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Comment Re:Charges Only if You're A Citizen (Score 4, Insightful) 84

Your fault for Voting Republican/Democrat.

Honestly, Being in Congress should be by lottery and forced servitude. You cant get elected, it's a lottery and compulsory.. Dave Fox of 3124 Main Street, Chester,OH... YOU are the new congressional representative of your district for the next 2 years. An armed caravan will be there momentarily to pick you up.

It is the only way to keep it honest. Because voting for rich assholes is turning out to be a complete failure.

Comment Re:Just use Windows Backup (Score 1) 227

Windows backup *will* backup to drives larger than 3TBs - as long as they use the 512e advanced formatting where it logically uses 512 bytes allocation units but physically 4096 bytes units. The solution is to use the GPT (GUID Partition Table) format. This will work for Vista and up.

My god, it's so simple! Why would anyone ever use Linux, which is all hard and stuff?

Comment Re:Butthurt much? (Score 1) 111

How easily people forget that AWS is Amazon's excess server capacity.

Is this common knowledge? I've never heard this before. Do you have a source?

Vogels also noted that Amazon eats its own dog food. As of Nov. 10, 2010, all of the web traffic for Amazon.com is being served by Amazon Web Services, he said.[1]

[1] Miller, Rich. Amazon Cloud Now Stores 339 Billion Objects. Data Center Knowledge, June 22nd, 2011.

You might also like: to try using google before asking questions thus easily answered on slashdot.

Comment Re:DRM Hell (Score 2) 111

Since you and Netflix sold yours and everyone else rights and freedom away for a few convenient shitty movies, we will now have to deal with the introduction of hardware locked "trusted computing" phones, and software that requires it. I will certainly never purchase another Android device ever again.

This was bound to happen eventually. It's not just Netflix, it's also Amazon, which has consistently refused to bring AIS to anything but a handful of Google TV devices. And it will be coming to Apple devices sooner or later. Enjoy your Ubuntu phone, I guess.

Comment Re:Open Source (Score 4, Informative) 111

I can run Netflix on Windows XP in a VM on Linux. But I can't run Netflix on Windows XP in a VM on Windows XP. This tells me two things. One, the DRM actually kicked in there somehow. Two, it doesn't kick in reliably enough to be worth one tenth of one shit. If you can capture the video output from vmware, and you can, then you can capture netflix streams without anything exotic.

OTOH I haven't tried this experiment using a guest OS which supports vsync on Silverlight video, i.e. Vista or later

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 0) 221

No one has died as a result of the radiation from Fukushima to date

O RLY? Hey, this might not be Fukushima-related. But I had to dig to find that story, because of all the claims that people are linking to saying "no one has died because of Fukushima radiation" as if you could prove a negative. You can't, so you should just stop trying. We can't prove that an unexplained cancer is from Fukushima either, which is what you nuclear playboys depend upon. You can't track a particular cancer back to a particular carcinogen. Hundreds or thousands have to die before you will admit statistical significance.

Comment Re:50 bil? (Score 1) 221

As for the cost to clean up Fukushima? Can we PLEASE stop blaming nuclear power for what is in reality a case of corporate and government malfeasance please?

You're confused. No one is "blaming" "nuclear power". Nuclear power is just a technology. People are blaming humans for being too irresponsible to handle it. Individual humans might be sufficiently responsible, but the system is not designed so as to place them in control. It is only designed to self-perpetuate and to make some rich people richer. Given these facts, using nuclear power is irresponsible. If you have a proposal for a system which will cause nuclear power to only be used responsibly, I'm interested in hearing it.

It was SUPPOSED to have been shut down years ago, it wasn't, it was SUPPOSED to have been well maintained, it wasn't,

People left warnings as to where tsunamis had surged in the past and hoped they would be heeded, they weren't; the plant could have been built with elevated generators but they're ugly so it wasn't. The plant could have been sited somewhere else, but it wasn't.

It wasn't because humans are what they are and as long as they are then using nuclear power is irresponsible, because humans are irresponsible.

If you want us to get off fossil fuels there is really only ONE choice and that is nuclear,

Poppycock.

none of the renewables are capable of even scaling up to what we are using now,

It doesn't make any sense to have all this shit on this mudball at all. We have sufficient space and robotics technology to begin to move heavy manufacturing into space where it won't bother anyone and refuse is easy to dispose of. But because the entrenched powers are profiting from raping the biosphere, nothing is changing. Again, because of human nature — there's a lot more of us than there are of them, but we're fighting amongst ourselves instead of uniting to kick out the pricks.

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 5, Interesting) 362

At least one such NSA employee will be reading this, and their conscience will twinge, just for a second.

No, no it won't. Cognitive dissonance will prevent it. They have convinced themselves that they are good people on no basis whatsoever, and in order to protect that belief they will convince themselves that there is no way to achieve their goal but to ride roughshod over the constitution. Then they'll tell themselves that it's OK to violate the constitution as long as you're doing it to protect the constitution. Unfortunately, holding such a clearly contradictory belief is a kind of insanity.

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