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Submission + - Slashdot beta sucks 9

An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Comment Re:As somebody who served, let me clear that up... (Score 4, Insightful) 382

I appreciate your answer to this question. You make a rational argument where so many others that I've talked to jump straight into "the terrorists hate our freedom!" type arguments. I happen to be more cynical and I don't believe that our civilian leaders are simply "acting early," but I respect that you at least supported your position rationally.

What I really take issue with is this:

Don't like it? Look in the mirror and take your elections more seriously.

I do not support what's happening at Guantanamo Bay. I voted for Obama in 2008 largely because he vowed to close it. He won the election, and yet he did not close it. That is the strongest example I have of why you cannot blame the electorate; we simply don't get what we vote for.

Furthermore, those same civilian leaders who tell us that the war on terror is necessary also tell us that marijuana is dangerous and that "legitimate rape" doesn't result in pregnancy. At what point should we start holding people responsible for believing them? Even if the civilian voter does believe them, they aren't the ones pulling the triggers.


Saudi Aramco Reveals Cyber Attack Hit 30,000 Workstations 65

An anonymous reader writes "Saudi Aramco, the world's biggest oil producer, has resumed operating its main internal computer networks after a virus infected about 30,000 of its workstations in mid-August. The group, calling itself the 'Cutting Sword of Justice,' claimed to have hacked Aramco systems in several countries before sending a virus across 30,000 computers, achieving a 75 percent infection rate of all the company's systems. It refuted suggestions that a nation state was behind the attack."

Comment What a shame.... (Score 1) 233

This might be it for me too.

To be honest though, I don't come to slashdot for the stories; I don't even RTFA most of the time. I come here for the discussions.
As long as the Slashdot community sticks around, I will stick around as well -- no matter what the editors do. Unfortunately I think this article marks the beginning of the end for the community.

Comment Re:yep (Score 4, Insightful) 206

Yup...and I can't for the life of me figure out how that jives with the 7 th Amendment: "In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." Seems pretty clear to me.

The Constitution is like the Bible. It's supposedly sacred and infallible, but It's not meant to be taken literally and you have to let the courts interpret it for you (in the context of their own personal interests). As time passes, more and more of it gets flat-out ignored, and eventually it will only ever be read as an academic exercise by historians.

Comment Actually replacing textbooks (Score 2) 350

IF buying an iPad were actually a replacement for buying texbooks, then this really would be a good idea. I would gladly pay out of pocket for an iPad if it allowed me to exclusively use ebook versions of my textbooks. In fact, I would even refrain from pirating those ebooks if they were sold for a reasonable price

In reality though, I doubt it would work that way. Because ebooks are easily pirated, textbook publishers would have a hard time sustaining their racket if universities started switching over. For some reason, universities seem to actually care about what happens to publishers, so I can't imagine that many universities would be willing to require professors to choose only textbooks that have an ebook version available.

Even if it did happen, professors would just say "exams are open-book, but no computers are allowed." This would force students to spend $200+ on a physical copy even though they already paid for iPads with PDFs of the textbooks.

Basically, nothing that makes education cheeper or more convenient for students will ever work. Universities don't care about students.

Comment Re:No colors = terrible choice (Score 1) 150

Getting rid of the colors on the buttons seems baseless. I can't tell you how many times...

Me: "Press A" Her: ::moving thumbs, squinting:: "... huh?" Me: "Green."

Yup. It's even worse for those of us that don't have HD TVs. When on-screen instructions appear, the only way I can understand them is from the colors.

Comment Re:I can think of better uses for $500 million (Score 1) 367

I disagree.
A school facility that doesn't feel like a prison can really change a student's attitude, and that's the most important part of education.

I'm not sure about LA, but where I live even homeless people already have easy access to modern computers and the internet. A student who wants to learn will learn, and student who doesn't want to learn won't learn. No ammount of classroom computers or teachers will change that.

If this one-time cost of half a billion dollars can make kids take pride in their education for as long as the school exists, then it's completely worth it.

That might not actually happen, but it's worth a shot.

Comment Try flashcard software (Score 5, Informative) 237

I've been studying Japanese for years, and flashcard software has really helped me with the Chinese characters. iFlash for OSX is an excellent tool.

As others have said, there's no way around the need for repetition and a lot of practice.

Also, diligence is extremely important. If you're not using them, then you forget the characters very quickly. If you're not careful you might actually find that you're forgetting characters as quickly as you're learning new ones.

Comment Re:Suicide? (Score 1) 1343

I'm sure the loss of his child is punishment enough.

I can't imagine how terrible being in his situation would be, sounds worse than jail.

Not if he didn't like the kid.
You can't really say "the loss of his child is punishment enough," because that would provide an easy way out for anybody who didn't want their kid anymore: Just pretend to like him for a couple years then leave a loaded gun lying around.
Way easier than 18 years of child support.

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