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Comment: Is My Religious Liberty Being Threatened? (Score 5, Insightful) 1168

How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.
  Just pick "A" or "B" for each question.

  My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

2. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.

3. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am being forced to use birth control.
B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

4. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

5. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.

6. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

7. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.

8. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

9. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

10. My religious liberty is at risk because:
A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
B) Public school science classes are teaching science.

If you answered "A" to any question, then perhaps your religious liberty is indeed at stake. You and your faith group have every right to now advocate for equal protection under the law.

If you answered "B" to any question, then not only is your religious liberty not at stake, but there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others.

Comment: Re:I'd have thought the main reason was... (Score 1) 447

by kindbud (#49365451) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

A major change to the black box system like adding video would require a new design, flight qualifications, etc. etc. It's a lot of effort, and most of the people who regulate aviation seem to have a pretty firm grasp on cost/benefit analysis, from what I can see.

At minimum, a video recorder would need a lot more fixed storage than a audio recorder, it would need a higher speed IO bus and probably more buffer memory, and camera placement would need to be determined for every model plane it would be installed in. Then this new design would have to be tested to make sure it can survive crash conditions while preserving the data.

It would take a multi-million dollar program involving dozens of engineers just to take a prototype from design to basic functional testing.

No one is going to do that unless it offers a substantial benefit.

Comment: Re:Just like Evergreen State College (Score 1) 213

by kindbud (#49321783) Attached to: Finland's Education System Supersedes "Subjects" With "Topics"

Well, there's right and wrong, and then there's textbook grammar rules, and then there's the way people actually speak and write. Which way do you think the hierarchy runs?

Does right and wrong dictate which rules are the correct rules of grammar, which then informs the writers of grammar textbooks, which in turn gets people to speak and write the way they do?

Comment: Interplay's ENGAGE Games Online (Score 2) 149

by kindbud (#49295267) Attached to: "Descent" Goes For a Crowdfunding Reboot (and a Linux Version)

There was another version - Descent: Online - that was featured on one of the first online game services, ENGAGE Games Online, launched by Interplay in 1995. That was my second IT job. I think we supported up to 32 players in a single game, divided into two teams.

I was more into Rolemaster: Magestorm (a multiplayer FPS/RPG from Mythic Entertainment, same studio as Dark Age of Camelot),.

Comment: Geek-Domains.com! (Score 1) 295

by kindbud (#49283717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

Of course! http://www.geek-domains.com/

Found this registrar recently, and so far very happy. Prices in line with the budget registrars. Lots of TLD available. Clean, modern DNS control panel: you can import a zone file and do other "advanced" things a geek would think to do, but it's also easy for novices. DNSSEC and SSL certs available, as well as web hosting, web mail, email services. +1, Like, Star, Favorite, etc.

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