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Comment Detention for Possession of Candy (Score 1) 804

I actually RTFA, and I actually RTF policy too. No where does it state that the possession of minimally nutritious foods is punishable. If anyone (besides the teacher assigning the detention) deserves punishment, and that's a very big if, it's the student that handed out the candy, not the one who accepted it. "FMNV may not be sold or given away to students on school premises by school administrators or staff (principals, coaches, teachers, etc.), [b]students[/b] or student groups, parents or parent groups, guest speakers, or any other person, company or organization." (emphasis mine) Of course, the detrimental affects of prohibiting sharing and other critical social activities far out-weigh any health hazards posed by that lone Jolly Rancher. Stupid stupid school

Comment Re:Who are the denailists? (Score 1) 572

Your continuing guesswork is close.

I'm actually one of the ones who has an ulcer with an unknown cause, I take pantoprazole every day and I'm fine.

I was diagnosed using the standard urea breath test, which is around 97% accurate.

I have no A. Pylori, but if I did, I would be off the meds right now, instead having to take them indefinitely.

Comment Re:Read the blog itself (Score 1) 227

Anonymous like a newspapers source. Anonymous like a whistleblower.
If I want to alert people that I think/know something illegal or immoral is being done I shouldn't be required to put my neck on the block to do it.
Now if I want to testify against them to get them punished in court sure but until that point why must I open myself up to physical danger in order to let people know about injustices.

Comment Re:Unfair (Score 1) 414

That is then indeed unfortunate for that barely 1% of the media that is used for such a purpose. OK maybe not any more with CD-R (also used for own photos), but for cassette that was the case.

And besides that the radio station where I used to volunteer could still buy tapes without the levy. We really used quite some for interviews and other recordings. So it was/is possible to get a waiver on the levy.

Comment Re:Dangerous reading. (Score 1) 464

The Bible is a pretty good book, actually. Well written (no duh, a million monkeys and a few thousand years...) and quite entertaining in some parts. It also gives a good guideline what to do and what not to do in your life. In general, the stories tell of people doing "good" things and being rewarded and people doing "bad" things and being punished (let's ignore Hiob and similar stuff that makes God look like a total bastard).

And it should be read as such: A book that inspires you to do "moral" things. And I'm not talking about who you shag and where and how. Don't bother me with the petty crap. The ideals of the Bible (especially the stuff about Jesus) are truely a good idea to make the world a bit better.

Jesus was a pretty cool guy (provided he existed, please no discussion about it, it's definitly not important), and he set a pretty decent example of a truely good, honest, moral and very likable person. A true role model. Probably unattainable, but the perfect model of a truely and absolutely "good" person.

Just please ignore all the miracles and the ascent to heaven and the rubbish. If you believe in him, do you really want this guy to be worshipped like a God? Does he in any of his actions or words tell you that it's a good idea to worship him or to praise him? Be like him and you got way more accomplished!

But I guess that's more work than just groveling.

Comment Re:Sign me up... (Score 1) 681

For heaven's sake, it's 2009, why the hell do I have to friggin compile every damn piece of software that isn't in a repository? Windows figured this out decades ago, if you're compiling it into a binary, why do you need to compile it in the first place?

Granted, that last statement shows a little ignorance of the way Linux works, but seriously, why hasn't the Linux community come up with a simple install script/storage container that packs all the dirty stuff into one neat little package for easy distribution?

There's one born every minute and I'm not referring to you, I'm referring to the person who modded this drivel up.

Writing as someone who used to work for a Linux distributor (Turbolinux), we spent all kinds of time adding new programs to the downloadable, non-core repository. The likelihood that if you encounter a program that isn't available in a precompiled RPM (and whatever it is in the Debian world) means that it more than likely needs a bit of TLC to make work.

That's not Linux' fault.

If you have a binary RPM that doesn't work it isn't any different than a source package that doesn't compile and as important, it isn't any different than the "DLL hell" that many Microsoft Windows users experience.

When I got my shiny new AT&T Unix PC, EOLed as it was, the first two major apps I put on it were Emacs 18 and Icon. Emacs 18 was some Assembly required and needed some assembly language patching of the startup code. Didn't take me very long despite being largely clueless about m68k assembly and Unix System V/R2 calling conventions when I started. Icon (the functional programming language designed by Dr. Griswold, RIP) which I purchased as source code on 5 1/4 FAT floppy disks, compiled and installed without a hitch.

I mention this only to illustrate that the good folks who manage Linux distros have typical background experience.

If a generally available in source software package isn't available on your distro, a note to the distro maintainers would more than likely have it available in short order. The exception being when it's junk code and can't be compiled without non-trivial fixes, in which case it's hopeless without serious technical skill anyway.

Begone Troll.

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