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Comment: Re:Good grief (Score 1) 77

by dissy (#47509479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Is this 1988? The easiest/cheapest solution is spend a couple bucks on decent machines.

Sweet, I've been needing an upgrade myself as well, but there seems to be a strange shortage of people insisting we speed more than a couple bucks on the problem and will pay for the upgrade. I'm glad I found you!

250 workstations upgraded to top tier is roughly $200000.00 or so. Better make it $250000 so we can get new LCDs too, these 10 year old 19" ones are getting a tiny bit of burn-in.

Just go ahead and paypal it to me, and I'll get right on implementing your suggestion!

Comment: Re:Here we go... (Score 1) 366

by fnj (#47505535) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Will Israel promise that if Hamas puts all its rocket launchers, military command and control, and military supplies neatly organised in easily identifiable military bases, Israel won't simply send a missile to figuratively cook all those eggs being put in one basket?

Are you so high you don't realize how stupid that sounds? Why would they do such an illogical thing?

Comment: Re:headed in the wrong direction (Score 4, Interesting) 223

by fnj (#47494069) Attached to: EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

So long as people ... live in areas with above-average background radiation

Which is to say, forever. By definition precisely one half of the population live with background radiation above the median level. That can be stated without any knowledge whatsoever of what that median level is or what the distribution is. It is a truism. I'm not aware of the precise statisic for percentage living with above average background radiation, but for example we do know that the natural background radiation in Finland is about three times that in the UK.

Comment: Re:meanwhile overnight... (Score 1) 503

by fnj (#47486619) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Ukraine had some in their possession from their days as a Soviet satellite state

Ukraine was never a "Soviet satellite state". It was an integral republic of the Soviet Union, and the second most important one, from the first year of the Soviet Union.

List of the republics of the Soviet Union:
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (member since 1922) (population in 1989 147 million)
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1922) (52M)
Unbek Soviet Socialist Republic (1924) (20M)
Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (1936) (17M)
Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (1922) (10M)
Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic (1922) (7M)
Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (1922) (5M)
Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic (1929) 5M
Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940) (4M)
Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic (1936) (4M)
Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940) (4M)
Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (1924) (4M)
Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (1922) (3M)
Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940) (3M)
Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (1940) (2M)

The three Baltic republics (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) was disputed as an illegal occupation, but none of the others were.

The states referred to in some quarters as satellite states were such as Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, etc. Most of them were People's Republics or Socialist Republics or Democratic Republics, but none had "Soviet" in their name. They were formally independent but heavily influenced by the Soviet Union.

Comment: Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (Score 1) 253

by dissy (#47483631) Attached to: New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Eating does involve a bit more than just taste however, and is a problematic issue I've had to deal with most of my life.

I should admit up front that I have the opposite problem as to the article being discussed.
I've had no sense of smell since age 3-4, and so there is a significant class of foods I simply can't taste at all. The texture of the food determines completely my enjoyment of eating it and even my ability to eat it.

For me a steak tastes about like cardboard, and the less well done it is cooked the worse it feels, which of course directly relates to how healthy it would be as burning the nutrients out can't be a good thing, despite the fact it changes the taste not at all for me to do so.

Green veggies tend to feel like between I'm chewing a corn husk and I'm trying to swallow semi-liquid slop that my body feels should already be going in the other direction. The phrase "choking it down" can be quite literal in such cases for me.

The main difference here I would imagine is that a lot of people dislike eating such healthier foods so instead of spending the (not insignificant) time to find the gems they do like, they fall back to crap food that gives a "full" feeling - while I personally take the equally unhealthy route of just simply not eating often enough thus avoiding the unpleasantness for similar reasons.

It's taken me a good 15 year period to actively try different and new things prepared by many different people other than myself to find those gems, and similar to applying security to IT it is one of those things that is on-going and never ends.
I can completely see why that prospect would be so overwhelming to some, as I was (or potentially still am) in that same camp.

When thinking of your next meal fills you with dread due to all of the horrible aspects of doing it right without a single positive in sight, falling back into comfort mode is terribly easy to do and can take as much constant effort to break out of usually attributed to the weakest willed of addicts trying to stay sober.

The advice "Meh you just suck, it's super simple!" is about as twisted as a slinky and as truthful as a politician.

Comment: Re:Did they check under the couch cushions? (Score 5, Funny) 55

by dissy (#47478221) Attached to: More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

*cough* Well the bad news is I didn't find any vials of ebola in there *coughwheeze* just these empty vials ready for filling.

The good news *coughhack* can I keep this $0.78 in change? I'm saving up *sneezecolorscolors* for a flu shot - not feeling so well suddenly *sneezecoughsplatter* for some unknown reason...

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 261

by demachina (#47478059) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

I should point out native americans are still largely unemployed, stuck in reservations on land white American's didn't want. One of their few rays of hope being the ubiquitous Indian Casino where they are exacting their revenge. Still they are second class citizens.

Blacks were still being massively discriminated against until the Civil Rights act which was around 180 years later. They are still second class citizens.

The poor, they are still second class citizens.

Women are the one group doing pretty well for themselves though they are still underrepresnted in government.

Look around the room at a State of the Union address. The room is still overwhelming full of affluent white men.

As for the founding fathers brilliant ideas on governence, it exploded in a bloody civil war in 80 years.

You need look no further than where the U.S. congress, courts and presidency are today. They are a smoldering ruin. They have never been the great institutions Americans are brainwashed in to thinking they are. Are they better than totalitarian dictatorships, sure. Are they models the rest of the world can aspire too, no, not really.

American governement is the best government money can buy.

Comment: Re:No (Score 3, Interesting) 261

by demachina (#47477977) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

Try reading Zinn's A People's History of the United States. It will disillusion you of the comic book U.S. History taught in U.S. school where the founding fathers are all saints and geniuses.

They were mostly self serving and profiteering. Its fitting Andrew Jackson is on the $20 dollar bill because he was infamous for profiteering off the battles he won, mostly by seizing the lands he took and splitting it up between himself and his friends.

Comment: Re:The crackpot cosmology "theory" Du Jour (Score 1) 214

by dissy (#47477663) Attached to: Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

Anyone else sick of these fantasies? What ever happened to Occam's Razor?

Occam's Razor states that your personal theory that isn't testable is automatically false and invalid. The theory in the article that is testable may be right or wrong but we won't know until testing it.

Since your "faith" that everything you dislike must be wrong is automatically ruled out as an option, could you please stop posting useless tripe? The world would be a better place once people like you get your fingers out of science.

Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 0) 235

by dissy (#47477351) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

I have to call bullshit.

I still have a Powermac 6100 that had an OS install (aka upgrade) when I first got it, and the thing is still sitting in my spare room and gets booted up once every 4-6 months or so purely for myself and friends to nostalgiabate over the BBS it still hosts.

That OS install is going on 22 or 23 years now.

My latest Powerbook is about 5 or 6 years old now, maybe a couple more. I've performed 2 upgrades to OS X and never a single reinstall.
The thing has out lived Apple selling replacement batteries and outlived two 3rd party batteries, and currently lives at my moms house as a small desktop for email and web browsing using the latest Firefox.

I've never encountered a Windows XP system that lived longer than 2 years, and those were special cases as most get crapped up in under 6 months when the end user has admin rights.

It hasn't been until Windows 7 that anyone not batshit insane would place the word stable next to "Windows Desktop".
I'll grant a batshit insane exception for the handful of people that were using Windows 2000 as desktops back then and knew what they were doing, but I've seen plenty of 2000 crapups needing a reinstall too.
Windows Server 2003 seems decently stable if you treat it like a server and not a desktop, but being honest with yourself you have to admit hardly anyone did that.
Seeing as the desktop pairing to 2003 was XP, and XP failed more often than not and for less reason than "none at all" which is what most peoples experiences are with, it's ingenious at best to compare the Mac OS or OS X experience with anything but desktop OSes.

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