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Comment Hollywood tells Americans whom to vote for (Score 1) 192

Get angry with the greedy studio bastards that are setting outrageous content prices for streaming rights.

How can Americans lawfully act on disapproval of Hollywood policies when Hollywood is also telling Americans whom to vote for through NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and CNN? These major TV news outlets share a parent with Universal, Disney, Paramount, Last Century Fox, and Warner Bros. respectively.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 262

Slashdot has "lameness filters" to stop certain known vandal patterns, and vandals were using homoglyphs to evade lameness filters. In addition, Slashdot is in English. Most characters that aren't on the whitelist are more useful for what some call "ASCII art" or "Shift JIS art" than for text in English. The Slashdot administrators want to discourage ASCII art because vandals were posting pornographic ASCII art, such as an ASCII version of the goatse.cx receiver, a drawing in a similar style titled "Jack Off", and a smaller drawing called "Penis Bird". Finally, a blacklist doesn't work so well because new dangerous characters could be added to a new version of the Unicode standard and used for vandalism before the administrators can react.

Comment Re:People limited to 10 GB/mo (Score 1) 157

These people are willing to rent software. [...] No sympathy at fucking all.

How are high-production-value computer games available other than through rental? Or do you likewise have "No sympathy at fucking all" for people who desire high-production-value computer games in the first place?

Comment Apache were calling themselves Indians (Score 2, Interesting) 366

You can start with 'Indians'. 'Ol Columbus was a tad confused at times.

Columbus was right but for the wrong reason. Before European contact, the Apache were calling themselves Inde, meaning "the people". Words for "people" resembling Inde or Dene are common in the Athabaskan languages that were spoken in what are now the southwestern United States, Alaska, and the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Comment Re:Slashed O (Score 1) 205

It is a programmer's zero, a Danish letter, the math symbol for an empty set, the building industry symbol for diameter, the cursive version the Greek capital letter phi, the slanted version of the London Underground logo, and an emoji for the back view of a smiley with a hat.

And these uses largely have distinct code points in Unicode, because they're still distinct characters with distinct uses despite looking similar. Some people prefer the dotted zero because it is visually distinct from the rest.

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