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Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 362

by cas2000 (#47941261) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

one major problem with that is that you can't replace any of those 3-15 "modules" with something better (or just different) without replacing ALL of them.

this has an enormous chilling effect on innovation - the only improvements or changes permitted in any of those 3-15+ modules are those that are accepted by the systemd gatekeepers, who are not known for their acceptance of other people's ideas or code.

if systemd stuck to just being an init replacment, most people wouldn't have a problem with it. it's the fact that it's borging all sorts of other daemons that is the problem.

Comment: Re:English usage (Score 1) 97

by cas2000 (#47838433) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

your sexist rant against singular "they" might have some validity if it wasn't for the fact that "they" has been used as a singular pronoun for at least 400 years (i.e. since approximately the beginning of modern english) and the fact that there are numerous nouns in the english language which can also be used as either singular or plural - "bacon" for example. it's not unusual.

in other words when using singular "they", the pronoun and antecedent *DO* match in number. No amount of ranting will change that fact.

Comment: Re:Bad business practice (Score 1) 139

by cas2000 (#47802395) Attached to: Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

no, it's convenient. and more secure.

I buy *all* of my steam games from my linux machine.

I play nearly all of them on my windows machine. I do not and will not ever use this machine for anything other than playing games - and certainly never use it for any purchases or financial transactions. neither my paypal account nor my credit card details will ever be used on this machine - windows is just too vulnerable and prone to malware to be trusted for that.

if i couldn't see windows-only games while logged in using a linux browser, i'd never be able to buy windows games.

Comment: Re:Tarzan need antecedent (Score 1) 824

by cas2000 (#46611777) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

That's not discrimination... that's just low tolerance for bullshit. It has nothing to do with the employee's own politics. Only with the fact that he was objecting -- publicly -- ABOUT his boss's politics, whatever they happen to be.

yeah, uppity employees need to be put in their place! can't have them expressing opinions that their bosses don't like, especially in public. they need to learn to shut up and keep their heads down. it's just a shame that it's not legal to whip them any more, all you can do these days is fire them.

Comment: Re:Isolation, Reflection and Cross-talk (Score 2) 35

by cas2000 (#46487583) Attached to: Nanoscale Terahertz Optical Switch Breaks Miniaturization Barrier

most chip production is still at 28nm or larger, so 200nm is less than 10 times larger....which is still a negative.

on the positive side, though, it switches at terahertz rates - and even assuming that means only 1 Thz, that's still 200-250 times faster than the roughly 4-5 Gigahertz that current top-of-the-line CPUs switch at.

10 times the size for 250 times the speed...for non-mobile applications like a desktop or server CPU - or for a GPU - the larger size would almost certainly be worth it.

Comment: Re:Come and get it, stupid future generations! (Score 1) 676

by cas2000 (#46459079) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

also, it's not just about taxing rich individuals, it's about correctly taxing giant corporations so that instead of paying 0.05% or similar they pay the same tax rates that everyone else - including individuals and small companies that aren't big enough to "offshore" profits to a tax haven - has to pay.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 3, Funny) 676

by cas2000 (#46459009) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

thank you, thank you, thank you! you've solved the greatest mystery of all time:

        Step 1: Steal Underpants.
        Step 2: "bip-bam-boom!"
        Step 3: Profit

if only we had all realised it was as easy as bip-bam-boom!, we'd all be underpants tycoons or illegal immigrant millionaires.

and your method is so versatile, it can easily be adapted to countless other situations - for example, i could rob a bank, then claim that i was forced to do it by aliens and their evil mind control and bip-bam-boom! i'd end up with my stolen money and a complete acquittal.

thank you for your life-saving business plan advice.

Comment: bogus comparison (Score 2) 104

by cas2000 (#46431103) Attached to: BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

The amount is particularly egregious when perpetrators of willful data theft often attract fines of only a few thousand pounds."

This is nonsense. "data theft" and "failure to secure personal data" are two completely different crimes - it's perfectly normal for different crimes to have different penalties.....and failing to secure the personal details of 9900 patients is a far more serious crime than breaking into a computer and copying files.

Comment: executor's request plus will should be enough (Score 1) 465

by cas2000 (#46416393) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

Legally, the Executor of the will (or the appointed Administrator if there was no will), should be able to write that letter of consent, if Apple cretinously insists on having one - the Executor is acting on behalf of the Estate, and has similar powers and reponsibilities as a person with power of attorney.

Comment: Re:Why single out Whole Foods? (Score 2, Insightful) 794

by cas2000 (#46372339) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Many anti-GM people are ignorant idiots - anti-science hippies and other woo-believing fuckwits. They are, however, useful idiots because the problem with GM foods is *not*, in most cases, the fact that they are genetically modified or what the modification is, but that the modifications are patented by corporations like Monsanto.

The issue is that GM foods are an attempt by corporations to establish an "intellectual property" monopoly on the world's food supply. THAT must be resisted by any means possible....this is more than just the *control* of the food supply that corporations have now, it will be an actual monopoly where it isn't legally possible to have any alternative (like growing your own or buying from small, independant farmers) because it will be impossible to do so without infringing their patents.

If simpletons need simple reasons to be against the corporate monopolisation of food, then so be it. they may not know exactly why and how their opposition benefits them, but they still reap the benefits anyway.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 2) 917

by cas2000 (#46342419) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

a bakery business might have some limited right to refuse to, e.g. bake cakes with a message that they personally consider offensive ("suck my cock" or "kill all blacks", for example) but they don't have the right to refuse service to people just because they're gay or a member of the KKK or some other group.

Comment: Re: How much are they worth? (Score 1) 156

by cas2000 (#46340813) Attached to: Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

It was you that said that bitcoins are a commodity and have intrinsic value because you can make them at home - here's what you said:

Bitcoins, unlike dollars, are a commodity. You can literally create them at home. That is why they have an intrinsic value

my point was that this is complete and utter bullshit because i could make turd sculptures at home...this fact does not magically imbue them with intrinsic value or with commodity status. like your argument, they're still just worthless shit.

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 5, Insightful) 917

by cas2000 (#46340735) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

but I think businesses should have the freedom to refuse service.

why, exactly, should they have that right? it's fair enough for a business to exclude particular individuals who have caused problems in the past (e.g. shoplifiting or being an annoying PITA), but to exclude people simply because they are a member of a particular group ("women", "gays", "blacks", "teenagers", whatever) - or *appear* to be a member of such a group - is discrimination....and that's definitely unethical and almost certainly illegal.

On the other hand, I think this law may open the door to "no hispanics or negroes allowed" signs going up, because someone could claim its their religious belief...

that door is already wide open - "no gays" is no different to "no blacks". it's the same fucking thing.

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