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Comment Re:God's experiment in free will (Score 1) 1226

Lots of places, some around the same time and with no connection to the outside world. The point is that people can figure out right and wrong without religion. Maybe it was original to the biblical authors at their time and in their region, but it wasn't original to the world and the world didn't learn it from them alone.

Comment Re:Because he needed the cash? (Score 2) 535

My doctor growing up was a kleptomaniac. He would take things out of the local grocery without paying for them all the time. No one ever stopped him because he'd always return the goods a couple of hour later. Of course, he wasn't conspiring to do it for profit, he just couldn't help his impulses any more than someone with OCD.

I suppose this could be something similar, but criminal charges are definitely in order for the nature and amount of the crime.

Comment Re:Common Sense (Score 2) 535

Somehow I doubt that the cashiers follow Lego pricing so closely. To someone with any amount of ignorance on the merchandise, $50 may seem like a reasonable price on a large box of plastic foot needles.

Also keep in mind the repetitive, mind-numbing task cashiers perform. After a while, I doubt they even notice what it was they rung up. Scan, bag, repeat x N. Total, swipe, next. Try that for five or six 8-hour days in a row, for hundreds of customers, then see how much you notice or care about the merchandise.

Comment Really, Apple? (Score 3, Insightful) 584

I'm a fan of Apple and their iOS devices (though I know many are not). But I disagree with this change. To make it an option is all well and good, I'm all for it, but to make it a requirement is a step in the wrong direction. I, for one, will continue to purchase my books from eReader apps help sell Apple devices. IMO, Apple should treat them with more courtesy than this.

Submission + - What's different about programming for the Cloud?

Esther Schindler writes: "Whatever you think about cloud computing — whether it's the same-old-same-old or a revolution — there's certainly some wheat among the chaff. If you're going to expend any energy writing software for the cloud (SaaS, IaaS, or RandomLetterAsAService) it make sense to understand how it's different from "regular" web development. Programming for Cloud Computing: What's Different goes into some detail about the technical issues. Some are sort-of-obvious, such as designing for scalability; others, such as architectural concerns... not so much.

One theme that came up repeatedly that developers should expect to learn more about cloud computing platforms, virtualization, infrastructure operating environment, and other knowledge traditionally left to network specialists. A lot more. In fact, it may be spawning a new category of developer: DevOp. ""The lines between developers, deployers, and IT people is blurred, and roles and knowledge are shared between all roles," says Guy Naor, Morphlabs, in the article."

Comment Re:Solar Cooling! Man is at it again! (Score 0, Offtopic) 167

I sincerely hope moderators understand tongue in cheek humor.

Surely you jest. These are, after all, slashdot moderators you're talking about. I think you're just as likely to get scathing comments from people rampaging at the (overly literal) idea that we should fire nukes into the sun. "But you'll set the sun on fire! Think of the children!" et al.

Now that I've mentioned it as well, I expect similar results.

Comment I partially stand up (Score 4, Insightful) 567

There is no such thing as a rolling stop - you either stop or you don't. You either break the law, or you don't. Not harming someone or their property doesn't make it any more legal to disobey rules of the road.

This whole concept reminds me of the George Carlin bit about staying seated until the plane comes to a "complete stop." There is no such thing as a partial stop. If you roll through a light, get caught and fined, at least own up to it. Any driver who does this knows they are taking the risk, knows it's against the rules, and, while I'm not saying they deserve to get caught, should at least take personal responsibility if they do.

I roll through stops sometimes, though I do try to make a conscious effort to not do so. I also speed - and have no shame in doing it. If/when I get caught, I accept the consequences unless I have what I feel is a justifiable reason for what I did.

Comment Discarded RTs? (Score 1) 460

I find it odd that the Retweets (RTs) are/were discarded with the spam in these statistics. RTs help the information spread, which is useful indeed. How many of those 1,000 actively monitor or follow any official World Cup reporting stream? Certainly not all. A RT may not be an original post, but it still can have value in the dissemination of data.

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