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Comment Re:Everybody has to believe in something (Score 1) 578

For that matter, what does this say about Slashdot?

It says that Slashdot's principles have been compromised. Rather than stand up for free speech, the users of Slashdot would prefer to not enter into the fray and be attacked by these bigots.

It is sad - Slashdot used to be full of free thinkers. Now it's full of prejudice and hate. :(

And for those politically correct bigots who think they are just standing up for what's right, look at how you do it. You're no different than the racists and homophobic people who you claim to be standing up against.

You use insults, bullying tactics, and outright harass of those you disagree with. The same tactics you claim to oppose.

Face it - You're all a bunch bully's who are out to silence those you hate. Just like a racist, a nazi, or any other hateful group you can think of. The problem is that your prejudices prevent you from seeing this.

Comment Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

Doesn't work... There's a huge number of people who feel they're entitled to special treatment, who abuse the system you describe. It's this crazy viewpoint that you and a whole generation of coddled, entitled people have, which is eroding all the good in this country.

Your black and white view of not imprisoning non-violent offenders has led to abuses of power at all levels, from your neighborhood meth dealers, to the criminals using the Ferguson tragedy as an excuse to steal from innocent small business owners.

This guy in particular is a great example. Police originally just warned him not to do anything, and so instead of abiding he says "Damn! If nothing's going to be done to me for doing this, I'm going to share this movie some more - What they gonna do?"

He also sold physical copies, so this is not a guy just putting something online for others. He's knowingly committing a criminal act for profit, after he's been caught and was not "forced into a cage" as you put it.

Think he'll continue with this pattern of behavior after being locked up with a bunch of violent thugs? Probably not... Is prison the answer? Not for everything, but for buffoons like this guy who won't learn any other way, yes.

Comment Now I remember why I stopped visiting /. as much (Score 1) 223

Political Correctness.

It's damaged the country (beyond repair?), ruined Reddit, and it's rotted away at /.'s integrity. Everything here now comes back to politics and bullying those who might have an original, independent thought into submission.

I'm not in support of spying on American citizens at all. Having said that, the country has some obligation to try and root out Islamist extremists and unfortunately, until they have the minority report up and running at 100%, spying on people you suspect of having connections to terrorists is one of our only tools to determine if the threat is real.

Should they continue to spy after confirming the person is verified as not being a threat? Of course not, but all of the barbs aimed at Republicans and Democrats in this thread, in addition to the blanket statements made about what should and should not be done, all goes to again show that it's sheeple on /., not free thinking individuals.

Many of you appear to have been "programmed" to believe that any disagreement is wrong, and that any cultural differences should be eliminated entirely. Let me share something with you... It's these differences that drives societies.

America has many things going for it, but the absolute hatred towards our country shown in this thread (and elsewhere on /. - Just search for the word 'Republican') is only weakening us as a nation. This belief that "my view is the only correct one" is the cancer slowly eating away at us. It's not based in reality, and it's not sustainable in the long run.

/. has turned into a sheeple paradise. Unless you have a better solution, don't begin insulting others just because you don't agree with it. This kind of bullying is quickly replacing older, more physical forms of bullying, but it is still bullying! Nowadays instead of the bully's being jocks though, it's a bunch of narrow minded people who will publicly try to shame those they disagree with, rather than having an open discourse.

It's sad... I remember when /. was a place for intelligent people to have great debates and conversation. Now it's a place where those who post their honest opinions are quickly attacked and called names by the bullies that disagree. How is this an open forum when this continues to happen?

Between the new /. look and the diatribe being posted, it's no wonder /. is in a downward spiral.

Comment Mac optimized build of Firefox 3.7 rocks! (Score 2, Interesting) 252

For all you Snow Leopard users...

In case you did not know, you can download optimized Mac versions of a number of browsers from here

Specifically, one of the browsers available is a 64-bit optimized version of FF 3.7 for Snow Leopard.

I finally installed it the other night, after eyeing it warily for the last month or so (as I worked through the latest 3.6 optimized builds). I finally installed it last night, and have to say that it's the biggest improvement to FF that I've came across.

It loads faster, uses less CPU & memory than previous builds, and it's mega fast. My impressions are that it's now as fast as Safari is on a Mac.

It's now my main browser. If you run Snow Leopard, you should check it out.

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.