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Comment Re:"a European cloud provider" (Score 1) 57

VPS providers usually have reasonable reasons to customize the distros they run somewhat to fit within the framework they're using to virtualize each server - which are vary rarely simple "VMWare on a Xeon" type environments due to cost/scalability issues.

My guess is that certain providers are crappier than others.

Comment Re:But will it run (Score 1) 123

Nokia had a range of operating systems that were, in every sense, fully functional computer operating systems, but were far more efficient. I'm not sure the choice between No Linux and Linux is what you claim.

At this point the market has decided everyone wants devices that, if you're lucky, might be able to last a day and a half on a single battery life (and that require battery technologies that have proven to be somewhat unstable to provide that amount of life.) So I'm not sure how much the "efficient operating system" thing counts right now, but I wish it did.

Comment Some examples of smeared time (Score 5, Funny) 172

At 4.37 it'll report that 4.38 molests goats. 4.38 will retaliate by claiming 4.37 killed a man and lied about it. 4.39 will accuse 4.38 of secretly having two wives who know nothing about one another. 4.40 will claim 4.38 and 4.37 are having a secret affair and are making up allegations about one another to hide the fact. 4.41 will claim 4.40 is a multiple felon. 4.42 will accuse 4.41 of cheating on his taxes...

Comment A symbolic gesture (Score 1) 226

Reddit has one of the most open membership processes there is, with no email address or similar required. Throwaway accounts are extremely common. The posting history of an account doesn't reflect the visibility of its comments - while there's "karma", it doesn't work the same way as with Slashdot where postings from high karma users are given more visibility.

So banning users, however toxic, is going to be relatively pointless. At best, it means someone can't prove they're the same person as, say, the originator of a thread. But in all reality, if all you're known for is shitposting, will anyone want to?

Comment Re:Bigger worries then Unsolicited Junk Texts (Score 1) 545


Make it politically possible for others to resist.

Make it politically impossible for him to win again.

You know, Republicans managed to completely neuter the relatively harmless Obama within two years of his election, simply by putting up every roadblock they could. I think blocking the political agenda of someone running as a Fascist is considerably more worthy.

Comment Re:Yes? So? (Score 1) 545

It might actually help in the long run. I mean, if he spends all his time sending stupid attacks on Brazillian supermodels at 3am using the National Emergency Alert System, rather than, say, playing with the Nuclear football, or dreaming up ways to deport suspected sympathizers of flag burners, we might be a little safer.

Come to think of it, all those rumors about Twitter banning him? Maybe, for the safety of our nation, we need to let him continue with the distraction.

Comment Re:Doubleplusgood! (Score 1) 392

He started his campaign by demonizing and scapegoating immigrants. He continued by demonizing members of a minority religion and proposed policies actively harmful to them. He actively encouraged, promising to pay the legal fees for, supporters to attack protestors, who were at the time standing silently holding banners criticizing Trump's previous comments. He has continued along these lines, and before the election itself even started making threats to prosecute his political opponent over charges long since investigated and dismissed by not only law enforcement, but by hostile congressional committees. He even - for reasons that remain peculiar - managed to insert barely concealed anti-Semitic language in his last round of election ads.

What about him makes you say he's the "closest thing to a moderate"? Because I'm not seeing it. He's the closest thing to Mussolini we've seen win the Presidency (or even get close to winning the Presidency.) Is he as bad as Mussolini? Mussolini started in a country that had descended into lawless anarchy, and could get away with a lot more than Trump can. So it's hard to really make a direct comparison, but we know what drives both.

I appreciate many don't like Clinton. I don't either. Depending on how many conspiracy theories you believe about her, she's either an honest, female, version of Richard Nixon, or, well, just as bad as Richard Nixon. But even Nixon vs Mussolini is no contest.

What's frightening is that while all of this was acknowledged before the election, now he's one many seem to feel the need to fall in line and pretend it's not happening. Oh no, it must instead be the media's fault, the "lying press"... now where have I heard that phrase before?

Comment Re:Crybabies (Score 1) 524

I'm going to try the OP's tactic in other contexts: "You got cancer, get over it", "Your baby died, get over it", "You got hit by a car and you're bleeding to death in the middle of the street in agonizing pain, get over it".

Let's see if it's seen as appropriate in the same way as "A Fascist just won the election and is about to be the President of your country, get over it" is.

Comment Re:Time's "Person of the Year" is not chosen by po (Score 1) 145

Yeah, I don't get it, was Osama Bin Laden involved in some giant event that had world wide ramifications in 2001 or something? And yeah, I totally agree Bush should have gotten it, with his completely unprovoked, out of the blue, totally unrelated to anything Osama Bin Laden did, toppling of the Taliban...

Comment There's an important issue of principle here (Score 2) 434

I have to admit to being somewhat concerned about this. For an advertising company to refuse to place its ads on a website infamous for fascist propaganda may seem welcome to many, but those who welcome it are ignoring something very fundamental about free speech, the web, and the power of advertising: namely, wouldn't it be more effective to flood Brietbart with hundreds of autoplaying audio-enabled videos instead?

Comment Re:Someone honest modded it (Score 3, Insightful) 286

The "You didn't understand rural America" meme is getting tiresome. It's not as if 2008 or 2012 was followed by calls for conservatives to understand urban America.

This country is a melting pot of many different groups, and demanding that any one group - already a group with outsized representation in government - be treated with more reverence than all the others is exactly the kind of identity politics that those who whine about rural people not being listened to complain about.

Nor does it really help understanding why a crazy thin-skinned posterchild for the ultra rich who spouts fascist rhetoric, and who on the face of it, whether you're liberal or conservative, appears to be an existential threat to America, got elected.

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