* Posts by csmac3144

32 posts • joined 31 Aug 2011

Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship


Calm the f**k down

Thiel got it right: the media (including this normally non-hysterical rag) take Trump literally, but not seriously. Trump's supporters take him seriously, but not literally. Trump says "I'll build a wall and get Mexico to pay". Trump supporters hear "we'll have a saner and more practical immigration system" (like every other country on the planet). The media takes him 100% literally and goes into a shrieking tizzy.

There was a lot of campaign BS, but at the end of the day he's a pragmatist. The world isn't ending, so chill out.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'


Quality vs Quantity

Depending on which laws she broke (from obstruction of justice to violations of the Espionage Act) it only takes one email for her to draw a sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison.

Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit


Cheeky upstarts!

If the public refuses to vote in the manner they should according to their betters, then they'll damn well do it again until they get it right.

The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?


"It's not the cheating per se – let's not get started on the morals of it all"

There's nothing to "get started". Cheating on your partner is morally wrong by definition. It is fundamentally dishonest. It is not the same as, for example, an "open relationship" in which both partners are aware of and OK with external relationships. Some people may consider this latter behaviour to be immoral while many more do not, but *everyone* should acknowledge that cheating is by definition immoral and extremely damaging to everyone involved.

Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills


Re: Smart, huh?

" While there is a debate over if we have a thousand years worth of uranium at increased usage, nobody seriously says that we haven't got enough easily recoverable to last the next century when the majority of plants will near certainly be Thorium based reactors instead of Uranium ones."

In any case, Canada has enough uranium to last for thousands of years and it's unlikely we will become hostile to the UK any time soon. Help yourselves (at market rates).

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers


Re: reducing energy consumption

"(if the govt want them subsidised, do it, don't make US subsidise through our bills)"

Uh, where do you think the money comes from if the government decided to "do it"? Hint: the taxes lopped off your pay. There's no free lunch.

Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones


Re: Twat

Except he's a billionaire and you're, well, a twat.

THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla


There is nothing that comes out of a beaver's arse that I don't already love.

NASA: Trip to Mars would exceed 'fatal cancer' radiation risk


Somehow it doesn't strike me as likely that you work in the field of cancer research.

Your points sound a lot like the old Monty Python skit, where a TV host asks a guest how one goes about playing the flute: "Well, you blow in one end and run your fingers up and down the other".

'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test


Fear and loathing in the UK

I've lived in US states where there is next to no restriction on owning and carrying handguns (Vermont, Kentucky) and I've travelled a fair bit in the UK. The UK is hands-down far more dangerous on average than the vast majority of the US (places like Detroit and Baltimore being obvious, extreme exceptions). In Vermont anyone can pack a .357 Magnum, yet the violent crime rate is vanishingly small.

You Europeans go from one extreme to the other: from insane bloodbath mass warfare to pansy-ass "ooh, guns are so scary!" in half a century. Even it out, mate.

Ex-LulzSec bloke to spend a YEAR in the cooler for Sony hack


Re: Who's laughing now?

"Unless he's that way inclined, he won't be laughing."

So men who are "that way inclined" just automatically enjoy being raped by other men in prison? That's one of the most bigoted things I've read in months.

jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb


Shows contempt for customers

So I guess I'll just pop round the CIO's offices at our Fortune 100 customers and tell them to scrap IE7 and IE8 on the 400,000+ desktops they collectively manage.

This move may endear jquery to the bleeding-edge social media app crowd, but it's a nail in the coffin for enterprise use.

Climate scientists link global warming to extreme weather


Political expediency

Isn't it amazing how "climate scientists" repeatedly "link" disparate phenomena together that just happen to support the immediate political needs of the global progressive juggernaut?

From a left-wing perspective: "Climate change -- is there anything it can't do?"

Engineers are cold and dead inside, research shows


Well you certainly aren't the typical engineer. Your description, however, is of a textbook narcissist and borderline sociopath.

Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt


Big deal. I've had a life-sized clone of myself made out of dirt and scrap lumber hanging from the roof of my house for years now. It works too! Even the mail man doesn't bother me any more.

Kickstarted mobe charger 'kicked to death by Apple'


And to think people used to think Microsoft was evil!

Apple has always been FAR more evil than Microsoft (and I own about 7 or 8 Apple products).

Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030


Anyone actually done computer models?

Does anyone here have any actual experience with creating models of any complexity? If you do, you'll recognize this "research" for what it is immediately: pure rubbish. Creating models of processes that are several orders of magnitude less complex and chaotic can be an extreme challenge. Lack of precision in variables is cumulative -- it only takes a few variables to be a bit off before the whole thing is utterly useless. Think about this for a few minutes. How precise do you think the assumptions are going in to this model? How precise COULD they possibly be?

The entire Green ideology is doing more damage to science from a public education point of view than the creationists and UFO-ologists could ever hope to do.

Venus EXPOSED in predawn threesome with Saturn and Mercury


Get some, already

You nerds are completely obsessed with sex! You need to get a real, live human female for a change. Most people who, uh, get laid regularly aren't interested in the constant sexual innuendo in a site allegedly about computers and technology.

Will someone *please* get these nerds a bit of tail?!?

Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect


Aspergers/Atheism connection?

Virtually everywhere on the web one finds a crowd of noisy atheists one also notices a strong prevalence of the so-called spectrum disorders (virtually any gadget/tech site is probably made up of at least 50% of such people). Autistic personalities have trouble processing emotional information. It seems like they aren't even capable of having spiritual experiences at all. I was an atheist for years, but I never lacked for what I now better understand to be a spiritual dimension to my life. I certainly never felt the need to lash out like a frightened (albeit high-IQ) child against religion in general.

Climate change threatens to SHRINK FISH AND CHIP SUPPERS


Scary future!

Climate change will also cause:

- ankle thickening

- cranky spiders

- upstairs tenants

- dark matter stains

- morbid fear of steganography

- more, no wait, less water in that pond over there


SurfTheChannel Brit movie pirate gets 4 YEARS' PORRIDGE


Re: Evil pirates of the high seas!

The obvious flaw here is that we are supposed to take your word (and the word of all your fellow downloaders) that you in fact would not otherwise pay for ANY of the movies you illegally obtain. This has to be the most self-serving argument ever. Unless you live in the third world it is highly unlikely you are so desperately poor that you cannot afford the occasional rental or ticket. Even in the third world, millions upon millions of people pay to see movies annually.

It is indeed true that digital copies are not the same as physical objects. However it does NOT follow that you therefore have the right to make and use as many copies as you like on the basis of some cocked-up nonsense about how the producers "won't be harmed".

That's the way the world works: if you don't have the money to pay for a good or service offered for sale, you must do without. Cry me a river and stuff your sanctimonious sophistry. If you're going to steal, at least have the guts and the integrity to admit you're a thief.

Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'


Re: Interesting

Fucking models. A *lot* more fun than fucking reality.

Forget 'climate convert' Muller: Here's the real warming blockbuster


None of this will matter to the True Believers. They simply ignore, dismiss or slander anything that contradicts the Narrative. The whole matter as long stopped being about science at all. (If it was about science, the True Believers would dispassionately attempt to replicate these findings, not slander the researchers).

Study: Climate was hotter in Roman, medieval times than now


I can't hear you! (fingers in ears) La la la la la la la...

1930s photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today


Re: You're missing the point

Touched a nerve, did he?

Watermelon rage.

Naked gyrating iPad vid exposes truth behind Apple's billions


Re: One of the best places to work?

Another tiresome leftist trope that started as a little lie and has become a big Lie. Of course their are suicides at Foxconn -- it's the equivalent of a small American city! The suicide RATE however is actually lower than for China in general, and comparable to most other countries.

This has been known for a long time, but truth never got in the way of a leftist meme before, so why should it now, right?

Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters


Let's just keep making shit up after the fact to explain anything that doesn't fit our "theory".

Ain't "science" grand?

Activist supplied illegally obtained docs to DeSmogBlog


For the alarmists...

dishonesty = feature, not bug.

America abandoning DSL in favour of faster cable


30 Mb/s bi-directional fiber here in Nova Scotia. Expensive though at around $75 per month. Still, I very rarely see anything online that hits those limits up or down. Just the ftp'ing files across the street and that sort of tomfoolery.

OFFICIAL: Last Western Black rhino snuffs it


Wrong species

Rhino no have ivory, chief.

Apple's new Lion beta bakes in iCloud


Reality Bites

I've been a Windows and *nix users for over 20 years. Back in January I decided to finally start using Macs as I'd always had this image in mind of sleek, stable, intuitive machines that had but one drawback: price. Sort of like Mercedes Benz.

Well after a total of four Macs (an Air, a MB Pro, and two Minis) used intensively daily in a mixed environment with some Win7 and Ubuntu machines, I can say without doubt that Macs (OSX) are certainly no more stable than a $399 Walmart Win7 PC, and since Lion they are definitely FAR less stable than even our worst Windows machine. It's like finding out the lingerie model you miraculously began dating is a closet schizophrenic -- very disenchanting to say the least. I've lost work several times on Macs, something that has not happened to me on Windows in quite a few years. All of the machines have frozen solid at one time or another, requiring a hard restart. Apps freeze regularly, and the overall experience has led me to not trust any of the Apple machines for serious work unless I compulsively hit Command-S every 10 seconds or so.

All of the Apple fanboy talk about Windows crashing all the time is pure psychological projection. They unconsciously project the instability they encounter in their Macs on to Windows machines, and then multiply it by 10 for good measure. In reality a healthy Windows machine rarely ever crashes, while Macs do it almost daily.

Windows does of course have far more malware problems, however that tends to affect mainly people who are clueless about computers. I haven't had a malware problem in Windows in years by simply practicing "safe computing".

All that said, there are so many dead sexy aspects to these Apple machines that I am absolutely torn. Despite the fact that it simply lost several hours of work back in March, I remain in love with the Mac Air.

Bottom line: if Macs really were as reliable as the fanboys pretend they are, Apple would absolutely rule the computer world. As it stands, be prepared for a great deal of disillusionment if you "switch". The fanboys are doing Apple no favours by fabricating myths.

One last production run for TouchPad



This awkward portmanteau was mildly amusing. Once.


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