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Comment: Quite obviously. . . (Score 1) 36

by smooth wombat (#47559183) Attached to: Better Living Through Data

this person had nothing better to do with their life, no outside activities to occupy their time, no significant (or insignificant) other to fool around with, or anything else that "normal" people would do.

Clearly they are so bored and don't have enough work to do that they had to find something to occupy their life.

Congratulations! You are the shining example of someone living in their parents basement.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1, Insightful) 703

by smooth wombat (#47557509) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
If Gazans disarmed then Israel would have absolutely no grounds to strike it

Thank you for pointing out the hypocrisy of the situation. People who are under occupation, subject to the whims of a foreign country are supposed to roll over and play dead and cannot, in any way shape or form, defend themselves or retaliate against their oppressors.

Funny I didn't see the Jews in Warsaw roll over and play dead, I didn't see the Jews before the creation of Israel roll over and play dead under British rule. Apparently everyone else is supposed to roll over and play dead except Israelis who are the poor, oppressed people and so should be able to defend themselves.

Again, thank you for the hypocritical stance.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 0, Redundant) 703

by smooth wombat (#47556905) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
So what do you think should be Israel's response to the constant bombing of their country?

So what do you think should Palestine's response to the constant checkpoints, blockading of their ports, airport and border crossings, as well as the occupation and continued confiscation of their land by Israel should be?

See the problem? One side says, "Look! See how evil they are. They [insert some random nonsense]. That is why we do what we do."

Then the other side says, "See! See how they are. They [insert some random nonsense]. That is why we do what we do."

The fact is, Israel has two parties as part of its government who are just as hellbent on the destruction of Palestine and the removal of all Palestinians from Israel and the land they want to confiscate as those who claim Hamas wants to do the same to Israel, YET no one has a problem with these de facto terrorist groups being part of the Israeli government. It's only when Hamas gets its voice in the Palestinian government that people have a problem.

The double standard is truly staggering when you consider Israel was South Africa's lone partner during the Apartheid regime, and it, Israel, learned well from those policies, policies which it now implements with impunity because its lobby has bought and paid for the the U.S. Congress to do its bidding, regardless of what happens.

So when you say what should Israel's response to X be, turn it around and ask the same of what Palestine's response should be to Y. You'll never hear any Israeli spokesperson answer the question, "What would you do if you had to live under the same conditions" because to do so would expose the hypocrisy of their position.

Comment: This explains a lot (Score 5, Insightful) 485

No wonder there's so much shitty software being thrown out. People are too stoned or drugged up to have any idea of what they're doing and as a result we get crap such as Windows 8 or the near-monthly Facebook "updates".

But hey, drugs are cool and in no way should the deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peaches Geldoff, Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger, Dee Dee Ramone and a whole slew of other folks who felt being high was so great that they didn't care if they killed themselves in the process.

Unfortunately we'll have to keep hearing about how poor [insert name] died, how they were a good person and blah, blah, blah.

Fuck that. You think drugs are cool and being high is the thing to do, go for it. Just don't expect the rest of us to give a shit when you're found face down in your home.

Comment: Re:There would have been one nice side effect (Score 1) 212

Maybe, maybe not. We know that companies, such as electrical suppliers, have extra equipment lying around for general maintenance and upgrade. Also, the people who manufacture these products have supplies on hand.

While it would be tedious, you would use this spare equipment to repair the most critical connections (from power plant to factories), thus enabling you to begin resupplying everyone else.

I'm not trying to minimize the nightmare scenario of getting things back up and running, only pointing out the path to get us there.

Comment: There would have been one nice side effect (Score 0) 212

ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast would have been forced to upgrade their equipment which means some of the bottlenecks that currently exist wouldn't exist afterwards (though let's be honest, they will find some other excuse to keep speeds slow).

And yes, this is a Broken Window-type fallacy though in this case, it wasn't deliberate.

Also, there would be a temporary boost in productivity and spending as all this equipment, in general, is replaced though whether that would offset the loss of productivity and people having nervous breakdowns because of their Pavlovian need to check their email and texts every ten seconds is debatable.

Comment: I'm confused (Score 2) 198

Aren't these two states, Tennessee and North Carolina, states who routinely harp on federal government interference in states rights?

Now they're asking the federal government to override what their own state governments have said.

Reminds me of Texas where that company blew up because they were storing exorbitant amounts of explosive materials and which had never bothered to be regulated because, you know, regulations are evil. Once the place blew up, Gov. Perry says "Texans take care of their own" then proceeded to whine how their request for federal disaster aid was (initially) rejected.

It would be nice if people had some sort of internal consistency. Either the federal government is too big and needs to stop weedling into state government, or it's not.

I can't wait to hear how those who say there is no need for net neutrality will react to their own states asking for just that.

Comment: Re:name and location tweeted... (Score 5, Informative) 877

Also, what type of asshole employee would separate a man from his two young children?

Here's the part most stories won't include about this incident. The father was an A passenger meaning he gets to board first. Southwest also has B and C classifications.

Someone called in to the talk show I was listening who was also an A passenger and explained the complete process. A passengers board first, then B and C. However, since the person had children, despite his A status, he would have boarded between the A and B groups. That is Southwest policy and has been since whenever.

This person attempted to circumvent the established policy by trying to pull a "Do you know who I am?" deal. All he had to do was wait for the A group to board then he could have boarded with his children.

Instead, he was an ass and publicly gave the name of a worker who was doing what company policy was, though she probably should have explained the policy since obviously this guy didn't know, or didn't care, what it was.

So there you have it. Asshole thinks they're someone important and tries to jump the line ends up being shown the door for his stupidity and whininess.

Comment: Yeah right, "diability claims" (Score 2, Interesting) 142

How man of us have either seen commercials or heard about lawyers colluding with doctors to get people to claim "disability" with the SSA even when they have nothing wrong with them?

This is definitely one of those programs which needs heavy monitoring to weed out waste and fraud, along with military procurement.

True story along the same lines. My dad had to appear in court regarding a disability (non SSA) claim one of the company employees claimed they had and why they couldn't come back to work.

During testimony, a video was shown of this person, who claimed they injured their back, lifting bags of cement over his shoulder and climbing up a ladder to do work. Obviously his claims were rejected and he was fired, but I'm sure we can find thousands of people on SSA "disability" who are doing the same thing.

Comment: Re:Mostly done by 1985... (Score 4, Insightful) 225

by smooth wombat (#47524095) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists
there was always a tiny but measurable probability that trapped light and thus information could escape.

Isn't that the same thing as Hawking Radiation? I'm sure Dr. Hawking proposed and submitted work explaining the same thing.

In fact, here is what I am talking about.

Comment: Re:now! (Score 1) 701

by smooth wombat (#47515233) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Windows 7 is notorious for always preparing to do something.

Preparing to download updates.

Preparing to install updates.

Preparing to restart machine.

Preparing to remove device.

Preparing to install device.

JFC! Just do it already. Stop preparing.

This is one of the most stark contrasts between XP and 7. XP didn't waste time preparing to do something, it just did it. In 7 you might as well go get lunch because it takes so long to do anything (or find anything for that matter because things are deliberately hidden.)

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw