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Comment: Re:Folks, It's Galen Gruman... (Score 1) 260

by dwm (#35911664) Attached to: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable

There's nothing wrong with pointing out weaknesses -- of course the Playbook has some. The question is, do these weaknesses make it "unusable"?

  My point is that the "review", as is apparently the case with much of his writing, is an overstated rant designed to provoke responses and reposts. After all, how many other (positive or negative) reviews of the Playbook have been posted to Slashdot? This one was because it was sufficiently rabid to provoke discussion, which is after all what all blog sites are all about.

I mean, come on -- "homeless guy who plays air guitar"? Perhaps a better metaphor would have been "instead of an insightful review, we got turgid prose".


+ - Isaac Newton, Alchemist->

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Pickens writes "It wasn't easy being Isaac Newton because he didn't like wasting time: Newton didn't play sports or a musical instrument, gamble at whist or gambol on a horse. Newton was unmarried, had no known romantic liaisons and may well have died, at the age of 85, with his virginity intact. But, as Natalie Angier writes in the NY Times, it is now becoming clear that Newton had time to spend night upon dawn for three decades of his life slaving over a stygian furnace in search of the power to transmute one chemical element into another. "How could the ultimate scientist have been seemingly hornswoggled by a totemic psuedoscience like alchemy, which in its commonest rendering is described as the desire to transform lead into gold," writes Angier. Now new historical research describes how alchemy yielded a bounty of valuable spinoffs, including new drugs, brighter paints, stronger soaps and better booze. "Alchemy was synonymous with chemistry," says Dr. William Newman, "and chemistry was much bigger than transmutation." Newman adds that Newton's alchemical investigations helped yield one of his fundamental breakthroughs in physics: his discovery that white light is a mixture of colored rays that can be recombined with a lens. “I would go so far as to say that alchemy was crucial to Newton’s breakthroughs in optics,” says Newman. “He’s not just passing light through a prism — he’s resynthesizing it.”"
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Comment: Troll, n. - Someone who disagrees with me (Score 0) 1164

by dwm (#29009849) Attached to: College Credits For Trolling the Web?

Look, ID isn't scientific but that doesn't mean that anyone who speaks in support of it is a troll. Taking ideas you've learned in class and defending them in a public forum is a good thing. A troll (IMHO) is someone who's in a discussion primarily for the conflict. These students obviously aren't -- they're there at best to learn, and at worst to get through a class (who hasn't been there?). I suspect that anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is more closed-minded than any ID/Creationism/Insert-Your-Hobby-Horse-Here partisan.

Comment: Blacklist? (Score 4, Insightful) 292

by dwm (#27837423) Attached to: Backlash Builds Against US Copyright Blacklist

According to the original article, this is a routine annual report listing who we are happy with or unhappy with concerning copyright and such. There's also no mention of DMCA. Evidently, countries come and go off these lists all the time. It's just a way for the USA to communicate what it does and doesn't like about other countries behavior. It's called diplomacy. How does anyone get "blacklist" out of this?

By the way, it mentions that North Korea was taken off the bad-boy list. Does anyone really think North Korea instituted a DMCA-like law?

Comment: Read the Complaint (Score 4, Insightful) 695

by dwm (#27084647) Attached to: Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

I wish more of the authors of these smug, dismissive comments would read the complaint.

It makes a compelling case that the primary use of the "erotic services" section of Craigslist is prostitution, both the "consenting adults" variety and the quite non-consenting child sex slavery variety. It also cites specific cases where Craigslist was used to facilitate the abuse of child sex slaves. Is anyone here concerned with that, and that Craigslist is profiting from that traffic?

Note that the sheriff isn't trying to shut down Craigslist; his office sent 5 letters to Craigslist asking them to better police the "erotic services" section or shut it down. According to the complaint, Craigslist refused. It would seem that the owners of Craigslist value their profits more than the lives of the children whose exploitation they benefit from.

How often has the phrase "Think of the children" been bandied about on Slashdot with a wink and a sneer? Well, here's a case where there are actual, real, hurting children to think about. How many of you are brave enough to challenge the groupthink around here and do that? Where is the outrage that Craigslist is profiting from human traffic? Some of you need to turn in your liberal credentials at the door.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?