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Comment: Re:When I quit... (Score 5, Funny) 409

by pertelote (#32304338) Attached to: I suspect my current job will end when ...
I thought of choosing when "I quit" for the same reason, and then settled on when "I die on the job" because 1)this is a rural area and 2)I have the only "computer repair shop" in the county, 3)my clients, customers and friends have my landline number, my cell number, know where my house is, and know both my car and truck. I once tried to play hooky for the day. ha.

Comment: call terrorists deviants - solves problem (Score 1) 745

by peter303 (#32246748) Attached to: US Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Confinement
They werent going to release the most dangerous terrorists anyways. But they were catching a lot of flack for keeping them locked up without trials.
More difficult is the recent flurry of citizens or legal aliens engaging in terror plots. Are they treated the same as foreign agents?

Comment: Re:Hypochondria? (Score 2, Informative) 368

by RichardJenkins (#32246596) Attached to: Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

It would be nice with more refined diagnosis tools on the net tho; easily accessible and structured decision trees which can guide you through how to both rule in and rule out possibilities would make a good tool for both patients and doctors. Done correctly it could even cut down unnecessary doctors visits and/or increase chances of early discovery of some diseases.

The NHS has already produced a pretty good one. They also have a really good selection of information on their NHS Direct site, and a local rate national helpline to talk about general health related issues. Slightly more geekily, they have a Behind the headlines news site which gives the real science behind some of the more heinously bad medical reporting that some sections of the media engage in.

Plenty of controversy over nationalised healthcare systems: can't fault the NHS's online presence though, it's a real anomaly amongst Governmental efforts on the 'net.

Comment: Re:What's so bad about swearing, anyway? (Score 1) 698

by martyros (#32245860) Attached to: ACLU Sues To Protect Your Right To Swear

While words have power, there's some non-small number of folks who believe that words have intrinsic power. As in, for some reason, a particular combination of sounds has some inherent ability to produce effects.


Ask the opposite question: What's so good about swearing? Why do people do it? Why does it feel more powerful to say, "What the fuck is wrong with you?" than "What the heck is wrong with you?" Because those words are artifically endowed with power by society. If people didn't consider them "bad", there wouldn't be any particular reason to use them. When you swear, you demonstrate that you do think there's something special about the word, or you wouldn't use it.

If anything, sprinkling in illogical references sexual intercourse, body parts, and religious concepts to artificially increase the power of any sentence seems like "magical thinking" to me.

Comment: More screen = More resolution = Advantage. (Score 1) 138

by Zoson (#32245632) Attached to: AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential

No matter how big your TV, it's almost a certainty that 3x low res monitors would have more visual real-estate. More pixels.

You see more, you literally get a larger field of view.

You have a significant advantage if your resolution is higher and the game supports enhanced FOV. No TV, no matter how good, or no display no matter how big, can show you more.

Comment: Re:But if they just buy our software (Score 1) 388

by Bigjeff5 (#31365966) Attached to: Typical Windows User Patches Every 5 Days

Mod this man up.

Updates were annoying 10 years ago. Now any company that expects to make any money at all in the market has a decent update and patching system built in. Hell Microsoft gives one to you for free if you choose to use it (it's part of the MSI toolkit). If the user hasn't approved auto-updates, well they've asked for the harassment, now haven't they? Those probably aren't the users who will be going out and buying a mass auto-update software (that probably needs its own regular updates, to boot!).

The only exception I could see is where the misguided anti-Microsoft geek has helpfully chosen "Ask me before installing" for updates on his mom's Windows box "because, you know, like, Micro$haft updates break more than they fix, 'n stuff. M$ suuuuucks!!".

Then the machines are turned into zombies within six months, because vulnerabilities never get patched.

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