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Comment: Re:Paid Advertisement (Score 1) 76 76

and I assert that without the competition of alternatives, IIS never would have been cleaned up as thoroughly as it is.

That's a pretty safe assertion for anyone who remembers how long IIS stagnated after Microsoft had successfully destroyed Netscape. You might recall that Microsoft did almost nothing with IIS for years until Firefox was a credible competitor. How long did it take Microsoft to implement tabbed browsing?

Comment: Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (Score 1) 481 481

The right wingers who aren't already unhappy about police abusing others will assume he had it coming.

True enough. The numbers of right wingers unhappy with the police abusing folk increases daily. I've seen it with my own eyes for years. Places where many years ago, you'd see knee-jerk support of police are becoming much more the opposite these days. I've talked with several cops about it, and they are completely clueless how they are percieved these days, even by folks they would normally consider their natual allies.

Many liberals also haven't noticed this shift. I've found it interesting to observe over the last decade.

Comment: HP3K (Score 1) 62 62

I downloaded the HP-3000 VM for VMWare about 6 months ago to check it out. It seems to work pretty much as expected. It really brought back some memories. Now, if they would include a copy of Warp from the CSL tape, it would really rock.

Someone had an HP-3000 online that you could telnet to and play Warp online a few years ago. I'd host one of those if I could get it working.

Central Plaza.
You are standing in what appears to be the central plaza
of a small seacoast resort. There is a large fountain in the
center of this square, and the plaza extends quite a distance
to both the north and south. You can see the ocean in the
distance to the west, and to the east there is a large
building on which there is a sign that reads "WARP BUILDING".

I can see the following:
Round Peg

>look at fountain
The fountain is obviously neglected, its bottom is covered with mud
and old leaves.

>get in fountain
That's not a vehicle!

>get peg
Round Peg taken.

>look at it
Round. Made of wood. Not very big.

Comment: Re: Anything but the number (Score 5, Insightful) 57 57

The layers of secrecy the government surrounds itself with these days is astounding. It gets continually worse every single year. A government that shrouds itself in such secrecy can scarcely call itself legitimate. There are legitimate reasons for secrcy, but we passed the bounds of reasonableness long, long ago.

Comment: Re:The Lonely Assassins (Score 1) 48 48

The only issue I had with the Weeping Angels is the part about them not moving so long as they are seen by any living creatures.

It would seem that birds, mice, rats, squirrels, etc would qualify as living creatures so when Rory and Amy were sent away, how could the last Angel have moved when presumably some other creatures was watching it?

Then there is the episode where the Statue of Liberty was a Weeping Angel. Are they really trying to say that noone was looking at it for long enough for it to swim across to land, and walk to where Rory and Amy were? The concept of the angels was cool, and the "Blink" episode is one of my favorites, but sometimes writers don't know when to stop.

Comment: Re:The cloud (Score 1) 387 387

But hey maybe I am odd, I don't say "don''t wear that" I say "don't forget your knife"

Because its true, she shouldn't ever have to use it, and I hope she never does.... but if it ever happens, I hope she spills entrails on the sidewalk.

100% agreement. Well said.

Comment: Re:And other stuff (Score 1) 378 378

Figured I'd respond to the AC in this little sub-thread just for the heck of it.

Somthing that I've found to be extraordinarily interesting over the years of watching the police state in America continually ratchet up their insanity, vindictiveness, and brutality is that it's being noticed in all quarters.

YOu see comments about the police killing chihuahuas on sites dedicated to political disccussion on both the left and right. Over the past ten years I've watched a major political discussion site on the conservaitive side go from having huge contingents of "cops can do no wrong" brigades, to those posters being a very, very tiny (though vocal) minority.

It has been fascinating to watch.

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol