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Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

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Journal Journal: in which i am a noob all over again 17

I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

Comment It sucked, that's why (Score 1) 602

It was not the business model, it was the show. I haved watched all of Caprica so far, and for a show about killer robots, it's very low on the killer robot quotient. I know Moore said it was about a collapsing society, but I came for the killer robots. BSG: Blood and Chrome, which will replace Caprica, should be much better for that. While some of Caprica was intriguing, such as V-World, other story lines were blah. Too much of painting a society (in essence Moore's view of our society), and not enough boom-boom If I want to watch that kind of show, I will watch the History Channel. I want to see robots with guns for hands again... got that SyFy
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Quantum Physics For Everybody 145

fiziko writes in with a self-described "blatant self-promotion" of a worthwhile service for those wishing to go beyond Khan Academy physics: namely Bureau 42's Summer School. "As those who subscribe to the 'Sci-Fi News' slashbox may know, Bureau 42 has launched its first Summer School. This year we're doing a nine-part series (every Monday in July and August) taking readers from high school physics to graduate level physics, with no particular mathematical background required. Follow the link for part 1."

Comment It's the 80's again (Score 0) 944

Apple could have ruled the home PC market, but back in the 80's they made it such a pain in the ass to deal with them and make programs for the mac that they inadvertently strangled third party development. Android is not to iphone standards yet, it isn't, but it continuously gets closer and in many ways gets better. Apple wants to be a home entertainment company... okay... but take a lesson from game console manufacturers, third party software is life

Comment For non-Canadians (Score 3, Informative) 641

The National Post is Canada's newspaper equivalent to the US Fox TV news... We don't have an equivalent right-wing TV news. The Post has been bashing the notion of climate change (and other liberal facts they don't like) here for quite a while. I suspect this case won't really go anywhere, but it is interesting.

Comment Had almost enough of this (Score 1) 497

It would seem that every time I read an Apple story, it is about Apple fighting with someone to keep their eco-system pure or some sanctimonious blathering about what people want. Down the slashdot page there is a story about the iPhone and porn, or how they will keep your kids pure by withholding porn from the device. Okay... I get it, Apple products are closed entertainment devices. Not PC's (Apple's branding says so)... Fine, no flash, no firefox, no, no, no... Got it... will not buy an Apple product. Like most people, I like the look of some of their stuff, like most people, I won't buy any As for Adobe, Apple has said no flash from the beginning... so give it up. It's lousy on low powered stuff anyway and you better be gearing up for a new product because HTML5 is going to ultimately be the death of flash

Comment Re:the ipad isn't a computer (Score 1) 514

This is actually at the crux of most Mac-PC-Linux debates. And, no, the Mac is not a PC, at least not according to Apple's own branding (otherwise Mac vs PC ads make no sense). Simply, the Apple products are consumer products. They are geared to the non-technical user who neither wants nor needs the options. They are quite happy with the simplicity Apple gives them. This is not a slam, it is reality and by design. Linux, by extension, is not a consumer product. It is for technical people who want to do their own thang and do their own thang they do... Windows tries to walk both lines and suffers in many regards because of it. Technical people can get things far enough that they feel they should be able to go 100% into Windows innards but they can't and it frustrates them. When technical people encounter an Apple product, they either don't buy, or they hack into it much like they do with Windows products So.... like it or not, the iPad may be in terms of the article, a step backwards, but for many, it will be just right.

Comment Silly, but predictable (Score 3, Insightful) 294

As long as there is profit in suing for such things, a lot of companies will keep doing it. After a few decades of stealing from each other, software and hardware companies are waking up, looking around and realizing there is money to be made from suing each other for practices they have all engaged in... damn near all the patent infringement lawsuits I have read about seem on the surface, to be frivolous... it really is time for patent reform

Comment Not surprising (Score 1) 650

This is not the first time that open source has been accused of being a vector for illegal activity, also, it has been labeled as communist http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/bparchive?year=2007&post=2007-05-14,1 http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-06/nep_newsocialism Those are just two mild examples

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