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Comment Well I live in world of warcraft 6-10 hours a day (Score 5, Insightful) 55

Disabled IRL I enjoyed years of virtual adventures there. However perhaps due to political climate change in the US, the current expansion seems to be actively hostile to those who are not physically able to play at an arbitrary level. Not gonna quit or threaten to, but it is a sad realization that the toxic atmosphere that infest trade chat is reflected by the Devs barricading even low to mid level crafting recipes inside 5 man dungeons.

Comment Re:All awful but the bias is interesting (Score 0, Flamebait) 385

Art Pope is a Theo-fascist shill for the Koch brothers Free speech should be rigorously upheld in the Academic world, but the Pope foundation and FIRE only gets involved when right wing religion, racist speech or climate change denial is threatened. Boatload of crap is the bulk of the article

Comment relevant quote: (Score 1) 282

Ignorance is King. Many would not profit from his overthrow for they enrich themselves by means of his dark monarchy. They are his Court and under his aegis they defraud and govern for their own benefit and to perpetuate their power. They milk and shear and butcher the flocks that they maintain on bread and circuses, herding and stampeding them at their whim. Communication and education they fear, for the written word and the ability to think are channels by which the subjects may lift themselves into the light of reason, there to see the glaring flaws of the reign and rise up to throw off its yoke. The minions of Ignorance have weapons keen-honed and they use them with skill. They will press battle upon the world when their interests are threatened, and the violence which follows will last until the structure of society as it now exists is leveled to rubble and we are left among the ruins. Adapted from the 1959 post-apocalyptic cautionary tale ‘A Canticle for Leibowitz’ by WM Miller Jr .

Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 2) 519

I know a lot about books. I read pretty much non stop and have for 56 years. The only job I ever got fired from was in a book store. I could not even tear the covers off returns (paperbacks) without falling into reading them. This may be why you do not find avid readers working in book stores that expect to make a profit.

Comment fax machine (Score 1) 193

tiny usb fax adapter put on the wireline for a couple of days a week seems to have gotten me dropped from most robo call lists. It is automatic so I assume it is the software that edits the list on the fly. The drones / scammers may not be able to remove you from a list but simple efficiency in programming certainly can.

My wireline reached the 100% scam level several years ago but cannot remove it due to dsl. The ringer is turned kinda low and I use it as a reminder to get up from my chair and stretch or walk a bit.

Comment intractable comcast problem fixed. (Score 1) 479

Tool is called a pole lopper and it works great when comcast refused to fix a problem cased by wind damage to their equipment six months after the wind storm. Called qwest and ordered a fax line. After qwest fixed the bridge taps and gave me a clean line for a fax machine, I switched the dsl to it. Same copper works for 40mg now.

(former isp admin for DSL roll-out in the 90's)

Comment Re:Why Americans Loathe Cable Companies? (Score 1) 229

I quit watching tv. I cut the cable drop off the house with a pruning saw and threw the wire over the fence. I quit buying music a decade ago when the RIAA decided it wanted to tell ya what you could play it on. I quit buying movies on dvd when the MPAA showed they were dicks and now I get physically sick when I see an AD on the net. I use adblock on every browser it works on. I don't even talk to old friends who became "marketers" I am looking for a replacement for advanced task killer on android since it started pushing ads. I quit using every program I can as soon as they start listening to UX dweebs from CMU.

I buy a lot of books and play online games that don't sell health potions for cash. :)

Comment just installed it this morning. on a 2007 vista hp (Score 1) 554

I spent the last three days doing a recovery on an old mediacenter hp desktop with a core 2. I lost count but it was at least 200 updates plus two service packs. It ran like a dog on 4g ram. I had to chase driver updates and remove massive crapware.

This morning I installed the technical release on it and updated it and had basic apps installed before my coffee got cold.

The damn thing runs great. I am sure there are apps that will bring it to its knees but as a web browser, casual office use machine it could bring a lot of second hand stuff back from the dump.

Every single piece of hardware got a working driver. Event viewer showed no bizarre repeated log entries and the system no longer arbitrarily decided my wireless network was suddenly a public net.

I know it won't last but fully set up system only used 13.2 g of space. We shall see how that plays out...

Comment Re:POLICE STATE AMERICA (Score 4, Informative) 396

Gen. Michael Hayden refused to answer question about spying on political enemies at National Press Club. At a public appearance, Bush's pointman in the Office of National Intelligence was asked if the NSA was wiretapping Bush's political enemies. When Hayden dodged the question, the questioner repeated, "No, I asked, are you targeting us and people who politically oppose the Bush government, the Bush administration? Not a fishing net, but are you targeting specifically political opponents of the Bush administration?" Hayden looked at the questioner, and after a silence called on a different questioner. (Hayden National Press Club remarks, 1/23/06)

Landay: "...the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution specifies that you must have probable cause to violate an American's right against unreasonable searches and seizures..."

Gen. Hayden: "No, actually - the Fourth Amendment actually protects all of us against unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But the --"

Gen. Hayden: "That's what it says."

Landay: "The legal measure is probable cause, it says."

Gen. Hayden: "The Amendment says: unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "But does it not say 'probable cause'?"

Gen. Hayden [exasperated, scowling]: "No! The Amendment says unreasonable search and seizure."

Landay: "The legal standard is probable cause, General -- "

Gen. Hayden [indignant]: "Just to be very clear ... mmkay... and believe me, if there's any Amendment to the Constitution that employees of the National Security Agency are familiar with, it's the Fourth. Alright? And it is a reasonableness standard in the Fourth Amendment. The constitutional standard is 'reasonable'" ( h/t Dale)
-- Knight-Ridder's Jonathan Landay questioned Gen. Michael Hayden at the National Press Club in January.

>> from my archive.

and the amendment in question.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


" Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment."

    "It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself."

    --- Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, the first woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. 1981-2005 (resigned)

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