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Comment: Re:Say what? (Score 3, Insightful) 145

by darury (#44570861) Attached to: How Gamers Could Save the (Real) World
To be fair, it was basically the premise of "The Last Starfighter" first.

Alex Rogan is a teenager living in a trailer park with his mother and little brother, Louis Rogan. While working as the park's handyman and dreaming of going to college, Alex's sole activity is playing Starfighter, an arcade game where the player defends "the Frontier" from "Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada" in a space battle. Eventually he becomes the game's highest-scoring player. A short time later, he is approached by the game's inventor, Centauri who invites him to take a ride. Alex does so, discovering the car is actually a spaceship. It turns out Centauri is a disguised alien who takes him to the faraway planet Rylos.

Comment: Re:Not going to pass the House (Score 5, Insightful) 274

by darury (#44136931) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas
The reason it shouldn't pass is it rewards those who broke the rules instead of those who actually try to follow the process. I'm not saying we shouldn't have immigration, but I don't see how rewarding someone for bad behavior won't increase the amount of it. This isn't the first time the "amnesty" idea has come up and each time I was going to address the issue of illegal immigration. And each time, it just makes it worse.

Computerized Election Results With No Election 433

Posted by kdawson
from the why-bother-with-mere-tampering dept.
_Sharp'r_ writes "In Honduras, according to breaking Catalan newspaper reports (translations available, USA Today mention), authorities have seized 45 computers containing certified election results for a constitutional election that never happened. The election had been scheduled for June 28, but on that day the president, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted. The 'certified' and detailed electronic records of the non-existent election show Zelaya's side having won overwhelmingly."

Comment: Re:Tea parties? Are you kidding? (Score 2, Insightful) 753

by darury (#27736153) Attached to: Obama Says 3% of GDP Should Fund Science Research And Development
This whole tea party thing is just a gigantic public jackoff orchestrated by Fox news. Primarily because their guiding philosophy is "if their side does it, it's automatically bad." How about all those taxes you paid while Bush II held the reins? Why didn't those chap your ass? He did bailouts too you know, 700B worth as he walked out the door. And oh yeah, also got us into a seriously expensive war or two. Good to see another MSNBC viewer documenting the same talking points.

1) Fox News actually covering an event hardly qualifies as orchestrating anything. Some people might almost think that 350k people gathering in cities across the country qualifies as news.
2) If you pay attention, people aren't protesting taxes in general. I'm tired of the straw man arguement that the tea parties object to all taxes. Other than the most die-hard liberterians and anarchists, most people accept some taxation.
3) Finally, most of us WERE upset about the money Bush was throwing around. While we might have supported national defense, calling W a fiscal conservative is not exactly a reality.

Comment: Re:they already cost less per gig than some SAS dr (Score 1) 292

by darury (#27506969) Attached to: MS Researchers Call Moving Server Storage To SSDs a Bad Idea
For many real-world loads you're better off adding more spindles which can give you similar iops per dollar but with the added benefit of vastly more storage space.

I'm not going to dispute the half of adding more spindles for better performance, but additional storage space is not always an added benefit. Do you have any idea how frustrating it can be to explain to users that "yes, we have 4TB of unused space" and "no, you can't put another database there without killing your existing one"?

Comment: Re:Better login into wikipedia host asap (Score 1) 1730

by darury (#22348672) Attached to: Muslim Groups Attempt to Censor Wikipedia
True, if you question your faith in the Christian religion you are only going to be tortured in hell for all eternity. I'm not so sure which one is worse...

But if you no longer believe in the Christian religion and decide you're an athiest, is it really going to bother you? On the other hand, even most athiests I know would prefer to spend a few more years waiting to find out who's right about things without help for apostasy.

Also, take into account that in the majority of Muslim countries, your religion is registered at birth and even if you decide to change it, the government won't recognize the change. The quote from a Malaysian court goes something like "People can't change their religion just because they feel like it".

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_