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Comment Re:The sound of gay men's voices and "Gaydar" (Score 1) 508

LOL the best load of bullshit I've read in ages!

(Or, to put in "auditory Gaydar" for the weenie Rick17JJ: "Girlfriend, that ith the funnieth load of boolshit I have theen in ageth!")

Next thing you know you'll be talking about flouncing abilities... in which case I come up short, as I'm a 226lb rugby-playing gay mexican-american and I don't flounce, I tackle and punch... ...and I wonder how Rick17JJ deals with the tons of metrosexual heterosexual males who can be more camp than my fellow gay men??

Or could it be a case of Rick17JJ calling the kettle black?

Comment And this is why the closet is bad... (Score 3, Informative) 508

For gay Slashdot readers like me, this article is a good reminder why (situation allowing!) it's best to be out of the closet and upfront with everyone. I came out to my folks when I was 16, and have always been upfront about my gayness, and I've reaped the benefits of this:

1. no having to lie/watch everything I say
2. no worries about been "found out" if I use some gay-oriented website (such as gaydar.co.uk)
3. no blackmail is possible (I remember that it was an excuse used by government agencies in order to deny hiring gays, as they could allegedly be blackmailed about their sexuality).
4. being an out gay man, straight people who get to know me learn that gay is good/they tend to get rid of their preconceptions about gays.
5. I can use Facebook/Flickr and not give a damn about who can see who my friends/groups are.

Basically, as an out gay man I can read the article, ponder on my Facebook account, and can calmly think "So f*ck*ng what??"

This is because being out of the closet defangs homophobes in many ways..

Of course I understand why some gay/lesbian/bi folk would be in the closet (live in a small town, close-minded friends/family/employers, work for the US military etc.), but if you're in the closet and reading this, realize that in the long run it's so much nicer to "thine own self be true", and I've been so much happier since I came out all those years ago.

I'm here, I'm queer, I'm a geek my dear! ;-)

Novell

Submission + - Novell worries about GPL v3

An anonymous reader writes: In its annual report for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2006, Novell expressed concerns over how the new version of the GPL may affect their business. Microsoft might stop distributing Suse coupons if the GPL version 3 interferes with their agreement or puts Microsoft's patents at risk, ultimately causing Novell's business and operating results to be adversely affected.
Slashdot.org

Submission + - Dell Linux PCs lack multimedia

An anonymous reader writes: Dell's plans to sell consumer Linux PCs could hit a snag after the company admitted that the machines will not run popular video formats and might not work with cheaper printers. http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx?CIaNID=528 45&src=site-marq Heavy Sigh... If they're pre-configuring these why are they confusing people with these press releases. Instead they should be pointing out the GREAT (NON-DRM LADEN) NEW multimedia people will get to use FOR FREE! And how they're going to love their cheap printer the will definitely work with UBUNTU
Caldera

Submission + - Corrected Schedule in the Novell SJ Motion Hearing

duh P3rf3ss3r writes: Groklaw is reporting a change in the hearing schedule in the SCOX v Novell case. Apparently, seven summary judgement motions in one day was deemed excessive punishment, even for barristers and jurists. The hearings are now set to begin at 2pm on 31 May and continue at 9am on 04 Jun. This is a change from an earlier Slashdot story.
Role Playing (Games)

EVE Online Scandal Deliberate Frame-Job? 382

Last Friday, we discussed serious allegations leveled against CCP by players of the game. The comments on the discussion were lively, and pointed. Perhaps a bit too pointed, as CCP's internal affairs investigation claims that a plot to smear the company with false accusations over the long holiday weekend was behind the flurry of online activity. "The objective of this scheme was to permanently paint CCP as a biased and corrupt company that favors a select group of players over the rest of our community. In this particular case, instead of receiving notification of a possible problem and sufficient time to examine and address it, we faced a coordinated and hostile attack executed on our forums, Digg, Wikipedia, Slashdot, and other outlets at the beginning of a three-day weekend. We believe this speaks volumes of the intention of the person(s) responsible for orchestrating this scheme. Verification of this can be readily found on the forums of the people responsible--or at least could, the last time we looked." Scott Jennings over at Broken Toys points the finger at the Goon Fleet corporation, an organization based out of the Something Awful forums. As I noted in the original post, the evidence presented on both sides is challenging to verify independently. Take everything you read about these events with a grain of salt.
Mozilla

The Secrets of Firefox about:config 263

jcatcw writes "While Firefox is very customizable, many of its settings aren't in the Options. Each setting is named and stored as a string, integer, or Boolean in a file called prefs.js and accessed via about:config from the nav bar. Computerworld provides instructions on 20 tweaks for speeding up page loads, making tabs behave, reducing memory drain, and generally making the interface act the way you want it to. Customization also comes through the must-have FF extensions (but be sure to skip these)."

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