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Comment Re:Can the new buyer be worse than DICE? (Score 1) 552

I'm pretty sure the UX team that forced Beta on us generated this site. They were trying to consolidate or synergize their web crap to make it easier for them to maintain. Of course, the obvious (to us) drawback is that it made /. look and act like one of their cookie-cutter websites.

Comment Re:My $.02 (Score 5, Funny) 552

Seems like it would be cheaper to just stand up your own Slashcode server and call it NextDot or something. I'd rather spend the money on hosting than give it to Dice.

But then your 3-digit UID would be worthless! And my 6-digit one!! And think of the lost karma! Oh, the humanity!

Comment Re:Kickstarter? (Score 1) 552

They shouldn't have bought it to be a money-maker in the first place but just cover salary and bandwidth with the ad revenue. Before they started mucking everything up they almost certainly had enough traffic for it. According to the press release they lost 22% of their revenue the last quarter attributed to /. and yet still made about $4 million. How many people work on this site and how much do the servers/bandwidth cost?

Comment Re:Not at all surprising (Score 1) 187

Maybe I wasn't clear, I mean they fundamentally value the society over the individual more than Westerners. What you describe with a car hitting a person and delivering aid is perfectly consistent with that. What degree that is learning or innate is not clear. And I think you are projecting admiration on them because otherwise more people would act in such a way that they so admired (according to you), and then you wouldn't have an example like this to provide.

Comment Re:Not at all surprising (Score 5, Informative) 187

Or...if you have talked to any native Chinese in some depth you might realize that a lot of them actually have different values than Westerners about social responsibility and such. Far beyond what we are accustomed to with our emphasis on individuality, etc. Their system of government didn't develop in a vacuum and was certainly informed by their culture. So, I think you're right that your comment is a bit of a kneejerk response that assumes their authoritarian government has a hand in EVERYTHING.

That said, I would also assume that if his books were promoting pro-capitalist or anti-government ideas they would have been censored immediately, so maybe we're missing all the "Westernized" Chinese sci-fi books because of this...

Comment Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 3, Insightful) 331

The film was actually a pretty good satire and action flick (a la Robocop) if you ignore the book, and I agree it should not profess to be based on it. I don't have a better idea for a title offhand for it though; maybe "Interplanetary Troopers", "Space Troopers"? Nah, Starship Troopers just has a better ring to it... Anyway, a more faithful adaptation would have been so much different and required a substantially larger budget I suspect...

Comment Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 2) 331

Now that you're older you should reread them. I've only read a few including this, Starship Troopers, and Strangers in a Strange Land, and there is a lot more than just a fun story going on in them, and I think a good case can be made that the stories actually subserve their underlying themes (WHATEVER they were).

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?