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Comment: A punch is not a bullet... (Score 1) 894

by Rone (#48820545) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

A punch is not a bullet, and not all provocations are the same...

Is it wrong to shoot someone for their speech when they are not trying to provoke you personally?

Yes. No exceptions.

Is it wrong to punch someone for their speech when they are not trying to provoke you personally?

Yes. No exceptions.

Is it wrong to shoot someone for their speech when they ARE trying to provoke you personally?

Yes. (However, whether or not there are exceptions to this rule -- and what those exceptions might be -- would be a different (and fascinating) discussion all its own.)

Is it wrong to punch someone for their speech when they ARE trying to provoke you personally?

Highly, HIGHLY debatable, and probably not answerable by any objective standard, as every culture has its own definitions for what the "acceptable" provocations are.

Pope Francis' comment falls within the scope of the fourth question, not the first. Don't make the mistake of confusing the two.

Comment: Re: i like open offices (Score 1) 420

by Rone (#48704499) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

For me, working in an office is about maximizing Communication.

Well, lucky ducky you.

For ME, the office is about getting the Assigned Task done in a reasonable amount of time.

Collaboration is sometimes necessary for that. In those cases, an Open Office is helpful, but certainly not necessary (they're called "legs").

However, most times, Collaboration is not necessary, in which case Open Office is about as helpful as a rabid badger being shoved down your pants.

People can make sanctimonious statements about filtering out environmental distractions being a "higher order" neurological activity, but those of us doing actual Grown-Up work often need to concentrate on the Assigned Task for extended periods of time without interruption, and Open Office sucks up mental bandwidth that would be INFINITELY better spent on the Assigned Task.

Comment: I wonder if... (Score 4, Interesting) 435

by Rone (#48618901) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

I wonder if it's any accident that this happened AFTER the mid-term elections, but well before the 2016 presidential election season really gets underway...

(You think Christmas comes early? Hah!)

Cuban exiles are a big voting block in a big battleground state, but obviously somebody decided to risk kicking this hornets' nest now in the hopes that the furor will die down by 2016.

Comment: Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (Score 5, Funny) 443

by Rone (#47433567) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

So at times the Tesla was being driven at speeds up to 100 MPH, collided with three cars and two utility poles along the way, and eventually suffered an impact that split the car in two, immolating the front half and embedding the back half within a nearby building.

Can't people see how dangerous and unsafe these vehicles are?!?

If something as trivial as multiple high-speed impacts can lead to driver fatality, imagine what could happen in a REALLY serious accident!

Comment: How to fix H1B in four words... (Score 1) 566

by Rone (#46945199) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

Let. Them. Change. Companies.

If a foreign worker is important enough to the country that we'll give him or her a shortcut through our (admittedly ridiculous) immigration system, then it shouldn't matter WHICH company they're working for, as long as they're working for one of ours.

Locking them into one company only encourages the formation of sweatshops, and we're supposed to be better than that.

Comment: Want to make a REAL statement? (Score 1) 415

by Rone (#45772661) Attached to: Alan Turing Pardoned

Issue more pardons.

How many more?

Well, how about every single soul ever convicted under "Turing's Law"?

Few other acts would express the appropriate level of "fuck you" to the mindset responsible for Turing's persecution, and reserving pardons for only the most notable implies that only the greatest have repaid their supposed "debt to society".

Comment: Participation not exactly "voluntary"... (Score 4, Interesting) 562

by Rone (#45729209) Attached to: Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

If uniformed police officers are pulling you off the road in marked cars with flashing lights, your participation is hardly voluntary.

What happens if you decline to answer the questions of the men in white coats a little too firmly? Well, an officer with badge and gun is right there to show you the error of your ways!

I'm amazed the local chapter of the ACLU is merely "watching the operation closely" (per the article).

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 712

by Rone (#41843895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

If the article isn't worth your time, maybe consider skipping it?

For my part, when I saw an "I need a good pen" article with over 500 (!!) responses, I immediately assumed that a pen-themed holy war had erupted between /.'s more OCD-prone members, and thought I might learn something useful from the melee.

I always can use a better pen. (Currently using a 0.7 mm Pilot G2, which is better than most in that it doesn't completely suck.)

Comment: Give up PC-based syncing? Absolutely not... (Score 1) 332

by Rone (#39714645) Attached to: iTunes' Windows Problem

...and it's for a simple reason.

There are two iOS devices in our household - my iPod Touch, and the "family" iPad. The iPod has "my stuff" -- music and apps that only interest me. The latter is more geared towards the kids -- children's videos, songs, and games.

I maintain a separate iTunes library for each device, though both are tied to the same Apple ID, so that I can purchase content once, and load it onto each device as I see fit.

Apple's cloud service, however, forces me into two undesirable options:

    1) Getting to buy everything once, but forcing me to keep copies of all content on all devices.

    2) Setting up multiple Apple IDs, and having to buy multiple copies of anything I want to have on more than one device.

Neither of these appeal to me, so I have no interest in giving up PC-based syncing.

Keep trying, Apple...

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?