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Comment Re: Sounds good to me (Score 1) 555

As for what a minority of people want. I don't give a flying fuck. That is what thermoses and microwaves are for. Still not good enough, brew your own fucking coffee.

Ah, I see. So when a minority of people wanted the right to vote, you wouldn't have given a flying fuck. When a minority of people want to get married, you wouldn't have given a flying fuck. See how this works?

Political definitions are terribly difficult to get right, but if pressed I'd have to identify myself as a "conservative with serious libertarian leanings" as a means of expressing my personal belief system. I happen to fully support the "minority rights" I detailed above in virtually every historical and contemporary sense they're commonly discussed. In other words, I believe in personal freedom, personal responsibility and letting others make their own choices, coupled with a healthy measure of attention to fiscal accountability at all levels of government.

I'll add in the fact that I have two daughters and a third child on the way. I also appreciate the value of firearms. Would you care to guess the best way to prevent accidents with guns in any given home? You might start by drilling it into your children that weapons are not toys, followed by careful instruction in their proper storage and operation. You might be amazed by the results. As for idiots who don't treat things that can harm them with extreme caution, well, this is called natural selection, and it's the way our species managed to get where it is today.

You sound like the sort of person who gets a hard-on at the mere thought of government pushing every citizen into nice, neat little boxes for their own good and that of their comrades, no matter how utterly fucking stupid they or their comrades may be in their failure to exercise due caution with materials that might just cause physical harm if improperly applied to human tissue.

In short, go fuck yourself, you asinine, jackboot licking little piece of shit.

Comment Re:OS X Upgrade Fear (Score 1) 362

A "one for one" copy means a "bit for bit" copy, as in the kind of images I routinely make of physical and virtual hard disks. This kind of copy isn't influenced by partitions or filesystems present on a disk. You get an exact replica of the disk in a file.

Comment Re:Idiocracy (Score 1) 628

Well, at least the United States, with our established accessory laws, hasn't quite risen to the level of prosecuting people for merely encouraging the commission of a crime. Otherwise, you could be just as well be fucked.

I'm trying to look on the bright side here. It's difficult, but I'm trying.

Comment Re:As usual. (Score 1) 622

I see what you did there. You changed the checkboxes to radio buttons, implying only one item may be chosen. That's funny.

I'd be more interested in observing people who selected both items. They might be okay with vaccinations, but are also preparing to do something fantastically interesting that results in their demise.

Comment Re:Tired... (Score 2) 80

The best part is that this isn't even a story. The linked post, in its entirety, is as follows:

I asked this on Facebook:

"Google would know and I'm afraid to ask her because she always says no, but did I just invent the term 'Peter Pinnacle?'"

Facebook friends assured me that I deserve the neologistic credit, whatever credit it might deserve, although there is apparently at least one person whose name is Peter Pinnacle. Sheesh.

So what does it mean?

It's a logical extension of the Peter Principle, meaning to get promoted so high and to be so unqualified for your job that the company tells you that you can name your price just to go away.

That's it. Nothing else. It's a blurb on a blog, not a story. This is an awesome example of /. editors not even bothering to click on a submission link before posting it to the home page.

Comment Re: SPOILERS (Score 1) 1233

The GP is correct; the claim wasn't that India is majority Muslim, merely that it has the third largest Muslim population on the planet. India does indeed have the third largest Muslim population in the world. As of 2010, there were 177,286,000 followers of Islam in India, which equated to approximately 10% of the planet's Muslim population.

Comment Re:As soon as the smart car counts as the driver (Score 1) 662

I will also add that in the next 50 days I am far more likely to get attacked by a tiger than in the past 50 days.... because I didn't get attacked by a tiger in the last 50 days.

Along with others in this thread, you've handily demonstrated your utter lack of understanding of probability. Unless your local tiger presence increases or you change other factors in your life to increase your likelihood of encountering a tiger above your present likelihood, your chances of being attacked by a tiger are no more and no less than they were yesterday.

If I were to toss a penny ten times and have it come up heads nine of those times, what are the odds of it coming up tails in the next toss? Unless I'm tossing an altered penny, the odds are 50/50 no matter how many times I toss it, and unless I subsequently alter the penny again and again between rounds of tosses, the odds don't vary between those rounds. Past tosses don't affect future tosses.

Please educate yourself.

Comment Re:not surprising (Score 1, Offtopic) 280

Oh heavens, it must be happening again. I'm obviously experiencing a relapse of those terrible hallucinations that have plagued me for years. Oddly enough, they seem to be at their worst when I'm at home. I've had visions of a beautiful woman in my house, with two beautiful little girls running around as well. I know, I should seek medical attention immediately, as this could be a sign of a serious condition. Speaking of conditions, my sense of reality is so distorted that I've come to believe my fictitious wife is pregnant with our third child! I've obviously taken a head first dive off the deep end.

Oh, wait, she's real after all. There she is, sitting on my couch, with her laptop running Debian 7, eating the steak I just cooked, wearing a shirt from my employer, grimacing at the thought of me putting this on Facebook. I guess I only stretched the truth a tad by putting it on /. instead.

Comment Re:Been doing it for 2 decades now - love it (Score 1) 114

Let's examine the sentence you're insisting on continuing to pick at:

I'm an iOS developer (and used to do OS X) who has worked at home for over 2 decades now

Where did the poster say he's spent his entire working life on OS X? 10.0 was released on March 24, 2001, which was over 12 years ago. He's an iOS developer now, has worked on Mac OS X in the past, and didn't say that was the only thing he's developed on in his entire life.

If we assume the poster entered the professional IT workforce at 22 and spent his first 3 years or so working conventional office jobs, adding 20 years of working remotely would make him 45 now. I've known plenty of guys who have spent over a decade working remotely (I've done the same thing off and on), and I'm 32. I've known other guys who kept part time coffee shop jobs and worked from home for other folks doing consulting for 40 hours a week. In light of all this, Nothing about anything the poster said seems unreasonable to me.

You probably thought your sarcasm came across as some kind of demonstration of wit. In truth, you just looked like a bit of an idiot, and you're entirely too old to be excused for acting like that.

Comment Re:nowadays (Score 1) 259

The obfuscation you've described is about as effective as a simple letter substitution cipher, given the fact that mapping relationships between entities and aggregating transaction data to discern correlated value flows between any number of points over time is far from an insurmountable task for anyone with adequate interest, programming skills, and access to a couple dozen dedicated CPU cores. I know this because it's something I'm working on now. Tumblers don't do what people think they do, at least not without actors performing the equivalent of a "buried treasure" routine wherein they abstain from ongoing transactions for several years. There's a ridiculous amount of signal in the noise.

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