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Comment No comparison (Score 5, Interesting) 96

Other than the fact that they are both depicting the end of a human life, I don't think there's any comparison between airing beheadings done by terrorists and a US citizen being shot in the back by a police officer.

Airing the former on the world stage only aids the terrorists' cause, the latter allows us to see something we SHOULD see, which is how police in this country comport themselves when they think no one is looking.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 370

//Gotta wonder... would Pepsi, Coke and other "name brands" really lose much business if they stopped advertising? Or would their net profit increase by not wasting $$ on ads?//

There's an album about this, from the group Negativland, called Dispepsi: http://www.discogs.com/Negativ...

The liner notes make mention of their premise that everyone on the planet already knows everything that they will ever need to know about Coke or Pepsi, yet their advertising has utterly permeated our culture.

Spotify link: https://play.spotify.com/album...

Comment Re:Well, DOH! (Score 1) 130

Same here, I finally upgraded a few weeks ago from a system that (at its core) was 5-6 years old. What finally got me to upgrade were the recommended system requirements for some of the newer games.

Assassin's Creed Unity -
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
CPU Speed: Info
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)
Free Disk Space: 50 GB

Star Citizen -
The Recommended system requirements are: i5 2500, i7 2600, 2700 or better with a GTX 670 or greater (DX 11 only).

And for a smooth experience at Maximum settings at 1080p, a R9 290x or GTX 780 will be required (a GTX 680/R9 280x will likely therefore achieve high comfortably). For a 4K experience, a pair of mid-high end cards (680/770 7970/280x or better) or a future high end card (GTX 1080 or R9 390x etc) will be required.


Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB ..etc.

Comment Who says you have to upgrade to Windows 8? (Score 1) 641

My parents are having me upgrade their desktop to Windows 7 right now, and I haven't talked to anyone who has used 7 that would rather go back to XP. 7 seems to be the most popular version of Windows ever, judging by users' opinions of it, and MS will feature extended support for it until 2020.

Comment Re:Which is why I use OpenDNS, or Google, or (Score 1) 349

That's because the entire 192.168 IP range isn't routable on the Internet:

# Query terms are ambiguous. The query is assumed to be:
# "n"
# Use "?" to get help.

# The following results may also be obtained via:
# http://whois.arin.net/rest/net...

NetRange: -
NetHandle: NET-192-168-0-0-1
Parent: NET-192-0-0-0-0
NetType: IANA Special Use
Comment: These addresses are in use by many millions of independently operated networks, which might be as small as a single computer connected to a home gateway, and are automatically configured in hundreds of millions of devices. They are only intended for use within a private context and traffic that needs to cross the Internet will need to use a different, unique address.

You guys are both newbs.

Comment Why do robots have to be bipedal? (Score 1) 76

I mean, it's obvious that they're REALLY BAD at it. Hardly any animals are bipeds, in comparison to the amount of quadrupeds, especially.

Why not play to robots' areas of strength and just stick with wheels/treads/rotors/wings/etc., and worry about more advanced forms of locomotion later? I understand that humans want robots that look and act like humans, I suppose, but how about coming up with more practical designs?

Comment Sorry, but this is not new news (Score 1) 141

Guardian article from 2008 called 'Captcha is broken, now what?', which in turn references a Captcha-breaking algorithm that was created in 2005, "and demonstrated it by posting automated comments to nearly 100 blogs to demonstrate their vulnerability."


Comment Oblig. Simpson's reference (Score 4, Funny) 1059

(One of Castro's workers tells him some men with a trillion dollar bill are here to see him.)

Mr. Burns: Oh, so the island's not for sale, eh? Well, will you at least permit us to live in your socialist paradise?
Castro (in disbelief): You talking about Cuba?
Mr. Burns: All we ask is preferential treatment because of my fabulous wealth!
[Burns holds the trillion dollar bill up.]
Castro: May I see?
Mr. Burns: Ho ho ho, see with your eyes, not with your hands!
Castro: Please, we are all amigos here!
Homer: Mr. Burns, I *think* we can trust the president of *Cuba*...
Mr. Burns: [hands it to Castro, and waits a couple of seconds.] Now, give it back.
Castro: Give what back?
Mr. Burns: D'oh...

(The three men are on a crudely made raft in the middle of the ocean headed back home.)

Homer: It's hard to believe there's a place worse than America, but we found it!
Mr. Burns: Yes, I, too, feel renewed appreciation for the good old US of A. Oppression and harassment are a small price to pay to live in the land of the free.
Smithers: Sir, aren't you facing some serious jail time?
Mr. Burns: Well, if it's a crime to love one's country, then I'm guilty. And if it's a crime to steal a trillion dollars from our government and hand it over to communist Cuba, then I'm guilty of that too. And if it's a crime to bribe a jury, then so help me, I'll soon be guilty of that!
Homer: God bless America!

--"The Trouble with Trillions"

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell