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Comment: Re:LOL damage broadband investment (Score 1, Informative) 347

by 31415926535897 (#49243961) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

I'm no fan of AT&T, and they haven't been doing the investments they should have over the years, but your statement isn't entirely true.

AT&T has been laying fiber for their U-Verse rollout. They dug up a whole bunch of land in town here a few years ago, and when they were done, the salesman came by to ask if we wanted to sign up for the newly available U-Verse.

Given that they have U-Verse in a lot of places, I believe they've actually been investing quite a bit.

Comment: There's One More Pitfall (Score 1) 347

by 31415926535897 (#49141903) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Let's say you've figured out pretty well how long something will take and you give your realistic estimate. The game from the managers then becomes, "That's too long, you need to give a more realistic deadline."

This pressure on the other side is often why developers set deadlines that are too short and then miss them. The penalties for that are less of a problem if you come off as sandbagging (even when you aren't). Managers who have no clue what the complexity of the problems trying to be solved not trusting developers are the real problem.

Comment: Broken Style (Score 5, Informative) 154

The Anthropocene Epoch ended when the Bad Slashdot Style Epoch began after the following style code was introduced:

#comments { clear:both; display:block; position:relative; padding: 0; margin: 0 0 0 122px; padding-right: 1.5em;z-index:1;}

Get rid of the 122px left margin--it's wasting a lot of space.

Comment: Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (Score 1) 894

by 31415926535897 (#48821109) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

The elephant in the room is that Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably offensive to Christians because they say Jesus was not the son of God. There is nothing more blasphemous than denying this fundamental tenant of Christianity.

If we follow this logic Christian's would be perfectly justified in beating up any Muslim that they happened to come across.

Hang on a second. I understand why you're saying this; it's a common misconception.

The Bible teaches that the world--non-Christians--will mock Christ and his followers (1). That's the expectation, and in the face of this knowledge, the Christian is also called to turn the other cheek (2). Christianity is offensive to the world, but the response is not supposed to be in kind. The Christian is supposed to respond to violence with blessing (Romans 12:20). You may argue that you have not seen many Christian behave this way. I agree with that, and I think it's a very sorry thing when people who claim to be followers of Jesus don't really respect his teachings. I'm sure there are many who claim to be Christians who aren't really, but please also understand that no Christian is perfect either.

So, is Islam blasphemous to Christianity? Sure. But it's also exactly in line with the way the Bible describes non-Christians. Islam is not surprising to, or should not be surprising the Christian.

And no Christian would ever be justified in beating up anyone, including Muslims. The logic really doesn't follow, especially if you know what is in the Bible. I'm sorry the ignorance of many has led you to believe that violence is the logical conclusion, though.

(1) This is all over the New Testament. Like Matthew 24:9, "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake."
(2) Matthew 5:38-42: "You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you."

Comment: Re:Get a free upgrade or a free replacement (Score 5, Informative) 450

Does anyone remember this debacle?

Their anti piracy techniques included messing with your MBR. I was still doing my taxes by paper at the time, but I was sure to steer clear of TurboTax after that garbage.

Terrible company...

Comment: Re:Laughably wrong. (Score 2) 386

by 31415926535897 (#48698665) Attached to: The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

Why does everyone want to not drive? I find driving to be a particularly enjoyable task, hell I don't even mind being stuck in traffic as long as I have NPR/CBC or decent podcasts to listen to.

For me, at least, driving is exhausting. I'm driving a large kinetic weapon bent on self destruction, so I take the responsibility very seriously*. I find myself as tired at the end of a day of driving as if I had been working in the yard the whole time.

If I could instead relax and read a book like I were on a train, I'd take that in a heartbeat.

*I've never been in an accident in my 18 years of driving--excepting a fender bender in a parking lot as the other party decided to back into my stationary car out of their parking spot.

Comment: DDoS .. in which attackers flood (Score 0) 360

by 31415926535897 (#48654743) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

So THAT's what a DDoS is. I'm so glad Slashdot is here to hold my hand through the hard terminology. I was almost confused that it had something to do with a Microsoft Operating System (here's a link to what an Operating System, since the Slashdot community may not already know: But since everything was made clear, we don't need to worry about anyone writing uninformed posts, especially about our beloved M$.

Comment: Scummy (Score 1) 266

by 31415926535897 (#48593167) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

It is a terrible thing for the drug company to force this switch.

But doesn't this imply that the first drug can be created generically now? Can't we take Actavis out of the equation entirely by having Alzheimer's patients switch away from the company? Why must they take Actavis' new drug?

Ma Bell is a mean mother!