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The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video

Christianfreak Re:We Need Story Moderation (221 comments)

-1 The article was submitted here by Laura Weinstein herself.

about a year ago

The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video

Christianfreak Re:Summary misleading - and so is TFA (221 comments)

well conveniently the submitter and the author of the blog are the same person. Nice of the "editor" to put maximum trolling on the frontpage.

/ one of the worst articles I've ever seen on Slashdot. That's saying something since I was around during the Jon Katz days.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Christianfreak You're not forced to use the iOS like features (965 comments)

This isn't like Win 8 where you can't reach some features without going through the metro desktop. All the tools are still there, Apple hasn't threatened (yet) to prevent installation from other sources outside their app store. They aren't making you use their little app display thing (which is really the same thing as the start menu in windows) and they let you change the weird backwards scrolling they introduced.

I'm really not sure what your anger is about? That OS X has changed? It's been around for nearly 14 years, of course it's changed. Are you worried it's losing its unix roots? iOS is unix based as well!

Besides what would you switch to?

Ubuntu? It has the best support in terms of "just working" but they have ADD about their interface which has changed how many times over the last five years? And now they decided they didn't get enough derision over the Unity fiasco so they're going to go recreate it with the Mir/Wayland controversy.

Fedora/Redhat? Kind of ADD on features from time to time. Less easy to get some components working with normal hardware. Redhat especially isn't as bleeding edge. I guess if you're going linux that's the better route but either way you lose the polish.

Win7? I don't get this at all. MS isn't going to support Win 7 forever and you'll be forced into the nastiness that is whatever windows they come up with next. Microsoft is trying to recreate Apple's success with a worse interface. If you don't like Apple I can't understand why on earth you'd switch to MS.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Breaks Major Websites With Redirection Bug

Christianfreak Ran into this. Only happened if I was logged in (179 comments)

I was getting this yesterday when reading an article on Mashible. I noticed that it stopped doing it by logging out of Facebook. Probably something I should be doing anyway to prevent them from tracking me all over the place

about a year and a half ago

Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

Christianfreak Re:GPL is the problem (1075 comments)

I'm not sure how it's even legal. Did the Samba team get all the contributors permission before switching to GPL 3? If they had switched to a new license all together I'm certain that legally they would have had to do that. Since the GPL 3 contains new requirements I don't see why it's not being treated as a new license. If I had contributed to Samba I would personally be very upset by the license change.

It's really unfortunate. FSF does a lot of good things and Stallman is no doubt brilliant. But Stallman is also an ideologue and he ultimately controls the licenses. Many people here and elsewhere have the opinion that v3 goes too far but he's been unwilling to listen to the concerns. The real way to deal with patent abuse is through the courts and congress.

more than 3 years ago

Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up

Christianfreak Re:Preorder now! (279 comments)

I don't get why everyone is clamoring for "actual goals". I fear any "goal" is what's going to end up ruining it. Make your own goal. I run a server with a few people and our goal is building every awesome monument we can think of. That and redstone computers to control automated minecrart tracks.

more than 3 years ago

For 18 Minutes, 15% of the Internet Routed Through China

Christianfreak The Chinese aren't the reason to use encryption (247 comments)

There are plenty of reasons to use encryption but the Chinese government just isn't one of them for me. If I view something they don't like, what exactly are they going to do? I suppose they could block my access but it's not like I would get thrown in a Chinese prison.

I have a lot more to worry about from identity thieves, scams and heck, my own government.

more than 3 years ago

Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

Christianfreak Re:C / C++ (609 comments)

Spoken like a true pointy-haired boss who's never coded a day in his life.

more than 3 years ago

Did the Windows Phone 7 Bomb In the US?

Christianfreak Re:If You're Late to the Party (609 comments)

I see some MS-Bot came and marked you troll. But you're absolutely right. The commercials make no sense at all. Wouldn't a mobile device maker (and the carriers that carry it) want you to use the phone more?

Hey guys we have this great phone that you won't use like all the other phones out there!

more than 3 years ago

The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

Christianfreak Oldest file actually in use? (375 comments)

I have files on floppies that are probably from 1990 (and possibly older) but since I don't even have a floppy drive anymore it's obvious those aren't used.

My .bashrc and .vimrc I created in '99 and I still make sure to copy those around whenever I install a new system.

more than 4 years ago

Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

Christianfreak birth control pills? (637 comments)

Are we implying that there are a significant number of slashdotters that are female/getting enough action to require it? /joking

more than 4 years ago

De Icaza Responds To Stallman

Christianfreak Re:A matter of credibility (747 comments)

What I find funny is that on Slashdot that GWB is pretty much universally disdained for being blinded by principle but plenty of RMS fans applaud him for it.

I respect RMS for creating the GPL but I do not respect his belief that he's right and everyone else who had different ideas about open source or free software is wrong.

You may not respect Miguel for the work he's done with Mono but he's not the only one who has problems with RMS. Even Linus has indicated that he's not a fan of RMS's style. I'm sure we can all find plenty of respect for Linus.

more than 4 years ago

Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

Christianfreak Re:Hogwash (817 comments)

Well as long as ChromeOS is vaporware we can speculate that Google is going to figure out a way to finally run those Win32 apps natively on their own OS. (Think Wine but with a massive ton of resources behind it, or maybe an embedded VM to run the apps ... though I'm sure that would have more licensing hurdles)

Honestly if they did I can't decide if it would be a good or a bad thing.

more than 5 years ago

LucasArts To Re-Release Old Games Through Steam

Christianfreak X-Wing and Tie Fighter and XvT (147 comments)


Absolutely loved those games and I would love to mix it up on XvT on my FiOS connection after playing it on dial-up back in the day

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

Christianfreak Re:The problem remains... groupware (871 comments)

I agree. If you look at my posts above I had high hopes for evolution-mapi but it crashes on login :(

However I will say that using VirtualBox in seamless mode isn't too bad. Outlook sits on my desktop like any other app. I can take that pain more than I can take the pain of developing on Windows.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

Christianfreak Re:Its okay ... still unaddressed issues (871 comments)

Actually using KVPNC I've had no issues with Cisco VPN connections.

I find it sad that Exchange support is still considered a "specialized need" :). Personally I wish Mozilla would add it to Thunderbird. T-bird is a much better mail client anyway. (IMHO)

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

Christianfreak Its okay ... still unaddressed issues (871 comments)

I like the speed and the new interface. Both are very nice. I was really excited when I read there were improvements to handling multiple monitors and the evolution-mapi plugin that would finally let me use the office's exchange server. Sadly both have missed the mark.

I use the Nvidia driver which means the fancy new monitor settings are not available to me (it pops an alert that tells me I have to open the Nvidia utility). The good thing is I don't have to hunt for the utility, it opens it for me, the bad is the utility is mostly useless. X sees my two screens as one huge screen, which is fine when I have two screens but sucks when I undock the laptop. No way to switch to one screen without hand-editing xorg.conf

I've always had high-hopes for evolution and I don't know why because its always been buggy and slow. This time is no different: "We have REAL exchange support this time! I promise". Sadly while I was able to install the mapi plugin and it shows in my settings, evolution helpfully crashes when I try to login. There are bugs filed against it ...maybe it will get fixed ... someday

And no, I have no love for exchange but I'm forced to use it. I have used the evolution-exchange package that connects through OWA ... its slow and buggy. Often refusing to download my mail, losing the connection to "the backend process" requiring me to delete a certain file. All in all, not worth the hassle.

For now I'm stuck using Outlook in an XP virtual

more than 5 years ago

Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

Christianfreak Re:posting in the(?) april fools story (348 comments)

I wonder how long until /. changes achievements to a lame word instead of the actual number :-D

more than 5 years ago


Christianfreak hasn't submitted any stories.



Practical Christianity

Christianfreak Christianfreak writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't know why a suddenly feel compelled to write this, maybe just something to point the countless trolls, that always twist one topic or another into christian-bashing, to.

Before I go on let me state that this is in no way intended to be a 'convert' type article. Personal beliefs are just that personal. It is however an explaination of what I believe stated to dispell the countless myths about what other people think I believe. If what I have to say compells you to think about Christianity or ask questions about it by all means feel free to contact me at my above email address or reply.

  • Myth 1: Christians believe in Creationism and therefore think all science is bunk.

    Completely untrue. Some Christians believe in a 6 day creation and make some silly arguments for it. They get wrapped up in little details that in the grand scheme of things simply don't really matter because they don't open themselves up to larger view. That doesn't mean that everything they say is wrong nor does it mean they should be flamed. I think that if people weren't so adamently opposed to them they would probably go away.

    I personally believe that God created the world and how he did it is not important. I happen to believe that the Creation story in Genesis takes that approach and is simplified because it was by and for ancient people. If God chose to use evolution to create the world which the evidence suggests, I don't have a problem with that.

  • Myth 2: Christians don't think for themselves and do only what their leaders tell them to.

    This is such a strange argument because there are people in all walks of life that do just that, not just people who call themselves Christians. Here on /. there are people all the time that complain about the 'masses' always doing what the media or Microsoft tells them to do. Such generalizations over any group of people are false. There are some people in Church that just do whatever they are told, these type of people don't make very good Christians as a Christian is supposed to hear and follow God by reading (and interpreting for themselves) the Bible, through prayer, and through going to Church. The idea is that if a Christian does those things they will know when a preacher or anyone for that matter tells them something that goes against God's teaching.

  • Myth 3: Christians believe the way they do because that's how they were raised.

    This is somewhat true but there comes a time in everyone's life that they question the things they were taught when they were young. I personally went through such a time and I seriously questioned why I go to church and why I believe that Jesus came to save the world from itself and why I believe that he rose of the dead. I came to the conclusion that I really believe those things, not because of evidence, not because someone told me to but because of faith. My parents are Christians, this is true and they taught me a lot about it, but my beliefs are my own now, in fact many things that I believe my parents disagree with.

There are many more things to dispell but for now I shall stop there. I'm sure if anyone reads this I will be given the oppurtunity to directly respond to those that disagree :)

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