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Comment: Re:Im all for human rights... (Score 1) 1482

by phlinn (#46639429) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
Not putting your stamp of approval on a couple is a non-action. Non-actions remain non-actions no matter how much some people want certain actions to occur to their benefit, and non-actions have no impact on anyone (their status before and after is identical). Government marriage rules are an explicit stamp of societal approval on whatever arrangements are included. As such, they are a matter of equal privileges not equal rights. The 14th amendment is still relevant in any case, it's only the rhetoric that many gay marriage supporters use that I object to, such as your comment here.

I'd rather the government get out of the marriage business altogether. Since I can't have that, I'll support gay marriage.

Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 4, Informative) 578

by phlinn (#46473341) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups
The Harvard study they relied on? It's crap. Note that even your link only claimed 57%. I would dispute whether that qualifies as a VAST majority.

The self reported figure from the study came in at 29%, which is probably a better number. The 62%, and even the 57% in your link rely on a very broad definition of medical bankruptcy. Some with $500,000 in other debt and $5,001 in medical debt shouldn't really count as a medical bankruptcy.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

by phlinn (#46457347) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I still consider my links to be valid examples of getting a gaming rig for less than the cost of a mac.

Since newegg combos are subject to link rot, for anyone reading this, the links were for a case, power supply, hard drive, motherboard, ram, processor combo. One was an A8 chip and the other was an A10.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

by phlinn (#46408957) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
1/3 is overstating the case. A lot of it is because Macs all include hardware that I couldn't care less about.

Let's take their cheapest offering, the $599 mac mini. Intel i5 2.5 ghz dual core, 500 GB hard drive, Intel HD graphics, 4 GB ram. This combo from newegg has better graphics (caveat: not familiar enough with intel HD graphics to be certain on this point, but I'd bet it's at least comparable), better hard drive, better processor for $303. Call it $403 once you add windows, so about 2/3. That's not necessarily the best one to use for comparison, just the first I came to. This one for instance is another $100, with a better processor and builtin graphics. If you don't think that qualifies as a gaming rig, throw on an actual graphics card to either combo and disable the onboard video.Might not be top end, but it should cover your gaming needs.

Comment: Re:Translation: Piss off, Peasants (Score 1) 245

by phlinn (#46286285) Attached to: White House Responds To Net Neutrality Petition
Honestly, the deficit was almost entirely a creation of the recession. There is no evidence that anything the federal government has done actually improved or worsened the overall economic situation. Whatever models they might use, the comparison of actual unemployment rates to their projections with and without the stimulus proves that their models are wrong. I suspect the stimulus and TARP actually slowed the rate of recovery, but it's not actually provable without an alternate reality to check it against.

It's almost always wrong to responsibility for the state of the economy to the president. Party in control of congress is generally a better target, with caveats.

I would take issue with your description of deregulation as the cause, but it's a long discussion. It's not worth the effort at this point in time, so I'll just note that what you said is a vast simplification. Trying to determine the causes seems to be a bit of a rorshach test.

Comment: Re:SLAPPed hard (Score 1) 393

by phlinn (#46090855) Attached to: Michael Mann Defamation Suit Against National Review Writer to Proceed
Do you have a cite for opposing counsel admitting it was false? Your cite to wottsupwiththat a couple of comments above does NOT provide any mention of this. Probably because it didn't happen except in your fevered imagination. Mann's counsel withdrew the claim in an amended complaint.

I'll state for the record that some of the skeptics did in fact assume that the certificate he had was false, but that was NOT the only source for the assertion that he claimed to be a Nobel Prize recipient. It's a stupid little detail the placed in his original defamation claim, and like or not stupid little details are important in the court. That doesn't make his entire claim false, but it shouldn't be that hard for you to admit that he presented a false claim. Hell, an argument that he didn't understand the distinction sounds plausible to me, except he's never acknowledge that it was a false claim as far as I can see.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner