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Comment: Re:Fantastic Google Chrome marketing (Score 0) 204

by Jah-Wren Ryel (#46753461) Attached to: Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

They stood by and watched their CEO get ousted because of a donation to a cause that the majority supported.

It is weird how so many anti-freedom people like yourself are so quick to claim majority support for what Eich did. Sure, a slim majority were anti-gay marriage back when he tried to enshrine his religious dogma into law. But the overwhelming majority did not support "the cause" enough to spend money on it. By his own actions he revealed himself to be an extremist.

Furthermore, the whole idea that being part of a majority somehow excuses a person from judgment and consequences of their actions is itself morally bankrupt. The civil rights movement was a struggle against majority opinion too.

BTW, the freedom to restrict another person's freedom is freedom in name alone.

Comment: Re:Reflective cockpit windows (Score 2) 445

> For which wavelength?

~532nm.

99.9% of these cases involve the cheapo frequency doubled greenies. All the other colors are significantly more expensive for the power levels that are dangerous to pilots and are thus both exponentially more rare and much more likely to be owned by people who know better than to do stupid shit with them.

There is no theoretically perfect solution, but there is a practical solution.

Comment: Re:Better information wouldn't help (Score 1) 212

From what I remember, the Romney campaign ignored their own polls that said they were losing.

That's pretty much the last time that will ever happen again. Nate Silver's nearly perfect prediction of nearly all 50 states was a major wake-up call to the people who didn't believe in basic stats.

More than Obama, the nerds won last presidential election and its a permanent win.

Comment: Re:MBA "Leadership" (Score 1) 85

by Jah-Wren Ryel (#46213973) Attached to: Verizon Discontinues Home Automation Service After 2 Years

Mark my words, within the next 36 months there will be an explosion in that marketspace

Indeed. Both Lowe's and Staples have been farting around with standards-based (zigbee, z-wave and wi-fi) home automation equipment for about a year and it looks like they are ramping up for 2014.

Comment: American Teenager Droned (Score 4, Informative) 202

The story of al-Awalaki's 16 year old son doesn't get enough coverage. Presumably, he's one of the 4 americans that have been (officially) killed by drone strikes.

Obama's campaign staff said that the boy should've "had a more responsible father."

http://www.theatlantic.com/pol...

Comment: Re:Slashdot will hate me for saying this. (Score 2, Interesting) 202

The world is much more terrifying than you realize.

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like "honor", "code", "loyalty". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you", and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!

Asshole.

Comment: Re:I'm not covinced by Dyson (Score 1) 125

And don't someone come up with the BS about everyone will sit around in blissful nirvana writing poetry or music or coding or go kayaking all day. It ain't going to happen.

And don't someone come up with the BS about it ain't going to happen without even bothering to state a reason.

Comment: Re:Everybody go to that Post article... (Score 1) 30

by Jah-Wren Ryel (#46190745) Attached to: CmdrTaco: Anti-Beta Movement a "Vocal Minority"

Because Ghostery reports 21 different trackers (and RequestPolicy sees 16 cross-site includes) it isn't obvious how to see the comments on that site without rolling over and exposing your belly. So I did it in a throw-away firefox profile and posted the comment here for everyone else who might be curious. It isn't anything new.

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Correction: The "slashdot creator" is merely the owning company and hosting the site. The users of Slashdot CREATE the content. The creator of the web site itself is not the current owner. There is nothing at all that needs to be changed about the current UI. It delivers the USER-SUBMITTED articles in a clean and clear fashion. The USER-CREATED comments are the where the true gems lie, though. The articles are usually badly summarized, but in the USER-CREATED comments, that is where the truly important information can be found.

Additionally, it is said comments that are what the non-posters are reading. It is that content that makes Slashdot valuable. To blithely dismiss this, and so arrogantly, shows how little Dice understands the problem

Comment: Re:The Slashcott (Score 1) 238

After getting a couple of thousand karma points at HN over the course of a year (manly due to a couple of very popular story submissions) I quit going there because their administration is even more opaque than slashdot.

They have this policy of "hell-banning" posters so that they think their posts are going through, but they are the only people who can actually see their own posts. If you set an obscure flag in your preferences you can see their story submissions (and comments), they are marked "[dead]" immediately upon posting rather than by any human process of moderation. I got curious when I noticed five or six people who had been making high quality story submissions for months that were basically invisible to everyone else.

The admins at HN don't notify people when they get hell-banned, they don't tell them what they did wrong so they can avoid it in the future. No warning, nothing. The admins don't even give the people who have been hell-banned a chance to make amends. If they do happen to figure out that they've been hell-banned on their own, there is no process for appeals, nor any other form of remediation.

It's completely arbitrary, capricious and well, Kafkaesque. Kind of like getting on the TSA's no fly list. Nobody will tell you anything and if you figure it out there is nothing you can do about it. I guess the TSA is worse because you can't really change your identity, but you can create a new account at HN. But you still won't know what you did to get hell-banned, you may well do it again. That shit's going to get old after a while.

Once I realized just how cruelly (presumably unintentionally) HN was run, I didn't feel like I could continue to contribute to their success so I took my toys and went home. I really wasn't up to a campaign of trying to fix things, just wasn't worth the effort.

Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 4, Insightful) 2219

by Jah-Wren Ryel (#46181101) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

I totally understand how jarring it is to see such a huge amount of change all at once, but we also have to look at what the website will look like a few years down the road.

A lot of us here are software developers. How about opening up your development process and sharing your requirements and design specifications with us so we will know where you are going and what your goals are?

As it is now I don't have a clue what problems you are trying to fix. All we have seen so far are the negatives. But if we knew what problems you were working to fix then you might get a better reaction.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 2219

by Jah-Wren Ryel (#46180993) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

> NO JAVASCRIPT!!!

You don't have to be running old systems to want to avoid javascript. I block javascript because of the threat of malware -- nearly every web browser exploit in the last decade has had javascript as a necessary component.

This is a site for technical users, we know the dangers of javascript. We know that no one can guarantee that a website will never be compromised and turned into serving up malware. It isn't reasonable to expect Dice to fix our systems if they are ever compromised through slashdot. But it is reasonable to expect Dice to enable people to use slashdot without forcing them to expose themselves to unnecessary risk.

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