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Food Activist's Life Becomes The Life of Brian Screenshot-sm 165

krou writes "After food activist and author Raj Patel appeared on The Colbert Report to promote his latest book, things seemed to be going well, until he began to get inundated with emails asking if he was 'the world teacher.' In events ripped straight from The Life of Brian, it would seem that Raj Patel's life story ticks all the boxes necessary to fulfill prophecies made by Benjamin Creme, founder of religious sect Share International. After the volume of emails and inquiries got worse, Patel eventually wrote a message on his website stating categorically that he was not the Messiah. Sure enough, 'his denial merely fanned the flames for some believers. In a twist ripped straight from the script of the comedy classic, they said that this disavowal, too, had been prophesied.'"

Comment Re:Start your own country (Score 1) 641

"What can be more democratic than being allowed to start your own country with your own laws if you don't like your current one?"

Giving your opinion and accepting the outcome regardless of whether you like it or not.

Like posters above have said, don't confuse Democracy with Anarchy.

Anarchy:
"Act[ing] without waiting for instructions or official permission... The root of anarchism is the single impulse to do it yourself: everything else follows from this."

Comment Democracy vs. Choose Your Own Adventure (Score 1) 641

Most developers know that you have to make independent decisions to keep a project moving forward. That takes the "democracy feel" out a little, especially when it's publicized like this.

However, the nature of open source gives any of us the ability to choose a different path. Don't want to use their button placement? You have the option to modify it on your own time, choose a different theme, or choose a completely different window manager.

It's not really accurate to say open source as a whole is non-democratic when we're talking about a single theme.

Comment Re:What really bothers me... (Score 1) 214

What really bothers me about this is that this guy became a mob boss at 33. I really need to pick up the pace.

Make sure to spend all your points on Energy upgrades so you can do more jobs each level without downtime. Oh, and do your Cuba missions as soon as you hit level 35.

Comment That's normal... (Score 1) 249

I don't think apple would have a problem with documented 16-year-olds working 2-8 hours a week while they were doing well at school. This has to do with kids working full time or more, particularly if under terrible working conditions. In terms of safe disposal, it has other implications with terrible health effects for certain destitute communities. (Google it.)

Comment Re:Oh COOL: Tracking stolen xboxen... (Score 1) 176

The Constitution does NOT give the 9 old people on the Court power to run the country like an Oligarchy. They were never given the power to make the final decision of what laws are constitutional or unconstitutional.

It's time for California, Oregon, Colorado, Jersey, Hampshire, and the other states who have legalized marijuana for use by doctors (or prescription) to tell the Supreme Court Oligarchs to fuck off. And they should use Amendments 9 and 10 to back them up.

Comment Re:Lame.... Not that lame anymore (Score 1) 43

No.... plain GPS receivers doesn't work in buildings, in the woods. But if there is data network, then things change.
The new wave in LBS is merging A-GPS with social location information and other data.
Mobile phones have A-GPS (Assisted GPS) and other technologies, like Cell ID based locations and WIFI Hotspots information. By merging all this information, "positioning systems" that are not simply GPS anymore are getting much better.
A-GPS gathers Almanaque and Ephemeris data from the network, "making a weak signal stronger".
Cell ID (from the operators' cell phone antennas, BTSs) and WIFI help in between buildings, inside places by applying algorithms using simple techniques.
By gathering this information and crossing it, right now there can be pretty good results.
I'm using a Nokia E63 WITHOUT a GPS receiver. With the help from Nokia location based servers (supl.nokia.com) , I get pretty accurate location information without a GPS.

I'm a geek. I like sports :-)

Comment Re:chill out shareholders (Score 1) 572

My general response to those claims is a combination of what you said and the following argument:

Yes, his quote was ambiguous and probably gave a false impression of what he actually did. It was poorly worded and probably misleading. However, he said this in ONE interview and even by looking at the rest of that quote in context, it is clear that he meant something along the lines of "I pushed forward a number of plans and funding proposals which helped to turn the Internet into what it is today." If he repeatedly or directly claimed that he had "invented" or "implemented" the Internet, I would be less sympathetic, but it seems like it was little more than a slightly poorly-worded answer to a single interview question that was blown way out of proportion for purely political reasons.

Comment Re:You got the cause and effect reversed (Score 1) 452

Correlating cowardice with not voting is a huge, and unwarranted, assumption on your part. Take a look at any revolution that has ever happened and you will find that many of the people who sacrificed their lives in the actual revolutions didn't take part in the political processes leading up to the revolutions.

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MADD Targets GTA IV Over Drunk Driving Scene 703

eldavojohn writes "The watch-dog group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has set its sights on the rating of GTA IV, primarily because a player can drive drunk in the game. MADD released a statement saying that 'Drunk driving is not a game, and it is not a joke. Drunk driving is a choice, a violent crime and it is also 100 percent preventable.' MADD also is asking Rockstar Games to consider removing GTA IV from distribution 'out of respect for the millions of victims/survivors of drunk driving.' Rockstar replied to MADD by saying 'we have a great deal of respect for MADD's mission, but we believe the mature audience for "Grand Theft Auto IV" is more than sophisticated enough to understand the game's content.' As expected, Jack Thompson is making his usual attention-whoring remarks by comparing GTA IV to the polio virus."

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