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Comment: Re:Abolish marriage solves the problem. (Score 4, Informative) 564

by blindbat (#46669585) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

You don't seem to understand how things work.

1. It is not just the Church that has a male-female view of marriage; this is found in religions and customs around the world and throughout history.

2. In America, it *is* the government that decides who can and can't be together, not the church. You get license from the state to marry, you cannot marry close family members, etc. If you live too long with someone, the state considers it a common law marriage and you have real divorce proceedings.

3. Churches merely perform ceremonies but the state licenses it. Without that state license, there is no marriage regardless of what church you were in.

4. Now that comes down to your main point: have the government change from being in charge of marriage to only having civil unions and give the word "marriage" over to religion. Many states already have civil unions that function like that already. But that is not enough: people want to be called married when they commit themselves to one another.

Comment: norman (Score 1) 165

by blindbat (#42917305) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keyboard Layout To Reduce Right Pinky/Ring Finger Usage? This is similar to workman, and might be better. I've been experimenting with Dvorak but find I don't like the lateral movement to i and d, as well as the right pinky for s and l. For qwerty, I would only swap f and t for the left hand. The right hand would need a little more substitution. For me, reaching up with the first three fingers (or down with index) is no problem, but I really don't like the heavy lateral index finger movement.

Comment: terrible software (Score 1) 288

by blindbat (#39366737) Attached to: Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

I bought the software version of Britannica about 10 years back and the interface was terrible (relied on IE3 plugins IIRC).

If they would have produced a really good software package I think they would have had more adoption of it.

From reviews of the current version, they are still facing software problems (including registering the software so you can access updates, etc.).

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.