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Comment Re:Change (Score 1) 956

The slashdot summary includes only the victim's name as "evidence" of his race or religion.

Further, what do the details matter? Whenever stories like this appear, they tend to involve an outsider of some sort or another; the "white kids" are rarely jocks or cheerleaders. Whether it's a pocket protector-wearing über-nerd, a trench-coated psychopath misfit, or a rag-headed mudskin, it's all the same evidence of prejudice in its literal sense of "pre-judging".

Most of the comments are just inferring context to speculate on the motivations and outcomes of this event, which is the same thing we do when it's a "white kid".

It's great that you can try to refocus this article onto "anti-Christian hatred" though; it shows real effort and creativity on your part.

Comment breaking: cheap guns can harm users at a distance (Score 1) 101

A "security" company has discovered that a cheap, easily available gun can be used to harm or even kill a user at a distance by projecting a small piece of dense metal into the body. The damage has been shown to last a minute or longer.

That's especially worrying if you are ever within the line-of-sight of another human being, as so many users are! Click through for our press release and support our pioneering work.

Comment Re:Not unlimited, 7 GB (Score 1) 346

it's probably both. they'll turn a blind eye to your technically-a-violation mods (note, this is actually a concern to them of some level; basically every consumer-level service agreement is "service Y in exchange for $X per month and all the personal data we can mine". they just hide the latter part in the fine print.), as long as you don't put a drain on their services. this is how civilization tends to work.

Comment Re:What has happened to the Republicans? (Score 1) 576

Eh, just think of it as try-outs. You know, some company wants to see whether policy X will fly, but they don't really want to be associated with it, so they flog it out to some branch manager with a hard-on for power. He'll be zealously enthusiastic about it. If it works out, they pay him off with a moderate sum and bring him into the fold; if it doesn't work out, they'll deny any association ("Shocked! I'm shocked at this xenophobic nonsense! This is a country of liberty!").

When there are almost twenty competitors for the Mr. America crown, you'll be willing to do anything to stand out. The minders just sit back and watch how the public reacts to this pageantry; they check which lines are safe to cross in which demographics, and at the end they program the Romney-bot (or, equivalently, the Hillary-bot) to pander optimally to the lowest common denominator without rocking the boat too much.

Comment Re:There are better ways (Score 1) 576

heh, maybe not even that.

when i landed in Charles de Gaulle airport, almost the entire staff was apparently on strike. there were a few people milling about doing odd jobs, but no one at debarkation. the French arrivals seemed jaded to it, and the rest of us just shuffled, somewhat confused, through a barren airport and wandered into France without so much as a glance.

Comment oh, why bother? (Score 3, Funny) 264

"Other additions include carrot, cucumber, and avocado"

can't we be honest and just put a long skinny dick, a thick dick, and a stubby thick dick, so that people don't have to use vegetable analogues?

otoh, this way we can text shopping lists and sexual encounters/anxieties with the same symbols, so i guess it makes some sense.

Comment Re:Moronic (Score 4, Insightful) 157

people who make comments like this should be forced to sit in a corner and stare at a plot of a geometric decay function until the point sinks in.

suppose that, each usage, there is a 1-in-1000 chance that you fuck up. if you use the pen 5 times a day, that's about an 80% chance by the end of the year that you've fucked up, and it apparently only has to happen once.

Comment Re:Fallacy fallacy [Re: Lovely summary.' (Score 1) 1044

The upper tiers (no, i don't mean manager, necessarily) of any technical profession basically comprise offering your "opinion", albeit one which is tempered by a lot of experience, logical analysis, and education. Most peoples' delineation of "fact" vs. opinion is, actually, nothing more than a very uninformed opinion.

Linus Torvalds is probably not the best programmer in the world, but his opinions about practical kernel design are rather valuable. It's not a fallacy to act on that.

Finally, the truth or factuality of my statements is independent of whether i convince every schmuck on the internet of them. I simply don't owe everyone that much attention.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.