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Comment: Re:Why Firefox pisses me off the least (Score 1) 135 135

by whathappenedtomonday (#50013651) Attached to: Chromecast Update Bringing Grief For Many Users

Opera [opera.com] which my oldest boy swears is the greatest thing ever (boy is he still pissed they quit using presto)

Don't recommend it. It all went down after they abandoned presto. Compared to the Opera I loved, the chromium version, to quote Dr. Cooper, sucks the big one. They even started rolling out silent updates, and the last one broke the bookmarks (they are gone -- you need to install a 3rd party extension to access your old bookmarks). Alienating their user base this way, they'll be gone sooner rather than later.

Comment: Re:Boo hoo... (Score 2) 812 812

In May 1862, Abraham Lincoln overturned an order issued by General David Hunter that would have freed every slave across vast swaths of the southern Atlantic coast.

That was after he was made president and 1 year into the civil war.

He is not the man you think he is and revising history to make him some grand savior is BS.

Comment: Re:Boo hoo... (Score 5, Informative) 812 812

Enemy oppressor?

Every slave ship sailing from Africa to the USA sailed under the US flag.
For over 100 years of slavery, it was all done under the US flag.

Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election, His name was not even on the ballot in 10 states. There were only 33 states at the time so close to 1/3 of the states did not have him on the ballot and he still won. That was the key that started the whole civil war! An election that even today would cause riots, to have a candidate win when he was not even on the ballot in 1/3 of the states!

Yes racial tensions were high and yes the south decided to make slavery a key point of there cause, but when the Civil war broke out it was not all about slavery. Abraham Lincoln himself was "Anti-Slavery" meaning against slavery's expansion, however he was not calling for immediate emancipation.

"I say that we must not interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists, because the constitution forbids it, and the general welfare does not require us to do so." -- Abraham Lincoln September 17, 1859: Speech at Cincinnati, Ohio

Comment: Re:What an amazing surprise! (Score 2) 181 181

by Anon-Admin (#49976237) Attached to: Study: Major ISPs Slowing Traffic Across the US

You must be a young kid. Im guessing you dont remember when Ma-Bell ran all the phones in the US and you paid $0.25 a min to call someone that was less than 30 miles away.

Tell me, how much does it cost to call someone 30, 50, or 100 miles away now? Oh wait, it is $0 a min. All from regulating Ma-Bell and having the markets opened.

Kind of killed Phreaking with $0 a min long distance. lol

Comment: Re:Say Good By to the Rainforests .... (Score 4, Interesting) 851 851

by Anon-Admin (#49923863) Attached to: FDA Bans Trans Fat

Take 2 tbl spoons of that bacon fat and put it in a pot. Heat it up and add dry rice to it then stir and cook tell the rice goes from white to a kind of translucent.

Add the water, bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and simmer for 20 min.

Rice turns out flaky and perfect with a hint of bacon flavor. Personally I love it for breakfast. 1cup of the rice and two eggs over easy on top. Great bacon flavor with my eggs and a whole lot less fat and calories.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reading (Score 1) 419 419

That's why there's the WHO link to put that into perspective, in case you didn't notice. All sources state that numbers are hard to come by and why. The OP stated "cool down, Fukushima blew up and nobody died!" and that is just ignorant. Never mind the source.

Comment: Re:Obligatory reading (Score 4) 419 419

After Chernobyl we heard the same predictions

I already said that "whether the estimate is correct or not, it will take decades" because of "the long latency period for some cancers. WHO said in 2005: "The total number of deaths already attributable to Chernobyl or expected in the future over the lifetime of emergency workers and local residents in the most contaminated areas is estimated to be about 4000." Again, the numbers do not matter, or that they only look at the "most contaminated areas" in their estimate. All I was saying was that it is too soon to talk about the death toll, because it will take decades of science to say anything meaningful. The OP argument was like "I locked up 10 people in an airtight room and they were all ok when I checked on them a minute later."

Comment: Re:Obligatory reading (Score 5, Informative) 419 419

While it is true that people are not dropping dead in the thousands due to Fukushima, I'll leave this to consider:

Estimate of Consequences from the Fukushima Disaster, Jirina Vitazkova and Errico Cazzoli, Nordic PSA Conference (nuclear utilities in Finland and Sweden), September 2011 (emphasis added): The results with respect to health effects show that within 80 years the number of victims of the Fukushima disaster can be expected to be AT LEAST in the range of 10,000 to 300,000 people in terms of deaths due to infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, genetic diseases, and cancers; and about the same number of sicknesses/syndromes needing prolonged hospitalization and health care are expected to occur. This estimates accounts only for the population already living at the time of the accident. A comparable number of excess deaths and sicknesses may be expected in the population that will be born in the period. In addition to these, more than 100,000 excess still-births and a comparable or larger number of excess children born with genetic deformations (e.g. Down syndrome) are expected [...]

Whether the estimate is correct or not, it will take decades before it's safe to say "a nuclear reactor that didn't kill anyone". The actual outcome will also largely depend on how well the Japanese authorities will handle the cleanup. Judge for yourself whether they've done a good job so far.

Comment: Re:Whats so repugnant? (Score 1) 183 183

Excuse me. You are from the country that "is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilization" (Wikipedia), and the best you can come up with is a Telly Savalas quote? Now, where to begin ...

Then again, Kojak was kinda cool back then.

Comment: Re:Free Speech (Score 3, Insightful) 180 180

by Anon-Admin (#49857377) Attached to: Anti-TPP Website Being Blacklisted

You may want to re-think your position.

The FCC redefined common Carrier to INCLUDE ISP's.

ISP's are defined as "an organization that provides services for accessing, using, or participating in the Internet."

I am sure Google and Google mail qualify under that definition, as would Facebook and Twitter.

Comment: Re:Interesting experiment but deeply flawed (Score 1) 59 59

Also, in some countries it's illegal to harvest power from ambient electromagnetic radiation, like GB as it says in the comments section here, in order to prevent people from leeching power off of power lines, antennas of radio stations and what have you. While that doesn't stop you from charging your AA batteries for free, you might have a hard time selling gear that relies on harvested power in these countries.

Comment: Governments of the World Agree: Encryption Must Di (Score 2, Insightful) 73 73

by Anon-Admin (#49843363) Attached to: US Office of Personnel Management Hacked Again

Government: Crap, we got hacked again. How are we supposed to protect our lists of security clearances and employee records? Its so confusing.

IT people of the wold collectively reply: ID10T Errors, you have to solve them first! Then you can protect your data.

Comment: Re:Leaders (Score 1) 110 110

You really think a small fraction of executives have IT Skills?

If there is a small fraction then it is so small as to be non-existent. The last executive I met who claimed IT skills kept coming down to the IT department and asking us to answer lists of questions, sometimes it was "Can I get someone to write a C++ program to do XYZ?" where XYZ had nothing to do with the job. Come to find out, he was working on a degree in CS and was having the IT group do his homework.

25 years in the field and I have yet to meet an executive with anything more than the basic windows user skills. The bulk of them consider dual core systems with 2gig of ram and 500g of hard drive space as "Top of the line Desktops"

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."