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An anonymous reader writes "Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been arstechnica.com, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites."

Comment: Re:and how well will that work?? (Score 2) 228

by Esteanil (#42484869) Attached to: US Military Signs Modernization Deal With Microsoft

I find the removed/hidden functionality much harder to ignore than the start screen, which I (in fact) almost find myself missing in Win7.

For instance, wifi has become way more of a bitch than it was in Win7 and access to wifi status (seeing how much data is/has been transmitted, etc) seems to be missing.

Well, that and the crashes/failures to awake from sleep.

Comment: Ad networks should be considered hostile (Score 4, Insightful) 317

by Esteanil (#42484773) Attached to: French ISP Blocking Web Ads By Default

Ad networks should be considered hostile and blocked at all opportunitie. Why?

Take *one* look at any download service and the massive amounts of fake "Download" buttons you can press. Adware. Spyware. Malware. It's all there, unless you have the technical wherewithal to separate the good from the bad... Something most people don't.

So for the average user the choice comes down to this: Adblock or infection.

Clearly, the only responsible choice is to block ads.

Comment: Re:Body Language (Score 1) 698

by Esteanil (#41653011) Attached to: US Election's Only VP Debate Tonight: Weigh In With Your Reactions

1: Free birth control makes it much easier for Welfare Mom to stop having babies that cost society *way* more than a few birth control pills ever would to feed, school and so on.
2: Because of tons of reasons, including 1., all add up to free birth control benefiting society. Also financially at both the short and long term.
3: Lots of countries have socialized medicine without going into people's private bedrooms. Scandinavia has high levels of it and is far better than the US at staying out of bedrooms. Your argument is just a slippery slope argument, as there's nothing in people getting free birth control from a private source that doesn't even disclose this to the government that gives the govt. more power over your bedroom.
4: Catholics in the US rarely subscribe to the arguments against birth control, but in a poorly paid job/part volunteer position in a religious organization opposed to it, it can be hard to get and afford.
5: As a side benefit/scary actual argument against free birth control, you can tell people that free birth control means far fewer people who will end up criminals get born.
This is because it disproportionally benefits the poor, and children growing up in poverty, especially in harder environments like ghettos/trailer parks, end up turning to crime more often. They get educated poorly because parents can't help, they go to bad schools and live in bad neighborhoods. Such children are more likely to end up in crime - often because that is their only real option.

So it benefits the health of the nation, the nation's financial bottom line and the perceived level of services received for your taxes.
Should be all good things to a politician, but the amount of faithful republicans is (one of the things) holding the US back.

Comment: Re:reflects well (Score 1) 1223

by Esteanil (#41473679) Attached to: Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

I keep hearing that president's life is protected to protect us all from such a turmoil. How well do we think we know the imaginary turmoil would actually happen? Who gives a hoot if the president is alive? His status (alive or dead) has no practical relevance to the markets of any sort, or really to much anything outside of his family and the process needed to get a replacement elected. That is, unless the traders themselves loose their brains, like they often do. Self fulfilling prophecy it would be, at best, I'd think. There'd be turmoil only because everyone expects there to be turmoil, and people would turn irrational and do stupid shit.

And this turmoil which you yourself admit would appear and which would likely ravage the markets is less real than "real" turmoil how, exactly? You can't ignore basic psychology.

Comment: Re:idiotic politically correct fears indeed (Score 1) 1223

by Esteanil (#41473581) Attached to: Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

Indeed, I was just thinking of starting a religion involving the steam engine and the patent issues surrounding it.
"We could've had a better steam engine 15 years earlier!" is our cry of faith.

Although that would postdate the steam engine, and by GGP's standard make me a crackpot. Damn. I knew there was something wrong with this idea.

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