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Comment: Re:Please let this be an April Fool's joke. (Score 1) 2

Indeed, but just in case this isn't an April Fool's joke, the article implies future tense - "is buying." There could very well be a deal cemented with a handshake today and nothing happens legally for a few months.

I wouldn't be surprised by this move, iFixIt has been one of Apple's biggest critics for years, they helped me make the decision to not buy Apple's products anymore. (that and having 2 MacBook Pros each die within a month of the 3 year extended warranty running out made the decision for me). As much as I like the OS, I dislike paying so much more for hardware than if I went the PC route.

Comment: Re:Just what we need... more Mazdas (Score 1) 330

Try driving one before you comment. My 2005 Mazda 3s has 165 horsepower and I can do 0-65 in about 9 or 10 seconds. The acceleration is actually better at Freeway speeds, the "sweet spot" is around 50 MPH when you need to get up to 60 or 70.

Comment: Re:Skynet? (Score 5, Insightful) 234

Is there any way to avoid such a thing short of cutting my net connection? Generally I am not too worried about the NSA. I think it is BS what they do as far as invasion of privacy. But I personally have nothing to hide. But this has completely changed the small amount of reluctance I had in becoming a "ZOMG da sky iz fallinz!" type.

The "I have nothing to hide" argument is quite the slippery slope. Do you truly, really, honestly have nothing to hide? Let's put up cameras in every corner of your house, then. Perhaps we can get full copies of your bank statements? You may trust the NSA as a whole, but Snowden already showed that even a single bad apple can ruin a lot of days. What if he leaked compromising information of private citizens as part of his escapades? Would you have something to hide then? Hyperbolic? Sure. But because we've had even just a handful of instances of people having their lives screwed while innocent because surveillance - legal or illegal - uncovered something about them, it's a valid point. Read more. (article about why privacy matters)

Comment: Re:Why can't this shit happen to North Korea? (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by The_Human_Diversion (#46455975) Attached to: Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary of Tsunami Disaster

Why do you hate the Japanese? The A-bombs likely saved a million+ Japanese lives. Invasion or starving them out, would have cost much more.

No they weren't ready to surrender. That's pure bullshit.

Has there ever been any conclusive proof on this? I'm sure that's the thought process the US wanted everyone to think, as the US is the only country to ever use a nuclear weapon outside of testing. But the victors usually do get to write history, and I've never seen any kind of historical (or even statistical) consensus that dropping the bomb saved lives. Seems to me that the Truman administration -and any administrations following- would want the prevailing narrative to be "dropping the bombs saved lives." I have no doubt it saved allied lives, but just how many?

Comment: Re:I'll be damned (Score 2) 64

I didn't know dire wolves were real. I just thought it was some BS that George R. R. Martin came up with.

Of course they're real, they're large 5 hit die creatures that have a bite attack and can trip with that attack. You often see druids and rangers taking them as animal companions.

Comment: Start in the trenches (Score 1) 451

by The_Human_Diversion (#46421543) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
Like someone else said, you need to start in "the trenches" - for IT that generally means helpdesk. Most places realize that helpdesk is not a place to finish your IT career, but to start it. On your resume trump up your technical skills and in the interview trump up your interpersonal skills and your ability to use "common sense" (hint - it aint that common). A lot of IT people didn't start in IT. The Citrix expert here was a reporter into his mid-30's. I'm a 20 year SysAdmin and I have a degree in music.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead