* Posts by bombastic bob

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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"Put him in a cell for 10 years with someone who can't stop making knock-knock jokes."

Or a very large, smelly person that refers to him as "Ben Dover"

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Re: Do Not Call Registry?

at $500/robocall I'd have at least $30k by now (this year alone)

I WANT MY MONEY!

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Re: Good luck with collecting that fine.

from the article: "When answered, they played a recorded message"

and that recorded message starts the moment my answering machine says "Hellloooo Baaaaby!" like the Big Bopper [followed by a pause, followed by a welcome to friends and family and 'for the rest of you' this number is on the national do not call list - I don't pick up the phone any more unless I hear someone I know leaving a message - no ringer either]. If the recording leaves ANY identifying information, a complaint is generated. And the answering machine message only has the back half of the thing, as it "starts talking" over the machine message EVERY! TIME!. Assuming it's not "just a hangup". I've been getting SEVERAL CALLS PER DAY lately, just like that. It's FORNICATING IRRITATING AS HELL! Can't use the phone as it was intended any more. If it weren't for DSL, I'd consider NOT EVEN HAVING ONE.

But how can you register a complaint with SPOOFED caller ID and NO identifying information in the recorded message??? I'm a RABID complainer to the FCC about these guys. I've got 'confirmed kills' on FAX spammers from a while back. I'd DROOL over a CONFIRMED kill with one of THESE BASTARDS! But they've rigged it so complainers like me can't touch them. You have to wait for the FORNICATING call center and bother to ask questions and get called back REPEATEDLY by them now that you've "established a relationship with them".

Oh, and there's no pit in hell deep enough, no jail cell damp and cold enough, no punishment HIDEOUS AND CRUEL enough, for these GOSH DARNED MOTHER-FEELING ROBO-CALLERS (word substitution for humor)! They deserve a triple-eternity sentence with DAILY TORMENT, to the point where they insanely scream "I DESERVE THIS!"

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FCC: LEO ISPs A-OK

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Maybe Elon will help?

perhaps SpaceX "used launcher" prices could make it affordable?

Ok not for a few years yet, but still...

Also not a fan of what the latency is going to be like. TCP could be a real problem.

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Google to remove private medical data from search results

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Re: Removed from search results ...

"but no comment about removing it from the profile that is built about you to help google target you with more adverts."

Ack. and don't forget every question you ever typed in for WebMD or some similar web site to see if you want to bother going to a doctor, or to inform yourself ahead of time to avoid unnecessary "whatever".

Or you could always have fun and look up a bunch of rare female diseases (if you're a male), or rare male diseases/conditions (if you're a female), and flood their metadata with useless nonsense. Then sit back and watch the funny ads, with beer and popcorn.

that's right ladies, penis enlargement ads! JUST for YOU! Men can get plenty of information about menopause and vaginal yeast infections sent to them, and maybe some sample feminine hygiene products on top of it...

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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correct horse battery staple

obligatory xkcd reference

https://www.xkcd.com/936/

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: Even pro-Microsoftie Thurrott...

"with a Windows 10 UWP platform+Win10 user inferface bolted on top."

except THAT is the lipstick being painted on the non-oinky end of the Win-10-nic BOAR.

You can put Linux underneath, but if it LOOKS like WIn-10-nic, SMELLS like Win-10-nic and causes me to reflex-vomit if I attempt to TASTE it (like Win-10-nic), then WHY do it?

[yeah don't get me started on everything I *HATE* about Win-10-nic, which are all contained in the UWP 2D FLATSO FLUGLY "the METRO" CRAP-UI. I have few grips about the bottom end; it's the UI that I *HATE*]

Anyway, I'll take Linux with Mate instead. Or better still, FreeBSD! A "Win-10-nic" desktop manager would *JUST* *SUCK*.

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With source to drivers, will it now be a walk in the park for the other OSes?

I'd like to think so, but then again I'm not really happy about the *quality* of MS-written drivers [or else we wouldn't need so many 3rd party drivers maybe...]

What I'd like is a nice WORKAROUND or BACK DOOR to Micro-shaft's IRRITATING driver signing policy for kernel mode drivers.

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Re: I'm done with Windows.

"Linux's greatest weakness is its dependency on C for everything."

Uh, *WHAT* *THE* *FEEL* is *THAT* supposed to mean?

Linux's greatest weakness is (most likely) LACK OF MARKETING. Otherwise we wouldn't even have this article.

The C language might as well have been created by THE PROGRAMMING GODS. It is SUPERIOR to most other languages in just about every way, in its simplicity AND flexibility, and applicability to both low-level "hardware" coding, and high-level "UI" coding.

If you code in languages like C-pound and think that '.Not' is GOOD in any way, then I'll just sit back and laugh at you, really really hard.

So thanks SO much for the FUD. It echos like a Micro-shaft propaganda ad for NT4 server from the 90's.

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Re: Long File Path support

"Linux seems to make a hobby of breaking backwards compatibility."

boooo. shows what YOU know. just because you SAY it doesn't make it TRUE. That's especially the case for HARDWARE compatibility. You know, like running Linux on a 17 year old Toshiba laptop...

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"I wonder if the crime scene is also covered in lipstick. Pigs were called in, after all."

my guess is that the pigs SAT on the lipstick. Micro-shaft isn't known for putting lipstick on the OINKY end [as a brilliant El Reg commenter once pointed out]

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: I read this story about 15 years ago..

"Gary" in the original piece here did a good job at spotting the problem.

which then prompted a proper solution, consisting of a) replace pump, b) get a UPS (which acts like a power conditioner for the computer)

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

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Re: Edge, emojis, and SMB1 - three things I don't use

I left SMB1 enabled in Samba because of Win XP machines. For now. But the shares are nearly all read-only.

The others I never use, either.

Emojis. Bleah. The only ones I use are profane and NSFW and therefore won't have little cartoony emblems pre-designed by Micro-shaft. Example: (.Y.) <-- that's a mild one

yeah let's see Micro-shaft do THAT one. HA HA HA HA HA

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Re: Someone please take out all the plebs infesting MS and shoot them.

I'd rather condemn them to an eternity of WIN-10-NIC! Serve them right, it would!

and those damnable emojis can BITE MY HAIRY NAKED ASS (a modified 'Bender' quote)

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Hook, line, and sinker!

I think the press has been TROLLED, successfully. By Trump.

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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

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ticking time bomb... tick tick tick tick BOOM!

As Micro-shaft downplays their newly discovered vulnerability, getting something into the kernel in the first place is not THAT difficult, as long as you can manage a kernel driver load by tricking the user into installing the thing. Yeah, it's a bit more difficult with the newer cert requirements (that effectively punish small-time developers in a failed attempt to stop the malware, kinda like GUN CONTROL nonsense), but there *are* workarounds that could be used by carefully written installers to get around all of that. A few boots later, and voila! COMPROMISED!

So tricking the user into installing something malicious is the only real hurdle.

[it's pretty much the same deal with ANY computer system, really]

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Re: '34 years of development - Windows 10 is the result'

"Not to mention the number of times it's necessary to drop to command line in Linux to carry out operations that in Windows can be done by a few mouse clicks"

how about "not to mention the number of times it's necessary to take my right hand off of the damn keyboard in Winders to go mousie-clickie-mousie-clickie-mousie-clickie to carry out operations that in Linux can be done with a single clever shell command."

I stick my tongue out and make a raspberry noise in your general direction!

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Re: '34 years of development - Windows 10 is the result'

"The beancounters see huge reductions in CapEx"

yet, LibreOffice is _FREE_ - no 'CapEx' there.

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Re: Linux "pushers" again

"something that delivered about 20% of the core functionality of Excel and Word would be FAR MORE than adequate"

Libre Office manages that quite nicely. And runs on winders, too.

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One software vendor to rule them all...

One software vendor to rule them all...

One windows to find them

One Version (10) to BRING THEM ALL

And with FORCED UPDATES, *BIND* *THEM*

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Jaguar Land Rover ropes in Gorillaz to help it lure 5,000 'electronic wizards'

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Where can I find the girl in the ad?

Where can I find the anime-looking girl in the ad? She's HOT! *WOW*!

just hadta say that, heh.

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'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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Re: PROM

yeah, when FLASH became practical, it quickly replaced PROM, for those very reasons... ('never done' being one of them)

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Re: Some software is "done"

"As I recall, Mozilla Thunderbird was proclaimed "done". It happened July 6, 2012."

Despite being "done", it ended up with the "new, ugly" buttons that Mozilla uses for Firefox, including that *DAMNABLE* 'hamburger' menu pile of sewage.

Unfortunately, there aren't quite enough plugins for T-bird to get rid of the hamburger [though I was able to do it with firefox). I got the button appearance to change, but the DAMN HAMBURGER is STILL THERE! Grrrr....

[yet another example of "It SHOULD have been DONE, but then some millenial 'wizards' UNNECESSARILY SCREWED WITH IT and turned into THEIR way, and expected THE REST OF US to JUST LIKE it and CONFORM/COMPLY/SUBMIT"]

hmmm... that sounds like a good example of what the 'Millenial generation' of developers seems to be like: Instead of MIcro-shaft's "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" they're wanting the REST of us to "Conform, Comply, SUBMIT!"

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Re: When was the last update for...

"No behavior was changed but the code was changed to make use of the C99 declare-your-variable-in-the-for-loop construct. So apparently not yet done."

hopefully not an example of what Linus might call "compiler masturbation"

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/01/linus_torvalds_fires_off_angry_compilermasturbation_rant/

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Re: Definition of Done

I think MOST software stopped being 'evolutionary' a while back, and became "we're millenials, it's OUR turn now to do it OUR way, screw you guys, we're doing it, stop being old farts and CHANGE!"

That's more de-evolutionary by my definition.

/me queues up some Devo music - "Go Monkey Go!"

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Re: the costs of fossilised software

"hosting company who supports full virtual machines, not containers"

good point. containers are cheaper. "pay more money, don't get this problem". Yeah, thanks, hosting company.

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Re: CentOS 6 is in production phase 3

I think I know which company did this. they greatly inconvenienced their customers (including one of mine).

If the customer wants to STAY WITH WHAT HE HAS, he should be able to.

It's BAD BUSINESS to "force" like that. Especially when it's done WITHOUT WARNING like that. It would be like changing their web server from Apache to nginx (or the other way around) and then it's like "oh, you didn't get the memo? here it is..."

or worse - from Linux to a WINDOWS server - without warning. "Case-sensitive file names? That actually MATTERS?" (among other things)

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Re: See also

yes, "up"grading is OVER RATED.

especially when patches would fix things *WITHOUT* forcing everybody to get on the NEW bandwagon.

us old fuddy-duddy stick-in-the-mud "refuse to change" "refuse to learn new things" crowd have BETTER things to do than to play *THAT* game...

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You can't take the pervs off Facebook, says US Supreme Court

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Re: Of course they want 'm banned...

"But I also think that when they served their time you should also give them a fair chance to redeem themselves and sort it all out"

exactly. but the SJW's and "for the children" crowd want to punish these people *FOR* *LIFE*. Personally, I think it's already "gone too far" with the 'sex offender' registries and unnecessary restrictions on where they can live or work, etc.. There have been cases where a minor who takes naked pictures is now on an offender list for child pornography, or a case where an 18 yo has sex sith a 16 yo girlfriend and some SJW decides to ruin the 18yo's life [though the 2 get married later on]. And they were dating before the 18yo turned 18. So go figure.

If the law is merely an excuse to SCREW SOMEONE you don't particulaly like, or something to use as a stepping stone to greater power and influence, something's wrong with the law.

and when people are overly SJW "offended" and "outraged", I quote Shakespeare: "The lady doth protest too much". Or, a new twist on a familiar bible quote: those ninny nannies who are busy getting 'motes' out of other people's eyes should pay attention to the LOGS in their own, and last I checked, a 'mote' is a teensy piece of the SAME THING that the LOG is made from...

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Re: Ex-pervs, not pervs

"were all those folks who did time for being gay "rehabilitated" when they came out?"

it depends on what you mean by 'came out'

(I don't think this has happened for a few decades, or am I wrong?)

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Re: Recycling also difficult

recycling isn't all THAT difficult...

a) secretly dump it in a dumpster for some apartment building where you don't live

b) beat with hammer until it's small enough, then place inside of a bag embedded in your kitchen trash, between the rotten food, used tea bags, and greasy paper towels.

"recycled"

and without being able to even CHANGE THE BATTERY, you're gonna have to toss it when PLANNED OBSCELESCENCE limits the product lifetime to something ridiculously short...

so yeah, don't buy one.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Plan details how to get 1m humans to Mars

oh you mean he wasn't trying to promote a race of "little green men"?

either that or just send a lot of people below average height, perhaps from the set of the latest 'Oz' film.

/me grabs coat

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Re: Venus is too nasty, Mercury too hot and the moons of Jupiter or Saturn too distant.

"It will be preferable because he isnt Cohagen"

if there's a lady with 3 boobs on mars, I wanna go

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Unintended consequences

"people should really read the original text before wearing the tinfoil hat"

I think there's an icon for that...

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Re: Excellent

"The only impact of anti-crypto laws is to encourage bad people into using unbreakable private end to end encryption"

ok - let me substitute 'gun' for 'crypto' or 'encryption' and see if the EU keeps the same attitude...

This is an example of ONE thing the EU is getting right. Sorta like when Demo-Rats here in the USA get something right. it's rare, it's notable, and worthy of a thumbs up etc.. I sometimes have to give Diane Feinstein a slow-clap because of that. Even Obaka got one from me on rare occasions...

Keep in mind 99% of everything ELSE they're doing is NOT in your best interest. But this ONE thing, sure, they're getting it right.

/me slow claps

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Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock

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Re: Iceweasel

"The Firefox/Iceweasel issue came about due to Mozilla's trademark policy conflicting with Debian's stable release policy"

I think there might have been a bit more to it, but yeah that was a part of it allright. Also some of what Debian referred to as the "non-free" aspects of Firefox (back then) were excluded from iceweasel. Over time that has apparently been rectified, and we're all happy now. Hopefully.

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Re: Sysvinit and Devuan

"developers stop assuming systemd is installed."

we'd have to break the gnome dev's spirits before THAT will happen... sorta like "to ride a horse, you must first break him".

they have too much control over too many open source GUI applications that we all use.

I was APPALLED at what they did to evince. Fortunately Mate has Atril. But even that gave me some trouble on FreeBSD, when I tried to run it as "not the logged in user". Yeah, "all that CRAP" it apparently "needs". Or not. And that's the point.

The existence of Devuan and the BSD's should be a mighty force against the borg-like systemd taking over the desktop software.

/me regularly runs applications on the X11 desktop NOT as whatever user is currently logged in on the desktop. For customer projects, for example, I often create special users so I can store THEIR settings and files separate, etc. etc. and usually it's just a matter of "xhost +localhost" followed by "su - thatuser" and "setenv DISPLAY localhost:0.0" (or "export DISPLAY=localhost:0.0" for bash). THEN, the applications logged on as "the other user" run just fine alongside of everything else, often with a title that includes '(as thatuser)' so you can easily tell the difference. this makes even more sense for default editor settings and browser settings and things of THAT nature, where your company contract might require you to log in via google or use a different github login, and you don't want THAT globally polluting your REGULAR DESKTOP now do you?

And of course reliance on systemd would SCREW THAT UP a LOT

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Re: UEFI: Need to dual boot Mint on Asus G75 from 2012

no need to free up a partition. re-format the hard drive, make it a linux-only system. dual boot to windows is overrated. if you MUST have it, run it in a VM under Virtualbox.

problem solved.

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

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Re: Who uses UPnP?

most people STILL do not know to turn that @#$% off. So it remains on. Nice security crater!

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As you head off to space with Li-ion batts, don't forget to inject that liquefied gas into them

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Re: Article completely misses key reasons you might use this tech on Earth.

pressure from butane lighters - ever throw one into a fire? [I've heard about it, never done it - not recommended].

not saying the tech is bad [we're already using lithium batteries, made from one of the most reactive and unstable substances in the universe, in _everything_ these days] but choice of a different electrolyte might be a good idea. Something that stays liquid at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, for example, but still operates down to "chicago winter" temperatures.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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RPi, Linux, xmame, LICENSED ROMS!

Here's a thought:

Get an RPi, running Linux, with xmame, and provide a nice menu with LICENSED ROMS that work correctly with the attached hardware (joysticks, buttons, trackballs, whatever). Plug this into your HDMI-capable TV, and you've got a working 80's style game console with all of the classic Atari games!

Easily priced under $200.

(sadly, some d0rk will assume "Win-10-nic" and ruin it from that point forward)

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Oops! Facebook outed its antiterror cops whilst they banned admins

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Re: Zuck the cold-blooded tightwad.

oh now THAT deserves a song!

(to the tune of 'puff the magic dragon')

Zuck the cold-blooded tightwad

Lived in Silicon valley

And frolicked with his zillion bucks

In the land of Cali-Fornicate-Ye!!!!

(and so on)

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Texas says 'howdy' to completely driverless robo-cars on its roads

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Re: It's beginning to seem like a race to the bottom

the race to the bottom is happening out here in Cali-fornicate-you where...

a) single use plastic bags were banned in all stores, in an ELECTION no less. grocery stores MUST charge money for "re-usable" bags, and 75% of people NOW "go bagless" instead. It's irritating as hell. And with so many people HATING it, how did it PASS a VOTE? Voter fraud much?

b) huge gasoline tax and car tax increases on the horizon. Even electric cars will be taxed. "for the roads". Because highway funds were diverted to a) illegal immigrant social services, and b) the 'crazy train' that NOBODY will EVAR use.

c) state legislature "passes a law" to make it HARDER to recall politicians [basically using bureaucracy to slow down recall petitions to the point where they don't do any good] . It's a blatant violation of the state constitution, too. But they don't care, apparently.

d) The "crazy train" to nowhere and illegal immigrants get plenty of free state money, at the expense of those fewer and fewer Californians who actually EARN a living. Yeah, it's a "sanctuary state", with minimum wages constantly being raised, along with taxation. It's gotten WAY WORSE within the last year or so.

and so on.

So YEAH, I'm thinking about moving to Texas. I'd form a Texas corporation, sell the California corporation to it, and then MOVE. Houston is on the gulf coast, probably an ok place. I'll have to trade hurricanes for earthquakes.

I don't blame Texas for making it very very attractive for tech companies. It's already very attractive because of what the idiots in Sacramento are up to these days.

But if Google and Facebook (and others) pick up and move to Texas, how long before they change it for the WORSE...?

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Re: Munchausen syndrome by proxy?

an odd, but interesting analysis. But I wouldn't blame the drugs. I'd blame the drama queen.

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Re: Do you have kids?

Sorry, that was way to "feely" for my stomach to handle. I need some pink liquid now...

take the 'hardass' approach on crime with kids. they'll respect you (and not commit crimes). "If I ever find out you XXX I'll call the cops myself." Make sure you follow through. Tell them about this long before the potential arises. They'll always know you'll do it. chances of actual crimes, from drugs to pushing someone to suicide, will be a hell of a lot lower. By the time they grow up, they will have grown used to the idea of disciplining themselves, and there you have it.

getting my coat now. I ran out of pink liquid.

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Re: Stupid but?

how did the topic go off into pedophilia-land?

anyway my $.10 on that: people should be able to THINK or FEEL whatever they want. You can't have thought/emotion police [that's just stupid]. It's what a person DOES that matters. And if you're discouraging a potential kid-rapist from seeking psychological treatment before he commits an actual crime, by throwing his name onto an embarassing registry (etc.) then it's NOT helping...

And if no actual children are harmed... who cares WHAT happens? I'm sure there's a (NSFW) solution or two available online...

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Re: Stupid but?

"You're getting down votes for telling the truth"

that only happens when you express something with a _conservative_ viewpoint.

In this case, the overt "black lives matter" type of thinking, i.e. "non-whites are the only ones who get jailed", is what's getting the downvotes.

So yeah, dropping the racial/racist comments SHOULD make the downvotes go away.

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Re: Stupid but?

"but did it rise to the level of manslaughter"

depends on how that's defined in a Massachusetts courtroom. And after the appeals, it will be clarified.

I think most people would regard what she did as SOME kind of crime. But don't worry, politicians will "harumph" because "something MUST be done", and make this more complicated than it needs to be.

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Not my kind of girl "friend".

yeah, she's maybe a symptom of the kinds of vacuous, self-centered, uber-feminist, drama queens being excreted by the millennial generation, i.e. "undateable" and reason for the '3DPD' acronym. She probably spells 'women' as 'womyn', too.

I blame Patricia Ireland and Gloria Steinam and others for helping to create multiple generations of these *kinds* of B.I.itches. [fortunately not ALL women fall into this trap, just way too many of them, and if they quote the 'fish needs a bicycle' idiocy, they're UBER undateable!]

Anyway, combine "that attitude" with a twisted desire to act like an intarweb troll (i.e. "Be An Hero" de-motivational showing someone with a gun to his head) and you get a 17 year old chick attempting to do an assisted suicide "for the lulz".

yeah. I'm probably right. watch the downvotes that come from people who hate hearing the truth, though.

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Yeah, if you could just stop writing those Y2K compliance reports, that would be great

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Re: A Y2.1k problem...

"The simple solution to the Y2038 problem is to use unsigned as time_t. "

should be 64-biits, actually.

Looks like 32-bit linux still has 32-bit integer as time_t [the libc would have to be updated, most likely]

64-bit linux has it as a 64-bit integer, however. no problems there.

but I'm pretty sure that the 'time since epoch' i being stored internally as 64-bits within the kernel. If someone finds differently, it would be interesting to know.

however it looks like libc itself (on 32-bit machines) needs to be fixed.

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