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Comment: Re:Every troll dies, children. Not every troll tru (Score 1) 490

by frank_adrian314159 (#48212303) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Not every troll truly lives.,P>Actually, no troll really lives, for he or she is more broken than most. Unable to gain positive attention, they settle for (and attempt to cause) negative attention - it's better than not being noticed at all, isn't it?

In the final analysis, trolls are really just sad, pathetic people. So fuck 'em.

Comment: Re:wait a second... (Score 4, Funny) 47

by frank_adrian314159 (#48206885) Attached to: Microsoft,, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

Their "toolbar" hides in Oracle's installer for Java. The parasite... nay, symbiote, uses this installer as a vector to infect unsuspecting computers, the end result being the madness of innocent system administrators and dragooned relatives helping Grandma figure out why her system is so slow because she hasn't sprung for new hardware since the mid-Nineteen-Fucking-Nineties and it's a GODDAMN Windows Machine And... MOTHER OF GOD! I don't believe this! It's XP and it Has Every Piece of Malware Since the DAWN OF TIME INSTALLED ON IT AND I HAVE TO CLEAN IT ALL OFF BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T LOSE THE MOTHERFUCKING CAT VIDEO HER &^!!%(*!&$!&^*$#! FRIEND CHARLENE SENT HER AND THE SENILE OLD BIDDY CAN'T REMEMBER... uh, where she put it... ahem, um sorry, where was I? Oh, yeah...

I've seen it far too many times for it to be a phantom. A zombie, perhaps, shambling along on toolbar installations by those too green or momentarily distracted or forgetful... So, even if it is dead, it lives! IT LIVES!

Comment: Re:Why (Score 5, Interesting) 519

by frank_adrian314159 (#48204829) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Uh, no. You assume that making the country an even larger police state would help. But I'm sure the Canadians already had about as big a police state as it needed.

And the fuss over incidents involving two persons? Out of millions that live in and travel through Canada each year? Seems like their police apparatus is working pretty well from my point of view.

You talk as if we could bring an end to the threat of someone doing something nefarious, if only we just did something (think of the chil... soldiers). But you know what? We're doing enough. The actual count of terrorism deaths compared with just about any other cause should convince just about anyone of that. But when your argument is emotional, I guess facts don't matter (but still we try...).

So, no, neither Canada, nor the US, nor does just about any developed country need a bigger police, monitoring, border-controlling, etc. apparatus. They should probably try a bit harder to make sure that wealth and opportunity are distributed a bit more equitably and that people have a bit more say in what's being done for/to them and that might be a bit more cost-effective, but it's also a tangent along which I will not proceed further.

What is clear is that freedom is built on acceptable losses. You can debate acceptable loss levels, but the fact of those losses never go away. Talking about acceptable levels and what is needed to achieve those levels might generate a fruitful discussion but, somehow, I don't think you want to talk about things that way.

Comment: Re:It would be interesting (Score 3, Informative) 121

by frank_adrian314159 (#48203253) Attached to: Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

It was a 16-bit architecture. Use the Wiki:

Alto was a microcoded design but, unlike many computers, the microcode engine was not hidden from the programmer in a layered design. Applications such as Pinball took advantage of this to accelerate performance. The Alto had a bit-slice arithmetic logic unit (ALU) based on the Texas Instruments' 74181 chip, a ROM control store with a writable control store extension and had 128 (expandable to 512) kB of main memory organized in 16-bit words. Mass storage was provided by a hard disk drive that used a removable 2.5 MB single-platter cartridge (Diablo Systems, a company Xerox later bought) similar to those used by the IBM 2310. The base machine and one disk were housed in a cabinet about the size of a small refrigerator; one additional disk could be added in daisy-chain fashion.

It would be relatively simple to come up with an emulator that could run well. Although I'd rather see a Dandelion clone, anyway - I knew all about the AMD 2900 series, back in the day.

Comment: Re:How on earth? (Score 1) 84

How on earth do they find "pay someone a billion and a half to take this business" to be cheaper than just shutting the entire thing down?

Because maybe they can't just shut it down? Perhaps they still need the chips for a while until they can migrate their hardware to other chips?

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

Sennheiser? Yes.

Their HD202s have been available 5/$89 at BSW for the past ten years (which is also why you see Sennheisers in radio a lot). They're good enough for voice work and are often used in recording studios for tracking. And even at their low cost they still sound better than Beats or Bose stuff.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

Yes. And you can have my AKG headphones when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers. Even at the cost of a comparable set of Beats headphones they are so much better than those PoSs. Same for Bose. I can actually hear balanced sound and detail from my AKGs. I use them for audio editing. I can definitely hear the difference. I say to anyone that buys either Beats or Bose (or other consumer stuff) to at least upgrade to a prosumer level of headphones from one of the manufacturers listed in the parent post - your ears will thank you.

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.