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Comment Re:Curing Greed. (Score 1) 464

Sure, the disparity between rich and poor is great but the standard of living of the poor today, especially in the west, rivals that of royalty of old.

Just shut up. You have never been poor and homeless, or if you have, you have clearly glossed over your past experience. What about being starving and exposed to the elements is better now than what the royalty of old experienced?

The hardness of the ground and the coldness of the air has not changed except by a few degrees over the past few centuries. I guess you could argue that man-made global warming helps all the destitute equally by giving an overall reduced chance of freezing to death under the awning in the local park where an 11 year old boy can find your frozen body on his way to the library.

No. Being unwanted and dying cold and alone is surely better than commanding armies of tens of thousands of warriors and having virgins offered as gifts.

Oh wait, you mean refrigeration, awesome new materials to make beds and such out of, medical advances etc make the modern man who can afford those things more privileged than royalty of old? That is an argument that could possibly fly. None of those things were really possible a thousand ago. But that word... afford. Hm.

Whatever dude. Enjoy your fantasy world where the poor have it better than royalty from hundreds of years ago.

Comment Re: My Dell XPS that came with Linux installed... (Score 1) 278

I have a Dell XPS 13. I was not able to get the Linux Developers version. The only real difference between the two is the wifi chipset. I have had absolutely zero issues with my XPS 13 and in fact, I like it a lot. I am currently running Linux Mint on it. I believe it is the 17.3 release? Regardless it is the one before they rebased on a newer Ubuntu LTS.

Simple. Easy. Trouble free. Rock solid. Oh... and a gorgeous screen. The colors are not faded and grey like lesser grade panels display.

Comment Re:What (Score 1) 184

... one of the greatest explorers in history.

Your statement hit me hard. I would go so far as to say that he and Neil are the greatest explorers in history. Think about it: No other life form can get out of this gravity well on purpose. They touched a completely alien world. How much greater can you get? You can not.

Something about the moon landing brings tears (not of sadness) to my eyes. It is an enduring milestone for the entire human race.

Comment Re:Everyone's demanding higher pay (Score 1) 304

I can't wait for the day when you are too old to provide any kind of value and we can just push you into a meat grinder.

Eh? You mean that is NOT already going to happen? My life so far has felt like I have been in a meat grinder and I do not imagine it getting any better when I am no longer able to contribute.

Shit, they already took my retirement from me. The money from that financial meltdown in 2008 came from somewhere and the banks were not hurt. Oh, it was just my retirement. Drop me into the meat grinder now. I am tired of this shit.

401k? WTF ever happened to Social Security? Oh. I remember now. When I was about 11 years old, some nice old man got up in front of Congress and whined about having so many billions of dollars laying around doing nothing and that it should be used. Well, it was used but the people who used it did not want to give it back, so they played games with Treasury Bonds.

Regardless of any of this, I will die alone and destitute without a single person caring that I am freezing or starving to death.

Hurray for the caring society we have created!

Comment Re:Hate speech is pretty well defined (Score 1) 1051

Interesting that I can type faggots, but not n1ggers. (lameness filter encountered)
Flag as Inappropriate

Let's see:

Holy shit! I never knew the word n1gger was prohibited. Now I need to find out what other words I am prohibited from saying:
Kike
Jew
Cracker
Redskin
White
Negro
Faggot

I am just not enough of a hater to have a wide vocabulary of hateful words. Let's see if these make it through.

Weird. I would love to hear why hateful words to black people are censored but hateful words towards Jews, Native Americans, etc are not censored. So odd.

Comment Re:Think Nothing of it, Uber! (Score 1) 130

Raymond Chen has a recurring theme on his Old New Thing blog of "What if applications other than yours did this?" What would battery life or capped data plans look like if every application felt a need to send location telemetry home all the time?

Well, you are in luck. A fully loaded Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will last up to about 48 hours on a single charge if not actively used. The same phone, with no Google Services, apps, or anything other than a bare metal Android install will last up to about 28 days on a single charge if not actively used.

Heavy usage of a fully loaded Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is roughly 12 hours. Heavy usage (how can this be?) of bare metal Android is about a week.

Comment Re:{game of the year} (Score 1) 113

I'd switch to Linux if it could play {game of the year}. Until it plays that game without much Wine hassle, I can't see myself switching.

I play some fairly popular games on Linux. Natively. (DOTA 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Borderlands 2, etc)

I play some some fantastically popular games under Wine in Linux. (Skyrim, Dirt3, etc)

I bought Grand Theft Auto V. I can not play it in Linux either Natively or under Wine.

You know what? My freedom is more important to me than Grand Theft Auto V or the ~$60 I paid for it. I abandoned it all when Windows 10 came out.

If your freedom is not terribly important to you, as it seems not to be for the majority of people (until it affects them), then feel free to let your computing platform be dictated by the mass media.

Essentially, what your statement is saying is that you do not care if you are monitored, tracked, tagged, and bagged. Well, you may care, but you care less than playing {game of the year}. Seems pretty low to me.

For myself, I do not care who uses Linux... but that Poettering (SP?) character is sure making me wish there were more controls over developers who touch infrastructure. I DO NOT WANT ANOTHER FUCKING WINDOWS PLATFORM. I have rejected it for a reason. Why are people bringing such vertical and brittle shit to Linux?

Meh. Random thoughts. I apologize.

Comment Re:Wait until they find out (Score 1) 113

Mobile will never fully replace the PC market, yes your phone might have plenty of CPU power, but when you get to your office you're not going to work on massive spread sheets or do hours of data entry on it.

Careful there bucko. Nokia almost started eating into that market but Microsoft utterly destroyed them. I had a Nokia N900. It essentially ran Debian. At the time, I was praying for the next phone to have USB and Display port connectors so I could use my phone as my primary computer.

Yeah, duh. Of course I would not be doing hours of spreadsheet work on a resistive (eh? Firefox assumes this is not a word either. That is the NAME of the type of screen. Deal it with Firefox assholes who try to limit our vocabulary.), not capacitive, touch screen. At least the keyboard was already physical. You would plug a keyboard and a monitor into it.

Microsoft saved you from that terrible terrible situation. Your poor thumbs. ;)

Comment Re:Good for bad internet connection (Score 1) 105

And if it on a PC it is way to easy to pirate the movie.

On the bright side for content consumers, it does not matter if it is easy or hard to pirate the movie since someone WILL pirate it regardless of difficulty and then share the results with everyone who is not so technically savvy.

Definitely a solid use DRM there. ;)

Comment Re:And everyone's fuel mileage goes down. (Score 1) 351

I remember the smog of the 70's in Los Angeles and it was fucking horrible.

Even in the 90s, the sky could be a steel grey without any clouds. Go out east to Hemet and watch the smog rolling out of the Los Angeles basin and into the San Bernadino mountains. Yes, this is orders of magnitude better than the 70s but Los Angeles air is still atrocious.

I recall sitting atop Mount Soledad (San Diego area) for hours one day reading A Thousand and One Nights. I could see baby clouds being formed as the warm sea air was lifted up and cooled. The fresh air was awesome... and then I headed back into San Diego. As soon as I hit the 5 (I5), I could "smell" (feel?) the diesel and other emissions which my senses had hidden from me because it was always there. I was grossed out knowing that I was breathing that shit.

For it to get any worse than it is (was, circa 2004) would be a tragedy. :(

Comment Re:It helps the economy too (Score 1) 351

But this is great, my Saturn built in the late 90's still gets around 42-50mpg best I ever got was 62.7mpg, and that was when the car was only a few years old. Real world mileage with the SL and SW series was generally nothing short of amazing.

Very odd. The sticker performance was rated at 36 mpg highway for the 99 Saturn SL1 and yet you managed to get over 60mpg? I have experimented deeply with various driving styles and I have seen some, to me, very amazing numbers. These numbers range up to 20% better than the EPA rating. How did you get over a 50% increase? And, how does your car regularly get over my best successes?

Comment Re:It helps the economy too (Score 1) 351

I used to be one of the people that thought the increased alcohol content would ruin gaskets, hoses, and cylinder walls, but the auto industry has already addressed it years ago.

Perhaps you only keep cars for a decade, which is when auto manufacturers started THINKING about making their fuels lines and gaskets capable of handling ethanol fuels.

For myself, I converted a 1992 Eagle Talon TSI to ethanol (E85) and the E85 eventually ate through the fuel lines and gaskets. It took a few years for them to even sell E85 resistant fuel lines and gaskets.

This law effectively bans any car that is older than a few years old. For example, my 2004 Mercedes Benz E55 AMG will require the entire fuel delivery system to be changed out. This will NOT be cheap. I can afford it, but what I suspect will happen is that hundreds of thousands of vehicles will just stop working reliably once the new fuels start being pumped through them. Very few people will pay to change their fueling systems to be compatible.

Be VERY careful about buying used cars in the semi-near future. That $150 number is for only the most common and basic cars and does not include labor.

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