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Comment Re:The cop committed perjury or he's very bad at m (Score 1) 526

Especially when all that generalization really amounts to is nothing more than insulting people who risk their lives to protect you so you can continue to be a dick who doesn't have a clue.

No cop has ever (and likely never will) "risked his life to protect me" unless he happens to be my uncle. In fact, it's been repeatedly confirmed as a matter of law that they are not -- and cannot be -- EXPECTED to do so. It's "not their job."

Comment Re:Ubuntu... (Score 1) 269

However NetworkManager and PulseAudio are a godsend. NetworkManager works like a charm - simplifying all that crazy stuff with juggling multiple wireless access points in different locations, each with their own network settings and wireless encryption setting. I set it up once per location and now I can just roam and have my network just work. And PulseAudio is great - I can play multiple audio streams and adjust volume for every application separately and also stream sound over the network with by just checking two boxes.

Then you are one of the folks who didn't get bitten by the issues with them. The past two releases have had wireless issues with Network Manager, and I've had Pulseaudio issues since they introduced it.

Ubuntu provides vision. They don't have to always be right, they just need to walk forward toward a goal they consider worthy and see if enough people go with them.

The more they put "vision" ahead of "practicality," as in "making the damn thing work," the fewer people will go with them. They are not Apple, and they need to lose the delusion that they are.

Comment Re:Peril Sensitive sunglasses may be a better opti (Score 1) 126

Anyone whose first reaction to the above post was "that's insightful", you have some reading to do. If you read it and your first thought was "Whoosh", you can keep your geek card. (Insightful can be your second thought, of course).

Anyone in the first group, go read Hitchhiker's Guide please.

Comment Re:Where's Sarah Palin (Score 1) 483

"No Liberty without Representation!"

"Live Free or Die!"

"Remember the Alamo!"

Slogans is how the gestalt of democracy works. You hear the slogan, compare its implied argument towards your understanding of the facts, and either cheer or boo. This is not new, and I suspect if the ancient greeks and romans had better record-keeping (and movable type), you'd be able to find similar slogans as well.

Comment Have you no sense of decency, sir? (Score 1) 1238


[McCarthy is dragging yet another random name from the List, when Head Counsel for the Army Joseph Welch responds.]

"Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into my firm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us. Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale and Dorr. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think that I am a gentle man but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me. "

When McCarthy tried to go on the attack once more, Welch stepped in again and famously rebuked:

" Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers Guild. Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

McCarthy had none. Apparently, neither do you.

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