingly stupid.

Agreed, though, that Weev was railroaded. He did nothing wrong except to piss off powerful people. It was (is) a travesty of justice. Same with Aaron Swartz.

I am more bored than you could ever possibly be. Go back to work.