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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

RelaxedTension Re:The Bible (796 comments)

Actually, those states sought to replace the religious worship of gods with religious worship of the state. North Korea is a perfect example of that. They can't abide a possible rival for the hearts and souls of the people, so they just replaced the religions. It amounts to the same thing as any organized religion, with the exception of the state and their leaders being real actual things, while religions that have nothing but an unprovable promise.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

RelaxedTension Re:The Bible (796 comments)

Good pick!

The Bible has has intrigue, death on a massive scale, hypocrisy, and damnation, the makings of a great work of fiction. And that's just the parts the character god plays, never mind the other players that come and go. As you move through the stories, you get a sense of the ruthlessness of all involved (especially the writers) to stop at nothing in their attempts to control those around them through fear and intimidation. Thrilling!

On the minus side they forgot to do a continuity check after the constant re-writes that were done century after century to "update" it to current "standards". This leads to a fair amount of contradictions the subplots, such as what a person can and cannot do to anger the main character (spoiler: He gets mad at pretty much anything that has to do with personal pleasure, or things that don't involve group chanting and prostrating).

It is an epic read though, and if you can stick with it you are certain to come away with a greater appreciation of those afflicted with mental illness.

about 4 months ago
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Jade Rabbit Spotted By American Eagle (LRO)

RelaxedTension Re:Still think it's a hoax now? (58 comments)

Umm, what the hell are you talking about? No one here is hating on the Chinese for this, and I dare say the pictures aren't exactly proof of anything. It's a couple of pixels with an arrow pointing to it. I'm not saying the lander is a hoax though, and didn't know anyone was.

You do come across like one of those paid Chinese propagandists though, mr. anonymous coward.

about 4 months ago
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US Federal Judge Rules NSA Data Collection Legal

RelaxedTension Re:Useful vs Legal? (511 comments)

Agreed, the usefulness should not have any bearing on it's legality. Cameras in every home would be useful in stopping domestic violence, arguably more effective than the current NSA collection is for it's stated purpose, but it is still not only illegal but completely undesirable.

about 4 months ago
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British Police Foil Alleged Mall Massacre Copycat Plot

RelaxedTension Re:DOUBLEPLUS (292 comments)

My first thought as well, another attempt to justify spying on everyone. Let's reel in the guys we been pushing and prodding for months into saying something incriminating. I'll wait to see more details before I believe it.

It's terrible that my first impression on news like this is "ya, right...", especially after the Kenyan incident.

about 6 months ago
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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

RelaxedTension Re:Super Timing (205 comments)

The NSA wants to streamline it's work with a single foreign key...

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deliver a Print Magazine Online, While Avoiding Piracy?

RelaxedTension Re:You can't avoid piracy (298 comments)

This increases the labor for the pirates and actually gives you some labor flexibility on producing content.

You clearly have not seen the tenacity that pirates are capable of. For most, it isn't about ripping someone off, it's about sharing something. Add to that a lot of people with with a lot of time on their hands, and they will work tirelessly to put those articles together, day after day, month after month.

The other posters suggesting the value-adds mixed with free are bang on. Forums, article archives, lots of "free" stuff, and a reasonable price will potentially get you far more revenue on the net than your print editions would. Embed short videos or effects that help get the article's point across. That's tougher to include in pirated versions, and generally won't be, so you have one up one the pirated version. Use the medium to it's potential, and they will come.

Most important, work on eyeballs for advertising revenue, not necessarily subscriptions. You have the potential ,make so much more money on the web if you have good content.

about 9 months ago
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Hitachi's Tiny Robo-Taxi Carries 1 Passenger and No Driver

RelaxedTension Re:not a car (86 comments)

While I've never been there, I am somewhat confident they have rain from time to time.

1 year,26 days
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Microsoft: the 'Scroogled' Show Must Go On

RelaxedTension Re:Scroogled, ha ha (286 comments)

Here sir, please put this thin foil hat. You'll be fine.

Ya, right. MS has shown over the years that they are above that sort of behavior, right? Suspecting that they have ulterior motives is completely misplaced and without precedent? And the whole Scroogle thing is about them being concerned for the public's best interests, rather than just trying to discredit Google as a company any way they can?

Anyone who has watched the industry over the last 10 years fully expects MS to be doing whatever they can to monetize whatever they can, at anyone's expense that they can get to pay or contribute. Given that history, how could anyone not suspect them of doing exactly the same thing, only not as well as Google?

I pity you, you must constantly fall for the "Pssst, come into the alley and drop your pants. I have candy for you and just want to be your friend...".

about a year ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Reaches International Space Station

RelaxedTension Re:Harbor pilot in space? (89 comments)

If I was sitting in the ISS, I'd probably want to do it myself.

about a year ago
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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Reaches International Space Station

RelaxedTension Harbor pilot in space? (89 comments)

Who'd have thought you'd still have harbor pilots in space. Same difference though, I guess.

about a year ago
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Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

RelaxedTension Re:Did they study the health effects of starving? (356 comments)

What exactly do you think this is, a ban all pesticides and gm crops statement? If so, you're reading something I'm not. This is a study (methodology questions aside) about does this specific thing give you cancer. Since, as you've pointed out, so many people eat the food being tested, it deserves scrutiny.

It's simple. We test EVERYTHING to see if it causes cancer, and remove the ones that do. In this case, if the data supports the conclusions, that particular company can take the billions it's made so far on those products and use it to develop new ones.

about a year and a half ago
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What's Next For iRobot?

RelaxedTension Re:Roomba sucks (but not in the way I paid for) (88 comments)

I have the 570, and love it. I've replaced parts along the way, but it runs at least 3 times a week, every week, and keeps my floors spotless. It runs while I'm out of the house, and I only have to empty it once a week or so. The main work to do is to keep stuff off of my floor so it doesn't get stuck, but that helps keep my place tidy.

It broke a little while back, and while waiting for the part I had to pull out my old vacuum. That was a terrible experience after having a Roomba for a couple of years now. Btw, your issue of never it finishing out in the open, while exactly true, is not a problem if you have the remote for it. Took me a few times of crawling under the bed to realize that.

about a year and a half ago
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Paid Media Must Be Disclosed In Oracle v. Google

RelaxedTension Re:Now lets hope Apple joins them (165 comments)

Apple? I'd be a lot more interested to see what showed up for Microsoft.

about a year and a half ago
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DVDs, Blu-Rays To Show 20-Second Unskippable Govt. Warnings

RelaxedTension Re:Why? (587 comments)

People who will see that screen _already_ have bought an original DVD...

Exactly. The only thing you should see is a 5 second "Thank you for supporting our business".

about 2 years ago
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US Unhappy With Australians Storing Data On Australian Shores

RelaxedTension Re:ERROR (386 comments)

You really don't understand the situation. People like me are paid to be paranoid, and to make sure that our company's data is safe from prying eyes as much as absolutely possible (In fact, we are legally responsible for it). I cannot afford to just toss our data out there and not worry about it. My job is to mitigate all of the possible things an outside entity could do to access that data. And fyi, a provider can setup the server such that they cannot read the data on it while still being able to administer the server itself.

And to the trade representative, boo-fucking-hoo. Instead of allowing US companies to guarantee data privacy, even when hosted outside of the country, the Patriot Act forces them to guarantee the opposite. As much as I would like to use a lot of the cloud services out there, I can't just because of that.

about 2 years ago
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Murdoch Faces Allegations of Sabotage

RelaxedTension Give him the Megaupload treatment (201 comments)

There is clear signs of piracy, that was intentional. Close down ALL of it, all the newspapers, the tv stations, everything, and sort it out in court first.

Thats what they did to Megaupload, fair is fair.

about 2 years ago
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Code Cleanup Culls LibreOffice Cruft

RelaxedTension Physical to virtual comparison (317 comments)

Can you imagine this in any other engineering discipline? Oh yes, we built the bridge but there are a few hundred unnecessary iron girders that we forgot to remove...

Those would be perfectly valid if upon discovering your girder was 3 inches too short you could instantly create a copy of it, set the original aside, then alter and test that copy of the girder. Then you might leave a few extras lying around.

more than 2 years ago

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