Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st May 2010 12:45 UTC, submitted by martini
OS/2 and eComStation After god knows how many years, it's finally here: the final release of eComStation 2.0. We first reported on eComStation 2.0 back in December 2005, when the first beta was released, and between then and now, we've seen countless betas and release candidates come and go, but the wait is finally over.
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RE: next up Commodore Basic
by warpcafe on Fri 21st May 2010 16:05 UTC in reply to "next up Commodore Basic"
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well - did you ever ask yourself why there is a *need* to install a (free) antivirus, a (free) antispyware and a (free) personal firewall in Windows?

Next, "retarded" is not very kind - and I'm not talking about political (or ethical) correctness here. It is an insult of those who are mentally disorderd or are suffering from serious illness. So far for your limited "horizon" when it comes to interacting with a society. Are you from the US?

Using the R-Word along with accusing others to do "anti-MS FUD" turns your very own viewpoint pretty much useless since you put yourself in a bad light. I might still think that the core truth behind this simply is that YOU are becoming worried about YOUR OS of choice when it comes to security.

It is true that eCS is not suitable for everyone.
However, I start to believe that it's not a real disadvantage...


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UltraZelda64 Member since:

Boo-hoo, he used the word "retarded" as a synonym for "stupid." How awful. Good thing many of the actual retards, er, I mean "slow" people out there are incapable of doing much (if anything) on a computer, let alone have any idea what an operating system is, or even some random site called "OSNews." Hhmm, actually that applies to the vast majority of people in general, so it kind of evens out. I can't imagine any such people getting offended by something they'll never see. And I seriously doubt the original poster chose the word specifically to offend someone. The group of people most likely to lurk here are more technical, and I seriously doubt any of them will have anything to be offended by.

Edited 2010-05-21 19:18 UTC

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macinnisrr Member since:

Using the word "retarded" is just as unacceptable as calling someone a "nigger". First of all, it's an old term one would never think to apply to someone with an intellectual disability. Secondly, to use it as a synonym for "stupid" is just as wrong. Is it okay to call somebody a "fag" if you think they're acting silly? I doubt anyone of intelligence would agree (I could say "anyone over 20", but agism is just as offensive). I know several people with intellectual disablities, more than one of whom both use computers, and are quite aware of what an OS is. Don't fool yourself into thinking you're a mensa candidate because you know something your friends and family don't. And please don't rebut a response to an offensive comment by being even more offensive than the original post.

In short: Fuck you! ;-)

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warpcafe Member since:

Okay, let me put it that way and then stop here, it's obviously useless, extremely OT and a shame above all. My point in this is:

It's not about how _THEY_ feel if we call them "retarded"... it's rather about how _WE_ feel about ourselves when we call them "retarded"... if you know what I mean... but I guess, not.

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callinyouin Member since:

Are you from the US?

What's worse?
1) Generalizing the population of an entire country (cultural bias, stereotype, etc.)
2) Calling someone "retarted", even though it was obviously not meant as a jab at the mentally challenged (political incorrectness)

Certain words in the English language have had their meanings altered to the point that their original meaning is hardly ever taken into consideration when commonly used. While the word "retarted" may have been in poor taste, its use in that context was in no way meant to insult the mentally challenged. Intent is the bottom line as far as I'm concerned.
Political correctness is a gigantic load of bullshit, and claiming that the use of "retarted" nullifies any arguments made, regardless of actual merit, is insane.
Making a sweeping generalization of a culture/population is a huge mistake if you want the rest of your argument to be taken seriously. Whoops!

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