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Comment: Re:sigh. bailing wire? (Score 1) 293

by drinkypoo (#47557139) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

The funny thing from my view is we never called it "baling wire", or "baling (anything else)". When we opened a bale of hay, we cut the binders twine that held it together.

I buy spools of what we call tie wire from the hardware store, it appears to be steel wire P in O (pickled in oil) which is stored in oiled paper. A lot of people might call that baling wire, but I'm not baling anything.

Comment: Re:Might fine police work there, Lou! (Score 1) 106

by drinkypoo (#47557007) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

Would you care to respond to that, or would you prefer to latch on to a typo somewhere in this post?

Well, you're right, I was in full dick mode. I'm even sorry about it, albeit admittedly only slightly. I apologize for how, but not what I said. Yeah well, that's the best you're getting out of me this morning.

Nobody expects the piracy sites to be legit. But a lot of people think that there are so many of them that their activity can go unnoticed. Those people are about to get an awakening, if they even take the banners seriously.

Comment: Re:Might fine police work there, Lou! (Score 2) 106

by drinkypoo (#47556511) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

No one confuses Rapidshare for BMG's official site. People go there specifically to download pirated content, full stop. Seeing police ads might scare a few people with the paranoia of thinking "the man" has caught them, but the other 99% of visitors will just thank the police for subsidizing their favorite warez sites.

I know that this is slashdot, and that you therefore feel justified in being an ignorant idiot and spouting off without RTFAing, and you're in quite a bit of company: lots of other idiots are saying the same stupid shit you're saying. But the article makes it clear that "Neither the police or Project Sunblock are paying the website in question to display the police message". They're just suppressing the banner display, and displaying a police message instead.

Truly pathetic, Boys in Blue (Hmm, do Bobbies wear blue?)

Pathetic is deciding you know how the system works without R'ing TFA, and as a result, being a F'n I.

BRILLIANT!

Said no one about you ever.

Comment: Re:Smokers (Score 1) 129

by drinkypoo (#47556485) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

same as car and motorcycle drivers,

The argument is that it causes unforeseen health complications, not that it is dangerous. Since the great streetcar scandal, Americans have had literally two choices: own a car, or be left behind economically.

factory workers and owners,

Which provide substantial benefit to others.

smartphone and computer users,

What? You are no longer in left field. You have left the ballpark.

meat and processed food consumers, etc., right?

There is no evidence that eating meat is bad for you, and in fact eating only meat and vegetables has been shown to have immense benefits for some people. Now you've gone from standing outside the ballpark to just being a fucking idiot.

Not all processed foods are evil, although that's the way to bet. But our government has told us to eat them, essentially, so they (we) are on the hook for that one. When it's had anything to say about it at all, the government has told us not to smoke.

Comment: Re:my mother quit when she was pregnant (Score 1) 129

by drinkypoo (#47556461) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

When "the rabbit died" she quit until after I stopped nursing.

Yeah, I got the same treatment. But all that means is that we "only" were at developmental risk due to smoking during the first, and most important phase of the pregnancy.

I see pregnant women today smoking and just shake my head. Oh well, it's a free country...even if you aren't quite so smart.

It is not and never has been a free country, the government was designed by a bunch of rich white men who wanted to retain control of it after all. That's why they left themselves various loopholes.

Comment: Re:ANY stress "alters the DNA" of a fetus. (Score 1) 129

by drinkypoo (#47556429) Attached to: Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

On the other hand, even if we get the current obesity epidemic under control, or even reverse it, we're going to be feeling the effects for, literally, generations. Sins of the parents, indeed...

That is not the "on the other hand" takeaway for me. The takeaway is that smoking or sucking second-hand smoke during pregnancy is child abuse. I got both; my mom smoked until she found out she was pregnant, while she was trying to get pregnant, and my father never stopped up until his fairly recent death, and supposedly regularly smoked around my pregnant mother (I wasn't there, and she lies to herself regularly, so I can't really trust what she says either.) In spite of there being no family history of it, I have fairly serious activity-induced bronchial asthma.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 183

by Kjella (#47556405) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

There is no right to a game designed the way you would want to design it. Your right is to vote with your wallets.

Until we decide that there is because we vote with our votes. For example the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act regulates how you can provide consumer warranties. If we wanted to ban certain DRM behaviors or even ban it entirely, we could do that. There's a difference between free market capitalism (equal opportunity for companies to provide competing products) and laissez-faire capitalism (companies can do anything and consumers will weed out bad behavior).

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 106

by demachina (#47553681) Attached to: SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

Didn't say it was. I just said NASA should abandon it to whomever wants to pay to keep it operating. Prettty sure its past its original end of life anyway which I think was 2010.

If Russia doesn't want to play nice, or pay to run it themselves, I doubt ESA, Canada or Japan will be able to keep it going if the U.S. pulls out.

Comment: Re:What?!? (Score 1) 875

Yes, it's legal. But, Southwest's Contract of Carriage lists 13 reasons that boarding can be denied. "We disagree with you" isn't on the list. So, they violated their own contract and they owe the passenger between 200 and 400 percent of the fare, depending on how late he gets to his destination.

Comment: Re:Technical Merit really overrated (Score 1) 678

by drinkypoo (#47549911) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

No... ISA was a pretty shitty bus even in it's day. Compare to Zorro in the Amiga, which was fully plug and play from the outset.

Yeah, hindsight is fun. Since Zorro is four years (and change) newer than the ISA bus, there was plenty of it to go around when it was created.

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 492

But nooo, let's not let it go, hurrah, time to rub this in a whole nation's face! said the Jewish Association.

Wah wah wah. Oh no, let's not have this rubbed in our faces. As long as a nation is still producing holocaust deniers, it badly needs some face-rubbing. Nobody really cares if you will feel defensive.

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