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Comment: Re:I do not play the 'victim game' (Score 1) 192

No matter how many hot chicks I see smoking cigarettes or how many 21 year old gym-rats I see drinking beer & getting hot chicks while playing beach volleyball, I'm never going to suddenly forget that smoking and drinking excessively are bad for my health. Nor is my subliminal mind going to convince me that I, too, can be young again and get hot chicks on the beach if I take up a new drinking / smoking habit.

If I choose to justify it to myself, or let myself believe it, or worst of all actually believe it, then I will face the consequences.

Or maybe I know all that is bullshit, but choose to drink & smoke anyway. Yeah, it's called free will. Don't bitch at me about the fact that "well everyone else has to pay for it!!!1" because I have never advocated for such a bullshit policy.

Comment: irrelevant (Score 3, Insightful) 188

by Masked Coward (#49335543) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

Whether or not the Patriot Act is repealed, things won't change where it really matters. Just as politically correct speech codes only serve to drive non-PC speech further underground and yield fetish groups that rally around things like racial purity, a total "victory" in Congress to repeal PATRIOT will just drive the secret courts into more secretive practices.

Because the US government is no longer run by elected officials. I don't mean to sound conspiratorial, it's just that representatives come and go while an army of bureaucrats are led by people with decades-long careers. Those people are not elected, nor are they responsive to political winds. As far as Congress using the power of the purse, the feds have a printing press and they aren't afraid to use it.

Comment: Re: Internal (Score 5, Interesting) 215

by Masked Coward (#49293089) Attached to: Gabe Newell Understands Half-Life Fans, Not Promising Any Sequels

Now people expect better AI, destructible environments, the focus of FPS is shifting more towards multiplayer including coop mode.

Am I the only one who actually still prefers single-player campaign to co-op/multiplayer? I mean it's ok sometimes, and there's nothing wrong with it. But when the multiplayer fad came along it always seemed like such a tween sub-culture to me.

I have to work for a living and I have a wife & kids.... which means I don't hide in my Mommy's basement every night "pwning teh n00bs" nor do I want to associate with those morons in online game play.

Comment: folding like lawn chairs (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by Masked Coward (#49155963) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega
In light of what has been revealed about the NSA, it is always very suspicious to me when a seemingly powerful person or company caves in to pressure so easily. Powerful people & companies have much to lose and public images to protect, so blackmail would probably be a very effective tactic to use against them.

Our own government makes a mockery of the justice system it was sworn to uphold and yet nothing is ever done. For example the IRS claims to have lost thousands of emails due to server crashes and everyone knows it's bullshit, but still no one is prosecuted or punished in any meaningful way. Judges suddenly make rulings completely contrary to their previous positions. Every US company is so eager to climb into bed with the government.

Fuck it, call me paranoid. I think you've got to be willfully blind not to be somewhat paranoid these days.

+ - Google allows porn on Blogger after backlash->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: In a reversal, Google says that porn will continue to be allowed on its Blogger site.
Google said it has received a big backlash after deciding earlier in the week that bloggers will no longer be able to "publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity." The ban was to have taken place on March 23.

Instead, Google said that the company would simply double down on its crackdown of bloggers who use their sites to sell porn.
In July, Google stopped porn from appearing in its online ads that appear on Blogger. And in 2013, Google decided to remove blogs from its Blogger network that contained advertisements for online porn sites.
"We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities," wrote Jessica Pelegio, Google's social product support manager, in a post on Google product forums. "So rather than implement this change, we've decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn."

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+ - How to "Get into Tech" If You're Not an Obvious Fit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The tech sector is hot—but quirky. Karen Wickre, editorial director at Twitter, is an industry veteran despite lacking a typical tech background. Her suggestions for how less obvious applicants--young humanities grads, people over 40 and disgruntled journalists--should approach the tech industry ends up being great advice about work in general, and how to think about your own career passions.
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Comment: Re:GTK+ 3 is an abomination. (Score 5, Insightful) 193

by Masked Coward (#49010523) Attached to: Xfce Getting a New Version Soon
Why? Why in the ever living fuck did they rape their applications this way? You really have to wonder exactly what type of person the Gnome project is trying to attract with "features" like this. With all their focus on "minimizing distrations," it is safe to conclude they seek to increase market share among the retarded.

Comment: Re:The sad part? (Score 1) 577

The political left (I refused to call them liberal b/c they are quite the opposite) is not intellectual. It's a pseudo-intellectual Mutual Admiration Society of undeserving privileged, self-important hypocrites sitting around in a circle jerk and patting each other on the back. Their failed ideology has been tried in every age. Mass media brought it into worldwide consciousness and coordination, with cult of personality figures like Mao and Stalin, and yet so many never seem to learn.

Comment: Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (Score 1) 458

by Masked Coward (#48946337) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

right and touchscreen smart phones were widely used before the iPhone? yes you had business phones. they had shitty web browsers, could barely display one email at a time, and were a joke.

I have an Android. My wife has an iPhone. So I've used the two main products and I still think they have shitty web browsers. Although I'm generally enthusiastic about gadgets and new technology, I just still can't get into the whole smartphone/tablet craze.

Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.