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Comment: Re:Since when is the EFF considered "Cool"? (Score 1) 253

by LWATCDR (#48225151) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

1. Your constant use of Scumbag. Why? What harm has facebook done?

2 "Better still would be to give them nothing by not using Facebook."
Why? I get value out of Facebook.

3. "As does everyone. What is your point? You're still giving them more information than you should."
Than I should? You need to learn the term opinion. Your judgment is not backed by any overwhelming proof or frankly any proof at all. BTW calling Facebook "scumbag" is in no way proof.

Fine stay off of facebook. I wonder if you are using TOR to post to slashdot since the time of post could be used to connect your posts to an ip address and then use that to find your identity.

Comment: The hard question is. (Score 1) 55

by LWATCDR (#48224327) Attached to: Stem Cells Grown From Patient's Arm Used To Replace Retina

What if we can cure macular degeneration but the cure takes a dedicated team of people 20 days to grow the new cells and then costs $1,000,000 dollars? so a person can see for the last 10 years of life?
When that same $1,000,000 dollars can provide clean water to a village of 200 people?
While it is not a zero sum game what happens when it gets more and more expensive and adds value for less and less of a persons life?
What happens when you can live forever but at a cost of a billion dollars a year?

Comment: Re:Retired developers (Score 1) 154

by LWATCDR (#48222903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

" It is obvious that any current contributors would be most interested in working on it future, more than any other potential contributor."
No it isn't. I worked on a device driver for a Linux based SBC at my last job.
I have zero interest in working on that for free now that I have a different job.

Comment: Re:Since when is the EFF considered "Cool"? (Score 1) 253

by LWATCDR (#48219979) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

Dude you are so off the deep end it is scary.
1. I have been on Slashdot much longer than you. I am far from a fool.
2. Facebook does not have my address it has the town of 200,000+ people I live in.
3. I only post to Facebook what I want to post. If anyone bothered to look at my facebook page you would think I am pretty boring.

Comment: Childish level of Journalism (Score 1) 154

by LWATCDR (#48219819) Attached to: British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

The International Business Times should be ashamed. This is not a Tank it is an Armored Fighting Vehicle. They even start off calling it that and then just start calling it a tank.
This is actually more of a scouting vehicle and would have a pretty short life span if it had to fight a tank in the open.
This is a tank
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
Notice the much larger main gun.
As you can see it is also much larger aka heavier than the Scout SV.
I mean really do they not check any facts at all? Do they not bother to ask an expert in the subject before the publish?

Comment: Re:We had a distributed social network (Score 1) 253

by LWATCDR (#48216083) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

"Now the pendulum is swinging back again because the cost/value equation in favor of corporate networks makes less sense (specifically, we didn't realize the consequences of selling ourselves and our data for 'free' services until it was too late.)."
Nope. The vast majority of people really do not care. For all the outrage over privacy you hear about in the tech press the vast majority of people just do not care.
They do not even mind the ads.
Why pay for a social network when facebook is free?
Facebook is the path of least resistance and cost for the masses and they will keep going that route.

Comment: Re:Social network not enforcing real names.... (Score 5, Interesting) 253

by LWATCDR (#48216047) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

actually I have to disagree. It is so much easier to stay connected to friends that have long moved away and to reconnect with friends that move back. Of course I am older than most people on Slashdot so yes I have friends that moved away 15 years ago and then move back to town that I want to reconnect with.
It is makes me feel more connected with my brother that lives 3 hours away to see his posts daily on facebook. I do call and talk with him a couple of times a month but with facebook it is daily.
Of course I used to do the same thing with email but email is less popular than it once was.

Comment: Re:Retired developers (Score 2) 154

by LWATCDR (#48203319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

Maybe the just don't want to. They are under no obligation to do that. The entire idea behind FOSS is that the users would put in the "effort" to improve and maintain it.
That can be money to pay for someone to work on it or working on it themselves.
Just because you have worked on a FOSS project does not mean you are a slave for life to it.

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