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Comment: Re:How does the current POTUS fair ... (Score 3, Interesting) 234

by stoploss (#47520167) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

That's a Stanley Kubrick kind of question and I can picture something of a Kubrickian rendition of an answer...

Kubrick? I'm thinking this is more of a David Lynch work, presuming we're constraining ourselves to use film analogies. Otherwise, this is effectively the definition of Kafkaesque.

Comment: Re:Is anyone left to care? (Score 3) 186

by stoploss (#47516701) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

"Living 4 years ago" is a claim that's incompatible with you referencing features that aren't officially released yet. Thanks to your flame I actually googled again about it, and like the past 7 years I have checked, there are "plans" to multiprocess Firefox.

However, multiple process Firefox doesn't actually exist in practice yet. Go ahead and enable your multiprocess flags in about:config. Spawn a bunch of tabs and windows and admire the "pretty underlining" on the tab titles. Now check your task manager and count the number of Firefox instances. What's that, you say? There's only one?

Now kill the single Firefox process that's there and see how many FF windows stay open. Zero is the answer.


Instead of astroturfing for FF, perhaps you should sit down at your desk at Mozilla and get back to coding your has-been product.

Comment: Re:Is anyone left to care? (Score 2) 186

by stoploss (#47515601) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

I may have control over this plugin, but I don't have control over my whole browsing experience the way that I did 8 versions ago.

AKA "last month". Mozilla really lost the community's goodwill with that move. There was no compelling rationale to support FF after that. Their insistence on using a single-process model really destabilizes their browser, for example. Every release seems to remove functionality or force you to change the way you use the browser in ways you don't want. It's like they hired Gnome 3/Unity/Windows Metro program managers and asked them how best to fuck up their main product.

Thanks to this change to their support model I relegated FF to rare use when I need to check to confirm if another browser is being flaky or if the site itself is to blame.

Comment: Re:This is bad (Score 1) 238

by stoploss (#47463739) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

"Fallacies (sic) logic and inaccurate claims"? Geekoid, I suggest you consider your own self-referential sig regarding the Dunning-Kruger effect, as once again it applies to your own posted content.

I hope that was sufficiently clear to get through your addled mind.

I can perceive why you might seek out others who are discussing matters logically, as observing those people may allow you to someday learn how to engage in logical discussion yourself.

Comment: Re:This is bad (Score 1) 238

by stoploss (#47463227) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

having to use real names has made it far less trollish then other places.

Enjoy yourself over there with the other people like you. Personally, I don't perceive why you would be trolled when you can just make an insular group of associates and block everyone else.

FWIW, I don't think that having your identity known by others has influenced you to dial back your trolling on this site. Then again, given that it's you, I'm not surprised that you prefer a highly structured social construct with many regulations.

Comment: Re:Useless coins (Score 1) 753

by stoploss (#47446827) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Just an FYI, all those stamps you buy from the APC kiosk at a Post Office have unique serial numbers printed on them and are linked to your credit card and photograph. Couple that with the Mail Covers program the USPS has been running for the government since the 70's, and they know exactly to whom you are mailing that stamped letter (you know, because they literally log every single one of them).

Just look at the QR code-looking eIndicia barcodes on the stamps. Postal documentation indicates they are unique, but each APC printed stamp is obviously different upon close visual inspection.

Oh, and try covering that black plastic window by the keypad when you're using the APC... it will give you a nonspecific error message when you try to complete the transaction if you do that. It wants your photo for the log.

Buy your stamps from the counter or the grocery store.

Comment: Re:Congrats! (Score 1) 381

by stoploss (#47439881) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

My wife bought me my dream watch: a Citizen solar powered watch with auto synch with the atomic clock service. I have wanted atomic time synch in a watch since 1996, but only recently found this one.

It's nice that it has a sapphire face, because I want this thing to last me for 20 years and my old watch's face got rather scratched.

My perspective is that if the primary reason one is excited about a possession is its features and capabilities, then it's not a status symbol. It may be a luxury, of course. If this watch is still working/synching in 20 years, I will probably be as happy with it as the day I got it. Happier, probably, because I like durable and reliable possessions.

You know, I have never discussed my watch with anyone in person. Perhaps others who have the same watch are treating it as a status symbol. Maybe it is to them.

Comment: Re:too bad for the FTC (Score 1) 47

by stoploss (#47430879) Attached to: FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

Don't they have this right under the "Commerce Clause". [which is indeed known to have been abused, but still]

Your opinion, publicly stated, might negatively affect commerce, which could have ripple effects in the economy of another state. Ergo, your ability to state your opinion publicly is regulable under the commerce clause. Don't worry: you're free to express your ideas in your mind, so long as you do not communicate them to anyone else in any form.

This line of reasoning is consistent with the Supreme Court's ruling in Gonzalez v Raich, Wickard v Filburn, et al.

The Commerce Clause has been blatantly twisted into an unconstitutional interpretation. They baldly lie and say it means something it clearly does not (remember, those decisions I cited defined commerce as including "not commerce"). Once you assert B AND NOT B == TRUE, then you can apply this logical fault to reason to any conclusion you wish.

So, to answer your question: yes, they assert they have this power under the constitution (technically, it's improper to say the government has "rights").

It might even be one of those rare constitutional applications of federal enumerated powers if it were limited to interstate commerce, but we all know that's not the case.

Comment: Re:They have a great fab process (Score 3, Funny) 502

Don't forget the RF shielded optical fiber interconnects, for true fidelity at high frequencies, and a mellow bass.

Old and busted. I don't know how you can tolerate listening to the harshness and small sound stage caused by RF shielded optical fiber interconnects that aren't impedance matched as well.

Comment: Re:Well done everybody (Score 1) 104

by stoploss (#47404539) Attached to: ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

... on completely missing the point. This project is about testing autonomous visual landing site selection and guidance, NOT proposing that quadcopters can fly on Mars. To be fair, the linked article isn't especially clear on that point either.

To be fair, the ESA's own site insinuates that this project is a quadcopter for Mars.

"The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface."

Comment: Re:all for ending subsidies (Score 0) 385

every time someone tries to use that term they start claiming things like military spending, business expenses, etc.

Precisely. Don't simply accept their disingenuous talking points. The "subsidies" for fossil fuels are a lie. These people include things like "the cost of road congestion" when they are fabricating their claims.

They refuse to honestly report the direct subsidies to fossil fuels, because their imaginary number is close to $2 trillion per annum, whereas the actual amount is many orders of magnitude less.

Read the IMF's "fossil fuel subsidies" definition and decide for yourself.

Comment: Re:Gee Catholic judges (Score 1) 1330

by stoploss (#47386455) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

You fail reading comprehension.

I swear, I don't understand how people can miss the first sentence of a post and then draw conclusions that blatantly contradict that.

In case you missed the first sentence of the post (again): you fail reading comprehension.

You have an interesting set of definitions, though. If W changed none of his politics, but he officially joined the Democratic party and became a card-carrying Democrat (again, while retaining his well-loved-by-liberals neoconservative values), apparently you would allege No True Scotsman if I claimed he wasn't a Democrat.

Bloomberg was alleged to be a RINO (a term which people here claimed is a No True Scotsman fallacy). Turns out, he wasn't actually a Republican after all.

Oh, hey, in case you missed it before: you fail reading comprehension. I specifically said I wasn't debating Sotomayor's claim of being Catholic.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"