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+ - InfoWorld say "Windows 8: Yes, It's That Bad"->

Submitted by NMerriam
NMerriam (15122) writes "Today is the day that Windows 8 RTM is available to MSDN and Technet subscribers (though it isn't up yet). That means we should start seeing reviews of the final consumer product, including the much-discussed Metro Modern interface. InfoWorld has one of the first available, and it's not a ringing endorsement for consumers."
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Comment: Re:Sad state of (Score 1) 950

by NMerriam (#36515618) Attached to: Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

go for walks? you could get hit by a car, that's risky. Don't go for walks? Not exercising is dangerous. Spend time outside? you could get skin cancer, not my problem. Don't spend time outside? You're not getting Vitamin D or enough activity, you'll probably have a heart attack.

Basically if you don't live exactly the way that i do, and make all the same judgement calls i do, you're clearly a crazy risk-taker or lazy bum who caused their own problems. My illness, however, is just bad luck.

Comment: Re:Sad state of (Score 5, Informative) 950

by NMerriam (#36515568) Attached to: Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

It must be tough to live your whole life worrying that someone, somewhere is having something good happen that they didn't "deserve". And of course if something bad happens, fuck that person, they obviously did deserve it. got cancer? Fuck you, here's a free bullet, grandma. Go suck some dick in a back alley if you want chemotherapy. Also, we need tort reform so that grandma can't sue the company that told her Asbestos was safe to eat in her breakfast cereal every morning for 30 years even though they had proof it was deadly. I don't want ambulance chasers affecting my 401k.

Fuck you sick people, if you weren't such lazy and immoral people you'd be healthy and rich like me!

God bless America.

Comment: Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (Score 1) 950

by NMerriam (#36515326) Attached to: Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

LOL. Your plan for health care reform in America is very straightforward, I'll give you that!

1) Be born to middle class or upper class parents. if your parents don't have insurance, you should have picked a wealthier vagina.
2) Get a job from a company that provides excellent health care. If you are ever fired, laid off, or outsourced, kill yourself. Ignore the fact that fewer companies provide health insurance these days, and that major employers like Wal*Mart will be sure to schedule your work hours so that you never qualify.
3) When you are old, the government will suddenly become an acceptable solution. But not before then, because if you're taking care of old people it's compassion. Taking care of young people is communism.

This story is clearly a troll, thank you for pointing it out. The man obviously has health insurance, as you have so aptly proven -- everyone in America does! He must be wanting to go to jail for the lulz.

Comment: Re:DailyKos (Score 1) 418

by NMerriam (#35957464) Attached to: Punish Bad Users With Drupal <em>Misery</em>

You do not get to pound your fist about free speech and then deny it on your own website.

Why not?

I'm all in favor of free speech, and the KKK should be able to march down main street just as frequently as the Shriners do. The government shouldn't be in the business of telling us what is acceptable to march for. But if you start spouting racist stuff on my web page or in my living room, I'm going to kick your ass out.

Comment: Re:And here I thought... (Score 1) 418

by NMerriam (#35957388) Attached to: Punish Bad Users With Drupal <em>Misery</em>

I've built and worked on several Drupal sites, and it is definitely a love/hate relationship. It is a system built by programmers, for programmers, with some site building stuff tacked on. It has gotten better over the years, but it still feels a lot like a college programming project that grew too big. There's lots of theoretical greatness to it, while it seems to have been built by people who never actually built a real web site before. Basic things like adding images, or trying to change layouts has historically been a huge PITA. But every site gets a slogan and primary/secondary menus. WTF?

Comment: Re:You obviously .... (Score 1) 448

by NMerriam (#24814147) Attached to: 88% of IT Admins Would Steal Passwords If Laid Off

"IT people are usually of higher than average IQ... " You obviously don't understand how averages work.

How so? Are you claiming that any given set will always be statistically representative of any sets it is a member of? If you can show that is the case, you'll win a Nobel prize in Mathematics.

The Courts

+ - Superman Rights Returned to Creator's Family-> 2

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NMerriam writes "In a stunning legal ruling this week, the family of Jerome Siegel, one of the creators of Superman, has regained some rights to the character from DC Comics and Time-Warner.

We often hear on Slashdot about the impact of Mickey Mouse on the development of modern copyright law, but less well-known outside of the creative community is the almost equally significant impact, often in the opposite direction, that the character Superman has had. Soon after Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster sold their Superman character to Detective Comics for $130 it became one of the most popular and profitable characters in America, and they were recognized as having made one of the most spectacularly bad deals since the sale of Manhattan island.

Outcry in the creative community over the issue finally shamed DC Comics into providing a token annuity to both creators in the 1970s, but it also directly influenced changes to copyright law in 1976 to allow creators to regain ownership of works that had been previously sold. Equally important, the era produced a strong and lasting creators' rights movement in which certain moral rights, such as the right to be recognized as the creator of a character regardless of ownership, were more firmly established.

The financial impact of the ruling is very unclear, since it only applies to work created after the Siegels moved to have their rights restored under that same 1976 law, and will only apply to properties directly related to the Superman character. One significant question that will be keeping DC Comics/Time-Warner and Marvel executives up at night is whether a flood of artists and writers will suddenly move to regain their copyrights, and what impact that would have on the numerous big-budget comic book movies currently in production. Given that tremendous financial uncertainty, it's almost a foregone conclusion that this will be appealed and closely watched by everyone in the entertainment industry."

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+ - Man Arrested for Refusing to Show Receipt at Circu->

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NMerriam writes "Michael Righi was arrested in Ohio over the weekend for refusing to show his receipt when leaving Circuit City. When the manger and "loss prevention" employee physically prevented the vehicle he was a passenger in from leaving the parking lot, he called the police, who arrived, searched his bag and found he hadn't stolen anything. The officer then asked for Michael's driver's license, which he declined to provide since he wasn't operating a motor vehicle. The officer then arrested him, and upon finding out Michael was legally right about not having to provide a license, went ahead and charged him with "obstructing official business" anyways."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Iraqi insurgent engineers designing better IEDs->

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nbauman (624611) writes "Saif Abdallah says his inventions have helped kill or maim scores, possibly hundreds, of Americans. For more than four years, he has been developing remote-control devices that Sunni insurgents use to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the roadside bombs that are the No. 1 killer of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The only time he ever felt a pang of regret was in the spring of 2006, when he heard that the Pentagon, in a bid to fight the growing IED menace, had roped in a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Abdallah, an electronics engineer by training, once dreamed of studying for a Ph.D. there. "I thought to myself, If my life had gone differently, who knows? I might have been on that team," he says, his eyes widening as he imagines that now impossible scenario. Then he shrugs. "God decided I should be on the other side," he says. Abdallah, 28, "fits every geek stereotype," according to Time,8599,1632 805,00.html, with thick glasses, acne and a flash drive on his key chain. His bedroom workbench in Baghdad has soldering irons, old printed circuit boards, discarded TV remotes, etc. that he uses to build remote control detonators."
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