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Comment: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 1, Insightful) 140

by castle (#47758885) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

And they already do this stuff at varying scales. Want to increase/decrease rainfall? Been doing it since the 60's and probably earlier.

I say climate scientists are a pretentious lot. And while I hate to be considered an unreasonable person with regard to respecting scientific opinion, climate science is a major source of ridiculously dangerous and harmful ways to do the wrong thing and throw a complex poorly understood system awry. Thanks for the Ice Age/Marsification/Greenhouse World you self-righteous boffins! ;) but complex organic systems are probably pretty resilient, so perhaps it'll just be a temporary roaring correction til Mama decides to purge the fleas on her back who pretended at trying to fix a system that is self-regulating by doing grossly ridiculous things in the interests of saving us from the over-hyped threat of the generation. ..!..

Comment: Re:Oh please. . . (Score 1) 183

by castle (#47558077) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

I hear tell that from out of Gary's own mouth when asked about D&D 4e, his response was Paper [expletive deleted] Video Game. Unconfirmed. :) I tend to agree though... with that opinion. I like video games too, but it's definitely a light on player crunchiness mode of roleplaying, which suits the method actor gamer types because their tactical senses are abstracted away into various quick and easy card-based recipes for success.

I personally am a git'ard crunchy grognard favoring gamer. 4e is good for casual gamers, and it can be really fun if your DM can step outside of the training wheels that the system presents, which is really true of any pen & paper game. But the creative aspects that a crunchy system provides is ultimately more rewarding to me than having clearly defined class roles and niches to fill in a party. Still, you need healers, thieves, wizards and a good bunch of meat shields to get though most modules... :)

GURPS Dungeon Fantasy ftw. Make GURPS easy with templates and play Temple of Elemental Evil all the way through.

3 Gary. and despite his opinion on the quality of the game, he had a very good attitude about why people play, which solidly remained in his thoughts to the end. Sage.

Comment: Re:n/t (Score 1) 278

by castle (#47482505) Attached to: The debate over climate change is..

My main issue is that the overall issue suits the agenda-politics of authoritarian progressives. Carbon taxation being the solution for instance, laughable solution, is merely a means of attacking some industries to benefit other industries, and rake in money for companies that politicians and elites favor at the expense of their political enemies.

Also, the revealed internal attitudes of the 'scientists' that are in the faction that calls anyone who finds fault with their conclusions 'deniers' don't help. The strategies used to politicize the debate and silence dissent fully reveal the authoritarian and indeed totalitarian nature of their chosen political direction. Taints the whole environmental movement in a way that is extremely troublesome too. If you don't much like heavy-metals and pollutants introduced into your ecosystem, you have to share space with global warmists/climate changeists who actually want to engage in drastic pollutant spraying weather modification in some cases.

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by castle (#47478341) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

IF it was anything other than a bunch of rat-bastard banking elites who currently control the farce you call todays global financial system and currently benefit from the collapse by driving up inflation (real inflation) you might be taken seriously. But you're just a lover of the status-quo. And a consumer of state propaganda. Bush and Obama are both toady financial system figureheads. Your heroic Progressive and Status-Quo congress critters are freely allowed to legislate their immunity to the insider trading laws everyone else (not in a protected class) has to follow.

If a system continues to do the morally wrong thing more often than not the system is broken and voting for either side isn't always the best option. Libertarian Republicans to me Justin Amash, Rand Paul etc. and to some extent Democrats like Kucinich represent the respective wings of the 'two party duopoly' that are pro-reform. Smaller is better in terms of the idea of a lean design with strictly limited functionality... None is actually the best but that would require lots of responsibility that has atrophied in the society that government invariably parasitizes. Keep government to the level of beneficial bacteria, and not the cancerous tumor that it has become is the general idea...

Comment: Re:Gots to find more ways to avoid taxes (Score 1) 533

by castle (#47478249) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Sorry, but libertarians don't confuse government with society. Progressive Statists tend to rabidly cling to the idea that society cannot function without a certain level of 'accountable'(meaning accountable to their particular 'right thinking' statist agendas) regulatory beuraucracy. Same goes for 'Conservative' Statists like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, they just reserve their authoritarian zeal for Guns more than Butter.

Libertarians are fine with organic bottom up, non-authoritarian rulemaking. For instance, in my libertarian idea of society, a progressive person or group of them could voluntarily arrange for a complete socialistic health care polity provided they all continue to voluntarily agree to do so. If it worked well, and attracted people outside of the progressive ideologues who want that sort of thing they might even be popular in providing that service to others. My only problem is the reasoning (oh so Bush-Like) that you're either with us or against us. You also ignore that your heroes like Soros and others, tend to reveal their intentions to slowly chip away at the republican constitutional government and put in place a perhaps well intentioned (if you're a moron in terms of intentions), authoritarian police state.

Comment: Re:Guns, Germs, and Open Source Software (Score 1) 224

by castle (#47226025) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

I think it just proves that well-reasoned and idiotic are often found in the same package.

But my gun-enjoying anti-state self does spot a distinguished air of elitist statism in Bruces opinion. Also I resent his method of painting gun enthusiasts and constitutionalists with a distinctly negative brush.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 108

by castle (#43071697) Attached to: Nearly Every NYC Crime Involves Computers, Says Manhattan DA

Sorry, look up Rent Seeking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent-seeking

Benito Mussolini was a socialist before he was a fascist. Authoritarian cute fuzzy awesome nice left wingers are still Authoritarians. Assertions that Money corrupts Politics are at a similar level of naivete as saying that Oxygen is responsible for the corruption of your favorite forest by enabling Fire.

Not that Money doesn't exist in a finding of corrupt behavior, it's one of many things that fit into that mix. Money itself is an Amoral entity.

Comment: Re:Gamers are not idiots ... (Score 1) 393

by castle (#42946643) Attached to: The End Is Near for GameStop


Been at this a long time. So have gaming companies.

My main console gaming is now done on a PS3, if Sony decides to not allow used games on PS4 I won't buy a PS4. XBox has already become irrelevant to me, mainly due to their online services being so overpriced and underfeatured. And microsofts tendency to tie everything to their other products in terms of their infrastructure.

Plus, my UID is lower than all previous.

Instead of computer gaming so much, make time to learn the fine arts of pen and paper gaming, and throw in archery/shooting/hand-to-hand combat and farming. While the plants are growing, gaming is a great way to pass the time, just don't waste all your time doing it.

(Absolute prohibitions and excessive specialization are for insects.)

Comment: Re:what about slashdot? (Score 1) 595

by castle (#39847101) Attached to: Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

Left wing crazy? I thought that was you!?!

In short, Right Wingers that think government should be an activist one doing a whole bunch of shit on the dime of their taxpayers aren't really Right Wing, those that think they should be in some cases (War and Drugs and War on Drugs is Different, see, honest, but paying for them Educations is a violation of my rights) are actually what most American political types are... Stark Raving Mad Busybody Hypocrites who operate under a delusion of pragmatism in a haze of Prozac tainted water.


Feds Now Plans To Close 1,200 Data Centers 148

Posted by timothy
from the hand-the-keys-to-carl-malamud dept.
1sockchuck writes "The U.S. government now expects to shutter at least 1,200 data centers by the end of 2015 in its data center consolidation project. That's about 40 percent of the IT facilities identified in the latest update from federal CIO Steven VanRoekel. The number of government data centers has grown steadily — jumping from 1,100 to 2,094 and now to 3,133 — as the Obama administration has identified more facilities than expected, and expanded the initiative to target telecom closets. The CIO's office says it is on track to close 525 facilities by the end of this year, and has published a list of data centers targeted for closure."

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun