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Comment Re:the maiming and killing must be ok with them (Score 1) 1160

As if anything about islam or christendom is _personal_ belief. You just adopt a canned worldview past it's expiration date and identify with it.

So yeah, people have kind of the right to stupidity. Problem arises when it's organized and billions of people subscribe to a particular brand of stupidity, complete with stupidity-experts that explain the stupidity seemingly away.

Just because you share delusions with tons of other people doesn't mean that this should become the norm.

And by delusions, I don't mean faith in a higher power or connectedness of things, I mean systems of interpretation like Christianity and Islam. Religions perverted on of the most amazing things about humans with no sign that they are going stop anytime soon. Quite a bit of it is understood by psychology, but it takes a lot of will and perseverance to get rid of it once it took hold of you. Not unlike other addictions, maybe? That is why I think it's a crime to indoctrinate children with this stuff. They get exposed to those ideas, they take hold, and most of them are in it for life. If that's not sad, what is?

Comment Re:VBA? (Score 1) 285


english has become the de facto lingua franca of the internet, which is a good thing. my native language is german, and I regularly see the atrocities commited when text gets translated from english to german. a lot of the time you are better off learning english and reading the original.

translations are terribly time consuming, just ask the EU who prepares its documents in a plethora of languages.

also, interesting information should have, at least in my opinion, as large a reader base as possible. fine if your latest findings are written in romania, hungarian, finnish, german or bonga-bonga. either you find translators for every little rotten language on earth or your information is simpled locked into the language bubble of the author.

english has the potential to be a remedy of sorts (easy,concise,not extra characters), but as always nationalistic or chauvinistic tendencies come into play. the french seem to be a particulary interesting example here. the more nationalist minded germans try to do the same, translating every "lehnwort" (english word incoporated into german) into its german counterpart... which more often than not sounds a little bit retarded. (ie. "heimseite" for homepage)

speak english or die! (to quote an album from S.O.D from years past)


Submission + - Tracking Designer Drugs, Many At Once (

LilaG writes: Drug tests spot banned substances based on their chemical structures, but a new breed of narcotics is designed to evade such tests. These synthetic marijuana drugs, found in "herbal incense," are mere chemical tweaks of each other, allowing them to escape detection each time researchers develop a new test for one of the compounds. Now chemists have developed a method that can screen for multiple designer drugs at once, without knowing their structures. The test may help law enforcement crack down on the substances.

The researchers used a technique called "mass defect filtering," which can detect related compounds all at once. That's because related compounds have almost equal numbers to the right of the decimal point in their molecular masses.

The researchers tested their technique on 32 herbal products with names like "Mr. Nice Guy" and "Hot Hawaiian." They found that every product contained one or more synthetic cannabinoid; all told, they identified nine different compounds in them — two illegal ones and seven that are not regulated.

The news story appears in Chemical & Engineering News and the original paper is (behind a paywall) in Analytical Chemistry.


Submission + - Ferrofluid tattoos vibrate your skin in response to calls and texts (

ericjones12398 writes: "Nokia is bringing tattoos into the high-tech world. The telecommunications giant recently filed a patent for the world's first smart tattoos. Made of ferromagnetic material, the tattoo would vibrate when your smartphone received incoming phone calls, texts and emails.
The tattoo is either cool or creepy depending on your attitude toward such things as tattoos and cyborg implants. But human cyborg technology is nothing new. Indeed, Nokia's vibrating magnetic tattoos are part of a broader trend in technology. No longer content to carry gadgets, there's a movement toward getting the conveniences of smartphones and other electronic devices embedded right in your body."


Submission + - Inexplicable stellar disk (

Coisiche writes: A star has been found with an over-sized debris ring that's difficult to reconcile with current star system models. I expect that there will be a natural phenomenon behind it but just once I want to see "artificial" as the only explanation for something like this.

Submission + - Google Reveals 'Terrorism Video' Removals

jones_supa writes: Google has revealed it removed about 640 videos from YouTube that allegedly promoted terrorism over the second half of 2011 after complaints from the UK's Association of Chief Police Officers. The news was contained in its latest Transparency Report which discloses requests by international authorities to remove or hand over material. YouTube had also rejected many other state's requests for action. Overall, Google summed it had received 461 court orders covering a total of 6,989 items between July and December 2011. From those, it said 68% of the orders were complied with. Google added that it had received a further 546 informal requests covering 4,925 items, of which it had agreed to 43% of the cases. The BBC article lists some examples of videos that were either terminated or allowed to stay.

Submission + - China tries to get the UN to censor the net ( 1

Omnifarious writes: "China (along with other member nations) is trying to push a proposal through a little known UN agency called the International Telecommunications Union (aka ITU). This proposal contains a wide variety of problematic provisions that represent a huge power grab on the part of the UN, and a severe threat to a continued global and open Internet."

Submission + - SPDY Not as Speedy as Thought? (

Freshly Exhumed writes: Akamai's Guy Podjarny reveals after testing: SPDY is different than HTTP in many ways, but its primary value comes from being able to multiplex many requests/responses from client to server over a single (or few) TCP connections.

Previous benchmarks tout great benefits, ranging from making pages load 2x faster to making mobile sites 23% faster using SPDY and HTTPS than over clear HTTP. However, when testing real world sites I did not see any such gains. In fact, my tests showed SPDY is only marginally faster than HTTPS and is slower than HTTP.


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is HTTPS snooping becoming more acceptable? 4

jez9999 writes: "I recently worked for a relatively large company that imposed so-called transparent HTTPS proxying on their network. In practice, what this means is that they allow you to use HTTPS through their network, but it must be proxied through their server and their server must be trusted as a root CA. They were using the Cisco IronPort device to do this. The "transparency" seems to come from the fact that they tend to install their root CA into Internet Explorer's certificate store, so IE won't actually warn you that your HTTPS traffic may be being snooped on (nor will any other browser that uses IE's cert store, like Chrome). Is this a reasonable policy? Is it worth leaving a job over? Should it even be legal? It seems to me rather mad to go to huge effort to create a secure channel of communication for important data like online banking, transactions, and passwords, and then to just effectively hand over the keys to your employer. Or am I overreacting?"

Comment Re:and where is exactly the problem? (Score 1) 915

i think i know that feeling. trying to get more in-depth information about islam, its customs and countries has proven to be a brutal feat. the original intention was to counter what i perceived to be another hunt for people with a different ideology. i could not have dreamt what this ideologie does in fact contain. its a horrible, horrible mess and a very real possiblity to actually fall back to the dark ages. i really thought that this was over and done for, that our future will be free of the worst aspects of religion - for good. along came allah and hundreds upon hundreds of millions of his submitting devotees...

and no, i do not care about that not _all_ of them are fanatics. everybody who really believes that the koran is the unadulterated word of god is, in my current view, a potential time bomb. after all, all it takes for those non-fanatics to become very strange people is to start to take the koran more seriously in their life. just read the text of the koran, from a humantistic point of view its a pukefest of the highest order. just because it's peppered with a few stanzas that aren't totally off the rocker doesn't make it more bearable.

Comment Re:and where is exactly the problem? (Score 1) 915

they are like regular people who happen to hold a brutal desert-doctrine for the final truth. so yeah, _totally_ just like regular people... and i've tried the "talk to western muslims" approach over the last couple of years. I was horrified by a lot of the reponses, but agreed, not _all_ of them. but most. enough, for me at least, to form an opinion about the "religion of peace", something i can only write with quotes proper lest I risk a semantic breakdown.

free, uncensored information has to be the mortal enemy of islam. i sincerely hope that free information will prevail, otherwise allah help us all. (posted from central europe)

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