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Comment: Most of us are done with the music... Burp! (Score 1) 196

by JudgeFurious (#48959047) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents
Seriously, I downloaded every bit of music I could ever want years ago and now I buy songs one at a time (mostly) through iTunes because it's easy and cheap. Music piracy in its mass-orgy like form was based on one thing. Decades of being fucked by record labels and an opportunity to fuck them right back. It was about artists or people being too cheap to buy music. It was about people who had spent money on music for years and years with no real way of backing them up. I bought music over and over again as formats changed and as crappy cassette tapes broke. I probably bought Permanent Waves by Rush 5 times if I bought it once! Initially I was OK with CD's but I didn't get excited about them until I realized that I could rip them. Naturally after that came realizing I could share the files I'd ripped and suddenly my music collection became one with all my friends music collections. Sneaker-net kicked in and then later the network at my office followed by the Internet. I'm now squatting on around 400GB of music, much of which I'd never gotten around to sampling if a friend or co-worker hadn't had it in their collection. Good stuff. When it comes to "what has gone before" I'm like the fat guy in the restaurant in Monty Python's Meaning of Life. "Fuck off! I'm stuffed!". Now, going forward I will buy what I want at a price I think is fair and in the format I choose. That's what I call freedom (even if I had to violate a bunch of people's copyrights to get it)!

Comment: Re:Transgender Persons (Score 1) 412

by JudgeFurious (#48803839) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License
That's unfortunate because you're far more likely to get a treatment that made you content being the man you were born than a genuinely effective way to make your body into the female that you believe you are supposed to be. I feel for you because that can't be easy but eventually it will be treatable and when that happens you'll have the opportunity to make that decision though it won't come down to "jump of a building or be male". It will probably look more like "jump off a building, be male, or continue as you are dealing with it the best way you can" because thankfully society seems to (slowly) be getting better at this kind of thing.

Comment: Re:Wonderful (Score 1) 496

by JudgeFurious (#48803601) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs
And since then? What have Muslims contributed to the sciences since the medieval age? Honest question. I have been told over and over again about the substantial contributions to science from the Muslim world back in the "Long ago time" but where did that go? Why did it go from world-leading and brilliant to a slow trickle and then dry up almost completely?

Comment: Re:But (Score 1) 640

by JudgeFurious (#48803365) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7
I haven't actually met 99% of the people who bash the Windows 8.x interface so I'm not able to say how long they have or haven't used it. I know that I use it every day and while I still find it to be a minor annoyance I can safely say that it isn't unusable or the giant tragedy it's made out to be. It's not good and I should never have had to go through the trouble of getting used to it. It seems the work of persons trying to do the opposite of what would have made sense and so it suffered the appropriate fate. Microsoft went and attempted to improve upon something that no one wanted fixed. But it's not as bad as the worst of the critics make it out to be.

Comment: Re:Takes attention away from Putin (Score 1) 412

by JudgeFurious (#48774067) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License
Check this out man. I personally think Crimea should have stayed part of Russia but that decision was made during the Soviet era by your leaders. No big deal, leaders make mistakes (US leaders sure make plenty of them) but then when the Soviet Union broke up Russia didn't demand the return of Crimea to where it really belonged. Then when Ukraine agreed to give up their nukes Russia agreed to honor their borders. So tell me, why can't Russia stop being a lying piece of shit straddling the continents of Europe and Asia and actually keep their word? As for the oil that's a huge misconception on your part. Saudi Arabia is cranking out the production to undermine your economy and they're doing it at the behest of the United States because that's how that stuff works. They did it in the early 80's under Reagan and completely shuttered the US domestic oil industry once before. I know because I lived through it. Reagan took away your only major export then challenged your country to a military buildup race and broke your economy in the process. It was a pretty good plan if you think about it. We can afford it. We can sacrifice our oil industry (which really is no big deal because it's not like the oil is going anywhere) and let cheap fuel power the rest of our economy into prosperity. You on the other hand depend on fuel prices because your economy is shit in every other way imaginable so when we take that away you feel the pinch. Yes, Crimea is yours forever. At least your heating oil will be cheap this year. Can't say the same about much of anything else.

Comment: Re:Transgender Persons (Score 3, Insightful) 412

by JudgeFurious (#48774007) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License
I look forward to having better options to treat these people than simply carving them up and reassembling them into what they feel like they should be. That seems like figuring out how to let an anorexic live a productive life on a 300 calorie a day diet. It would be better to find a way to genuinely solve their problem instead of making a poor substitute for a member of the opposite sex out of them and putting them on hormones for life. At some point we'll be able to actually fix issue in their brains and this entire issue will hopefully fade into history. Come on progress!

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"