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Comment: Re:The Republicans have my vote. (Score 2) 441

by GerryGilmore (#49467337) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality
No reason to downvote - once your argument/reasoning devolves to "BULLSHIT" in all caps and then throw in "liberals" and "regulate" as if the last two were the equivalent of the first, you identified yourself quite clearly as on of those hyper-partisan types who intellectually (and I use that term very broadly) subsist on the cargo-cult, talk-radio crowd who feel at their best when engaging in loutish, barron-stool rantings accompanied by your favorite sayings/slogans of the day. You really should consider doing this: listen-to/watch/read *only* the following for one month. 1) PBS/NesHour for real news and *sane* discussion of current events. 2) Economist magazine for world perspective, outstanding, deep-thought analysis (of which I occasionally disagree, but still respect their perspective) of current events, including America. PS - Economist magazine is the one news/analysis source that is equally respected by Ds and Rs who have a brain. The Tea Pary types like, sadly, you, I suspect, only do Fox and talk radio.

Comment: The best compliment I ever had (Score 2) 232

by GerryGilmore (#49377225) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
I'd once written what I thought at the time was a fairly simple C program to interface with a medical lab system, calculate the checksum (a very, very basic CRC), and pass the results to a file. For the record, I'm a self-taught programmer who started with the Data General Nova assembler, but I digress....Several years later, I happened to meet a programmer who'd inherited my code and, basically, said that it was the best commented, self-explanatory code he'd ever seen and later changes were really easy to make. At the time, I'd just written a device driver was so feeling all punky, but later I realized that what that dude had told me was the highest compliment I could ever receive. $.02 brothers and sisters....

Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 0) 536

Excuse me, but - FUCK YOU! How in the hell can you think that having emails or any other correspondence would make one fucks worth of difference? In today's America, when Corporate America(TM) fucks you, you lie down and take it like the good Consumer(TM) that you are, with no rights at all. You are no longer a Citizen(TM), just another sucker fed your appetite of ${YOUR_PREFERENCE} partisan crap.

Comment: Re:Regulations are all bad in the long term (Score 4, Insightful) 347

by GerryGilmore (#49245051) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order
I do have mod points, but I'd rather respond directly. You do know, don't you, that you undercut your own argument by referencing the superior state of internet access in Europe? Especially as Europe is, in general, much thicker in regulations than here in America. Besides the national laws (and, again, this is Europe we're talikng about), you have an ever-growing raft of EU-wide regulations. Please square that logical circle for us, if you logically can.

Comment: Exceptionalism (Score 2) 734

by GerryGilmore (#49194481) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?
As a fierce American patriot, I have to recognize that what originally made America so special was the core liberal values that are now much more universal, esocially in Europe. (PS - I do not mean the "Liberal" caricature that is standard fodder on American media today, but basic liberal values as defined universally: universal suffrage; free press; no state religion; representative democracy with regular election cycles; military subservience to civilian, elected control; respect for private property rights; and full legal equality for all citizens.) More so, given the seemingly mad rush to insanity encompassing us here today, I would encourage you to give very, very serious consideration to staying more "European". Sadly, we are becoming much more "Idiocracy" than we should, and I see no real benefit to becoming American. Unless, that is, your religion is the Gun, and you are willing to make regular sacrifices of your children and fellow citizens to appease this American God(TM) In that case, sign them up and arm them well and train them well in how to pray to their new God. (PS - I own 3 firearms: a Ruger 10/22; a 1911 ACP clone; and a Ruger .357 magnum. I like my guns a lot, but I do not love and worship them. If the local police - and I live in a rural Georgia county, so that ain't likely - for whatever reason asked me to register and/or test fire my weapons for them to help with solving a crime, I would have no problem with that. But, that's the difference between liking something and worshiping/sacrificing citizens to something.) Cheers!

Comment: Re:How do we know? (Score 1, Flamebait) 631

by GerryGilmore (#49140823) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
You forgot Rush Limbaugh's latest insight into the *real* reason for NN - it's so that Obama can regulate Fox News and talk radio out of existence! I shit you not - he's been going off on it for a couple of days now. Just when you think the paranoid, delusional mindset cannot sink any lower, BAM!

Comment: Re:Last week ... (Score 1) 290

by GerryGilmore (#49108673) Attached to: How Walking With Smartphones May Have Changed Pedestrian Etiquette
"Personally, I'd rather be dead than know that I caused the life of someone else to end without cause." I call 100% organic, dolphin-free BullShit. Especially when the "cause" is simple narcissitic stupidity and inattentiveness to the most basic awareness for which you are responsible - your survival. I'm sure it feels all superior and noble to say what you did, but you're delusional if you really believe in a Real(TM) situation that you'd give up your life to save an asshole.

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 2) 393

by GerryGilmore (#49070731) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?
Depending on your definition, the "Year Of The Linux Desktop" could be any year from, oh, about 2003 or so to now and into the future. If your definition means: " the year that Linux has greater marketshare than Windows", well that's not likely to be aytime soon at all. OTOH, Apple is the most valuable company in the world by current market valuations - hardware, software, oil, you-name-it, by relying on non-Microsoft OSes, and they are obviously pretty successful. Me? I've been dual-booting for several years and last year took the plunge to pure Linux. No MS or Apple, and I'm hanging in there just fine.

Comment: Re:They're all frauds (Score 1, Insightful) 53

by GerryGilmore (#49026563) Attached to: Another Bitcoin Exchange Fraud
I would actually challenge the use of the term "dubious commodity". How, pray tell, can the result of some math-hashing scheme be even remotely considered any kind of "commodity" (i.e. something that has some intrisic value)? Totally bizarre that anyone in their halfway-right mind would put something (real American dollars) that does have intrisic value - being "valid tender for all debts public and private" - into something that does not? A fool and his money, brothers and sisters!

Comment: Re:Okay, so... (Score 1) 378

by GerryGilmore (#49008165) Attached to: Woman Suffers Significant Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant
I don't have the links handy, but The Economist magazine has been regularly reporting for several years that the bacteria in our gut contains *trillions* of bacteria. The particular mix and types of bacteria comprise what is known as the "micro-biome". It is now known, without a doubt, that these bacteria have a *radical* effect on how food is metabolized in the human body. So, the old saw about "just eat less and you will lose weight" is not strictly true. BTW, I say this as a formerly fat person who did lose lots of weight by eating less, but that does not alter the reality of how our gut bacteria has a profound impact on not just our weight, but health in general. Very, very much worth investigating fellow /.ers...

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