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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Baavgai Re:Can an (1330 comments)

Exactly. It's not enough to believe in any invisible sky wizard, you must believe in a particular one. If you believe in the one ( Jehovah's Witnesses ) that doesn't like blood transfusions, you're out of luck.

My church is that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He doesn't get involved in heathcare, it takes some "all-loving" misogynist prick to do that. Although, FSM does have a thing about ninjas. Where's the anti ninja clause?

about 7 months ago

Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

Baavgai Not Bad, but... (86 comments)

Context would mean a lot here. More than just simple double negatives.

I see "good" and I flag a plus. You'd probably filter for "not good" easily enough. How about "it seemed very good at the time, but..."

Positive words are a long way from positive sentiment, and vice versa.

China, huh? Doesn't Mandarin have this thing where the word isn't conclusive without others. "Hao" is good. But you kind of need "hao hao" to be sure. "Bu hao" isn't good, but "hao bu hao" is rather open to interpretation.

about 7 months ago

Tiny Tentacled Microorganisms Named After Cthulu

Baavgai Science Fiction? (54 comments)

"Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters"

It's kind of hard to continue reading after that. If you don't grok the difference between science fiction and fantasy, how can I take anything you have to say about science seriously?

about 2 years ago

Nokia Unveils Its First Windows 7 Phone

Baavgai Re:Why ignore US? (349 comments)

Simple, to get coverage in the US you have to play politics with the big telecos. If you don't need that headache, why not avoid it?

In most European countries you just buy the phone and the SIM and off you go. Some of the practices of American service providers are actually illegal in other countries.

Sorry to break it to you, since apparently hadn't noticed before, but when it comes to mobile devices, Americans are used to paying more for less.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

Baavgai Re:University is ... (913 comments)

Someone mod this up! I couldn't agree. more. University is about education. More importantly, being reasonably conversant on a range of disciplines. The better ones, gasp, still try to offer that.

Focusing on one subject to the exclusion of all else is not a degree. It might be directly applicable to a given job, which makes the exercise job training. You might take subjects that you have no interest in or, more frustratingly, no aptitude for, but that's part of the ride. If nothing else, the reason such education is still valued in the modern world is that it proves an individual has at least the fortitude to tackle a spectrum of topics.

more than 3 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

Baavgai Re:It's the hardware, stupid (1348 comments)

I only did it once. Still, point. Joe User? Non Techie? EveryPC? Person who in prior decades had 12:00 blinking on their VCR?

I literally meant grandma, actually. To be honest, mother in law, but it didn't have the same ring. Though grandpa uses the Ubuntu box I set up for him without issue. Their printers are recognized by Ubuntu, be we've had other things that result in tech support calls ( me. ) Every question about some USB dingus, like a camera or wifi dongle, makes me cringe.

I generally recommend everyone buy Apple. Then they can bother their "geniuses" and not me.

more than 4 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

Baavgai It's the hardware, stupid (1348 comments)

The only real thing that holds Linux back on the desktop is hardware. No so much the actual computer as the myriad of junk people plug into them.

A POS printer from Walmart will run fine on Windows, but not any Linux distro. So many of the external toys that people expect to simply buy and use have zero Linux support. Wifi in particular is tragic.

I use Linux and accept I may have to do a little research to get some PlugAndPray toy that will work. Grandma is lucky if she can figure out where the plug goes. If she plugs into windows, it will usually hold her hand, at the very least say something. If she plugs it into a Linux box, it can be ominously silent.

more than 4 years ago

Utah Assembly Passes Resolution Denying Climate Change

Baavgai Beach Front Property (787 comments)

This is obviously a Lex Luthor like ploy to benefit from oceans rising. Utah gets the nod for both long term planning and evil.

more than 4 years ago

The History of Microsoft's Anti-Competitive Behavior

Baavgai Re:Stacker / DBLSpace / Lawsuit (361 comments)

And so, because a large amount of money changed hands before the company disintegrated, this makes it acceptable?

Thank you for effectively reinforcing the point of legality, ethics, and money. Enjoy your stimulus package.

more than 5 years ago

The 10 Coolest Open Source Products of 2008

Baavgai Distro List? (198 comments)

Sorry, if half of your list is just Linux distro shoutouts, you fail.

A single linux item is tolerable, though still a cop out. Listing the same distro twice is just highlighting your mediocrity.

about 6 years ago

Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Baavgai Palin? (1601 comments)

Before they chose running mate, I might by this. However, after McCain chose Palin, for better or worse, there was a lot of Obama who?

Collect all political editorials that focus on one side or another and the spin they use. That might actually be interesting.

more than 6 years ago



CloudBook, still vapor.

Baavgai Baavgai writes  |  about 7 years ago

Baavgai writes "Everex's CloudBook was supposed to be out today. Their site still lists the thing as the front page. Contrary to appearances, they've been delayed. This morning, I got walmart.com's staff on the phone. The site did have them; until 7:01AM, when they'd sold out. All 10 units! Curiously, the $200 Walmart box, also from Everex, which sold out in two weeks, still not back. I got no response from Everex about their inaccurate website and hardware availability."


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