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Comment Re:I didn't follow you logic... (Score 2) 395

I don't really have a position on this debate, but this is patently false:

"For the record, Christianity has an equally terrifying concept: That God punishes the faithful for the sins of the unfaithful, thus making the sinner an existent threat to the Christian (and indeed, him/herself and all mankind). We see this in Sodom & Gomorrah and the Floods."

I'm not a Christian nor a Muslim, but there is no way that God punishing sinners is as terrifying a concept as men believing they are commanded by God to punish sinners.

In the former case, the worst that can happen is that we attribute natural disasters to God's will.

In the latter case, we have people blowing themselves up to kill other people.

There is a real difference there.

Comment Re:Hateful posts on Slashdot (or elsewhere) (Score 1) 2837

That was a really great read, thanks.

Although I didn't like the outcome of this election, and in fact felt quite sick inside for a while, I have come to accept it and I've decided to try to nurture some hope that things won't be as bad as I thought they would be.

The responses to this particular Slashdot article are probably the best and most interesting I've ever read on Slashdot. And I've been here a *long* *time*.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 2) 535

I can fix everything that comes my way in Linux with enough time and effort. I can go all the way down to modifying kernel source and recompiling if necessary.

The thing is, I don't want to spend my time doing that. There was a time in the 90's when that was fun because it was a liberating feeling of having a level of control not afforded by other operating systems. But pretty quickly, it became a chore, when I had to keep fixing the same sorts of problems over and over again.

I agree that not being able to fix low level problems is a drawback of Windows and Mac OS X; however; major problems occur (on Mac OS X at least, Windows definitely is still quite a bit flakier) so rarely that the tradeoff is very, very worth it ... for me.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 1) 535

I agree with you, Windows 10 is an abomination. It forces me to reboot on its schedule when it has updates to perform (it's literally told me "I'm going to reboot your computer in 1 hour to install updates), and I've missed/not noticed dialogs and had the thing just reboot itself on my while I was in the middle of work, which was lost. It also spends a significant part of my network bandwidth continuously loading updates.

I'd say every three or four reboots, it goes into a lengthy update process that takes minutes.

An operating system that forcefully reboots itself, without user control, and that takes minutes to boot up a significant percentage of the time, is in my opinion, fundamentally broken. I loathe Windows 10. I only use it because it's required on my VR PC at the moment, and probably always will be, because let's face it, Apple doesn't do a good job keeping up with high end graphics hardware (at a reasonable price), and Linux is completely hopeless when it comes to being an OS for the masses.

Comment Not me (Score 5, Informative) 535

So I've been a Linux user since 1994, and it's been my primary development environment, and provided me a job, for 20+ years now, and for that I'm very thankful. I love developing on Linux.

That being said, I owned a succession of Linux laptops that never worked entirely correctly before I got my retina macbook pro in 2012. I'd say 25% of system updates to my Linux distro would break something, maybe a wireless driver would get flaky, maybe X11 would crap out in some new or unusual way, maybe the battery life would be bad because some kind of battery optimization would stop working. There were ALWAYS problems, it was like living with a finicky collector's automobile that you're spending as much time tinkering with to keep it running as you are actually driving it. A major source of problems with Linux was always sleep and hibernate modes, which were clunky to engage, slow to suspend and resume, and, if they worked, almost always had caveats (I don't know how many scripts I wrote that would switch to a virtual console away from X before suspend and then back again after resume, because X would so often just die if you suspended while it controlled the display).

Maybe things have improved, but I doubt it. On the other hand, this 2012 macbook pro has been a complete pleasure to use. EVERYTHING works correctly, I have never had a single problem of any kind with it. Tons of little details all work seamlessly together. I can close the lid and the thing sleeps, open it, and it wakes up. Never had a graphics problem or a driver problem of any kind.

Of course I know this is because the deck is stacked in favor of Apple, who own the entire stack from hardware through operating system and up through most software. But I don't care. Because it just works, and works so well.

That being said, I am very disappointed with the newest iteration of the macbook pro and I don't think I'll be buying one despite having assumed that I would, leading up to the actual announcement. I will just chug along with this 2012 rMBP. I will NOT switch back to Linux. I'll take a correctly functioning slower and older laptop over a fast and new machine filled with quirks and bugs.

Comment Re:I don't like my Tesla Model X (Score 1) 144

What kind of stupidity does it take to not be able to tell the difference between humor and trolling? Who are the idiots on this site nowadays that downvote posts as "troll" just because they are too dumb to understand or appreciate them, or just don't agree with them?

Yeah I'm an old timer. I don't come to this site that often any more. But even more troubling than the slide to mediocrity of the story editing and selection (which happened in the mid-2000's by the way, and unfortunately never improved), is the increasing stupidity of the Slashdot readership. Or perhaps it's really just a part of the overall trend of this new generation not being able to handle any viewpoint they don't agree with without furious downvoting.

Comment Re: Product placement (Score 0) 236

It may be more entertaining than men's soccer, if you're into soccer (I'm not), but it's hard for me to get past the fact that the best women's teams in the world (the ones that win the world cups and olympics and such) can be easily beaten by their own national under-17 boy's teams.

I don't know why exactly, but knowing that the people I am watching are only competitive in the sport because of gender segregation, takes some of the excitement away for me.

Comment Re:BCH psch = T4 program (Score 1, Troll) 295

You guys are all a bunch of wakos. Seriously.

What could possibly motivate a hospital staff to open themselves up to negligence lawsuits just so that they could ... what? Torture a patient for jollies? Or something?

Before you draw conclusions that fit your tinfoil hat world view, please just spend even the tiniest moment trying to reason out why any group of people would behave in a way that defies logic, before concluding that this is what they must have done.

A single person can do batshit crazy stuff, yes. But a group of professionals working in a hospital? Nope. Not going to happen. There may be some bending of rules, some I'll-scratch-your-back-if-you'll-scratch-mine situations, but a group of doctors intentionally trying to injure a child? That doesn't happen. Period.

Comment Re:Pretty simple actually.... (Score 1) 537

Wow, you are one precious snowflake!

Guess what man - if that's how you value spending your life, then by all means do it; but why must you call anyone who chooses a different path a "problem"?

Also do you know what profit is? It's the result of doing what other people want you to do. And then you get to spend that profit on getting others to do what you want them to do. Profit is not evil. What it in fact represents is you doing the best you can at pleasing other people, of making their lives better. And then you get to ask the same of other people, and everyone gets what they want and/or need.

Comment Re:this goes back to FTP... (Score 1) 282

And before that, if you wrote a novel, you didn't just print it and sell copies to the public, where anyone could copy it. You printed one copy, put it behind lock and key and only let someone read it when you could be there to be sure they wouldn't take it away or make a copy of it. Right?

Er, wait.

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