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Comment: Re:Fuck religion. (Score 1) 903

by grogdamighty (#45838253) Attached to: US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate
Funding and acting are different things though. I morally oppose several wars that the US has been involved in and have the option to register as a conscientious objector, but my taxes fund them. Same story here: no one is forcing the nuns to use contraceptives, just fund them.

+ - UT Dallas student and amateur astronomer catches a rare astronomical wonder->

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abhi2012 writes "Hall may be the only person in the world to capture a video of an apparent object hitting the planet Jupiter. The impact created a bright fireball on the planet that lasted only a few seconds, but catching the event resulted in several hours of fame for the unassuming Hall. He has uploaded the video on his flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/19299984@N08/7976507568/ and his website contains more information regarding the same: http://georgeastro.weebly.com/jupiter.html."
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Comment: Re:Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (Score 1) 255

by AndGodSed (#41440687) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such

AGAIN. From TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

And:

There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

That is marked as confirmed because it affects multiple users, and relates to a more broad list of concerns than what you infer. The way you word it points to a bug about Amazon seeing your keystrokes, while the bug report is more of a list of concerns such as opt-in vs opt-out, making the amazon lens separate from home etc.

Comment: Re:Private information leakage. (Score 2) 255

by AndGodSed (#41440593) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Trust Us, We're Trying to Make Shopping Better

From the TFA:

Why are you telling Amazon what I am searching for?

We are not telling Amazon what you are searching for. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err.

Comment: To: Slashdot readers (Score 2) 289

by Overly Critical Guy (#40078677) Attached to: MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

When you desire more information from a story mentioned in a summary, try clicking the underlined phrase in the text. This is called a hyperlink and will take you to the full article with all the details.

Wise posters of Slashdot past shortened this idea into an easily remembered acronym: RTFA

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 3, Informative) 193

by Overly Critical Guy (#39958833) Attached to: NY Times Apple Tax Article Flawed

Saying NYT made an incorrect calculation and explaining why is fine. But what was Apple's tax rate, then?

We won't know until the actual profits are calculated at the end of the trading year, when Apple pays the remaining balance.

If you can't answer that, then you can't say the figure itself is incorrect, only the means used to arrive at it.

What?! Yes, you can. Because it was derived from 2010's, it doesn't reflect what Apple's actual tax rate will be for its 2011 profits, which were much higher than 2010's. Therefore, the figure is totally useless.

Comment: Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

by Overly Critical Guy (#39902611) Attached to: Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

You know, every time I see someone on a forum defend PHP, they eventually admit that they write PHP for their job. If you have a vested financial interest in PHP, it's understandable that you'd have a desire to defend your source of income, but it doesn't change the fact that PHP is objectively a terrible language. Just because the PHP bashing is old doesn't make it wrong.

Comment: Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (Score 1) 240

by Overly Critical Guy (#39902603) Attached to: Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Are people seriously defending the use of PHP in 2012? You talk about testing when PHP doesn't even pass all its own tests according to the official website.

PHP's creator has publicly stated that he is not a programmer and is not interested in being one, that he didn't set out to create a programming language, and so forth.

When I see people defending PHP, I have the same reaction I get when I see Scientologists defending a religion started by a science fiction author.

Comment: Re:Taxes suck. (Score 0) 345

Do you actually believe there's a conspiracy going on to tar Google? Google's tax practices were first reported on Slashdot in 2010.

Most importantly, note that you don't refute any facts in the stories. Instead, you appeal to Google fans who don't like seeing negative stories on Slashdot by talking about secret campaigns and conspiracies, which instantly got you modded up, even though you have zero proof that this submission has anything to do with a Facebook plant.

I think Google's constant 2012 controversies have caused fans to go into a meltdown around here.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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