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Comment: Re:A quote (Score 1) 299

by HBI (#48926863) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Rummy has been demonized, and there's no question but that he's a dick and steamrolls people, but he's always been a pragmatist and relatively non-ideological. He always gets conflated with neocons, but he is not one of them.

I don't think he'd argue all that much with your characterization.

Comment: Re:No fun (Score 1) 447

by HBI (#48911997) Attached to: Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Economics is already taking hold. The discount is already built in (ever seen what most games go for on Steam?) and most importantly, the boxes aren't moving off the shelves for most titles. All the MBAs trying to extract every iota of marginal demand by these tactics are instead driving stakes into the heart of their business.

That said, a new generation in school today is learning the same idiocy by rote.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 2, Insightful) 418

by HBI (#48877183) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

I'm sure you'd like to believe this, but it isn't true. There are introspective people from all walks and everywhere on the spectrum, but most people are captives of their own echo chamber and don't want to hear a word otherwise. Leftists do not have any special properties in this regard. They are just as eager to squelch speech as any other government, when in power.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 2) 188

by HBI (#48875705) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

Bad form (replying to myself) but, I imagine many readers weren't even out of diapers when the last EISA system shipped. EISA slots supported ISA cards as well - the slots were dual use and had special keyed connectors that reached down lower in the slot when operating in 32-bit EISA mode. To an 8 or 16 bit ISA card, the slots were standard ISA slots for all intents and purposes, except that you had to run the EISA config utility (kind of like a BIOS config, but software rather than firmware) to get the system on board with what you were doing.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 4, Informative) 188

by HBI (#48875479) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

AC, the Compaq Deskpro line implemented EISA. While these systems rarely saw use in homes, banks were full of the things as were other firms. Deskpros were built like tanks up until about 1996. I installed lots of EISA NICs, in particular.

My point is that there were more of these systems out there than you think.

Comment: silly (Score 2) 126

by HBI (#48870117) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

I mean I know people running criminal enterprises aren't all that bright usually, but you'd think the smart play would be to avoid obvious telltales like an overlarge amount of shipments to your house.

The right way to do this would be to open up a shell storefront and conduct a legitimate trade for its cover value, and get your shipments there. How about one of those mailbox places?

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 0) 106

by HBI (#48866641) Attached to: Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

The fact that most women have trouble getting along with other women is not my problem.

The fact that a significant percentage of women are also offended by male-dominated social environments is also not my problem.

I can speculate on the reasons why both of the above are true, and even come up with ways to fix it, but as stated, not my problem.

The majority is not going to change for a minority, no matter how many laws are passed. Sporadic enforcement is the rule. Eventually, they'll be rolled back. In the meantime, resistance is the rule. SJWs, like you, are to be taken out using any means available.

Comment: Who cares (Score 1, Troll) 645

by HBI (#48856443) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Every language named is Turing-complete and has the capability of implementing any algorithm you might wish. The whole argument is meaningless since the nascent developer will have to learn multiple languages across a career developing software. The language police are very boring by this point. I remember Pournelle arguing about what language was best in the 70s and I know the argument was happening before that.

Dumb argument.

Comment: Re:Australis sucks (Score 1) 116

by HBI (#48854785) Attached to: With Community Help, Chrome Could Support Side Tabs Extension

Umm, isn't Australis the Chrome-copying interface?

Nice astroturf for FF. Too bad no one cares, no tears for those assholes. The project is badly managed and will suffer the fate of those who are serving a niche audience. Who knows - maybe there is more of a market for a LGBT browser than I think.

All theoretical chemistry is really physics; and all theoretical chemists know it. -- Richard P. Feynman