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Comment: Re:Gaming on Linux will matter... (Score 3, Informative) 199

by bmo (#49138667) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

>Worthy Office Competitor

Most people don't need anything more than Google Docs.

>but muh obscure Word function

If you're using something obscure in modern versions of Office, you're going to lose when you try to share the document with /other/ Office users. And don't even get me started on formatting when everyone and his brother has slightly different fonts installed (well, it certainly seems that way).

Most (sane) offices have standardized on Office 97 formats, out of desperation with Microsoft's ever changing formats. Office 97's formats are well known and well handled by Office alternatives.

>Windows 10 looks very good

It does? When the icons look like they've been done in Paint?

The Oxygen icons in KDE are better.


Sorry, OpenGL is still better.


Comment: Re:What's the alternative? (Score 1) 270

by bmo (#49135997) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

If you live in the US or various other countries the Chinese also have nuclear weapons aimed at you.

I lived through the cold war. I am going on 50 years old, and I've heard all this bullshit before multiple times in various different inflections and languages.

And that's what it is. Bullshit. Bullshit spouted by people who work for the government and defense contractors who want the big teat of corporate welfare to the war machine to keep on keepin' on.

Fuck you.

Shut the fuck up. My god.


Comment: Re:Actually, ADM Rogers doesn't "want" that at all (Score 1) 406

by bmo (#49124005) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

Do you understand that an individualized warrant is required to target, collect, store, analyze, or disseminate the communications content of a US Person anywhere on the globe, and that the current law on the issue is stronger and more restrictive with regard to US Persons than it has ever been?

Whether a warrant is required or not is irrelevant when the agency itself ignores such laws as "inefficient."

It has been proven that they log everything (what used to be called a pen register) and admit to it ("it's only metadata, why should you care?" we are told), and I've previously calculated how much data they'd need to record any person's utterances 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and it came out to something like 5 bucks the last time, assuming that someone talked continuously without sleep or stopping to breathe . It's less now because single 4 terabyte hard disks are available for $132 at Newegg, retail and a top-of-the-line enterprise quality 8TB disk with helium goes for under $750. And these are retail prices.

Don't believe me? 16Kb/s for that amount of time is roughly 64GB (516.7E9 bits no parity). So being generous, say we lose 500GB to formatting a 4TB drive, 3500 Salesman Gigabytes.

3500/64=54.blahblah 1 year partitions.


Less than an Extra Large Dunkin Donuts coffee.

For a year.

But wait there's more.

People don't talk 24 hours a day. They talk on average about 16000 words a day, according to this:


So what amount of time does that mean? It means about an hour-and-a-half of speaking at 3 words/second (which is average). 1/16'th of a day.

So take all of that $2.44, and divide it by 16

15 cents.

That's all it takes to store your utterances for an entire year. Half that if you really don't give a fuck about voice quality.

For the entire nation, which is 319 million, that gives $48 million to record everyone's utterances for an entire year. If you only record what is said on the phone, it's a tiny fraction of that.


This does not include all the other stuff like connection to the networks, but that is all externalized by requiring the phone companies, etc, to take the bulk of that cost on themselves.

And by looking at that huge datacenter in Utah, they are already doing it and doubling-down on the methodology.

They don't give a flying fuck about warrants as we've seen, and it's technically and financially feasible, so they'll do it / are doing it.


Comment: Re:Bad Advice (Score 1) 286

by bmo (#49105083) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

All the advice I had been given was that women were turned off by the kind of geeky guy who spent that much time with his computer.

>in facebook
>online acquaintance who knows I'm a geek opens chat and is frustrated with her computer
>she trusts me enough to log in remotely through Teamviewer.

She proceeded to ask me questions, because all she really knew about me was my facebook page. No, I'm not gay, but I have a lot of gay friends thus the gay rights stuff on my page. I'm older than your sister and closer to your age. Yes, I'm single.

>get to seriously talking
>both reach the conclusion "that's not a big deal"
>my plans for a weekend fall through. "Hey, why don't you come down and we hang out in Boston?"
>hit it off immediately.
>skedaddle off to Concord NH.

and we both suffered some horrible emotional scarring in our prior lives apart, but that scarring is what allowed us to appreciate what we have together.

This is why the "you should run away" stuff didn't discourage either of us, and in practice, the baggage is recognized for what it is. "Like old boxers comparing scars."

it's better to be rejected by women for who you are than to be accepted by women for who you are not.

I consider it an idiot filter. It's useful. Plus "keeping up appearances" is far too much work anyway.

It's been over a year with no end in sight, really.

>finding love later in life
>hopelessly in love with each other

All the previous bullshit was worth it in the long run even if a lot of it was unnecessary and stupid.


Comment: Re:Nothing new. (Score 2) 248

by bmo (#49088075) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

does it do a complete job? somehow, I have my doubts and that it leaves some stuff behind (like almost all windows 'uninstallers').

It doesn't

Uninstalling Superfish Visual Discovery

Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program
Select Visual Discovery > Uninstall
Superfish will be removed from Program Files and Program Data directories, files in user directory will stay intact for the privacy reason. Registry entry and root certificate will remain as well. The Superfish service will stop working as soon as it is uninstalled via above process, and following reboot.

And then....

This article will be updated with additional instructions on clean up of deactivated files and removal of certificate shortly.

Uh huh. Sure.


Comment: Re:The Black Pill (Score 3, Interesting) 231

by bmo (#49014227) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules Ban On Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional

So, end your days when you are still capable to decide. Opening the door to let someone decide for you because you have lost this capability and you believe today these individuals should be terminated is not the way to do it. You believe you have a right to decide. Yes, of course as long as you are capable to decide. Beside that, no one has the right to kill someone else, be he a doctor (m.d.).

Oh please.

Durable Powers of Attorney for healthcare have been around for ages now, and they are crucial if you don't want to suffer stuffed with medical equipment that will only ensure that your life is as painful as possible for your remaining days or hours.

My SO was the DPoA for her ex. She got a phone call last October and said that Eric was in ICU and told me she was his DPoA. His mental state had changed and he was no longer "there" to make decisions for himself. I could have been a dick and said "he's not your responsibility anymore" especially since there was an alternate. But no, I said "You do what you have to do. Do what's right by Eric."

He had gone in for chemotherapy. But then things started going badly very quickly and the healthcare professionals were putting out fires one after another. Eric had been intubated as an emergency measure because his body couldn't keep his airway open. He was also restrained to keep from semi-consciously reflexively trying to yank out the tubes. He was one of those people that stuff like that scared the shit out of him.

The intubation could have kept Eric alive indefinitely were it not for his entire body failing because of the cancer. Keeping him intubated was just delaying the inevitable.

So my SO helped him end his life by having him disconnected after his ex-wife (the alternate DPoA and still his best friend) flew in from upstate NY. Make no mistake, everyone knew that disconnecting him was killing him by many people's definitions and this required the approval of the nurse on duty, two doctors, and one of the DPoAs. He lived for hours after, so she stayed by his side, read poetry, and sang to him and said goodbye. Eric's greatest fear was that he would die in pain and alone tied to a machine (he didn't have any family here). Because he had someone to make the crucial decisions for him and be there for him, he didn't die that way.

I learned a few things over those days.

I learned that I needed my own DPoA, and I knew I found someone who would do the right thing if I needed it.

Assissted suicide would be similar. It wouldn't just be /one doctor/ alone making the decision for you if you were unable - it would be two doctors, and your DPoA at least. It would simply be an extension of existing DPoA laws.

And btw, your last thing: American insurance companies make the decisions to kill people every day by refusing to cover drugs or drag their feet covering valid treatments. So bringing up the "BIG SCARY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO KILL YOU WHEN THEY HAVE A BUDGET SHORTFALL" is totally disingenuous, intellectually bankrupt, and stupid.


Comment: Re:Port it to Qt, please! GTK+ is awful! (Score 1) 134

by bmo (#48995417) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

>weird file dialog

It's not "weird." It's standard GTK+. It's the GTK+ file dialog. If I were to pick a single reason to never use GTK+ it would be the file dialog which represents /everything/ that is wrong with GTK+, especially since absolutely nobody in the GTK+ community wants to fix it. It's been that way for years and years, and people who point out that it sucks get told to fuck off.


Comment: Re:Get your own (Score 1) 84

by bmo (#48995363) Attached to: Smartphone Attachment Can Test For HIV In 15 Minutes

>use an extreme outlier scenario. Evidence being: "I have friends who..."

>represent this situation as "typical" and "this is why the test shouldn't be available.

1. Your friends are violent criminals/psychopaths. They will harm people regardless of this being available. Pick some better friends.

2. Fucking Really?


Comment: Re:Get your own (Score 3, Informative) 84

by bmo (#48992251) Attached to: Smartphone Attachment Can Test For HIV In 15 Minutes

The very next comment after mine starts with "Imagine if you can prick the finger of a hooker in a Pattaya bar while you're drinking". Tell me again that warning people not to share a device like that is unnecessary.

So rather than read, you decide to double-down on the stupid.

Let me explain this loudly and slower so you may understand.


Thrown away, into the trash. With the cap placed back on so nobody gets stuck. They come in boxes of 100 and they are fucking cheap. No sane person re-uses a lancet.

You're exhibiting some weapons-grade stupid there, guy.


Comment: Re:Get your own (Score 5, Informative) 84

by bmo (#48989989) Attached to: Smartphone Attachment Can Test For HIV In 15 Minutes

"Pricking yourself with something that an infected person used is a sure-fire way to get an infection.

It's as if you don't even know how diabetic test strips, and other test strips like this one, work, or even that lancets of all kinds are disposable.

If you RTFA and click through to the Science Daily article, you'd read this:

"During the field testing in Rwanda, health care workers were given 30 minutes of training, which included a user-friendly interface to aid the user through each test, step-by-step pictorial directions, built-in timers to alert the user to next steps, and records of test results for later review. The vast majority of patients (97%) said they would recommend the dongle because of its fast turn-around time, ability to offer results for multiple diseases, and simplicity of procedure."

That is fucking spectacular.

Shut the fuck up.


What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.