* Posts by bombastic bob

5556 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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Re: Is this censorship?

not censorship, a prelude to a tollbooth - pay Google, or your ad won't be seen in Chrome! [even non-google ads].

that's right - PAID white-listing. It's inevitable. In fact, doesn't at least ONE ad-block service do that already?

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"my eyes were opened to what I have been missing when I tried out the YouTube app on my new, inevitably "smart", TV"

I shall resist owning one of those, for the abovementioned reasons. THAT, and the "dumb" ones are cheaper.

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Re: If only they also banned...

If only they also banned:

a) anything with scripting or 3rd party cookies or user-identifiable URLs. Period. [if I click on the link and it tracks me on THEIR servers, that's their business. But the ad itself should be benign].

b) anything that has motion in it [especially flash and *shudder* HTML5 video, even WITHOUT sound]. Animated gifs are just as bad and should never 'autoplay' anyway.

c) anything larger than 100k bytes. yes, I'm being generous.

d) anything that requires a user interaction in ANY form, even if it's to stop the countdown early

e) anything that blocks the content if "not viewed" (including those for sites that give you 'forbidden' or other errors from nginx if you happen to have noscript running)

f) anything requiring downloads from a separate URL [script, CSS, whatever] - see '100k bytes' limit

g) anything that re-directs directly to ANY kind of installer - no exceptions!

h) anything that consumes more than 5% of the CPU over a 2 second period to render on an average device (mobile or desktop). Don't waste my battery either!

I call that "a good start"

[what, you mean shoving it in my face and blowing a loud horn until I press 'OK' isn't making me want to BUY your product??? That practice should have GUARANTEED sales attached to it!]

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Re: Let's hope...

"If I didn't care about the local football club coverage therein, I'd never visit the page."

does it still work with 'NoScript' running?

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station

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Re: What a waste ?

/me wonders if they played Jimmy Hendrix on the ghetto blaster while the incinerator was churnin' and burnin'.

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Re: "Kraut" ? really ? in the 21st century ? after 70 years ?

"The europeans have always had a way of describing each other using a food based item that is native to that country"

/me wonders what Americans would be... 'Hot Dogs' perhaps? But it really varies from state to state.

In Cali-fornicate-you it's easy: Fruits, nuts, and flakes [at least in S.F. and silly valley]. But here in San Diego I guess it could be "Fish Tacos". Rubios. Yum!

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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"the tax system as set up by FDR was what built America"


FDR's socialism actually SLOWED DOWN the recovery from the 'Great Depression'. A few things, like deposit insurance, made sense [this kept most banks from making high risk loans due to regulation involving the insurance requirement, which is what caused the banking crisis of the late 1920's]. But *MOST* of what FDR did domestically was CRAP, and should be ABANDONED, starting with Keynsian economics and ending with the so-called "progressive" taxation of incomes [it keeps people from BECOMING "the rich"].

What ended the depression was the war-time economy cause by WORLD WAR 2, and the massive spending at the end of the war as soldiers and sailors and marines came back home and bought houses and cars and other stuff they'd saved up for.

During the 1950's tax rates were INCREASED with the top marginal rate being 90% (yes, 90%) and *TONS* of loopholes for tax shelters "for the rich" to go with it [to 'stimulate' certain pet areas of the economy], so as to *SLOW* *DOWN* the U.S. economy, most likely [from a 'globalist' kind of perspective] to "allow Europe and Asia to 'catch up' to the USA after having to repair all of that war damage".

By the 1960's, JFK saw how this was STIFLING the US economy, and basically laid out supply side economics and TAX CUTS to the New York Economic Society in December of 1962. This actually made him the BETTER choice over Nixon, who was pretty much the same as Kennedy on most points that were important to people at the time. [yes, I _JUST_ praised a Democrat!]

And so I conclude: FDR's policies *STIFLED* the US economy, by putting more gummint control over it. JFK's, and Regan's, and now Trump's policies *UNLEASH* the economy, by lowering the marginal tax rates.

Our current income tax was implemented (after the approval of the relevant constitutional amendment) during the time of Woodrow Wilson, a globalist, socialist, "chicken in every pot" type of Demo-Rat politician who NEVER should have been President of the USA. Only the top 10% of income earners were affected by the 2 percent tax. Now, look where it is _NOW_ !!!

And America was MOSTLY built without an income tax. BIG GUMMINT was built WITH it.

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Re: Obamacare individual mandate

" there will be few left who will be able to afford the increased rates for health insurance that will result. "


more like this:

Insurance companies will offer plans that people CAN afford and are willing to buy, because they do NOT have to comply with some ridiculous federal requirement. This includes "emergency only" and high-deductible catastrophic plans. Trump says he LIKES those. So do I. But you can't BUY them with OBAKA-CARE individual mandate in place. You _HAVE_ to pay 10 times as much for things you do NOT want, to "cover everyone else".

I say *NO* to Obaka-care mandates, and give it my upright middle finger. It's a "financial hardship" which allows me to NOT purchase it under THAT law [as it turns out] so I did NOT have to pay "the fine". And I did NOT buy it. And now, I won't EVER HAVE to! [I may get a high deductible catastrophic policy, now that I can, maybe like the old style 'blue cross' plans - for 1/10 the price - and for anything else, I'll just go to the neighborhood "doc in a box" or pharmacy where they can do things like flu shots without an exam first, things like that].

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Re: "Again I tell you..."

"Murder rate US - 4.88 per 100,000"

Trump still needs to un-do DECADES of failed policies that result in inner city high unemployment rates, to deal with the murder rate and crime problems. Yeah, he got BOATLOADS of good things done in under a year, but still has a long way to go.

But as for actually ARRESTING and INCARCERATING these bozos that commit crimes [like murder], a good portion of that problem falls in the hands of STATE and local governments, not the Feds.

Recently, Cali-Fornicate-You "relaxed" the crime level (felonies becoming misdemeanors, for example) of certain "non-violent" crimes, causing prisoners to be released, among other things. The 'petty crime' increase predictably followed. We had a 3-strikes law that was WORKING. Not any more. Thanks, Jerry "2nd time around [like eating vomit]" "Moonbeam" Brown and corrupt state legislature.

Trump can't control governors or state legislatures. MOST crimes involve state law, not federal law, and are prosecuted by individual states.

And don't forget about cases where ILLEGAL ALIENS (including MS-13) are the CAUSE of the murders... like a recent high profile case in San Francisco where the perp was ACQUITTED on B.S. technicalities, "the bullet ricocheted" or some such nonsense, when HE! FIRED! THE! BULLET!! Trump can't control THAT, either.

I think the NRA _ALSO_ has some interesting statistics involving states where gun ownership and/or concealed carry permits are being INFRINGED upon... showing that restrictive anti-gun laws actually INCREASE the murder/crime rates.

So, blame where blame belongs, please?

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Re: I don't get it



rich people (and corporations) don't just stuff their mattresses with extra money when they earn it [exception: expatriated money stuffed into offshore banks, waiting for lower tax rates so it can be re-patriated].

they SPEND IT! You know, on houses, cars, boats, planes, vacations, "things"... and they HIRE people! "Hey I have more money this year, let's hire a contractor/butler/cook/driver/gardner/whatever - or invest venture capital into a NEW BUSINESS, because I can RISK IT now!"

(and of course, THAT creates JOBS and boosts the economy). So let rich people KEEP what they earn, because it's GOOD for EVERYONE when they do!

Do you get it now?

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Re: I don't get it

""trickle-down economics" does not work"

ugh. You sound like a Ross Perot supporter...

Keynsian economics: FAIL

Supply-side economics: works EVERY TIME it is tried! JFK, Regan, Trump.

Socialist/communist/fascist economics: don't even get me started on that one...

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Re: Math

"The side effect of this is that your health insurance is likely to double or triple"

FUD. WRONG. CLUELESS. prices/costs already _DID_ that because of OBAKA-"Care".

I will continue to *REFUSE* to purchase insurance UNTIL it becomes "affordable". for ME. with the features _I_ want, and ONLY what _I_ want to pay for. Until then, if I need something, there's a "doc-in-a-box" a mile from my house, in a shopping center. I've used those before. They're reasonably priced, and it's easier to just use a credit card or cash than to deal with insurance-style bureaucracy.

It is _NOT_ the business of a _GUMMINT_ to _FORCE_ me to _BUY_ something! it's un-American, too, to even THINK that way. What part of "freedom" includes GUMMINT FORCING YOU TO BUY SOMETHING??? [oh, "for your own good", I forgot, duuuhhh... </sarcasm>]

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Re: Hate much?

"Why would corporations repatriate money and be taxed on it"

so they can effectively make the money WORK [and earn more] instead of [effectively] being STUFFED INTO A MATTRESS. Stagnant money is bad. Working capital is good. That sort of thing.

I would've made the corporate tax ZERO. I also would FLATTEN the income tax so everone pays the SAME RATE [with no deductions other than 'how many people in your household'], no special rates for married/single, no special deductions for children over others, ALL income treated the same, and a large enough personal deduction so that "poor" individuals pay NO federal tax.

But no politician has the TESTICULAR FORTITUDE to actually do that.

And what we have here is a "good first step". I expect even those whiners that can't deduct their state/local taxes [as much] any more, who NOW have higher 'effective' tax rates [they're all "super rich" anyway, not middle class, so class envy types SHOULD be happy they're getting 'soaked'], will actually take home MORE money than before because of the economic boon. So, in reality, it would help THEM too.

What I did _NOT_ see in the article is the repeal of the [unconstitutional] INDIVIDUAL MANDATE to PURCHASE health insurance that meets certain [ridiculous] requirements as specified by OBAKA-"Care". Buhbye!! THAT is probably the BEST news [to me].

In any case, "nice first step". I hope to see MORE of the SAME from con-grab over the next few years.

Oh - I also predict that the UK will benefit indirectly from this, as well as everyone ELSE in the world. You should be happy! "A rising tide lifts all boats". When the USA does well, so does EVERYONE ELSE. This is why I hated the globalist "hamper the USA so the others can catch up" approach. That's really wat it was, ya know? A nice recession followed THAT approach. I think the 80's method is BETTER. And so it will be, AGAIN, in the late twenty-teens and 20's

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

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Re: Firefox's fall from grace

First came AUSTRALIS, then Pocket, then opt-out telemetry, then 57, now this.

fixed. you're welcome.

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Re: Disable feedback

"(Probably only a matter of time before that switch becomes "advisory" only"

if that happens I'll submit a patch for FreeBSD to disable it entirely. If they don't accept it, I'll just publish it independently. Or hell, fork the @#$%'ing repo and call it "F-U-fox"

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Re: 'Google must set Mozilla policy?'

"So Pale Moon is it then, thoughts?"

resurrect 'Iceweasel' as part of 'devuan' maybe. make sure it easily builds from source on all platforms, and VOILA!

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Re: Death by a thousand cuts?

"actively sabotaging the browser"

conspiracy or incompetence, either reason yields the same results

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Re: all foretold

interesting quote, it forced me to google. Seems to be from 3rd season of the 'Mr. Robot' series.

After reading about it here I'm not sure I'd want to even SEE that show.

It's been my experience that hackers aren't anarchists, most aren't socialists (like Stallman), nor even anti-capitalists. The EFF is more like the ACLU than not, it seems, and doesn't really represent what [from what I've seen] MOST hackers think or do.

Most hackers seem to be (in general ) are libertarians, and somewhat conservative at that. In other words, it's less about legalizing everything (like drugs), and more about just being a "more free" society. After all, OTHER methods of governance take freedom (and/or money) AWAY. And most of them (us) are employed in fields where rapid thinking, problem solving, and creative solutions are key to making your customer/employer happy with you. You know, like I.T., engineering, software, ...

And I don't think you'll find too many hackers that are SJW's, either. Maybe, among the easily brainwashed n00b/s'kiddie types you'll find a few, but generally NO. Hackers tend to want their freedom, and freedom for everyone else, too [even if they don't agree with it]. You'll also find that hackers generally accept social change a bit faster than others, too, mostly on the 'live and let live' side, and not the "we have to change everybody who disagrees with us" side - as an example I had some interesting online discussions with a transgender hacker some time ago (about transgender-ness, lots of interesting resources referenced), and that particular hacker had no problem being accepted in the newsgroup, without the usual "suck-up" behavior that SJW's and the left typically give to people who are in 'SJW protected classes'.. yeah it's sad when "the new XXX employee" gets sucked-up to that way. EMBARASSINGLY sad, like they become instant 'celebreties'. I just treat people the same, regardless. I think that's what they want, too.

But, regardless of all of that, the 'alternative' perception of hackers makes for popular TV shows, I'd guess... so it's perpetuated. Thing is, hackers probably don't care nor don't watch the show. Hackers on shows like 'Bull' and 'Criminal Minds' and 'NCIS' are, however, pretty close to "the real thing" from my perspective. I mean, who doesn't like Garcia? Abbey? or McGee? Or that hacker girl on 'Bull' ?

Anyway, 'nuff from me now. I should get "work" done.

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Re: Attitude

they can be 'proud of themselves' all they WANT to if they can get the product right...

But with things like Australis, breakage of legacy plugins (many of which "FIX" the Australis b0rk-up), 2D FLATSO HTML 'settings' pages, etc. - this "users are by default our beta testers" nonsense is JUST the icing on the arrogance cake of FAIL.

/me points out that PRIDE isn't necessarily bad, but when you're proud of something, and it's NOT deserved, it becomes ARROGANCE.

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They really are trying to follow Microsoft off of the cliff.

I need to be able to give you more than one up-vote for that...

CSS and Javascript on GOV.UK page take early Christmas holiday

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Re: The site lost its CSS and JS ...

they should take a lesson from this and write "simpler pages" that use STANDARD HTML rather than all of that CRAP that typically ends up in web pages these days...

CSS is a necessary evil, but can be included in the <HEAD> section instead of requiring a 3rd party CDN [and then ONLY what is NECESSARY to display the page correctly, not "boatload of bloat" which generally ends up in a 'boilerplate' CSS]. Same with script.

It's those "3rd party bloatware load-it-all" script/style sites that REALLY screw intarwebs performance. And sometimes, if you want to make fixes/changes to the script files, it STOPS the change from working with Chrome on an Android... [even REFRESH didn't help]. Yeah, I was pissed off about that, and embedded "only what was needed" in the HEAD section. THAT fixed it!

Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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Re: I use Linux

" I write Linux software and am most productive on that platform"

ack - at first I didn't know how well 'gedit' (and then 'pluma') did as an editor, so I used VS. But within a short time, I discovered that syntax highlighting in 'gedit' (and then 'pluma') does a FANTASTIC job of making it posible to use those applications to edit things on Linux or BSD natively. I do miss "virtual space" though, which is why I'm [off and on] working on my OWN IDE. [I've got some time off for a month or so, maybe I can work on it some more].

It took a bit of a learning curve, to familiarize myself with autotools, to get the 'Makefile' syntax down pat [both for BSD-style and GNU-style Makefiles], to completely familiarize myself with how the gcc and clang environments work, etc. etc. but it's paid off and NOW very easy to set up an application that builds/runs under Linux, BSD, Cygwin, OSX, and maybe even Win32 if I bother to add the '#if' blocks for "the differences". And if I need GUI stuff, GTK and wxWidgets do pretty well for me.

I keep MSDN anyway because, you never know when you'll need it for something. [getting my IDE and toolkit to build cross-platform for winders would be a good reason]

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Re: Store is a Verb

across the pond, we call them "stores" more than "shops".

So I'll go to the store, put the groceries in the trunk, get on the elevator, etc.

2 nations separated by one language [heh]

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"one day maybe someone will post a story about Microsoft that wont get usurped by the penguins"

Micro-shaft would have to roll back their business strategies and internal policies NEARLY TWO DECADES for *THAT* to happen. Their current stupidity began when Ballmer took the helm, with the ".Not" initiative [which eventually morphed into the 'windows logon' that Win-10-nic practically STRONGARMS you into], which was originally called "Passport", and all of the big "dot com" people laughed hysterically at [as in 'why must we pay a toll to Micro-shaft for what we do already for FREE???'].

SO... as long as Micro-shaft continues to do STUPID THINGS and make STUPID POLICIES, I'm sure that the ratio of unfavorable to favorable articles will continue to be a value significantly greater than one. And "the penguins" (I guess I'm one too, even though I'm running FBSD for day-to-day things) will continue to point out, as a public service, the ~superior~ choice of alternative (and free) OS known as Linux.

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MUST use engines provided by Windows

From the article:

"Apps that browse the web must use the appropriate HTML and JavaScript engines provided by the Windows Platform"

and (quoted from post I reply to)

"This is another decision, in the long line of recent MS decisions that are pushing users away, the users who are most easily pushed away are those with somewhere else to go"

The first quote (from the article) shows that "The Store" CRapps are [out of the box] *AUTOMATICALLY* *HOBBLED* by being forced into using a potentially *INFERIOR* system of HTML and JavaScript rendering/execution, with NO hope of providing your own tweeks and benefits [and filtering i.e. anti-spyware anti-malware] such that NOBODY can effectively compete with that "Edging" browser. So Chrome is _ALREADY_ on their "excrement list". But they wanted a presence in "The Store", so they made an INSTALLER instead. I totally get that.

And the 2nd quote is a BRILLIANT assessment of where Micro-shaft currently is.

I have to wonder if Micro-shaft is *ALSO* *HOBBLING* "The Store" UWP CRapps by (essentially) forcing them into having 2D FLATSO FLUGLY interfaces.

Some recent experiences between me Micro-shaft have shown me that the rank/file people are REALLY TRYING to make customers happy and be reasonable. But their overall infrastructure AND bureaucracy, *ESPECIALLY* dealing with "The Store", has shown me that it's a *COMPLETE* *CLUSTER* *BLANK*. What used to work (let's say renew MSDN), but now *MUST* be done through "The Store", has broken, in a bad way. And though good people at low levels do their best to try and "fix it", and I most definitely appreciate their efforts, they are up against an INTERNAL BUREAUCRACY that is as OPPRESSIVE as [here comes the politics] a SOCIALIST DICTATORSHIP.

But I've commented on that MANY times before, and I've experienced the effects of it first-hand. I've interpreted the results of "decisions from on high" within their corporation, and seen how a small number of "activist types" are driving the ship towards the rocks. I've seen (and then pointed out) specific people who are KNOWN to be responsible, none of whom seem to work for the company any more. And yet... STILL, the problems remain, and Micro-shaft CONTINUES to go down the SAME road to HELL as they were when they horked-up "The Metro", Win-10-nic, GWX, UWP, and "The Store".

Yes... those who HAVE an alternative already are moving towards it. I pity those who do NOT.

/me runs FreeBSD most of the time, with Linux and 'some windows' thrown in their, though I _still_ keep my MSDN subscription alive... I guess I'm nostalgically hopeful or something.

SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

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Re: it's its not it's

/me plays "Liberty Bell March" and goes PTTTHHHHH at the end (as a giant foot slams down).

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Re: Interesting legal theory

@ST - 23 downvotes! welcome to the "howler monkey poo-sling target" club! (it's probably one or two real people, and 21 or 22 sock puppets)

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"why they allowed Kaspersky's tools on their computers in the first place."

Old sheriff's rules. New sheriff in town. New rules. It's to be expected.

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Re: Precedent

"If the US government successfully defends this, an ugly precedent will be made:"

you mean a precedent like NOT having to bow to every WHINER out there who BITCHES that the gummint isn't buying THEIR products, for "whatever reason" ?

don't tell me that YOUR boss (or I.T. department) doesn't say you can't use "certain software" on work computers... that would be VERY rare, from what I've seen.

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Re: Well, that was obvious.

"to call out one specific company was just asking to be sued"

maybe, but to call it "unconstitutional" is completely ridiculous.

Any corporation or government has the authority to decide what products it wants to use. Otherwise, they'd be using public money to appease EVERY WHINER OUT THERE just because the gummint didn't purchase THEIR products. Like some form of 'political correctness' I guess...

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Re: Windows

thanks for the mention. heh.

Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Re: Not applied to Government, of course

So Trump's tweets are referred to as 'trumps' now? [that's kinda funny in its own right]

I like his tweets. It also helps to distract everyone from the 'fake news' bombardment. 'Covfefe' notwithstanding... I've nodded of at work before due to frantic/manic coding for hours, keyboard2$*(skas///// - CRAP - low caffeine alarm!

/me gets some more popcorn to watch the 'trump-storm' and the highly entertaining reactions

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Re: @AC

" but where does it stop"

It stops when someone creates their OWN twitter-like system, maybe "right-wing-extremists.com" or something, complete with whatever social media schtuff they want.

that way they won't have a reason to gripe. But they probably _WANT_ a reason to gripe. They're as bad as the uber-lefties. I bet BOTH extremes are deliberately putting themselves into situations where they can burden the court system (and everyone NOT them) with whatever agenda they're advocating at the moment...

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refusing service

"don't you dare refuse to serve me because I'm an asshole"

that happens on occasion (and the asshole is asked to leave, right?).

Perhaps the customers that are (irritatingly) _INSISTING_ on "their rights", particularly those who are activists looking for a business to use as a test case in the court system, need to apply that same scrutiny to themselves. Are they simply "being assholes" ?

But if it were my business I'd be asking whether they want pink or blue on the 2 grooms...

It's like this: the only 'color' that mattes is the color of money that the customer spends in your business. Apply that across the board to everything *else* that SJW's are whining about, and that's how I see it.

(so if a business doesn't sell to homosexuals, or members of a particular race or religion, let them lose the business and the business of anyone ELSE who's pissed off by that)

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slippery slope

a) it's Twitter's network, they can filter and censor if they want to

b) if you want unfiltered/unmoderated, there's still USENET and IRC

c) censorship is bad, so it's likely that Twitter will suffer some business loss as a result of their decision. It may also be made up for with people who agree with their decision.

if it were me, I'd say "let them say what they want, put content warnings on it". Then people who choose to not be able to view content that has a warning on it (including children, by default) wouldn't ever see it.

After all, if you let them say what they want to, they will be known by their own folly.

yeah, it's a libertarian argument.

But not so slippery of a slope, really, because it's a privately owned venue.

Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

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Re: Old tech solved this decades ago

"The solution used two i/o request queues for each disk plus a record of where the heads were and which direction they were moving"

for this to have ANY kind of performance advantage, you'd need an OS that's aware of this feature, and could internally prioritize things for best throughput. But for desktops, at least, I'm pretty sure that Windows operating systems force a physical write to the disk way too often, and seem to be more like DOS in their "serialized" way of doing things than like a REAL operating system (say Linux or BSD, k-thx).

maybe a massively parallel or massively "async I/O" process would benefit, sure, but not your average desktop application. Users wouldn't see any difference, in other words, to justify the price.

it's like multi-core in a way - very few, if any, desktop applications even REMOTELY come close to leveraging this. And yet nearly every CPU sold nowadays is dual core or better. And is the *PERCEIVED* speed of those "modern" OSs (say Win-10-nic) any better than, say, XP or 7? *NOT* *BY* *MY* *MEASUREMENTS* !!! [and Micro-shaft's "OS background schtuff" is at LEAST a little disturbing anyway]

/me wonders just how much ZFS knows about the way the data is stored on the drive...

Top Silicon Valley tech judge hits alt-F4 under cloud of sex-pest claims

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where people are treated fairly and equally

I'd like to THINK so.

Wasn't it Henry Kissinger who said "Power is the great aphrodisiac" ??


ok you young whippersnappers probably don't know who that guy is - he was one of the best foreign policy gurus this nation has EVER seen, serving as Secretary of State under Nixon and Ford


In any case, it may be that people with "too much libido" are seeking power, or perhaps the power ENHANCES their libido, or [the more likely scenario] power makes them ARROGANT enough to "feel" as if they can "get away with it".

Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

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Re: pfft who needs pwd managers

well, I'll put in a good word for KeePassXC <-- the C language version that doesn't need MONO nor ".Not"

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Re: I'd rather know

"How to get rid of it from the Windows 10 machines in my Office."

1. Go to linuxmint.com, get latest DVD image

2. Save important files to external USB drive

3. Insert LINUX MINT (Cinnamon or Mate *) install DVD

4. Boot from DVD, install Mint, wiping out EVERYTHING Win-10-nic and replacing it with something worth having.

5. Restore important files from backup. Install additional software (like Libre Office, firefox, thunderbird) as needed.

* NOTE: KDE is an acceptable alternative to Cinnamon or Mate

also worth noting: the win-10-nic replacement process (with Linux Mint) will likely take LESS TIME than trying to fix the average Win-10-nic computer...

Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

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the howler monkeys are back slinging "downvote" poo and making lots of noise, to make their numbers look bigger. *sigh*

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Re: if Windows 10 could run

well, there's NO reason any longer to write a UWP [CR]app for Win-10-nic.

I planned on NEVER doing that anyway. If I must write an application for windows, it'll be compatible with Windows 7. *PERIOD*

And if I'm in a particularly good mood, it will re-draw all of the non-client areas to *LOOK* like it's running on Windows 7!!! Because the 2D FLATSO FLUGLY nauseates me.

Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Re: If it had been the 9th circus court...

I'm the one that caused the cops to become involved.

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Not IT related, but on topic ...

"change the batteries in the wind-sock"

Ah, yes, the n00b pranks in the military!

"Go down to the boiler/machinery room and get a BT/machinist punch"

"I need you to get 5 feet of water/chow line"

"This is the pressure test. Just put your thumbs in this vice, and we'll see how much pressure you can take"

"We're heading up to the surface to get mail from a mail buoy. Here's a lifejacket and a harness, put 'em on, you're going up the hatch"


"I need some sound-powered phone batteries. See if there are any in the supply room."

"Make sure you press your eye really hard onto the rubber eye cup on the periscope/viewport" [invariably has been lovingly coated with something that leaves a 'black eye' pattern around your eye, like maybe this carbon-based lubricating material designed for stainless steel nuclear valve covers, and everyone ELSE knows better].

what ELSE would you expect, in a high testosterone environment, with most people in their early to mid 20s, that are somewhat bored most of the time?

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: July and August must Go!

throw JUST August out, and we can get rid of JSON (may it die a horrible, painful, 'killed to death' death, to the death).

coat, please.

Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: False allegations made by intelligent high-functioning employable delusional fantasists


"Have you any empirical evidence for the 'awash' with false accusations statement"

YOU apparently want to remain anonymous. Maybe the rest of us, who are NOT anonymous, would like to NOT divulge our personal life details in this forum, and have them snarked over and downvoted by the "Howler Monkeys". K-thx.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: So what did the police say?

"So regardless of guilt, he should be punished and be forced to change his job because allegations?"

amazingly, this sort of thing has been happening a LOT lately...

FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Steady on, folks.

" if Comcast sets up paid prioritization tomorrow, who do you think is going to do something about it?"

hopefully, nobody. because the end result will either be better equipment [bought with additional revenue] or lower prices for people with basic service. Either that, or someone will come along and COMPETE with them. And stopping the competition would be an anti-trust issue, where the FTC has domain.

And then competition will ensure we all get what we want and what we CAN AFFORD, without others paying for it, without slowing everyone else down just because we serve up torrents, yotta yotta yotta.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"That's how Trump got elected, and that's how Ajit Pai got to be FCC Chairman."

Actually Trump got elected because people in the USA are *SICK* *AND* *TIRED* of politicians promising one thing and delivering something completely different, particularly when it comes to domestic policy, foreign policy, immigration, and REPEALING OBAKA-CARE.

So Trump is doing what we want him to do: de-regulate, un-do Obaka's "legacy", follow the Constitution, drain the swamp, LOWER tax rates, bring business back to the USA, show STRENGTH to our enemies (like Iran and N. Korea) instead of bending over and apologizing to them, etc.. - Make America Great Again. So simple, yet so profound! And it involves CONSERVATIVE principles, not liberal stupidity.

Freedom works EVERY TIME IT IS TRIED. All gummint needs to do is keep the playing field level by preventing the situation that created the 'Robber Barons' of the late 19th and early 20th centuries [keep in mind Teddy Roosevelt was a REPUBLICAN] and let the people do what they do best. It works EVERY! TIME! IT! IS! TRIED!!!

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Black arm bands for everyone

"Next question?"

you actually BELIEVE that? *sigh*

bombastic bob Silver badge

so much angst over a complete mis-interpretation of the situation.

(You voted for Mrs. Clinton, didn't you?)

Doom, gloom, end of the world, the sky is falling, help me Mr. Wizard, oh my freaking god, dogs and cats living together...

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