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Comment Re:The real (and very bad) message: no updates (Score 1) 232

The answer is the same either way. The purpose of it, as software goes, is to test I/O, not produce "Hel[l]o World". So even if errored, it does fulfil its purpose. So no update is needed, even if "wrong". That's one of the points of software updates. Change to add "polish" often drives introduction of functional bugs.

Comment Re:News Flash! (Score 1) 283

You can't think of anyone you would sacrifice your life for? That's kind of sad.

Why is that sad?

I'm sorry, I just have a high prize on my life. Again, as far as I know, I only get ONE shot at life, that's it.

I cannot fathom what situation would ever present itself where would consider my life to be worth less than any single other human on the face of the earth.

I'm a caring, giving person, but only to the point mainly where MY life is on the balance.

I don't see that as being sad, I just have my values. If someone ELSE wants to sacrifice their lives for a cause or someone else, well, that's their choice and more power to them.

Who or what would YOU trade your very life for?

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 134

You won't get the 'preferred rate' then. It will be the same deal as refusing to use a Loyalty Card at Kroeger. That juicy steak is now priced $12 instead of $8.75.

Well, for those places that actually STILL do this loyalty card thing, I can readily give them false information, and pay cash when I need the discount....and be invisible to them.

This actually can be kinda fun to screw a little with their demographics. In the past, they've thought I was a 97 year old Swedish woman name Juanita, and I have to guess for that demographic I buy a lot of booze, beer, wine and other fun things at the grocery store they'd not expect....

Comment Re:News Flash! (Score 1) 283

I figure as far as I know, I have this one shot at life.

I like it so far....

I can't think of anything or anyone that would be worth sacrificing my life for....

I'd just as soon watch the Mars progress on TV and enjoy beer, Air Conditioning and less threat of death....you guys have fun with that up there!!

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 341

The summary is fine. Pepe the Frog is a beloved meme, check. Pepe has been recently adopted by the far right, check. The only thing wrong is the headline, which can easily be misread as meaning the ADL has made a blanket "All uses of Pepe are examples of Hate".

The biggest thing that's wrong is... well, Slashdot's readers. Give them something you can easily misunderstand, and they'll launch half cocked, often with an interpretation even more stupid than the obvious misinterpretation.

And, BTW, to the OP of this thread: the ADL is one of the oldest surviving and famous groups that fights anti-semitism. It's hardly obscure, and a quick Google search would have given you the answer.

Comment Re:Star of David used by Neo Nazis... (Score 1) 341

My position is that anyone can have any opinion they want, and that the significance of that opinion to others depends on whatever level of trust the claimer can command. This puts some people in a de facto privileged position. This can be rational (e.g. privileging an oncologist's opinions on cancer over a layman's) and in other cases not (privileging a fellow mom's opinions about vaccines over an immunologist or toxicologist).

So my point is that you CAN make any of the claims you suggested, but your authority won't carry much weight because you're just a random bloke on the Internet. You would have to make a convincing argument. However even then there are lots of very credible-sounding arguments out there that don't sound credible to someone who has actual knowledge.

The bottom line is knowing the truth of any claim is quite difficult, particularly when it involves jargon. In general the judgment of someone who has spent some time studying an issue is more be trusted than what "stands to reason" in your own judgment. Even so, an expert should still be able to give a coherent defense of his positions.

So in the case of this frog meme, I have no particular reason to doubt ADL; however if it were important to me I would look at the evidence ADL puts forward in justification of their position. I do not necessarily agree with ADL on everything (e.g. on Muslims displaying tokens bearing the Shahada), but they have more than any other group tracked violent extremist groups and their affiliates and therefore are in at least a position to compare and contrast the symbols used. If, however, it were an organization like Kahane Chai, I would feel no particular reason to look into their reasoning because they're a racist group. Life is simply to short to treat a source that is consistently nonsense as if it might be credible.

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