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RIM Gives Up After Losing Initial Battle Over BBX Trademark

dwm Re:RIM gives up (90 comments)

I stopped reading after the first three words. Just like they should have given up three years ago.

Just remember -- they were saying the same thing about Apple 15 years ago.

Things can turn quickly.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Server Crash Leaves Millions Without BBM

dwm Well, at least Slashdot is consistent... (191 comments)

Wow, another Slashdot hatchet job on RIM. Heavy into Apple stock, are we?

RIM certainly has issues, and it may not survive. But it seems the Slashdot editorial staff wants to make sure.

more than 2 years ago

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable

dwm Re:Folks, It's Galen Gruman... (260 comments)

There's nothing wrong with pointing out weaknesses -- of course the Playbook has some. The question is, do these weaknesses make it "unusable"?

  My point is that the "review", as is apparently the case with much of his writing, is an overstated rant designed to provoke responses and reposts. After all, how many other (positive or negative) reviews of the Playbook have been posted to Slashdot? This one was because it was sufficiently rabid to provoke discussion, which is after all what all blog sites are all about.

I mean, come on -- "homeless guy who plays air guitar"? Perhaps a better metaphor would have been "instead of an insightful review, we got turgid prose".

more than 3 years ago

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable

dwm Folks, It's Galen Gruman... (260 comments)

It should be kept in mind that this review is from an author given to overstated screeds -- so take with a grain (or a saltshaker) of salt. This is an author who knows how to write things that will be reposted.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Launches Next-Gen Atom N450 Processor

dwm Re-Architecting English (165 comments)

The Atom N450 has been re-architected ...

Wow -- I guess it was waaaaay too advanced to merely be "re-designed".

more than 4 years ago

College Credits For Trolling the Web?

dwm Troll, n. - Someone who disagrees with me (1164 comments)

Look, ID isn't scientific but that doesn't mean that anyone who speaks in support of it is a troll. Taking ideas you've learned in class and defending them in a public forum is a good thing. A troll (IMHO) is someone who's in a discussion primarily for the conflict. These students obviously aren't -- they're there at best to learn, and at worst to get through a class (who hasn't been there?). I suspect that anyone who thinks this is a bad thing is more closed-minded than any ID/Creationism/Insert-Your-Hobby-Horse-Here partisan.

more than 5 years ago

Timeglider Software Outlines Rosenberg Spy Case

dwm Re:What is treason? (99 comments)

More Iraqis have died since the beginning of the Iraqi war than under Saddam's reign.

Er, documentation? And since you're no doubt including all fatalities, including those inflicted by enemy forces, be sure to include the deaths from Saddam's futile war against Iran.

more than 5 years ago

Time For Voice-Mail To Throw In the Towel

dwm Yeah, right... (393 comments)

...just like email killed faxes.

more than 5 years ago

Backlash Builds Against US Copyright Blacklist

dwm Blacklist? (292 comments)

According to the original article, this is a routine annual report listing who we are happy with or unhappy with concerning copyright and such. There's also no mention of DMCA. Evidently, countries come and go off these lists all the time. It's just a way for the USA to communicate what it does and doesn't like about other countries behavior. It's called diplomacy. How does anyone get "blacklist" out of this?

By the way, it mentions that North Korea was taken off the bad-boy list. Does anyone really think North Korea instituted a DMCA-like law?

more than 5 years ago

Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

dwm Re:Read the Complaint (695 comments)

Again, read the complaint. The popularity of the "erotic services" section drives traffic to the site, making their employment ads more profitable. And if it's not profitable, why put up the resistance that Craigslist has to removing or better regulating the section?

more than 5 years ago

Sheriff Sues Craiglist For Prostitution Ads

dwm Read the Complaint (695 comments)

I wish more of the authors of these smug, dismissive comments would read the complaint.

It makes a compelling case that the primary use of the "erotic services" section of Craigslist is prostitution, both the "consenting adults" variety and the quite non-consenting child sex slavery variety. It also cites specific cases where Craigslist was used to facilitate the abuse of child sex slaves. Is anyone here concerned with that, and that Craigslist is profiting from that traffic?

Note that the sheriff isn't trying to shut down Craigslist; his office sent 5 letters to Craigslist asking them to better police the "erotic services" section or shut it down. According to the complaint, Craigslist refused. It would seem that the owners of Craigslist value their profits more than the lives of the children whose exploitation they benefit from.

How often has the phrase "Think of the children" been bandied about on Slashdot with a wink and a sneer? Well, here's a case where there are actual, real, hurting children to think about. How many of you are brave enough to challenge the groupthink around here and do that? Where is the outrage that Craigslist is profiting from human traffic? Some of you need to turn in your liberal credentials at the door.

more than 5 years ago

Scientists Create Compound With a Single Element

dwm Re:Na-Na+ (163 comments)

Na-Na+ Na-Na+
Na-Na+ Na-Na+
He He He

more than 5 years ago

Students Call Space Station With Home-Built Radio

dwm Re:Your first radio (330 comments)

You mean "write their first radios", since the era of hardware radios is essentially over?

Let me know when lines of code can pluck a signal from the air and mix it with the IF. There's more to making a radio than signal processing.

more than 5 years ago

Discuss the US Presidential Election & the Economy

dwm Re: The reason for the disdain of Conservatism (2369 comments)

People have proven time and time again they don't think about consequences, and they assume what is good for them is what is good for everyone.

There. Fixed that for you.

more than 5 years ago


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