Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Dec 2010 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes First of all: the entire OSNews team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. Even if you're not religious, there's always porn on the internet, right? Anywho, these wishes are a bit tardy, but that's because I've been fighting a battle with my computer the past few days trying to find a way to record Minecraft footage so I could make a Christmas wish from inside my creations - a losing battle, so it would seem. So, for Christmas, I have two OSNews Asks items for you to ponder. First, help me record Minecraft footage. Second, and this is of more practical use to myself and probably others as well, help me to set up an automatic backup solution that backs up the contents of one folder on an external hard drive to another external drive.
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Not Very Fair
by cefarix on Tue 28th Dec 2010 04:25 UTC
cefarix
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2006-03-18

OSNews is supposed to be inclusive of all tech lovers, no matter where we come from or what religious affiliations we hold. So as a tech-loving Muslim I feel left out, or glossed over as insignificant, and slightly offended, when you congratulate people on Christmas, but not say, on Eid, but then on top of that you tell the "others" to enjoy porn, something which is clearly offensive to me and many others (including Christians and atheists).

I know you didn't mean it to be offensive or exclusive, but keep in mind that OSNews is read by people all over the world from lots of different backgrounds, and some of these Christian-centric or Euro-centric ideas can really strike a nerve. I hope in the future we can stick to tech and leave things like Christmas out of it (easier than having to include all of them).

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RE: Not Very Fair
by Dirge on Tue 28th Dec 2010 05:25 in reply to "Not Very Fair"
Dirge Member since:
2005-07-14

Considering the editors likely hail from a Western background and write for a largely Western audience, I have no problem maintaining Christian-centric or Euro-centric ideas. It is a little unreasonable to expect OSnews to cater to every group.

However I don't believe pornography has anything to do with good editorialiship or good living.

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RE: Not Very Fair
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Dec 2010 09:42 in reply to "Not Very Fair"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

OSNews is supposed to be inclusive of all tech lovers, no matter where we come from or what religious affiliations we hold. So as a tech-loving Muslim I feel left out, or glossed over as insignificant, and slightly offended, when you congratulate people on Christmas, but not say, on Eid


Well, we are what we are. We ARE west-oriented - we're not pretending otherwise. And here in the west, Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year, for Christians, Muslims, and non-believers alike. We do a small Christmas greeting every year - not because we're religious (as far as I know, nobody on the staff is deeply religious; in fact, I'm not religious at all), but because it's THE moment to backpedal for a second and think about all you have, and all the things most people in the world do not have.

You don't have to be religious - you don't even need to be a Christian - to value the meaning of Christmas. In the end, despite all the nonsensical rhetoric, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are basically one and the same - the same messages, the same ideas, the same beliefs, the same god.

Most religions have a day similar to Christmas, but since we're a western-oriented site, run by western people, it's Christmas that we choose to 'use'. That's not meant to offend, and it's not meant to belittle other people's religions. There are thousands - millions, probably - websites out there that celebrate festivities from other religions, and that's awesome. That's what the web is about.

As a Dutchman through and through, I believe in equality and tolerance above all else. However, equality and tolerance do NOT mean we MUST either NOT do a Christmas greeting, OR do greetings for all religious festivities ever. In fact, it means that you respect other people's beliefs and ideas - NOT that you bend over backwards just to please everyone.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this: don't get your knickers in a twist.

but then on top of that you tell the "others" to enjoy porn, something which is clearly offensive to me and many others (including Christians and atheists).


See knickers in twist comment above.

Honestly - if you're offended by that, then I suggest you avoid the internet at all costs. Sex is just sex, and porn is just porn. Deal with it.

Edited 2010-12-28 09:45 UTC

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RE: Not Very Fair
by lucas_maximus on Tue 28th Dec 2010 10:05 in reply to "Not Very Fair"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Lighten up ... stop taking everything soo seriously.

Edited 2010-12-28 10:06 UTC

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RE: Not Very Fair
by Luminair on Wed 29th Dec 2010 12:14 in reply to "Not Very Fair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

chill out, have some egg nog

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