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Comment: Re:More Zontar libel by ac trolling now (Score 1) 425

APK, your *only* reputation is that of a spammer, troll, crapflooder, liar, and bully.

Itching for another trip down Memory Lane, eh? Well, then, here's what some folks at ArsTechnica thought of you ca. 2000-2001:

Comment: Re:More Zontar libel by ac trolling now (Score 1) 425

BTW, absolutely none of the AC posts in this thread were posted by me. In fact, I was asleep at the time those were made, having gone to bed about 20 minutes after I made the "Uh, What?" post (~2350 Central European Time), and not getting up until about 30 minutes after the AC grandparent of this post (~0830 CET).

Comment: Re:More Zontar libel by ac trolling now (Score 1) 425

I'll bet that I've more accrued vacation days from my job right now than you've ever actually worked in your whole useless life.

I could go on vacation *today* and not have to go back to work until the second week of August. And get paid for every single day of that time.

Comment: Re:More Zontar libel by ac trolling now (Score 1) 425

Excuse me? Time for a reality check here. Someone appears to have the time to troll someone *200+ times* in a single day. Just who might that actually be, APK? I'm pretty sure that it's not me who's been doing that.

You have a really bad habit of seeing yourself in the mirror and claiming the reflection is a picture of someone else.

Comment: Re:Zontar: "Rinse, Lather, & Repeat" (lol) (Score 1) 425

How does linking to the top of the same thread help your case? Why do you keep doing that?

Hyperlinks are not magic. There needs to be some meaningful content at the other end for them to be of any use.

ProTip: Making a false claim which merely links to a repetition of the false claim does not make the false claim true.

Comment: The Ruling Class (Score 1) 422

by DNS-and-BIND (#46764653) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Who are these rulers, and by what right do they rule? How did America change from a place where people could expect to live without bowing to privileged classes to one in which, at best, they might have the chance to climb into them? What sets our ruling class apart from the rest of us?

Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that "we" are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding generation's paradigm that "all men are created equal"?

World War I and the chaos at home and abroad that followed it discredited the Progressives in the American people's eyes. Their international schemes had brought blood and promised more. Their domestic management had not improved Americans' lives, but given them a taste of arbitrary government, including Prohibition. The Progressives, for their part, found it fulfilling to attribute the failure of their schemes to the American people's backwardness, to something deeply wrong with America. The American people had failed them because democracy in its American form perpetuated the worst in humanity. Thus Progressives began to look down on the masses, to look on themselves as the vanguard, and to look abroad for examples to emulate.

In Congressional Government (1885) Woodrow Wilson left no doubt: the U.S. Constitution prevents the government from meeting the country's needs by enumerating rights that the government may not infringe. ("Congress shall make no law..." says the First Amendment, typically.) Our electoral system, based on single member districts, empowers individual voters at the expense of "responsible parties." Hence the ruling class's perpetual agenda has been to diminish the role of the citizenry's elected representatives, enhancing that of party leaders as well as of groups willing to partner in the government's plans, and to craft a "living" Constitution in which restrictions on government give way to "positive rights" -- meaning charters of government power.

The ruling class is keener to reform the American people's family and spiritual lives than their economic and civic ones. In no other areas is the ruling class's self-definition so definite, its contempt for opposition so patent, its Kulturkampf so open. It believes that the Christian family (and the Orthodox Jewish one too) is rooted in and perpetuates the ignorance commonly called religion, divisive social prejudices, and repressive gender roles, that it is the greatest barrier to human progress because it looks to its very particular interest -- often defined as mere coherence against outsiders who most often know better. Thus the family prevents its members from playing their proper roles in social reform. Worst of all, it reproduces itself.

At stake are the most important questions: What is the right way for human beings to live? By what standard is anything true or good? Who gets to decide what? Implicit in Wilson's words and explicit in our ruling class's actions is the dismissal, as the ways of outdated "fathers," of the answers that most Americans would give to these questions. This dismissal of the American people's intellectual, spiritual, and moral substance is the very heart of what our ruling class is about. Its principal article of faith, its claim to the right to decide for others, is precisely that it knows things and operates by standards beyond others' comprehension.

America's best and brightest believe themselves qualified and duty bound to direct the lives not only of Americans but of foreigners as well. George W. Bush's 2005 inaugural statement that America cannot be free until the whole world is free and hence that America must push and prod mankind to freedom was but an extrapolation of the sentiments of America's Progressive class, first articulated by such as Princeton's Woodrow Wilson and Columbia's Nicholas Murray Butler. But while the early Progressives expected the rest of the world to follow peacefully, today's ruling class makes decisions about war and peace at least as much forcibly to tinker with the innards of foreign bodies politic as to protect America.

Describing America's country class is problematic because it is so heterogeneous. It has no privileged podiums, and speaks with many voices, often inharmonious. It shares above all the desire to be rid of rulers it regards inept and haughty. It defines itself practically in terms of reflexive reaction against the rulers' defining ideas and proclivities -- e.g., ever higher taxes and expanding government, subsidizing political favorites, social engineering, approval of abortion, etc. Many want to restore a way of life largely superseded. Demographically, the country class is the other side of the ruling class's coin: its most distinguishing characteristics are marriage, children, and religious practice. While the country class, like the ruling class, includes the professionally accomplished and the mediocre, geniuses and dolts, it is different because of its non-orientation to government and its members' yearning to rule themselves rather than be ruled by others.
Angelo M. Codevilla

This is just the tip of the iceberg, the entire article is huge and tells us exactly what we knew already: our rulers have nothing in common with us and see us as dangerous idiots.

Comment: Re:Zontar = sockpuppeteer & lying libelous tro (Score 1) 425

I don't HAVE to say that your Hosts File Engine is crap, Spanky. Half the freaking Internet has already said it for me.

Your app doesn't do anything that any text editor with basic regular expression support can't do better already, and do so WITHOUT pegging a 4-core CPU.

And there is NO WAY IN HELL that I'm EVER going to let such an abomination override the OS task scheduler on any system I administer. That's just insane.

Comment: Re:You clicked on it stupid (lol) (Score 1) 425

Your demonstrated chronic inability to appreciate any kind of humour whatsoever has absolutely no bearing on my qualifications or credentials as a writer. (And just because I don't normally bold every other word that I post does not mean that I don't know how to use bold tags.)

BTW, if you look far enough back in my posting history, you'll see where I responded to comments about a book that I co-authored, and that was reviewed right here on Slashdot. This would have been late 2004 or early 2005, IIRC. I'm happy to wait while you go find the review and comments. I'm sure with your mighty sleuthing skills (*eyeroll*) it won't take you long.

Comment: Re:No, what you said is lies Zontar (Score 1) 425

You DO realise that I can't post and moderate in the same discussion, don't you? In any case...

APK, I absolutely do not now, and I am not *ever* going to be convinced you've ever worked anywhere except maybe Burger King.

However, I AM convinced that you are a lying, bullying, spamming, crapflooding troll.

You make increasingly grandiose and decreasingly believable claims about yourself. Whenever you're questioned about these, your lies get even bigger. When you're called out on them, you start attacking people.

When you make idiotic claims about programming, and get called out on those... That's right, you start attacking people.

You also apparently think that linking to any old thing proves your lies and mischaracterisations. Like when you linked to a joke you plainly didn't understand, claiming it was proof that I have MPD. Or when you linked to ANOTHER joke of mine that you ALSO plainly did not "get", and claimed this was "proof" that I'm not a writer.

When your attempts at intimidation and mischaracterisation don't work, you just start repeating them... well, MINDLESSLY... in an attempt to turn up the volume and drown out dissenting voices.

You have been doing this again and again and again and again for over a decade. It's all over the WWW. I'm not even going to bother to link to anything, because anyone with one good finger and half a clue can type "Alexander Peter Kowalski" into Google and read for themselves all about your little escapades.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 244

by gmhowell (#46764195) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Honestly I don't get the stance of some ppl from the US against Russia.
Russia is the best friend and has been the most loyal, the strongest and the most valuable ally for the USA. Really. At times of apocalyptic events Russians and Americans stood together. It was before and it may be again when we have to save the Earth itself. Nobody can help the US but Russia when things get hot. Alienating Russians is what make things worse.

Those things are called movies. The space aliens didn't really invade Earth.

Idiot, he was referring to the documentary about the asteroid that they blew up with the nuke. You know, when Daredevil makes out with Arwen.

Comment: Re:Shareholders profits? (Score 1) 138

by gmhowell (#46764147) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Replying to myself: I assumed they would cut expenses to feed the shareholders but I was wrong. TFA explains:

Amazon generated a whopping $74.45 billion in revenue for its financial year to 31 December 2013, but just $274 million in net income, a margin of roughly 0.3 percent. It sells Kindles at cost.

Compare this with Google, which saw net income of $12.9 billion on revenues of $59.8 billion for the year to 31 December 2013, a margin on 21.6 percent; or to Microsoft, which posted revenue of $77.9 billion for the year to 30 June, with a net income $21.9 billion, a margin of 28.1 percent

Question is: how do they manage to make shareholders accept that?

I'm guessing the investors expect Amazon to become and stay the Walmart of the internet (or perhaps the Sears and Roebuck from catalog days) and be be able to either ramp up margins or pay them at that level for a LONG time.

2000 pounds of chinese soup = 1 Won Ton