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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

ninetyninebottles You are full of it (564 comments)

"Since nothing is stopping gay couples from having ceremonies and living as if married, as far as I can tell, gay marriage is all about forcing acceptance and government benefits."

You're half right. This isn't about forcing acceptance. It's about forcing equal treatment under law. It's a little thing called "personal freedom". You can be critical of gays and of gays getting married all you want. The minute you try to use the government to force your beliefs on other, by denying them the same choices everyone else has, however, you've stepped across the line into the "anti-freedom" camp. When you do that, fuck you and the horse you rode in on. You rightfully deserve scorn and boycotts and the label of "bigot". If Eich doesn't like gays getting married, fine he can talk about what he thinks and try to persuade people. That's not what he did though, is it? He worked to try to force his view on others by controlling their actions with legislation.

"If the gay community and it's supporters put as much effort into really creating equality for all, instead of selfishly grabbing benefits for themselves..."

Umm, grabbing benefits everyone else has IS creating equality for all. All your attitudes are a rehash of the same bullshit we heard about interracial marriage and marriage for non-christians. Go back to the stone age already.

about 8 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

ninetyninebottles Re:Re:Because... (794 comments)

"No one at the local Whole Foods is trying to impose their beliefs or customs on you our your secular government."

Well, that isn't necessarily true, because many of the same people who shop at Whole Foods are active in the anti-GMO movement.

Hmmm, maybe I'm not familiar with your particular kind of "anti-GMO" movement. Here in Real America (laugh it's a funny) we don't even have labeling so people know what is and is not GMO and the only political action has been on attempts to provide that information. If you count accurate labeling of food as anti-GMO, well then maybe you should think about that for a second in terms of whether it is pro or anti science.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

ninetyninebottles Harvard Classics (796 comments)

The Harvard Classics were the answer to your question as of 1900. They still hold up as a pretty good start on an education.

about a year ago
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Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

ninetyninebottles Re:Dominican Republic, Iran and Thailand stats (322 comments)

There was a study last year I read, although a quick Google search does not find it. I think it was "New Scientist". The gist was that the more expensive a car was the more likely the driver was to violate a studied subset of traffic laws including giving right of way to pedestrian in crosswalks. The study stuck in my mind because of the studied cars there was one exception that really stood out in the data, the Nissan Leaf for some reason had drivers that were much less likely to violate those laws, compared to drivers of similarly priced cars.

about a year ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Announced: Reaper of Souls

ninetyninebottles No sale (137 comments)

I'm a casual gamer. I don't mind shelling out some money for a weekend or two of fun. I bought Diablo 3 and at first it was, okay, but not on par with Diablo 2. I often ended up dying or at least being very annoyed when network lag interfered with playability, and of course there is no offline mode. That was annoying. But the real problem came when my account was de-activated randomly one day. Well crap, that's strange, but I had the serial and the login and password for my account, how much of a hassle could it be? Several e-mail exchanges and numerous broken help pages later, they finally decided they needed a copy of my driver's license! WTF?

I might consider another game from Blizzard in future if they ever manage to implement a level of DRM that doesn't inconvenience me, their customer, quite so much with poorer gameplay and stupid bureaucracy. I tossed Diablo 3 in the trash, sent an e-mail explaining why, and bought a better game (for less money) from their competitor.

Blizzard has done nothing to address what was wrong with Diablo 3 for this customer.

about a year ago
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Apple Faces New China Worker Abuse Claims

ninetyninebottles Re:Are you sure it was China? (158 comments)

Anyone can come up with any kind of policy, and what Apple is doing is merely giving lip service to their "policy"

Have you been following the news? Apple stopped doing business with two suppliers. They forced the companies using child labor to pay for those kids to go to school and pay them wages while they went. They forced several companies to pay all the overtime they were trying to bilk employees out of. Any they did all this for years and openly published their audits before anyone paid any attention.

Who else has done anything? Who do you buy your computer from that is doing better? You are part of the problem Mr. Cowboy. Stop and think. Apple published these audits and reporters used it as dirt to write articles like this one. The company you buy from published jack and shit and has done even less. What are you doing to solve the problem? Who are you buying from and why?

about a year ago
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Is the DEA Lying About iMessage Security?

ninetyninebottles Re:DEA can't TAP it (195 comments)

Well, according to Apple's own (scanty) information on iMessage and on third party analysis, it looks like it is some sort of end to end encryption with Apple serving as the cert authority. it may well be that Apple cannot intercept the messages as the system is currently designed and can only reissue a certificate by killing the old one (and thus alerting the user because their iMessage stops working). That is by no means certain, but if it is not the case then Apple might have a false advertising lawsuit headed their way.

about a year and a half ago
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Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

ninetyninebottles Re:OS that doesn't do anything isn't cracked.. (178 comments)

That is why I don't understand why its included....do they include other thin clients?

I think you're confusing Pwnium with Pwn2own. Chrome OS was the only thing in the former. The latter did not include any thin clients, just Chrome on Windows, which failed along with every other browser offered for testing on Windows.

about a year and a half ago
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How Competing Companies Are Jointly Building WebKit

ninetyninebottles Re:Is there any reason (125 comments)

Except WebKit isn't copyleft.

The core components are LGPL, which means if it is distributed contributions have to be submitted back. That's pretty copyleft in my book, in fact it is about the most copyleft license I know of that is practical for a library that the developers want to be widely used.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

ninetyninebottles Re:Good engineering? (392 comments)

If Apple are having the compress the high-rez signal to get it out or over the cable, then it's a step backward.

Agreed. I did not mean to imply this was a good technology (either the port or the adaptor), just that conceptually putting a chip in the cable seems like an excellent idea.

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

ninetyninebottles Re:DIY Fuel Air explosive (582 comments)

And as an added bonus, none of those countries will have obsessive gun culture, and gun crime is relatively rare.

I always wonder about people who use the term "gun crime". Does anyone really think, "man I'm glad this guy is beating me to death with a hammer because guns are just so scary." In the nicest places to live violent crime in general is very rare, regardless of the tool used. I've heard it said (and there is some justification) that americans are obsessed with guns, but there are certainly particular countries in Europe just as obsessed with lack of guns, to the point that they use terms like "gun crime" without ever thinking about it.

about a year and a half ago
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How Competing Companies Are Jointly Building WebKit

ninetyninebottles Re:What Hapened to KHTML? (125 comments)

Stritcly[sic] speaking, WebKit is the fork. Credit where its due.

Strictly speaking, they're both forks of the same code. While some people use the term "fork" to try to indicate a spin off of a code base, that sort of connotation becomes really murky really fast. Is LibreOffice or OpenOffice the fork? It all depends upon your perspective. In truth, like forks in the road, when code diverges both divergent code bases are forks.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay

ninetyninebottles Re:Good engineering? (392 comments)

Really, needing a computerized cable is just silly.

Actually, it's a step forward and it's not the first technology to do this. The basic idea is, make the port a smart interconnect and let a smarter cable be more adaptive. That way a 4 meter cable can be tuned differently than a 2 meter cable and you can use the same port for a cheap copper cable or a long but expensive fiber cable. Regardless of how relatively expensive the cables are, replacing the computer is harder and adding new ports to mobile devices, even most laptops, simply doesn't happen. This makes a nice, future-proofed port for your laptop, phone, peripheral, etc. that will have real longevity.

about a year and a half ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

ninetyninebottles Re:The way things have been going. (582 comments)

First, you can easily make something that requires great strength using 3D printing if all you are printing is the mold into which you pour molten metal.

Generally, making a strong steel or steel alloy requires that it be tempered after hardening, but that needs to be done before you cut precision features like rifling into them. So, 3D printing is unlikely to work in that situation although you could certainly make some assault shotguns. People can and do make their own firearms now using machining tools that anyone can buy, but they are expensive and take skill and thus don't offer the untraceable proliferation problem that is the main issue posed by 3D printing.

about a year and a half ago
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How Competing Companies Are Jointly Building WebKit

ninetyninebottles Re:What Hapened to KHTML? (125 comments)

Does anyone know what happened to KHTML?

It is still the default in Konqueror although many users swap it out for Webkit. Kubuntu, probably the largest KDE distro, dropped Konqueror for a Webkit based alternative, so the KHTML fork of the code seems pretty close to dead from my perspective.

about a year and a half ago
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How Competing Companies Are Jointly Building WebKit

ninetyninebottles Re:Is there any reason (125 comments)

The moment "everyone" goes to the same platform is the moment everything slows to a crawl or even a stop.

I disagree. Monopoly, slows innovation to a halt, because there is no motivation to improve to gain share. Apple, Google, Opera, etc. still want to gain share from one another and they still need to advance Webkit to support those advancements in applications and services. The nature of copyleft prevents the normal monopoly issues (although patents can still introduce that problem).

about a year and a half ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

ninetyninebottles Re:Kids (393 comments)

People with kids are less happy? I find that hard to believe - definitely citation needed. My kids make me far happier than anything else in my life and most parents I know feel the same.

We're talking about statistics here, not individual experience or anecdotes, but here's a NY Times Post about the topic with numerous citations. Studies of happiness are fairly similar in this regard, although I did see at least one that ended up concluding men are slightly happier if they have children while women are much less happy. You'd think this would be taught in school as it is one of the most basic choices we all make.

about 2 years ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

ninetyninebottles Re:Kids (393 comments)

Okay, I'll bite. This reply is really modded up as informative? Really? As opposed to funny? Because, as a parent, I can see funny. But reasonable? Really?

I'm torn. I'd like to think everyone knows that not having children will save you a shitload of money and that people are not obligated to have children. Thus "informative" would be a ridiculous mod. On the other hand, many of the people in our society do seem to feel they are obligated to have children and it is just what society expects of them. The idea that it is a huge expense they may not be able to afford and that people who have children tend to be less happy, isn't something they've ever thought about. So maybe I can't argue with the informative mod too much.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Dr. Robert Bakker About Dinosaurs and Merging Science and Religion

ninetyninebottles Re:Science is the antithesis of religion... (528 comments)

"Faith is the opposite - belief regardless of supporting, absent, or contradicting evidence."

I don't think that's a fair description. Speaking from my own religious past, some practitioners feel they are observing, theorizing, and testing. When things don't make go as expected, they may adjust their beliefs. When things just don't make sense at all they'll try to see what went wrong with their experiment - missing variables, [missing dimensions, anyone?].

The difference is the starting point. Do you believe the Harry Potter books are real? Some kids do. Would you consider it reasonable and scientific for them to believe everything in those books is real until such a time as they were forced to accept parts as untrue because of their own personal experiences conflicting with them?

The default in science is to believe whatever the most supported theory is and absent any tested theory the most uncomplicated hypothesis that explains the data to date. Then you make predictions (falsifiable) to test the hypothesis or theory and build from there. You don't start with beliefs based upon here say with no scientific backing until it can somehow be disproved. That is, well, just the opposite of science.

about 2 years ago
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New York Pistol Permit Owner List Leaked

ninetyninebottles Re:rob this person for guns here (899 comments)

You seem to have failed to respond to my points.Do you now accept that violent crime is a much more useful measure of the efficacy of particular legislation?

Yes it does. http://arstechnica.com/science/2007/01/6601/ [arstechnica.com]

Have you read that "study". It tries to control for so many factors it basically looks like they are obscuring the numbers and it certainly does not correlate with international numbers. I can't even find what the un-adjusted numbers they used were.

Legislation was passed to stop the CDC from collecting information about this because people were concerned when the CDC started building a database of personally identifiable information on gun owners

It was the CDC, But I see no evidence for that. Indeed if it was that, they could have simply banned the collection of such personally identifiable information. The truth is the ban came about simply because of lobbying by the NRA, because they dislike data which shows gun control is a good thing.

You assign motives that are not that stated motives and which don't even seem to make sense. Yes, the NRA was lobbying for action to stop the CDC and yes they got it. That does not by any means mean that the results of any study would have been contradictory to all the other major studies that don't seem to find any real benefit to gun control laws aside from lowering the rate of successful suicides, but it certainly did stop the collection of data about gun owners and for all we know may have prevented that information from being released to the detriment of many people's right to privacy. After all, that is what this article is about. The government cannot be trusted with this data, as demonstrated. More scientific study is needed, but certainly we need more precautions about the type of data and we need real evidence gun control laws will have a positive instead of negative effect before we pass some law out of empathy for children that would not have been helped by that law in the first place.

about 2 years ago

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