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Comment: Re:Made it! (Score 1) 117

by no-body (#47387157) Attached to: Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

I have - they should be e-liminated, not limited.

Ok. Fine. That works too. But you're missing the point.

The issue I have with this entire thing is they want to use *my* tax money to buy ads for politicians I don't support.

Your point: Well, that has been tried, reducing tax you pay being used for stuff you don't like - try holding back the % used for war spending if you don't like it and see what happens. Looks like a hassle.

The tax system and government should be trustworthy, apparently they are not. Why is a good question. Not sure who the bigger crooks - corporate or government head-hanchos and who is doing more harm to the greater part of a population?

With Lessing - let's see what happens if he can avoid the ego trip and big head from getting Step 1 and Step 2 in his game together and stick to his plans, it may fail or not. Maybe he comes from another angle with more smarts for the better of normal people. Crowd-sourcing and PAC may be new and disappointment is probably big in people about what is happening with no real remedy in sight. With the small amounts of $ 3 and $ 4 spending on campaigns - everyone seems to be doing it now and there is a limit to exploit this.

Maybe he makes written and public contracts with politicians to hold them liable on their promises or better have commitments they later stick to in order to get funded. Sure is better than the humble/mumble backroom stuff going on right now.

It will show.

Comment: Re:Made it! (Score 0) 117

by no-body (#47387021) Attached to: Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

I have no problem with laws *limiting* campaign donations

I have - they should be e-liminated, not limited. There will always be backdoors and workarounds.

Think the US Supreme Court with it's corporate-tinted philosophy would support that or the politicians cutting off their funding?

The system is purely money-driven, doubtful if the idea behind MAYDAY-PAC can change that, but worth a try.

Comment: Re:Made it! (Score 0) 117

by no-body (#47386969) Attached to: Lessig's Mayday PAC Scrambling To Cross Crowd Funding Finish Line

If he's successful, he'll take tax money from you and 300 million others and give it to candidates running for office.

If he's unsuccessful, you'll be a sucker and we'll all be a lot better off.

If a functional democratic system treats every candidate the same way in supporting i. e. financing after a certain popularity threshold is reached, who would that entity be other than an entity of the governing system in place?

As it is currently in the US, it's a hotchpotch of corruption destroying the very foundation of democracy. Can't even guarantee voting integrity across the board when some goons thinking doing the right thing are turning the screws somewhere in secret.

As for your aversion of using tax money used - where do you think is all that corporate money coming from? Who gets bilked and taken to the cleaner so the coffers of the "higher ups" in the pyramid - corporations as persons or individuals are overflowing?

Whenever you pay something, someone is taking a cut from it - at least you have the sales tax written on your receipt and there you know what is taken out.

I am happy that I can see my sales tax in roads getting fixed, public places kept in order, traffic light functioning, police working with gangs to keep the violence in check etc.

If you want to call me a sucker, look in the mirror to see one!

Comment: Underlying cause? (Score 5, Insightful) 361

Are they in any way successful in catching "terrorists"?

Hardly - maybe they caught one guy in - was it San Diego - to give money to some far away organization labeled as well, offensive/dangerous in some way (don't recall all details).

There was also a hearing and a lied number of 20-isch? was admitted but later debunked.

So - all in all, the tremendous snooping effort is not showing much result and essentially being a flop.

Remedy: Increase effort in more and more complex systems.

Otherwise, maybe it's just inner need for control, power and conditioned thinking which motivates and attracts humans to participate in this nonsense (religions come to mind following the same principle).
Actually a very dangerous route this is taking - thought control (if you THINK that, you are...) and modeled prediction of events based on secret procedures

Comment: Re:Yess!!! (Score 1) 190

by no-body (#47234691) Attached to: New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill.

CEO Nwabudike Morgan "The Ethics of Greed"

Very old game: Mose 1,28: vchiwschuha urdu - unsustainable nowadays

Comment: Re:Who knows (Score 1) 218

by no-body (#46977011) Attached to: Google Testing Gmail Redesign


-Line spacing (and spacing in general) is controlled by the cozy/comfortable/compact options in the settings drop-down (the gear in the top right).

- Line spacing - run both versions in different tabs on the same browser and count the lines if you can and find the difference.

-Ctrl+clicking opens emails in a new tab just fine. As a Slashdot grumpy old man, I'd hope you know your shortcut-fu!

- Ctrl+clicking is more effort than mouse-over and right click, no other movement is needed on keyboard. As you may notice, to Ctrl+click you need both hands. Mouse-over right-click only one, therefore quicker. Any extra movement on a computer is repeated zillion times and one movement less is a zillion time less repetive movement.
Many people working on computers have neck/shoulder/upper back issues from repeated unnatural use of their bodies. Mouse-shoulder higher, trapezius assymmetric, tighter on mouse-side etc.

-"Mailboxes"? I assume you mean labels? You can select which ones show without having to click on "More" by going in the "Labels" settings page. There are a lot of controls there, even.

With label selections on html, there is one scrollbar, on the current, there is a 2nd, the process to select a label is more complex and jumpy - second scrollbar, new orientation, point mouse on 2. scrollbar, then reorient. The interface is in control, the user has to follow. With one scrollbar, the user controls more.

I feel like people, when presented with a new interface, never try to even look at it before balking off. Just a bit of actually using the interface and trying its various features can be extremely beneficial and takes only a few minutes.


Comment: Who knows (Score 2) 218

by no-body (#46975075) Attached to: Google Testing Gmail Redesign

what they're up to again...

The current Gmail interface was a step back in usability (for me).
- wider line spacing, less emails to see
- cannot click on emails to open in another tab
- mailboxes are not visible - have to be clicked on to expand

I always have a tab open with the "old" html version and get notified that I am missing out on something...
The only thing on the current version I find better is the autorefresh to show new messages.
One of my low priority projects is to get completely off Gmail - the NSL calamity...

Comment: Re:And the choice is... (Score 1) 293

by no-body (#46946721) Attached to: The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

XP-64? Egads! WHY?

Just for the sarcastic fun of it.

Today, I loaded the W8.1 disk again, just to try if it works any better.
- did all the upgrades
- tested (VPN to work through a VMware image) and failed hopelessly

The same test and necessity works fine under with the identical VMware image under W8 and I just don't have the mutherfucking time to sort this out to get it going under W8.1.

The W8.1 was a install/upgrade from a functional W8 and so it is after May 8:

W8 unpatched
W8.1 dysfuctional

  I really could kick somebodies butt for this!

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.