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Comment Re:And the monster is growing (Score 1) 738

I disagree. Most of the opposition to systemd is completely factual and based on technical arguments. There are a few loud-mouths, sure, but the actual majority of people using invalid emotional arguments, direct insults and "hate" are the systemd proponents. It is really quite fascinating to see how these people do not "mesh" at all with Unix culture, but rather seem to be a hostile invading force. There are rather strong suspicions that many of these people are paid-for PR shills, and not actual users. Their script is just too similar every time they start to put everybody down that does not profess love to systemd. And they almost universally go for the emotional approach, which means they do not have any strong tech arguments.

Comment Re:Is this even legal? (Score 1) 154

Very likely. And "creepy" is not the right word. Having files on everybody and laws that allow you to get everybody (and the US certainly has both) is necessary to establish and firm up a police-state and eventually full fascism.

As the average US citizen just does not seem to care, I guess it is time for the US to get its own hands-on taste of national fascism. Unfortunately, the rest of the world will not be able to bust them out, so it will be of the slow-decline form that takes a century or so to total economic collapse and the survivors will have to build up again from ruins.

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 460

Both Mormons and Muslims claim that their Scripture are merely copies of documents which came from heaven.

Actually, I don't think either claims that. I know Mormons don't. Mormons claim that the Book of Mormon was written by a series of prophets. The prophets were inspired, but wrote in their own words. Same as the Bible. The difference is in the method of collection and translation, not the method of authorship.

I think it's the same for Islam. Muslims believe Mohammed was a prophet, so his writings were inspired by Allah, but the Koran contains his own words.

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 460

If it was received by some supernatural source, from an all powerful and all knowing being... Why would it feel bound to use newly generated paper. If it was all knowing, it would create the book outside of space time, when it felt making it a book it would.

I might be wrong, but my understanding is he was given the words of the Quran from an angel, and then had a scribe write the words down at a later time. If the paper AND the ink are both older than Muhammad, then that would completely falsify the claim that Muhammad gave the world the Quran, which in turn would falsify Islam itself. It would be comparable to the Sanhedrin producing Jesus's corpse after the apostles claimed he was resurrected from the dead.


Windows 10 Grabs 5.21% Market Share, Passing Windows Vista and Windows 8 155

An anonymous reader writes: The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications. In just four weeks, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million PCs. Microsoft is aiming to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 "in two to three years," though that includes not just PCs, but smartphones, consoles, and other devices as well.

Carbon Dating Shows Koran May Predate Muhammad 460

HughPickens.com writes: Brian Booker writes at Digital Journal that carbon dating suggests the Koran, or at least portions of it, may actually be older than the prophet Muhammad himself, a finding that if confirmed could rewrite early Islamic history and shed doubt on the "heavenly" origins of the holy text. Scholars believe that a copy of the Koran held by the Birmingham Library was actually written sometime between 568 AD and 645, while the Prophet Mohammad was believed to have been born in 570 AD and to have died in 632 AD. It should be noted, however, that the dating was only conducted on the parchment, rather than the ink, so it is possible that the Koran was simply written on old paper. Some scholars believe, however, that Muhammad did not receive the Koran from heaven, as he claimed during his lifetime, but instead collected texts and scripts that fit his political agenda. "This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran's genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven," says Keith Small, from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. "'It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged," says Historian Tom Holland. "and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions." Update: 09/01 17:32 GMT by S : There was a typo in the dates used by the original linked article — in the press release from the University of Birmingham, the date range given for the parchment is between 568 AD and 645 AD, which overlaps more closely with Muhammad's lifetime. The dates and link have been fixed now in the summary. Historians say this new information highlights the uncertainty surrounding the emergence of such religious texts, rather than being a major upheaval.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 71

To my knowledge he has not yet been tried for the attempted murder bit. And I don't know if they're going to bother, given he's already in jail for life.

So, your entire premise is false. Without the "attempted murder bullshit", the drug and money laundering charges were solid enough to put him away.

Comment Re:A govt employee charged with a crime? Shock!!! (Score 3, Insightful) 71

That Shaun Bridges was even charged at all is amazing. He's a government employee, and in most of the world it's very rare for government employees to be charged with a crimes because fellow government employees refuse to prosecute them. Thank your lucky stars, America, you are not like Australia where the press reports alleged corruption, the police ignore it, and it piles up and up and up: https://archive.is/KUTAy#cases

Nah, it's pretty much the same in America.

The difference in this case is the nature of the crime and the victim chosen. No, not Ulbricht. The victim was the federal government, because they were going to seize that money anyway. You steal from the government, or attack the government in any way, they're going to drop the hammer on you. If your victim is an individual, well, it depends in large part on the socioeconomic status of that individual. A government employee can get prosecuted for killing a poor black man, for example, but it's rare. If you're a government agency and your victim is the entire nation, you're almost certainly going to get away with it. At most you'll be told to stop, but no one will be going to jail... well, except the guy who ratted the agency out. There's a good chance he'll go to jail, if he can be caught.

Comment Re:Christie is ideal (Score 1) 559

Sorry to break it to you, but "fox news" is not some magic word that dismisses all the crimes committed by the people you worship.

Hillary Clinton has violated the espionage act, and other statutes relating to securing public records. She has knowingly attempted to destroy evidence. She has lobbied for foreign interests in exchange for millions of dollars paid into her family slush fund. She may or may not do time for it, depending on whether the Obama regime thinks they can get away with ignoring it.

She is a crook, and that simple fact would remain, even if Fox News had never existed.


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