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Comment Re:And this is the reason you WANT this machine. (Score 1) 472

Ah yes, I should just agree to be assimilated with the Borg 10 Anniversary Edition instead.

I run Linux.

Hardware durability matters to me as well. I'm still running my 2008 Macbook (one graphics repair needed in 8 years, and was done for free out of warranty by Apple)

And it just so happens I'm writing this on a PC from 2008. Again, the cult of Mac is absurd. You think your Macs are built from magical fairy dust.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 129

refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title

Constitutional overreach, but what else is new? Last time I filled out the US census I only provided answers to questions to allow them to perform their constitutional duty. A rather aggressive census busybody kept coming to the door, which I did not answer, and he even went so far as to poke around the property and look in the windows, but eventually he gave up.

Submission + - Milo Yiannopoulos Permanently Suspended from Twitter

Raenex writes: Breitbart writer and conservative provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos, was permanently suspended from Twitter amid a dust-up with Ghostbusters (2016) actress Leslie Jones. Trolls had been harassing Jones with racist tweets after the movie's opening, prompting agitated responses from Jones. Milo entered the fray with, "If at first you don't succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim" and "EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS". After some back and forth, Milo was eventually blocked by Jones and banned by Twitter after CEO Jack Dorsey became involved.

While outlets such as TechCrunch signaled their approval, Milo summed up his banning with the following: "Twitter is intent on protecting free speech, as long as you are a Hollywood actress who bravely tweets about white people, or a New York globalist advocating for violence against Donald Trump. They’ve made it clear that being gay and conservative doesn’t get me past the velvet rope into their free speech club, which is looking more and more like the same liberal echo chamber the mainstream media turned into decades ago."

Comment Re:Fixing simple errors (Score 1) 167

Lisp fixed that error early on. Perl creator Larry Wall solution to "break pedal doesn't work" is "stop using the break pedal" (yay car analogy!). Seriously, that is what you have to say about that noob error?

What I take away from Larry's flippant comment: "Don't do that" -> Don't use Perl.

Comment Re:Only as safe as the sandbox (Score 1) 167

On the other hand, whole nasty classes of bugs related to buffer overflows, stack smashing and data races cannot happen, which makes it harder to attack from the outside than C.

That's not true because of the unsafe escape hatch and raw pointers. It's an improvement over C/C++ by having a safe default, but you can still shoot yourself in the foot.

Comment Re:It's how you define the 'utility function' (Score 1) 609

This wouldn't lead to 100% logical consistency in policy, but it would surely be an improvement over the current system, don't you think?

Not necessarily. The attempts at communism killed millions upon millions. But what "current system" are you talking about that is based on an "ancient book of sacred texts"? It seems the only religion intruding strongly into government these days is Islam.

Comment Re:Bloody F!@#ing Idiots. (Score 1) 202

I've theorized that a high-efficiency heat pump--a quantum tunneling junction, in particular--could circulate atmosphere and concentrate heat well enough to use a compressor and compressed-air engine to leverage atmosphere heat, essentially using the entire earth's atmosphere as a solar battery being charged continuously by the sun

I find your ideas intriguing, and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Comment Re:To put it into perspective (Score 1) 237

Incidentally, the link you provided was a paywall, suggesting to me that you're probably on a college network.

Odd, because when I accessed it before linking I didn't get that paywall, but I did just now.

Anyways, I was mocking the current insanity of modern feminism. Your hard science/engineering comment just reminded me of how ridiculous things have gotten. Here's a non-paywall link. There's enough excerpts there to get the gist of the paper.

Comment Re:To put it into perspective (Score 1) 237

Sorry - you've worked on how many gas production and process plants? I've only been on about a dozen, totalling several years aboard and having to understand each section of the plant to be able to choose routing for cables - which have real implications for explosion risk management. So what the fuck would I know about how gas process plants are built?

Yes, but are you a woman? What can you tell us about a feminist gas extraction framework? It's $CURRENT_YEAR, get with the times.

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