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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Coffeesloth Intelligent Design (931 comments)

And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry "are due to Allah's rules and laws."

A more extreme example of intelligent design.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Coffeesloth Re:Fear of changing code.... (227 comments)

I have also seen/heard of circumstances where "doing the minimum to keep the thing working" is allowed but actually improving the code is not because improving the code counts as "new work" and comes from a different budget than maintenance. Seems stupid but that's how some shops operate.

"The minimum to keep the thing working" nearly always implies improving the code. All developers need to realize this and stop this silly false dichotomy between "maintenance" and "refactoring".

IMO, developers know there isn't a difference but management does not.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Coffeesloth Drop AT&T (355 comments)

My first response would be to drop AT&T. I don't suppose that is feasible in your case?

about three weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Coffeesloth Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

I agree with you and frankly I think having the camera would be a good thing for the officers. If anything it would prove if they were being reasonable and were attacked first. I think it's easy for any incident to devolve into a "He said/he said" situation so a recording of the incident would make that harder. After all isn't that the reason we have dashboard cams in the police cars now?

about three weeks ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

Coffeesloth Re:The eight hour workday is too short (533 comments)

I wish I could moderate your comment up. I work for a company that doesn't officially have this policy but sometimes at the lower management levels this seems to be the mentality.

about 8 months ago

Candy Crush Maker Has Trademarked 'Candy' For Games

Coffeesloth Re:This stuff is so stupid (and so is Forbes) (169 comments)

I agree. This is like Microsoft trying to trademark Windows. I'm betting it will be thrown out once Hasbro gets involved.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Coffeesloth Re:Well... (796 comments)

Having read the bible several times I would have to disagree with including it unless you read it in the original language. Too many beliefs have crept in with the translations that corrupt the writings. And if you do include the bible then you should also include the koran and the torah to allow for a broader understanding of religion as a whole. I will agree with most of the rest of your list though... :-)

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

Coffeesloth Re:Deep down.. (610 comments)

The Romans had a saying for this, they called it Bread and Circuses.

about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Coffeesloth I was going to post a Serious reply... (1144 comments)

But the majority of the ones I see apparently don't care about those affected. As a Disabled American Veteran I am appalled that I gave my time and efforts for people like that.

Yes I'm affected by this, I will survive because I have a good job but I'll be loosing 1/3rd of my monthly income if this continues to the end of the month. Think about all of the disabled Veterans who will be struggling to survive because they rely on that income. The same Veterans that gave of themselves so that you can complain on this forum.

about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Coffeesloth Re:What exactly is the point of the furlough anymo (1144 comments)

Are you serious? Do you realize that not everyone will receive back pay during this time?

You honestly see this as a vacation? Tell you what... Why don't you take all of your paychecks during this time period and send them to a charity. Because for non-essential personnel that's pretty much what's happened to them in the past and what will probably happen to them when this is over. Oh, and those same people you see as having a vacation were already not being paid for a few days a week before this whole thing started because of the budget issues.

about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Coffeesloth Re:Speaking as a non-American... (1144 comments)

Speaking as a non-American you should respectfully shut your mouth. Since you obviously do not know American politics you are not qualified to run your mouth and since you are not a voter you are especially unqualified to speak about our politics. Just like I am unqualified to speak about yours, so I don't.

about a year ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Coffeesloth Re:Liberal strategy (1144 comments)

Seriously? Considering that the Republicans are the ones holding the budget hostage exactly how are the Democrats withholding anything? The last time this happened (17 years ago) It was also the Republicans that caused the government to shut down. Perhaps you should do some reading on the Fox News site where "Fox contributor and National Review Online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg asserted that the GOP is to blame for starting the shutdown."

But I'm sure the liberals are behind that also, aren't they? /sarcasm

about a year ago

US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

Coffeesloth So Wait a minute... (918 comments)

The Associated Press writing about a story announced by the Secretary of Defense lists partial troop strength and effective location and announces to the world that we are ready to strike a foreign country. And yet we're in an uproar over memos that did not even come close to doing the same thing?

1 year,22 days

Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

Coffeesloth Re:You can do it with just latitude / longitude (478 comments)

I agree with you, especially since you can't assign the words yourself and they are too arbitrary to associate with a physical place. As a marketing tool its of extremely limited value. Can you see a business wanting to be known as hot.banana.rug? Seriously, going to the example of "'union.prop.enjoy" and then look over to the London Paddington rail station, there are several dozen names for the station because of the size of the area used to define a location. One location gives you "" and a short distance from that you get "years.bits.oasis". There are probably dozens of "names" in their database all pointing to London Paddington station. I can't see how this is going to be anything but mass confusion...

about a year ago

NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

Coffeesloth Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

I don't think it would have mattered who won the election in 2008, this has been growing since before the 9-11 bombing.

about a year ago

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Coffeesloth Re:A win for me (716 comments)

I'm not quite sure why your post is "insightful". I carefully read and re-read the one you replied to an no where did I see a hint of "So all government is evil?" Frankly I think you should reconsider your post.

Smash is entirely correct, "If you don't like it get the law changed." It's the way Government works here in the United States.

about a year ago

Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Coffeesloth Re:Did they break any laws? (716 comments)

I wouldn't make a blanket statement that "it's no longer socially acceptable to pay just what's legal". I think you'll find for the Republican party in general that it's not only socially acceptable, it should be mandated. Warren Buffet has been pretty vocal about how it's not right that he pays less in taxes than his secretary and the response from the Republican controlled Congress has been "you are welcome to pay more", not "Hey you're right, lets fix that".

My thoughts would be Apple isn't contributing enough to the Republicans so they decided to make them a scapegoat.

about a year ago

Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

Coffeesloth Re:This is just stupid. (1174 comments)

He is entitled to his opinion, just as everyone here is entitled to their opinion and their opinion is they don't want to support his views. How is that hard to understand? The McCarthy style witch hunt has been an ongoing thing against gay/lesbian/transgendered individuals for a very long time and all in the name of christianity.

about a year and a half ago

Chinese Man Pleads Guilty To $100M Piracy Operation

Coffeesloth Re:Strict in dealing (174 comments)

Frankly the Department of Homeland Security had no business getting involved nor had they any business going outside of this country to make arrests. What part of Homeland applies to foreign countries? Seriously, this has always been handled by the FBI in the past, what changed and why?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

Coffeesloth Re:Books (230 comments)

Nice... Now I only have to spend an additional 1 to 2 thousand to buy the computer to run it on... :-)

about 2 years ago


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