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Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 139

Before we try to defeat them, maybe we should think about what will replace them.

Exactly. We have fallen into the same mentality of the people who live in that area. The problem is that they use whatever excuse is handy to justify killing their enemy. And their enemy does the same. And their enemy is everyone around them wh odoesn't pick their version of their diety. And they have been doing it forever and ever, world without end, amen.

If people want understand, read the bible. Not as a God so loved the world book, but as expressing the constant and neverending killing and war going on in it.

1. It's what they do.

2. They is all of 'em. 2. They will not stop until they decide to stop.

3. There is no forseeable time that will happen.

4. Because at some level, they enjoy it. You don't kill enemies for religion for thousands of years without enjoying it. It is religion and faith, and parts of that faith want the war to go on forever And we've been dropped ass deep into that shitstorm by people who want the world to end also. Just a different flavor of jerks. It's not hard to fan the flames of most of us either, because it is horrible what they are doing to each other, and yeah, that area is populated by some of the most evil motherfuckers ever hatched. They deserve death.

But, our involvement won't change a thing, except drive us bankrupt, and get people killed. 500 years from now if there are humans on the planet, they'll still be killing each other for their religion.Maybe they'll go high tech and lop of ftheir enemies heads with a laser.

And the asshats can spare us the "appeasement" crap, because I don't think Chamberlain was dropping bombs on (that place that shall not be named on the Internet) when he waved that stupid piece of paper at the British people.

Comment: Re:Bombs? (Score 1) 139

Actually, it's getting quite difficult to finance neverending war. It isn't some magic special exception. The War in Iraq and Afghanistan were fnuded on the layaway plan (remember the emergency funding? just pass off paying for the war until the next administration or two.

I wonder, would the people screaming loudest to get involved yet again in that neighborhood be so loud if we tried to fund a war the proper way, with tax increases and belt tightening? Would you make personal sacrifices like pay cuts, strategic material rating,

If so, write your congresscritter and let them know.

Otherise you are pretty fscking financially irresponsible, or believe in some sort of infinite money supply, where we can be at war forever, and never have to pay the bill.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 512

by Ol Olsoc (#49157093) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Clerics who also ate food, so I guess we can skip the clerics part and just say the medical advances were due to food/trousers/surviving a Wednesday/etc.. Unless you can demonstrate how their religious teachings are directly responsible for the discoveries, you don't really have a point.

Which of course, they are not. The Dark ages, when at least Christianity was at it's zenith, weren't exactly the healthiest times in the areas they inhabited.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 512

by Ol Olsoc (#49157075) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

Can you objectively describe that as a creator refusing to communicate?


From a deity who used to be in pretty regular communication with his subjects, from Garden of eden, the destroying the world via flood after telling one family to prepare, to destroying cities with fire and brimstone (after telling one family again, to constant rules in Leviticus to moses on the mountain getting commandments to burning bushes to arks of covenant to all that contact in the bible......

To what? Wouldn't it be somethinng if a modern day miracle happened that was outside of physics, and God showed up and we'd actually know? Seemed to happen all the time in the past.

But hey - we've been waiting 2000 years now, and Jesus said he was going to return before the apostles all died anyhow.

So I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 512

by Ol Olsoc (#49157015) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

A very real problem for the religious folks is that their purported creator seems to refuse to communicate with his (her?) creations.

Hey, Give God a break. Sure, he used to create universes, and destroy worlds and rebuild them. But it's hard work, and today, he's hard pressed to make images of his kid on toast, and the kid's mother from salt stains under bridges.

Comment: Re:No win situation (Score 1) 184

by Ol Olsoc (#49154689) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

they're just chucking the text they type through some heuristic analysis

Otherwise known as watching them, your pedantry notwithstanding.

The internetz ain't wut it uzed to be I'll tell you wat.

Back in the day, we would all be going to Facebook, and telling everyone we were so tired of life, and were going to end it all on every post, then start up a "I hate it when" internet search thread to rival "I hate it when a Gerbil eats the universe."

Doesn't anyone remember us bitch slapping People Magazine when we all ganged up and elected Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf as the most beautiful perosn in the world in their first online polling? Leonardo DiCaprio was supposed to win, but we showed them.

Comment: Re:When will slashdot follow? (Score 1) 184

by Ol Olsoc (#49154319) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Including the fear of being perceived as being childish?

There is a huge gulf between being childish, and being childlike. Childlike is a very positive thing, eagerness to learn, wonder at the universe, and vivacity.

Childish? More of a description of the asshat behavious of adults than of children.

Comment: Re:OEM version key doesn't work (Score 1) 127

by Ol Olsoc (#49153535) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Allows Customers To Legally Download Windows 7 ISOs

Once again, Microsoft's DRM is punishing the innocent customer.

Why should they care? Its an abusive relationship, and most people will always return. Seriously though, this whole topic is bringing back memories of why I left for greener pastures. Bad service, bad upgrades, not allowing people to use things they legitimately paid for, and a whole bibleful of bad advice from users.

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 501

by Ol Olsoc (#49147073) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

What really irks me is that the opposite of skeumorphic doesn't have to be "postmodern fugly".

Absolutely. There are a couple real problems with the ultra flat approach, ala Metro. It reminds many of us of Commodore 64 graphics. Which were okay at the time, because that's all the computer could handle. But now?

It feels like the designers have swung the pendulum so far in the opposite direction that they've eliminated a lot of helpful and attractive design elements, such as the judicious use of borders, bevels, gradients, gloss, and transparency.

Definitely. The world is 3-D. There are shadows and highights. and they can be used to emphasize something, like where to click. We're getting some feedback from that stuff.

I've had a website I've designed flat (hey gotta do as the boss tells us) and people were having trouble figuring out where to click. Yes, there were rollovers, but they had to find them first. So I added a little embossing and a subtle border accent, and the problem went right away.

Skeumorphics, giving us a clue as to what to do. A flat block of color with some words might be something to push, or might be a design element. This thingy over here that looks like a real world button? Maybe it's a button. I use a little skeumorphics in database UI design even. Funny part is when its done right, no one notices. But they "intuitively" find their way around better. Done flat, it is a number salad.

Flat design is only one step away from "mystery meat" web design - a concept straight from Beelzabub to destroy humanity. It is a bad trend in response to overdone skeumorphics, and ends up being worse.

The devil finds work for idle circuits to do.