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Comment Re:Did they ask how many want it (Score 4, Insightful) 402

People on tech sites tend to vastly over estimate the need for, let alone the desire of, many for high speed internet.

One of the most insightful statements I have read here on Slashdot. We often forget that we are so focused on technical needs that we miss what "real people" really need or want.

Hell, you can enjoy life just fine without touching the net for weeks.

Well...now...that's just blasphemy. :-p

Seriously, though. Excellent post. Technology is fun, but it's not everybody's (most people's) cup of tea.


Capcom 'Saddened' By Game Plagiarism Controversy 163

Capcom's recent release of action platformer Maxsplosion for the iPhone caused indie developer Twisted Pixel to call Capcom out for copying the concept from their successful Xbox Live game 'Splosion Man. Twisted Pixel said they had no plans for legal action, since they were "too small to take on a company like Capcom." The indie studio had even pitched the game to Capcom for publishing at one point, but were declined. Now, Capcom has released a statement denying that Maxsplosion's development team had any knowledge of the meetings and saying, "MaXplosion was developed independently by Capcom Mobile. Nonetheless, we are saddened by this situation and hope to rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community."

Comment Re:Availability has decreased drastically (Score 1) 318

The not pulling out physical media in ages is great until your hard drive dies and you have no backups for your media.

Well, of course, the obvious solution is backup your media. Mozy is a great start - it has already saved me twice (drive died, and then accidentally deleted a folder I hadn't planned on).

People who put their data on a computer's hard drive should always be willing to spend the hundred or so dollars a year to protect that data in case of a failure.

Comment Re:The good and bad... (Score 1) 480

Not trying to troll...but where did they say that? I mean, they support tethering and hotspots on the Droid platform, but it's most definitely not free. (Well, if you root the phone it is...but...) Typically, when you connect with your web browser through the tether/hotspot, Verizon pops up a message asking for $$$ to your plan before you can connect. Did I miss something in TFA?

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 433

If you don't trust your sysadmin, they shouldn't be your sysadmin.

Maybe you do trust him. But, workers become disgruntled (without ever seeming to be...until it's too late - look at work places that were shot up with no real indication from the employee), and people have bad days (and lose it), or sometimes someone just messes up (mistakes happen).

Comment Re:Assisted driving tech saves lives (Score 1) 344

Antilock brakes help stop shorter and quicker.


ABS only makes stops shorter and quicker on dry surfaces. However, on loose traction surfaces (gravel, snow, wet leaves, etc), ABS actually *increases* the braking distance fairly considerably. In this case, you are giving up braking distance for more control. (See here: http://www.monash.edu.au/muarc/reports/Other/RACV%20ABS%20braking%20system%20effectiveness.pdf)

Personally, however, I would rather have a low braking distance. I hate ABS. Almost caused me to die one time when I slid out on a patch of ice and, when I went to hit my brakes, they ABS kicked in and I didn't stop where I should have. Instead, I rolled right into the middle of an intersection with a couple cars coming at me fast.

Comment Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (Score 1) 1073

As Attila Dimedici stated, I don't think it's Christianity you originally believed in (or, if you did, you had no understanding of your faith). Christianity acknowledges that we are all imperfect - nobody is safe from sin. It is only through the saving grace of the Lord that one is "made pure." However, nowhere...NOWHERE...does the Bible say, "Okay...you're saved. Now, sit around on your ass acknowledging how great you are until it's time to die." That is a twisted misinterpretation by people who want to do what they want to do. And, unfortunately, it makes an entire faith look bad.

In actuality, books like James make the call (54 times in 108 verses, as a matter of fact) to live a life that represents the faith you believe in. There is no need to live in guilt, due to the saving grace of God, but there is ALWAYS room for improvement in a person's life. (Some of the topics include: giving into temptations, responding to trials, putting faith into action, taming the tongue, etc.)

In any case, you have already made your decision, and probably don't care what I have to say. Maybe this will be useful to someone else who thinks they know what Christianity is about.

Comment Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (Score 4, Insightful) 1073

Yes, it only needs an old man in the sky to make the delusion perfect.

It saddens me to see that you were modded Insightful. The GP's question is very far off and would never work for a wide variety of reasons. However, your flamebait response against religion shows your lack of knowledge of what religions embrace. The fact of the matter is, any major religion, and anybody practicing such religion, realizes that humans, as a whole, are a pretty messed up bunch. Nobody is immune from the tragedy that is human nature, and I have seen this acknowledged by many people who practice their faith. More often than not, it is those who don't understand the concepts of a sinful or selfish nature that think an idea expressed in the GP's post will work.

And, as an aside, removing religion would not end the wars, genocides, judgement, etc that pervades our cultures. Religion provides a focal point more often than not because of the topics it attempts to address. However, if you removed religion from this world, I can guarantee you that something else would quickly take its place. The problem isn't religion...it's people.

Comment Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (Score 1) 1073

Perhaps we would be better served by making the very *concept* of genocide or war simply inconceivable. I think we would be a lot better off with "But we've never done this, we've always been better than that!" than with "We'll, here we go yet again."

If you truly think this way, then you are extremely naive to the nature of people. You could *attempt* to eradicate every bad thing that ever existed, but that would not remove the selfish nature the pervades an individual's mind. Humans will still kill, steal, pillage, destroy and hurt others because that is one aspect of our nature. Some call it "original sin" or "self-preservation" or whatever else, but the fact of the matter is that it's there. You have to remember, all that history had to start somewhere. There was a time in which nobody "knew" about genocide...yet it still happened. By removing all references to history (including aspects of an excellent novel like Huckleberry Finn), we only do a disservice to the history that has been lived by previous generations and miss out on the rich (if imperfect) history that permeates our cultures.

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