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Comment Just come out and say it (Score 1) 1032

This summary comes close to saying, but chickens out, that we should raise taxes to pay for college for all citizens. That makes sense to me because it's what we already do with school for younger people.

Until then, don't go to college if you don't intend to pay for it. It is irresponsible, dishonourable, and illegal to consume a commercial service and then refuse to pay.

Come on, OP. Just say it. Raise taxes for the betterment of society. Formally change taxation. Don't just incite theft. How is that going to help people invest in their futures?

Comment Re: Hilarious quotes from Kotaku article (Score 1) 126

Valve is obligated to comply with a law in Germany that guarantees returns of goods bought in the Internet. Luckily for the rest of the world, Valve is extending this consumer-friendly policy to everyone. Hopefully it will work out for developers too. As a consumer I'm very happy about this.

Comment Re:Hilarious quotes from Kotaku article (Score 1) 126

What's wrong with short games? Portal is one of the most loved games of all time and it takes only a couple of hours to beat. Are coin-op arcade games devoid of satisfaction? What about short stories versus novels? Should I be entitled to a refund on a banana because it wasn't as filling as a steak dinner?

Comment research your Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches (Score 1) 452

OP, you'll likely want a mechanical keyboard for a heavy use machine.

I used membrane dome keyboards for years. The Microsoft Natural keyboards has my the ideal ergonomic layout and is extremely comfortable for typing, with the added bonus of most keys being slightly different shapes which is incredibly handy for gaming. However, these keyboards wear out after a couple of years and they don't have anti-ghosting which means you can only hold down 2 or 3 keys at once before you lose keystrokes.

I've since bought, and returned, many mechanical keyboards. I returned them because I hated the feel and kept pressing keys by accident. I did some research and the most helpful site was at the link below which has amazing technical diagrams that illustrate the "clickiness" and action of Cherry MX keyswitches.
http://superuser.com/questions...

My advice is to study these animations and decide which looks best. Try them out at a local store if possible - computer parts stores often have a Cherry MX sample board with one of each type. Then look for a keyboard with the keyswitches you want and the additional features you'd like (anti-ghosting, media keys, volume knob, macro keys).

After some research I decided on the Logitech G710+. It's expensive (regular about $150) and a little large but has Cherry MX Brown keyswitches which have a little resistance, an intermediate click as you press them, but are quieter than the Blue switches which otherwise feel the same. It has media keys and a volume knob which I use all the time. I have no need for the macro keys.

My kingdom for a Microsoft Natural keyboard with mechanical keyswitches!!!

Comment The definition of copyright (Score 1) 317

My limited understanding is that copyright dictates your right to copy media, and the restrictions surrounding that. Laws about software licensing consider factors such as installing software from physical media to a disk, copying code on disk temporarily to memory, how many machines you can have it installed on at once, etc.

I'm fairly sure this is a legitimate lawsuit according to the letter of the law. However, this is one of those situations where the law has become outdated and does not reflect real world use anymore. Not to mention citing the "Audio Home Recording Act of 1992" even though it's not reasonable to call a vehicle a home.

Comment Re:Non-social uses not affected (Score -1, Offtopic) 100

Thanks so much for pointing this out. This is the last straw for me. After reading /. for almost a decade I'm sick and tired of all the false news and amateurish errors. I could read supermarket tabloids and get as much tech news as I do here.

Bye /.

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Comment Re:wow (Score 0, Offtopic) 413

I wasn't looking to start an argument at all. I just wanted to throw my opinion out there to see what sticks. Nothing did, so it's time to change my homepage for the first time in a decade.

I'm not looking for a website with technology and local politics, or any politics whatosver. I really only care about the technology. I'm now looking for PHP-based RSS parser servers so that I can, as you recommend, build my own Slashdot just for me. I have no interest in anyone's navel but my own.

Just a friendly parting word for you - don't be so quick to dismiss others. In response to my original post I thought "go away" was harsh. Truthfully, responses like that are the other reason why I won't miss Slashdot. Too many people can't tell the difference between a rebuttal and an attack, which is why my opinion is moderated as troll. I won't abide censorship, unlike this hypocritical community.

Comment Re:see, you care (Score 1) 413

so stop picketing outside mcdonalds because they don't sell sweaters

(completely inaccurate allegories require only simple deflection)

I was going to rebut you but I see that my original post is now moderated as troll so obviously I'm the one in the minority. I concede that Slashdot is a website to discuss technology and American politics.

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