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Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 1) 489

What is this Cold War obsession with misrepresenting Marxism in as many ways as possible just to make it seem ridiculous (or evil)?

Okay. Not trolling, just stating a (possibly, to some) undesirable opinion...

The Koch brothers are old and are pandering to the demographic of old people who watch Fox News - who still vote - like (sigh) my mother (don't get me started). I wager that most youngsters forgot about Marxism five minutes after their high-school social studies final exam. The whole Communism / Socialism / Marxism is "evil" is nothing but cold-war propaganda used by people like the Koch brothers, Dick Cheney, etc... to try and scare / control the (older) unwashed masses - who might have actually been adults throughout the cold-war.

Comment: Re:The worrisome part (Score 1) 232

by fahrbot-bot (#47758541) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Oh no, they might killswitch a phone thought to be a bomb trigger.

Pretty sure bombers typically don't advertise the phone number of the trigger device. I'm more worried about the case where Siri gains sentience and decides to kill all humans. Then I might be in "“immediate danger of death or great bodily injury" from a cell phone.

Comment: Re:Which means... (Score 1) 247

by fahrbot-bot (#47758489) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

It will still be god awful for anyone with a keyboard/mouse, on a desktop PC, sitting further than 30cm from their screen.

Don't be silly. Every new OS install will come with a WiFi tablet for all your desktop I/O needs via a RDP connection. No more gorilla arm as the tablet will be in your lap and you can sit where ever you like.

Comment: Re:Won't work with new chips (Score 1) 78

Given that the newest credit/debit card I have doesn't expire until 2017, and none of mine have chips, it would seem to me that registers will still need to be accepting cards like mine for at least another 3-4 years...

Of course, your Bank (whoever) could send you new Chip and Pin cards before your old ones expire.

Comment: Re:$230 (Score 1) 609

by fahrbot-bot (#47721279) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

you do not need flashblock. just tell noscript to block flash on trusted pages as well and you have flashblock like placeholders.

Although, using both allows me to white list or temp allow a site and still have the Flash blocked, until I specifically select it. Sure it's then two clicks to see it, but many times I want to see the other content on the page and not the Flash.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 1) 235

by fahrbot-bot (#47685575) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

wow, quality. I can't wait to have conversations with you.

I don't know if you were being snarky, but the parent post mentioned using IM to collaborate on a task with someone remote and my response was intended as a comment that I'd rather talk to that person while working together on the task than use IM. That way, I can use my ears, voice and keyboard together on the actual task rather than having to spend time typing into the IM client. I did not mean to imply that I wouldn't be paying attention to the caller.

I once spent 6 hours on a conference call with two remote team members working to solve a time-critical software issue for a delivery. Using IM would have been cumber/tiresome and would have probably been much less efficient than voice.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 2) 235

by fahrbot-bot (#47685183) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

i mostly agree sometimes IM is still useful in the work place but i don't just sit there monitoring it i use it when i need to work on something with someone not right next to me for more than just 5-10 minutes

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

Comment: Re:Obligatory xkcd reference (Score 1) 160

by fahrbot-bot (#47679849) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

The talent behind xkcd is a former NASA engineer.

Big deal. I also worked *at* the NASA Langley Research Center -- with Unisys (1988-92) as a system admin/programmer on the super computing network - Cray-2 and YMP, several Convex systems, etc... and with SAIC (1996-98) as a sysadmin on the CERES project - Sun E5000, SGI Origin 2000, ~100 Sun/SGI workstations, etc...

The Cray-2, Voyager, ended up at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in 1996 btw.

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