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Profile: Fierce Guppy
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Joined: Saturday, October 25, 2008(UTC)
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Topic: Windows 8 App Remover Helps You Get Rid Of Unwanted Bloatware   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 9:36:25 PM(UTC)

I already have very few Windows apps. The vast majority of the tiles shown on the start screen were put there by desktop software installers.

Topic: Upcoming FCC Decision Expected To Kill Net Neutrality   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:42:28 PM(UTC)

Joel, if any telco is reneging on promises made in contractual agreements with local bodies, then it can be sued with justification. That's a separate issue from a moral argument in support of net-neutrality *unless* net-neutrality was agreed to by both parties before putting their lipstick to the contract. Was this the case with any U.S. telco?

Topic: Upcoming FCC Decision Expected To Kill Net Neutrality   Go to last post
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:35:40 AM(UTC)

That's a summary of net-neutrality's alleged purpose from the POV of an avid supporter, not a moral argument for net-neutrality. I'm asking you if a company sets up a data network service where none other has done so, what's your moral argument for having the government regulate its price structure, e.g., charging Netflix one rate and ComcastVideo nothing? After all, people have invested their time, effort and money creating the service. Not you, not me and not the government. The data network service would not exist in the region but for them.  It is their private property, so what principled argument do you have in support of the government stepping in saying "You are not allowed to charge Netflix one rate while charging Comcast a lower rate or nothing."?

Topic: Upcoming FCC Decision Expected To Kill Net Neutrality   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:38:36 PM(UTC)

So let's create a worst case scenario in support of net-neutrality because you can bet any net-neutrality regulation will also apply to all better scenarios. OK. So some company sets up a data network service in your area and because no other company did, you think the government is entitled to regulate that company's pricing structure?

Please, Joel. Please provide a moral argument for this.

Topic: Apple OS X Beta Seed Program Let's You Test Drive Next Gen Mac OS For Free   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:15:11 PM(UTC)

Yeah... That's a pretty rigid "gotcha".

Topic: Don't Feed Trolls: U.S. Government Is 'Arguing' With Terrorists On Social Media   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:37:53 PM(UTC)

The U.S. would be engaging with True Believers, not trolls, and I don't like its chances of success. I tried a few times myself years ago only to be met with a great deal of Ad hominem. They're obstinately irrational, conspiratorial, and see themselves as part of a tight knit family of "brother and "sisters" of the Faith which is Islam. They're very hard to reason with. I suppose a less violent interpretation of Islam is the gist of what the U.S government would be pushing. That's something I can't do with any conviction since I hold to an atheist philosophy.

FYI, a troll is an individual who, with no ideological or emotional investment in either side, gets two groups of people engaged in a phlegm throwing contest against one another, the sole purpose of which is so he can sit back and be entertained by the conflict he has wrought.

Topic: Mozilla Employees Call For CEO Resignation Over Financial Backing Of Anti-Gay Marriage Effort   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 11:32:37 PM(UTC)

Quote:
NateKeen:

At puberty I decided I preferred women. I'd guess that was about 12. To say we don't choose whom we have intimacy and intercourse with is to ignore the basic components of the human will. We see not robots enslaved to instinct. We make choices.

I didn't *decide* to prefer females. It just happened. Else I'd never continue to look at the Penthouse magazines dad used to keep under his side of the bed. That was pre-puberty.. 7-8yo. My younger brother was pretty much disinterested in girly magazines. It's obvious to me why, *now*.... There's no choice involved.

Topic: Valve Veteran Michael Abrash Jumps to Oculus VR, Believes Facebook Buy “Final Piece Of The Puzzle”   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:40:41 AM(UTC)

The holo-deck is VR.

Topic: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires Thanks To Low Loyalty, Limited Benefi   Go to last post
Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:01:06 PM(UTC)

Just shut down the Windows Update service for XP users on April 8, then que sera sera. Don't try to convert them.

Topic: Apple’s Cook Blasts Climate Changes Deniers To Get Out Of Apple Stock   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 6:39:44 PM(UTC)

Having an enviromentalist whacko so high up in the ranks is just another reason for me to continue not buying an Apple product.

I am proud to have never bought anything from Apple since birth.