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Journal: Macenstein clones

Journal by srussell
What I love most about Slashdot is the Mac fanatics. They're a lot like religious fundamentalists, and there are enough of them to be a constant source of humor.

Take, for example, a recent comment I made in response to a /. story about a new MacOS. In the story, the author made mention about the fact that none of the Apple rumor sites were talking about the new technology. In my post, I commented that the rumor sites don't post "real" rumors any more because Apple has a history of slapping rumor sites with cease-and-desist orders when they're close to the truth. I didn't make this stuff up -- Apple has always leaned heavily on their users. Microsoft hurts their users through sheer ineptitude; Apple actively tries to hurt their users through litigation. In any case, the comment was marked "Flame-bait", proving once again that there are a lot of people out there who don't bother to look up the meaning of the words they use.

It did make me feel better about helping my mother-in-law convert from Macintosh -- which she loathed with a passion that I rarely see in people who know nothing about computers -- to Windows. It also prompted me to adopt a new quest: save one Mac user per year by converting them to something else. Windows users are usually either helpless or misinformed, but Mac fanatics are ill, and need help. What is really needed is a Betty-Ford-style clinic, or maybe a deprogramming intervention network.

I can't save the world, but maybe I can do good and save a couple of people from Macitis.

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Journal: American Patriotism

Journal by srussell
There was a discussion on Slashdot in which somebody mentioned that we US Americans should move to Canada, because they've got loads of liberal polititians. In a response, I called Baby Bush a dictator. Someone took offense at this, and accused me of being a communist, or something to that effect. In response, I pointed out that I'm as patriotic as the next guy, and he begged to differ. Then the fucking discussion was archived, and I didn't have a chance to respond... but being (as usual) overly impressed with my response, I felt it necessary to post it here. Hell, I went through the trouble of writing it...

and that jack-booted thugs will be dragging dissenters off to the Gulag any day now, disqualifies you as a patriot.

Interesting choice of metaphor. You might want to talk to Mike Hawas, if you think this doesn't happen.

In the USA, right now, anyone can be abducted by the US government, be detained indefinitely without access to a lawer, and be tried under a military tribunal.

therefore implying that the whole checks-and-balances system of this constitutional republic is somehow horribly broken

They are, in that they're being circumvented by the current administration.

I believe that our civil liberties are in danger. I believe that we're in danger of becoming a police state. As a patriot, I feel a moral imperative to oppose actions and behavior by the current administration which I feel are violating the principles on which this country was founded.

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Journal: Slashdot dupes 1

Journal by srussell
Today is a day that will stand in infamy.

Or not. But it is pretty funny that, today, a duplicate story was posted within two stories of each other. What was even more funny was that out of the few dozen comments on the duplicate, only one wasn't deriding /. for the dup. What is vaguely sad is that so many people have nothing better to do than post comments on a duplicate story, about the duplication.

But, then again, I've got enough time to post a journal entry, so who am I to talk?

And why do I like gothic, sarcastic women?

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