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Comment: Re:See even russian's (Score 1) 234

by Sardaukar86 (#48579829) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

even russian's - subhuman as they are - know that nigger's are shit and are willing to stand up for some body that calls it as it is.

Well, 'shit' or not, I'm sure most "russian's" and "nigger's" have a considerably better handle on apostrophe use than yourself, you son of a greengrocer you.

Comment: Re:Define living being (Score 1) 341

by Sardaukar86 (#48576193) Attached to: New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Are prions alive? For the purposes of this discussion, why do you think they are they more or less alive than viruses, or why do you think they are the same as viruses with respect to being alive?

That's an excellent question and I can tell you right now I don't have the knowledge or understanding to provide a good answer. I totally accept that life is one of the most difficult of things to classify (beyond my high school understanding of MRSGREF) and as such I've perhaps misspoken in my earlier post.

Many people would substitute the phrase "beings of a type (i.e. species) which at their peak intellect are typically sufficiently intelligent" or "... sufficiently self-aware" for "living", using their own definition of "sufficiently."

If I may be contrary for a moment, does intelligence necessarily need to come into the discussion? Actually I'm a little confused by your last statement sorry.

Are we talking about a delimiter, or a cut-off, between beings having souls or not? Or is this about what constitutes a 'being' regardless of the potential of having a soul?

Comment: Re:They used the wrong windows (Score 1) 268

Because you cant afford the retail version and think you have some right to get it at the OEM price this makes them greedy?

That's not what I said at all and you know it. You are purposefully mis-characterising the intent of my post so you can get yourself all pissed off and behave like a Microsoft apologist for great social justice. My issue is with Microsoft's price-gouging, I even offered a suggestion as to how much I feel the 'right to virtualise' is worth to me. Not $500, right? But feel free to ignore that if it gets in the way of your screeching.

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Fuck you and your entitlist mentality! They give you a discount for its use in a particular scenario and then you just expect to be able to get that discount in all situations, so it is *you* who is the greedy fuck in this case!

Yeah, you can call me names if you like. Your unnecessary ad-hominen rubbish aside, I'll point out that Microsoft offer a discount because - and only because - it suits Microsoft to do so. They are not depriving themselves of revenue out of the goodness of their hearts.

As for my 'entitlist(sic) mentality', I'll also point out that I have already paid for the operating system, so what matter is it whether it runs on a piece of metal and silicon or on a virtual piece of metal and silicon itself on a piece of metal and silicon? As long as I'm not still running the original machine, why should I be in violation of the licensing agreement? What business is it of Microsoft what I do with my computers?

Besides, what heinous crime is this that it demands such an outraged response in Microsoft's defence? Should we simply accept the will of our corporate masters and their convoluted demands without fuss like good little drones?

Comment: Re:They used the wrong windows (Score 1) 268

Realistically, I am just not at risk due to this behavior.

Well, don't give them money.

Sure, I agree. MS do indeed have a product that people want, however this doesn't invalidate the argument that MS are greedy. This is the original point I was trying to make, not that there weren't alternatives.

Like yourself, I *will* buy Windows OEM with a machine (ex-lease works for me) and again, like yourself, I'd violate the OEM licencing terms by running the copy as a VM if it suited me to do so.

My point is that whilst I'd happily pay another $50 for the right to do so legally, I'm damned if I'm going to shell out over $500* for an OS I've already paid for. Ergo, Microsoft are a bunch of greedy fucks.

Comment: Re:They used the wrong windows (Score 1) 268

I've even got an OEM XP sticker on my PC case, just barely legible, so I don't have to use it without paying.

If I'm not mistaken, one cannot legally virtualise an OEM edition of Windows. That's just not cricket. One is instead required to purchase a full retail version of the software to gain this right.

Assuming my facts are still accurate, that makes Microsoft exactly the sort of greedy fucks Dunbal calls them out to be.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 2) 717

by Sardaukar86 (#48543699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Anything that makes inmates feel like they have a positive connection to greater society is a good thing.

Exactly. Unless we intend to lock up all prisoners for ever, the vast majority will be released back into society eventually.

Do we want released inmates re-integrated with society as smoothly as possible, or do we want them back amongst us harbouring a deep resentment due to the way they were treated in prison? It's our choice.

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