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#3279694 Is it a good idea to spend a bunch of money to cheer yourself up?

Posted by natty on 12 March 2015 - 12:50 PM

A new guitar won't help you improve.  It's perfectly fine to want a new guitar but don't try to tell yourself you 'need' it.  If you think your tele sounds too thin then you probably just want something with a humbucker.  So if you feel like that's something you really 'need' then realize you could get something cheaper.  Guitarists in general are overly obsessed with equipment, 99% of your sound comes from your hands.  


But if you want it, then fug it, get it.  

#3273225 It's pretty messed up when Iran is smarter, more honest and straightforwa...

Posted by natty on 10 March 2015 - 10:36 AM

I've been over the pubs making themselves look like fools to undermine obama for a while now, but this is particularly embarrassing.  How condescending is it to think iranian officials don't know how the us gov works?  What exactly do they gain with this(besides some smug sense of satisfaction)?  This is some high level douchebaggery right here.  

#3263788 HillaryClinton@yahoo.com

Posted by natty on 05 March 2015 - 09:55 AM

DSS protects State Department officials. 


Social engineering attacks are basically conning people into giving out personal information that is used to obtain access.  The physical location of the server is irrelevant. Unless Hillary has her own personal IT department maintaining said server, its more vulnerable at home than in the State Dept data center.  Assuming the state department has a set up similar to private companies and other government entities, all servers are protected by packet inspecting firewalls, Intrusion prevention systems, and a myriad of other devices/software.  The people that maintain them have to keep a list of hot fixes and patches that are required to fix security flaws in the email software and the OS.  Security by obscurity is not security. 


And how much classified information was and maybe still is on this server?  Does she have a clue as to how to dispose of computer hardware?  There are a myriad of questions concerning this



Of course, the state dept's own security record is less than sterling.  But unless the Clintons are spending a ton of money on home network security, the SD is probably better than her network at home.  As someone who works with this stuff for a living, I feel there is almost no chance she she did this for increased security.  If that was the goal, she could have had them install her own personal exchange server in her office at the State Department and still had the umbrella of protection provided by State's network.  She could even have had her own personal IT security staff.  She did this for the same reason a lot of Corporate types do.  She wanted to avoid following rules that she found inconvenient. 


I would strongly disagree that a personally maintained server is inherently less secure than one at the state dept.  You could easily make a case for the opposite, as securing one server(or a small handful) vs thousands is a completely different game.


As for her motivations, I completely agree.

#3230784 The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

Posted by natty on 04 February 2015 - 11:28 AM

Many people think AI is being able to beat Magnus Carlsen at chess or Stephen Hawking at physics.  True AI is being able to figure out why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  

#3225176 Post a pic, any pic.

Posted by natty on 31 January 2015 - 07:19 PM


#3180081 Weight Lifting

Posted by natty on 05 January 2015 - 10:10 AM


#3154479 Science is increasingly making the case for God....

Posted by natty on 27 December 2014 - 10:59 AM


in short, it the fine-tuning argument assumes that the life on earth is the only life that ever could've evolved, and besides "perfect for life" implies that the universe could not be better suited for life, which technically it could be. it's an interesting concept to consider but it requires defaulting to what you already believe when you don't know the answer to a question rather than seeking the answer, or what dietrich bonhoffer called a "god of the gaps" fallacy, which goes "i don't know the answer so it must've been god."


for a full refutation, check out: http://new.exchristi...smological.html


It's a pet peeve of mine when people bring up the 'perfect for life' crap.  It doesn't matter whether it's a hardcore bible thumper or a hippy that thinks we are killing the earth and need to suckle from the teat of mother gaia.  Mother nature is a psychotic bitch.  Only recently in human history have we had the luxury of thinking this way.  

#3118541 #CrimingWhileWhite Opens A Prism On Police And Race

Posted by natty on 04 December 2014 - 03:16 PM

Oh man I got some stories from when I was a teenager.  I was the typical long haired grunge stoner, picture a 90s version of Slater from Dazed and Confused.  I have near zero doubt if I was black I would have been arrested multiple times and would have never followed the path I ended up on.  


Pulled over 4am coming home from a buddy's house by eastland mall, really high, just told the cop I had fallen asleep at a friends, was tired and wanted to get home.  Refused to allow my car to be searched, cop let me go.


Multiple time pulled over while drunk - once leaving a concert while my buddy was passed out in the passenger seat, explained he was drunk and I was his DD, that's why he smelled alcohol.  Once by UNCC with my girlfriend, cop actually told me he knew I was drunk but had a more important call(this one I didn't even remember until late the next day, I credit my all-american looking gf for this one, she had talked to him for a bit).  Once way down 74 in the middle of the night with beer in the trunk, cop just told us to walk to a pay phone, we walked for a while but just turned back to the car and burned out with a quickness.


Pulling into a parking lot with a buddy and lit up a joint, cops busted up red handed(smoke pouring from a old VW bug...who would have thought).  I hid my bag in my crotch, cops just talked to us for a while about how they get discriminated against(the restaurant they just went to sat them in the back corner).  They made me stomp out the joint, empty our pockets and let us go.  They never found by bag though, we just went somewhere else and lit up while laughing about it.


Quite a few more but the only time I ever got arrested was when my friend borrowed my car and got busted with coke(no amount of whiteness would get you out of that).  I got arrested for a bong in my car, got community service, had lawyer expunge my record, now clean as a whistle.

#3117160 Any Big Green Egg users out there?

Posted by natty on 03 December 2014 - 03:40 PM

It's for smoking more than grilling.  You get the temp right and it stays there for hours and hours.  

#3116250 Charlotte/NC Honda dealer experiences?

Posted by natty on 02 December 2014 - 07:49 PM

Avoid Metro Honda in Monroe/Indian Trail area at all costs. My wife bought a car there and they took it for a final wash before she was supposed to leave dealership after paperwork was finalized. They brought the car and opened door for her so she can get in with no questions asked, kind of rushed her out which was weird. It was dark so I decided to walk to my wife to wish her safe trip when I noticed that almost entire right side was scratched and dented. The fugers side swiped her car when they took it for final clean and tried to get her out of the dealership on damaged accord. The second she leaves, it's not their problem anymore and she's totally liable.

I asked them what is the process for returning a car and they said I can't. They said they will fix it for free and will make sure it's not on carfax report. I said don't want damaged car and he said I'm poo out of luck. Pretty much told me and my wife to fug off because contract has been signed.


That's BS.  IIRC you can return it under law.  Never ask a dealer anything, tell them.  They are the scum of the earth.

#3074838 3-4 next year anyone?

Posted by natty on 09 November 2014 - 09:28 PM

Just a theory by me to explain his struggle holding up against the run this year.


Sophomore slump.  It gets harder to do your job the more film other teams have on you.  That's when technique comes in.

#3074832 Could it be worse than Green Bay?

Posted by natty on 09 November 2014 - 09:26 PM

Watch the Packers game right now and that'll answer your question.  Rodgers is unbelievable.  

#3069039 Season 5: The Walking Dead

Posted by natty on 05 November 2014 - 11:02 AM

I agree the show good use a good dose of moral ambiguity.  Right now the theme seems to be that these other people 'snapped' in some way and Rick and co are trying to prevent that from happening to them.  I'd like to see an antagonist that's a 'good' person but the group needs to take them out anyway.  

#3067762 90% chance that republicans take control of both houses today

Posted by natty on 04 November 2014 - 02:22 PM

We are a country of idiots when the "commercial" is soooooo influential.  The commercials on both sides are aimed at morons and plenty of them


Morons determine elections.  The best part about democracy is that everyone gets a voice.  The worst part about democracy is that everyone gets a voice.

#3052712 What kind of authoritarian are you?

Posted by natty on 29 October 2014 - 09:55 AM

q: what kind of untalented hack plagiarist are you?


a: the kind who steals another artist's work and half-assedly slaps his own poo on it:




I'm guessing you aren't much on attention to detail.  Might want to take a second look at OPs comic.