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Comment Re: is this really still an OS anymore? (Score 1) 355

Counter point: Open source software is the only source of hard crashes (where the system had to reboot) that i've seen in almost 20 years. I suffer no "abuse" from MS because the user experience has been flawless for me, but if you want to keep making up scarecrows, just know you clearly aren't familiar with the MS-home user experience, anymore.

Comment Re:Polls like these (Score 0) 403

Or the slippery slope: It'll suffer the same fate as Reddit: a small, hateful group will band together and drive change in their favor. This might be for nostalgia Slashdot culture where what they remember through rose-tinted glasses will be what they want the site to return to, or it could be for spite culture where they focus on weeding out whatever they just don't like and then focusing their ire on forcefully removing the elements through targeted "community feedback" overload.

That second option turned Reddit into a tumblrina-SJW haven. Be careful that it doesn't happen to Slashdot.

Comment Re:Beats using bullets (Score 2) 206

Can you think of any good targets? Religious radicals with a...vehemently...nostalgic enthusiasm for an imaginary medieval ideal tend not to be on the cutting edge of technology and culture production.

So... what? Did they deface hack into 19000 websites and deface them using sticks and throwing stones?

Comment Re:I'm shocked, SHOCKED! (Score 1) 190

Because the manufacturer has lower costs. The price they give to dealers includes the manufacturer's profit. The dealer has to increase price over what they pay for it to make a profit. If the manufacturer sells directly in competition with a dealership, the manufacturer could undercut the dealership so the dealership can't make a profit thereby guaranteeing sales and killing the competition through forced losses.

The original vehicle manufacturers made a huge mistake to allow dealership franchises and we all are paying for it (literally) now.

Comment Re:A Simple Retort (Score 1) 556

You can't prove me without me intervening somehow in your life. If I had the ability to watch you from the Moon and you possessed no telescope, you wouldn't be able to prove me, either.

Basically *anything* can be proven, but very little can be completely disproven. The only thing we can reasonably do is to stop trying to prove it and start working on more meaningful proofs that we *can* attain.

Your 3rd paragraph does appear to be spot on. Just saying.

Comment Re:America.. (Score 1) 556

But, if Zeus was right, we'd be worshipping Zeus and the Christian God would be a tale told in D&D. Same goes for Odin.

This is not saying the Christian God is obviously right because he's worshipped more widely--just that your implied assertion that "because it could be any of them means it's probably not any of them" is wrong.

Comment Re:MicroSD card? (Score 1) 325

Having used two iPhones over the last five years, I've experienced many upgrades.

My first was an iPhone 3G (not 3GS), and through three iOS upgrades, performance didn't slow down because of the OS. Performance slowed when the apps updated themselves to newer versions and assumed everyone had the newest shiny phones---not Apple's fault.

My second is an iPhone 4S. Over 3 iOS upgrades, now, performance hasn't dropped by any noticable degree except for, once again, when apps individually update and assume they are only being used on iPhone 6s.

I would like to see evidence of this "well-documented" phenomenon because I don't see it in real life.

Comment Re:Shut it down (Score 1) 219

[Citation Needed]

"Too many to name" is not an excuse to not justify a statement. It should always be followed by notable examples so that sources and claims can be checked. Otherwise, it's an impossible statement to defend against and fact-check, and that kind of statement has no place in debate.

So, please, name a few so we can see how accurate that statement is.

Comment Re: Bombs in the US? (Score 1) 288

Not as such. The command was to spread the word about the glory of God and the promises He made. Going to hell isn't one of the promises; not spending eternity with him was. There isn't a whole lot of tangible information on what happens if you're a non-believer or a believer who falls short.

Either way, if someone refuses the word of God, the instruction is DBAD (Don't Be A Dick).

Comment Re:People Are Such Babies (Score 1) 218

Also, those "Year in Review" things don't get posted to your timeline until you click the "Share" button. He openly admitted that he didn't look at the preview and then clicked Share anyway? And he blames Facebook?

My heart feels for him and his loss, and I respect Facebook Administration for their apology, but this guy never should have shared his year in review.

Comment Re:Rifle-shooting is a sport in the olympics... (Score 1) 232

Unlike Darts and Snooker, e-sports like Star Craft drive people to the upper edges of reaction time, and strategic thinking--much like the modern Olympics mostly push people to the upper edges of strength, speed, and agility. If there's going to be a serious argument to allow it, that's the reason that will be the basis for it.

Disclaimer: I don't believe e-sports should be part of the main Olympics, but if there was a digitally-focused Olympics, or if many e-sports got together to host sort of their own style of the Olympics, I'd be supportive of that.

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