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Comment: Nicely skewed (Score 2) 440

by Beavertank (#46616937) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill
The article summary does a good job of making it sound like Costco is the unreasonable bad guy in this, but every story has two sides. Why is Costco insisting on destroying the peanut butter?

Is it to avoid claims for payment on the shipment from the bankruptcy estate? Is it fears for later liability? Is it, as the summary tries very hard to imply, sheer obstinate evil?

If you're not going to even attempt to hide your bias, why even bother?

Comment: Re:Ask Comcast? That's rich (Score 2) 349

by Beavertank (#46460155) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
The same is true of basically any cable company.

Once upon a time I had to work out the local cable company's internal network topology to nail down the choke point which was causing my connection to not-infrequently experience >50% loss because the techs they sent out were utterly worthless. I took this information to their office, asked to speak to their general manager, and after explaining what I had done and what I had learned about their severely oversold network in the process he offered me a job... which I promptly turned down, because I refused to work for a company so inept that they intentionally massively oversold their capacity knowing full well it would be 6+ months before they could add any more capacity to their system.

Comment: Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (Score 2) 349

by Beavertank (#46460067) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
While I'm generally a fan of Google products, their DNS is one thing that has let me down. This may have finally changed again, but a month or so ago Google DNS stopped resolving (a torrent site dedicated to TV shows). I added another third party DNS server to my resolve list and that fixed it, but it did make me wonder just how many other sites Google had quietly removed from its DNS entries.

Comment: Re:Mt.Gox has a long history of problems, Bitcoin (Score 1) 695

by Beavertank (#46338277) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
Except the continued viability and value of bitcoin is based entirely on user trust, because there is nothing of inherent value behind it (which could be a somewhat uncommon lump of metal, a considered to be valuable rock, or the promise and legal protection of a powerful group of people who run a country).

And this entire Mt. Gox kerfluffle has seriously eroded the general public's trust of bitcoin, even as it was just starting to catch on.

This may not kill the currency, but it's not going to do it any favors either.

Comment: Gizmodo all over again (Score 2) 2219

by Beavertank (#46187103) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I'm reminded of the Gizmodo redesign. The new site was terrible for readability, destroyed the comment system, and the regular commenters all screamed to high heaven about it.

Gizmodo said they were listening and implementing fixes for the issues, but it would take time, give them two months. Two months passed, nothing changed. Anyone who broached the subject was either outright banned, or shouted down and personally insulted by the editors. The lack of fixes was justified by saying "page impressions are higher than ever", so that must mean the redesign was great. But meanwhile, the long time core of commenters all slowly dribbled away from the site.

That giant pile of bullshit made me leave Gizmodo and never go back. I'm hoping Slashdot doesn't do the same thing with this redesign.

...basically what I'm saying to you, Slashdot, is don't try to fix things based on the complaints and then decide you've gotten close enough and push ahead anyway. If you can't actually get the new features to work correctly without breaking the beloved functionality of the site, then ABANDON THE UPDATE. You're better off losing the work you've put into the redesign than losing the core of your userbase.

Comment: Re:History repeating itself? (Score 1) 276

by Beavertank (#45685409) Attached to: North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet
Well, the USSR was also an authoritarian state whose leaders remained in power through a combination of fear and enforced ignorance among the population, so it shouldn't be too surprising that another state run in much the same way follows a similar trend. Especially since North Korea is like the USSR on steroids in that respect.

Comment: Re:No Slugfest (Score 1, Insightful) 586

...because politicians don't run businesses, they run a branch of government, and governments ARE NOT and SHOULD NOT BE businesslike.

Also, a "supermajority of the people in the U.S." don't want the Affordable Care Act, eh? I think you need to take a trip back to reality, where facts are king, and simply inventing "facts" like you're doing is generally frowned upon.

Comment: Re:Idiots (Score 5, Insightful) 586

The real idiots are the ones who lump together all levels and branches of government for no rational reason other than they're forms of government.

That makes about as much sense as saying "What do you really expect from the EU, given the way the Chinese government tramples on human rights. Just be glad they didn't ship you off to a concentration camp."

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -- Thomas Alva Edison