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Comment: Re:THIS is what will destroy the human race (Score 1) 517

While it's popular to launch on screeds about religion -- and some are valid, given some of the dumb stuff that comes out of the mouths of some religious people -- I'd point out that anarcho-primitivism, radical environmentalism, etc, have the potential to be just as damaging to the human race and launch us into a new dark age as well. Stupid is stupid, whatever the source.

Comment: Seems like a fine line (Score 0) 517

On one hand, you have people pushing crap that's not even in the realm of plausible pseudoscience (like that pressure cooker doodad which was supposed to change the molecular arrangement of water molecules). On the other hand, you have the realm of vitamins and other alternative treatments which may not necessarily be shown to be effective in FDA-approved studies, but seem to offer genuine anecdotal evidence to their benefits. It seems like the happy medium would be to just stick these things in the category of "Unproven Quackery" and be done with it.

Comment: Maybe it's time to take away her soapbox (Score 3, Informative) 479

by Akratist (#46447141) Attached to: Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers
There seems to be no end to pinheads like this who run around and pontificate about crap they know nothing about. And, oh, hey, nice try impressing us with how sophisticated you are..."Oooh, look at me! I was at the museum of modern art! I'm ever so much better than you!" And, of course, she is part of the media class which spends a considerable amount of time glorifying violence to bring in entertainment dollars. The reality is that dumbshits like her owe most of their modern existence to "hackers" such as the Royal Society and others who refused to accept what they were told as conventional wisdom of the day and began "hacking" science and the natural world, producing great advances and inventions, and so on. I'll stop the rant now, and just say that useless flapjaws like her are the reason I ignore the major media...reading virtual fish wrappers like her column just wastes time I could spend doing more productive stuff which will actually help improve the lives of people instead of just making me look stupid in front of a national audience.

Comment: Re:Which is why corporations are born criminals (Score 1) 247

by Akratist (#46427353) Attached to: BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban
People really don't get this principle when they say "There ought to be a law..." as if declaring something by fiat will make it so. Should people respect the environment? Yes. Should they behave in a socially responsible way? Yes. Etc... The problem is that unless people's desires align with that sort of thinking, they're not going to change how they act. It's a social problem, where we live in a society that values excessive individualism (although, in an oddly conformist way, material wealth, quick and shallow self-gratification (i.e. all your problems go away with a pint of ice cream or a little pill), and so on. People should also remember that regulators and politicians are cut from the same sort of cloth as the people in BP who're trying to get around these bans (and then our political system and government makes more sense all of a sudden).

Comment: Just like the drug war (Score 1) 247

by Akratist (#46427289) Attached to: BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban
Politicians and regulators still have yet to realize that people will do what they see fit, despite laws, regulations, and penalties. On the personal side, if you're trying to regulate people harming themselves, they are willing to spray paint in a bag and destroy their brains by inhaling it to "get high"...what law can you make that will affect such a naked desire to harm one's self? Outside of the brain damage, this seems to be the same sort of thing, on a much larger scale. The market always exists, and always will exist, because it's nothing but a measure of how much people value certain things and outcomes and what sort of price they're willing to pay to get them. BP spending some money to export crude this way just shows that they're willing to go a little higher over these regulations.

Comment: Workflow Issues (Score 2) 75

by Akratist (#46417781) Attached to: Krita 2.8 Released
I spend a lot of time (too much time) creating and editing textures for meshes. I downloaded Krita and messed with it for a few minutes, to see how it compared to Gimp. One thing that immediately jumped out is the archaic (i.e. 1980's) method of drawing a straight line. In Gimp, this is super-easy...the last place you were drawing is where the origin of a straight line is. In Krita, it looks like you're stuck having to do it the old-fashioned way of dragging the line from one point to another (I moved to Gimp from Paint.NET for this reason, among others). It seems like it is a very feature-rich tool, but seems lacking in usability in some areas (based on 20 minutes of searching, it seems like others have found some "pain points" of their own with it). It does look like a good tool for doing illustrations, though, so it's worth a look for people who tend more toward that type of work, but for editing/creating textures, I'm not sold.

Comment: Not a good sign (Score 5, Insightful) 255

It always seems that when companies start trying to branch out into wildly dissimilar industries, it's a sign of trouble within the organization. Do what you do well, figure out how to do it better if things aren't going how you'd like them. Don't try making sushi if you've always sold donuts.

Comment: WMD is an overused term (Score 1) 401

by Akratist (#46266041) Attached to: US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'
The "jump the shark" moment for "WMD" was when the surviving Boston bomber was charged with using a WMD. Horrible, yes. Evil, yes. However, it's not a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon. I'm wondering how long it will before assault rifles or 3d printed handguns will be labeled "WMDs."

Comment: Re:Protecting businesses again? (Score 2) 387

by Akratist (#46230603) Attached to: Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again
And, optionally, you try not to be the guy whom the legislative hammer is brought down on by politicians looking to make a buck, which is the other side of the coin. But, yes, when I hear people complain about the "free market," they obviously have no idea how our current economy functions.

Comment: Re:Humanity (Score 2) 124

by Akratist (#46230293) Attached to: How I Lost My Google Glass (and Regained Some Faith In Humanity)
You actually do make some good points, and I've found that the majority of people really aren't douches. My issue with the original post/story was that it seemed like this piece probably belonged somewhere else besides Slashdot. After all, most readers here live/breathe/eat tech on an insider level, to where we have a tech life, as opposed to a tech "lifestyle." We generally engineer the hardware and software that other people write about and use. The psychological dependence on tech, in that losing an item would be such a traumatic experience, is not something many of us necessarily identify with. Most people here are cognizant enough about the issues of security and trust that it really comes sense nature to use not to leave our data in a vulnerable state. At the most, we're reduced to the physical loss of the item, as opposed to feeling like we're losing control of our lifestyle because of it. Truthfully, I can see the same sort of connection with the anger over Beta -- Slashdot represents a very niche and unique perspective (again, people whose life, not lifestyle, is tech) and trying to alter that brings a great deal of discomfort because of what someone is trying to imply about us.

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