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Comment Re:ya know... (Score 1) 710

You're reading too much into the different syntax. In modern French, referring to wife as "sa femme" does not in any way indicate something lesser about the legal status of French women. As a general rule, what you say is relevant. The Mesopotamian's had different legal categories than we do: wife, wife of lower social class (concubine), and slave girl versus wife, common law, girlfriend. However that's a different issue than the the one above, and I think translating their wife to ours is reasonably accurate.

Comment Re:ya know... (Score 1) 710

While your skepticism of Bible Translators and Hebrew scholars maybe worthwhile, I don't think you should trust random slashdotters over the existing scholarship. As I noted elsewhere, in many languages, the normal way you say wife is "his woman" (for example, in French, "sa femme"). I believe it's the same in Hebrew.

Comment Re:Look up Sweden's prison pictures on google.... (Score 1) 168

Do you really want the government deciding when your prison term is up / "justice has been served" based on whether they think you have been rehabilitated or not?

That's a good point; I wish I had mod points for you. That said, "an eye for an eye" is just. It is, perhaps, the most fair retribution possible, but it is not the sort of thing we see, or want to see in our justice system. I think there needs to be some mix of justice and mercy.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 277

Companies don't pay taxes. They pass them off to the customers.

You may be a troll, but I see this argument in real life so I will respond to it.

That is true, but does not help at all. In this case, Apple customers are getting cheaper products at the expense of the rest of the tax payers who pay for the public services that Apple takes advantage of. You see what happened? Tax evasion still costs money. It's just that it's the people who don't buy Apple products that end up paying the cost of Apple's tax evasion.

TL;DR: Tax evasion and government subsidies are functionally the same. I don't want the government subsidizing Apple.


Submission + - GIMP 2.4 on the Home Stretch (

johnr writes: GIMP 2.4 is on the home stretch, and just today they made the first release candidate available. The new version sports a refreshed look with some eye-pleasing icons, advanced selection tools, fullscreen editing, and much more. They've also begun the process of creating a new site that has a Web 2.0 feel to it!
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Submission + - Skype Implodes (

nick writes: I can't believe I'm the only person to have submitted this, but, as I'm sure many of you have noticed, the Skype P2P network spontaneously combusted earlier today, leaving the vast majority of their users unable to login. Their forums also seem to have imploded, but before they did so it was determined that it was just coincidence that Microsoft had released a whole bunch of patches yesterday, as Mac and Linux users were also affected (unless of course their servers are running Windows).

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