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Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 505

Unemployment numbers are a bit worse off today than they were when Obama took office, regardless of which measure you look at.


What are you talking about?

Using your own reference, let's look at the numbers. Obama inauguration was on January 20, 2009. Here are the unemployment rates then and now:

Jan 09: (U1..U6) = 3.1%, 4.8%, 7.8%, 8.3%, 9.1%, 14.2%
Nov 16: (U1..U6) = 1.8%, 2.2%, 4.6%, 5.0%, 5.8%, 9.3%

So every one of the unemployment measures shows a significant decline since the day Obama took office.

Comment Re: Jesus fucking lord christ!!! (Score 2) 376

This article is relevant to Linux and the FOSS/FLOSS community.
Whether you love or hate MS, and whether or not you're exclusively interested in FOSS and Linux, Windows is the still biggest competitor to Linux in desktop and enterprise markets. Your position regarding Linux or Windows shouldn't stop you from looking at other competing software products.
Bashing Windows maybe fun and all and we all enjoy that every once int while, but constantly bashing for the purpose of bashing is simply unproductive. What I'm saying is that we should probably learn from others' successes or failures. Isolating ourselves from the rest of the technology world doesn't help advancing the FOSS technology and community.

Comment Resource (Score 1) 523


I agree with the article on that one. A word that is often used to dehumanize people.

If a project is late, we can just "throw in more resources"!

One of my co-workers was once told by the business product owner to get her application finished in unreasonable time. When he expressed his concerns, she basically told him that she would replace him any time with a bunch of "developers from the street" who would get the job done faster than him.

Comment Re: Double Standard (Score 1) 60

Please mod parent up.. I was born and raised in Syria, and lived there most of my life. Like parent, I'm tired of hearing misinformtion about Syria. Assad couldn't be any farther from being called Islamist. Not sure where GP got his information from. Assad regime is a secular repressive dictatorship. To portray the war in Syria as mostly religion motivated is a big distortion of the complex multidimensional situation. Many people who stood against the Assad regime are secular. Many of them ended up being in prison or even killed by that regime. I myself am an atheist and I'm against that regime. I do have a lot of muslim, christian, and athiest friends there who are equally opposed to that regime, and are calling for a secular democracy. Did the Islamist groups manage to get all the attention in the media? I think so. However, talking about the islamists as if there were all that exists there is a big distortion that only empowers the Assad and ISIL, while marginalizing the role of the moderate and secular groups that are calling for a secular democracy.

Comment Re:A Simple Retort (Score 1) 556

The nature of God is such that it cannot be proven. Otherwise, we lose the choice to believe.

Belief is not a choice.

For example, you don't have the choice to believe that you exist. You either believe that, or don't.

If I wake up one day and say today I'm choosing to believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, I'd be just pretending to believe in Him. Of course if I actually truly believed in His Noodly Appendage, then I wouldn't have the choice to simply un-blieve in Him anytime I like. Otherwise I would just be pretending.


Submission + - Bitcoin Exchange BitFloor Shut after Attacker Steals 24,000 BTC (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: An attacker managed to access an unencrypted backup of wallet keys and steal 24,000 BTC equaling more than a quarter of a million USD following which Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor has been shutdown while the investigation of theft is going on. The attack was carried out sometime last night because of which Roman Shtylman – founder of Bitfloor suspended operations of the exchange. While we are writing this, the exchange rate of 1BTC is $10.40 US, taking the total value of the heist to $250,800 US. You can check the current rates through Preev. In a forum post, Shtylman has urged Bitcoin users that BitFloor needs their help.

Comment Re:Free market for the win (Score 4, Informative) 644

"There still isn't a fully functional equivalent of AdBlock Plus even"
Yes there is... https://adblockplus.org/en/chrome

From the same page you referred to:

We are currently working on providing the same experience for Google Chrome as what you are used to from Firefox. Please keep in mind that we are not there yet and much work still needs to be done. There are also known Google Chrome bugs and limitations that need to be resolved.

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