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Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 623

by Bob9113 (#47705801) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

>> 2. The majority of such comments get upmodded and misogyny is the dominant sentiment in this community.

> I await your action and apology. Very clear pattern of up-mods for misogynistic crap and down-mods for anything not toeing the line.

I read through the top rated comments, and it was not as clear to me as you suggest it is. It is possible that I do not understand what constitutes misogyny. I read this entry in Wikipedia, and am still not sure I see the cases that match that definition. There are 21 comments modded +5. To show that the dominant sentiment is misogyny, could you please link the 10 that you feel are most misogynistic?

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 623

by Bob9113 (#47702751) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Pick any random story about equality and it will be full of people accusing the women involved of attacking them personally and of being whiney bitches.

Clarify this for me: Are you saying:
1. Such posts exist, and some get upmodded.
- or -
2. The majority of such comments get upmodded and misogyny is the dominant sentiment in this community.

If you're saying 2, we should take action. But first, citation needed, because I think you are mistaken. If you're saying 1, it is better to allow a few fools to express their opinion -- and better yet for us to discuss it without rancor and help them get a clue -- than to become a community that does not speak freely.

Back when the whole Mozilla controversy was going on there were endless posts about how "just not liking gays" was somehow a perfectly okay position to take, and blaming them for daring to demand equality and human rights.

Clarify this for me; are you saying:

1. That the dominant meme in the Mozilla conversation was that it is perfectly okay to not like gays?
- or -
2. That a dominant meme was that he has a right to be a bigot, even though bigotry is wrong.

The latter is what I saw in the Mozilla issue, and it is an important distinction.

I am a hard-core equal rights advocate. Nothing good comes from hate. I argued in that thread for him to be dismissed, and believe it was right for him to "choose to resign".

But here's the thing about "nothing good comes from hate" -- it cuts both ways. Nothing good comes from hate, even when the target of the hate is a bigot. While I may find a person's opinion repugnant, and I do not hesitate to tell such people their view is flawed, I will defend to the death their right to express it.

Comment: Re:The Paper that brought down a President (Score 1) 134

Therein lies the behavior modification. Good and bad aside, you damn sure learn not to place your stingables in harm's way of another scorpion.

Seems reasonable. What's the next step; how do you recommend we do it? In this case, the stingable is the market economy, and the scorpion is collusive trade. How do we move our economic system out of the way of Bezos' actions?

Comment: Re:The Paper that brought down a President (Score 1) 134

Bezos is dealing with the challenge of ushering the decaying giant into the new World, and in some fashion, that includes monetizing the operation. A button for Amazon purchases? Were you expecting a Rakuten link?

Identifying and understanding the reason that an inefficient trade agreement occurs does not make it efficient. I know why a scorpion stings me, but I do not consider it a good thing.

Comment: Re:Accuse me a being materialistic whore but... (Score 3, Interesting) 134

It seems to me no more intrusive than a banner ad, and I'm much more annoyed at large rectangular ads that break up article paragraphs. So what am I missing here?

IMO, the apparent conflict of interest. In an ideal free market, ad placements are competitive. Exclusive deals between entities which enjoy very large market-shares in their respective markets have a high probability of inhibiting GDP growth in the long run, according to both empirical and theoretical economics.

Comment: Re:Automated notice not necessary here (Score 1) 363

by Bob9113 (#47654987) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

In my state all the calls are recorded anonymously for my safety as well as the safety of my country. Freedom isn't free after all.

Hmm, let's see...

In my state all the calls are recorded anonymously for my safety as well as the safety of my country. Freedom isn't freedom, after all.

There, FTFY. :(

Comment: Hoping For Maven, PIP, easy_install (Score 0) 120

by Bob9113 (#47647247) Attached to: Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

I misread the subject line as being about automake systems, like Maven, PIP, and easy_install, and was very excited. All of those are vulnerable to DNS cache poisoning attacks, allowing injection of arbitrary code into software builds.

An enormous first step in improving security is the incorporation of PGP signature checks, but at least in Maven, many of the most popular libraries aren't signed.

Given how many of the people here use these tools on a daily basis, perhaps pointing fingers at the automakers is not warranted until the automakes are not glass houses.

Comment: Re:All good until someone simulates biometrics... (Score 3, Funny) 382

by Bob9113 (#47646793) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

>> Finger print scanners are fooled by gummy bears.

> Where I work, the scanners are quite high.

Aww, come on, now, no need to point fingers. If you had to sit there and check people's fingerprints all day you might spark up a bowl and get tempted by gummi bears once in a while too.

Comment: Why That Question? (Score 5, Insightful) 266

by Bob9113 (#47621905) Attached to: Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

The question that remains, of course, is did the Russians use this as leverage over him to get to more information or influence him?

Why is that a question? Has there been any indication that anything like that has happened? No? Well then why does that question come up for you? I believe it is because you know that if you said what you are implying outright, the unanimous response would be, "Citation Needed!"

Don't propagate bullshit suggestive questions that try to make a point you don't have the balls (or the evidence) to present in a forthright manner. Leave that kind of rhetorical crap to the downward spiral that is major media news. Here, you will be held to a higher standard.

Comment: Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (Score 2, Insightful) 353

by Bob9113 (#47618143) Attached to: Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

The viewing supports the production. Or the production supports the viewing. I am not sure,

Well, let me clear it up for you, since it's a pretty simple one-way cause and effect: Production supports viewing. Viewing, in and of itself, does exactly nothing to support anything else.

Purchasing? That could support production. Page views on a site that runs ads? That could support production. Pulling from a site that keeps a record of the number of downloads, such that the uploader gets some kind of gratification watching the counter go up? That could support production.

But viewing, in itself, does not support production.

The last thing that we need as a society is to encourage others to consume the evidence of that abuse.

Encourage them? How are we as a society encouraging the viewers? I'm pretty sure it is common knowledge that we, the vast majority of society, find this behavior repugnant. I don't think they sit in their greasy basements thinking how proud their city council would be if they only knew.

Comment: Re:Rapidly obsolete documentation (Score 1) 430

by Bob9113 (#47601257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

You would have to basically create an endowment to fund ongoing documentation development.

Agreed that continued funding would be necessary to the extent that renewed documentation is needed. Whether an endowment or repeat crowdfunding is the best mechanism for doing so would probably vary from project to project. Perhaps you make the endowment approach a big stretch goal; like "$18,000 base funding for a one-time project, $250,000 or more creates an endowment with three annual $20,000 update projects until the endowment (invested in broad-based low risk equity funds, 50% domestic, 25% foreign first world, 25% foreign developing nations) is depleted" -- but I digress, you get the idea.

A) the interfaces are bad enough that documentation is even necessary in the first place

As you imply, I find that good documentation often exposes opportunities for improvement in the interface. That could become a channel for providing recommendations to the core development team, or could become the seed for a third-party development effort. Things which have value can get built, either because the developers and their sponsors want them, or through crowdfunding, or through some other motivating mechanism.

In short; you've raised an opportunity to create additional value, not a threat to succeeding in the base objective.

B) documentation is boring, unrewarding and time consuming to do well so nobody wants to bother.

That is a restatement of the original premise for which we are attempting to find potential solutions. I think I am missing your intent in raising it anew as a bullet point.

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 4, Interesting) 430

by Bob9113 (#47600669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

MOTHERFUCKER, IT DOESN'T WORK LIKE THAT. Fuck you in your goddamn asshole you fucking arrogant fucking pricks...The fact of the matter is the majority of programmers are assholes that have no business operating in normal society. Lock them in the fucking closet and let them read the fucking source until they jizz all over their crusty beards while fantasizing about Stallman's brown pucker.

Just a wild guess here, but hear me out: Is there any chance that your interpersonal skills could have contributed to the lack of communication?

Comment: How About Crowdfunding? (Score 2) 430

by Bob9113 (#47600141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

How about crowdfunding some documentation efforts by real technical writers?

The reality, for better or worse, is that writing FLOSS code has sufficient apparent benefits for the software engineers and their sponsors to get the job done. The technical writing of good documentation does not. Whatever the reasons, it is the case; that has been the reality for decades.

But how much would it cost for a first pass at documentation? Take "Installing and Configuring MyCloud" as the example. Contact a few people who have written articles or put up YouTube videos on the subject. Let's get a high estimate; call it $100/hr, one month, three documenters, 10 hours per week each, 50% overhead = $100 * 1 * 3 * (4 * 10) * 1.5 = $18,000.

That seems do-able, and a good opportunity to develop a crowdfunded brand; a team that grows a reputation for getting projects done. Then you could offer a follow-on project to do a deeper dive on the same subject, or put together another team to do Asterisk & Secure VoIP, or whatever is next. Maybe start with the counter-NSA stuff, where there's a sudden broad interest and complex software that, until now, has been run mostly by experts.

A few thousands of people willing to kick in a small amount of money each toward a common goal; crowdfunding documentation seems like a natural fit.

Comment: Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (Score 1) 391

by Bob9113 (#47592121) Attached to: How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Really that's just assembling but fewer of the parts came preassembled. Until you've smelted your own metal for wires and designed your own processor, you're just plugging in a few more parts

Real engineers initialize a new universe with the appropriate laws of physics to ensure that a life form will evolve that eventually builds the desired computer. Everything else is just building on the big bang.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce