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Comment: To: Slashdot readers (Score 2) 289

by Overly Critical Guy (#40078677) Attached to: MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

When you desire more information from a story mentioned in a summary, try clicking the underlined phrase in the text. This is called a hyperlink and will take you to the full article with all the details.

Wise posters of Slashdot past shortened this idea into an easily remembered acronym: RTFA

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 3, Informative) 193

by Overly Critical Guy (#39958833) Attached to: NY Times Apple Tax Article Flawed

Saying NYT made an incorrect calculation and explaining why is fine. But what was Apple's tax rate, then?

We won't know until the actual profits are calculated at the end of the trading year, when Apple pays the remaining balance.

If you can't answer that, then you can't say the figure itself is incorrect, only the means used to arrive at it.

What?! Yes, you can. Because it was derived from 2010's, it doesn't reflect what Apple's actual tax rate will be for its 2011 profits, which were much higher than 2010's. Therefore, the figure is totally useless.

Comment: Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

by Overly Critical Guy (#39902611) Attached to: Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

You know, every time I see someone on a forum defend PHP, they eventually admit that they write PHP for their job. If you have a vested financial interest in PHP, it's understandable that you'd have a desire to defend your source of income, but it doesn't change the fact that PHP is objectively a terrible language. Just because the PHP bashing is old doesn't make it wrong.

Comment: Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

by Overly Critical Guy (#39902603) Attached to: Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Are people seriously defending the use of PHP in 2012? You talk about testing when PHP doesn't even pass all its own tests according to the official website.

PHP's creator has publicly stated that he is not a programmer and is not interested in being one, that he didn't set out to create a programming language, and so forth.

When I see people defending PHP, I have the same reaction I get when I see Scientologists defending a religion started by a science fiction author.

Comment: Re:Taxes suck. (Score 0) 345

Do you actually believe there's a conspiracy going on to tar Google? Google's tax practices were first reported on Slashdot in 2010.

Most importantly, note that you don't refute any facts in the stories. Instead, you appeal to Google fans who don't like seeing negative stories on Slashdot by talking about secret campaigns and conspiracies, which instantly got you modded up, even though you have zero proof that this submission has anything to do with a Facebook plant.

I think Google's constant 2012 controversies have caused fans to go into a meltdown around here.

Comment: Re:The Name (Score 0) 737

by Overly Critical Guy (#39898707) Attached to: Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

Some people go out of their way to let people know they're not offended by things that are obviously inappropriate because they think it makes them appear enlightened and impressively independent-minded to others.

You are one of those people.

"Gimp" is a stupid name for what is supposed to be a flagship open source project. Period.

Comment: Re:Absolutely right! (Score 1, Troll) 73

by Overly Critical Guy (#39897409) Attached to: Google Facing FTC Fine Over Safari Privacy Breach

Well, according to some of the early posts, this is somehow Apple's fault, and they should be fined! Seriously. It's like, at what point do you hold Google accountable for anything? Because according to supporters, the Street View thing was okay, Google Search Plus Your World excluding other more popular social networks was okay, the bypassing of Safari privacy controls was okay...and so on. The constant defense of their actions is getting really silly.

Google really needs to do some soul-searching. 2012 has just been a year of controversy after controversy, and we're not even halfway through. Larry Page's attempt to force social networking throughout Google products, as well other initiatives that it's hard to imagine the old Google embarking on, have put a sour image on the company lately.

Hardware

+ - Auto Makers Announce Electric Car Charging Standard->

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Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Auto makers are launching a universal EV charger that charges an electric vehicle in 15 to 20 minutes. The standard, called Combined Charging System, has been approved by the Society of Automative Engineers and ACEA, the European association of vehicle manufacturers, as the standard for fast-charging electric vehicles."
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Censorship

+ - British PM To Announce Porn Blocking Plans->

Submitted by Overly Critical Guy
Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce network-filtering plans targeted at porn websites, possibly requiring users to 'opt-in' with their ISP to access such content. The idea has support from MP Claire Perry, who said, 'There is a "hands off our internet" movement that sees any change in how access is delivered as censorship.'"
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Government

+ - Antivirus Founder John McAfee Arrested->

Submitted by Overly Critical Guy
Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "John McAfee has been forcefully arrested by the Belize Gang Suppression Unit. McAffee, an affluent resident of Belize, claims in a statement that he is being targeted by a crooked politician to whom he refused to give donations. He says armed guards woke him with a bullhorn, vandalized his property with sledgehammers, and killed his dog."
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