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Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

Sen. Proxmire would not be considered as having been in the political right in the country of which he was a senator, which is the country about which we were discussing.

As a side note, the common refrain that 'the U.S. left is "right-wing" compared to the "rest of the world"' conveniently ignores the large percentage of Islamically-controlled countries in the world.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

... It goes back to the Proxmire Golden Fleece Awards where a Senator from Wisconsin would claim to have identified horrendous wastes of money, while the state that he represented (Wisconsin) raked in billions of dollars in milk and cheese subsidies.

Between that and claims of 'Welfare Queens', the political right has played a distraction game to subvert programs like education while lining their pockets with money ...

Just wanted to mention that Sen. Proxmire was a Democrat.

Comment: Re:What they are probably meaning: (Score 1) 169

by RoccamOccam (#49365913) Attached to: Graphene Light Bulbs Coming To Stores Soon
I'm speculating, but looking into it a bit, I see that:

To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reigns of King Henry III (1216–1272) and his successor, Edward I (1272–1307). [source: Wikipedia]

so perhaps "hanged" is an anachronism that never got regularized due to being ensconced in early English law.

Comment: Domain Name Front Running (Score 4, Informative) 295

by RoccamOccam (#49281747) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?
Whatever you do, don't check with a registrar to see if your domain name is available, unless you're prepared to buy it at that moment! I recently had GoDaddy appropriate a good domain name that I was considering. It turns out that this reprehensible practice is quite common.

Comment: Michael Medved (Score 2) 51

by RoccamOccam (#49217847) Attached to: Book Review: Data and Goliath

Bruce needs to try to get on Michael Medved's Radio Talk Show.

Medved is a conservative talk-show host and he has voiced the "if you don't have anything to hide ..." opinion on the air. However, he is particularly open to opposing opinions and he is very polite to his guests. He often has authors on his show (particularly if they have viewpoints that differ from his).

This would be good publicity for the book, informative for the listeners, and I'd be surprised if Medved wouldn't welcome Bruce to his show.

Comment: Re:ABOUT FUCKING TIME! (Score 2, Insightful) 765

by RoccamOccam (#49198553) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

Doug, Ian, and Robert are standing next to a cliff. Doug says "let's jump!"

Robert says "No!!" and lists all the bad things that could happen. Doug yells at Robert "You're just a Contrarian! Besides, I got the idea from your Uncle Mitt!" Robert retorts "Sure, but that was just jumping off of a sand pile. Also, I never liked that idea, none of my other relatives liked that idea, and none of my friends liked that idea. And I dislike this idea even more!"

Ian mumbles "I don't know. I want to think about it."

"Too late!" screams Doug, while grabbing Ian and Robert and jumping.

As they lie in a broken heap at the bottom of the cliff, Doug stumbles to his feet, having used Ian and Robert to break his fall, and points at them "Remember, we all wanted to do this!"

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds