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Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 341 341

The users are eyeballs for the advertising. If enough of them leave, reddit will die. Digg is a tired but apt example of exactly where reddit is heading.

Is this specific incident gonna kill reddit.. of course not, but the "it's our site, we do what we want" attitude over time will. Reddit doesn't produce content, it provides and environment for others to produce content, and benefits from their presence via ad views. If those users stop liking the environment, they'll pick up and move elsewhere, and without a user base, reddit is done.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 341 341

Yes, that's how the whole world works. You really think it doesn't work that way on reddit? Only complete fucking idiots would think otherwise.

I never said reddit didn't work that way (infact, pretty sure I explicitly said it did). For that matter, when did reddit even come into this discussion, my post and the one I originally responded to have mostly been about 4chan...

No, they are taken seriously... seriously enough to be worth harassing. You have that backwards.

Usually people ignore anything they've said and just tell them to drop the trip/etc. The fact that they are trying to have an identity on an anonymous board may be taken seriously, but usually whatever they've said isn't.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 341 341

The big difference is that just about anywhere else, people posting anonymously or with an obviously throw away identity are treated as lesser. Here on slashdot (and on reddit) a post by an established identity holds a lot more weight, and the previous behaviour of said identity may also weigh heavily on how the comment is perceived.

It can also take time to build up an identity, and a lot of people value their online identity to a point where they are hesitant to post controversial opinions for fear of ruining it. Yes I can close this account on slashdot if I posted something so hateful that people would immediately jump on any unrelated post I made under it, but I'd be hesitant to do so.

4chan is significantly different in that everyone is expected to be anonymous to a point where people trying to have an established identity without a good reason are harassed and usually not taken seriously. It creates an interesting post-by-post level playing field (as it's often not even clear if the person who counters a response is even the same person who made the original comment). And of course because no one is protecting an established identity, they are free to post whatever the hell they want.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 2) 341 341

Agree, but they should have had a much better response prepared.

It's like if you suddenly fire the company rep that your main customer has been dealing with exclusively for years. You don't just call them up and say "hey, Joe's no longer with us, we'll get back to you in a bit about his replacement."

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 341 341


I've been involved in some really amazing discussions on 4chan, and honestly if you avoid /b/ and a few others, the other boards tend to be surprisingly sane.

There's some serious gold under the shit, and it's very cathartic to speak freely with effectively no consequence to yourself (or even an online identity). You can say the most hatefully insane thing you've ever wanted to say in one post, and then immediately make some comment with no connection between the two.

Comment: Re:Industrial accidents happen (Score 1) 318 318

Places I've worked it was a clip like thing with several holes for an actual padlock. The person doing the work keeps the key with them until they are done and there is a big warning tag with all the info on it (who to contact, etc). The clips have multiple holes so if different people are working in different areas, they all have their own lock/key. In cases where something can't actually be locked out (usually if a machine has to be left on but not actually used) a sentry is posted.

I imagine they have similar controls. This sounds like a case of someone getting lazy with procedure, as happens many times a day all around the world. Certainly nothing about it being a robot is all that important.. could have just as easily been any other piece of industrial equipment.

Comment: Re:Please fix slashdot (Score 2) 116 116

So much this.

It's such a small change but it totally screws up a flow we've had forever and which made perfect sense. Read title, read summary, read number of comments, click to read said comments. Now it's, read title, read summary, look to upper right to see number of comments, then move mouse back to title to read them (I'm sure I'm not the only one who moves the mouse along as I read).

And yeah, the weird floating videobytes thing.. that's gotta go.

Comment: Re: It's going to be painful... (Score 2) 176 176


Creepy as it is, the "oh by the way" stuff google does is often relevant. I actually kinda like how when I get an email about a shipment from UPS, google picks up on the tracking number in the email and provides a quick link to the tracking page.

And the maps are a no-brainer, because yeah, a lot of times when I google for a place, I'm gonna wanna know where it's located.

Comment: Re:Meh. (Score 1) 227 227

I think it has a lot of potential in certain home/small business level niches.

I'm into simulation games (car, air, submarine, whatever), which is a prime example of something where VR could really add to the experience.

I also see a lot of potential in data visualization. There are big companies already doing this with expensive gear, but I think this will trickle down to the small business scale. Being able to surround yourself with a visual representation of data is very powerful for certain kind of analysis.

The question is whether there is enough to keep it going after the hype dies, and that I'm not so sure about.

Comment: Re: Mac/Linux support removed... mildly surprised (Score 2) 227 227

Even if they support Linux, you still need people producing content for it that also supports Linux. I have a DK1, and while I did manage to get it going on my gentoo install, there was (and honestly still is) very little to actually play with. I ended up just installing Windows on a second drive.

Comment: Re:Mac/Linux support removed... mildly surprised (Score 2) 227 227

Definitely not surprised about Linux. I bought a dk1 and ended up installing Windows on a second drive to play with it. Linux support is in huge quotation marks. Once you manage to get it working smoothly, you then have a barren wasteland as far as things to actually do with it.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 368 368

Indeed. I think it's a phase a lot of programmers go through.

Mine never made it out of Bochs. I had an insanely basic command line, but it didn't handle scrolling... once you got to the end the screen cleared and it started back up at the top.

I don't have the code, but you don't have to search too hard on the net to find hundreds of little hobby operating systems people have written.

Comment: Re:Yup (Score 2) 147 147

To be honest, I find a pending meeting to be a bit distracting, and kind of find it annoying when people do exactly that. You've already interrupted me to tell me about the meeting (even if electronically), and now I'm going to be distracted thinking about it until it happens. May as well just ask your question now and get it over with the way I see it.

Different things for different folks I guess.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?