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Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 698

by NormHome (#49481111) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

You could try that but the problem there is that it's never the leadership that does the dirty work or directly gives the order to the person who gets caught; a lot like the mafia and drug cartels it's just low level or at best mid level people that do the criminal stuff and the orders to do that may come down a chain of command. I don't know that you would ever get anyone to roll over on any of the senior leadership and that like larger criminal organizations the people who do the illegal stuff may be willing to confess i.e. "No one told me to do it, I did it all on my own" rather than rolling over on who actually gave the order.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 698

by NormHome (#49479095) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

I like your thinking and while I believe that something needs to be done about Scientology I'm really not sure what the correct approach should be since as you say any type of government regulation could lead to serious abuse.

I've been very wary of Scientology since I saw the first 60 Minutes piece on it back in the 90's; they seem to have all the earmarks of a cult and seem to practice what could be construed as "mind control"; they discourage their "parishioners" from associating with any non-Scientologist family members and any number of other disturbing practices.

Since I first watched that 60 Minutes piece, I kind of keep an eye out for Scientology news mostly because (believe it or not) I went to high school with Tom Cruise (Glen Ridge High School, Class of 1980) and while I didn't know him or ever remember having met him it still baffles me how someone that I went to high school with could be such a proponent of something that seems so shady. But then on the other hand I'm sure many people went to high school with people that ended up doing really bad things i.e. maybe people who went to high school with Bernie Madoff could say "He was a great guy in high school, I don't know how he went so wrong".

Comment: At one time or another... (Score 1) 307

I've had each item on the list go bad at one time or another but ram and power supplies probably top the list despite using relatively good brand name parts: for memory Corsair, Crucial, Mushkin, PNY, Patriot all brands I've had bad parts at one time or another. For power supplies: Corsair, Thermaltake, OCZ (too many OCZ which is why I stopped using them)

As far as cpu's I only use boxed Intel cpu's and the last Intel cpu I had that went bad was a couple of Pentium III's and one was still under the three year warranty and the other was out of warranty by like six months. But that makes it a really long time since an Intel cpu went bad on me.

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 331

by NormHome (#49192145) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Possibly but if you selectively edit out some stuff (they didn't film or include every single detail of every Harry Potter book) and perhaps do a two part movie like The Deathly Hallows it could be good. Perhaps a syfy mini series like Dune or The Children of Dune, although studios and networks don't seem to be doing mini-series these days... just too expensive I guess for too little return. Not to mention that science fiction is still seen as somewhat of a fringe subject and is not seen by networks as having the broad appeal of period pieces like Shogun or tear jerkers like The Thorn Birds. I'll have to reread the book but compared to many other science fiction movies, it seems to me that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress wouldn't be so expensive since the majority of it is indoors (no location shooting) other than when Mannie and the Professor make a trip to Earth to appeal for recognition and not a whole lot of CGI and special effects needed either.

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 331

by NormHome (#49185611) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I've also felt the same way, Citizen of the Galaxy is one of my favorite Heinlein books (as is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) and both would make good movies if you could get a good screen writer that doesn't mess too much with the theme and characters and tries to faithfully stick to the story. Although I've always felt that adapting Heinlein's books to the screen could be problematic due to his fascination / obsession with plural and group marriages but after Fifty Shades of Grey his idea's on marriages and relationships seem almost tame by comparison so no problem there anymore.

Comment: Re:This won't end well. (Score 2) 196

by NormHome (#49033793) Attached to: Firefox To Mandate Extension Signing

I've seen that and agree there's a problem. Like some people here have said, I don't go crazy with extensions but for me the Noia theme is an absolute must as the default theme is god awful. So far as I know, two developers have quit developing it and the last one stated the exact reason that you mention i.e. that fixing the breakage in every new release is just too much.

Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 1) 66

by NormHome (#48948585) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

I have a couple and they perform decent and none of them have died on me. I've avoided EVGA for two reasons, first for the reason you mentioned that many people in assorted forums have mentioned that they die with an frequency that is somewhat alarming and second that they appear to be average performers at best. I've got my eye on one of those Zotac GeForce GTX 980 AMP! Omega cards to replace the Asus GTX 770 I'm using now.

Comment: Re:I just don't understand (Score 1) 1128

by NormHome (#48455103) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I can't find the article to post but I'm pretty sure I read that aside from the altercation at the car where Michael Brown tried to grab Darren Wilson's service weapon (and apparently the weapon discharged in the struggle) that at least one witness stated that Michael Brown was advancing on Darren Wilson with his hands in the air taunting Officer Wilson and making threats (I'm not going to try and repeat what the article said from memory).

This is not the cut a dried case that some people would have everyone believe.

Comment: Re:next up (Score 1) 232

by NormHome (#48156421) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

I understand what you're saying but on the flip side if enough communities say "The Consumerist says you're the worst company in America and we don't want you here" at some point the board of directors and upper management or even the franchise authorities, state and federal consumer watchdogs or other regulatory authorities will take notice and say you guys need to shape up. I swear that every three to six months I find my bills going to by some $2 or $4 charge and my choices are limited as the only other company that provides similar service in this area is Verizon who is the runner up worst company.

Comment: Re:Sheesh, what's the problem? (Score 1) 367

Yeah right, did Google abuse the animal?; work it too hard?; not feed or water it enough?; not give it regular breaks as it's traipsing across the hot dusty desert?

You make a good point on the environmental issue. Also Google's helping out the local economy by employing local people and resources, doesn't that count for anything.

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.