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Comment Yeah, (Score 4, Insightful) 192

Industry lobbyists exert control over Congress through bribery, Congress exerts control over the US through law, US exerts control over as much as the world as possible through sheer bullying. Americans unimpressed by the lack of voice in Congress? What about all the rest of us that have to put up with a world marred by industry lobbyists? America's lack of democracy poisons the planet. -- Guess we'l have to start teaching our children about Anthropogenic Global Insanity...

Comment Re:I envy the religious (Score 0) 529

Then you can envy me. The problem you have is that the framework of your worldview does not include the unseen, the unquantifiable. Of course you would think any reference to that which you tune out is a lie. But we who actually believe in "that stuff" have a steady stream of unavoidable data that is there whether you deny it or not. The fun is trying to integrate that data into all the other working theories on which our society is based. It's not easy, but I know what I sense every time I adopt a childlike inner posture and talk/reach out to someone I can't see. The materialistic worldview is like an amputation of a whole range of internal senses by which what we refer to as spiritual is perceived. Because you "know" it's a lie, for you it is a lie. But data like this evidence of better brain health might give you an inkling that there's something out there that you have still to explore.

Comment This is hardly news (Score 1) 224

Microsoft has been "donating" to non-profits for years. It's actually a quite cynical process whereby they seed the market to gain market share. In my opinion they really should not get the tax breaks that come to them from these "donations." But this one is laughable because receiving Windows 8 or its decendents is going to benefit precisely no one.

Comment Loss of functionality (Score 1) 614

I've got at least one customer that won't ever upgrade one software package because the new version doesn't do all that the old version does. Developers are sometimes quite removed from their end users and don't always know nor care what features of their software have become mission critical to some customers. Consequently they use their own flawed judgment to axe this or that feature, because "nobody ever uses that" leaving a segment of their users out in the cold.

Comment Re:Not religion, but purpose (Score 1) 931

That's an answer that seems to work within the materialistic worldview. But interactive, supernaturalistic theism has a different answer. For us, bi-directional communication with the higher power is the source of purpose. Inherent purpose cannot arise from materialism -- only self-constructed purpose. And especially for the mentally ill, that which is merely self-constructed is not trustworthy. But if you sense that what you are is guided from on high, the unknown future becomes bearable and hope, which was formerly non-existent, becomes possible. And in the presence of hope, mental illness weakens and therapy is a thing that one can work through to a reachable goal. This seems to portray a scenario in which the materialists are the strong selfmade mental nobility, who need no crutch, looking down with mixed contempt and pity on the unwashed theistic masses. To which I can only say that pity is also due the blind.

Submission + - Samba 4 Goes Beta (samba.org)

rayk_sland writes: Progress is being made on the long awaited Samba 4 release. Today the Samba 4 team annouces their first beta. Those of us who refuse to have a closed-source server at the core of our networks will be encouraged to see this milestone.

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