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Comment "did also deny" - WTF? (Score 1) 173

Is this an americanism? i.e. the use of 'did' to clumsily change a present-tense verb into past-tense, instead of just using the past-tense form of the verb (e.g. 'denied' rather than 'did deny' or 'also denied' rather than 'did also deny').

At first i thought it was just bad writing, but I've been seeing it a lot lately.

Comment this is just a bogus scial engineering stunt (Score 1) 503

microsoft are trying to get win10 refuseniks to panic at the "loss" of their free "upgrade" option and voluntarily upgrade while they still have the chance.

In a few weeks, they'll "have a change of heart" and decide to continue offering it for free after all, and continue with their increasingly aggressive attempts to force people to install their spyware whether they want it or not.

expect them to go way beyond just trying to sneak win10 in to unrelated updates, if they haven't already, they'll soon start issuing win7 updates that introduce subtle instabilties. of course, this will partially flop because it'll be hard to distinguish from normal operation.


disclaimer: i use win7 solely for gaming and nothing else (and i don't allow my banking or credit card details to go anywhere near windows* - all steam etc purchases are done from my linux macine). There are some features from win10 that I wouldn't mind having, but not at the price of advertising, spyware, and other malware built in to the OS, and the inability to disable useless features like cortana (which is partly spyware and partly useless-i-have-no-fucking-need-or-desire-for-voice-control), or the inevitable transition to a walled-garden app-store (with other vendors increasingly locked out).

steam on linux is becoming an increasingly viable alternative to win7. by the time win7 is completely unusable, there's a reasonable chance I can convert my gaming machine to steam on linux (or steam on linux plus wine - i used to use wine exclusively for games until i built a win7 gaming box, most games worked fine).

* or android, either. there's no way i'm trusting either google or an insecure and easily lost or stolen device like my phone or tablet with my credit card, financial or other private/confidential information. I'm not missing anything, ignoring the uninstallable google apps, almost every android app i use is GPL or MIT/BSD or other free software anyway.....and 90% of everything is crap. In the case of app stores, it's 99.999999%.

Comment Re: Oh okay.. (Score 0) 186

Asmiov's Laws of Robotics tapped into the 1950s American paranoia about African-American uprisings. The American middle class wanted servants but were terrified of politicised African-Americans.

Asimov's Laws were wish-fulfilment fantasy about slaves who could not rise up against their masters.

I always thought Asimov was seriously over-rated, anyway, even taking into account the era of his writing. I suspect the "safety slaves" concept was a big part of his popularity. Asimov himself, as is obvious from his books, had a more nuanced view of the issue - but his readers lapped it up uncritically.

Comment Re:Biased (Score 1) 157

this is not anger. this is appropriate use of correct english language for emphasis. this is contempt for a worthless specimen, allegedly of humanity.

and no, what makes you less credible is bringing up fuckwitted right-wing talking points as if they are in any way sane, rational, or reasonable. they mark you out as a cretin.

again, go fuck yourself you miserable cunt.

Comment Re:Biased (Score 0) 157

> I'm not really a friend of that false "left-right" dichotomy. "You're
> left? So you're a commie!" No. For the same reason that someone
> who's right leaning isn't a Fascist. [....]


"I'm not a right-wing arsehole but I like to spout exactly the same kind of odious bullshit that only right-wing arseholes ever say."

Comment Re:Biased (Score 1) 157

Discrimination against gay customers is not minding your own fucking business, any more than discriminating against black customers would be.

Fucking up the lives of female employees by refusing to let their health insurance cover contraception is not minding their own business. (and the fact that you even have a health insurance system where an employer has that kind of control over what kind of cover their employees get is all kinds of fucked up, anyway. fucked up beyond any possibility of fixing. You yanks are fucked in the head for allowing it to get started and even more fucked in the head for allowing it to continue)

Imposing your religion on others is not minding your own fucking business. Using your economic power over other people to impose your religion on them is definitely not minding your own fucking business.

Poisoning children with sugary drinks is not minding your own business. It's both profiting from and creating addiction (and obesity. and diabetes).

I have no fucking idea what your 'cigar lounge' is a reference to, but it's hard to see how it could possibly have anything to do with left or right....unless it's that you're against it (or maybe for it), therefore it's the fault of those damn leftists. Because you're a fucking idiot.

Minding your own business means not fucking discriminating against people because of their colour, race, religion (or lack thereof), sexual identity or sexual preference or any other irrelevant detail about them. These things are none of your fucking business.

They are not any businesses' business, either. If they're offering a service to the public (such as baking a shitty fucking wedding cake) then they offer it to ALL the public, not "the public except those disgusting fags. and blacks. and asians. and women who wear too much lipstick. or not enough lipstick".

Go fuck yourself, RobotArsewipe. You're a fucking disgrace - which is supremely fucking obvious from the right-wing fuckwit issues you chose to bring up as if they somehow supported your imitation of a point.

Comment Re:FB as news source (Score 2) 157

I use facebook as a source of news about friends. And, of course, a valuable source of occasional cat pics without going to the trouble of actually visiting a cat pic site.

and what's so wrong with vitamin C anyway?

ps: I use userscripts to make FB less annoying, including setting `display: none` on Suggestions and other spam, "Trending" bullshit, etc. I also use a separate browser (midori) for FB and only FB so that my other browsers don't have to run FB spyware scripts and web-bugs.

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