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Comment: Re:Free To Do What We Tell You (Score 1) 274

by TitusC3v5 (#46637753) Attached to: NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant
Fast few menu implies that there is an actual choice. Our presidential elections (and elections in general, really) are more akin to the Super Bowl.

The system isn't going to change until the general populace starts seriously supporting 3rd parties. But with the media, money, and politicians in power being linked together like some kind of demented ouroboros, the chances of that happen are somewhere between nil and nonexistent.

Comment: Re:MOVIN’ ON UP. (Score 1) 110

by TitusC3v5 (#46172273) Attached to: Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70
I wouldn't be sure about that. If I'd currently had mod points, I would have modded down all the off topic stuff, and I imagine there are plenty of other people with a similar mindset.

Regardless of whether or not the complaints have merit, clicking on a story to read the commentary only to see a sea of people frothing at the mouth over what will eventually be inconsequential stuff. Yes, inconsequential. I've been through several of these Slashdot revamps now, and it's always the same story: new layout introduced, the community loses its shit, it eventually goes live and everybody gets used to it and it's a non-issue.

Comment: Re:MOVIN' ON UP. (Score 1) 110

by TitusC3v5 (#46171743) Attached to: Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70
I don't see the grey on grey you speak of. My only real issue with the beta format so far is the excessive amount of whitespace. Or perhaps I'm just impartial since I tend to spend more time at Ars (where Slashdot seems to pull a large number of their stories) than here.

Edit: Oh, and the lack of auto-fill for the subject of new comments. Almost forgot about that one.

Comment: Re:What assholes (Score 1, Troll) 142

by TitusC3v5 (#46098325) Attached to: Oracle Broadens Legal Fight Against Third-party Solaris Support Providers
What they're doing wrong is that they're suing somebody for doing EXACTLY what they do with their rebranded Red Hat distro. Yes, Red Hat is FOSS so it's fair game whereas the proprietary Oracle stuff is not, but that doesn't make it any less hypocritical or Oracle any less vile.

Comment: Re:Dont do anyone any favors (Score 5, Insightful) 644

by TitusC3v5 (#46054787) Attached to: Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
While I broadly agree, it doesn't appear the lesbian couple actually asked for the guy to pay child support; that was all on the state's initiative.

Citing the above, since it's very relevant. The issue here is it's a government agency abusing a loophole (well, not really a loophole since it's intended, I suppose) to get paid back for $6000 in state services. They've essentially gotten a two for one deal - not only do they get reimbursed for the matter, but they also managed to set a nice little precedent for future cases like this.

In short, make sure the blame stays on the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Comment: Re:Most visitors... (Score 1) 231

by TitusC3v5 (#46054249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?
For online book stores, you really should be using an e-reader. You usually can preview the first several chapters, and there's a huge selection of books on both B&N and Amazon that costs about the price of a soda.

I don't disagree, however. On the occasion that I do want a physical copy of a book, I almost always hit up the local bookstores first.

Comment: Re:Why would he be arrested? (Score 1) 399

Did any of the aiding the enemy nonsense even make it to the list he was tried for?

From what I remember from the list, the charges he was hit with were a bunch of unauthorized access and theft like charges; I don't remember him being convicted of any aiding the enemy-type charges.

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