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Comment: Re:Intriguing (Score 1) 376

by Mashiki (#48156327) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Yeah, that Eric Holder so canny he made the previous administration bury a story.

And we all know the poor suffering Mexican drug cartels were unarmed before Obama took office.

Here's the difference: The previous administration tracked the guns, the current administration let them walk. "Letting them walk" means that once they handed them over, they dusted off their hands and said "well that's done." This isn't rocket surgery.

Comment: Re:Intriguing (Score 1) 376

by Mashiki (#48153643) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Short answer: Someone with an agenda decided to do it. The same reason why Holder is now looking at a contempt charge. And why he spent two years stonewalling on the current administrations gun-walking, where weapons were deliberately by choice not tracked and put in the hands of cartel members which led to the deaths of not only children, but americans.

Comment: Re:Not only in Finland. (Score 1) 314

Where was this at? I've bought two cars in cash one in '96 for ~$21k and one 3 years ago for $56k. Every dealership that I know of here in Canada has a cash sale policy on vehicles(which usually includes a sale discount as well). My grandparents only bought vehicles in cash and did so right until he died, they lived in Canada and the US and had no problems with this. When they retired, and went from a house to a mobile home(they were snowbirds), they bought their place in Canada with $35k cash, and $48k cash in the US(florida) without any problems either.

Comment: Re:Feed 250 hungry people, or 20 Americans (Score 1) 236

by Mashiki (#48144451) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

There's an array near where I live here in Ontario, the arrays are packed so closely together that cows and other livestock would have a serious problem navigating them to graze. In many cases, high quality farmland is being turned into the "next big scam." Much like "windmills will solve your needs" from the 1920's.

Comment: Re:about time for windows 7 SP2 and 2008r2 sp2 (Score 1) 63

by Mashiki (#48121215) Attached to: Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday

Why don't you just make a slipstream CD/DVD with all the updates on it? It sure doesn't take that long to do and at this point in time if you're re-doing it on more than one machine per month you should have one anyway. If you don't know how this will give you the basic primer on it.

Comment: Re:And the culprit is (Score 3, Interesting) 165

by Mashiki (#48120937) Attached to: How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

Wikipedia is full of factual inaccuracies, it gets even worse the closer you come to articles on politics or popular culture. Then the neutrality goes right out the window because someone, somewhere is always carrying an agenda. I think my current favorite is the #gamergate article where the founder of wikipedia has stepped in because a particular subset of users and ultra-leftwing feminists skewed the neutrality so badly that even he could spot it. Couple that with a particular senior editor having done nearly 25% of the edits and breaking the neutrality rule, it's now led him down the path where people on both sides of the spectrum want him stripped of the ability to edit at all.

Comment: Re:To be fair though (Score 1) 337

Consoles just have to render at 1080, not 1440 or the 4k you can easily pick up for your PC.

For the last couple of gens it's usually been possible to get a PC that 'looked better' - but you ended up paying a whole wedge more for the privilege

I hope you know that neither console uses 1080 as a native resolution. Some games use 1080 mainly on the PS4, though they're main 900p, almost all games on the Xbox One are 792. Some get up-sampled to 1080p. But let's compare the current generation of hardware on those consoles, and what you could build with a PC. And you'll find that for ~30-80 more then a console you can build a PC that will stomp the ground flat and do 1080p without a problem.

The current gen of consoles at best were aborted messes that anyone in their right mind should never have bought.

Comment: Re:Fortunately... (Score 1) 336

by Mashiki (#48076633) Attached to: Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Strange, I heard the same thing that it "would never happen in Canada." Interestingly enough Rogers, Bell, Telus and Cogeco discovered that despite the "never mess with hockey" rule that Canucks also have a "never mess with the internet" rule too. It was a big enough outrage that the federal government(that would be the current conservative government) stepped in and threatened the CRTC(think canuck FCC), that they would strip their mandate away if they didn't smarten up. They're also discovering that with the current video streaming and trying to piss off people over netflix up here too.

Then again, I sometimes think that Canada stole the US's ability to stand up against government and government bodies. We've been doing that quite often here over the last 15 years coming from our history where we used to just whine, bitch and moan over something. While americans are simply whining, bitching and moaning over something now.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten