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Comment: It's true for older than 16-24 year olds (Score 1) 331

by PontifexMaximus (#45541979) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

Look, I'm in IT. I work with computing systems and stare at screens all day. I read a lot of stuff online. But, I also have over 5K books in my personal library. For me, it's not so much the feel of having a book in my hand as it is the smell of books. There's just something about that that you don't get staring at a display. I'm also one of those people who can't see paying $7 for something I can't hold. It's sort of like blowing cash on Candy Crush Saga. What are you really getting when you buy an ebook? Yes, the author's hard work, but it's the tangibility thing.

Not to mention, who's gonna spend millions on a first edition Ebook? :)

Comment: Not just ANY jury... (Score 1) 219

by PontifexMaximus (#45491275) Attached to: Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

A SILICON VALLEY jury. Keep that in mind when reading this. The original $450m award that is being retried was also awarded by a Silicon Valley jury, IIRC. But, don't expect Samsung to get any help from that moron in the White House, He's allowed Apple to lobby him for blocking the sale/import of Samsung products and didn't (and won't) enforce the same conditions on Apple.

Comment: Re:Darrell 'Fraud' Issa (Score 1, Insightful) 346

by PontifexMaximus (#45367115) Attached to: "War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At Healthcare.gov

Seriously? You really think 4 deaths because of the WH not doing it's job is a 'conspiracy theory'? You think if it was YOUR family murdered by Islamic terrorists that you'd call it a conspiracy theory? You, my friend, are the reason why this country is so screwed. You think the important things are trivial while you rant and rave about how 'outrageous' it is that the Redskins name is still being used.

Get your priorities straight before you start frothing at the mouth about conspiracy theories. Moron.

Comment: Of course it would (Score 1) 406

by PontifexMaximus (#45259467) Attached to: A Look at the Koch Brothers Dark-Money Network

CA being hardcore liberal Democrat would do its damnedest to point out the evil conservatives 'dark money' network, while saying JACK SQUAT about the Democrats and their behind the scenes money making. This is what is killing America, the bias of 'journalists' and the political machinery in government that is determined to stay in power at all costs.

It's funny and frightening how the America is paralleling the Late Roman Empire in it's political maneuvering, graft, corruption and spin doctoring. I am amazed at how idiotically short sighted we are here in America. The old 'it can't happen to us' mindset is a true killer.

Comment: A complete idiot (Score -1) 298

Is Obama really THAT stupid? I mean seriously. He's continued to prove that he's clueless about virtually everything (except maybe golf). He only became president to en joy the perks of the job without the actual work involved. And you wonder why we're screwed eight ways from Sunday.

Nice work, liberals. Bloody sheep the lot of you.

Comment: Sure why not.... (Score 1) 288

by PontifexMaximus (#45070867) Attached to: Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

...I mean why bother with actually providing consequences for bad behaviour in real life? Let's forgo any effort to discipline people in the real world and teach them proper responsibility in a virtual one. What idiocy. I swear, I'm sick and tired of morons doing everything they can to properly avoid parenting. And that's really what this is about. It's that pathetic liberal attempt to parent kids in lieu of the actual parents being made to do so. And we all know it.

Pitiful.

Comment: Overloaded my ass (Score 1) 565

They weren't overloaded, as is typical with ANY government project, it was half-baked, over-budget (with most going to incompetent pockets), and downright poorly implemented. My dead grandmother can do better than this government can at implementing a decent solution.

Not to mention the regs are, what, 20K pages long? Who the hell can properly implement that? Bloody idiots.

Comment: Dumbassery.... (Score 1) 628

This is just more proof that America has lost its collective mind. When did personal RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY become anathema? Seriously, this is just a bloody joke. Why not just say the person texting and driving was a victim not only of the TEXTER but also the Telecom who passed the text along. Shouldn't they also be liable in this case on this basis? Everyone in America is a victim nowadays.

I've had 6 surgeries due to RA in the last 4 years. I should probably sue my parents for passing on bad genes. When will this stupidity end?

Comment: Climate change? Really? (Score 1) 301

by PontifexMaximus (#42589457) Attached to: The World Remains Five Minutes From Midnight

Are we still on this ridiculous crap? Has anyone EVER heard of an interglacial? That's what we're in. We have more long term data to support the increase in temperatures due to the fact we're smack dab in the middle of ice ages that coincides with increased solar activity than 'climate change' due to man's stupidity. Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm believer in mankind being as completely stupid as self-aware beings can be (I mean Obama's dumb ass got voted back in), but I'm a bigger believer in the planet being way more resilient in change than for it to succumb to a couple centuries of us screwing with it.

Comment: Night's Dawn Trilogy (Score 1) 892

by PontifexMaximus (#39109725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

Has no one here read Peter F. Hamilton? Personally, the Night's Dawn Trilogy is a pretty good indicator of space combat. (Maybe minus the voidhawks.) Fusion powered nuclear missles with multiple warheads along with electronic warfare pods fired over a broad area to disrupt space as much as possible. Although a direct hit would be nice, it's virtually a total defensive fight. Each one trying not to get hit by flooding the area with junk to hide from the guidance systems. The combat would be over in minutes, it wouldn't be one prolonged battle.

(And I would REALLY love to have a Blackhawk, but that's just me.)

Comment: Well, there's a shocker..... (Score -1, Troll) 187

by PontifexMaximus (#29503497) Attached to: $2,000 Bribe Bought Password To DC P.O. System

Our fearless leader appoints an utterly incompetent and corrupt person to lead the most critical part of our infrastructure in this country. Geez. I've never been more ashamed not only to be an American, but also to be in IT. I can't wait for Obama's one term to be up, he's himself very much correct when he said in 2005 that he wasn't capable of doing the job.

Comment: Oh please! (Score 1) 551

by PontifexMaximus (#29298007) Attached to: iPhone Straining AT&T Network

Do ANY of you really believe that? $18 BILLION? I would trust what ATT says any farther than I can throw them. Their network is crap. Their customer service is crap. I'd be willing to bet even without all the damned iPhones their network would still suck. Wanna know why? Because THEY CAN. They (and every other American carrier) can and will spend as little as possible to make our experiences better because we here in America LET THEM. We don't shove the bastards in Washington out of office who ATT have bought. We don't rise up and smite the sons of bitches every time they jack up our rates and we get nothing in return.

Sadly, we deserve every bit of the shitty service and crappy experiences we get. Obviously not enough of us in America give a big enough crap to change it. So why bother crying about it you lazy bastards?

Comment: One more nail in the coffin.... (Score 2, Insightful) 853

by PontifexMaximus (#29233581) Attached to: Emergency Government Control of the Internet?

not only of our basic freedoms that we FOUGHT and DIED for, but also to our country as a whole. Look back in history and see how 'Empires' in their death throes squeeze more and more, tighten controls more and more to hold onto what is obviously disintegrating.

It's like a fistful of sand, the harder you squeeze, the more that slips through your fingers.

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