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Comment: Cultural Arrogance (Score 1) 153

by StormReaver (#48647739) Attached to: US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

The vicious mocking of Kim is only a result of senseless cultural arrogance.

It's unusual to see such a blatant case of the pot calling the kettle black. North Korea's cultural arrogance just can't seem to comprehend that not everyone thinks as they do about mocking heads of State that do absurdly dumb things.

For some bizarre reason, North Koreans seem to think that worshipping stupidity is a virtue. Idiocy deserves to be derided, and their leadership is chock full of idiots.

Comment: Re:Valid release (Score 3, Insightful) 158

by StormReaver (#48599641) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

Rulings like this are what will kill the internet.

Do you understand the difference between the Internet and the Web? Do you understand that the Internet has far, far more uses than Youtube, and that the latter is a very minor aspect of what makes the Internet useful?

That aside, your statement is grand hyperbole. Even if every insignificant actor in every insignificant film distributed on the Web rose up and successfully demanded the removal of every film, the Internet and the Web would be no less useful than it is now.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 5, Insightful) 515

by StormReaver (#48581071) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Well, if a crime had been committed....

Even if no *other* crime had been committed, the officers involved should be charged with:

1) Vandalism.
2) Unlawful destruction of private property.
3) Assault.
4) Battery.

All of which may be possible, and for which the normal protections police enjoy while performing their duties may not apply, because the officer was acting outside the scope of his lawful duties.

Comment: Re:Looks like the mismatch nailed me (Score 1, Insightful) 163

by StormReaver (#48532111) Attached to: New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

Basically, I was wearing a bulletproof vest, but got shot in the leg.

You were wearing the a bulletproof vest produced by the same designer who made the Emperor's new clothes.

The Flu vaccine is no more effective than random chance, but it's a huge money maker for the pharmaceutical industry.

Comment: Re:What if... (Score 1) 574

by StormReaver (#48507365) Attached to: Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

[What if] Stephen Hawking is not who he claims to be through the electronic speaker box?

Sadly, given the stupidity of the Human race (and Kentucky in particular), I believe you have just started a new conspiracy.

But maybe not. Given the same stupidity of the Human race, it's likely that no one lacking enough brain cells to believe such a thing would know who Stephan Hawking is; given that he isn't moving a ball from one part of a grassy field to another.

Comment: Complete Waste of Time (Score 1) 523

by StormReaver (#48490387) Attached to: Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

Cursive is a complete waste of time. At best, it is barely marginally faster than printing/block writing. Most of the time, cursive writing is significantly slower than printing (especially for those brain-dead connections containing o, a, c, g, h, j, k, u, v, and w) and much less legible.

In practice, the only time I ever write in cursive is when signing my name. In all other cases, it's faster and more legible to write in print. I was brainwashed with the necessity of cursive when I was a kid in the seventies and eighties. But it always seemed so bizarre to focus so heavily on something so less efficient than printing.

Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 2) 581

by StormReaver (#48418271) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Go back 5 years and imagine yourself trying to explain systemd to all the Linux developers.

That depends on how you do it. If you were to use the massive disinformation campaign you're perpetuating, and those who know better didn't speak up, then systemd would die on the vine. However, if you accurately describe what systemd does, then Linux would be five years ahead of where it is now.

Having actually read what systemd does, I'm looking forward to seeing it on my machines. It seems to solve several important problems, and seems to be well architected.

So far, every argument against systemd I've read has been a strawman (invent a problem that systemd doesn't actually have, then argue against it). The anti-systemd campaign has been truly bizarre, but that's how ignorance is typically presented.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 276

Spending six years learning how to program before going to college did me know good. It's like knowing the fundamentals really was a waste of time and was so not transferrable.....

Then you didn't learn the fundamentals. Instead, you learned something very specific to a particluar product. They're not even remotely the same thing, as the fundamentals haven't changed in over 30 years.

Comment: Re:Progress (Score 2) 162

by StormReaver (#48376981) Attached to: Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

The days when it seemed that Microsoft could have the whole pie all to itself is long gone.

I'm sure IBM thought something similar when Microsoft was "collaborating" on OS/2.

Now is not the time to let your guard down. We have finally, painfully clawed our way out of the Microsoft den. Now is not the time to squander all that hard work with feel-good naivety. Microsoft is Microsoft, and that will never change. The moment its management smells a weakness, you will become dinner if you're not paying attention.

I'm shaking my head at how quickly people forget the lessons of the past.

Comment: Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (Score 1) 206

Please, cite the violated law. Thank you.

1) Identify theft.
2) Slander of Title.
3) Copyright Infringement.
4) Trademark Infringement.
5) Defamation of Character.

And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

And no, a warrant cannot authorize those things. There is nothing in the Constitution that allows for committing the above crimes just because a judge issues an illegal order to do so.

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