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Comment Re:Politically incorrect fact (Score 1) 156

Yes, but on 32-bit windows, there are other ways to run popular services (i.e. Netflix), but on Linux the only way I'm currently aware of is to run a full fledged Chrome (Chromium won't cut it) and have the libnssX libraries installed.

I just recently set up a laptop for a family member to do this. It runs 32-bit Mint and they stream to their TV via chromecast.

Comment The funny thing is (Score 1) 176

I've been thinking that sometime next year might be a good time to buy a VW. The more dirt that comes up, the worse their reputation.
This in turn will likely have a negative effect on sales unless they offer some good deals/price-reductions.
Along with that, the EPA and various others are going to be up their ass BIG TIME if they pull any more crap (and thus they have an incentive to be take extra care to toe the line in the next while).

Comment Freedom (Score 2) 317

And even that doesn't mean that *I* (or any other entity) need to retransmit your speech. It's just a guess, but if this were an Islamic or Jewish religious message I'd bet Mr Dawkins wouldn't have much to say about it being blocked.

NO religious or political messages is a reasonable policy so long as they don't start picking and choosing.

Personally of rather see no f***ing ads at all. In a theatre where I paid money to see a show, 10-15m of ads is disgusting.

Comment A "higher being" (Score 1) 728

Because when you claim to work for a "higher being" then you still get to claim some of the glory, while shifting the blame to "$deity works in mysterious ways" or "it is $deity's will". People will do a lot of terrible things in the name of a higher power that they might not for mere mortals, even though that where the actual message is coming from.

Look at all the idiots that supported miss "I've been divorced 3 times and cheated but marrying gays is against God's will"

Comment Re:NUKEM!! NUKEM NOW!! (Score 1) 728

Does anyone win when there's little left but a smoking hole in the ground? Even then there will probably be some people left over, and they're probably going to be feeling very angry towards your country. Bombing a hospital with civilians certainly didn't seem to win any points, and it's not like that's the only incident of collateral damage. Angry and hatred seem to a good foundation for recruiters of future terrorists. Hell now we have westerners flying off to join them...

Of course I'm not sure that my solution would be much better. When we catch the bastards, start sending them back minus a few important bits. It's not like they can respond more brutally than they already do. If they don't fear death, maybe we need to find something they do fear.

Comment Game chat (Score 5, Interesting) 202

Actually, game-chat would probably be a good (for them) way to hide certain types of planning. I'm not saying it's true, but for a modern shooter or perhaps FPS, they could simply substitute "game" targets for real-life ones, and otherwise the conversation might sound much you would hear in some games.

OK, so sneak your infiltrator into the enemy Science Centre. There will be about 3 guards in positions X, Y, and Z. Group B will take them out, then you delivery the package by 14:00. Meanwhile group C enter the mass relay by 13:50, and take out all present. Group A will attempt to take out enemy power infrastructure and cause confusion at 13:30.

Maybe some of it would sound like weird BS, but would *you* suspect that some of the weird guys in CoD were actually plotting nefarious things in real life? Some of the shit that trolls said might be a good cover too, as most sane people either mute them or just ignore it. As a mid-level gamer I'm not sure I could tell the difference between a real-life nutball and the online nutball variety.

Comment Lack of management (Score 1) 93

And in a lot of places, there's a lack of effective management because they've essentially been neutered, and are afraid to crack down on bad employees without a lot of history and an airtight place. This leads to places that end up with periodic "purges" because - short of getting caught pissing in the coffee pot - management is afraid to deal with employees f*** ups in the short term.

Unions sometimes exaggerate the problem (they do fix other issues) because their mandate has them defending some fairly vile/useless people because "everyone is equal". This screws other employees over doubly because
a) The shitty employee's lack of worth ethic and/or poor mannerisms negatively effect co-workers
b) The union is busy defending said shitty employee at the cost of time that could be dedicated to helping good employees

And yes, I've been in union leadership. Some people see unions as a big nebulous body but the fact is they're made up of people, and often have finite resources (manpower+funds) to deal with issues. Bad employees tie up those resources.

Comment Problem specific to certain areas? (Score 2) 289

When it comes down to the "women in tech" (not just coders) issue, I wonder if perhaps it's also partially constrained by area or market. Where I work, yes we do have somewhat more men in a sysadmin type role. However - in this and many of my previous jobs - female presence in management (and more specifically management of technical types) is actually fairly strong.

I actually had a short discussion with a female co-worker (also in IT, and she kicks ass) regarding the choice of the current Canadian government to deliberately fill cabinet to be "gender balanced". This is despite there being more male MP's etc. Basically, it's a kick in the head to the women who *DO* work hard and get their roles based on ability. I'm not saying that women should put up with sexism, unwanted advances, harassment, etc in the workplace, but whether you dimple or you dangle in the end it should be able ability and skills.

Artificial intelligence has the same relation to intelligence as artificial flowers have to flowers. -- David Parnas