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Comment: Longtime Opera user (Score 1) 240

by Mantrid42 (#49609995) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

I used Opera for nearly 10 years, but they stripped out a ton of features with their newer versions.

I've started to use Vivaldi. It's only in tech preview, but it's relatively stable. I wouldn't yet recommend it for day to day use, but the team behind it is the old Opera team, and they seem to be focused on rebuilding that old functionality (the side panel has bookmarks, notes, contacts, downloads, with mail to come).

As a die-hard Opera fan, it's a return to form that I'm really enjoying.

Comment: It's a Good Life (Score 1) 254

by Mantrid42 (#49503463) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

They have to think happy thoughts and say happy things because once displeased, the monster can wish them into a cornfield or change them into a grotesque, walking horror. This particular monster can read minds, you see. He knows every thought, he can feel every emotion. Oh yes, I did forget something, didn't I? I forgot to introduce you to the monster. This is the monster. His name is Anthony Fremont. He's six years old, with a cute little-boy face and blue, guileless eyes. But when those eyes look at you, you'd better start thinking happy thoughts, because the mind behind them is absolutely in charge. This is the Twilight Zone.

Comment: Re:the US 'probably' wont use a nuke first.... (Score 4, Interesting) 341

by Mantrid42 (#49334105) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb
For some perspective, in preparation for Operation Downfall, 500,000 Purple Hearts were made. They made so many that we were still using that same batch in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 2000s.

THAT'S how many people were expected to be wounded, let alone killed, and that was just the American side of the conflict.

Comment: Re:Underlying problem (Score 1) 130

by Mantrid42 (#49307411) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing
The hell? You're acting like decency standards in television broadcasting are totally random. There are greater restrictions for broadcast network television (the Big Four, among others), looser restrictions for cable (since you elect to get it), and a "safe harbor" from 10 PM to 6 AM where those restrictions are relaxed (like the brief nudity in NYPD Blue).

It's not like they randomly retroactively fine people.

Comment: Re:Do I understand this correctly? (Score 1) 1089

by Mantrid42 (#49299255) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US
If you're forced to drag your ass all the way down to the polling place, I'm betting more people will actually vote for the candidate/ballot measures that reflect their views. Forcing someone to vote for any candidate when they believe in none of them (Lebowski) is unethical, so if you really, really want to protest all of them, this is your option.

It's also a useful thing to measure: you can see just how much of the population essentially cast a vote of no confidence for the whole system.

Comment: Re:and what will happen to people automated out of (Score 1) 341

That's why you shame places that won't get with the program: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

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