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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

quenda Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (863 comments)

Then why, when I visit atheist websites sites, atheist discussion forums, and talk with local atheists, that's all they want to talk about?

Yes, just like when you visit the websites devoted to "white people", and discover that all white people are racists obsessed with Hitler?

Mmmm... I do not think you have a representative sample.

2 days ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

quenda Is the watch OLED? (729 comments)

I cannot see anything official that says what the display tech will be. Rumours of a curved OLED are obviously false.
Or are Apple sticking with LCD on both phone and watch?
I really loved the always-on notifications on my old Nokia N9 oled. (dim standby)
Oh well, at least they have NFC now.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

quenda Re:Solution looking for a problem (115 comments)

These are WOUNDED veterans.
That means they were injured trying to help preserve your right to be a complete asshole.

Wounded helping preserve your right to drive a 2-tonne SUV.
American's can be assholes without any help from the middle east. (though the likes of ISIS could give some lessons in advanced skills.)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

quenda Re:Here you go... (115 comments)

My friends in the service are not dumb jar heads. They all know exactly what is going on, better than you in fact since they are actually there.

So they knew what was happening and chose to join in anyway? That makes it worse. There is so much blood on their hands, and I'm afraid we still have not seen the worst of it.

about a week ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

quenda Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

Just another reminder to use strong passwords,

It does not matter how good your password is, if it can be reset by anyone researching the answer to Apple's "security questions", like:
- What was the model of your first car?
- What was your childhood nickname?
- In what city did your parents first meet?

Never mind social engineering, a lot of those could be answered by Google for a starlet.

about two weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

quenda Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

There were no riots over OJ because he was acquitted.
But if he had been convicted, large race-riots were expected.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

quenda Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (419 comments)

Let me ask you... European governments are strong arming various USA states on the death penalty by both enforcing patents and not selling drugs. What are your feelings on this?

Hardly the same - they just don't want the US states using their *medicines* to kill. Its not like they are threatening tariffs on Texas exports.
You could probably shoot the prisoners with EU-made bullets, as those are designed to kill, not heal.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

quenda Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (419 comments)

They would lose all the USA government contracts.

You think they do not get gov't contracts in other countries now? And there would still be a US subsidiary for that purpose if needed.

That doesn't apply to much to Europe as Europe has reasonably copyright laws.

You'd think "life plus 50 years" would be reasonable enough, but the US has been strong-arming countries to extent copyright 20 years. (until the next extension)

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

quenda Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (419 comments)

No it doesn't. Microsoft is a US entity. They aren't European.

MS is a multi-national. They could move their HQ to Ireland next week, for tax purposes, and not much would change.

The USA doesn't shove their laws down other countries throats. You don't want USA law don't buy USA products.

As slashdot readers should know, the USA frequently shoves its copyright laws for a start. The problem is not so much in buying USA products, as
"If you want to be able to sell anything in the US market, here are a bunch of laws we need you to adopt before getting our 'free' trade agreement. "

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

quenda Re:Dangerous virus (86 comments)

The fact that so many experts on the disease die of it

TFS is misleading; no experts have died. The "authors" is a very long list of names, like the credits at the end of a movie.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

quenda Re:Simple (635 comments)

Actually, real pros use

  cat > filename

then type Ctrl-d when done.

Type? Amateur hour! Real pros just whistle into the modem.

about two weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

quenda Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

The only Bacteria that are scary are anti-biotic resistant ones ..

So all that fuss over anthrax was misguided? Nothing scary, nothing to worry about?

about two weeks ago
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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

quenda Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (137 comments)

How is "Pakis" offensive? It is clearly an abbreviation of "Pakistanis",.

Its offensive because they are probably actually Indians. Like calling you a Kiwi. Apparently the pommy bastards ( a term of endearment) don't know the difference.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

quenda Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

I made the bad choice to trust my high school girlfriend.

WTF!? Your girlfriend had to drug you to get laid? You gotta be trollin'. How awful for you.
And here is me having sympathy, thinking it was your schoolteacher or something.

Oh wait, BronsCon ... you must be just telling a parable that is going over my head again.

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

quenda Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

Would it help to know that it is largely an urban legend?

Drink spiking with Rohypnol and GHB on a large scale that people are imaging is not real.
In my city, a study was done on a large number of young people arriving at the city hospital (free A&E) with suspected drink-spiking.
Not one had any traces in their blood. Maybe some had been spiked with extra alcohol, but mostly is was young women not taking responsibility for their own excessive drinking (or pills).

Similar data from the UK:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

quenda Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

The point is, you were being sarcastic, but unwittingly stating a truth among the pointless absurdity. Wring "gun" on a piece of paper can be very dangerous - especially in the scenario of a bank.
But not in a school essay - so there is no connection. Context is vital.

about three weeks ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

quenda Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

I dunno, I robbed a bank once by walking in, unarmed, writing "gun" on a piece of paper,

Worst analogy ever. Handing the teller a piece of paper with "gun" on it will get you done for armed robbery. It will reasonably be construed as a threat. Same as hands in pockets with finger extended.
Threatening to have a gun or knife is enough to have you locked up for years.

But the kid did not make any threats, so what on earth is your point?

about three weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

quenda Re:Does it really matter ? (375 comments)

Sir Humphrey: Russians? Who's talking about the Russians?
Hacker: Well, the independent deterrent.
Sir Humphrey: It's to protect us against the French!
Hacker: The French?! But that's astounding!
Sir Humphrey: Why?
Hacker: Well they're our allies, our partners.
Sir Humphrey: Well, they are now, but they've been our enemies for the most of the past 900 years. If they've got the bomb, we must have the bomb!
Hacker: If it's for the French, of course, that's different. Makes a lot of sense.
Sir Humphrey: Yes. Can't trust the Frogs.
Hacker: You can say that again!

about three weeks ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

quenda Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (276 comments)

> In the city, I have to travel 20 minutes to the grocery store/hardware store,

How is that possible? Are you in some soul-less unserviced satellite town?
Within a 20 minute driving radius of me (in Australia) is the CBD, half a dozen suburban shopping malls, and numerous other supermarkets.
Its hard to imagine anyone living in an urban area more than 5 minutes drive from a supermarket.

about a month ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

quenda Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

I think the GP was being ironic. Pretty sure, but if only there were some markup convention, some HTML tag equivalent to a sarcastic voice tone ...

Or we could just put a woosh tag on the parent post ... unless I am missing Dragon Bait's sarcam? Damn this written communication.

about a month ago

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