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Comment Re:Touch Screen? (Score 1) 148

While I wouldn't go quite that far, I do keep a spray of screen cleaning fluid near my desk. At one point, a colleague famous for leaving fingerprints on screens around the office (some people can only read things they point at, apparently) touched my screen, and was mightily surprised when I immediately sprayed both the screen and his finger...

Comment Re:What kind of inhuman piece of shit (Score 2) 848

Presumably anyone who lives in a country that is mentioned in sentences like "I think a preemptive nuclear strike against [countryname] would be a good idea."

The next question would of course be, "what kind of inhuman piece of shit would even consider a preemptive nuclear strike?"

Comment Re:Hmm (Score -1) 848

You understand that Putin is trying to rebuild the Soviet Union in some form right?

Quotation needed. And no, Ukraine does not count. They had a vote and voted to be part of Russia; that's a far cry from rolling in the tanks and taking it by force.

All this fear mongering about Russia wanting to take other countries is just that. You are supposed to be afraid, so you'll vote for strong leaders and lots of money for defence.

You understand the loss of freedoms both in the former Soviet Union and in the USA / Europe was pretty extreme right?

The foreign boogieman has always been a great excuse to remove freedoms at home.

And I agree with the post below, how the hell is Sweden and Germany destroyed?

Comment Re:Population control (Score 1) 351

And what happens when there is even a hint of a declining population? That's right: politicians have a major panic attack and open the flood gates to immigration from the poorest excuses for countries, bringing in tens of millions of illiterate savages "to keep our economies growing".

This is not some right-wing conspiracy theory, this is reality in Europe today. The EU plans to 'refresh' the population by inviting another 50-60 million African and Middle Eastern muslims. Instead of considering our shrinking population to be a blessing - less stress on the environment, our resources, the space around us, etc. - they are trying to fill the empty seats, as if someone who in almost half the cases hasn't even received enough education to be able to read or write, and who is a member of the most violent religious movement we know, could ever be a productive member of a modern Western society.

But hey, it's ok. We'll just leave our houses cold and dark to "save the planet" while they do it...

Comment Re:IT causes the helpdesk requests for Windows PCs (Score 1) 523

Amen. My department is a software development group (we write C++ for external customers). Back in the day when our computers were locally administrated, we were doing just fine, with a minimum of helpdesk support needed. Then they decided this was unacceptable, and we needed to work with the same systems that the guys in the factory use. Those people work in manufacturing - they build stuff with their hands, and only occasionally read an email on their PCs.

Since that time productivity has dropped sharply in development. We cannot install new tools, nor get them from IT services. We cannot install updates to existing tools either. We cannot even build and test installers, even though that is very much part of our job. We cannot remove icons from the desktop, that requires administrative rights. We cannot use HTTPS. Some internet services work fine when connected to the wired network, others only when connected through the wireless, so all day long I'm switching between the two. Other internet services either don't work at all, or only very slowly, so any interaction with something that is not on a local disk is an exercise in frustration: does it work at all? Is the problem that it's blocked on our end, or is the remote site out? Am I connected to the right network? Do I just need to wait longer?

Opening tickets with the IT services guys is pointless - they are in another country, and consider us to be unimportant. I'm sure it is all incredibly secure. In fact, it's so secure that I'm beginning to re-evaluate whether I want to work there or not...

Comment Re:How can that possibly be legal? (Score 1) 305

If that doesn't disable the car, everything is fine. If it does disable the car, it's excellent ground for a court case. What's your point?

Are we really going to accept a society where manufacturers have ultimate power over every item you own? "You may own a house, but you will accept having cameras controlled by us in every room". "You may own a swimming pool, but we will verify that only you and your family swim in it. An extra visitor license is $2000/year". "You may own a barbeque, but only for personal food preparation."

Madness, that's what it is.

Comment How can that possibly be legal? (Score 1) 305

Once you buy it, it is YOUR CAR, and you can do with it whatever you please. Tesla has no right whatsoever to constrict what you can do with your car. That's what "selling" means: giving up ownership rights. And before you ask: no, you are not "merely licensing" the car.

Next up: supermarket tells you buying potatoes is fine, but not if you plan to serve them in a restaurant...

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 244

I'm not sure why I would have to explain that, since I didn't claim any of that. The OP claimed that a human could not possibly land a moon lander. That's BS - humans _did_ in fact land a moon lander, on the first attempt, succesfully, while the computer was busy crashing. That same human decided he didn't want to land in a field of boulders and veered of course to another landing spot. So far that hasn't been achieved by computers either.

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