Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:For the rest of us (Score 1) 299

by iwbcman (#48288121) Attached to: It's Time To Revive Hypercard
I could not agree more. I cut my teeth on BASIC, later moving on to assembly, pascal eventually playing around with c++/java and my personal favorite vala. IF I had not had such a gentle hand holding experience like BASIC I never would have started programming. I know that there are lots of languages taught nowadays as beginners languages, but nothing compares to BASIC. Python absolutely sucks donkey balls for beginners-there is no reliable way for a newbie to cut and paste a small program -friggin stupid spacing bullshit. I eagerly awaited BYTE and RAINBOW magazine editions each month as a kid, each issue had small programs which introduced new ideas and techniques. Hell I wrote a WYSIWYG word processor in BASIC using hi-res (256x192!-) draw commands for each ASCII key, and was able to do text justification, scrolling, print, save and load functions for the CoCo, when I was 12(only having gotten my first computer for my birthday that year). I have a friend who has a brilliant 10 year old daughter who is bored out of her mind at school, due to a lack of challenge. I have been toying with the idea of trying to set her up with a raspberry PI, but there is nothing I have been able to find at all, despite quite intensive research, where she can use a book which contains descriptions of all the commands, syntax and coding examples. Javascript/python/ etc. are just way, way to difficult to use for absolute beginners. What potential pc's had for empowering the masses got lost along the way, for 99% of all computer users today have never even seen code, let alone are able to comprehend or write such.

Comment: Re:Asians != Diverse (Score 1) 593

Hate to break it to you bud, but the onous is on you to prove the opposite. The fact that you can't doesn't obviate your obligation to do so. See, when you argue against diversity, you are arguing for apartheid, whether you intend such or not-that's called recent history, and it's global in scale. Your ilk, the ones who believe in some kind of inherent value in apartheid, have been rather discredited by most of the last 75 years of history-around the world. You are the ones who have been trained to mouth words, you almost sound reasonable, if not for the context.

Comment: Re:Raise the Price (Score 1) 462

by iwbcman (#47083459) Attached to: Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Saying that you are against something because it violates principles of the free market is identical to the interview with the deathrow inmate who claimed Satan/God made me do it

Give me a fuckin break -name me one aspect, just one, when it comes to the automobile industry, which in anyway, ever, constituted a "free market"

You know if your opposition to something is based on Principles that have no basis in any reality that anyone can discern, then your opposition is actually based on something entirely unrelated. This is what kills me about some large number of Republicans and their intellectual avant-garde, the libertarians. There is nothing wrong with principled opposition. Sometimes it is absolutely invauable. But the so-called Principles of the "free market" and "free trade" are pure ideological bullshit. They always have been and always will be. Hell, none other than Karl Marx hosted a regular column in the New York Times back in the 1850's writing about the bullshit sold in the name of free markets/free trade. Now given that 8-9 generations of Americans have continuously bought hook line and seeker into this bullshit it is no surprise that the "conservatives" are most beholden to this bullshit. The intellectual dishonesty of %95 of elected politicans and %100 of current generations of Republicans makes me sick

Cry me a fucking river Fiat-Chrysler. Big bad government telling you what to do. I was not against the bailout of the car companies- the reason being with national unemployment at the time nominally over %10(and in reality closer to %20), the last thing we needed was to create another 1-2 million unemployed. But the auto bailout rewarded the exact same scum which had already bankrupted the auto industry, it also provided an oppurtunity to turn the screws on the beholden employees and utterly screw them even more. It was a rotten deal all around. The only thing more rotten than that was the status quo when all this went down. The big american auto companies had regressed every single year for a generation prior to this unfolding. Hell you couldn't buy an American car in the late 90's/early 2000's that could compete in terms of fuel efficiency with cars made by those same companies 20 years ealier. If those companies had kept advancing fuel economy starting back in the late 70's till today, none of their current models would even have a market. But no, they catered to the lowest common denominator=My Dick is bigger than yours. The original Robocop had it right-Detroit having been completely privatized by coporate takeover, the wealthy drove around in cars which carried the name SUX2000 which probably got the same mpg as the shit they produce today.

*But lest ye think I am a partisan Demcorats are the better Republicans (TM), at least when it comes to presidents. Republican presidents tend to be more restrained than their Democrat counterparts. Hell Clinton would have already have privatized social security if it wasn't for a certain blow job and cum-stained dress belonging to a young woman which ended up derailing his domestic agenda. Obama has done a a small number of trully good things and set a much better tone in our society than his predecessor, but on the issues which really count (injustices/day rating) he make Baby Bush look quite harmless. By my count there are less than 10 representatives/senators who don't buy into this bullshit and not one president during my lifetime. In 1992 I voted for Mikhail Gorbachov, fuck a bunch of NAFTA deja-vu TPP

Comment: Re:Whats the alternative? (Score 1) 433

by iwbcman (#47067217) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

Terrorism is a function of occupation. Every terrorist organization developed in the embryo of occupying forces: occupying forces being any forces not recognized at least by some large minority as being foreign=illegitimate.

Case 1: Al Quaeda. Born out of the ashes of the Afghanistani Muhajadeen, which was born out of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Case 2: IRA. Born out of the ashes of Brittish Occupation of Northern Island. Some %20-30 of local population historically having seeing Brittish as Foreign forces.

Case: ETA. Born out of Franco's fascist State, occupation of Basque country.

Case 4: Timothy Mcveigh. Born out of sovereign rights ideology. Sees Federal anything as occupying force.

Case 5: RAF. Saw post-WWII German Government and corporate leaders as part of a hidden/secret conspiracy in the continuation of Hitlers fascism.

Case 6: FARC. Never saw central government as legitimate, used ethnic and socio-economic differences to pit indigneous locals aginst governing class.

Ironically America has joined the ranks of terrorist organizations. America now claims the Earth as its jurisidiction and seeks to impose its will on all people everywhere. For some reason Americans see illegitimate people all over the world and are hunting them down. Apparently the world was occupied by foreign forces, who we deem illegitimate.

Comment: Re:Isn't it a standard part? (Score 1) 357

by iwbcman (#46621379) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

"Cheaper isn't bad, cheaper is typically good in fact. Cheaper means more people can afford it, and often without sacrificing quality."

No, cheaper is bad. Cheaper means the actual work preformed by raw resource workers, manufacturing workers, distributors, delivery personnell, sales associates etc. is itself valued as something cheap, which translates directly into exploitively low wages, inhuman/unsafe working conditions, and corrupt management.

In America when someone purchase something at a cheaper price than those around them, they are at once smug in their self-certainty that they are smarter than those around them and held by those same others as being respectively smarter. The name of the game in America is simple-he who pays the most for a given item, or service is the sucker, the loser.

Personally I like how the Germans look at cheap. They have two words for "cheap", billig and guenstig. Now "guenstig" connotes something having a good value, the price may be relatively low, but when one purchases some good or service which is seen as "guenstig" they don't have the feeling of getting a "steal", but rather a good deal. Billig, on the other hand, is seen as morally cheap, seen in expressions like billige Nutte(cheap whore/prostitute). Walmart, as a business model, failed in Germany, primarily because it's products were seen as billig, and in a society where cheap products=billige Produkte=billige Arbeitskraft(workers), that is a no-no. Additionally "billige Produkte" are also seen as things which are quickly consumed and then thrown away(Wegwerfgesellschaft), whereas guenstig things are treated with value and taken care of.

In America, however, we score social status points by getting ahead of one another primarily by our collective sense of shamelessness, the gleeful abandon with which we enjoy expoliting one another, and this starts by going and shopping at Walmart, bragging to friends about how much you saved and never thinking about how your taxes are providing food stamps for the underpaid workers who work there. Any time you save a penny on productive work, the rest of society has to pick up the tab and pay the bill.

It really is that simple, you can rationalize it this way or that way but you're just rationalizing.

Comment: Re:Wal-Mart should apply for food-stamps .. (Score 1) 455

by iwbcman (#46602153) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

and there is no fee for processing SNAP transactions on EBT cards. (It is illegal to charge sales tax or card processing fees on SNAP transactions)


Don't believe the hype. It may very by state to state but here in Kentucky Chase collects fees on every EBT transaction, which is why no small businesses except EBT/Credit Cards for purchases under $5/$10.00 in downtown Louisville.

Comment: Re:Troll (Score 0) 794

by iwbcman (#46373799) Attached to: Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Everybody with an IQ above room temperature knows that homeopathy is complete and utter bullshit.

My My our SlashJocks are out in force tonight.

It is really sad to see how absolutely certain some people are about things, particularly among people who should have enough IQ to *grasp* the real limits of our knowledge.

There is a profound lack of knowledge concerning most of the food we consume. I am not talking here about dumb consumers. I am talking about the scientific community as a whole. Most of the chemicals used in food production have never been subject to any real testing. Of the handful that have been tested the scientific community is utterly ignorant how such tested chemicals work in the presence of other tested and/or untested chemicals. It's not as if there had been exahustive scientific research which cleared chemicals for use in food production. The vast majority of chemicals that used to be used in food production which are no longer used were excluded from usage by discoveries in unrelated scientific research that determined possible health issues with said chemicals, but again they were not found to be unsafe by careful research of these chemicals in food production, by scientists who study food production and human health in regards to food consumption. Simply put our scientists know slightly more than enough to be dangerous, but only slightly. You state something with absolute certainty about homeopathic products.

  • Yet there exists no scientific basis to draw such a conclusion

. The research simply hasn't been done. We do not now, nor have ever, nor will ever live in a world where scientists have performed exhaustive research into all of the chemicals used in production. When after the fact, after a product has been brought to markert and consumed by perhaps millions, we discover some health issues which we can directly correlate with the presence of a precise chemical in said products, we may take steps to ban or limit the usage of such chemicals. However the fact remains that the American public in general has been the testing grounds for industrialized food production for the better part of a century now. We are all guinea pigs in the great big experiment in modern food production. For all the knowledge that our Bio-sciences have produced in the last 50 years, we are still only beginning to scratch the suface of what is yet to be known. If you really want to be a stickler for *actual* scientific knowledge just go ahead and remove all the chemicals used in food production which have never had any *real* testing(as it pertains to the human body as used in food consumption), and then get back to me when the shelves are all empty.

Comment: Well color me surprised! (Score 1, Offtopic) 279

by iwbcman (#46247023) Attached to: Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

omg! could this be my first, first post! Karma! yeah!

Good call Mark, glad to see Ubuntu embrace what is comming. Now, for the interesting part, it is time for sys admins to rally and push for the interfaces/workflows that we need. systemd obviously has certain strengths, now lets bring the experience and know how of good sys admins to make working with systemd mutually beneficial for all.

Comment: Re:HP used to be greatl (Score 1) 385

by iwbcman (#46162065) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Common practice since the '60's on big machines(think mainframes)...
Hell, Ross Perot did that 2 generations ago with EDS
Of course back then they would send out a technician, who would vanish inside the mainframe to do the "memory upgrade", funnily enough the $10,000 "upgrade" was simply cutting a few resistors...

Comment: Re:They don't deserve it anyway. (Score 2) 430

by iwbcman (#46120095) Attached to: Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

Thanks ALEC(American Leglislative Exchange Council)
Thanks Google, for joining ALEC and legitamizing Americas' true Shadow Government.
Thanks to all the State legislatures bought and paid for by ALEC

American land of the "free"(TM), home of the cowering masses of consumers beholden to mega-corporations.

Comment: Re: Decreased Costs (Score 1, Insightful) 1043

by iwbcman (#45935233) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Uneducated single mothers living in slums with 5+ kids should just get a better job. Advice from a white guy sitting in a suburban home in front of his expensive computer.

Damn you're good. I believe the niveau of armerican sarcasm/irony has finally reached a new hight(assuming you're american....)

3500 Calories = 1 Food Pound