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Comment Re:There's more than one "fear of death" (Score 1) 473

I tried to develop some kind of cogent, informed commentary re: your snide comment. I failed.

a) How the hell does my post relate more to the OP than the AC post?

b) I honestly couldn't care about some kind of imaginary ranking; I made this account 4-5 years back and have _maybe_ posted 5-6 times.

c) Internet avatars != Human sentimentality, unless they have acquired some HAL-9000esque quality i'm not yet aware of. Are you suggesting that a picture has manifested itself as a version of me? Trolling /.? I've been in a hospital as a result of self-inflicted maladies, because I honestly wished I was dead at that point. Was I crazy? Of FUCKING course.

I don't want to die, and nobody i've ever known isn't inherently shit scared of death. I just want to stop the mental masturbation.

Comment Re:There's more than one "fear of death" (Score 4, Insightful) 473

Oh freakin' hell --

This is such baloney. It's not influencing beliefs, it's good 'ol human sentimentality. Which I value very highly. THIS IS WHAT MAKES US HUMAN. Think of everything you love, and hold dear. Now imagine your life without it. You are not on a horse, you are dead, in a blank void, as you clearly stated.

I have a 6 year old son. Tell me why I would not be scared of losing the chance to see him grow up?

And as an aside, please tell me how you managed to cognitively grasp the concept of thought if there was no thought itself.

Comment BoA (Score 1) 478

Don't think the Virgin Mary ever thought her offspring would be Bind-on-Account. Makes you wonder what would have happened to organized religion if someone had already conceived (terrible pun, i know) the morning-after pill (aka. swift punch to the stomach)

Comment Any comparison is a non-starter (Score 1) 702

because any article, any rational examination of the competition, only serves to prove the following point:

If it was truly the Year of the Linux Desktop, if Ubuntu offered everything that Windows 7 does; overarching ease-of-use, wide ranging software compatibility, (mostly) seamless integration of certain apps, support of the big software developers...


The market has evolved to best suit the front-runner in a game of percentages. Why does 'everyone' run Windows? Because the big apps are built for Windows. Why are the big apps built for Windows? Because everyone runs Windows!

I've used Ubuntu extensively. Loved the no-frills media players, the customization options, apt and the huge software repository, the freedom that comes from the command line. Why am I running Windows 7? Because World of Warcraft via Wine suffered from a kernel bug on AMD64 systems post 2.6.33. Because I couldn't interface with my Zune except thru VirtualBox (I didn't buy it, it was a gift :-), because I had to go thru 16 million steps to make the Plymouth bootloader do anything but 640x480. I love fooling around with all different types of Linux and Unix, and I have had said as my desktop OS many a time. I do it because it's fun, because it piques my interest as a nerd. Do I smash the keyboard in a fit of rage when I get booted from signing onto WoW for the 7th time and then succeed on the 8th for no apparent reason? You bet your ass I do. And then I install Windows 7.

I love open source, I get a kick out of installing a Linux distro, but I go to the status quo for the it-must-work stuff. And I have no problem with that, because you can't be all things to all people, and for Ubuntu to have the scope of something like Windows it would have to forgo so much of what makes it great.

To make an overly simplistic (slashdot-approved) analogy: You see a really nice car. It's nicer than yours. It has a Bose audio system and BBS rims, a turbo. You drive a Pinto. You are overcome with lust. You buy this car, and then you realize it still shifts the same, the sound, while better quality, is still the same music, and it gets you faster to a place you didn't really want to go. But the top is down, so you're free, as in freedom. You garage it and drive the Pinto. Why? Because the seat fits your ass _just_ right.

Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex 272

When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

Exchange Rates Spell High Prices for Windows 7 In the EU 548

CWmike writes "European customers will pay up to twice as much for Windows 7 compared with US users, even though the new operating system will ship without a browser in Europe. Some of the money Microsoft stands to make on the European editions of Windows 7 comes from the weak dollar. Last week, for instance, the dollar fell against the euro the most in a month, hitting $1.41 per euro. For example, Windows 7 Professional, the key retail edition for businesses, will sport a price tag of 285 euros, or $400.60, and £189.99, or $313.84, at Saturday's exchange rate. In other words, EU customers will pay twice the $199.99 U.S. price; U.K. buyers will pay 57% more. And depending on your view on bundling IE, Europe's customers will be paying more for less, with Microsoft's decision to yank IE8 from Windows 7 in an effort to head off EU antitrust regulators, who may still force the company to take more drastic measures."

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