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Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1) 275

by Zontar The Mindless (#48230665) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

My licence agree for Win 7 Pro OEM does not prohibit me from installing it in a VM.

It says only that if I'm installing it for my own use, I'm restricted to installing it on a single computer that has a disk or flash drive and a case, that the COA must be affixed to said case, that I'm restricted to keeping a single backup of the installed OS for recovery purposes, and that the backup may not be used to operate a different computer.

Of course, this is from 2007, and it's an OEM version. Later or non-OEM versions of the licence may say something different, I dunno.

Comment: Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (Score 1) 198

by Zontar The Mindless (#48228397) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

It's been done. I've a friend who got busted at age 19 for selling heroin. The judge gave him the option of enlisting and volunteering for combat duty, or doing hard time in the state pen. He chose the former--which in those days, was effectively getting a ticket to Vietnam.

There's a photo somewhere showing one of the last US helicopters to take off from Saigon in April 1975. In the photo you can a soldier dangling from one of the landing skids. That's my friend.

Comment: Re:Disproportionate response (Score 1) 281

The shooter had a known history of drug abuse.

And other mental health issues. And a long rap sheet for various petty crimes.

He was a very recent convert to Islam. Interestingly enough, even his friend at the mosque thought he was "erratic" and perhaps "mentally ill".

Comment: Re:Expert opinion? (Score 0) 281

You're already heaps more annoying than Haselton has ever been.

ProTip: If you don't want to read his submissions, DON'T READ HIS SUBMISSIONS. (And don't bother telling us about it. We don't give a shit what you read, or don't.)

The acting-out bullshit is about what we'd expect from a 14 year old kid who's pissed off because someone else got a date with a girl who wouldn't go out with him in any event.

Comment: Re: Nukes in Space (Score 1) 36

by Zontar The Mindless (#48228011) Attached to: Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist

Just because the US and USSR/Russia got rid of some of their nukes doesn't mean they don't still have plenty. Not to mention the other members of the nuclear club, which now includes the DPRK and possibly Iran.

So there's still at least some hope for a fiery Armageddon, for those folks who hope for one.

Comment: Re:Not so easy (Score 1) 213

You've no real need for Trad characters on the mainland unless you're doing historical research, or you want to write in Cantonese (and many Cantonese speakers can't actually write it); otherwise, they are used in only in Taiwan/Macau/HK and by some overseas Chinese communities. Singapore and Malaysia both mandate Simplified for their Chinese speakers as well.

Many of the Simplified characters are derived by regular rules from the Traditional characters, which helps if you're interested in learning both as I am, since on my trips there, I usually spend in both Guangzhou and HK.

You might also gain some perspective by considering the fact that 800900 million people write using Simplified, and maybe 1/10 of that number use Traditional.

Air is water with holes in it.