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Comment Conflict of Interest or Good Business Sense? (Score 1) 107

So Apple produces a crap ton of devices that ... use electricity. And with the possible move to sell electric cars... Does this not represent a competing interest and possible conflict of interest? If you're buying your electricity from the person making the electric devices, do they still have the same incentive to make energy efficient devices?

Comment Until the next time it happens. (Score 3, Informative) 319

Torture was already deemed illegal by the Geneva Convention. And yet, here we are again. It's probably not the President that will encourage water boarding again, it's probably their lawyer who convinces the leadership at the time that water boarding does not constitute torture and is as such perfectly legal. ... Not that this EVER happens.

Comment Re:Studies That Point Out What We All Know. (Score 3, Informative) 642

Irony is just a bad word to use on Slashdot. It seems that too many people who read this site fail to understand the definition of Irony. In fact, I was previously trapped in the use of the word myself. The definition of irony is as follows according to dictionary.com:

noun, plural ironies.

1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.

2. Literature. A technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated. (especially in contemporary writing) a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion.

3. Socratic irony.

4. dramatic irony.

5. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.

6. the incongruity of this.

7. an objectively sardonic style of speech or writing.

As a person who works at a university would already be well versed in proper grammar given the ample amounts of papers that they have to write and would also be well versed in the annoyances of people dinging them for a misplaced comma, one would expect that a study done by people at a university on the annoyances of people grammar checking them would be ironic. The use of ironic in that sense could easily fit definitions 2, 3, 5, or 6.

Comment My curiousity (Score 1) 110

I'm curious how much brain chemistry is affected by social media and whether or not the addictive cycle has anything to play in this area. Certainly there is compulsion involved, and with any typical 12-step program, there's the identification of compulsion used to create powerlessness. Are we powerless to stop checking Facebook or looking to see what replies our comments garner? Am I to surrender the replies to this post to my higher power? ... Well, while you ponder that, I'm going to go chew on my fingernails and hit the refresh button a few dozen times.

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