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Comment Re:On a serious note... (Score 1) 12

Don't be ridiculous. Churches don't pay taxes for the same reason the Rockefeller Foundation doesn't: they're charitable organizations. ( Would you please give an example or historical basis for your claim about the church? P.S. Of course I'm talking US law here, but I've personally interacted with the church in Romania as well, and I'm quite certain they're not making threats, at least not the Roma I spent time with.

Comment Silly (Score 1) 152

I'm not saying we shouldn't investigate the universe, and media probably makes it sound worse than it is, but is looking for life on other planets really a good use of taxpayer dollars? I mean, what evidence do we have that suggests there may be life on other planets? Having said all that, I'm all for finding out more about Mars, and verifying its viability for colonization. I just think trying to find ET is pretty dumb.

Comment Re:Blah (Score 1) 725

Creedo, do you vote? If you do, you are attempting to impose your beliefs (wrong or right) on your community (of varying scope). Why is it wrong for people who believe something with which you disagree to exercise this same privilege? If you don't vote, please excuse the rant - at least you're consistent.

Comment Re:Educated, not crazy and not afraid. (Score 1) 725

So, I wrote the rest of this, then realized it's auxiliary, but I'll leave it anyway. My main point (which you missed) is that, if you do get pregnant inconveniently, you should bear the baby to term and give it up for adoption rather than murder it. Science is unquestionably on my side on this one. If you know when babies start to feel pain, when you can tell their gender, etcetera, you have to start to understand that current abortion law is a complete violation of the most basic human right - life.

Talk about misinformation. Your post has two of my favorite things: telling me what I think and being wrong about it. I *really* don't know why you tie misinformation and abstinence teaching together. One does not imply the other, by any means. I was abstinent until marriage, and I'm very happy with how that's working out for me, and it turns out sex is just as great as I was led to believe. If I could go back several years...I'd still wait until marriage. And seriously, I don't know ANY Christians who wouldn't want their kids to know that sperm getting to an egg (which is only there to catch it periodically) is the one and only way to get pregnant. Not getting pregnant and not getting STD's are NOT the reasons you should wait until you're married to have sex. There are plenty of other reasons I waited, and none of them are fear-motivated.

Look, if you think teaching people how to roll a condom onto a banana is important to keep people from getting pregnant, I'm afraid I probably can't help you. Anyone who needs to be taught how to use a condom...just, total fail. I think that ought to be a lower priority for schools where such a high percentage of kids can't read their own diplomas.

And seriously, all you haters, I know you gotta hate, but could you please be a little more specific with your reasoning? It's difficult to argue against broad generalizations that are based on, I dunno, how you see those stupid Christians in movies and on tv act. Srsly, guys. Big reasoning fail. Think for yourself a little bit. Be tolerant, or whatever.

Comment Re:Educated, not crazy and not afraid. (Score 1) 725

Please help me understand what is sick and twisted about "Don't have sex outside of marriage (which, if modeled after biblical ideals, will provide a warm, loving environment for childhood), and if you do and make a baby, give the baby up for adoption rather than kill it."?

P.S. I'm not saying the Bible advocates giving up your kid for adoption if you deem yourself unable to provide the child a warm, loving environment, but I certainly advocate it.

Comment Re:Educated, not crazy and not afraid. (Score 0) 725

What human rights do you believe are being attacked by Christians in the MW? To what deranged fantasies do you refer? What science do you believe is being attacked? Who is blaming the devil for liberals? (I blame America's failing educational system, ftr.) I have many, many friends who are Christians, throughout the US and internationally, and I can think of very few who would fit ANY of your claims, let alone all of them. And besides, part of the biblical idea of a good citizen is someone who obeys the law and upholds his moral, legal and social responsibilities to his neighbors...In America the fulfillment of those duties includes voting and possibly campaigning for laws you believe would make this a better place for everyone. If you believe everyone would be better off if they were legally required to wear green socks, you should try to get that law passed. That's part of being a good citizen. Who am I to belittle you for your belief about the green socks? The legislative process of the republic decides the outcome, and we both abide by it. P.S. I would never condone the murder of an abortion doctor, but I do believe that infanticide (yes, I'm using the charged term) will be the issue of this era that is looked back upon with shame, much like slavery through the 19th century. Our descendants will look back and say, "They should have known better. How did they justify that?"

Submission + - FOSS Utility to Wipe MBR from Within Windows?

anglophobe_0 writes: I'm using Diskless Remote Boot in Linux(link) to push Windows images over UDP multicast onto 15-20 systems at a time. I'm trying to make the whole process even more automated, and the last piece of my puzzle seems to be wiping the MBR before rebooting Windows. I don't want to leave PXE as the first boot option, so I need a way to tell Windows to wipe the MBR and reboot, forcing the BIOS onto PXE as, perhaps, the second boot option. Cygwin Openssh (link) makes this possible, except I need a command-line utility that can wipe the MBR. I've tried DD for Windows (link), but I can't get it to actually touch the MBR. MBRWizard (link) works, but this is business use, not personal, and the author says licensing will cost $.20 to $2.00 per system. I'd rather avoid this, more for license manageability reasons than cost. Again, my goal is not to have to walk over and pop in a boot disk. Any ideas?

Comment Re:The first thing to come to my mind... (Score 1) 541

"doesn't even use the FreeBSD kernel". They also don't use the NetBSD or OpenBSD kernel. Or various other UNIX kernels. Including OpenGL support would have been one of the major hurdles, and since that's done, I think it's quite a stretch to say "probably as large a difference between them and the NT kernel." I could be wrong about this, but isn't the whole point about Linux being Unix-like that it was coded from scratch, not in any way a descendant of UNIX like OS X is? They are, ultimately, very similar platforms.

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