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Comment: Re:Old quote comes into play (Score 1) 207

by SuperKendall (#48671127) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Because as everybody knows, all Apple employees are special little snowflakes whose precious little lives

They are human beings who deserve a break from a rough work schedule, and again what is even the point of serving Sony's 11th hour demands when a release next week has essentially the same effect? Are you truly so daft as to imagine the physical act of release means anything next to the symbolic act of simply saying the release will go ahead?

I somehow get the sense you are that daft, and perhaps far dafter than can be discerned at first glance... I'll let you have the last response as you are quite simply batshit insane and not worthy of further correspondence.

Comment: Re:Motive (Score 5, Insightful) 219

by Shakrai (#48670163) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What would you think if NK released a movie about killing a US president?

They've released propaganda films about nuking us. We didn't mobilize the cyber or real armies over the matter; I guess that's the difference between a modern nation-state and one held together with a pygmy's cult of personality....

Comment: If you want malls, freeways, and fiber (Score 1) 98

by raymorris (#48669755) Attached to: US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis

If you want malls, freeways, and fiber, live in town.
If you want wide open spaces, live out in the country.

If you insist on having a fiber line run two miles across your neighbors' pastures to reach you, the only interested customer on your road, you can get that too. That two miles of trenching and fiber work isn't going to be cheap - I've priced it.

Comment: Re:Old quote comes into play (Score 2) 207

by SuperKendall (#48669311) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Because if they don't, they will be viewed as cowards?

How so when it will simply come out next week. Sony already owns Coward, the other companies will put up the movie as soon as they can.

Anyway, you exaggerate the level of effort required by Apple to do the right thing.

In my world the "right thing" is not to have an Apple Employee have to take even TWO HOURS the day before Christmas to serve Sony's fickle whims.

Here's some real Tough Love - sometimes people on vacation should get to stay on vacation. THAT is the Right Thing.

Comment: " Dicionary". Conservatives disliked Bush (Score 1) 192

by raymorris (#48669239) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

> your description would paint Bush as a liberal. What with his pet project to fix Iraq, bailouts for failed corporate ventures

And indeed Bush Jr's approval rating among republicans was nearly as bad as Obama's among Democrats. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity regularly took him to task. They much preferred the elder Bush, who made a clear decision to NOT invade Iraq. I myself criticized junior on national radio, based on the argument that he was not following conservative principles.

Comment: stoned during history class (Score 1) 192

by raymorris (#48669185) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

I guess we know who was stoned out of their mind during history class. Other than me, I mean. :) Corporations you say? The colonists dumped the cargo of the East India Company. The East India Company, founded in 1600, officially ruled countries. No corporation today comes anywhere near the power of the corporations of the founding era. You might also want to look up the words "corporation" and "corporal" in the dictionary.

You might also look up "tar and feather ", a common practice at the time the republic was founded. See also "drawn amd quartered".

Here's the opening line from George Washington's announcement of the Constitution, the one that protects the rights "endowed by your creator ":
  "Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor ..."

The concept that the founders were liberal hippies is laughable. American liberalism, the secular movement we have today, came to America in the 1960s.

Once you have clue about American history, you can go to the hardware store and buy some hemp rope. Hemp is a fiber that os legally sold in the US. Marijuana is a drug. They are similar genetically, but not as genetically similar as Clinton and Romney are.

Comment: Re:Hegel strikes again? (Score 1) 716

by Mike Van Pelt (#48668877) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
When you say "Material must be handled over and over again because containers break down" it shows you have not bothered to even look at the actual proposals for how to deal with the waste; what was actually going to be put into the repository at Yucca Mountain. (Or, you're being deliberately disengeuous, but I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt.)

Comment: Re:Second hand view from a teacher (Score 1) 329

by Mike Van Pelt (#48668743) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

... it was a missed opportunity to give the "best children's book ever written" a proper adaptation.

It wouldn't work. And I'm not saying that to be cruel, but a major part of the viewing audience would have seen LotR first and quite frankly hate the Hobbit done according to the book.

This. Tolkein's story "grew with the telling"; he'd done all this imaginary mythology background stuff, epic poetry, and tales. He wrote some of it up as a childrens' book, "The Hobbit".

"The Lord of the Rings" came later. At the time he wrote "The Hobbit", he didn't realize that the ring Bilbo found was The One Ring. I'm not sure the whole "three for the elves, seven for the dwarf lords, nine for mortal men, and one ring to rule them" thing was developed in his mind at the time.

Jackson chose to adapt "The Hobbit" as a prequel to "Lord of the Rings". That decision is ... controversial. But it was probably necessary, given that the "Lord of the Rings" movies existed.

Yeah, it should have been one movie, maybe two. Sauron showing up Just Does Not Work in the continuity; in LOTR, they didn't know Sauron had returned at the beginning of the story. There are a lot of things I wish Jackson had done better, or differently.

And too much Coyote Physics, way, way, *WAY* too much Coyote Physics, especially in the second movie. I enjoy Roadrunner cartoons as much as anyone, maybe more, but I don't want Coyote Physics in something more serious.

Still, my biggest beef of all with Jackson was from the original "Lord of the Rings" movies; wrecking Faramir's character was a huge blunder.

Oh, well, I still found them mostly enjoyable,

Comment: Old quote comes into play (Score 3, Insightful) 207

by SuperKendall (#48668275) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

"Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my partâ

Why should Apple make people work Christmas (most core Apple employees have the week off) because Sony finally came around to the ethical course of action? Sounds like a great thing to have decided WEEKS AGO.

Comment: bill of rights restricts GOVERNMENT (Score 5, Informative) 106

by raymorris (#48667555) Attached to: How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm

The Bill of Rights is a list of things the federal government isn't allowed to do. It doesn't put any limitations on you, me or Dice. You and I can do bad things, but we can't violate the Bill of Rights because the B of R is a set of restrictions on the feds.

Therefore, ONLY big government can violate your Constitutional rights. Businesses can make you mad, they can provide'poor customer service, but only government can violate your Constitutional rights. The reason for this? Because only government can send men with guns to enforce their will upon. Comcast you can simply cancel, and get Dish or Verizon instead.

Comment: Yep. well, 5.4% (Score 1) 192

by raymorris (#48666623) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

I had accidentally looked at 2013 rather than 2014. The average for 2013 was 7.5%. BLS says November 2004 was 5.4%, not 5.5% - close enough. If we're trying to compare this year to ten years ago, looking at just November only is a bit misleading, though.

For 2014:
Jan 6.6
Feb 6.7
Mar 6.7
Apr 6.3
May 6.3
Jun 6.1
Jul 6.2
Aug 6.1
Sep 5.9
Oct 5.8
Nov 5.8

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...