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Comment: Re:Ungrateful (Score 1) 608

This is a full-blown U2 album

Yes, and that's why people are calling it what it really is: A piece of shit not worth wasting your time on. Their music is trite, dull, focus group-marketed milquetoast dross with no substance, no soul and no edge. No, you don't get to be edgy just because your weak-ass guitarist calls himself "the edge".

Bono needs to shut his fucking gob and walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. He's a tax-scamming, wildly-polluting (private jets and all) traitor to the Irish people.

Comment: Re:Ion strengthened? (Score 1) 205

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47906871) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Gorilla glass works absolutely great, as long as you're not constantly dropping your phone or keeping it in the same pocket as your keys.

Oddly enough, I see a lot more iPhones than Android phones with busted glass. Either there's something in the design of Apple's devices that makes them more fragile, or iPhone owner are careless klutzes who don't know the basics of looking after their expensive toys.

Comment: Re:power consumption? (Score 1) 207

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47898169) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

I wish I could find dumpsters with working PC components in them. At the company I work for, everything that isn't covered by a byback deal with the manufacturer is sent directly to a reuse/recycling company. Good for the environment and all that, but it sucks for us crafty fellows looking for free upgrades.

Luckily, my 2004-vintage Thinkpad T42 is still going strong (albeit on its third WLAN card, dunno what keeps frying them), but those Chromebooks are looking kinda tasty.

Comment: Pretty awesome stuff (Score 2) 89

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47794701) Attached to: RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

Similar to what Aureal was doing with A3D back in the 90s, but obviously not tied to a specific piece of hardware like back then.

I enjoyed the Quake 3 demo, but it while it works decently well with just the player in the level, it sort of falls apart during the deathmatch. I think that's probably because the stock Q3 sounds have a bit of reverb baked in. I would love to hear what it would sound like with a complete set of reverb- and echo-less sound effects, so the RAYA can handle everything by itself, instead of working in top of the baked-in reverb.

Comment: Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (Score 1) 455

by KozmoStevnNaut (#47785439) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

That you don't consider what happened to you completely insane, just speaks to how aggressive and violent your society has become.

Not that mine is any better. The other day, police were on a veritable manhunt with automatic weapons drawn, to search for an alleged "terrorist with a bomb". Turns out it was a middle-eastern looking dude with a beard, on his way to his English exam on the subject of terrorism. He was already nervous because of his upcoming exam, so when his bag got knocked over, he made sure to check the contents. He was also reading a book about 9/11, the subject of his studies. Some busybody on the train called the police and all hell broke loose.

That the common reaction to all of this was "well, he shouldn't look like a TERRORIST, then!" saddens me enormously.

Comment: Re:Urgh (Score 1) 531

There are divided opinions on the subject, and almost everyone who considers it anti-Semitic is looking at it from a very modern perspective, influenced by the happenings of the 20th century in particular.

Quoting Francis Wheen on the subject: "Those critics, who see this as a foretaste of 'Mein Kampf', overlook one, essential point: in spite of the clumsy phraseology and crude stereotyping, the essay was actually written as a defense of the Jews. It was a retort to Bruno Bauer, who had argued that Jews should not be granted full civic rights and freedoms unless they were baptised as Christians"

Even the chief rabbi of the UK, Jonathan Sacks, regards calling Marx anti-Semitic as an anachronism at best. What Marx wrote about the Jews was no worse (or better) than just about any other philosopher at the time. "Anti-Semitism" wasn't even an expression and no one had any idea of the horrors that would later befall the Jewish people.

Please don't interpret historic texts as if they were written only yesterday.

Comment: Re:Urgh (Score 1) 531

"The Jewish Question" was written by Bruno Bauer, not Karl Marx. Among other things, it agues that jews should give up their religious identity (presumably along with other religious people), to facilitate the creation of a truly secular state.

In "On The Jewish Question", Marx criticizes this idea, and argues that a secular state does not necessarily require individuals to give up their religions. Any number of religions can easily exist within a secular state with no state religion, in fact it is the best possible solution.

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