Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Message to the intolerant (Score 1) 957

In the same stretch, you would have to classify yourself as an agnostic when it comes to the invisible pink unicorns that live at the bottom of your garden.
Why do you believe in your Abrahamic god and not, say, Odin, Zeus or Osiris? What makes your myth more believable than theirs? (I'm not trying to mock you here, it's a serious question)

I think you're misrepresenting atheism. I'm yet to hear someone say "I believe there is no God" in a serious context, what is usually said is "I don't believe in God", or "I'm not religious". Very different statements & like with the unicorn analogy, I'm not going to position myself on the fence & bother postulating that perhaps there *are* invisible pink unicorns at the bottom of my garden, I'll just assume there aren't until proven otherwise - ergo, I define myself as an atheist.

I also feel it worth pointing out that the god(s) most people believe in *can* be (dis)proven. The only infallible god, is one that has never interfered with the universe - that includes creating worlds, burning bushes, producing offspring with supernatural abilities, the lot.

Comment Re:Message to the intolerant (Score 1) 957

There's a big difference in believing there is no God & not believing in a god. One is a belief, the other is the absence of a belief.
What's the quote, "When you understand why you discount the many other gods people ascribe to, you will understand why I discount yours." ?

Technically I'm an Agnostic, but I hate that term - it makes me sound like I'm still sitting on the fence, so I prefer to identify myself as an Atheist. I have no interest in holding convictions for something for which there is no tangible evidence.

Comment Re:Libel is controversial? (Score 1) 103

Libel laws are frequently used by people & organisations to silence criticism. Regardless of the strength of your defence the legal costs can be prohibitive, so many people cave to the pressure.

There was, for example, a well known case here in the UK where the British Chiropractic Association tried to sue Simon Singh after he wrote an article pointing out how many of the claims made by the practitioners are a crock of shit.
He won the case, but he had to sell his house to back the costs.

You might think that modern chiropractors restrict themselves to treating back problems, but in fact they still possess some quite wacky ideas. The fundamentalists argue that they can cure anything. And even the more moderate chiropractors have ideas above their station. The British Chiropractic Association claims that their members can help treat children with colic, sleeping and feeding problems, frequent ear infections, asthma and prolonged crying, even though there is not a jot of evidence. This organisation is the respectable face of the chiropractic profession and yet it happily promotes bogus treatments.

See here:

Comment Re:It's not really social (Score 1) 171

You seem to be under the impression that the only reason someone would want to go somewhere, is if they're running away?
This might come as a shock to you, but I'm interested in seeing the world beyond my own front garden...

If I'd never left the comfort of my own home, I wouldn't have my comfy career (based on the experience only achievable in a large international city), I wouldn't have anywhere close to the number & variety of friends I now have, I wouldn't have the freedom speaking multiple languages brings, I wouldn't have had the facilities or community to do the sports I enjoy, I wouldn't have many things. I wouldn't have met my wife.
That doesn't mean I don't miss the friends I've made throughout it all - I intend to see every one of them again one day.

Comment Re:It's not really social (Score 1) 171

Feeding the trolls, but I'm bored

Not at all. The parent (thetoadwarrior) sounds very much like many other tech associates I have, whose social reach doesn't extend much beyond "geek" circles.
I'm afraid the majority of people simply don't hold the same views (they're unlikely to even be aware of the subject matter).

The quality of the content on you get on the site, can be directly correlated with the type of people you add.
If I haven't even had the minimum of a conversation with you in real life, I won't be accepting your friendship requests. If you only post inane drivel - zap, you're gone.

As for it being "impossible" to have x number of friends, I'm afraid that's entirely subjective & dependent on your lifestyle.
I like to travel & I've lived in several countries. At certain times in my life (alas, not currently) I've also found myself socialising in many different circles & have been heavily involved in various sports.
By all means, if I'd spent my entire life living in the same area & my social group hadn't changed much since the days of school/university, my social reach would be far more limited.

In short, Facebook is great for keeping in touch with friends across large distances. Email simply doesn't compare when it comes to sharing & commenting on media/photos & for having real time discussions - all in one place. When I go $home, it's as if I'd never left.

Comment Re:No shit, sherlock (Score 1) 247

For the most part, they're talking FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) here. Although the last hundred or so metres from the DSLAM is over copper coax & the users would need to upgrade to a VDSL compatible router.
You can check your local FTTC availability here.

I'm not sure where FTTH (Fibre to the Home) stands, beyond the current trail areas.

Comment Re:Ofc it is! they will do better (Score 2) 104

If those IPs were geographically diverse, I would expect a bigger separation between subnets. Splitting one subnet over multiple distant networks would not only be a pain, but make little sense, as it still allows for a single point of failure.

I've just run a traceroute to a selection of those IPs via different continents, and it does seem to suggest those servers are on the same network segment.

> Perfect example of someone thinking he knows better.
Back at'cha!

Comment Telehouse West, London (Score 1) 121

...the new £80m extension to Telehouse Europe in the Docklands, is also being built with a similar idea in mind & is scheduled to begin operations during the first quarter of 2010.

The partnership will see Telehouse West save up to 1,110 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum and provide up to nine megawatts of power for the local neighbourhood. The energy savings will equate to boiling 3,000 kettles continuously. The disposal of waste heat from cooling systems is one of the most significant sustainability issues associated with data storage. This will be the first time a heat export strategy has been introduced in the UK for this type of data centre facility.

In fact, I seem to recall a discussion about this on here a couple of months ago about yet another project doing the same thing. The consensus was that whilst there was a lot of air pumped out, it wasn't exactly hot & it wasn't useful for much more than good PR for the host - far better efficiencies could have been made, spending the money elsewhere. (This statement brought to you by Slashdot whispers of an oriental nature.)

Comment Another vote for uVNC-SC here! (Score 1) 454

Link -

Simply configure it through the supplied flat-file & package it into a single binary via the tools provided. No need to install - they just click on the binary & it starts up a VNC server, making a reverse connection to the listening client on your end.
I've already got it setup with various family members & have it pointed to one of my servers, which I can then tunnel the connection through wherever I am.

If you're also using the uVNC client, you can use things like File Transfer.
AFAIK, it supports all versions of Windows - I've got it on XP & Vista systems.

Slashdot Top Deals

I judge a religion as being good or bad based on whether its adherents become better people as a result of practicing it. - Joe Mullally, computer salesman