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Comment Re:hipaa violation as well? (Score 2) 590

In real life sometimes that ends in a restraining order, and sometimes it ends in a relationship. The culture you're decrying exists outside of the movies as well - that you see it in movies just illustrates how illogical and arbitrary people (both men and women) are. I mean, for one, I never see any men intentionally going to a movie that involves romance whatsoever, so it must be women creating this culture. Doesn't the description you give describe the plot of Twilight? I ridicule everyone for their poor choices, it's the only way they'll learn.

Comment Anonymous if you're listening . . . (Score 1) 529

Don't donate stolen funds directly to the charity, use the credit cards to buy from someone you also despise (Walmart?) and have the product shipped to the charity? I'm not sure if this would work, but I think if Anon put a little thought into the matter they might find ways that eliminate at least some of the problems posted in here. I mean, none of this is ever going to happen, but if it did, it could be done better.

Comment Re:WTF Slashdot? (Score 1) 917

1) - news for nerds: economics and psychohistorians. 2) - fight your battles where they have impact. There are always protests on campus and they are always ignored. This one hasn't been. 3) An investment of tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars for a field that may or may not be a sound investment for the rest of your life. Education expenses are always a gamble. You're asking high school graduates to be cunning gamblers. If technology advances made your job meaningless your opinion would change. 4) I agree in part, but OWS wants to make their difference in a more left-leaning way, and they seem to be somewhat effective for a bunch of kids that have never had a real job. The appeal of their message just shows how widespread disatisfaction is with the current system. 5) It's not progress since "50 years ago" - college has become semi-mandated by the work place and now the average person cannot afford to go to an institute of higher learning, but simultaneously can't find a job without going (and more often now, even when they do go.).

Comment Re:This just makes sense (Score 1) 1345

Talk about cafeteria Christianity - your citations states specifically that those are the first and greatest commandments and that all others rest on them, BUT not that they are the only ones:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven."


Old People Enjoy Reading Negative Stories About Young 122

A study by Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick and co-author Matthias Hastall suggests that your grandma's self-esteem gets a boost when she hears about the stupid things young people do. "Living in a youth centered culture, they may appreciate a boost in self-esteem. That's why they prefer the negative stories about younger people, who are seen as having a higher status in our society," said Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick. From the article: "All the adults in the study were shown what they were led to believe was a test version of a new online news magazine. They were also given a limited time to look over either a negative and positive version of 10 pre-selected articles. Each story was also paired with a photograph depicting someone of either the younger or the older age group. The researchers found that older people were more likely to choose to read negative articles about those younger than themselves. They also tended to show less interest in articles about older people, whether negative or positive."
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Where Are the Joysticks For Retro Gaming? 262

Doctor O writes "With all those nice emulators for classic gaming around (such as MAME, VICE or Stella) I want to establish monthly retro gaming evenings with some friends. The problem is I can't find any good joysticks for that purpose. There's a new version of the legendary Competition Pro, but judging from the many one-star reviews on Amazon, it's terrible. I found the USB version of the classic Atari Joystick, but it doesn't seem to be available and would have prohibitive shipping costs to Germany anyway. So, Slashdot to the rescue — where are the suitable USB joysticks for retro gaming?"

Comment Re:Reduce federal spending, increase state spendin (Score 1) 276

Alaska, Florida, South Dakota, Washington, Nevada, Wyoming - none of these states have state income taxes either. New Hampshire and Tennessee limit it to dividends and interest income. I live in Florida, the tax structure here is regressive because it focuses on sales taxes, but my incentives seem a bit better than when I lived in Philadelphia and my income got taxed by the city, state, and federal government. I really have no idea where it went either, as the streets were filled with potholes and most of the sidewalks were covered with ice all winter long.

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