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Comment: Re:Congrats to the school, and mostly to the kids (Score 1) 203

So (aside from being anonymous, so you don't have to stand by what you say), you must then believe firmly that 'counteractive' discrimination is better than no discrimination?

Please let me know the quantitative metric at which we decide that 'counteractive' discrimination has reached a point of overcorrection at which we can then apply counter-counteractive discrimination? Because discrimination is apparently what we want to keep doing, as long as it's the "right" discrimination?

Comment: Except... (Score 2) 68

...that actual astronomers DO constantly use the equipment mounted in the southern hemisphere for observing.

Perhaps the article would have made more sense if instead of astronomers, she'd said 'stargazers' - people who just enjoy looking at stars as opposed to actual astronomers?

Comment: Re:How about mandatory felony sentences instead? (Score 1) 324

by Mashiki (#48683201) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

I have a problem with that because by ruining their lives, what we create is a bunch of criminals. That's much worse than a bunch of idiots.

Yeah, I really don't see a problem here. Even up here in "liberal canada" you drive drunk, you get your car towed and impounded, then you can end up anywhere between a steep fine, and a criminal conviction. In fact, the problem was considered so serious at one time that the RIDE program was given a defacto bypass on our new charter of rights and freedoms. Allowing the program to operate as an unlawful search.

While not so much of a problem in most of the country now, there are many areas where it is even 35+ years later after the DUI laws were put in place.

Comment: Re: Vandalism unnecessary. (Score 1) 87

by Mashiki (#48681993) Attached to: Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

Newer fridges are much more energy-efficient and cheaper compared to those old models. If you bought an expensive one marked as reliable instead of the cheapest one out there then it would last more than 5 years. The stuff that wasn't as over engineered from the past hasn't survived so we only see the stuff that was.

Sure, energy efficent is about all the newer models boil down to. As for "reliable" and "expensive" yeah...just keep telling yourself that. It's just like at one point there was one company in north america making all fridges, and dishwashers. There's around 5 now. Said "quality" is "buying brand name."

Comment: Re:Vandalism unnecessary. (Score 2) 87

by Mashiki (#48679435) Attached to: Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

Hell that holds true with fridges among other things. I've got a 1940's style fridge that was my great-grandparents and it's still working. My parents are still using the fridge they got when they were married in 1977. On the other hand the new fridge that I bought 5 years ago has already died, the 3 year old fridge that I bought for my place in florida is already dead. And the same happened to my sister out in western canada, bought a new fridge 3 years ago...already dead. In all those cases, either the compressor died or the coolant leaked out somewhere.

Comment: Re:Most places I know start around 8am (Score 1) 157

by Mashiki (#48679425) Attached to: Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

Back 15-20 years ago it used to be all 9-15:30 in my neck of the woods. Now it's 8-14:30(highschool) and 9-15:30(K-8). Why you ask? Buses. That's the only reason they did it, so they could stagger the bus schedule. Then again the distance that kids get buses are pathetic, it used to be that I walked ~5km in g1-5 to head to school in the 80's. Anything over 1km(0.62mi) now can get a bus. It's similar to snow days, freezing rain, and fog. Merest hint of it, NOPE they either cancel buses or school altogether. And here I remember crawling up a damn hill to go to highschool 20 years ago...after we had 8 hours of freezing rain and the school was open for classes, buses only being called back to take bus students home when fog rolled in, snow? Haha...get to school.

Comment: Re:didn't go didn't download, don't care (Score 4, Insightful) 147

by ScentCone (#48676319) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'

Because not believing, with little evidence, NK is competent enough to pull this off makes you a B357 K0r34n 1337 h4xx0r.

What on earth makes you think that NK has to have the native talent? The didn't figure out how to make nukes on their own either. They didn't home-grow their substantial currency counterfeiting operation, either. They likewise don't design and build their own military equipment. But that doesn't stop them from having nukes, from doing big business in phony currency, and sinking other people's ships.

Comment: Re:They're assholes. (Score 4, Insightful) 330

by ScentCone (#48675593) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

The only victims here are the users who bought into a DRM'ed, locked down platform.

You're right, all those people should have chosen to buy fun, well-developed, richly supported gaming platforms from one of the many providers who offer open source, freedom-minded, anti-IP, systems that have a large selection of really cool massive multiplayer games with giant networks supporting all of that activity. There are so many to choose from that I'm sure it's why you just didn't have time to list them.

Comment: Re: They're assholes. (Score 4, Insightful) 330

by ScentCone (#48675573) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

A door and windows are real.

It's idiots like you, who think that businesses, networks, people's entertainment time, and the like "aren't real" that give comfort and encouragement to idiots like the guys who pulled this. They did it to be dicks, just like other dicks might throw a rock through your window and nail your TV right before you were going to watch the World Cup match you've been waiting weeks to watch with your friends. Or, in a closer analogy, waiting until moments before the game starts, and then cutting the cable that services your house or apartment building.

Let me guess: that soccer game's not real! They're not at the stadium in person, so denying them the chance to watch it as they planned isn't actually harmful! Destruction of the time someone plans to use in a certain way is a theft more real, in many ways, than stealing physical objects. You'll never be able to replace the time. Which is one of the reasons these guys are dicks. Deliberate, purposeful, not noble in any way, dicks.

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