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Comment Re:Your rights OFFLINE! (Score 1) 709

Or you could just punch them in the head- either way they'll get the message. It really depends on how much time to want to spend explaining the error of their ways. If you're in high school I would expect that all the talking in the world isn't going to teach you the lesson you should have already learned as eloquently as a right cross.

Comment Re:Not worth that much i guess (Score 4, Informative) 124

I totally agree. And even if someone is crazy enough to pay that much for sex.com, he's gonna have to know how to make money out of it. With all this free porn available on the net, anyone trying to make money out of porn will have more and more difficulties, except with VERY HARDCORE users who will always be willing to pay for higher quality videos, false interactions (sex chat) and all that stuff...

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 380

I doubt they asked, NHTSA did, and no I don't think toyota asked NHTSA either. I seriously doubt they are even helping. I even wondered when Toyota offered to rent the sw to NY to aid in the investigation, if they whipped a special version that checked
if(VIN==car in ny accident) { acceleratorPosition = down; brakePosition = notDepressed }

so that the sw would report driver error. But then, there goes the tin hat alert again.

Comment Re:Military use, ahoy! (Score 1) 586

War has fewer gray zones than the movies would have you believe. Trust me, you don't need a magnetic helmet to shoot, or shoot back, when you feel your life is in danger.

The only 'morally dubious' situations I ran across in Iraq look like child's play compared to what I have to deal with here in the real world. Over there, it's nature, red in tooth and claw- here, it's "I keep waiting for you to ask me how my day went"-type b.s., or deciding how to deal with a friend who screwed up at work (should I say something? If I don't, I'm implicitly condoning his behavior! If I say something to the boss, I'll be his enemy... If I just say something to him personally, he'll think I'm being condescending...)

When your life is not on the line, stuff gets complicated. War... war is not very complicated. Dulce bellum inexpertis.

-b

Comment Re:Who's blaming who here? (Score 1) 309

I couldn't agree more. I'm doiong the same thing. I used to buy alot of PC games, now I'm going all 360 since while the quality of the graphics isn't as good, it's better than screwing up my system with DRM. I also will never ever pre-order a game. They may want to put in DRM but there't at least one sale that they aren't assured of no matter how badly they perform. I'll bet if more folks refused to pre-order, they might think twice about assuming DRM was going to be OK.

Comment Re:If Windows 7 is as fast as they claim (Score 1) 392

"Sure we can derail the thread further and make other arguments but you won't be negating the original point at all, newer operating systems from Microsoft are almost always slower than the previous version, it's simple bloat."

This of course is nonsense. If you want to make an apples to apple comparison of XP and vista after installing XP install desktop search and windows defender (both are standard in vista), install your favorite antivirus software on both, and you'd have to turn off Aero on vista. You'll note that in both of your test hardware comparisons vista SP1 will benchmark faster or equal to the XP system. If you want to compare it the other way turn off desktop search in vista, turn off aero and disable defender. Again you'll find that in both cases vista sp1 will benchmark faster or equal. And if you really want to see the difference add any office apps you like and start timing how each system performs under load. There are some quite specific areas that XP still beats vista (copying files on the same disk XP, appears to do this alot faster for some reason), however transfer that same batch of files over the network and XP gets crushed (particulary when transfering to a linux or vista system).

You can call the extra features vista brings bloat, but, oddly enough, the users still want them (and those that don't can turn them off).

Comment college? huh? (Score 1) 918

I wouldn't bother with the CS degree, unless you actually need to learn about basic computer operations. You will get passed over by the 20 year old that's been coding flash sites for 5 years and is thinking about going to school. You will get passed over for anyone with actual experience in the field. A college degree is nice but certainly not what I am looking for in systems analysts, programmers, or helldesk operators. I'd suggest getting certified (either RHCE, CCNP or MCITP enterprise- whichever is your poison of choice) then getting an entry level job in the field. Then (if you choose) go to college part time.

Comment Re:Been following this for awhile. (Score 1) 1240

"Even though that's not really analogous to what happened, I would still be calling for the guilty officials to be hung from lamp posts in front of the school district headquarters and left to rot as a warning to others. The entire drug war is insane, precisely because it's used to justify crap like this.

A better analogy would be if she had been accused of what you said by a student who actually was caught dealing."

I wasn't trying to make an analogy. If you are saying that it doesn't matter what crime she was being searched for she shouldn't be stripsearched- that's one thing. If your saying that it would be OK if it wasn't for a drug violation that's another. If I understand you correctly you are trying to say that it doesn't matter what crime she was potentially committing. I disagree but I can see where that might be a reasonable standard. If, however, you think that one criminal should be searchd differently than another, then I'd say you do not believe in a fair justice system.

Comment hiring a recent college grad?? (Score 1) 1316

What development company would hire a recent college grad in the US for anything related to actually producing code? Give me the kid that spent the last 4 years trying to hack his 360 over the dope that actually got into debt to learn programming. Unless you've got some decent project work to go with your CS, I'd say prepare to start coding me up a big mac on that mac terminal you'll be standing in front of.

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