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Comment Finding myself more saddened than passionate now (Score 5, Insightful) 497

Choosing not to reveal my political affiliation here, my neutral statement on the state of political discourse in this country is that it has for too long deteriorated into something that is sad, deplorable, innately violent, and frankly shameful. There is no leading political voice in either party who after uttering anything no matter how high-minded wouldn't be skewered for his or her position. The hate on both sides is rabid and irrational, and big thoughts have been replaced by cheap taglines on Facebook meant only to score cheap political points rather than argue for policies and positions that will lift all of us up. The culmination of this behavior has led to a death-spiral that has fake(?) death threats serving as a proxy for joking, or maybe not joking. America has become a nation participating in the Jerry Springer show. We need another enlightenment, and I seriously doubt there's one waiting for us on the horizon or anybody left who is willing to join in it.

Comment Neat concept, but competes with smartphones (Score 1) 269

Here's what I see happening with this outdoor lifestyle that the linked YouTube video was driving at: people will figure out very quickly that now they have to tote *two* devices around instead of one. People can play some pretty excellent games on their Android / IOS devices, and those games are DIRT CHEAP. Now Nintendo has decided that in the war of consoles, the killer advantage is to turn the platform into yet another item that must be lugged around along with your cell phone. Sounds like a logistical PITA, and I believe people are smart enough to have the same realization.

Comment This actually makes sense (Score 4, Funny) 180

I'm an Android user, and easily the most humble person I know. As Weird Al put it in Amish Paradise:

Hitchin' up the buggy, churnin' lots of butter
Raised a barn on Monday, soon I'll raise another
Think you're really righteous? Think you're pure in heart?
Well, I know I'm a million times as humble as thou art

Comment Many on Slashdot can say, "I told you so" (Score 5, Insightful) 100

In past posts on Slashdot, the idea that the government should have backdoors into various systems that would allegedly be used only for legitimate criminal investigations. The security experts poo-pooed the idea, saying that all manner of things would go wrong, and this appears to be the day of reckoning. The government of course claims that this would never be a problem.

Security researchers 1, NSA 0

Is anybody here really surprised?

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