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Comment Re:Why browser plugins? (Score 1) 297

When in the hell did Slashdot sink this low? I thought there were even moderately technically people that posted here, not people that understand computers less than my mom does.

Take a deep breath. The guy had a misconception about file types; quite unfortunately, it's one that a lot of people raised on Windows do have or have had at one point. And yes, there are going to be more and more people fitting that description showing up in forums like this one as time goes on. Unless he's trolling, there's no reason for him to willfully publicly embarrass himself. As much as his mistake offends you, berating newcomers for what they don't know yet is only going to turn people off to the field and is ultimately counter-productive. It's possible to educate without insulting, as some of your sibling posts have done. There's no reason that professional adults can't make their points both forcefully and respectfully. If educating others without demeaning them is a hassle for you, fair enough, you're not their parent and you don't owe them computer lessons. But if you don't sweat it, and let others step in and comment constructively, the field will ultimately be better off for it.


Submission + - Medal of Honor Given to DVD-Sniffing Dogs (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Two American sniffer dogs who found millions of pirated DVDs while on loan to Malaysian authorities will receive medals of honor when their six-month assignment ends next week, an official said Thursday. Black Labradors Lucky and Flo will be celebrated at an awards ceremony Monday before they return home to New York, said Nor Hayati Yahaya, the Motion Picture Association's manager for Malaysia.

Submission + - Americans more approving of terrorism than Muslims

Flo writes: "
[...] 46 percent of Americans think that "bombing and other attacks intentionally aimed at civilians" are "never justified," while 24 percent believe these attacks are "often or sometimes justified."
[...]Do these findings mean that Americans are closet terrorist sympathizers?
Hardly. Yet, far too often, Americans and other Westerners seem willing to draw that conclusion about Muslims.

Submission + - Gizmodo Declares March "Boycott The RIAA"

Ryan Draga writes: "Tech Bloggers, Gizmodo, are declaring March "Boycott the RIAA Month"

From the article: "The RIAA has the power to shift public policy and to alter the direction of technology and the Internet for one reason and one reason alone: it's totally loaded. Without their millions of dollars to throw at lawyers, the RIAA is toothless. They get their money from us, the consumers, and if we don't like the way they're behaving, we can let them know with our wallets.""

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