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Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 47 47

by PopeRatzo (#50015705) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

Standards of cleanliness? In what city? I would never wear white in a cab. A lot of cab drivers also stink almost as bad as your average pan-handler.

When I was in grad school, I drove a taxi. This is a pretty long time ago, but let me tell you, y'all passengers don't always smell so great, either. I remember an August day when a guy got in my cab at O'Hare just drenched in Calvin Klein cologne (which was a fad at the time and smelled like a skunk in a whorehouse). I had to drive him all the way downtown, with my eyes watering and me choking. I had the AC on full because it was hot and finally by about Belmont I just said, "fuck it" and opened my window, wanting to stick my head out like a labrador retriever. This is before they forced cabs to have the plastic barrier between the driver and passenger.

The worst part is he gave me a two dollar tip. Another Gordon Gecko yuppie throwing nickels around like they were manhole covers.

Comment: Courage (Score 1) 84 84

by PopeRatzo (#50015229) Attached to: My relationship to 4th of July noise:

I don't mind fireworks and I used to love setting them off (especially in model cars and school toilets). But now I've got a 15 year old border collie who hates those things. She'll face down pit bulls, coyotes and patiently lets kids crawl all over her, but when the fireworks start, she shrinks into the closet, shaking, and tries to dig her way through the rug hoping to create a hole big enough to hide in.

Plus, every year the Fourth of July seems to last longer. Now it starts somewhere around June 20th and runs through at least to the second week of July. And there will still be explosions going off way past midnight on the 4th (though given that this is Chicago, it might be gunfire - it was the home of Al Capone after all). Two years ago, I went out at about 10pm and coming down my street was a Mercedes full of what looked like wealthy frat boys with one having his arm out the window drunkenly firing an H&K into the air.

I am fond of the Fourth of July, but I'd rather watch a professional fireworks display from the relative safety of my porch (I can see the big Grant Park display from there).

Comment: Re:Stop responding to polls! (Score 1) 84 84

by drinkypoo (#50014777) Attached to: My relationship to 4th of July noise:

I seriously don't care if polls are in the main story stream. I seriously think that the people complaining about it must have something wrong with them. Just skip over it. Whogivesashit.

Also, while I'm ranting, Slashdot polls have always been lame. So what if this one is also lame?

The one valid complaint about these polls... CowboyNeal Option

Comment: Re:Similar Performance to Nvidia (Score 1) 101 101

Did you contact Steam support? Because it sounds like you were having an issue, the question is WHY were you having the issue? Did you test the memory of the GPU with a stress test? You may have had defective cells in that particular card. I've seen that happen at the shop too and most never think to check that.

But I can tell you that I have the exact same game (got the Deluxe Edition) from the same place (Steam sale) and on a stock HD7750 I was getting consistent 30FPS+ with most settings medium or above. So if I was able to get those numbers and you weren't, despite having 2 generations more powerful hardware? Yeah I have to wonder if there was something wrong with your particular card, as you should have been getting 3 times what I was easily.

Comment: Re:Precedent (Score 2) 40 40

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#50014627) Attached to: Avira Wins Case Upholding Its Right To Block Adware
Even without a formal system of precedent, and treating prior cases as authorities to be cited, I'd imagine that the outcomes of past cases, and the various arguments and concepts employed, likely have an influence on future cases, at least those where the person overseeing them is undecided or has no particular opinion on the matter.

At least in the US, that seems to be a factor when(for some reason of how the courts are structured and arranged) a given court decision is not official precedent for the purposes of another court; but still has a decent shot at being cited if it framed the issue persuasively. It's not 100%, it might also be mentioned in the process of vehemently disagreeing with the decision of the other court and politely-but-brutally rubbishing their line of thought; but even without binding legal obligation to consider a given case, sufficiently similar past cases tend to help shape future thinking on the matter(as well as encouraging or discouraging prospective litigants).

Comment: I'd certainl yhope so... (Score 3, Insightful) 40 40

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#50014545) Attached to: Avira Wins Case Upholding Its Right To Block Adware
Under what legal theory would it be forbidden to offer a product that blocks shitware? Even if we grant that this 'freemium.com' must be tolerated as legal-but-sleazy, rather than dragged out and hung from a lamp post; is there some sort of 'right to be installed' that software possesses that nobody told me about?

It seems about as silly as arguing that throwing away junk mail without opening it is abridging the spammer's right to free speech.

Comment: Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1) 506 506

by hairyfeet (#50014501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?

Uhhh...he asked for a bunch of shit to be integrated into the OS which just FYI but NOBODY integrates into their OS by default (even your mainstream Linux distros don't come with an IDE and compiler in the base install) which was obviously designed to either 1.- Make it so the only OS which could fit his :criteria" would be Lunix, or 2.- Appeal to programmers, which again less than 1% of the population is a fucking programmer.

So if you are one of the above? The world does not care about you, sorry and I ain't gonna sugercoat shit for your consumption, that is the job of your mommy not me sweetheart. As I told the other dumbass quit your damned whining, get your cheap ass employer to pony up for a decent IDE and compiler because the other 99.2% of the planet? Has ZERO fucks to give about your needs.

Comment: Re:Why Firefox pisses me off the least (Score 1) 132 132

by hairyfeet (#50014375) Attached to: Chromecast Update Bringing Grief For Many Users
Actually talked to the oldest today....he went back to the last Presto version and disabled updates because of them pulling shit like that LOL, once a diehard Opera user always a diehard Opera user. BTW I hear some of the ex-Opera team are making their own browser, maybe the oldest will get lucky and they'll make a new port of presto.

Comment: Re:Why the Secret Service did what they did. (Score 1) 83 83

by drinkypoo (#50013205) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Steve Jackson About Designing Games

Do you have any idea what possessed them to do something that incredibly stupid?

Is there any doubt that someone led them on? And once they discovered the magnitude of their idiocy, they had no choice but to ride it out lest they reveal how easily led they are?

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 3, Insightful) 188 188

by drinkypoo (#50013177) Attached to: Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables

Most here are science types, and realize there is only one thing that can be done with it. Burn it up.

That'd be fine, but we're not talking about doing that in this country yet. That's the only kind of nuclear power I would promote. Show me an effort to fix that in the USA and I'll get behind it. Also, there is still some waste left over from that. I'm going to have to see some evidence that we'll handle that responsibly. So far, nope.

Comment: Re:You know, it's funny... (Score 5, Informative) 163 163

by drinkypoo (#50013041) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

Oh yes... I think these were the same people who said, "we will put catalytic converters on cars. it will cost more, but they will convert the noxious fumes into harmless water and carbon dioxide."

Yes. They add a couple of hundred dollars to the price of the average car and they make the world a better place; unburned hydrocarbons are the most foul emission which automobiles make. You might also be interested in knowing that we averted the ozone depletion crisis by banning CFCs. Meanwhile, the O2 sensor that came along with those catalysts actually lets you make more power while burning less fuel.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 4, Insightful) 188 188

by drinkypoo (#50012995) Attached to: Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables

And yet, to date, nuclear power has done less damage to the environment, as well as killing fewer people (by several orders of magnitude) than just coal mining, much less coal power in general.

Give it time. It's got thousands of years, even if we stop using it today.

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