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Comment Re:Been there. Not fun. (Score 1) 813

He's basically right. Most people don't understand how the American legal "system" "works." When it comes to litigation, the litigant with the deeper pockets, who can plow the opposition under with more and more onerous filings, usually prevails. The point is to push the other side into litigation that's going to be more expensive than the proposed settlement. Almost nothing goes to trial.

Comment Libertarian karma (Score 1) 320

Fedex is a for-profit corporation. It can refuse any customer it wants. That's the libertarian way, right? Private individuals and companies should only conduct business with mutual consent? Well, good. The libertarian behind "Defense Distributed" is getting what he asked for.

Comment Re:Free international data roaming has worked well (Score 1) 237

Free roaming data in Belgium, France, Holland, Germany - it's been amazing. People can reach me, WhatsApp works, and I don't even have to think about buying a local sim card. I'm not overly concerned about DataStash. The unlimited international T-Mobile 2G roaming was reason enough for me to switch.

Comment Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 0, Troll) 1633

You're supposed to butcher a dead animal. The 2nd Amendment as it is currently understood is dead. It serves no purpose except to satisfy gun nuts. You're living in a developed country with a standing army, police forces, and all of the evidence makes plain that owning a gun is more of a threat to the gun owner and his family than it is to any criminals or gubmint agents. People who are obsessed with gun ownership are unhinged and we should stop taking them seriously. Get something else to prove to the world how big your reproductive organs are, something that isn't used to kill.

This amendment needs to go away, and the huge numbers of guns among the populace need to be destroyed. There's no reason for Americans to be armed to the teeth. Australia did it, so can we.

Comment ITT idiots who are not sysadmins (Score 1) 305

I'm a sysadmin with a background in security.

I don't want over the air firmware updates for my car. Scratch that, I don't want to drive a car with OTA updates. Actually, I don't want to be ANYWHERE near any car with OTA updates.

I update complex software for a living. Trust me, you don't want your car, any car to do that.

Comment That's typical HP behaviour (Score 1) 385

They do the same shit for server remote admin cards. The hardware's in there, but you can't use it until you shell out the $. Premium plus deluxe HP resellers often have a tendency to forget about those, and you find out the hard way when you have to troubleshoot a server on a saturday and nobody's available with the god damn license key.

Comment Dells does crap too, SuperMicro is where it's at (Score 1) 385

SuperMicro doesn't have platinum support contracts, but for the price difference, you can buy a lot of spares in case shit breaks down. Plus they don't charge you an arm for disk trays: if you buy a server with room for 24 host swap disks, you get 24 empty disk trays you can fill with whatever you want!

Additionally they have the cleanest remote management interface. No annoying pop ups, no artificial browser requirements, no frames, no mandatory Java applets.

Comment Re:Governor Appointed (Score 1) 640

Why would they be salivating at doing something that wouldn't produce valid results? They are being ordered to do junk science to promote a political agenda. No scientist worth his salt would be interested in something like that.

"I direct you to conduct a scientific study of where babies come from, with specific references to storks and the "baby store." But no mention of sex, please, because that's icky."

Comment Re:Seems Pricey (Score 1) 151

Really? I use x86 DAW/Djing software and I've been looking for a tablet robust enough to run them on. If this will run my performance software reliably then I'm in for one, and it saves me several pounds on my travel rig. If you have a better way to run low-latency audio software then I'm curious to hear about it.

Comment Re:Cantonese is superior to mandarin (Score 1) 562

And yet somehow people manage to have perfectly normal conversations in it. If you're going to argue that a language isn't "useful" then your dealing with pretty insurmountable evidence to the contrary when, you know, people use it.

Plus, the reason that Chinese local languages haven't developed is because they're being actively suppressed by the central government in Beijing. It's not a damned coincidence.

Comment Re: Was that really necessary? (Score 5, Insightful) 208

No one forced him to use an international communication system.

So two governments cooperate to spy on each others' citizens with no judicial oversight and you are ok with it because ... wait. Why are you OK with it? Because the communication was international? So you believe that no international communications should enjoy privacy protections? Why?

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