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Comment: Re:What's the point of satire then? (Score 1) 131

by SternisheFan (#47693791) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed
The overall purpose of satire is usually to make some kind of moral or political change in society through the use of critical humor. A satirist will choose a subject or person with whom he finds faults and use humor to make those faults obvious. In theory, many satirists hope that the humor will have a corrective effect, almost like a punishment for bad behavior, ultimately leading people to change the way they behave and discouraging others from behaving the same way in the future.

Since the overall purpose of satire is generally to point out the faults in people, satirists often rely on exaggeration to make a point. For example, a politician who favors heavy taxation might be depicted as a pig stealing people’s food from their plates. This sort of exaggeration shows the fault in question and puts a critical spin on it. People often remember and enjoy the satire because it’s funny and entertaining, but if it’s handled correctly, the message should ideally stick with them much longer than the initial entertainment element.

+ - City of Munich is considering to switch back from Linux to Windows->

Submitted by (3664475) writes "The vice-mayor of Munich Josef Schmid wants a group of experts to analyse the use of Linux in the municipality. According to Schmid, there have been multiple complaints about the lack of interoperability with other city and government administrations. There have also been doubts that the city is lowering costs by using FOSS. Munichs project Limux was started ten years ago. The city wanted to reduce its budget by switching to Linux and FOSS intead of upgrading to newer versions of Microsoft's Windows and Office products. At the end of last year almost all of the 15000 workstations in the municipality were using OSS."
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Comment: Re:East end subway (Score 1) 131

by SternisheFan (#47692315) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

Funny how it's OK if you ridicule them online, but you're too chicken to do it to their face.

when in truth a sheetrock wall has more common sense than that person does.

I think you and the wall have something in common, but it's doubtful you'll ever see it. It's not surprising you're anti-intellectual. Educated people are frequently more informed than you and it gets under your skin, doesn't it? This is your way of getting back at them. Fuck you, and fuck your anti-intellectual friends. Go back to your friend Sarah Palin, retard.

Okay..., "retard"? Right...

Either I'm dealing with a teenager who's not too well thought out yet, or you must have forgotten to 'tag' your posts as 'satire'. Have a nice night.... :^)

Comment: Re:East end subway (Score 1) 131

by SternisheFan (#47692027) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

There is a difference between 'satire' and 'outright lies'. Ridiculing people because they're not the same as you is despicable. Oh, but it's so important to have fun at the expense of others, because if everyone got it, then there would be no fun.

And how was I ridiculing anyone? If I‘d said to that woman, "You‘re a complete idiot! Don't you realize that it's all made up? Jeez!", that would have been acting superior and would have been wrong to do. There are gullible people in this world, that's a fact. Pointing that out doesn't mean I think I'm better than them. I didn't try to convince her the subway story was true and secretly enjoy mocking her. In fact I was trying to find a way to let her know it was highly unlikely, some people will continue to believe whatever they choose to believe no matter what you tell them, you can't always convince them otherwise. She'll figure out the truth one day. Or not.

I've known people who think that their 8 years of college, or their inherited money, or their skin color make them better than other people, when in truth a sheetrock wall has more common sense than that person does. According to your logic, I'm in the wrong when I relate a story about them? Give it a rest, okay?

Comment: East end subway (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by SternisheFan (#47691519) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed
There are two types of people in this life, those who 'get' satire, and those who don't.

On the east end of Long Island, NY, there's a free magazine called "Dan's Papers". A running article series has been written over two years on the subway system that connects several east end towns, from Southampton to Montauk. It's very well written, with continuous updates. say, about how the suggestion box at the Southampton station has been moved to an area where people will not bump against it anymore. And it is completely a goof. Still, I've met a few people who truly believe that an east end subway exists because, "It's in Dan's Papers! I've read all about it!" These people have asked me, with complete sincerity, if I know where the subway entrance is in their town. When I tried to tell one woman how I truly doubted that a subway exists (I didn't want to make her feel dumb), she left still sure of this subways existence. These are the same type of people who a few years back fell for the deer/lion hunt planned on the east end in order to help 'thin out the herd', another one of 'Dan's Papers' classic jokes.

Labeling an article as satire would take all the fun out of it for those of us who 'get it'.

+ - The Windows Store is a Cesspool of Scam Apps, Why Doesn't Microsoft Care?->

Submitted by capedgirardeau
capedgirardeau (531367) writes "Microsoft’s Windows Store is a mess. It’s full of apps that exist only to scam people and take their money. Why doesn’t Microsoft care that their flagship app store is such a cesspool? ... It’s now been more than two years since Windows 8 was released, and this has been a problem the entire time, and it is getting worse. If Microsoft was trying to offer a safe app store to Windows users, they’ve failed. Searching for most popular apps will return a list of many scam clones that charge a fee for what is a free app from the official publisher and you have to hope there is no malware installed as well. Worse yet, the Windows Store is now integrated with the system search feature. Search for an application using the Start screen search or search charm and these garbage apps from the Windows Store will appear. The article points out the reason is probably "Microsoft hasn’t been encouraging quality apps. Instead, they just want quantity. In March, 2013, Microsoft ran a promotion where they paid developers $100 for each app they submitted to the Windows Store or Windows Phone Store.""
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+ - Swedish dad takes gamer kids to warzone->

Submitted by Z00L00K
Z00L00K (682162) writes "A Swedish father has come under fire for taking his two sons on a trip to Israel, the West Bank and occupied Syria in order to teach them the reality of war.

Meet Carl-Magnus Helgegren, a journalist, university teacher, and proactive dad.

And like so many other dads, Helgegren had to have the violent video-game conversation with his two sons, Frank and Leo, aged ten and 11 respectively.
"We were sitting at the dinner table last autumn, and my kids started telling me about this game they wanted to play, the latest Call of Duty game, and told me about the guns and missions," Helgegren told The Local on Friday.

So Helgegren struck a deal. The family would take a trip to a city impacted by real war. The boys would meet people affected, do interviews, and visit a refugee camp. And when they came back home, they would be free to play whatever games they chose."

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+ - T'Pring dies!

Submitted by EzInKy
EzInKy (115248) writes "The actess who portrayed Spock's potential mate T'Pring passed away Tuesday. According to the BBC and others the cause was complications from a heart attack. Leonard Nimoy took the time to tweet "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent." I'm sure there are many here who will also be saddened as she was most probably in our first fantasies of interspecies mating."

Comment: Re:makes sense (Score 1) 84

by SternisheFan (#47673629) Attached to: DARPA Uses Preteen Gamers To Beta Test Tomorrow's Military Software
At the time that "America's Army" came out, most FPS's were only being sold for a high price, but 'AA' was a very playable, free to download (though large, for the time (100+MB) and solid 'game'. After a short time, America needed a volunteer army. After the fact, it makes a lot of sense why that game got distributed, from a military point of view.

Try `stty 0' -- it works much better.