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General / Re: AP source: Hanged Census worker had 'fed' on chest
« on: September 24, 2009, 10:22:53 PM »
Alex, if you can show me someone that this surveyor threatened with any violence, I might agree with you.  And since, in your mind, this killing was justified, I'm sure you already have that evidence.  Would you mind sharing it with us?

Give it up. The people on this BBS believe an employee working at the social security office to get $6.00/hour to feed her kids should be killed because she's a "fed."

This place is fucking disgusting and it's filled with two year olds - -with guns.

General / Re: When a tax is not a tax.....
« on: September 23, 2009, 07:15:13 PM »
Try some context.

Stephanopoulos was claiming that a law requiring everyone to be insured (and not necessarily by an insurance company run by the government) is a "tax."  No matter how you slice it, Stephanopoulos can't read the dictionary he apparently owns.

General / Re: Big O's speech to the schoolkids
« on: September 09, 2009, 10:54:01 AM »
Are the people screaming about Obama's speech even aware of all this?  I doubt it. 

Of course they're aware of it. They know that Reagan and the Bushes (and other presidents) have done the exact same thing.

Of course, these people also know that Obama was born in Hawaii, yet that doesn't stop them from accusing Obama of having a time machine, going back in time, and planting birth announcements in news papers and fake birth certificates in state vaults.

The Republicans are turning into a fringe party and are just being desperate.

The Polling Pit / Re: Any Windows users NOT switching to 7 RC?
« on: September 07, 2009, 11:35:41 AM »
I'm glad to know that the non-Redmond programmers have been hard at work undermining the control freaks. Bully for them!

It should be noted that Microsoft would likely have been very happy to include built in DVD playback without needing to adhere to the DRM requirements.  Unfortunately, being as big as they are, the media companies would have sued them to the point where you wouldn't be able to play DVDs at all in Windows.

In other words, Microsoft could take out DRM tomorrow -- the problem is they'd have to also take out DVD playback completely.  Blame the media companies.  Microsoft, unlike people's favorite Linux distributions, doesn't have the luxury of ignoring either civil or criminal law.

Hell, as far as Europe is concerned, they're lucky Microsoft's allowed to include a CLOCK.

The Polling Pit / Re: Any Windows users NOT switching to 7 RC?
« on: August 27, 2009, 06:41:20 PM »
I'd say that installing VLC is about as easy on Windows as on Linux...


Windows, being the most used OS by home users, is the most popular target for open source software development. VLC's various codecs install on Windows with a few clicks, and open damn near any file that a standard Linux repo's will handle.


libdvdcss was written by the VLC people, works on Windows and ignores region.

All you're doing is reiterating that F/OSS can solve many problems that proprietary software does not solve. Something I'm trying to point out. So again, and again, all you're doing is disagreeing in order to agree with me.

No, actually all he was doing was pointing out that your contention that you can't play off-region DVDs in Windows is patently false.

General / Re: Da' DMV
« on: August 13, 2009, 05:46:43 AM »

I am now officially a resident of the state of connecticut.

I drove over there yesterday to get a license transfer from WI.

$120.  wtf.

$80 for the license; $40 for the exam...which amounted to a five minute test of my eyesight.  "Welcome to Connecticut" says the guy after I passed.

This DMV seemed even more inept than the one where I initally got my license in Wisconsin.  At the Appleton DMV they had a kiosk set up with all the forms that you needed to fill out, depending on what your business was that day.  In Danbury, CT you had to wait in a line to get the form from an actual person working behind the counter, at which point they directed you to fill it out and stand in another line.

This is likely the result of inept people coming into the DMV, grabbing the wrong form, standing in line, turning in the wrong form, and then getting bitchy at the attendant for making them fill out the right form and stand in line again.  This is why many city, county, or state agencies have someone give them the right form, direct them to the correct line, or give them a ticket # from a specific lot number so that the person coming in doesn't make a mistake.

and then they tell me I need a "primary form of ID."  a birth certificate or a passport.  I had to drive all the way home and back to get my birth certificate.  the language on their website was very confusing, because they add this business about the birth certificate in the license transfer page directly  after talking about change of name...so I assume, "well my name's not changing, therefore I don't need a birth certificate."

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Licensing Requirements for New Residents, Paragraph 1, Very first sentence:

Quote from: Connecticut DMV
Identification:  You must present your current out of state license, which must be surrendered at the time a Connecticut license is issued, plus your Certified Birth Certificate (hospital issued certificates are not acceptable) or a valid Passport.

There is a period at the end of that sentence, and then a new sentence begins:

Quote from: Connecticyt DMV
Note:  Supporting documentation is required when a name change is requested.

Obviously, they're saying that if you are changing your name, that supporting documentation is needed, as it would not match the birth certificate the previous sentence mentioned.  I can't imagine how these two sentences can confuse anyone.

not the case.  birth certificate or passport, plus a piece of mail delieverd to mein CT with my name on it, which I had.  Birth certificate.  Primary ID.  "Isn't my license my primary form of ID?" I ask.  "If I get pulled over by a cop, he's not going to demand I show him my BIRTH CERTIFICATE in lieu of an In-State drivers license.  Isn't the fact that I have a license from WI proof enough that I have a birth certificate?  I'm pretty sure I had to cough that up when I got my license there..."

"yeah, you probably did, but not all states require a birth certificate, so the CT DMV needs to see it if your coming in from another state."  Stupid.  When I came back with my birth certificate and was waiting for my license to get printedI actually see this weird looking troll of a woman walk up to the lady who was doing my license stuff and point at me.  Then I saw them grab my paperwork and look over it...Like this woman thought that I had just thrown a fast one by the DMV and manged to get my license without forking over the birth certificate.

Do you want someone to be able to get a drivers license in another state that has no identification requirements, move into Connecticut, claim they're you, and get a Connecticut drivers license in your name, with your date of birth?  I'd imagine you'd get pretty pissed off if the fuzz sent SWAT to your house because someone who looks very close to your description dropped a drivers license with your name, DOB, and address on it at a crime scene.

Is it just me, or does every person who works at the DMV have carpel-tunnel?  The first woman I talked to was wearing some sort of black wrist dealy.  She looked stupid with it on.  Don't these people know how to type?

The wrist guards are to prevent carpel tunnel.  Anyone who types for a living knows they're risking RSI/Carpel Tunnel if they don't wear one.  Additionally, it certainly has absolutely no bearing on whether they know how to type or not.

The Polling Pit / Re: Any Windows users NOT switching to 7 RC?
« on: July 27, 2009, 02:44:48 AM »
The endless hours of virus scanning, cleaning, reinstalling applications (which is going on as I type, oddly enough) to correct for Windows vulnerabilities, never seems to register to Windows defenders.

If you're spending endless hours scanning for viruses, I'm forced to wonder if you're not intentionally installing viruses just so you can scan for them.  I'm not saying you are, but doing regular scans for viruses, let alone countless hours, is simply not something that people do because even free virus scanners like AVG will intercept virus activity as it comes in.  I don't think I've ever performed a virus scan on my personal system and in the IT systems I've managed, I never performed a virus scan on any workstations or servers because they all had background processes which stop that kind of thing from happening.  I've never, ever had an infection.

The only reason to scan an entire system for a virus is if you're installing antivirus software after you think you've been infected, in which case you should just clean up and start over with antivirus installed first thing.  Regular virus scans aren't really something that has been done for over a decade, and even then they weren't "constant."  

As far as vulnerabilities go, I get a notification that updates are available, I click install (when I feel like it), it minimizes, and I continue with what I'm doing.  I don't even notice it.

Reinstalling applications?  I've never had to reinstall an application except when the application itself broke through either it's own internal update process or I've received instructions from the application vendor to do so for troubleshooting -- never anything to do with Windows.  The only time I ever go to the Add/Remove Programs applet (now Programs/Features in Vista) is when I don't want to ever use an application anymore and want to uninstall it.

When people say these things about Windows (constant virus scans, constant reinstalls of components to secure vulnerabilities, constantly reinstalling applications), I really have to wonder if they're not using some imitation OS brand that says "Whindose" or something, because these things simply don't happen -- or if they're still using Windows 98 and someone painted "XP" or "Vista" on the box without telling them.

Another major cause of constant reinstalls, constant virus scanning, and related activities is something people in the IT field call "voodoo troubleshooting" because the cause of an issue is not known and so assumptions are made (must be a virus, must be an update, etc.) -- especially since the entire tech support field (especially telephone support) has been filled with unqualified people who tell end-users to reinstall or virus scan for every problem under the sun.

General / Re: The Rise of Privacy
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:20:19 AM »
Anyone who reads into this anything beyond a simple verbal slip is I am a fucking idiot. And a troll.


The thing is .. adults recognize verbal screw ups for what they are.

The Show / Re: Shooting a girl on your property
« on: April 22, 2009, 07:02:12 PM »
The fact that there are eight pages devoted to a debate on whether it's okay to shoot someone for walking on your grass demonstrates the abject stupidity of this entire argument and its participants.

General / Re: The Rise of Privacy
« on: April 22, 2009, 06:59:27 PM »
Anyone who reads into this anything beyond a simple verbal slip is a fucking idiot.

The Polling Pit / Re: Deleting Lame Accounts
« on: November 20, 2008, 12:07:37 PM »
It's important to be able to tell your listeners that your message board has almost 3000 members, whether they're active or not.

The Polling Pit / Re: Who's your favorite Goa'uld?
« on: April 15, 2008, 08:55:38 PM »
Apophis is a pussy dead false god.


The Polling Pit / Re: Do you think them bankers are out to get you?
« on: March 18, 2007, 04:31:25 AM »
Col House also knew, that in addition to controlling a nation's monetary system, a method of taxation had to be established, and in 1913, the 16th Amendment was illegally certified as ratified, and then passed.

What was illegal about the passage and certification of the 16th Amendment?

The Polling Pit / Re: Your favorite programming languages.
« on: February 24, 2007, 02:36:34 AM »
BASIC, Visual BASIC, and VB.NET are three entirely different languages and should not have all been included as one choice.

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