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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

31415926535897 Re:Suitable Penalties Need To Be Given (247 comments)

The principals are disposable, interchangeable, replaceable.

Just curious, if this is true, why are they paid 100x more than anyone else in the company?

about a week ago
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

31415926535897 Broken Style (154 comments)

The Anthropocene Epoch ended when the Bad Slashdot Style Epoch began after the following style code was introduced:

#comments { clear:both; display:block; position:relative; padding: 0; margin: 0 0 0 122px; padding-right: 1.5em;z-index:1;}

Get rid of the 122px left margin--it's wasting a lot of space.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

31415926535897 Re:What special about beliefs if they're religious (894 comments)

The elephant in the room is that Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably offensive to Christians because they say Jesus was not the son of God. There is nothing more blasphemous than denying this fundamental tenant of Christianity.

If we follow this logic Christian's would be perfectly justified in beating up any Muslim that they happened to come across.

Hang on a second. I understand why you're saying this; it's a common misconception.

The Bible teaches that the world--non-Christians--will mock Christ and his followers (1). That's the expectation, and in the face of this knowledge, the Christian is also called to turn the other cheek (2). Christianity is offensive to the world, but the response is not supposed to be in kind. The Christian is supposed to respond to violence with blessing (Romans 12:20). You may argue that you have not seen many Christian behave this way. I agree with that, and I think it's a very sorry thing when people who claim to be followers of Jesus don't really respect his teachings. I'm sure there are many who claim to be Christians who aren't really, but please also understand that no Christian is perfect either.

So, is Islam blasphemous to Christianity? Sure. But it's also exactly in line with the way the Bible describes non-Christians. Islam is not surprising to, or should not be surprising the Christian.

And no Christian would ever be justified in beating up anyone, including Muslims. The logic really doesn't follow, especially if you know what is in the Bible. I'm sorry the ignorance of many has led you to believe that violence is the logical conclusion, though.

(1) This is all over the New Testament. Like Matthew 24:9, "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake."
(2) Matthew 5:38-42: "You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you."

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

31415926535897 Re:Get a free upgrade or a free replacement (450 comments)

Does anyone remember this debacle? http://yro.slashdot.org/story/...

Their anti piracy techniques included messing with your MBR. I was still doing my taxes by paper at the time, but I was sure to steer clear of TurboTax after that garbage.

Terrible company...

about three weeks ago
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The One Mistake Google Keeps Making

31415926535897 Re:Laughably wrong. (386 comments)

Why does everyone want to not drive? I find driving to be a particularly enjoyable task, hell I don't even mind being stuck in traffic as long as I have NPR/CBC or decent podcasts to listen to.

For me, at least, driving is exhausting. I'm driving a large kinetic weapon bent on self destruction, so I take the responsibility very seriously*. I find myself as tired at the end of a day of driving as if I had been working in the yard the whole time.

If I could instead relax and read a book like I were on a train, I'd take that in a heartbeat.

*I've never been in an accident in my 18 years of driving--excepting a fender bender in a parking lot as the other party decided to back into my stationary car out of their parking spot.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

31415926535897 Re:DDoS .. in which attackers flood (360 comments)

Thanks for playing along. I guess sarcasm isn't received too well around here...strange...

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

31415926535897 DDoS .. in which attackers flood (360 comments)

So THAT's what a DDoS is. I'm so glad Slashdot is here to hold my hand through the hard terminology. I was almost confused that it had something to do with a Microsoft Operating System (here's a link to what an Operating System, since the Slashdot community may not already know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...). But since everything was made clear, we don't need to worry about anyone writing uninformed posts, especially about our beloved M$.

about a month ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

31415926535897 Scummy (266 comments)

It is a terrible thing for the drug company to force this switch.

But doesn't this imply that the first drug can be created generically now? Can't we take Actavis out of the equation entirely by having Alzheimer's patients switch away from the company? Why must they take Actavis' new drug?

about a month and a half ago
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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

31415926535897 Where did everyone go? (71 comments)

I know Slashdot hasn't been as popular these days and it's cool to hate on beta, but it seems like a ghost town now. Where did everyone go?

about 2 months ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

31415926535897 Re:Doesn't distilled water taste horrible though? (167 comments)

Pure water does taste a little off, which is why bottled water companies add minerals to their product.

If this is a big concern for athletes or anyone else using this system, they could easily transport a very small amount of mineral mix to dissolve in the water to fix the problem.

Personally, I'd be shocked if this was the biggest problem. Athletes require far more fluids than this will be able to provide. I don't see this being practical.

about 2 months ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

31415926535897 Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Of course we all use available code. I would be very disappointed if my colleagues were all writing their own sorting functions when that problem has already been solved a million times.

But that's not what school is about. You need to go through the process of understanding how these algos came to be understood--not so that you can re-implement them in your job--but so that you can do two things:
1. Know which algos will work when you do have a real world problem to solve
2. Use the same process that helped you solve for a known algo when the time comes to solve for an unknown one

Please, use available libraries and stack overflow on the job. But let's not pretend that we're trying to accomplish the same things on the job and in the classroom.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

31415926535897 Okay, but (429 comments)

1. Quantum fluctuations are not nothing, but I guess we have to sell headlines here
2. Inflation Theory seems faster than "exponential" expansion. We're talking about a theory that went from the size of a singularity to something bigger than the visible universe in 10^-32 seconds. Exponential is quite pedestrian compared to what is theorized.

about 3 months ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

31415926535897 Re:I'm I smart? I guess I'll never know. (306 comments)

That said I typically stand back aghast at today’s Republican conservatives – I may be wrong, but in general they seem mean and – yes I’ll say it – bigoted. Of course that could just be Dunning-Kruger blinding me to the brilliance of the current Republican vision.

I agree with you, but I also think the following is true too: :%s/Republican\|conservative/\={'Republican':'Democrat','conservative':'liberal'}[submatch(0)]/g;

about 3 months ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

31415926535897 How Would Hawking Radiation Dissolve a Black Hole? (66 comments)

In all my years of reading and thinking about black holes, one question I've got about HR his how it would actually end up causing the decay of a black hole. From what I understand, HR is the spontaneous creation of matter and anti-matter in space that would normally annihilate itself (allowed by QM theory)--the key difference is that this event can happen at the edge of the event horizon. With some positive probability, the anti-matter will be created within the event horizon radius, but the matter will remain outside and escape. When you look at the whole system then, the anti-matter will annihilate matter within the black hole (causing it to "dissolve") and the matter will remain outside the clutches of the black hole.

I'm sure I'm describing it very simplistically, but I believe my question after that should work for all systems that are analogous:

How is the HR process not symmetric? Whatever would cause the dissolution of the black hole--how would the same process happening in reverse (matter falling into the black hole and anti-matter escaping) not cause equilibrium to be maintained?

about 4 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

31415926535897 Other currencies (158 comments)

Do Euros smell the same as USD?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

31415926535897 Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I would disagree that C isn't good enough, but I do agree that at least a semester of asm would be helpful.

Watch out for mips though--that's what they used at my uni, and while it taught the principles that are found in all architectures, I found it discouraging that our only interaction wound up being through a vm. There was an excellent electrical and computer engineering class that used x86 assembly, and that's the one I'd recommend any CS student take (assuming your school offers something like that).

Finally, I think there is a skill for "memory management" that must be learned in Java (not letting the garbage collector ruin your day), but I'm not sure it's something you can learn through class when you're happy enough to get the proper incantations of javac and java right.

about 6 months ago

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