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Comment: Re:So what did they take away now? (Score 1) 181

I was.
Not available for Firefox 19.0

  So what ancient versions of Firefox does this work on?

    If you are going to suggest a fix at least provide
  info on something that is updated at least once
in a blue moon.
  According to the plugin page this was updated back
on Sept 2, 2012.

   

Comment: Re:So casual... (Score 5, Interesting) 82

by UziBeatle (#39094455) Attached to: Space Team Reunites For John Glenn's Friendship 7

"Since when was ageism okay?"

  Well, I suppose it does sound that way. I'll give it my spin
from a 56 year old perspective and maybe some insight
for you.

  When I graduated from a very middle class neighboorhood
High School (in the shadow of the Johnson Space Center, Clear
Lake,TX) back in 1974 I knew full well that the standards
I was being judged by were less than prior years.

  I can't speak for all school districts, onlly the one I was involved with but I know many across the United States, by that time, had greatly backed off standard needed to graduate and teaching methods had changed during the 60's.

    Examples. Multiple choice questions tests began
to become far more common as time went on. In the
past students had either fill in the blank or worse, ESSAY
type responces on weekly tests.
    I'm sure even todays student realizes how easy multiple
choice tests are and that fill in the blank and essay
systems require more knowledge. By the time I was in
school in the 60's and 70's essay responses were
pretty much gone. It was rare for me to face them.

    On English courses. In years before my experience
in public High School students were required to file
far more written essays during the year than we were.
  In fact, by the time I graduated my school district
had greatly relaxed the final English requirements
and the final essay test score impact on your total
score was lowered by a significant amount.

  Mathematics. In my school district the math requirements
were lowered during the 70's. By the time I graduated
one merely needed ALgebra 1 and Geometry 1 to get
a free pass to graduation. Pretty sad as prior generations, particularly early 60's era and before had MUCH more
math required under their belts prior to thinking of going
to college.

    The sciences. Again, lowered requirements. Physics
was required in prior years. In my case again, one didn't need
near as much chemistry and 'real' physics was not required.
  You could get by with a pretty skimpy science exposure overall.

  I've got a number of books on my shelves that date to the
early part of prior century and up thru the mid 40's that
focus on the teaching of Algebra and Geometry to that
eras equivilant of grade school thru high school levels.
Trust me those books show to me that expected
standards were much higher for students earlier
in the food chain. Grade school kids were learning
mathematics that only was experienced by me
until High School in the 70's.
      I recall when a High School degree actually meant something.
By the 80's it was common feeling among many I worked
with then that High School degrees by that era were
becoming more and more meaningless due to the
standards the Publik Skool Districts were using.

    This isn't to say that by today there are not brilliant
20 somethings out there. We all know there are.
  It is my sense, at the ancient age of 56 , that there
are far less as a percentage of the population, of solid
very knowledgeable people in the pool to pick from.

    Indeed, think about it. I was amazed myself at the progress
of the USA space program. I knew it was powered by
German science as that was no secret. I knew
that we had a miserable space program at the start of the 60's and were actually incapable of lifting jack squat into
space without rockets blowing up right and left.
  Mercury, Gemini , Apollo and the landing men on the fraking
moon on July 20, 1969 all occurred in a mere damn 9 years.

  That sir, was a miracle compared to today. I don't think
it could be reproduced.

  So, yah, though it hurts to admit it. I agree, that that generation
of 20 to 30 year olds were far more potent than the generation
I came from in the sense they had a far larger pool of
very talented and skilled people to pull from than later years.
  Mainly due to the fact the standards of the era they came
from were far higher.
  I do not count my generation in theirs, despite the
fact the Steve Jobs of the world are from mine.
        I blame public schools systems, and I see
no hope until they are rebuilt from the ground up.
        Progress has been made since the 70's and standards
are increasing so there is some reason for hope.

  Feel free to flame.
  Punks.

Comment: Re:Peter Wards "Medea hypothesis" (Score 2) 174

by UziBeatle (#38894229) Attached to: Early Plants May Have Caused Massive Glaciation

Sounds good to me.

  I'm going to do my part by going out to buy mass quantities
of Roundup (TM) and the like to hose down any
greenery in my neighborhood.
  Doing so in full knowledge I'm doing ultimate good for
dah whole world, despite what it does to my neighborhood
lawns.

 

Comment: Hell , yah. (Score 1) 357

by UziBeatle (#38062386) Attached to: <em>Doctor Who</em> To Become Hollywood Feature Film

I can see it now

  Doctor Who in 3D!!

  With Tom Baker brought back in full youth and form
via the miracle of CGI.
  After all, as everyone knows he was the only Doctor
that was, The Doctor. The rest are just pretenders.

  Yah, that's the ticket.

  As an American, proud as I am, I wish to apologia in
advance for what Hollywood is surely to do to the Doctor
Who image.
      That said, recent incarnations of the series
just are plain bad and I can no longer watch these past few years, but I suppose the lack of weed and youth
are the reasons it seems to bad to me now.

  Yah, still a fan of Baker Who.

 

Comment: Re:Not play it (Score 1) 211

by UziBeatle (#37612744) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do In SW:TOR For Just 3 Days?

Not a problem.
  I will not be in the queue.

  I've enjoyed many Massive Online RPGames since 2001. Oh, six or so or more come to mind.

    I might have tried this one. However.

Soon as I saw some game play vid of wankers wacking
away at each other with light sabres and little damage being done I realized there was no way I could enjoy the game.

    I could not remove from my mind 'the fact' that a light sabre
in the Star War universe I know (movies) is one mean SOB weapon. About the only thing a light sabre bounces off of is another farking light sabre. LIght sabres were used to cut thru
farking bulkheads for crying out loud. /sigh

    As silly as the movies were they firmly established in my mind
what 'Star Wars' physics are. For the game to reduce
such a massive weapon to a mere limp dick sword just does not
pass the credible BS test.
    But, I suppose they had to have light sabres in the game or the wankers would not flock to the game.

  Me , I would have been satisfied with something less then a farking GOD MODE light sabre, just drop them except for use by certain NPC's or special events.
    Of course the game makers knew it would be silly to have the God Mode light sabre in the game they had to nerf them. I guess they were stuck in a 'situation' as they knew a huge wanker population wants to be pretend Jedi Knights.
    So they have to serve them. I do not like wankers.
    Oh well, I lose.

Based on the flock of peeps going bonkers over this I'm in a tiny minority of potential players.
    So, enjoy your wanking away with light sabres.

  No, you will not find me in your lines at the Star Wars conventions either.

   

Comment: Netflix's Steve Swasey VP says (Score 1) 267

by UziBeatle (#36420530) Attached to: Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users

Bugger off .

  Yeah, basically he says go blow a pipe. Screw you, we
like change for change sake.

  http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/06/10/netflix-changes-interface/

ONce I read that I realized my only sane course of action was to call up CS and let em know WHY I am canceling.
  Posting on that blog was fun but pointless. If anyone
bothers to read what that Netflix VP of Communications says you will realize you only have one sane course of action.
  Cancel, and let em know why.
I spent a good 5 minutes chewing on the ear of that CS rep. If everyone that was in a stir over this issue did the same I would bet they would change Mr. Steve Swasey's ' job title to Janitor where he could do less harm.
  After you see his comments you'll understand what has to be done.
  Amazing.

  You can live without Netflix. I did, prior to Fall of 2009. I can live without them again.

 

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Florida Man Sues WikiLeaks For Scaring Him 340

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-watch-the-news dept.
Stoobalou writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been accused of 'treason' by a Florida man seeking damages for distress caused by the site's revelations about the US government. From the article: 'David Pitchford, a Florida trailer park resident, names Assange and WikiLeaks as defendants in a personal injury suit filed with the Florida Southern District Court in Miami. In the complaint filed on 6th January, Pitchford alleges that Assange's negligence has caused "hypertension," "depression" and "living in fear of being stricken by another heart attack and/or stroke" as a result of living "in fear of being on the brink of another nuclear [sic] WAR."' Just for good measure, it also alleges that Assange and WikiLeaks are guilty of 'terorism [sic], espionage and treason.'"
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Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Posted by samzenpus
from the silent-spring dept.
Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."

Comment: Same asshats playing you for fools (Score 0, Troll) 514

by UziBeatle (#32785756) Attached to: Obama Awards Nearly $2 Billion For Solar Power

  These are the same asshats (feds run by leftist expletives) that
pumped nearly half a billion dollars into Tesla, the electric car company.

  According to Ed Wallace of http://www.insideautomotive.com/ (he has a radio program where he
went on at length about Tesla car company today)
This outfit is in over its head 300,000 dollars in per car for cars they expect to sell for some 120k or there abouts.
  They claim to expect to sell 20,000 units per year. To date they have only sold some few 1000.

  Bottom line according to MY reading of what Mr Wallace said is that this company is a shill and sham
that will accomplish taking money from foolish investors that came late to the game and US Taxpayers who
as we can all bear witness appear to be fools as well.

    Further reading on the sham Tesla TSLA electric cars:
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/07/01/behind-the-hype-on-tesla/

    Expect no less from this expenditure of YOUR money.. (assuming you are a American taxpayer).

      I recommend anyone take a listen to his show when it is on Saturday AM.
      Great site for talk show junkies is http://streamingradioguide.com/radio-shows-on-air.php
     

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