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Comment: Re:As a physician... (Score 3, Insightful) 83 83

Calling in sick does nothing but make my life harder. I feel bad about it

There's your problem right there. If you're sick, you're sick. You already feel bad, so beating yourself up for staying home is just giving in to this ridiculous work ethic. And that work ethic? It's nothing but crude mind control. We're told that we're supposed to have a special "ethic" that means if you're not suffering, you're not earning your pay. And if your job requires you to get a doctor's excuse to take a day off work, you need to give notice tomorrow and find another job.

The corporatists have done a number on your head. Resist it.

Comment: Re:Rather Than in more out (Score 1) 458 458

That's just packaging the same old wine in a new bottle. Linux is still way behind in hardware support, has only the most limited VST support and the DAWs are still nowhere near ready for prime time professional production.

It's getting there, but there's still a ways to go.

Every year for the past 10 at least, I've made a run at professional audio production on Linux, and every year I'm disappointed. It's not like Linux is not useful in the studio and post-production. In fact, after Cockos Reaper came out with ReaMote, allowing for off-loading of samples and streams and effects, there has always been at least one Linux box in my production chain. But as main production machine, the applications just are not there yet. And as long as kxstudio relies on Jack, it won't be there.

Comment: Re:They are trying to get off... (Score 5, Interesting) 79 79

Have you ever lived anywhere where there was a significant mob presence?

No, I live in Chicago.

Seriously though, growing up on Taylor Street in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood, we all knew who the mob guys were, and many of them were part of our extended families. I used to go fetch cigars for the old men who sat in front of the social club drinking espresso and they'd give me dollar bills and sage life advice. The barber and the tailor at Taylor and Loomis were both bookies.

Part of the mob's effectiveness is that it destroys trust in the normal functioning institutinos of society.

Actually, in the case of the Chicago mob, they didn't destroy trust in those institutions, they replaced trust in those institutions for people who were blocked from having access to them. Today, if you want to get a bet down, you just have to go online or buy a lottery scratch-off ticket. Back then, you had to go see the barber. If you needed a loan, you saw the loan shark (who actually charged less interest than today's payday loan joints). If you needed the pothole in your street fixed, you went to talk to the precinct captain (who could be found putting down a bet with the barber or drinking espresso at the social club).

So see, the mob didn't destroy trust in normal functioning institutions of society, it created trust in people where the institutions of society didn't function properly.

Today, those old mob guys are almost all dead, and their kids went to med school or law school and are living out in the suburbs or on the North Side. All the mob's wealth has been laundered through the "normal functioning institutions of society" and their kids and grandkids are paragons of those functioning institutions. The mob here has always been the way immigrant populations assimilate. Do you think the fortunes of any of the great families in the US were built very differently? From Rockefeller to Kennedy to Romney, the fortunes are always built on something a little sleazy.

This all may be different where you are. This story happens to be about "the mob" in Belgium, which I can't even imagine. Maybe they control the black market waffles or something.

Comment: Re:I sincerely hope the 1st Amendment is bulletpro (Score 1) 400 400

Let me treat you to a few more of "jp_831"'s comments on Slashdot. He hasn't been around long so there weren't many to choose from:

This is what 8chan has brought to Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Export Violence (Score 1) 400 400

The government has failed to restrict guns, that doesn't mean they don't want to, it just means that the 2nd Amendment is too clear to be overturned as easily as they would like.

The second amendment is so clear that until the 1980s it didn't cover individual ownership of guns?

The government wants to keep easily made guns out of our hands because they want to know who ha the guns.

So they just need to know who has the 3D printers.

Come on. You're smarter than that.

Comment: Re:I sincerely hope the 1st Amendment is bulletpro (Score 1) 400 400

Constitutional Amendments - those guys with wooden teeth and slaves set up a pretty nifty system if you follow it.

If we followed the "pretty nifty system" the guys with the wooden teeth set up, we'd still have slaves and half the population would be forbidden from voting because they don't have penises.

Fuck your Founding Fathers. They were a bunch of wine snobs who didn't want to have to pay taxes. All the flowery rhetoric was so much bullshit.

Comment: Re:Export Violence (Score 1) 400 400

Why do you lie on the internet when anyone can make five keystrokes and find out how full of shit you are? []

Look at the date on your citation. It's 2007.

which is why Obama's administration has been doing the best they can to make firearms and ammunition as difficult to acquire as possible.

No, they talk about making firearms and ammunition as difficult to acquire as possible. They haven't done one thing in eight years to actually make it so. In your mind, is the same guy who's so diabolical and tyrannical as to force gay marriage and health care down your throat really that impotent when it comes to guns? He can wave his arms and change the Constitution and "fundamentally transform America", but he can't tighten one single gun law?

The entire gun "debate" is a sideshow to keep the yokels busy. They really think they're arming against the government.

Comment: Glaciers melting in the dead of night (Score 0, Offtopic) 85 85

I cannot let a story about supermassive black holes go by without posting this:

I'm not someone you would normally think would be a big fan of this music, but a few years ago, I was looking for some music to play in the background when I was playing open world racing video games, like NFS: Most Wanted, etc. One of my students game me a CD/mp3 mix with a bunch of Muse, My Chemical Romance, Meshuggah, some Finnish Dark Metal bands, and some other groups. This led me to make a 2000-song racing playlist on Spotify that I still play in the background to this day when I play The Crew. I've added in some early Stooges, Ramones, GenX, etc, as well as a smattering of rockabilly, Wu Tang and punjabi rap. There's nothing like being in the last lap of a race and having "Survival" playing in the background. It's like some cross between Queen's "We Are the Champions" and Leni Riefenstahl.

OK, carry on.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 144 144

And how are you going to be sure they died of a heart attack due to fright and now due to an diet of excessive pizza, chips, and Redbull?

That's my point. Any FUD you hear about the "dangers of VR" is nothing but marketing to the gamers, who as a whole, are not a particularly bright bunch.

Comment: Re:Export Violence (Score 1) 400 400

the goal is to prevent US citizens from 3d printing guns,

Are you so silly that you think the US government has an interest in keeping guns out of the hands of US citizens?

The US has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world. Back in 2013, there was a gun for every man, woman and child in the US, and now certainly even more than that. The US government doesn't care about your guns. In fact, they know you are statistically more likely to kill yourself with that gun than you are someone else.

Do you see Second Amendment activists using guns against the government anywhere in the US? Do you think you're little gun worries the US government in any way, shape or form?

You dumb sonofabitch, your guns are just another way the government controls you. It's population control by another name and the argument is between you and "them libruls", not between you and the government, and the government knows this. As long as you're busy marching around open-carrying and fighting with liberals over gun control, you're not aware of just how controlled you are. As long as the "Second Amendment" is a big issue in elections, they know you're taking your eye off of what's really going on. You think you're a big winner when you march down to the local gun shop and spend your disability money on guns, and the government is laughing at you.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.