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Comment: Re:From AOL having trouble cancelling service? (Score 1) 401

by Michael O-P (#47462215) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

How old does one have to be to use the phrase? Back in the day, one had to be talking about the Great War, or prohibition to use the expression. But since the dawn of internet time, when discussing "back in the day," I take it to mean about 20 years ago.

Comment: I still have an issue (Score 4, Interesting) 105

by Michael O-P (#47277079) Attached to: After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

Not that anyone cares, but this marks 20 years since I wrote an op-ed piece for Computerworld, titled "Ban Business Use of the Internet." It was on the eve of commercial interests being allowed onto the internet, and just after Canter & Siegel inundated Usenet with their Green Card Spam (look it up, kids). While I don't agree with every word I wrote, I think there were certain points I made which have come true. I wrote about corporate interests sponsoring university net feeds, and the speech restrictions that would come with it. Parallel that with the witchhunt of Aaron Swartz and his subsequent suicide.

I was going to scan in the entire text, since it's not available on the web anywhere (that I can find), just to see what others thought about how I was right and how I was wrong about the corporate "invasion" to academia.

Comment: Thank you! (Score 1) 234

by Michael O-P (#46178791) Attached to: The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Both you and AC articulated what I was starting to *feel* regarding beta. I have so many users who rebel against upgrades just because they're different; I just wanted some good reasons why the beta sucks.

As I use it just a little bit, the UI was obviously designed by blind monkeys, or perhaps just committee. I have to scroll and scroll and scroll, and yet there is so much wasted space around comments. Add to that the fact that replies don't load automatically, and I have to populate the reply subject. I see nothing good about this "upgrade."

Comment: What's so bad about beta? (Score 1) 234

by Michael O-P (#46177545) Attached to: The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Perhaps I don't visit Slashdot as much as I used to, but I just looked at the site through beta to see what the fuss is about. Perhaps my eyes don't move in the right way, but is it the additional ads that I ignore on the right-hand side? I'm not defending beta, I'm just asking for additional education about what makes it so bad other than being different.

Comment: Re: Still illegal under NZ Constitution (Score 1) 216

by lexsird (#44360219) Attached to: New Zealand Government About To Legalize Spying On NZ Citizens

Of course you can't fight them straight up, it's the most advanced police state and military in the world. Of course discussing revolutionary tactics will most likely get you a free trip to a more temperate climate for a contest of how well you can breath with a towel over your face and water being poured on it.

Comment: Re:Iowa can get very hot in summer (Score 2) 103

You can build underground here and not worry about heat problems. In fact if you don't insulate right, you will be quivering for heat. Also, wind and solar here are easy to farm up. They make giant wind generators here, they are amazing to see the parts for them being shipped across the highways.

Latency here is good, I can use either coast's servers without hindrance to game play. Most of our rural areas have decent Internet connections, so that you can work at a high tech place, yet have a home in "Smallville" Iowa that you can upload work from or to. High tech meets antiques. My computer desk is an old beater roll top desk that I have adapted a monitor on an arm for. Best of several worlds.

Sure, the pigs smell, but unless it's a corporate farm, the hog farms aren't that big and you can pass the smell fast enough if you have to pass by one. The industrial lots on the other hand....don't be near one.

Sure we have some fat girls, but who doesn't? We also have some very athletic farm girls who are gorgeous and could probably kick your ass and out shoot most of you "city slickers." That's extreme too, but we do have some fine women. Any university town will have your head on a swivel.

Republicans probably gave away the farm in tax breaks to lure them in. The trickle down effect is better than no effect. The economy is a knife fight here if you aren't a farmer. It's a gun fight if you are a farmer.

We also have the best tasting pork or beef you will ever sink teeth into and for us locals it's cheaper and fresh. When we grill here, it's nothing short of magical. If you go to the Iowa State Fair and try some of the State's finest grilled meats, you will be ruined for life, nothing else will be that good. Stand there, with a cold beer and cry as you enjoy it, you know there will be nothing that good pass your lips again lest you return once again. There should be a law against how good it is.

We have rivers, lakes, hunting, fishing, camping all in pristine condition, with air crisp and clean.

Now if only we had government that would legalize hemp/weed we could kick start some new industries. Iowa could grow the finest hemp/weed in the universe. If you ever see a picture of it growing wild here, the hippie in you will flip out. Think Christmas tree size only 3 times as big. Hemp production alone could produce an absurd amount of hydrocarbon, the seeds from it could be like grapes that squeeze out oil, literally. It would make a great green project. I'm shocked Iowa hasn't taken the lead in strides in this aspect. We're talking a combination petroleum and fiber industry infusion into the State. Because it's so vulnerable, they could tax hell out of it and pay some bills. They don't have to beg it in like Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Morons (Score 4, Interesting) 457

by lexsird (#43943833) Attached to: Inside PRISM: Why the Government Hates Encryption

This looks like as good of place as any to post this link to a really interesting post on Reddit. I normally don't link stuff, this one was kind of bone chilling and relevant.

For your reading pleasure: http://www.reddit.com/r/changemyview/comments/1fv4r6/i_believe_the_government_should_be_allowed_to/caeb3pl?context=3

Things that make me go "Hmmm...."

P.S. it's the highlighted post.

Comment: Re:the military will shoot whoever it is told to (Score 1) 609

by lexsird (#43927609) Attached to: Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data To NSA

No reason? There was plenty of reason. These were malcontents, disorderly and disobedient peasants who needed to know their place. Examples had to be made, after all, we couldn't have an "American Spring" where "Occupy Wall Street" morphed into "Burn Wall Street." Peaceful protests are dangerous, what if those lemmings knew just how hard they are being fucked over, they would hang each and everyone of us in power. We can't have that now can we?

No no, it's much better that those vocal few and their entitled thinking of "freedom," real freedom, not the fake stuff we peddle them to keep them under control, are crushed under the jackboots of thugs, than our precious system that we have crafted to our liking be threatened. Not to mention they might hang us all if they really knew what we do in secret. That stuff ever getting out makes me really nervous. We had better get our lackeys at the NSA to keep track of any such uprisings in the future, especially with the "system" being threatened perhaps in Turkey. These elements might encourage our "elements" and we need to keep them under surveillance just in case we need to kill them off to head off any more trouble. We almost had to kill their leaders here before with our FBI snipers, but that would have inflamed things.

We'll be steps ahead of them this time. No reason indeed, pardon me while I and my cohorts laugh over our single malt scotch at that one.

Comment: Re:Second amandment (Score 1) 609

by lexsird (#43927441) Attached to: Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data To NSA

"Don't worry citizen, your NYC Mayor, Dr Cocteau wants you to write about happy joy joy things and stop being a malcontent. Enhance your calm, user lightknight, or else you might be in violation of the verbal morality act."

Seriously, how can you be surprised of anything that Evil Mr Rodgers and his "private army" do these days. Bloomberg; setting the tone for and defining Fascism 2.0.

How does it feel New Yorkers to be afraid of your Mayor and his thugs? Does that feel like freedom? Have a large cup of soda pop and set in the shade and think about it. Oh, that's right, you can't. You can't buy a big soda pop there, and the fascist thugs posing as cops will roust you if you aren't the right color in the right place. Don't be loitering citizen, that park bench is not for setting on.

You see, this is how you do Fascism 2.0, all hail Bloomberg! The 1% cutting out the middleman and just running it himself. Hail, Bloomberg! One of his "boys" roughed up a "liberal idiot judge?" That's too bad for the judge isn't it? It will teach him to be out there with the common people, dressed like one of them, who does he think he is? Perhaps he will learn his place and appreciate it. Hail Bloomberg, our savior and pattern for all new Mayors and Presidents.

"For any of you foolish romantics who dream of yesteryear and pine for the day "revolution" dawns on America, keep on dreaming. You are far too emasculated for that kind of nonsense. We left just enough balls on you to procreate so we can have more servants and soldiers, but not enough for you to ever matter, or rise up against us. Collectively, you are all far too stupid and uneducated to know better. Your kind is always so easy to control, it's as if you were bred for it. Now run along and enjoy your diversions we let you have, and if you feel disgruntled, just watch the puppet show that you call "Government." It will lull you back into your sense of security and waste your time as we designed. Some of you will spend your whole lives thinking that this puppet show serves you. Oh how delightful to us!" -Puppet Masters.

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