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Comment: Re:well it is true (Score 1) 110

by tompaulco (#48680589) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

Are you just intentional dense? Using monkey as a slur against blacks is centuries and centuries old.

This reminds me of a story from over 30 years ago when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey. One of the mall Santas got fired because he called a kid "a little monkey". Well, he called lot's of kids that, but it wasn't really an issue until he called a black kid that. Poor old Santa. He needs to realize that you can't just go around turning a blind eye to race and color and treating everyone the same. Being impartial is racist.

Comment: Re:Fed spending on education up by factor of 6 (Score 2) 451

by tompaulco (#48678285) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Inflation adjusted since 1970 per student. Would 6.5x have worked better?

That is not what is spent on education but what is spent on the budget for education. The amount of money spent per student in the classroom has gone down since 1970. The rest has gone for unnecessary administrators, buildings to house said administrators, and equipment and infrastructure for said administrators.

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Journal: Windows 8.1 is a great tablet operating system and is better than Android 6

Journal by squiggleslash

Unfortunately third party support for it sucks. It's the AmigaOS of tablet operating systems, kinda sorta. Hey, Microsoft, have you heard of this new, 30 year old, technology called MVC? Developers love it, and it makes it relatively easy to produce frameworks that allow completely different user interfaces that use entirely different paradigms to be targeted by the same application. There's another company that makes both desktop and tablet operating systems (ironically, currently not merge

Comment: Re: The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 1) 117

by tompaulco (#48675451) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

Doing the right thing only cost a penny. It also employs a lot of people. Why not?

Towing it to the middle of the Atlantic and sinking it is not necessarily a wrong thing, but they would have to remove all the contaminants first, which would probably cost a lot. If they are looking to use it as a reef or scuba attraction, then the middle of the Atlantic is the wrong place. It would need to be just offshore for use as a reef or for scuba.

Comment: Re:Consoles are worthless offline (Score 2) 309

by tompaulco (#48675131) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day
Consoles aren't worthless offline. I didn't play any games yesterday, but if I had, I would have been unaware of the outage. Instead, I used my console to play some movies, and it worked just fine for that, even though part of that was technically online as well. It is only games that require an online connection that are worthless offline. Which is why I own zero of said genre.

Comment: Re:Blah (Score 1) 347

by tompaulco (#48667135) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

In the film, the dwarves conduct a battle from barrels they ride like boats.

Well they had to fight off the troop of Orcs that were hell-bent on chasing them down even though there was no such troupe of Orcs in the book and the lead Orc, Azog although referencing an actual character in Middle Earth lore, had long since been killed by Thorin.

Comment: Re:*sips pabst* (Score 1) 347

by tompaulco (#48667001) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Tom Bombadil was rightly cut as it served no practical purpose.

Served no purpose? He gave them weapons from the Barrow Downs. These are the weapons with which they fought off the wraiths on weather top. In the movie there is no explanation for how they started out with no weapons and then suddenly had them when they needed them.

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 188

by hawk (#48665367) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

> I can make an adapter for a Gillette razor if I
> wanted to without breaking any DMCA laws.

When I was in college, Safeway's generic/house brand used the same head.

I bought those, and pulled off the heads to snap on to the better handle . . .

(these were made with nice hard metal, unlike the bic disposables which would cut my face the first time I used them)


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