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Comment: Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (Score 1) 1038

by Gizzmonic (#45994943) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

But... Our system right now is so paranoid against executing the falsely convicted, that stays of execution are granted when there is the faintest whiff of innocence. Prisoners are kept for decades, just to avoid wrongful execution.

Hahaha. In the United States? No. Ever heard of the Innocence Project?

In Texas? Hell no! We still have a guy on death row even though the judge who sentenced him was sleeping with the prosecutor (Charles Hood).

Until there are consequences/punishments for prosecutorial overreach, we can't even think about executing convicts.

Comment: Re:Equality (Score 2) 509

by Gizzmonic (#45591781) Attached to: The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

Only strip mining and Microsoft Office creates wealth. Down with these debauched entertainers! Throw them into Re-Education Camp and let them learn how to graph their salt mine output in Excel!

Ironically enough, your post is the most entertaining thing I've read all day, you worthless leech! Share some more economic theories with us, and you may get your Microsoft Salt Mine hours cut back from 16 to 14, plebe!

Comment: Who cares? (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by Gizzmonic (#44865835) Attached to: Security Company Says NASDAQ Waited Two Weeks To Fix XSS Flaw

So, it's the NASDAQ website. Who goes the NASDAQ website? You can't trade stocks there. Financial information was not leaked, so BFD. This is fairly common on any website. Sounds to me like a single security research got butthurt because they didn't acknowledge his finding quickly enough.

Comment: Re:In b4 deluge of thorium posts. (Score 2) 293

by Gizzmonic (#43984829) Attached to: <em>Pandora's Promise</em> and the Problem of "Solutionism"

As far as I can tell, what's coming out the wrong end of a thorium reactor will be a molten salt soup of toxic, possibly very corrosive, and VERY radioactive materials

As opposed to what comes out of the "wrong end" of any coal-fired plant?

In any case, the above does not sound very pleasant. It sounds expensive and dangerous and potentially hazardous, a lot like how we store spent fuel rods now.

Dangerous *and* potentially hazardous? Well, let's give up and start living in caves then.

There's plenty of info on thorium reactors. Google can help you there. But you're not really interested in anything but spreading FUD. Carry on, then.

Comment: Big yawn for the 720... (Score 1) 232

by Gizzmonic (#43556977) Attached to: Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

Why would I want to buy a 720? I don't like the idea of always-on DRM, because it adds an unnecessary point of failure to the gaming experience. Microsoft's dashboard is designed to serve ads, not to navigate around games. And I imagine it will only get worse.

At least Sony is spending a ton of money on indie game developers...MS doesn't seem to have a plan except "the same stuff, only even more customer-hostile!" I've never been so unimpressed by nextgen offerings.

Comment: Re:He's right (Score 2) 163

They used to solve problems. How do you think we got our country-wide telephone network? Our highway system?

Back then, government wasn't reviled as evil, and we didn't elect people who depowered government to further enrich their rich buddies. Now the expectations are set: government can do no right, so let's deregulate and let the private sector solve the problem (aka enrich themselves at our expense).

I guarantee you that if the Internet had been around in the 50's, we'd have a nationwide fiber network better than any other in the first world. But that kind of coordinated national movement is passe now. The best we can hope for is a little Google Fiber here and there.

Comment: Re:So long, farewell... (Score 1) 299

Condescending moron,

That doesn't change the dictionary definition of censorship. Not to mention " you can choose not to consume a company's products/services" is a rose-tinted view of the world that is generally untrue throughout history.

Any entity can censor...which is not a bad thing in and of itself. The debate is, as always, whether or not they (Apple) should.

Comment: Re:You didn't address my points. You misread me. (Score 1) 420

The majority of PCs had USB, but what used it? A couple of webcams. That's it. I know I had a motherboard from that era that was recalled due to faulty USB ports. I didn't even bother to get it replaced because...nothing used USB. Intel was pushing it, so it was there...but unused.

Peripheral manufacturers did not release anything of consequence using the USB interface until the iMac. Then all of a sudden, we had bondi blue printers, zip drives, CD burners etc (of course most of them worked on PCs as well).

USB also needed to be on the majority of PCs *and* the iMac to succeed. That way, they could target both platforms with 1 interface. The iMac led the way and the PCs finally got some use out of the USB port.

"The medium is the message." -- Marshall McLuhan