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Comment Re:Just as long as tabs can be turned OFF by the u (Score 1) 249

Another example: dock color. This is such a dumb preference but I cannot imagine why they don't make it user customizable. I like dark colored dock backgrounds, they look better on the desktop backgrounds I choose. But Apple simply will not make them customizable.

Actually, you've got two choices, light and dark, which sounds like it might suit you. It's not in the Dock Control Panel, of course. It's in General.

Comment Re: Stupid people (Score 1) 129

Keeping in mind that it wasn't me that typed M$

I'd wondered if I should've clarified that in my post. In any event, it has been now. I'm really just responding to you because you're not an AC (I'll explain soon). Just looking to have conversation about it, not tell anyone off.

do you give more veracity to pretty people because you think a pretty person is smarter than an ugly person?

Not to the extent I can be aware of my own biases. Again, I chose to respond to you because you're not an AC. It's not because I think logging in lends veracity to your argument, it's just that engaging in conversation with a group of unknown number or reputation has proven to be very unrewarding in my experience. When I do make judgements like this, I like to at least be able to stand by them with reasons

I don't write people off just because they write 'M$'. You have your reasons when you do, and it doesn't really bother me. As another poster said, I have to admit considering the company's abusive behaviour it's to criticise them - and it is. I don't look down on people who think and say MS are shady.

All I'm saying is, coming from someone who used to write M$, and does no longer: as I've matured I've found it a lot easier to make my point heard when I don't decorate it with extra baggage that prompts your listeners to start making judgements about you.

Whether the judgements are sound or not, people will make them. Sometimes people you're genuinely trying to sell yourself too, no randoms on Slashdot. All things being equal, the post without the dollar sign embellishment will be better received, in my opinion.

Sounds like your people could determine if something is truth or a lie just by performing a find on it, for M$, and not even read it. That sounds to me like exceptional intelligence, you agree? The way to get to the absolute truth.

I don't have a "people" that all think like I do. I'll forgive your snark on the basis I think you've misunderstood me a little.

Comment Re: Stupid people (Score 1) 129

When you write it as 'M$' it tends to give the impression one of the big issues you have with them is they've made a lot of money, and that you make a point of expressing that whether or not it is necessary or relevant. It may be that you actually want to give that impression, in which case power to you.

You'll probably come across as juvenile, this may be right or wrong and again, this may be your intention.

Fact is, some people are going to switch off when they see you write "M$", or refer to their company by the stock symbol, as if that's a reasonable thing to do outside the context of actually investing in that stock.

When you're making an entirely valid and objective criticism of their company's behaviour / products (and I know you'll agree that's not difficult to do), you've nothing to gain by putting off a portion of readers by making them think you're a nutjob, even if you are.

Comment Re:They really are getting desperate (Score 1) 260

Yeah, I can see whole city blocks of dev shops starting up and finding new ways stuff those files paths as long as possible. Eventually, all files will have had every scrap of data and metadata pulled out, base64 encoded or similar and stuffed into the pathname. A 4GB movie file would simply become a ~6GB pathname. Actual files would be unnecessary, just directories and their names, lovely long make Microsoft money names!

Submission + - Prominent civil liberties expert says he and Snowden were wrong on NSA 1

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, Geoffrey Stone, a longtime civil liberties stalwart, Constitutional scholar at the University of Chicago, and member of the National Advisory Council of the American Civil Liberties Union, moderated a live discussion with Edward Snowden from Russia. As a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, Stone was given unfettered access to unfettered access to our national security apparatus, and told the NSA what he thought. This week, Stone offered more detail on his own findings that only someone with direct knowledge can provide: "So before I began the work on the review group, my general view was that, from what I learned in the media, the NSA had run amok and created these programs without appropriate approval or authorization or review. And whatever I thought of the merits of the programs, my assumption was that it was illegitimate because it didn't have appropriate review and approval. What surprised me the most was that this was completely wrong. [...] The more I worked with the NSA, the more respect I had for them as far as staying within the bounds of what they were authorized to do. And they were careful and had a high degree of integrity. My superficial assumption of the NSA being a bad guy was completely wrong. [...] I came to the view that they were well intentioned, that they were designed in fact to collect information for the purpose of ferreting out potential terrorist plots both in the U.S. and around the world and that was their design and purpose." Stone provided detail and examples, including rationale and justifications for the review group's findings, and concluded that Snowden "was unduly arrogant, didn't understand the limitations of his own knowledge and basically decided to usurp the authority of a democracy."

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Or you could use paper cups instead (Score 4, Interesting) 299

It might surprise some hardcore environmentalists that using paper cups, or just using more paper on anything else, might be more environment friendly than you might imagine. (The following facts might be considered as flamebait again but please read on with patient before you mod.)

Papers are not made from cutting wood in rain forest anymore (some furniture, on the other hand, still are). 95% of the raw materials in paper are coming from trees, and these trees are carefully planned to grow and harvest. Various "Tree Funds" were raised every 10-15 years for raising money in building such tree farms.

Unfortunately, these "Tree Funds" are very sensitive to market. When there are less demand in papers, these funds would diminish, and in turn less tree farms would be built. Less tree farms, less trees, less oxygen-producers, more carbon dioxide, more severe the green house effect and so forth.

Encouraging paper-saving would probably lead to more green house gases. The irony...

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