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Comment: Re:Confused. (Score 2) 751

by RavenLrD20k (#47476199) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Karma to burn so at the risk of being offtopic to the article, but ontopic to you: We're antiquated relics from a time when the slogan still applied. The beginning of the end can be traced back to the fall of the WTC buildings, but the /. editors still tried their hardest to keep stories to the theme of the slogan for years after. However, ever since that event, Slashdot has slowly moved away from focusing solely on stories that fit the slogan and bringing in stories that have a possible historic and/or "climate" (whether this be political or otherwise) changing significance. The acquisition of /. by Dice just sped up this process. While it is still a large focus of the site you'll probably notice that the slogan "News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters" has been removed from the main page*.

*Note: I just checked Beta, and noticed that the "News for Nerds" part of the slogan is part of the logo there... but who visits beta anyway?

Comment: Re:No exhaustive.. (Score 1) 285

by RavenLrD20k (#47414159) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers
Actually, it's not really proving his point. It's not even part of his point. The question he asked was "do we know who came up with the concept for Donkey Kong?" The answer is simply "Yes we do. It's this guy." The fact that he couldn't bring his vision to fruition alone does not negate the fact that Donkey Kong as a concept was dreamed up solely by Miyamoto. It's actually very rare for a programmer to be the visionary of a project, even back in the 8-bit age. Now, a question that would be better aimed at his point: "Do we know the names of all the programmers who wrote the code for Donkey Kong?" And I would have to say that off the top of my head: No, I don't. The only ones I know of who directly worked on DK are Miyamoto, Yokoi, and Kaneoka.

+ - Microsoft's No-IP.com Domain Seizure Causing Outages For SonicWall Customers->

Submitted by cgriffin21
cgriffin21 (1880716) writes "Microsoft's recent seizure of 23 domains from No-IP.com, a Reno, Nev.-based company that provides a popular free dynamic DNS service, is causing outages for millions of legitimate users of the service — and apparently, at least one security vendor. The No-IP.com outages are having an impact on some customers of SonicWall, a vendor of network security and content control hardware appliances, Marc Harrison, president of Silicon East, a Manalapan, N.J.-based SonicWall partner, told CRN Tuesday."
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Comment: Re:Bribery represents the will of the people? (Score 1) 148

If a congress can be bribed to make an amendment to the constitution that specifies that money, resources, or commodities cannot be equated to speech, then the verdict of the Supreme Court is nullified by the voices that represent the will of the people.

This is as blatantly corrupt a political argument as I have ever heard expressed.

I agree, but I didn't feel like being Politically Correct and calling it Campaign Contributions, Kickbacks, or whatever the hell else is the in vogue term for bribing now. The only way we're going to be able to get rid of the corruption as firmly seated as it is right now is if we work inside the corruption and use the same methods of bribery to get the law pigs enough of a short term reward that they'd be willing to sign anything...even if it screwed them over long term.

+ - Reading Rainbow Kickstarter heads into home stretch

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A month ago, LeVar Burton and his friends at Reading Rainbow created a Kickstarter campaign designed to bring their app for the iPad and Kindle Fire to the Web at large. They asked for a million dollars, and quickly blew the doors off their goal, receiving over three million dollars in three days. There are 48 hours remaining in the fundraiser, which has garnered over 4.5 million dollars, and with over 92,000 contributors, is the most heavily backed Kickstarter campaign of all time. To sweeten the pot, Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane has offered to match any pledges over the $4 million mark, up to an additional million dollars."

Comment: Re:The question to me seems to be... (Score 3, Interesting) 148

That's the legislative check and balance to the court. If a congress can be bribed to make an amendment to the constitution that specifies that money, resources, or commodities cannot be equated to speech, then the verdict of the Supreme Court is nullified by the voices that represent the will of the people. The real trick is getting a congress in office that would agree on passing the amendment.

+ - Windows 9 to win over Windows 7 users, disables Start Screen for desktop

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "One of Microsoft's main goals with Windows 9, the next major version of Windows, is to win over Windows 7 hold outs. The operating system will look and work differently based on hardware type. Microsoft is looking to showcase the desktop for desktop and laptop users, while two-in-one devices like the Surface Pro or Lenovo Yoga will support switching between the Metro interface and the classic desktop interface. The new desktop will allow Modern UI apps to run in windowed mode, and have Modern UI apps pinned to the Start Menu instead of a Start Screen. There will also be a mini-start menu. Microsoft is looking to undo the usability mistakes it made with Windows 8 for those who are not on a touch device. WIndows 9 is expected around spring of 2015."

Comment: Re:What would Justice look like? (Score 4, Insightful) 150

Them's the breaks. When shit like this starts sending quakes through the portfolios of the general population *MAYBE* it'll be enough to wake up the collective to say "Hey! What the Fuck?!" and break apart some of this complacency iceberg we have going on.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 218

Actually, unless you are dealing with someone who's over-the-top ignorant, even the die-hard Harley fans will acknowledge other cycle brands. At worst this just leads into sub-classing of the Motorcycle / Biker group. If I showed up to a 1% rally (not bloody likely in the first place) on my Venture, I can expect that it would probably wind up vandalized, but so long as I showed proper "respect" to the members of the head MC, no harm would necessarily come to me personally.

There's also the other bit. It doesn't matter the style or brand you're loyal to or what you say about riders of other brands/styles, if you're riding an open 2 or 3 wheeler, be it scoot, bike, or trike, you're part of the biggest club on the road. You'll be acknowledged by other riders on the road and it's courtesy to acknowledge other riders in kind. If you come onto a road behind a squad of bikes, regardless of your ride, members of the squad will signal of road hazards to you as they see them; and you're free to part ways at any point and you're likely to be waved off in a measure of good wishes.

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