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Comment Difference in insults (Score 2) 894

Does the pope not get that there is a difference between criticizing/insulting a system versus criticizing/insulting a person?

When someone criticizing/insults the prophet of Islam, he/she is doing so to the creator of a system/idea that claims they have ALL the answers for ALL of life's problems including how to govern a society. (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and, IMO, Islam have provided none.). A critique/insult of the prophet is a critique/insult of the system/idea, as the guy is long dead.

When someone is criticizing/insulting someones mother they are doing so on an individual level where the mother in question usually have no such pompous claims. The 2 things are NOT the same and should not be treated the same.

However you should NEVER meet words with violence (Excluding constructed situations like someone is pointing a gun at you and says 'I'm going to kill you in 5 seconds').

If you feel insulted/offended by someones words/drawings/whatever, then you are always free to choose to ignore them OR reply to them using a non-violent medium.

Being offended/insulted gives you NO free pass to use violence as a response!
Input Devices

Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction? 411

SlashD0tter writes "Many older sound cards were shipped with line-out, microphone-in, and a line-in jacks. For years I've used such a line-in jack on an old Windows 2000 dinosaur desktop that I bought in 2000 (600 Mhz PIII) to capture the stereo audio signal from an old Technics receiver. I've used this arrangement to recover the audio from a slew of old vinyl LPs and even a few cassettes using some simple audio manipulating software from a small shop in Australia. I've noticed only recently, unfortunately, that all of the four laptops I've bought since then have omitted a line-in jack, forcing me to continue keeping this old desktop on life support. I've looked around for USB sound cards that include a line-in jack, but I haven't been too impressed by the selection. Is the line-in jack doomed to extinction, possibly due to lobbying from vested interests, or are there better thinking-outside-the-box alternatives available?"

Submission + - Jack Thompson Blames Games for VA-Tech Shooting

Cheeziologist writes: In an interview on Fox News today, Jack Thompson, notorious critic of the supposed effects of video games on children and young adults, claimed that "he [the gunman] immersed himself in counter-strike [and] half-life" and that it was the influence of these video games that caused the gunman to open fire on the Virginia Tech campus, killing approximately 30 people.

Submission + - Dodgeball Founders Leave Google

narramissic writes: "ITworld is reporting that the founders of Dodgeball, the mobile social networking service that Google bought in 2005, quit on Friday because of Google's lack of support for the project. In a Flickr posting, Dennis Crowley wrote 'The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us — especially as we couldn't convince them that dodgeball was worth engineering resources, leaving us to watch as other startups got to innovate in the mobile + social space.' For its part, Google confirmed that Crowley and Rainert have left the company and said in a statement that 'Dodgeball was an early attempt at understanding user needs in this space and we are continuing to evolve our thinking and our offerings. However, we have nothing to announce at this time.'"
The Internet

Submission + - Interview With a Founding Father of the Internet

roscoetoon writes: "from Kelly Jackson Higgins's Blog: 596
An Interview With Vinton Cerf: Father Knows Best ...He's probably one of the only people at Google who can remember the Arpanet or what the Internet was like before the Web. And there's one thing few people know about Internet legend Vinton Cerf, who co-designed the TCP/IP stack that was used to build the Internet infrastructure: His secret wish is to be an actor... ...He remembers the days when being called a "hacker" was an honor. "It used to be an honorific at MIT. But the abusive practices that have become so visible on the Internet has given a bad connotation here," Cerf says. "Purists wish that we could apply some other terms so as to keep 'hacker' what it once was, but I think the language has become too polluted."... ...This obviously isn't your father of the Internet's Internet. Cerf says the biggest threats are the proliferation of spam, botnets, malware, and denial-of-service attacks. "Much work is needed to increase the security of the Internet and its connected computers," he says, "and to make the environment more reliable for everyone."..."

Submission + - Denmark a unique mix of welfare, economic growth

pinkfloydhomer writes: mark-usat_N.htm?csp=34

COPENHAGEN — Across Europe, nations such as France, Italy and Germany struggle with lackluster economic growth, high unemployment and high taxes that often fall far short of paying for their welfare states.

Then there is Denmark.

As most in Europe, the Danes have high taxes, which take an average of 50% of income.

They have a big welfare state, which provides free public health care, education, child care and job training on top of generous unemployment benefits.

Wages are high, with 87% of the workforce belonging to unions. Prices are high, too.

Submission + - Bill Gates: A Robot in Every Home

icehart85 writes: Imagine being present at the birth of a new industry. It is an industry based on groundbreaking new technologies, wherein a handful of well-established corporations sell highly specialized devices for business use and a fast-growing number of start-up companies produce innovative toys, gadgets for hobbyists and other interesting niche products. But it is also a highly fragmented industry with few common standards or platforms. Projects are complex, progress is slow, and practical applications are relatively rare. In fact, for all the excitement and promise, no one can say with any certainty when — or even if — this industry will achieve critical mass. If it does, though, it may well change the world. Of course, the paragraph above could be a description of the computer industry during the mid-1970s, around the time that Paul Allen and I launched Microsoft. But what I really have in mind is something much more contemporary: the emergence of the robotics industry, which is developing in much the same way that the computer business did 30 years ago.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Eric S. Raymond Ditches Fedora/Redhat for Ubuntu

exeme writes: Eric S. Raymond has had a major dummy spit on the Fedora-devel mailing list, announcing that he is ditching Fedora/Red Hat after 13 years of use for Ubuntu. Reasons sighted include governance problems, problems with RPM and Fedora's lack of interest in the Linux desktop market. Eric even mentions Ubuntu parent company Canonicals recent deal with Linspire and it's Click n' Run software which will soon make proprietary codecs and legal DVD playback available to Ubuntu users, for a price.

Submission + - YouTube permanently bans Gisburne, changes story

mijkal writes: "YouTube has told atheist member Nick Gisburne that he is now permanently banned from the site. This stems from his posting of a video slideshow of quotes from the Quran. Originally YouTube said it was because of 'inappropriate content', but now it has changed its story and is claiming copyright infringement because it has a soundtrack (nevermind that hundreds of lip-synch videos as well as official music videos readily available on YouTube). Had Nick known this was the reason to begin with (YouTube admits it made a mistake), he wouldn't have reposted the video (or encouraged others to do the same). YouTube has decide to evoke the DMCA and its '3 strikes' policy, and is trying to reassure us all that the content has nothing to do with the banning of a certain unnamed account, but rather because of recurring copyright infringement. YouTube is also covering its tracks by changing the reason the videos were removed. All of his videos from all of his accounts have been removed, and anyone who's spent some time on YouTube and seen Nick's videos should clearly see this policy is not routinely executed, so why is Gisburne being unfairly targeted here? Given the context, it seems Gisburne is being treated rather harshly by the YouTube censors. (And just to nip this in the bud, yes, YouTube has the right to censor; and we all have the right to call YouTube on it when we feel its unfair and YouTube can change its policy or we can move on; no one's equating this with government censorship.)"
The Courts

Submission + - Warez Leader Faces 10 Years in Jail

Lennart writes: From the article:

After spending nearly 3 years in a detention center fighting his extradition from Australia, a leader of notorious warez group 'DrinkorDie' was yesterday arraigned before a U.S. District Court to face charges of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and one count of actual criminal copyright infringement. If found guilty he faces 10 years in jail & $500,000 fine.

Comment Interview with the District Attorney in the case (Score 5, Interesting) 815

Here is an interview with the DA of this case.
Very interesting read.


"JIM AVILA: So there was a huge amount of evidence that in fact, this kid was not involved in a sex crime. And yet, your office and
you yourself continue to believe and put him through two years of hell, because you continue to believe despite lie detector
tests, court psychiatrist reports, a report from the computer expert who said it could have come from
continue to say..."

NDREW THOMAS: (Overlap) Well...

JIM AVILA: ...that he did it.

ANDREW THOMAS: Well, I...again, I...I'm not sure that that's totally right. But you gotta...

JIM AVILA: (Overlap) Halfway right?

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