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Comment Re:Septins are to Antibiotics as IPv6 is to IPv4 (Score 1, Informative) 73

We the ppl control the government. We get to elect our representatives, or use direct methods such as referendums.

That's what they'd like you to think. Dictators love elections.

It doesn't matter who's in control. If they get too powerful, it's time to think twice about the situation. And guess where we're at now?

Comment Is this a joke? (Score 1) 839

It's broken because last year I was spending over $90/month for all of a few channels... and then only a few programs on those channels. Why on earth would I do that? It's like paying for a whole cupcake when all you do is eat the sprinkles. And an overpriced cupcake at that!

I don't give a shit who said "TV is a passive experience", because that's not the way many of us want it to be 100% of the time. I want content I pay for. I want to be able to look for it in an engaging way without channel surfing. And, the technology has come to a point where we are able to get the content on the spot without futzing around with crappy DVRs. It opens up new worlds and possibilities. Suddenly, content publishers don't need (or they shouldn't anyway) extensive contracts and agreements with broadcasters just to get their stuff on the air. Suddenly, publishers can be in more control and get a bigger cut... and probably with less ads. Everybody wins. Maybe this way we'll get something worth watching instead of Ghost Hunters 47, season 15 of survivor, or the next "reality" TV show following the latest waste of space that calls themselves a celebrity.

My question is: what the hell isn't wrong with TV as it is now?

Comment Re:it started in 2005 (Score 1) 357

They've been trying to add romantic interest since the 2005 reboot. Look at Rose. And Amy. And River. And...

Bah. Rose was the only one with a continual and clear vibe of that. Amy only gave that vibe at the beginning of her reign. Amy and Rory together as Doctor companions I thought was refreshing, and it took away most of what some would call sexual tension between Amy and the Doctor (could you blame him anyway? Ow!). You also had Martha, who I didn't get much of that vibe from (she seemed more interested in the discovery and adventure), and then you have Donna, who gave him constant servings of his own shit. That and the total lack of interest between Donna and the Doctor is why the Doctor liked her so much as a companion.

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 254

Guessing he's a vegan with an agenda. Probably make a good study case for a paper on meatless diets increasing bad decision making.

I mean really, they already made the huge mistake of giving up tasty animal flesh, someone should study what other bad decisions vegans make.

Well, eating too much meat can constipate you. Then you go off to the john and spend a lot of time in there, which makes people think you don't want to spend time with them.

Similarly, eating too much fiber (aka - fruit) can give you a bad case of the runs, and the end result is the same.

Comment Re:Piss off, Shuttleworth (Score 1) 798

The fact that so many people are excusing this confirms to me my suspicion that this sort of behaviour is widespread in the Linux "community". And it makes me glad I'm not part of it.

Funnily enough when people pay for software they have more respect for it and the developers.

Based on what evidence exactly?

Power

Belgium To Give Up Nuclear Power 298

AmiMoJo writes "Belgium's political parties have reached a conditional agreement to shut down the country's two remaining nuclear power stations. Older reactors will be decommissioned by 2015, with the final closures happening before 2025. The exit is conditional on alternatives being available. 'If it turns out we won't face shortages and prices would not skyrocket, we intend to stick to the nuclear exit law of 2003,' a spokeswoman for Belgium's energy and climate ministry said."
United States

US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote 735

gzipped_tar writes "The U.S. withdrew funding after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Palestine membership vote yesterday. The decision was triggered by a 1994 US law that requires financial ties to be cut with any UN agency that accords the Palestinians full membership. As Palestine actively pursues entrance to other UN agencies, the defunding list could grow. Interestingly, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) could also be among Palestine's next target, and U.S. is the big supporter of WIPO. A much more disturbing scenario is Palestine joining the International Atomic Energy Agency, cutting American funding to the organization that monitors nuclear proliferation in states like Iran."

Comment Re:Piss off, Shuttleworth (Score 1) 798

Listen, just because it's free doesn't mean we can't voice an opinion. That argument is just as bad as saying "If you have nothing to hide, then surely you won't mind the cops rummaging through your stuff for no reason." There's nothing wrong with saying we don't like it.

No, but there's everything wrong with abusing the people who are giving you the free stuff. It's the not so fine line between giving constructive criticism and being an ungrateful asshole.

Touche.

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