UK Universities Launch Cloud Supercomputer For Hire
So... how much are they charging?
Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name
Please tell me a time when in my lifetime when it was not considered politically correct to criticize Christians in the U.S.? Please name the comedian who makes a living belittling atheists? Or even has that as a significant part of their routine?
I think comedians' acts support the exact opposite point from the one you're trying to make, since a lot of comedy is about reversals of expectations. Comedians don't hate on atheists (or, to some extent, women, minorities [unless they're a member of that minority], poor people, the physically/mentally challenged, etc.) because it's not very funny. It's not that it's too un-PC, but these groups get belittled all the time in real life (it's pervasive throughout our society), and it's just not that funny to see a comedian do the same thing.
For example, it's widely accepted as funny, across many disparate cultures, to see a man lose a game or a fight to a woman, or to see a man dressed as a woman, because it's a reversal of what you'd normally expect -- a man "lowered" to an inferior status, that of a woman. However, it's not very funny to see a man beat a woman in a fight or win a game against a woman, generally. Does this mean that society is biased toward women, since comedies tend to show them with the upper hand? Of course not, it shows the exact opposite, since it's funny when the woman has the upper hand.
Note: this is all hastily written and full of generalizations. I'm not stating anything about what you or I personally find funny, but more society-wide observations. Also, I realize we were talking about christians/atheists; the male/female divide is more obvious and widespread, so it's easier to point out examples, but similar phenomena exist in both places.
X-Men Origins Pirate Draws a 1-Year Sentence
I don't think it matters. The movie butchered so many comic book back stories...
Ha! Good one!
that it was incredibly painful to watch even after "the paint was applied."
I wouldn't call it a Ferrari either. Maybe a Pinto without a paint job.
...wait, were you serious? It seems silly to pretend that the last 15 retcons or complete rewrites were okay, but this one is a step too far! I haven't seen the movie in question and have no reason to believe it's not horrible, but to borrow from James Nicoll, the problem with defending the purity of Marvel back stories is that Marvel back stories about as pure as a cribhouse whore.
Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?
Are you serious? I didn't get too far in college, but to get a BS in 4 years, you needed to do 13-15 hours a semester. Are masters degrees really that easy?
Grad-level classes are typically fewer credits but more work than undergrad classes, and you're expected to do a whole lot more on your own outside of class. You can't directly compare an undergrad "credit" with a grad "credit".
Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"
Heh, fair enough. I agree some of the analysis is a bit weak, but it is still interesting. He was definitely trying to address all the people that insist Mexican Coke tastes better, not those that choose it for health reasons (though, really, drinking Mexican Coke for health reasons is a silly place to end up).
Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"
...did you read the link? The quote is from the conclusion of a long post that describes the setup and results of an admittedly small study, but a study nonetheless. Not just one person's opinion.
Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"
A superior Coca Cola made with sugar instead of corn syrup [...]
(Just as a sidenote) It depends how you mean "superior", but this sheds some interesting light on the matter:
Those folks who prefer Mexican Coke (like myself), really just like the idea of Mexican Coke—whether it's because they think real sugar is tastier/healthier than corn syrup, whether it's because Mexican Coke is more expensive and harder to find, thus more valuable, whether it's because of its exoticism, whatever the reason—strip away the Mexicanness of it, and suddenly it's a lot less appealing.
How To Catch a Laptop Thief?
Vancouver (/væn.kuvr/) is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada.
US Bishop Charged For Not Reporting Priest's Child Porn To Police
This doesn't exactly address prevalence of rape fantasies, but rather willingness to play out a rape fantasy if your partner asks, which is probably correlated. It's an interesting read (as is every post on that blog).
Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?
I looked up tardulent. No one seems to know what it means. Typo?
Try starting here and adding suffixes à la "fraudulent".
Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers
I agree about the TV series; they're probably what I use the streaming for 80% of the time. I've watched through Arrested Development, Doctor Who, (some of) Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and a few others. I rarely even look for recent releases (either I watch them in the theater or they'll show up eventually), so I'm rarely annoyed by long waits. I guess I'm one of those few that feels that the raised price is still totally reasonable, and the prior price felt like highway robbery (but not in a bad way, of course).
Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal
That raises a very good point. If I purchase something from a 7-11, I pay the sales tax of the seller's place of business, regardless of where I am from.
What you are proposing is that the 7-11 should determine where I am from, and charge me the appropriate sales tax from wherever I live.
No, the 7-11 charges you the tax based on where both you and the seller are physically located. The problem is that the sales tax laws were written based on the assumption that the seller and the buyer are in the same location, so you just charge tax based on the laws in that location. The laws fall apart when the buyer and seller are under different jurisdictions -- do you charge based on the location of the seller or the buyer? There's no satisfying option, so the answer is... neither, apparently. Online retailers shipping to other states just sorta slip through the cracks, and the states try to make up for that with use tax.
Btw, is there anyone who actually keeps track of all the use tax they owe?
Why Microtransactions In Games Are Amoral
Their games are basically this, except you can pay to reduce the amount of clicking, or so I gather. I'm happy to say I've never played a Zynga game in my life.
Homemade 'Mars In a Bottle' Tortures Bacteria
Maybe someone read a scroll of genocide, thinking it was some recipe?
Or maybe they thought it was a cursed scroll of genocide, which would merely send in a few instances of the race in question -- "reverse genocide", as it were ;)
Where Is Firefox OS?
A bit of a whoosh there: Firefox was the tiny fast lightweight browser last week (that's the joke), before Chrome became the tiny fast lightweight browser browser yesterday. As for tomorrow, well, it'll probably be on a smartphone :)
Punish Bad Users With Drupal Misery
It was good in the aspect that you could kick them off without them being personally offended, but it made it look like your line wasn't high quality and often will not go back to your site.
Isn't that even better? That way trolls will just leave without trying to get back at you or other asshattery, and the good users won't see any disruption, so you probably wouldn't gain much of a reputation as an unreliable site. Is there a downside I'm missing?
Which Comic Character Is the Greatest Engineer?
Instacloner? What instacloner? I distinctly remember a duplicator with an ethicator (and built-in moral compromise spectral release phantasmatron, naturally), but instacloner isn't ringing a bell.
And don't forget about the transmogrifier gun! A great advance in the field of transmogrification.
Boston College Says Using WiFi Is a Sign of Infringement
Also, there's Google's cached version.
But regardless, I'd probably remove it, too, since there's a huge, unreasonable, internet shitstorm over nothing. Yes, their example is oversimplified, but it's intended for the average college freshman (not always the brightest tool in the shed). It's also an example of things they would be wise to avoid, not a rule. If you don't know how to secure your router, it's probably best not to set one up in your dorm room.
Gates' Future of Education Straight Out of '60s
Having not seen the episode Drakkenmensch is referencing, I cleverly used my reading skills to deduce that "over there" references the "genius school" that Bart was sent to, and "this system" refers to the sort of system that the various linked articles (and, indeed, this very Slashdot discussion) are about. Reading is fun!
Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?
From what I've read, if you want the buttons on the right without fiddling then you need to download and use a different desktop theme. Not a big problem, but annoying.
OTOH, this *is* second had information. No guarantees.
There are a bunch of alternate themes that come with a default install, and all the other themes have the buttons on the right. Unless you specifically want everything else to follow the default theme, it's really quite easy to fix with no downloading required.
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