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Comment Can we really ignore this? (Score 1) 1168

Of the many contributing causes to American violence, I don't think video games are an especially high priority. But neither do I think the possibility can be ignored. These attrocities have to end, and we should all be willing to consider all potential causes. I love video games, but if a thorough and valid scientific inquiry shows a causal or aggravating relationship between violent video games and real-world, violence, then I would be willing to accept restrictions on sales to minors.

I will be insistent that the NRA and other pro-gun groups contribute constructively to the debate and possible solutions, and be willing to compromise, and gamers need to be part of the conversation too.

By all means, let's not over react, and knee-jerk reactions are not helpful, on either side of the question. But there are no sacred cows.


Submission + - TSA: diaper inspectors (

poppycock writes: The TSA has reached a new low, even for them. "The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security."

And they stand by this?!?!?

Comment Open source is beside the point (Score 2) 901

For most organizations, especially non-technical organizations, the availability of source code is really irrelevant. One might argue that they *could* change things if they needed to, but as a practical matter they really can't. Organizations whose mission includes software development are certainly capable of taking advantage of free and open licenses.

But it sounds like the bottom line is that, in the end, they found Windows better for them than Linux. You certainly have to admire their willingness to try something outside the norm, however. IT wouldn't have made much difference, I suspect, if Windows were open source and Linux were proprietary.

Unless you're a software development organization, source availability per se is really not a useful criterion upon which to make an IT decision.

But this is Slashdot, so, you know, it must be a conspiracy.

Comment Re:False Dichotomy (Score 1) 705

Prop that strawman up.

From Wikipedia on the Fairness docrine: "In August 1987, the FCC abolished the doctrine by a 4-0 vote, in the Syracuse Peace Council decision, which was upheld by a different panel of the Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit in February 1989.[14] The FCC also suggested that because of the many media voices in the marketplace, the doctrine be deemed unconstitutional..."

I agree that the fairness doctrine was bad, for many of the reasons you say and others. But its been dead for 23 years. This particular bogeyman is not out to get you.

Comment Re:Everybody take a deep breath!!! (Score 0, Flamebait) 760

With all due respect, fuck your deep breath. I know that the entire budget of the NSF won;t be cut, even under the most conspiratorial scenarios.

The issue here is one of priorities. Cutting science *first* is like eating your seed corn.

The dumb fuck, anti-intellectual, knuckle-dragging, bible thumping horse's asses leading the GOP aren't qualified to judge a worthy science project, but they sure as hell ought to know that their even dumber followers are even less qualified.

This is not about the budget. This is about creating the perception of being tough by finding some projects that very few non-scientists can understand, and railing against it. Damn the consequences!

I'll bet Sarah Palin will find some research on fruit flies and try to gut that.

Jebus but these fuckers are stoopid!

Comment More fine journalism from Slashdot (Score 1) 609

We're not saying that it DID bomb. We're just asking the question -- did it bomb? Based on an unconfirmed, context free number measured against an unspecific post facto metric.

Did someone launch a missle at Los Angeles? 'Cause, you know, someone saw a contrail. And Obama's trip to India -- it cost $200M a day. Is Obama a secret muslim?

There are now four pretty good mobile operating systems to choose from, backed by companies with different design and development philosophies, and different strategies competing for an exploding market. And its obvious that all four companies are in it to win.

Windows Phone, whetever else it may be, is not a knock off of iPhone and is not a fractured ecosystem like Android.

I say, bring on the party.

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