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Comment: Re:Huge bird and fish kills (Score 1) 390

by LWATCDR (#47713699) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

I saw no proof limited data provided that proves it was radiation. In fact that difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima seems to indicate it is not the radiation.
Even if it is you are comparing the damaged caused by a massive natural disaster vs a normally operating solar plant. Also that failure mod is impossible with a modern 4g reactor.

Comment: Re:Huge bird and fish kills (Score 1) 390

by LWATCDR (#47713035) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Sigh... No the fish kills are from all power plants. The riverkeeper post never mentions nuclear at all.

As to the bird population drop... It actually does not make any sense that it is from radiation. It says the number of birds counted is down. Massive flooding of the habitat by salt water could very well be the reason. The paper is behind a paywall so their is no way for me to read it but it seems to just count the number of birds in the area. If radiation was the cause then it would make more sense for Chernobyl to have a lower bird count since it had and has a much higher level of radiation. It does not.
So a human researcher goes to a location with elevated radiation and suffered massive flooding to count birds. The count is lower and the researcher has a hypothesis that radiation would decrease the bird count... Conclusion it is the radiation.

Comment: Good story to have on slashdot. (Score 3, Interesting) 18

I would love to see Slashdot cover more FOSS end user apps "Besides OO.org, and LibreOffice" releases. It would also be interesting to see some "cool projects just starting" stories to get developers interested in contributing.
I would love to see sections for dev tools, libraries, and frameworks but I am not sure that their is enough interest in those on Slashdot.
 

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 665

by LWATCDR (#47703623) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

"A merchant has to be able to make money to keep the lights on and pay the rent. A merchant is subject to physical constraints. A merchant is PAYING for the things they present to you."

A website has to pay to host, to maintain the system. If you have never been involved with even a medium sized website you would not dismiss those costs.

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 665

by LWATCDR (#47703601) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

That is where things go pearshaped.
A website that does not allow you to post x is not stopping your freedom of speech. You can post on other websites or start your own.
Your freedom of speech is not being infringed on.
You are allowed to say whatever you want "within reason aka slander, fraud, and so on" you have no right to say it everywhere.

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 0) 665

by LWATCDR (#47703193) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

So any store that only carries Organic foods is censoring?
Yours is a definition with difference.
We do not carry x because our customer base does not want it.
If you do not carry it of course people do not go there to buy it.

By your definition CVS is censoring the tobacco companies by not selling tobacco products in the future.
They sold them for years and we know people want them so CVS is being evil and censoring?

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 665

by LWATCDR (#47702895) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

1. Censorship only applies to governments.

A website or a store deciding that they do to carry a product is not.
Whole Foods does not sell Coke.
A tee shirt stop may not want to carry a KKK or Hitler tee shirt.
A website may not want posts that are offensive.
The nice thing is you can always start your own Website or store or go to different store or website.

That being said, why is this offensive speech worthy of protection and not, anti-semitic, anti-christian, anti-islamic, anti-gay, pro-abortion, anti-abortion,.....

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 665

by LWATCDR (#47702845) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

" it will be full of people accusing the women involved of attacking them personally and of being whiney bitches."
Well.
1. The first part may be true. I have had men attack me personally on Slashdot and women could do the very same thing.
2. The second part is simple bigotry.

Misogyny is the hate or strong dislike of women. That is simply a lack of respect for or bias of women. Still not okay but actual Misogyny usually is reserved from much more extreme actions.

It is also not even bias to say that a women is personally attacking you if you feel that is what is happening anymore than it is bias to say a male is attacking you personally if you feel that way.
 

Comment: Re:No real need. (Score 1) 378

by LWATCDR (#47702505) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Correct it would be exploitable. Some people might only be jerks when they are posting as an AC while reasonable when not. If they are universal jerks that would be found out soon enough. Frankly I do not like the blocking terminology on slashdot since it sound combative plus it shows who you have blocked to the world as well as who had blocked you.

Frankly I can put up with most of the posts on Slashdot even the vile ones but I just can not recommend it to some younger people that I know. I would love an option to auto moderate down profanity or obscure it at the readers option but these are all just suggestions and I can in no way force these on anyone. For some reason people get bent when people say things like this.

Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 558

by LWATCDR (#47702215) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

ProE used to have a Linux version. I loved Soldworks. This is a classic FOSS fail. Nobody makes a FOSS 3D CAD program as good as SolidWorks, ProE, Inventor, or even TurboCad.

What kills Linux in the office space is Microsoft Office. Bloody DocX is a de facto default file format docs and Excel is just a really good tool. Until you can get most people to move to GoogleDocs or Microsoft Office online it will be a hard fight. Of course when that happens it will probably be Chromebooks that takes over from Windows. It is already good enough for most students and home users.

Why do we want intelligent terminals when there are so many stupid users?

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