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Comment Re:Faith in God (Score 4, Insightful) 299

I wonder if you removed the word religious from that sentence above if it still holds true? "If you disparage someone for their beliefs, you are a bigot." What makes religious beliefs so much different than any other kind of belief that it deserves this kind of protection? It seems that whenever anyone complains about the attacks on religious beliefs what they are really saying is that "If you disparage MY religious beliefs, you are a bigot." But if you want to give Mormons, or Christian Scientists, or Rastafarians a hard time, by all means.

Comment Amazon Glacier (Score 3, Interesting) 983

I use Glacier and its great. 20 TB is about $200 a month which to me does not seem like all that much money for backing up that much data. The biggest problem from a home users perspective is getting all of that data to Amazon. Hopefully he lives somewhere where fiber is available to his house.

Submission + - Nintendo online multiplayer services to shut down for the Wii and DS (

An anonymous reader writes: The closures are to happen worldwide on May 20th, leaving many games unable to be played online. If you are worrying about your various online purchases like the Virtual Console then there is no need as Nintendo confirmed they will be safe, here is a list of services that are not affected by this shutdown:

Comment Re:take the risk and Genius Bar (Score 2) 225

This only works if you believe that children and teenagers can adequately appreciate the consequences of their actions well enough not to throw the phone across the table regardless of who bought it. I would argue that by their very definition teenagers can not adequately appreciate the consequences of their actions.

Comment Subsidize it Accordingly (Score 1) 734

I don't understand why people feel that of all the things that the government does this one should be a money maker. It is not a requirement of mine that government services break even or make money. That's why I pay taxes. That's not to say that they should not be more efficient of innovative but they provide a valuable service that I am willing to subsidize with my taxes.

Comment Why the Hatred for Mono? (Score 2) 95

I have never really understood the hatred for Mono here on /. Like any other language it has its advantages and disadvantages. Each person or company choosing to do development takes a risk in the language / platform they decide to use. As long as that person or company feels comfortable managing those risks it seems like that should be enough.

In my years on Slashdot I have not noticed the developers of Wine being vilified in even remotely the same way as de Icaza, despite the obvious parallels.

Comment Re:Classic (Score 1) 729

I always find it surprising when I see a post like this on /. Of all the places to post comments I would think that /. would be one of the few places where people would welcome the attempt to keep technology and the user interaction with technology moving forward. You may disagree with Unity's approach their approach but at least they are making efforts to adapt to the differences in the way we work with computers (in this case the movement way from a 4:3 screen ratio). Instead you cling to a UI paradigm that that is at a minimum 16 years old. There are plenty of alternatives to Ubuntu that offer near duplicate functionality. Canonical is in no position to dictate any long term UI change if it is not as good as the other options. Ultimately if Unity is as bad as you say it is, it will go the way of the CueCat and something better will come a long.

Enjoy the variety, computer UI's are still so young as a technology and evolving rapidly.

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