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Comment: Re:Blackberry. (Score 1) 185

Part of the problem with Cyanogenmod is that very late (recent) versions of Android are available for phones which can barely run them. I have an OG Motorola Droid A855 (the very first Android phone) and you can get Android 4.4.2 for it! I tried it and it runs so horribly slow that it takes about 30 seconds to respond to each button press. I backed down to CM 10.1 and it is MUCH more responsive. It still gets stupid and slow as in everyone else's experience, but it will run acceptably for a few days before it needs another reboot.

I think that's at least part of the problem, people are expecting old hardware to run the latest and greatest OS without a hitch. It'd be like trying to run Win7 on a 486. You might be able to do it but it would be a horrendous experience.

Comment: Re:Cinavia hasn't been broken (Score 1) 275

by sexconker (#49552459) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

You can "[citation needed]" or you can look it up.
Your generation is useless.

Cinavia was cracked about 2 years ago and public tools for removing it from streams have been available for well over a year (often for money). Additionally, there are other (free) tools that attempt to round out the gaps that are left when the Cinavia signal is stripped out.

Even Wikipedia has this info.

Comment: Re:Not nerdy enough (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by PopeRatzo (#49552389) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

This shouldn't have been let out of the firehose. WTF is nerdy about this?

You're joking. Liquid mercury? Come on, show of hands: Who among us has not at some point in our lives broken open a thermometer in order to play with the mercury inside? That's a nerd rite of passage.

Hell, I'm old enough to remember when they made little maze puzzles with a blob of mercury inside that you'd try to get from one corner to the other. Those were the days before parents raised kids like veal. We had pocket knives, for chrissake. Can you imagine millennial parents giving their precious offspring pocket knives? I had my own .22 rifle by the time I was 10. All the liquid mercury I handled in my life, it's no wonder I'm half an imbecile.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 605

but they still don't seriously threaten our society

exactly because we have vaccines, you fucking moron

and if not enough vaccinate, the diseases find vectors to proliferate again, AND they have a chance to get lucky and develop new strains that can get around our exisitng vaccines, threatening everyone period

everyone has to get vaccinated. if not, the person is ignorant, irresponsible and dangerous to all of our health. if you don't agree with that statement, you don't know what the fuck you are talking about and/ or you are blindly selfishly irresponsible

you have no freedom to choose something that threatens other people's lives (nevermind your own)

Comment: Re: Do not (Score 4, Informative) 65

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49551953) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid
In addition to being cool stuff, mercury also has a very long history of use in gold extraction. I don't know about the people who built this particular structure; but mercury-amalgamation gold extraction is known to have been in use in South America well before the Spanish showed up. Given the human enthusiasm for gold, that's another point in mercury's favor as a funerary good, along with being weird and cool looking.

(Large scale extraction is now usually done by cyanide leaching, since that's somewhat less nasty than mercury amalgamation; but small scale miners often still use mercury. As one might imagine, the 'now heat the amalgam with a blowtorch to drive off the mercury and recover the gold' step is about as good for you as it sounds, possibly worse.)

Comment: He ain't pretty no more (Score 1) 64

by PopeRatzo (#49551755) Attached to: Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

Whenever I hear of a story like this, I am reminded of the scene in Martin Scorsese's great movie, Raging Bull, in which Jake LaMotta, played by Robert DiNiro, speaks of an upcoming opponent to an associate:

"I'll put yous both in the ring and give yous both a fuckin' beatin', then yous can both fuck each other!"

Haven't we lost enough to the stupidity of our intellectual property laws? Could it be time to revisit whether or not they're actually doing what they were meant to do?

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 206

God (Via his assistant) unleashes all manner of misery and suffering upon Job, killing his family, ruining him financially and inflicting him with horrible diseases entirely to show that Job, as a loyal Jew, will remain obedient and loyal no matter what circumstances throw at him - and sure enough, at the end, God restores his health and wealth. Though not the dead family.

Not only that, but he did it basically on a dare.

God: "Job will do anything for me, no matter what"
Satan: "no way"
God: "yes way"
Satan: "prove it or GTFO"
God: "watch this..."

Comment: Re:Unfortunatly... (Score 1) 85

by circletimessquare (#49549491) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

i see it as the genius of biochemical warfare by plants

our livers have been in an evolutionary arms race with plants for hundreds of millions of years. they make a substance that kills, maims, disorients, or deters us. one up plants. our livers do their best to mop it up. one up animals. rinse repeat

perversely, we've developed a taste for some of those substances. like cayenne pepper or horseradish, as a paradoxically enjoyable taste. or heroin or cocaine, as a disorienting drug

in a way, the plant still wins when we get addicted to them, like these bees. drug use is just slow motion suicide. it might not kill us immediately, but it brings us back for more, and more and more, to finish the job

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 206

Now, do you have statistics to back up your implication, that in real life police are more often wrong than right?

No, but the consequences of real life police being wrong are pretty fucking serious. And they're wrong a lot more often than people care to admit.


...though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"