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Comment: Re:Been through it (Score 1) 200 200

I'm just so glad I havent cracked any stupid jokes regarding violence, drugs or terrorism in the last 1-2 years in any facebook messages or comments.

Next time you enter Miami they're going to make you log into your Slashdot account, read that post, and send you to Guantanamo.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 591 591

That's irrelevant, as the justice system is not to be a method for taking revenge, but to make society a better place to live in, with less crime.

Reality is never that simple. Justice systems have multiple inputs and must serve a variety of needs. Some of those are political, and some of them are providing revenge.

Comment: Re:It's quite simple really... (Score 1) 158 158

The problem is apathy, not incompetence. The site (or more accurately, the middleware powering the site) was probably built for IE5/6, which was not at all uncommon ten years ago when "everyone" (not literally, but I know you know what I mean) had IE. The software did the job for so long that the people in government let it run and turned a deaf ear to the distress it caused for constituents. It's easier to tell constituents to go find IE9 than to upgrade the system. They also fall into the "the perfect is the enemy of the good" trap, telling themselves that they don't need to just fix the IE problem, but they need to totally modernize the whole system including the backend and business process.

If the government had a magic button that could fix the problem, they probably would have pressed it. But no such button exists (unless you count injecting the X-UA-compatible tag), and modernizing the system is a lot more cost and effort than that.

Comment: Mouse-friendly keyboards (Score 1) 452 452

A lot of mechanical keyboards lack a numeric keypad. This probably saves them money, but has the side-effect of making the keyboard more mouse-friendly which is easier on your shoulders (get it? "side-effect" ha ha).

I like that about mechanical keyboards. But many people would rather have the numpad.

Comment: Technology model (Score 2) 667 667

In technology you have an RFC published by a body whose authority supported by consensus. Then when you implement that technology, you can choose to be as compliant with RFC as you want. English teachers tend to see things as right vs. wrong, while in technology it's compliant vs. noncompliant, strict vs. loose/flexible. Loose compliance is often beneficial - how many people you know actually type the trailing dot on all of their FQDN's (e.g. http://slashdot.org./story)? The RFC says you're supposed to, but people rarely except when editing DNS records. Do we say that everyone is "wrong", or just noncompliant with RFC?

I find the technology model far less judgmental.

Adapt. Enjoy. Survive.