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Comment Re:Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice (Score 1) 1376

I would just like you to read the rest of this thread, and legitimately say to me that atheists are not antagonistic towards religion. This topic has some very strong parallels to the article on racism a day or two ago: do you have the right to be offensive?

I would argue that yes, you have the right to be offensive. However, you don't have the right to be heard. Also, being offensive just shows that you are a dick.

The way I see it, I believe something; you might believe something else. Does that make it ok for me to call you stupid and uneducated? And FFS, stop stereotyping Christians as anti-environmental, anti-technology ass-backwards inbreeds. Most of the Christians that don't care about the environment are in direct contradiction to the Bible that they supposedly hold true to (it specifically says that we are to care for the world).

Look at yourself before you go spouting off hate at "religionists" who all supposedly spend their time trying to screw atheists.

Windows

Submission + - Has Windows 7 Upgrade Removed OS Activation Check? (pcworld.com)

Acererak writes: "Will Windows 7 require an installed and activated version of a previous operating system prior to an upgrade? That's been the question on everyone's minds lately, spurred by a report referencing an unnamed Microsoft spokesperson. If true, it'll be a giant hassle for Windows 7 re-installations given that the upgrade process invalidates the CD key of the previous operating system--can't activate an operating system with an invalid key, after all.

The confusing part? A Microsoft employee is now directly contradicting this information. Windows 7 has allegedly downgraded to Windows XP's authentication process. You'll only need to insert the DVD of a previous operating system during the Windows 7 installation to satisfy upgrade eligibility. But is this really accurate, seeing as it doesn't fit with Microsoft's desire to increase anti-piracy measures in its future operating systems? If not, it just goes to show that Microsoft is just as confused about how to upgrade to Windows 7 as anyone else right now."

The Courts

Submission + - Court Appoints Pro Bono Counsel For RIAA Deft (blogger.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In what could be a turning point in the RIAA's litigation campaign, a Michigan judge has decided to appoint pro bono counsel to represent college student Brittany Kruger, who is being sued by the RIAA in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Kruger. As this article points out, 'if other judges follow suit, things will change dramatically'. That is because the RIAA's entire litigation campaign is based upon economic inequality of the litigants : almost none of those sued by the RIAA can afford legal representation, and the RIAA has a huge economic incentive to fight cases to the death, while the defendants have no economic incentive greater than the 'settlement' amount, which they often pay even when entirely innocent. If the courts follow the lead of District Judge Timothy P. Greeley (PDF), and appoint pro bono legal counsel, the RIAA will no longer be able to achieve the easy pickings default judgments and 'settlements' it's routinely obtained in the past."

Comment Soon, in the UK... (Score 1) 345

(Young entrepreneur painstakingly copies letter-by-letter the Windows 7 source code, gets sued and heads to court)

The defense?

But I worked hard on it and spent a lot of time and money copying the code.

Effort on its own means jackshit in this world (except maybe public schools), you need to actually produce something of its own merit.

United States

Submission + - Majority of US Scientists Identify as Democrats (people-press.org) 4

Ripit writes: According to a Pew Research poll released on July 9, 2009, US scientists overwhelmingly identify themselves as Democrats. 55% of scientists say they are Democrats, compared to 35% of the general population. Only 6% of scientists say they are Republicans, compared to 23% of the general population. Surprisingly, scientists identified themselves as independents less often than the population as a whole, 32% to 34%, respectively.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Americans do not agree with science (yahoo.com) 2

ZeroSerenity writes: "In a not so stunning article, it is thought by many that science is not something you have to agree with. A survey conducted by Pew Research Center states that "...nearly 9 in 10 scientists accept the idea of evolution by natural selection, but just a third of the public does. And while 84 percent of scientists say the Earth is getting warmer because of human activity, less than half of the public agrees with that." In addition just 27% of the respondents said that the advances of the US in science are its greatest achievement, down from 44% ten years ago. I fear for my own country's progress if people aren't this interested in science."

Submission + - Can you build a PC that out Macs a Mac? (bit-tech.net)

mr_sifter writes: "Apple is winning; the iPhone is the sexiest gadget going, Apple's computers are gobbling market share like Pacman eats pills and Apple stores are filled with eager customers. PC manufacturers, meanwhile, had raced each other to the bottom to make the cheapest computers possible. In this feature, the writers of bit-tech decided to see if it's possible to beat the latest and greatest 24in iMac at its own game, and set themselves the challenge of beating it, hands down, on as many fronts as possible, for the same price or less. The aim was to build a PC that looked and performed better, and was quieter and more desirable, and all for less cash. To win, we couldn't build any old performance system; we needed to craft a beauty from hardware that directly competes with the iMac's strengths."

Comment Re:About an Autobahn lane projector ? (Score 1) 856

With yield signs, you would be perfectly right (slow needs to make way for the faster); however, on normal roads you can't expect to go fast and have everyone get out of your way. That is the key. If you decide to go fast, then the responsibility is on YOU, not the other drivers/bikers. It's about right of way, and the person in front of you has it.

You outlined a bunch of areas where bikers tend to ignore the laws of the road. Now look at all the laws that cars break: They don't stop fully at stop signs/red lights. They speed (excessively and dangerously). See any difference? I sure don't; there are dick drivers, and there are dick cyclists. Doesn't mean that you should classify all drivers/cyclists as dicks.

I can't count the number of times when I'm biking in a city, in the right lane (trying to stay out of heavy traffic and give the right of way), and someone tries to make a right turn into me. Whose fault is it then? I'm not trying to deny the fact that some people do stupid shit, just that drivers (and cyclists) see it as their RIGHT to drive how the hell they want, and anyone interfering with that can fuck off. Solution to this? Don't be a part of the problem.

Comment Re:About an Autobahn lane projector ? (Score 1) 856

Let me put it this way:

In skiing, the right of way is given to the people downhill. Why? Because they can't see you coming, and you are probably going faster than they are. It is a similar reason why the responsibility is place generally on the driver, not the biker. Note: does not completely remove all responsibility from the biker. Also, look at rear-ending cases for precedent/similarities here

Also, bicycles are regarded as vehicles (in the US), which means traffic laws apply to them as well. I hate to portray the stereotypical biker attitude, but you really should "share the road." The thing is, it goes both ways.

You claim that bikers are not reasonable, nor respectful. I strongly disagree. When biking, you have a very large amount of respect for the cars/trucks that could kill you in an instant's inattention.

Lastly, regarding the shoulders, they are sometimes completely un-rideable, especially if you are using road tires instead of hybrid tires. The same reason why cars don't want to ride on shoulders (gravel, pot holes, tire fragments, roadkill, etc) are even more dangerous to a biker.

Comment Re:Its not rocket surgery... (Score 2, Insightful) 865

There is no other solution (aside from changing work schedule).

This is what I would recommend. Productivity drops off anyway past 8 consecutive hours of work. If the company needs 24/7 coverage, then get 3 techs per 24 hour period. You get better results from your workers, and promote a healthier work environment.

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