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Comment Re:But why? (Score 0, Troll) 336

there was a time, more than 20 years ago, when slash was very liberal.

now, we're invaded by the conservatives and any post that tried to further the progressive belief system gets modded down.

what a shame that we have been infiltrated like this. as a technology-based and focused site, we historically were open minded THINKERS, here.

shame that we got invaded by the faux news crowd. ;(

Comment Re:But why? (Score 0) 336

why do you think the D's want to keep the poor in their place?

I'm not sure I see that. the rich want to stay rich, no matter what letter they have, but there is no central principle in the D belief system that the poor should always stay poor. that just isn't true at all.

the D's have many problems, but hatred of the poor is NOT one of them. they could do a lot more to help the social situation, but at least they're not fundamentally opposed to it like the R's are.

Comment Re:Just when you thought (Score 1) 207

what is a speaker and a mic? I leave both turned off on my pc. when I want to listen to music, I run a linux box that does not have a browser or normal network access enabled. and there is never a mic on a music playback system that I build or use.

I block ads and each time I read things like this article, it increases my belief that blocking ads is the right thing to do. I block incoming network connections at the firewall and nearly everyone does, too; but I find it odd that not everyone wants to fight ads as much. 'we' do, but the regular net-using populace doesn't usually care. I rarely see adblockers and noScript installed at co-workers workstations.

and because the raw web is nasty and dangerous - and because blocking is much harder on 'phones', I avoid using phone browsers. its rarely a good experience (mobile web) anyway.

there really are 2 classes of internet users. those like me (and probably you) who aggressively block this crap and those who could not care less. such a shame that people don't univerally fight back.

ads are malware. plain and simple. people really need to get hip to that fact.

Comment Re:But why? (Score -1, Flamebait) 336

republicans are kept under the illusion that 'everyone can achieve the 'american dream' of being ultra rich, but its a fallacy and there are guards (literal and figurative) in place to stop you and I from getting there.

the authoritarian belief system is very powerful and is backed by Big Religion(tm), which also basically owns the R party. funny how that works, huh?

as long as the R's keep thinking that 'its ok that people make 400x of what others make' then nothing will change. they don't believe in the ultra rich paying their fair share of the infrastructure; again, they put themselves in the place of the CEO, in their mind, and they think that if they were CEO, they'd also not want to give up any of their riches to the 'poor commoners'. its a brain disease of sorts, really. the walking retarded. the VOTING retarded! ;(

no, its absurd that we allow people to get so powerful AT THE EXPENSE OF US ALL. but again, we convince our own people (or about half of them) to consistently vote against their own best interests.

Comment Re: Lenovo lately (Score 1) 99

I have an L440 and its not bad, but it did come with that nutty touchpad. for $40 more, I could (and did) buy a direct replacement that had 3 real buttons. problem is, drivers for it are 'strange' and I can only access mine in a dumber mode. I never found the right win7 driver for that replaced pad. so it was actually a step backwards and while it kind of works and does look better (grin), its still not as good as if it came that way.

I have a t420is that is great. last of the real keyboards, had good port assortment and a useable 3button touchpad. since it was a current model, thru today, I only had to replace the dud fan/heatsink, and that was a $20 part from ebay and about 2 hours of time to get the tech ref manual and undo about 100 screws to get to it (sigh). after that, its good as new and good for another few years.

Comment had to buy a smart tv, but don't have to IP it (Score 1) 295

when I was buying tv's a few years ago, the only models in the size I wanted were 'smart'.

ok, no big deal. just don't give it a wifi access and don't ever let it on the net.

simple. mine is still using factory firmware (which has bugs but the cure is worse, I'm told) and it won't ever be upgraded.

it just runs hdmi from my htpc and that's that. I don't have cable/etc - I download what I want and watch it on the pc. bonus that the vizio sets would support 1080p@120hz and my intel skylake chip also supports native 120hz out of hdmi (you MUST have a tv that is 1.4b hdmi or better or it won't see all the 'lanes' on the hdmi cable, essentially, and you will be limited to 60hz).

but back to the smart tv stuff: the more this happens, the smarter WE (the consumers) will eventually get. right now, too many people trust their vendor and that's a big mistake. eventually we'll all learn NOT to enable 'teh shiney!' and just use the basic features without letting it go online.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 5, Insightful) 351

you miss the point.

they not could care less if this works, if its possible or what.

the purpose: to show 'the flock' that they are doing something. and that they are 'righteous'.

its pandering. that's ALL it is. some (most?) of the lawmakers are not truly THAT stupid to think this idea will work; but its the notion that 'we want this to be a puritanical xtian nation' that they want to impress upon their conservatives. and lets face it, most of the deep south is deeply conservative and will do anything to 'stigginit' to the libs. that's how they see life. a point system, where, when you attack your enemy, each blow gets you 'points' somehow.

twisted, fucked up thinking, to be sure. but it IS how their minds are wired. from early age, they develop a brain damage that takes a lot of effort to overcome. those that overcome it, MOVE OUT OF THE SOUTH. those that stay, are saying they approve of this kind of thinking.

so, again, it does not matter if this plan works as-stated. its never been about what its stated, its the unspoken hint-hint, nudge-nudge, we're stigginit to the libs and showing them who's boss. that's pretty much the long and short of it.

I hate the south. I hate everything they stand for. I'd never live there even if you paid me 10x my current decent bay area salary. the derpitude would be intolerable to me.

the difference between them and me: I'm fine with them being their own way, stuck in the past, unable to think for themselves. fine. they can be any way they want. but what they want is that EVERYONE follows their path. and that's just plain anti-american and anti-freedom. its why I hate the south so much. I don't want them to be hurt or attacked, but I simply want no part of their thinking or lifestyle. wish they could give the same back, but they simply are not able.

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