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Comment Re:Infallible? (Score 1) 542

So you deviated from the right path and ended in the shithole that is Slashdot?

As a teenager I grew up in New York City. After that, and other experiences, Slashdot doesn't bother me 'that' much.

(Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger!). :-)

Comment Re:Infallible? (Score 2) 542

Yeah, my memories are that of an eleven year old, church seemed like magic, until you see what goes on behind the scenes. Learning that the magician isn't really magic after all is disillusioning, it's only in retrospect as an adult that you fully understand it's basically a business, like sports players learn. I believe in God (and God believes in me), though when realizing the abuses that organized religion (and any institution) allows because the known abuser is able to fill the collection plates, it's turned me suspicious of their true motives.

Religion fills the void when the government is ineffective, or non-existent. But human nature being what it is, it seems that when people are placed in any positions of power over others that power is often abused. Without individual men and women who are brave enough to say out loud, "This is wrong!", the wrong continues unabated, and gets worse. That's why I admire whistle-blowers, it's often scary to stand up for what's right, they're to be applauded for going against the norm. That's the only way change for the better can begin to happen.

Comment Re:Infallible? (Score 1) 542

A lot of politics goes on at the Vatican, a lot, just like in large government. That HBO piece is part of it, and the Catholic Church is scrambling to stay alive in a time of freely available information. As a former Roman Catholic altar boy, I remember mass was really just a smoke and mirrors show, the priests came to life afterwards when it came to seeing what was in the collection plates. So, like George Carlin said, I was Roman Catholic until I reached the age of reason.

Comment Re:rumors... (Score 1) 291

According to MacWorld, Apple critics are all just jealous, mis-informed and or paranoid...

Dan Moren, senior editor of Macworld, talked tech with cofounder of gdgt Ryan Block, Wired staff writer Christina Bonnington, Ars Technica editor Jacqui Cheng and tech blogger John Gruber.

In their eyes, Apple’s critics were misinformed, jealous and/or paranoid.

“People like the underdog,” Bonnington said. “People just cut Apple down because it’s in the headlines all the time.

Comment Re:And I should give a rat's ass... (Score 0) 291

Off-topic: A few recent posts of mine were anti George Bush jr., I instantly had a new 'foe' here. Then a junk email appeared in my Hotmail account containing a pic of a headstone with strange symbols on it (I guess I'm supposed to be 'hexed' since I looked at it). My new foe is "RalphWigum" (and he seems so darned cute on 'The Simpsons'!). There are some weird people using this site, like for example a couple commentors above.

On-topic: I've tried using regular watches in my life, the faces always got scratched up after awhile, the pins that hold the straps would break and some time later I'd notice my watch is gone. I've gotten away from watches and gotten used to having this phone always on my person, I won't be needing or using this new 'fashion tech'

Comment Re:Low power wifi? (Score 4, Interesting) 224

In three years it won't be an issue. From the article:

"here is a technological solution to the problem in the pipeline -802.11ad, a next-gen wireless standard that uses 60GHz frequencies to send and receive information, instead of the usual 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. At 60GHz, according to Beaudet, radio energy essentially just bounces off the atmosphere -meaning that the frequency is useless to the Green Bank Telescope in the first place. Signals to and from 802.11ad access points, then, would have no effect on the work taking place at the GBT, allowing for the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, 802.11ad is very much a technology of the future, not of the present -experts at an Interop New York panel last year predicted that devices using the standard wouldn't hit the market until 2014."

Comment Re:For lying us into a war... (Score 0) 230

And unlike his 1st one, G.B.jr. won his 2nd term fair & square. He had scared the middle amarica voters enough by then that they truly believed that he was 'saving' us, and voted for him in large numbers. I can't blame the voters for falling for that con job, they truly thought by then the country's security was at risk, and voted for a safer America.

Back on topic, Bush's sister cannot believe that someone actually breached her privacy by hacking into her accounts. She reacted just like the average computer user would, shocked and dumb-founded. Seems like your average American woman, a nice, if somewhat ignorant person.

It was interesting to learn that Fox news correspondent Brit Humes is close to the Bush family, how very 'fair and balanced' of that reporter.

Comment Re:For lying us into a war... (Score 0) 230

One of the buildings near the WTC, # 7 I think, smoldered for over 16 hours before collapsing. Conveniently enough, that building held all the documents being held to prosecute all the players in the Enron scandal. No documents means no way to prosecute. And that was a very strongly constructed steel I-beam building, they don't 'collapse' without being purposely detonated. There are lots of questions about this so-called 'terrorist attack', but it would be considered "un-amaerican" to suggest it was all an inside job.

Comment Re:For lying us into a war... (Score 1) 230

Remember that before G.B. sr. became the president he was head of the C.I.A., and you don't lose those connections when you step down. George jr. couldn't run a hair dryer without help from his father, much less a country. Obama inherited a mess, one that isn't easy to ever fully repair. There, imo, should be treason charges brought against so many people from the Bush jr era, from the top on down. It won't happen, of course. Perhaps when documents are released in 50 years, we'll then be able to know the full scope of what went on. All the players will be long dead by then, of course. (sigh) I try to be the best person I can be in my own little life, best I can do.

Comment Re:For lying us into a war... (Score -1, Troll) 230

American here. I've always thought Bush Jr.'s Iraq war was a simple case of "Love me, daddy". "I'll get that Saddam for you. If I do, will you love me then?" A truly disgusting abuse of power. George jr. is not heard or seen much in the media since he left office, he's figured out how most of us do not like him, if some of us ever did. I hope that the world knows that the average U.S. citizen was against Bush from the beginning, when the voting shenanigans in Florida (hanging chads!) led to the outright theft of the office of the presidency. There are a lot of disillusioned voters who could only watch with disbelief what went on then. Many Anti-Bush demonstrations at the White House lawn happened, their effect was nothing changed, the friends of Bush kept profitting from these unnecessary wars. Truly a shameful time to be an American, imo.

Comment Re:Get a rope! (Score 1) 251

But first extract restitution. I doubt very much that they could ever repay all of the damage they did, but they should pay for as much of it as they can.

Agreed. Until there are harsh and consistent penalties for crimes like these, they'll continue, until there's no country left.

It took about 300 years for Rome to fall, after most of its gold and valuables were stolen and removed by the rich and powerful of the time, and the infrastructure began to fail. I see a lot of parallels here.

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