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Comment I Blame Religious Fundamentalists (Score 0, Troll) 868

[Note: I recognize that religious fundamentalists are not necessarily the best representatives of their religions. Unfortunately, they are the most vocal.]

In the US, Christian fundamentalism has a great track record for dismissing science that it disagrees with. It started with evolution in the 19th century, and has now progressed to other topics.

"God sez the earth is less than 10,000 years old, so science is wrong!"

Biological basis of homosexuality?
"God sez that homosexuality is a sinful choice!"

Global warming?
"God sez he's coming soon, so we don't have to worry about that!"

Of course, when fundamentalists say "God sez..." they really mean "My personal interpretation is..." And don't even get me started on how un-literal "Biblical literalism" is.

The Courts

Submission + - Couple who catch cop speeding could face charges.

a_nonamiss writes: "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking.

from the article:

The Sipples allegedly caught Kennesaw police officer Richard Perrone speeding up to 17 mph over the speed limit. Perrone alerted Bartow authorities, who in turn visited the Sipples' home to tell them Perrone intended to press charges against them for stalking.
I have the utmost respect for most law enforcement. They have a difficult, dangerous and mostly thankless job to do, but shouldn't they be held accountable for casually breaking the very same laws they are supposed to be enforcing? Additionally, shouldn't we, as citizens, have the right to be able to bring this to someone's attention without having to face laughably bogus charges for our efforts?"

Submission + - Citicard security or lack of

BikerMikey writes: I just had a few interesting conversations with the brain trust over at Citi Cards. I had not downloaded my statements since they had redesigned their site until last week. I should say that I tried to login. The login page was unsecured, I tried adding that little "s" to make it secure and got bounced out to an unsecured page again. I could find no links to a secured login page. I decided to give them a call and got Denise in support. She kept telling me that it was ok because there was a lock on the part of the page with the account login and I was on thier site. We went around and around and finally I asked to talk to her boss, she refused to pass me to her boss telling me that he would not take calls, gotta love that customer support. I tried to call again, this time pointing out that my "Identity Theft Protection Packet" that I got from them, for pure enjoyment, told me to "NEVER enter my account info onto an unsecured page". I kept pointing out info from thier packet on how to tell if a connection is secure, her response was that it is ok here on their site. Duh? I wonder how much they paid for the consultant that sold them this load of BS. Are there any responsible Credit Card Companies out that with things like Virtual Account Numbers and Direct Download of transactions?

Submission + - Dell crowdsources innovation

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, Dell launched 'IdeaStorm', a Digg-style customer feedback site which invites users to submit and vote on ways to improve the company's product line and service. Creating such a public and transparent feedback-loop is brave move by a company that is too often associated with exploding laptops and poor customer support. But, argues ZDNet's The Social Web, beyond generating some possitive PR, the pay-off could be signicant: "The 'IdeaStorm' Terms of Service makes it clear that Dell has the right to use any of the ideas "royalty-free" and without compensation. This is obviously a legal necessity, but effectively means that the company isn't just accepting feedback on its own ideas but is in fact crowdsourcing innovation — for little or no cost." Ideas submitted so far, include a Linux-based Dell, ditching software trials and add-ons, and offering a line of eco-friendly PCs. Is crowdsourcing a good strategy for Dell? And should other companies follow suit?
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - How Steve Jobs Played Hardball in iPhone Birth

Carl Bialik from WSJ writes: "Apple bucked the rules of the cellphone industry when creating the iPhone by wresting control away from normally powerful wireless carriers, the Wall Street Journal reports. From the article: 'Only three executives at the carrier, which is now the wireless unit of AT&T Inc., got to see the iPhone before it was announced. Cingular agreed to leave its brand off the body of the phone. Upsetting some Cingular insiders, it also abandoned its usual insistence that phone makers carry its software for Web surfing, ringtones and other services. ... Mr. Jobs once referred to telecom operators as "orifices" that other companies, including phone makers, must go through to reach consumers. While meeting with Cingular and other wireless operators he often reminded them of his view, dismissing them as commodities and telling them that they would never understand the Web and entertainment industry the way Apple did, a person familiar with the talks says.'"

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