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Comment: Re:That is _not_ an organ (Score 1) 65

by aardvarkjoe (#49751859) Attached to: Musical Organ Created From 49 Floppy Disk Drives

"Organ[o]" is a Greek word meaning "Instrument" and, in Greek, a "musical organ" can be any "musical instrument"

Which might be relevant if we were speaking Greek rather than English.

More relevant is that "organ" is used to refer to a lot of keyboard instruments that are intended to imitate (to some extent) the sound of a pipe organ. Whether or not this particular instrument falls into that category or not is probably largely a matter of opinion.

Comment: Re:All using ancient devices (Score 1) 79

by caseih (#49750285) Attached to: Factory Reset On Millions of Android Devices Doesn't Wipe Storage

Meh. Android 4.4 broke SD cards completely. My phone runs android 4.2, and it works, so I don't want to mess with it. I think that's how a lot of people are, despite security bug risks. I like Android in general but there's a lot I don't like. One of them is that updates are dependent on the vendor. The other is the murky world of semi-legal firmware distributions that rely on crappy forums for developer interaction with no public version control, no nice spots for download. Who knows what's in Joe's firmware posted on some random forum post? Leaves a bad taste in my mouth the way most android development is done.

Comment: Re:why is that the question? (Score 5, Insightful) 298

by grcumb (#49748461) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

But if that attention does not lead to action it didn't accomplish anything in the end.

Not to put too fine a point on it, the lack of action is your fault, not Rand Paul's. He's more than done his part. He's offered a rallying point for anyone who cares about the issue, and he's elucidated in the most detailed way possible just what the hazards are. He's actually stopped the machine for a moment, and all you can manage is to diss him for too little, too late?

Look, I don't even like the guy. He stands for a lot of things that I fundamentally oppose. But I respect him. At least he is willing to do politics using the machine the way it was designed, rather than breaking it further—which is what the rest of the right-wing establishment seems to want to do.

Rand Paul is someone I feel I could reason with on most matters. I can't say that of most other politicians. And the fact that you're damning him with faint praise is actually enabling the others and contributing to the sense of futility that pervades so much of modern political discourse today.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 3, Insightful) 298

by PopeRatzo (#49748355) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

How exactly would raising funds for his political campaign help him personally?

He can donate the money to his Rand PAC ( or just let it sit there for future elections. He becomes more influential by virtue of that money. He can use it to generate support for a bid for certain Senate committee positions. When you have money to distribute to other political purposes, you have the juice that creates power. Most important, he can do what his father did and just make personal money by selling his campaign donor mailing list.

Did you know even retired politicians can keep their campaign fundraising going? They can keep fundraising even after retired and can use that money for other politicians political purposes.

Comment: Re:Thank you - just PR for his presidential run. (Score 1) 298

by PopeRatzo (#49748269) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

There are PODCASTS with larger audiences than MSNBC, dude.

Now that you mention it, Rand Paul's filibuster made it to MSNBC, too.

He got his facetime on the TV and that's all that matters.

[note: Rand Paul's filibuster is actually the lead story on right now]

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 1) 298

by PopeRatzo (#49748211) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

The only problem with this story is that pandering to "bitcoin dudebros" is widely known to not be a way to electoral success, and if Paul is really just a shrewd grifter that you paint him, he knows that, as well.

Paul doesn't expect electoral success at the Presidential level. He expects fund-raising success.

Think for a minute of all the presidential candidates who know they're not going to win the nomination, but realize that a lucrative donor list is the next best thing. Rand Paul is one of those. He's building a nice packet for the future.

Comment: Re:More than PR (Score 0) 298

by PopeRatzo (#49747971) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

So while of course some element of it is PR, that is not the core reason as to why he did this.

And you know this how?

You can recognize a public figure's cult status when their followers start to claim they know what's in his heart and mind.

Rand Paul is a grandstander in the Barack Obama mold. He is sound and fury signifies fuck-all but lip-service to a dimwitted ideology that I wonder if he even believes. It's almost as if some consultant told him that the only demographic where he has a chance is bitcoin dudebros and so he has these little events to check off the box.

There is one way to find out if a man is honest -- ask him. If he says "Yes" you know he is crooked. -- Groucho Marx