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Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 174

Back up a bit: what if she's right? What if the rules that applied during her tenure are not the current rules? What if Obama created the current rules two years after Clinton left the State Department?


And what if she was doing the exact same thing as (to name a largely reputable figure on "the other side" that few people suspect of corruption) Colin Powell had done?

Comment: Re:Split on this. (Score 0) 173

Didn't we learn ANYTHING from the whole Lois Lerner debacle?

Didn't we learn ANYTHING from the whole Snowden debacle? Using her private mail is probably more secure than anything the government will provide to her. Especially if the goal is to hide information from the spying apparatus that seems hell-bent on eating our freedoms.

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 42

by drinkypoo (#49170717) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

No, it's just fucking dumb. By forcing people to have to tediously paint each piece by hand you limit the actual number of people who become interested.

The question is, do you turn off more people with such a requirement than you attract? Today, answer is probably yes, nobody has patience for anything. Back in the day, probably not, it was pre-internet and people sat around doing things that took a long time.

Comment: Re:Cross platform development. (Score 1) 273

ntegrating C++ code in Objective C programs (aka. Objective-C++) is as easy as integrating C code into a C++ program so for cross platform purposes you'd be best advised to write as much of your business logic in C++ or even C and use more platform specific languages like Objective-C for view and controller logic. Basically write as much in C++ or C as you can since both can be used in Objective-C apps.

Poster is looking to find out which one language to use, so your suggestion is out of line. However, it's probably the most useful and informative text in this whole thread. (There have been some other mentions of the same fact, but none of them have been as explicit.) Here's the upshot: If you want to be able to use your code elsewhere in the future, use C++. Which means, basically, you'd have to be insane and/or sociopathic to use ObjC. It may cause you problems, and it will certainly cause anyone else problems in the future.

Comment: Re: Java (Score 1) 273

Java is not an answer. The whole JRE means installing an unsafe browser plugin for most people.

Can be disabled

Oh, and would you like to improve your websperience with ASK.com?

Are you new? Download the enterprise installer. It doesn't ask you to install ask.com (or any other bundled bullshit) on install or update.

Don't use Java because it's a dead end, and at that end, lies Oracle. Not because it doesn't work, or because of ask.com

Comment: Re:Are we looking through the center... (Score 1) 107

by drinkypoo (#49170561) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

The perceivable universe is smaller than the actual universe. Our power to resolve distant detail is still growing. Maybe if we expand our horizons by improving our equipment we'll discover that parts of the universe appear to be getting closer, and what we took to be a big bang was just one bang of many.

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 42

by drinkypoo (#49170545) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

No wonder it's dying. That is the dumbest fucking rule.

It was kind of an important rule because otherwise you'd have a bunch of unpainted armies and the game would look stupid to bystanders. They wanted to create the old man's game of tabletop gaming, and they succeeded. But then the prices kept going up PAST already-ridiculous and that's what really sealed the deal. Now they're going away. Hopefully when they expire we can just cook up an unauthorized 40k to replace it. Now that 3d printers are a thing, people can reasonably print minis. They'll need cleanup to detail areas but that's not a dealbreaker.

Comment: Re:Why is the hardware so complex/expensive? (Score 1) 124

I have to imagine the enclosure and such is more expensive than they thought.

such things are very expensive, which is why you often see the same case reused for multiple products. There are 423890 kitchen timers on the market, but only 34421 plastic molds for kitchen timers out there. The first number goes up much more rapidly than the second. hooray for sending your design off to China! Chinese electronics manufacturers would like to thank you very much.

Comment: Re:The idea was a good one, the execution poor (Score 1) 191

by squiggleslash (#49169035) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

I'm pretty sure that my analogous hypothetical contract with my cleaning service doesn't include a clause about being allowed to deliver an unsolicited U2 CD, but nonetheless if they did it I wouldn't be upset in the way the other people on this thread are being.

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Comment: Re:Deja vu all over again (Score 1) 92

No, I'm not confusing the two, they're not the subject of this discussion which is ARM vs ix86. It's certainly correct that you also need the hardware to be open, but that's another entirely unrelated issue, and has nothing to do with ix86's legacy software compatibility.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 176

by Runaway1956 (#49168957) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

Yet again, some punk tells me how happy he is that I'm mortal.

It isn't government's job to regulate marriage. That is society's job. Society has repeatedly rejected homosexual marriages - time and time again. Remember Prop 8 in California?

But, the homos can't accept society's rule, so they get these activist judges to pretend that homo's rights are being violated. It's pretty sick. Which part of "democracy" do all the homos fail to understand? Societal norms are societal norms.

BTW - to into any chat room, anywhere. "Gay" is still a derogatory term, no matter how young the speakers.

Comment: Re:Do you trust the company? (Score 1) 309

by drinkypoo (#49168911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

Yeah, it's not like open source software like glibc was recently found to be vulnerable.....

The obligatory rebuttal is obviously to question what vulnerabilities are in closed libcs that we're simply not finding? How do you know there aren't more? Sacrificed a chicken this morning?

Comment: Re:Terms of Service (Score 5, Interesting) 170

Yes - and THAT is what is wrong with the cloud. Unless you are encrypting it independently before uploading, your stuff is going to be scanned for various purposes. All of those purposes are detrimental to your privacy. It's great that they took down a pedo ring - IF they really took down a pedo ring. But, they are going to use this as an excuse or reason to continue spying on all honest citizens.

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