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Comment Re:Anti-GMO does not equal anti-science. (Score 1) 154

I worked at GE Oil & Gas, and I can assure you that GE is every bit as evil as Monsanto, DuPont and any of the other crooked corporate giants.

No doubt that's true, but they're still trying to sell us something that we need to make the world a better place, and DuPont (along with BP, more of the world's most evil fucks) is trying to stop them.

Comment Re:Koch Brothers (Score 1) 95

Nice to meet someone so open-minded that is willing to respectfully consider another's opinion and respond on the issues.

The Kochs are evil fucks who have their finger on the wheel of American politics, and I hope they all go down on the same plane and have to eat one another to survive. That's the reality they're trying to bring to all of us, so it only seems appopriate.

Go ahead and defend them, though. See how much mileage you get out of that.

Comment Re:Koch Brothers (Score 1) 95

I know it is fashionable to hate on them, so what do you think about their stance on licensing? Read the interview

No. First of all, Forbes runs interstitial ads you can't skip without letting them run Javascript. Second, anything the Kochs have to say serves their agenda, so fuck them sideways, I am uninterested in anything those corrupt pieces of shit have to say.

Comment Re:Ugly Americanism (Score 1) 95

In the age of GPS this should be a non-problem.

Yes, it should. Yet people still get taken on bullshit routes, which has no effect other than keeping the meter running. It was always deliberate; now it is even moreso.

English is NOT a universal language or anything close to it and certainly isn't the "international language of the travel industry worldwide".

English is the closest thing we have to a universal language, even though it isn't one. It used to be German, but that fell out of favor for some reason, I can't imagine why.

Comment Re:Anti-GMO does not equal anti-science. (Score 1) 154

They are not the only meaningful player in the industry: For instance, take DuPont's agro side, branded as Pioneer.

Well, DuPont is seriously fucking evil, and always has been. Besides their long and shitty environmental record, they also fought against hemp because hemp plastic threatened their petro plastic, and they are one of the companies behind ButaMax. ButaMax got a patent on effective commercial production of Butanol (a 1:1 replacement for gasoline made by bacteria from any organic matter) even though the process was developed at public universities and with public funds, and is furthermore an obvious development. They're using it to stop Gevo (a GE energy ventures subsidiary) from producing and selling butanol to the public. So if it's primarily Monsanto and DuPont, it's Evil and Evil. Monsanto and DuPont can both DIAF.

Comment Re:Why all the desktop stuff? (Score 1) 131

no matter how much you claim that illumos or I are "pathetic jokes", that is a pretty damn big hardware support list.

Linux farts in the general direction of that list. You're proud that this software runs well on one processor! Let me just golf clap for you now.

Look, if you like it, if you want to play with it, if it amuses you, hell if it solves your business problems, that's great. But contemporary hardware support belongs to Windows and legacy hardware support belongs to Linux. Everyone else trails distantly. For some cases this is largely irrelevant, but it's unfortunate in the real world where flexibility is often the difference between success and failure.

Comment Re:Cabs (Score 1) 201

So now you're saying you don't trust the government and they only cater to people with money and power.

Yes, that's how it works. This is news to you?

Again, if you don't like the philosophy of the government, change it.

I'm waiting for the time when that's possible, which is certainly not while a bunch of stupid fucks are making stupid excuses for evil acts. More of us need to be on the same page before the people have a hope of effecting even bad and wrong change.

I believe there was an honest core of people in the occupy movement that were honestly trying to.

Trying and predictably failing, because what they were doing was a fat fucking waste of time. It raised awareness, but for a lot of people they felt like they were becoming aware of a bunch of fuckoff dirty hippies stinking up public spaces, and there is an element of truth to that. I feel the same way about people who tried to change the world by occupying public spaces as I feel about people who think they're changing the world by going to burning man and "participating" in it. What? You're going to go set shit to a bunch of crap and take drugs in the desert, you're not creating anything other than opportunities for a lot of arrests for victimless crimes — in both situations.

Run for office yourself.

HAHAHAHA. Look, there is less than no chance that I would get elected to anything, anywhere that it would be worth getting elected to anything. And furthermore, I don't even agree that this is the best way to change the world. As long as the world is filled with dumbass jerkoffs willfully avoiding thinking about anything of consequence, you can't change the world for the better because they will keep on claiming that they want change and then voting for the incumbent. You can win the occasional political battle only to lose the next one and accomplish nothing of consequence. I've seen what happens to people who want to change things from inside the political system. They go grey rapidly. Then they get shit upon. If you don't have significant political connections, there's no reason to go into politics.

If you don't have time, then you don't really believe strongly about it and you're just trying to take the easy way out and you are going to end up screwing over everyone.

I'm going to screw people over because I'm not going to waste time in politics jerking off? Draw me a fucking map, son.

If you give corporations the freedom to follow their own laws

I didn't give them anything. They took it. This is a natural consequence of capitalism. When you hand control of the means of production over to the people with the most money, you create a downward spiral. I didn't create this system, and I do my best not to feed it.

Comment Re:Vitality is defined by users, not developers. (Score 1) 131

Now you've got me wondering if I'm actually thinking of twm. It all started so long ago... over half a lifetime ago... *LOL*

Ha! I know exactly what you mean. Anyway, speaking to the point, IIRC mwm had no menu configuration. twm certainly did. I actually recall Motif being Open Source, though. ISTR that when I got Motif for Linux, I actually got sources and the installed compiled them, including mwm. I'm now very hazy on the details, and I think it unlikely that I have preserved the relevant files so many years later. Once Lesstif became a thing, my interest in actually having Motif around waned, and once xv was surpassed as an image viewer there was no more actual need for it anyway.

Wikipedia says that even Open Motif wasn't a "proper" Open Source license, but it clearly provided source code so I don't know what all that nonsense is about.

Comment Re:Kids needed to check with the president first. (Score 1) 330

Even as the kids are dead you still tried to turn it political

You know how to find out if some situation has political ramifications? If it contains any plurality of people, there will be politics.

You know who "turned the situation political" first? Obama. Because he made the first public political statement, right? From a politician?

Or maybe, just maybe, nobody made the situation political, because it was already political.

Maybe someday you'll have an idea worth associating with an identity, and on that day you'll log in and share it with us. Until then, your use of the AC account proves that you know you're talking shit.

Comment Re:Bullying (Score 2) 330

And shortsightedness of youth. It's hard to see past your immediate problems.

There's no particular reason for them to see past the people actually abusing them. Take them out and people will notice. The people who trained them to be shitheels, mostly their parents, will notice. It's sad for the kids who get shot, only the parents really deserve punishment since raising decent people is their job #1.

People love picking on nerds. Even teachers do it. We didn't stop bullies until the nerds started packing heat...

Yep. I was horribly depressed in high school, I was I think literally the lowest scum on the totem pole. And so I was dysfunctional in class. But rather than try to find out what my problem was the teachers almost universally mocked me in class, which showed the students that they could abuse me without repercussions. I didn't even know the names of the people who picked on me, so when I would complain the administration would say "we cannot do anything". Well, that's true, you can't do anything while sitting in your plush chair in the administration offices enjoying your protected union job while kids get the shit beat out of them outside.

On one hand, school shootings are very sad. On the other hand, if I'd had access to a gun as a kid, I might have engaged in one myself. I felt like my whole life was shit and like it would never improve. What was my motivation to care about anyone or anything? I didn't have any.

School bullying has predictable outputs. Violence begets violence. The one time I got in a fight with just one kid (because bullies are pussies and they won't attack when they don't have backup) I blacked both his eyes and they expelled me. They didn't ever do so much as punish any of the jocks who attacked me, but I win one fight and I get kicked out.

I am prejudiced against school administrators especially, and against teachers as well, because they are the ones who maintain the culture of abuse. Until they do whatever it takes to stop it, they are complicit in creating the environment in which abuse occurs.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 330

It was also a world where you could spank other people's kids if they got out of line, kids could go out and play all day outside unsupervised, and so on...

The world is safer today than it ever has been before. Shit, there's probably less per capita killings in the Levant right now than there ever have been in history, that place has been a bloodbath since forever. The media narrative, however, is that things are more dangerous than they have ever been before. Bullshit. We simply have higher awareness of what is going on. Remember, gun killings are down. Gun deaths are holding fairly steady because suicide is up. People point to that as justification for banning guns, but there are lots of reasons why that is fallacious, among them having the right to take your own life if you choose. You don't have the right to determine that people must live a life in which they cannot be happy.

Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 330

People are afraid of cars, that's why they spend so much time looking at safety rating when making a purchase

Only wealthy people can even afford to do that. Everyone else buys used what they can afford. Remember, the middle class is vanishing. Car sales are up right now because gas prices are down and consumers are feeling froggy but they will go up again the next time it suits the agenda, and then car sales will plummet once more.

and teaching their kids how to cross the road safely.

I sure wish they would do that. They clearly don't.

Comment Re:Why all the desktop stuff? (Score 1) 131

And while we are at it: illumos on intel is as fast or faster than GNU/Linux on identical hardware.

This is not about performance. This is about Solaris x86 or or that matter OI hardware support, which is a pathetic joke, and anyone who says otherwise is also a pathetic joke.

Never trust an operating system.