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Comment: Re:Fiddling while Rome burns? (Score 1) 236

by shutdown -p now (#49803413) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

So, instead of trying focus on what kind of user experience we're going to have (which sounds like they think the tablet interface is what people actually want for everything) ... and focusing on making all of that good and usable

Have you seen Win10 preview, or at least read some reviews and look at the screenshots? Because it is exactly what it is about... I mean, the most obvious change that you see once you install Win10 over Win8 is that the Start menu is back. Other changes include things like Metro apps actually running in resizable windows, and the "charm bar" is gone, and all the actions are integrated into the window title bar. Etc... basically, all things Metro are desktopified.

Comment: Re:Hilarious! (Score 1) 218

by circletimessquare (#49803299) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

you're changing the goalposts

we were talking about leaders of nations, and now you are talking about the unrelated honorific applied to sports stars

so if you're changing the subject, i'll take that as your intellectually dishonest way of conceding my point here

i'm glad i've been able to show you something about your world. it's ugly. it's unfortunate. but it's reality we have to deal with

Comment: Learn the lesson (Score 1) 304

by Opportunist (#49803173) Attached to: Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

Next time if you want to rip off people, swindle them out of their money, flaunt your condescendence towards the law and be a scourge of society, run a bank. Not only is it far more efficient than some petty drug dealing, it's also safer. The worst that can happen if things go wrong is that you get bailed out.

Comment: Re:And who's paying her now? (Score 1) 171

by Opportunist (#49803151) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

I stopped caring a while ago. Why should I? Most idiots don't care that they're being lied to. Those that do already noticed the same I did: It doesn't matter that you notice it. It's not like you can do anything about it.

Right now, I'm just sitting here, waiting for our economy to collapse in the vain hope that something better might emerge. I just don't really think there will be anything better. Different maybe, but better, hardly. Human won't change. And whether this or that asshole rules us, and this or that asshole lies to us, where's the difference? In the end it's like voting, you may only choose the person, group or entity that is given the right to fill their pockets at your expense. The option that you'd get someone who doesn't do it simply does not exist.

So apologies if I just sit here, relax and watch the world burn. Fighting windmills is more a pastime of the younger generations.

Comment: (Score 1) 104

Not zero, but yes, Russia is kinda lagging behind on these things. Not even just fancy stuff like thermal or NVD, but even just plain optics or red dot and holo sights (just for giggles, look up the battery life on red dot sights that are in service there, and compare to Aimpoint, or even the more expensive Chinese optics).

Comment: (Score 1) 104

Military grade thermal imaging of the sort on fighter jets or heat seeking missiles is not really the same as the consumer level junk you'd find on e-bay that people use to look for Sasquatch or find people in burning buildings

That's plainly not true. If you have around $5K, you can absolutely buy military grade thermal vision devices online, including eBay. Might not be the kind they put on fighter jets, exactly, but certainly the kind they issue to soldiers in the field.

Comment: Re:EU food ban? (Score 1) 84

hey expect it to be down to under $40B by the end of this year []. What they're going to do when it runs out, I have no clue

They'll start slashing welfare to stabilize the budget. That's why the rhetoric about how the evil West is once again trying to destroy Russia is still in full force... so that when they start starving the more vulnerable parts of the populace, there's an established external enemy to blame.

The other option? That would be war, the ultimate excuse.

Of course #1 does not preclude #2. It might just defer it.

Comment: Re:Troll v Troll (Score 1) 171

by shutdown -p now (#49802837) Attached to: Professional Internet Troll Sues Her Former Employer

It's not meant to be changing minds directly. It's meant to provide a display of purported majority backing the policies, so that people who are easily swayed by the "majority must be right" argument (which are plenty) have more incentive, and to scare the minority in opposition into silence.

Work without a vision is slavery, Vision without work is a pipe dream, But vision with work is the hope of the world.