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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Bander Re:islam (1350 comments)

Singapore is not an Islamic nation. There is no official state religion in Singapore. The majority avow Buddhism, second-highest is non-religious, and Islam is third at just 14.7% (as of 2010, according to Wikipedia). Singaporeans in general are much more interested in "profits" than "prophets".

Malaysia is an Islamic nation. My relatives who live there are quite concerned about the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, though historically it has generally functioned as a mostly secular nation.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Bander Re:islam (1350 comments)

Singapore is not a Muslim nation. Not even close. The majority religion is Buddhism, and as of 2010 (according to Wikipedia, I did not follow up by going to the primary sources), Islam was only 14.7%. I lived in Singapore until the late 1980s, and go back now and then to visit family... I would say that Singapore is actually quite secular, with most people way more interested in "profit" than "prophet".

about two weeks ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

Bander Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

When a web site can teach the hacker nature, then I'll start worrying.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Bander Nethack (382 comments)

I don't understand how you kids can play Nethack on a phone.

This old nerd needs all the keys.

about 5 months ago
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Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

Bander Re:Um... (394 comments)

Most liberals I know are against the war on drugs. It's really more of a conservative cause. Championed by Ronnie Reagan and his handler^U wife, supported by the for-profit prison industry (not run by liberals, I'm pretty sure), and so forth.

I'm not disputing your definition of political correctness, which I think is technically correct (the best kind of correct!). Just your example.

about 9 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

Bander Re:start with kicking out Ballmer (387 comments)

Valid comparisons: PS 3 to Xbox 360; PS 2 to Xbox; BMW 3 Series to Mercedes C Class
Invalid comparisons: PS 2 to Xbox 360; BMW 3 Series to Porsche 911

about a year and a half ago
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Doctorow: the Coming War On General-Purpose Computing

Bander Choices... (439 comments)

The popular success of iOS and other closed systems doesn't mean there aren't choices out there. I have an easily-unlocked and rooted Android phone, and I love it. Would my wife appreciate the command-line access and Python scripting facilities? Probably not -- she didn't even want a feature phone -- even an iPhone would be overkill for her use cases.

HTC just announced that going forward, all their phones will have unlocked bootloaders. Not everything is going closed.

about 3 years ago
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Analysis of Google Dart

Bander Re:What? (171 comments)

is the slug compiled or interpreted?

In the case of Java, it's both.

Java: All the restrictions of a compiled language, plus the inconveniences of an interpreted one!

Oracle is welcome to contact me, my services as a slogan-writer are available and quite reasonably priced (by Oracle standards).

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Govt Spyware Puts Computers At Risk

Bander What are you calling a "flaw"? (110 comments)

I hardly consider the lack of Mac or Linux versions a "flaw". In fact, I consider that one of the few positive aspects of the software.

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 Beta 4

Bander Re:Bookmark Sync? (356 comments)

I would mod you up... I signed up for the Foxmarks beta, waited for my e-mail, and now I'm happily using the beta. It does what it says on the tin. Thanks for the pointer!

more than 6 years ago

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