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Comment: Re:Rule Engine? [Re:Security team] (Score 0) 509 509

by DNS-and-BIND (#50005625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?
When modern computers are on but idle, they consume a tiny amount of power. Remember the "Energy Star" campaign of the 90s? Yeah, we've had 20 years of advancements in that arena.

We all appreciate your yearning for a dark, cold, miserable life for the rest of us, though. Certainly, tax the fuck out of us some more, God knows we all have plenty of financial cushion for this kind of thing.

Comment: Re: Depends (Score -1) 509 509

by DNS-and-BIND (#50005435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Post-Install Windows Slowdowns Inevitable?
Really? Do you actually know Microsoft's track record and what they did? They singlehandedly held back the progress of computers, year after year, with disgusting, unethical tactics. That kind of reputation doesn't wear off easily. Are you one of the pro-MS consultants paid to post on sites like these? If so, good move posting anonymously so it can't be tracked back to you. If not, why are you writing about a mega-billion dollar corporation that can defend itself quite well?

Comment: Re:diluting the market (Score 0) 240 240

The Atari was the best seller of an entire generation of consoles. It was enjoyed by millions and envied by millions more. Where'd you get the idea that people back then thought video games were dumb? This is backwards thinking, isn't it? Applying the standards of today to a time when different standards were in force.

Comment: Re:unworkable (Score 1) 163 163

by DNS-and-BIND (#49960233) Attached to: 3D Printing Might Save the Rhinoceros
Can confirm this. I've been with Chinese people who went to have artifacts verified, and they've got the whole mass spectrometer (or whatever it is they use for solids) set up. There are tons of companies involved in verifying pricey things, because Chinese of all people are well aware the market is full of fakes.

Comment: I have a quote for this situation (Score 0) 152 152

by DNS-and-BIND (#49950611) Attached to: The Death of Aibo, the Birth of Softbank's Child-Robot

"The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity."
-- Edsger Dijkstra

Who wants to bet the person who posted this has never heard of Dijkstra? He invented the shortest path algorithm, structured programming, and was the first person to label GOTO as harmful. Professionally immature, indeed. I'd go farther and say incompetent.

Comment: Re:extremely common fraud protection (Score -1, Troll) 130 130

by DNS-and-BIND (#49911703) Attached to: Santander To Track Customer Location Via Mobiles and Tablets

Oh, you're the asshole who did that? I love how you totally ignored the fact that you made it not work for the large number of people who use VPNs. Somehow Google can keep a list of VPNs when it comes to spam, but that same list disappears suddenly when it's time to verify EMAIL LOGINS. And to make it all go away, I only have to give my phone number...which I don't care to reveal to Google as they are only going to abuse the information, either today or in the future. I appreciate the link to the support page that apparently only you knew.

I'd like to thank you for all the times I had my account disabled despite repeatedly clicking on "that was me". I'd like to especially endorse the "you will change your password, NOW!" screens that made me repeatedly change passwords, making me forget how to enter my password by memory and leading to that one time at the airport where I couldn't log in for the life of me. But hey, the information was just hanging out there, why not use it? amirite?

I've worked in anti-fraud before and one thing we always had was a "this user is not normal, do not disable the account for strange activity" flag. Too bad this blatantly obvious feature was not included (or publicized).

Comment: Re:Liberal Arts - still a skill. (Score 0) 306 306

by DNS-and-BIND (#49911627) Attached to: The Danger of Picking a Major Based On Where the Jobs Are

Yes, that was once true. 50 years ago, a liberal arts education was just that. Today, no.

Now liberal arts majors graduate knowing only that Plato and Aristotle were not worth listening to because of their skin color. It is a huge disservice not only to the worthless grads but to all of Western culture. I don't see it getting any better anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Eating Filters (Score 0) 110 110

by DNS-and-BIND (#49857025) Attached to: Placenta Eating Offers No Benefit To Mom

Yeah, weird people eat that shit. There's a reason that you don't find liver and kidney on the menus at major restaurants. Let's completely ignore the fact that eating organ meats like chitterlings is a Southern (and therefore racist) thing. Try this: "Chitterlings must be soaked and rinsed thoroughly in several different cycles of cool water, and repeatedly picked clean by hand, removing extra fat and specks of faecal matter." MMM-mmm! Hungry yet?

Beyond the obvious ugly connotation of peasant food, we won't even go in to oysters or other filter feeders. Yuck...they concentrate heavy metals and other pollutants. Let's just not go there.

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 0) 743 743

Do you even know the people who were elected? WTF? Communist, Marxist, etc. Did you know that up until a few years ago, Greece had an active left-wing group that was trying to overthrow the government by force?

And I love how the far left are somehow heroes, while on the other side of the coin, the far right are somehow crazies. From the middle, you both look the same. Something to think about.

Comment: Re:Sudafed (Score 0) 333 333

Way to not tell the whole story. The Chinese were arrogant and insisted that they didn't need anything the British could trade with. This is the same arrogance that started China down the road to 150 years of tragedy. They insisted on cash payment for everything, and the foreigners could go fuck themselves because they weren't racially equal to the Chinese. The product the British ended up with was opium, but could have been anything that they had a surplus of. To pretend that the Chinese gave a single shit about their commoners - LOL. They didn't, any more than today's rulers give a shit about their people. The Chinese didn't make it illegal because they were caring and sharing, they made it illegal because they thought they didn't need anything from the outside world and thought Chinese products were inherently superior because they were Chinese.

And then the war started, and China discovered real fast that it wasn't up to modern standards. Fun fact: the British didn't even want Hong Kong, they wanted Zhoushan (at the time, an important port south of Shanghai). The negotiator screwed up and got a barren island instead of a busy city, and today Zhoushan is a small town that never went anywhere.

Comment: Re:Episode 3 (Score 0) 121 121

by DNS-and-BIND (#49723625) Attached to: Learning About Constitutional Law With Star Wars

Nope! The Reichstag fire was set by a crazy Dutchman. Read William Shirer, he walks through the still smoking building with Goering and Goebbels and watches them talk to Hitler about it.

Now, both kinds of socialists (national and communist) definitely took full advantage of the incident afterwards. But the Reichstag fire was not a fabrication.

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