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Comment: High throughput spamvertising! (Score 1) 59

by damn_registrars (#48614303) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast
Tucows had a reputation for some time as a registrar who was very spammer-friendly. Are they going to sell bandwidth to the spammers as well to get a cut of that action too? It is noted that they just managed to spamvertise their own services here on the slashdot front page as well...

Comment: Re:Gawd, I love that man (Score 1) 63

by damn_registrars (#48613991) Attached to: Dick "Smitty" Cheney
GWB needed more troops than were available through any other acceptable means in order to keep his wars going, and he certainly wasn't about to admit defeat. Getting rid of DADT was inevitable. This was the least unpalatable option for those who wanted the war machine to keep going but couldn't be bothered with facing the actual costs of two unwinnable land wars.

Comment: Re:Gawd, I love that man (Score 1) 63

by damn_registrars (#48612069) Attached to: Dick "Smitty" Cheney
Now you're sounding like me. I stated before that GWB would have eventually signed off on the abolition of DADT in the military. After all, his empire building was quickly depleting the straight segment of our volunteer forces and draft would have been a no-go even if it was economically segmented more than the last one.

Comment: I'm just happy to get anyone to read what I write (Score 0) 141

I can tell you that in my field, Chinese is used at least 4x more often than Spanish. Next after Chinese (which is after English) would be Russian, followed likely by German. Whether Spanish is spoken in my field as much as Arabic is debatable.

In other words, the value of a language comes down to who you want to use it to communicate with.

Comment: As much as I don't love touchscreens... (Score 0) 264

by damn_registrars (#48587445) Attached to: Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die
I could never stand the interface of the original iPod. Apparently though, I was the only person ever to live who did not like that silly interface (or so I have been told many many times). While touchscreens aren't really much of an improvement in phones, IMHO, they made a huge improvement for music players.

Comment: Don't count the democrats out yet (Score 0) 11

by damn_registrars (#48587369) Attached to: Where were we?
Nobody but nobody can snatch failure from the jaws of victory like they can. They won the election in 2000 yet rolled over and played dead and gave the white house up to the village idiot instead. They won the election in 2004 but didn't care enough to actually see it through so they left the same idiot in for another 4 years of destruction. Considering the overwhelming apathy that would go with a nomination of Hillary Clinton I wouldn't see them fight hard to ensure her placement.

Comment: Re:Gawd, I love that man (Score 0) 63

by damn_registrars (#48578505) Attached to: Dick "Smitty" Cheney
I doubt you could possibly be more blatant in demonstrating how your love for your party trumps all concern you have for everything that used to make our country great.

Tell me, would you tolerate any of these from Joe Biden?
  • Threatening to usurp power that was never assigned to the VP to break a supreme court tie?
  • Holding secret meetings with industry leaders to use to dictate legislation?
  • Telling someone on the senate floor "go fuck yourself"?

And that is hardly even scratching the surface of how Cheney was blatantly using the constitution as toilet paper and showing pride of doing it. I wouldn't tolerate it from Biden, nor would you. However when it comes to a republican you celebrate it while I continue to condemn it.

Comment: Re:Gawd, I love that man (Score 0) 63

by damn_registrars (#48573529) Attached to: Dick "Smitty" Cheney
Here I always thought of him as the antithesis of YOLO. He's had around 5 heart attacks (that he'll admit to) and several surgeries. I just hope that nobody in my family is his same blood type or we might be called upon to be the source of his next donor heart (and hence have to promptly leave the country forever). Really, he should have died some time ago but with the medical staff that he keeps around he is more indestructible than Keith Richards.

The real irony though is that the same publicly funded research that he has tried to destroy funding for is what keeps him alive.

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