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BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE[5]: Religious perspective:
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 23rd Dec 2009 04:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Religious perspective:"
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Why should I find that any more depressing than reading about dinosaurs that have been wiped out?


Well, for starters, the extinction of the dinosaurs wasn't something that we could have easily-prevented, as it wasn't caused almost entirely by our greed and ignorance. And it almost certainly didn't happen over only four hundred years.

A few examples of details I hadn't known before reading Mowat's book: polar bears were once found as far south as Maine, walruses were once found as far south as Nova Scotia, lobsters were once so numerous that they were only used for pig feed (eating them was considered inexcusably "lower-class"), millions of sea birds were killed solely as practice for shooting clay pigeons, etc etc etc. And those are just the animals that are well-known and still around today - ever heard of the Great Auk? Or Steller's Sea Cow?

If you can read a book like that and not feel the least bit disheartened, then I freely admit that you've done a better job of desensitizing yourself than I have. And I'm a pretty cynical bastard, so that's saying a lot.

Mother nature kills off species all the time. It's a natural part of evolution. I don't see why when humans take out a few they become moral dregs of the world.


I don't see it being a moral issue at all, we've acted the exact same way that any other animal would if it was free of most natural limiting factors (food supply, predation, etc). But in spite of that, we usually manage to convince ourselves that we have some sort of moral or evolutionary high-ground beyond "might makes right."

Edited 2009-12-23 04:15 UTC

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