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Comment: Stradivarius instruments were not created by God (Score 1) 469

I do not understand why some people believe these instruments have something so powerful it cannot be replicated. If Antonio can do it, so can a good modern human.

We are all human and what one human can do, so can another. We need to look at our generation as no worse than generations past, and in some ways better.

Comment: Sas day indeed (Score 1) 2219

by line-bundle (#46183217) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I remember watching Kuro5hin collapse and die because of some pig-headed decisions. I never imagined slashdot's blaze would be this much more fiery.

I have been on slashdot for almost 15 years (was anonymous the first few years). It has been a fun ride.

The initial silence of Dice, and then the market-speak of "Timothy" has been astounding. It's truly tragic what I have witnessed over the last two days.

This has convinced me that my hours can be better spent elsewhere. With this final message I bid farewell to my favorite website for the last 15 years.

I make a prediction, and I hope I'm wrong: with the Dice/Timothy attitude, in 6 months slashdot will be no more.

+ - User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site-> 3

Submitted by hduff
hduff (570443) writes "Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site."
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+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken."

Comment: They really should DIAF (Score 1) 201

I am angered and saddened by what companies like Infosys have done to the US immigration system. I remember having to fight really hard to get my first H1B in the US because of those companies (I got my US higher ed paid by the NSF yet I'm not American, and I'm not a programmer).

After they have completely wrecked the H1B system they are now going to wreck the visitor visa system.

I am angry because they destroyed the reputation of the H1B system, one of the few legal ways to become a citizen. I am saddened because Americans are have a stupid immigration debate on fundamentally illegals, yet leave such monsters prowling the halls of congress.

Comment: Re:The real hero (Score 3, Insightful) 73

by line-bundle (#39523459) Attached to: Why Hubble Broke and How It Was Fixed

Looks like you did not read the article, but this is slashdot after all.

He talks about teamwork. Individuals contribute, but group dynamics are very important, and perhaps a deserve larger share of the success than any individual.

By picking someone out as the hero you are committing the same errors as in the past.

Comment: Overpriced CDROM (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by line-bundle (#39366551) Attached to: Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

I tried to by Britannica CD in 90s. They were charging almost as much as paper edition. It was only in early 2000s when they realized the error of their ways.

They could have sewn up the encyclopedia market but their high price was unjustifiable in the light of substantially cheaper offerings such as Encarta.

Sure, Encarta is not as good as Britannica but it's good enough for most kids. This is the key point: good enough is the enemy of perfect.

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."