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Comment: Re:i lose my civil rights cause a crazy fucktards (Score 1) 85

by jedidiah (#48226535) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

> Because we never had people trying to wipe us out before Muslims came along...

Were you trying to be funny? The Muslims have been trying to conquer Europe for a very long time. If anything, the last couple of centuries is just a temporary lull. They have been at this pretty much since their religion was founded.

"before Muslims came long" gets back to about 700AD.

Comment: Re:Gabe Newell is perhaps the biggest driver of th (Score 1, Insightful) 63

by jedidiah (#48224043) Attached to: PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

> I don't use Windows because I'm "forced to", I use it because it works well, everything runs on it, it supports just about everything in the PC business, and its cost is so low, it might as well be free.

I have known plenty of people that use Windows because they think they are forced into it. This idea goes all the way back to the 80s.

They would still think that way if not for tablets. Tablets look just different enough to the untrained eye to get people off of their "must be DOS compatible" fixation.

That wedge helps undermine the longstanding FUD that average people need to run WinDOS so they can run unecessarily bloated applications that are really meant for professional secretaries.

Windows is still a malware magnet. This is enough of a motivation for "average people" to seek out alternatives.

Comment: Re:Gabe Newell is perhaps the biggest driver of th (Score 3, Interesting) 63

by jedidiah (#48223969) Attached to: PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

> If lowering the price to $0 doesn't work, you can only point fingers at yourself.

Yeah. It's not like there are no other factors involved like a 30 year entrenched monopoly or zero companies that are doing any real marketing for the product or the fact that the company that "does everything right" can't manage to get past 10% market share.

Although none of that really matters. I just care about the AAA titles that play as well (or better) on Linux as they do on Windows. I don't have to put up with an inferior monopoly product just to play a cool game.

If Gabe feeling threatened by Microsoft can cause the 20+ year association between WinDOS and games to shatter then that's a win for all of us.

I know gamers that would dump Windows tomorrow if they could.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 2) 394

by jedidiah (#48223903) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

...and this is all fine so long as you apply the approved checklist.

> They do the same thing over again and expect something completely different to happen.

That's the perfect megacorp employee. They just need to follow the checklist and all is good. A critical thinker might question the checklist and that would be considered very bad.

If this were from some rag in Silicon Valley, it would be less absurd. The companies in that area actually do need real employees rather than trained monkeys.

Comment: Re:What is critical thinking? (Score 4, Insightful) 394

by jedidiah (#48223823) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

The idea that the Wall Street Journal and the corporations they represent are worried about "critical thinking skills" is just laughable. Those kinds of corporations actively discourage independent thinking. They want everyone to be a trained monkey so that they can devalue your labor and replace you easily.

The LAST thing they want are people with hard to replace cognitive skills or tribal knowledge.

They want COGS.

Comment: Re:Security + Telnet (Score 1) 60

by jandrese (#48223323) Attached to: Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances
Connecting to a device and forwarding packets through it are two different things. It's sensible to have a policy that disallows most users from attempting to ssh to the router's management interface. Often they're on completely different VLANs. It can cause a problem however when the managed connection between the VLANs has an issue and people need to get in there to modify the router settings.

Comment: Libertarian talking point goes down in flames (Score 1) 603

So the idea that a higher minimum wage would drive automation is bullshit, as we suspected all along. Companies would automate jobs if they were being paid $2/hour. Humans get sick, they have a bad day and require training. Humans need managers, machines just need maintenance.

It was always a bullshit talking point. How many companies have a receptionist these days? Or a switchboard operator? A higher minimum wage never explained ATMs and online banking.

Maybe it was just Koch brothers brand bullshit all along.

Comment: Re:Not a feminist issue. (Score 1) 536

by fyngyrz (#48220927) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Being able to be offended is free speech

Troll. All you did here was invert my argument and then complain about it. I agree that the argument you made up is invalid.

That is not the equality which feminism is about.

Your entire sally was a troll, which is why I only gave it a one-line answer.

none of that is relevant to anything

What I said was relevant. What you said definitely was not.

Comment: Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (Score 1) 603

This is something else for the mothership to sell to the individual franchisees. As others have stated, the structure of McDonalds is such that the master corporation really has no reason to be concerned what the minimum wage is. This is only a consideration for the individual restaurants.

Those can just as easily be put out of business by the mothership at any time for any reason.

Just jack up the price of buns.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 21

by pudge (#48219903) Attached to: Way to go, Republican loser

In a capitalist society, all services that government does today would be provided by private companies instead.

No, that is an anarchist society: no cops, no courts, no laws. If you have any of those, you have government employees. If you don't have government employees, you have none of those. Capitalism does not imply anarchy.

I won't even read the rest of your comment; an anonymous coward getting this fundamentally obvious thing so clearly wrong doesn't deserve more of a response.

Comment: Re:Not so easy (Score 1) 208

by fyngyrz (#48219045) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

I didn't say you had to learn them. I said they were there. The implication -- true -- that there are many more to learn to get to higher levels of literacy. I also pointed out that 2000 was a specific level of literacy.

Try not to get too carried away with your imagination. Just read what I said. Not what you think I said.

As for a simplified character vocabulary, take a trip to Taiwan, why don't you. See how that works out for you.

Your experience is only your experience.

Anyway, whatever.

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