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Comment Re:remember CJD? (Score 1) 239

the result of using cheap cattle feed that included ground-up sheep infected with Scrapie. This induced BSE in the cows,

Today, from the "what the fuck were they thinking?" category...

Seriously, feeding ground up diseased animal to a different animal? What could possibly go wrong? It sounds like the public should have been aware of effects of DDT in 1962, which demonstrates what happens when bad stuff enters the food chain and gets concentrated up.

Comment Re:It is not unlimited. (Score 1) 409

Your latter metaphor is better, since both parties initially agreed on the dog being okay. If you were throwing loud parties, which you were explicitly allowed to do in your initial contract, then you should kind of be able to tell said neighbors to shove it.

Are they still offering unlimited plans? Because this whole stupid thing was caused by them calling it that in the first place; now we're just looking at debris left over from that initial bad decision.

Or how about, you get a license to operate a printing press. The only restrictions the government place on you (hypothetically) when you get said license is that you can't post any incitement to riot, call for lynchings, etc.--stuff that directly risks causing physical harm. Then when you start printing complaints about how your government representatives are all incompetent (but carefully avoid any talk of violence), then they come down and take away your license because there's an unwritten rule about only publishing positive information about the government, since it's obviously unwritten because it's not legal for them to make it a written condition.

Comment It is not unlimited. (Score 3, Insightful) 409

Their unlimited plan is unlimited. But if your unlimited usage is exceedingly high

By definition, a usage "exceedingly high" implies there is a limit. If there is no limit, you cannot exceed it.

If they don't want you to have multiple users on the plan or use it for business reasons, fine--put it in the terms. There are already ways of doing that without lying.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 409

Skype doesn't somehow disconnect the call if it detects you walk away from the desk, dude. Also I'm sure there *have* been at least a few people who left their Skype on continuously for a week or something, reality show-style.

Why are we even arguing about this? The GP's point was that the rate was ridiculously low, not that the example itself was a dumb use case.

Comment Re:Slashdotters consistently bash Google over less (Score 2) 144

How many times do I have to say this to you idiots?

A person doing something wrong is not fine as long as you can point to someone else who did something worse. The wrong thing is still wrong!

I am constantly seeing "GOOGLE IS EVIL!!" as if Microsoft is any more moral.

No, you're just reading between the lines something that isn't there.

Comment Re:"Democracy" (Score 1) 230

Even in the elections of 1933, held under SA terror after the Reichstag Fire decree, the nazi weren't able to form a majority in the parliament.

The point you seem to be making here doesn't work. There were a lot of parties in the election; the Nazis got 33% of the vote. The next-highest was 20%. Of course they didn't have a majority; Weimar Germany was one of those coalition-style Parliament states. And naturally they appoint a guy from the largest party to chancellor/president (whichever one it was).

After he was appointed, then Hitler got those two positions combined, and pushed through a series of really bad idea legislation that nobody voted down, one of which was the Enabling Act which basically made him dictator, yes.

So technically Hitler himself wasn't elected, but his party was, which then more or less resulted in his appointment. A distinction without a difference, really. It's not like they really had many other options on who to appoint that would keep the government from falling apart. This was like their fourth election in the last couple years or something and all the other parties refused to cooperate with each other.

Comment Re:There was a modern MS DOS ... (Score 1) 211

DOS is not a multitasking operating system. DOS did however provide a Terminate and Stay Resident (TSR) function which allowed programs to remain resident in memory. These programs could hook the system timer and/or keyboard interrupts to allow themselves to run tasks in the background or to be invoked at any time preempting the current running program effectively implementing a simple form of multitasking on a program-specific basis.


Comment Re:There was a modern MS DOS ... (Score 1) 211

According to Wikipedia (?) where?

In the mid-1980s Microsoft developed a multitasking version of DOS.[6][7] This version of DOS is generally referred to as "European MS-DOS 4" because it was developed for ICL and licensed to several European companies. This version of DOS supports preemptive multitasking, shared memory, device helper services and New Executable ("NE") format executables. None of these features were used in later versions of DOS, but they were used to form the basis of the OS/2 1.0 kernel. This version of DOS is distinct from the widely released PC DOS 4.0 which was developed by IBM and based upon DOS 3.3.


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