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Comment: Re:You have been Zuned (Score 1) 158

by jmac_the_man (#48888373) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10
What the hell does "Zuned" mean?

The last Zune devices were released to the market in 2009. The last version of the Zune software was released in 2012. (Notably, the music store is still operational, although it is rebranded in most places outside of the Zune software.

There was never third party software support for Zune devices, so it's not like that was "pulled."

The Zunes were always a technically superior option to the iPods of their day. The thing that killed the Zune was the fact that people wanted a music player integrated into their phone, and the Zune wasn't a phone. The Zune HD, which didn't really have apps, was released to compete with the iPod Classic, which also didn't have apps and was also killed by the rise of Android and the iPhone.

Comment: Re: More proof (Score 1) 666

by jmac_the_man (#48884901) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

In this case it's being abused by 'our side,'

Not my side... not in this case, anyway.

That said, your larger point is right. Both sides abuse the amendments process to trick dopey journalists (like Slashdot) into saying SENATOR X OPPOSES Y, when the Senator was voting on the underlying bill.

Comment: Re: Censorship? (Score 1) 418

Conservative groups were NEEDLESSLY HELD UP FOR YEARS and then got the status after the scandal broke. There was no "investigation" into the groups. The IRS screwed with them because the IRS doesn't like conservatives, and you're giving the IRS a pass because you don't like them either.

Comment: Re: More proof (Score 2) 666

by jmac_the_man (#48871661) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax
Unfortunately, the problem is in how grandstanding amendments are written. The underlying bill orders the executive branch to stop imposing delays on the Keystone Pipeline.

Opponents of the pipeline wrote the amendment, and they're trying to attach it to the main bill so that in order to vote for the pipeline, they have to vote for "Global Warming is real." Not voting is essentially a vote against the pipeline.

Comment: Re:instant disqualification (Score 1) 643

by jmac_the_man (#48862357) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
I'd bet this guy is teaching the kids VB Classic (formerly VB6), simply because there's a lot of high school CS textbooks that target it.

The benefit to teaching the kids VB is that they get to see something on the screen that they built from scratch... right away. The benefit isn't to teach them something that they can take right into a job.

Also, I think the VB6 IDE defaults to compiling to an intermediate language that runs in a runtime. It's possible to compile it down to bare metal, but I don't think that's the default.

Comment: Re:Glad were stopping the evil socialists (Score 1) 182

by jmac_the_man (#48848245) Attached to: Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

He won re-election Tuesday as an independent

You sound like you're not an American, so let me explain to you how this works.

In America, you can't be "kicked out" of a political party.

The reason to register for a political party so you can vote in that party's primary. For some offices (not this guy's office) they have what's called a primary election where the people from each party pick the best member of their party to run in the real election. So you have members of the Democrat party picking the best Democrat and members of the Republican party picking the best Republican, and then they run against each other in the general election. (If you're not registered with a party, you usually can't vote in the primary but can vote in the general election.)

One office that has a primary process is the Presidency. In 2008, the two best Democrats (as judged by the party) were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama won the primary and ran for (and won) the Presidency. Hillary Clinton didn't stop being a Democrat. In fact, she'll probably win their primaries in 2016.

For other offices, like the election this guy won, the parties each just pick a guy. The Democrat party picked someone other than this guy and told all the Democrats to vote for the candidate they picked. This guy ran anyway, and through his own campaigning, won anyway. He didn't stop being a Democrat just because his party picked somebody else to run in this election.

Comment: Re: If Obama were smart... (Score 1) 125

by jmac_the_man (#48802455) Attached to: Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches
RE: Obamacare, Democrats refused to negotiate with Republicans, so all the Republicans voted against it.

RE: Amnesty, some Republicans were/are for amnesty and some were/are against it. A sufficient number were for a comprise along the lines of "actually enforce immigration laws STARTING RIGHT NOW to keep new illegal immigrants from entering. Then, once we're sure the new enforcement is being enforced, we can amnesty the illegal immigrants who are already here." The Democrats wouldn't go for this, so Obama implemented the amnesty unilaterally. No negotiations or compromise involved.

RE: Birth Control, what are you talking about? Some Republicans want to make oral contraceptives available over the counter (without a prescription), but they haven't gotten to the "propose a law to enact it" part yet. There needs to be a bill first before they can negotiate.

Comment: Re:So they are doing what? (Score 1) 509

by jmac_the_man (#48782533) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

The Choudary idiot can't stop running his mouth, and he is given amazing latitude.

This is a feature, not a bug. Choudary is a freaking NUTCASE, and the whole world knows it now because of what he said and what he persists in saying. Kudos to USA Today for digging this guy up and handing him a megaphone. The idea that the punishment for blasphemy should be death is antithetical to western values, and we should be scared of anyone (or any group) that's in favor of this.

It's the same with Holocaust deniers. It's the same with flag burners. As far as I'm concerned, the First Ammendment just makes it easier to calibrate your filter so you can ignore the dopes.

Comment: Re: So they are doing what? (Score 1) 509

by jmac_the_man (#48782471) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

People do not like the Citizens United verdict because it allows corporations to donate unlimited money to political campaigns...

No, GP was right. The only thing the ruling legalized was groups other than the campaigns running ads. Outside groups (like corporations, labor unions, and civic organizations like Citizens United) are now allowed to run ads closer to the election date, but they're still not allowed to coordinate with the actual campaigns.

Comment: Re: And? (Score 1) 448

by jmac_the_man (#48780711) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Look at the images on this page. The 2008 ones are the current revision. Notice specifically the text that says "FLAMELESS RATION HEATERS ARE PROHIBITED ON COMMERCIAL AIRLINES UNLESS SEALED IN ORIGINAL MRE MENU BAG."

Or, in non-all caps, it's illegal to open an MRE container on an airplane, because then you'll have access to the chemical heater.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.