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Comment Re:Fortunately (Score 1) 233

Because /. isn't about 'breaking stories' or 'investigative journalism' or anything of the kind. /. is about discussing recent news stories from your mom's basement, and it normally takes a moment or two for that news to to filter down through the carpet tiles and ventilation ducts. The delay is intentional.

As a bonus, this delay gives you time to formulate your rage into a semi-coherent rant for / against the subject and post it here for the world to point fingers at. Alternatively, you could just troll like everyone else does. Or post a link to goatse or tubgirl. Or your lame blog.

Or you know, you could actually get involved with the discussion.

Your call...

Comment Re:Three (Score 1) 674

They saw a chair try to hump a table and therefore said that the chair is a he and the table is a she.

In Italian, yes. In French, Catalan and Spanish both these items are feminine.

He must have been some real twisted SOB to come to the conclusion that a woman's vagina is a masculine noun!

Conversely, 'vagina' is only masculine in French. In Italian, Catalan and Spanish both these items are feminine.

Even though we lump them together under a common 'Romance' flag, the differences between the various constituent languages are enormous. It's these differences that retain my interest. I love the idea that there are whole chunks of words in French that are silent, but implied. Makes the language a bitch to learn though, unlike Spanish where it is spoken as read; where every letter is pronounced (and always with the same intonation).

For the record, I live in Barcelona with my French wife. While her Spanish (Castilian) is technically perfect, she often has problems making herself understood because she can't make the right sounds (the rolled double R in 'Tarragona', the J in 'cojones'). As a Scot, I have no problem with these, but trip up embarrassingly often on 'beaucoup' (beau cul)!

Comment Re:A few notes on the OS X version (Score 1) 436

On OSX you should take a moment to check out Camino. It's normally a couple of steps behind the latest Firefox release, but it's far more Mac-like with full support for the 'Services' menu, Keychain, speelchequer, etc. To automatically get the latest Camino nightlies that are somewhat closer to the Firefox releases, you may be interested in CaminoKnight.

You may miss a few common Firefox plugins, but at least Adblock is there...

Comment Re:Cars (Score 1) 665

In my experience, most dealer parts stores _will_ ask for a VIN for your vehicle if you ask them for a headlight; that way they can ensure you get the right part for your model year.

However, a VIN is not taken as proof of rightful ownership - in fact I can buy parts for anyone else's car without question. Why should computer parts be any different?

By the way, VIN number contains a redundancy ;)

Comment Re:Here are some other sources: (Score 2, Informative) 842

OK, I was gonna mod you 'troll', but I decided it would be best to counter your facile PAEDOPHILE!!1ONE jab with a couple of points of interest to, you know, give a little bit of context:

1. I assume you're talking about Aisha here, right? You cannot in all seriousness judge people who lived 1400 years ago by today's societal mores. Times change, history doesn't.

2. Educate yourself on the Age Of Consent in various countries today. For example, the AOC in Spain and Japan is currently 13, 12 in Mexico, and puberty in Bolivia. Ironically, in Saudi Arabia (Mo's birthplace) there are motions to establish 14 as the minimum age for marriage (extra-marital sex is illegal).

While #2 above might be an affront to your white Christian Western sensibilities, it has absolutely nothing to do with paedophilia.


Submission + - Church of Scientology violates Federal Law ( 5

FreedomToThink writes: "This is a very long story I'm sure the editors will have fun with, but I couldn't see how to cut it down at all.

On the eve of the Ides of March protest, from the source of the recent 'Anonymous' submitted CCHR leak on wikileaks, comes this message

"Dear $cientology,You attempt injunctions.I respond.Shall we continue the game? Much Love, DEEP CLAM"

Included was yet another PDF this time including yet more emails leaked from a Church of Scientology front group.

Vote Rigging?

From: "Mike Kaplan" <>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:53:07 -0400

See below. Everyone in Clearwater MUST vote. Every vote will be needed to be
sure Hibbard gets re-elected. The alternative is Rita Garvey who is an SP.

— Original Message —
From: Shelly <> Bauer
To: Shelly Bauer <>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:09 AM


Lunch with your preferred Presidential candidates for a high price?


I have arranged a private one-hour luncheon with Ron Paul on 11/28 in St.
Pete when he will be in town for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

This luncheon is reserved for $1000+ donors to Ron Paul's presidential
campaign. 19 people so far have paid and confirmed and will have the honor
and pleasure of having lunch and communicating with Ron Paul directly.

From the head of the "Non Proffit" CCHR Bruce Wiseman

Go the the HELP committee website. The link is here.
Here you will see the names of the Committee members on the left hand
of the page. Please go to the individual websites of the Republican =
(this will take just a bit of leg work on your part by putting their =
into Google) and calling their office or sending a fax to them (email is =
least effective) stating your opposition to S. 1375 The Mother's Act.

Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

An OCMB (Operation Clambake Message Board)regular adds :

I downloaded myself a copy and started looking through them. I found an interesting one on pages 47-48.

Karin Pouw of OSA of CofS writes a message.
It's forwarded by Michael Genung. He's the guy who runs ACSR, Association for Citizens Sociel Reform. ["CSR Background and Philosopy: CSR was founded in 2001 by a group of Scientologists and other like-minded individuals concerned with the escalating social ills in society. CSR's purpose is to work with in the field of public policy to bring about more effective and humane solutions to these social ills of illiteracy, criminality substance abuse and general decay of character."]

Then it's forwarded by Doyle Mills, of LEAF fame (Letters to the Editor Attack Force).
Then it's forwarded by Mary C. (possibly one of two Mary C's I'm thinking of, but unsure).
Then it's forwarded by Mike Kaplan, another person who runs an email list and forwards CCHR type stuff to CofS members.

If that ain't stringing a line from the CofS to CCHR and the CofS front group ("grassroots") movements, then I don't know what is!

Apologies in advance as the Enturbulation servers will not be up to a slashdotting so the Coral Cache link is here Enturbulation Discussion (already cached for you)

ANYONE CAN REPORT TAX FRAUD DIRECTLY TO THE IRS :,,id=106778,00.html It does require that you print out and mail in an actual hardcopy, but it does not require you to identify yourself.

Just a casual user passing on a message from the Enturbulation forum, this is already out there, there's no reason to attack the messenger."

The Courts

Submission + - Possession of the Anarchist's Cookbook==Terrorist

Anonymous Terrorist writes: Back in the midsts of time, when I was a lad and gopher was the height of information retrieval I read The Anarchist's Cookbook in one huge text file. Now it appears the UK government considers possession of the book an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000 and is prosecuting a 17 year old boy, in part, for having a copy of the book.

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