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Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 380 380

they aren't in any way evenly distributed along the political spectrum - the vast majority are some flavor liberal/left. Conservative viewpoints are dramatically underrepresented in general and more likely to be downmodded or not upmodded even without being in the batshit crazy demographic.

Anyway, you do have some point, but the reasons for these are objective. Simply put, conservative viewpoints tend to be more batshit crazy in general, and even if they're not, they're still wrong more often ("reality has a well-known liberal bias" and all that). Nevertheless, if you have a valid point, and if you can coherently articulate it, you will usually get upmodded even if it goes counter to the groupthink. It's just that some points are much harder to intelligently argue in favor of than the others.

There is a certain degree of inequality when it comes to the bar for getting upmodded. If you run with the groupthink, you can get easy upmods with just a single emotional statement with some invectives thrown in. If you're arguing against it, you have to be really persuasive. So if you look at all posts, there is a clear slant. But if you look at posts that actually contribute to the discussion, it's much more balanced.

Have a look at this old post of mine. It's about as anti-groupthink on Slashdot as you can get (note that this is back in 2009). And yet it doesn't have a single downmod, and one informative upmod. Why? Because I cited my sources and refrained from unsubstantiated attacks.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 380 380

Humans are infamous for their groupthink in general. The Slashdot variety is actually pretty mild, if you have any baseline for comparison.

The telling thing is that people complain from all sides of various issues. For example, if you ask a libertarian, they'll tell you that Slashdot groupthink is liberal leaning socialist. If you ask a liberal, it's libertarian. But truth is, you see +5-modded comments from practically any perspective. About the only way to be consistently downmodded here without being a troll (or sufficiently troll-like in behavior, even if not deliberate, to make no difference) is to be a hardline creationist.

Comment: Re:Replacing capacitors... (Score 1) 66 66

Sorry, didn't think I was dick-waving. Adding solder so you can (vacuum) remove it is so non-intuitive, I thought it was worth passing along. Always worked well for me. And yes, I still own a Weller station, and a couple of electric wire-wrap guns (with the 10 foot power cords) as well. (OK, NOW I'm dick-waving...)

Comment: Re:Replacing capacitors... (Score 1) 66 66

First, always use a soldering iron with a grounded tip. Wipe it on a wet sponge, apply some new solder to the tip, and shake any excess off the tip. Now you'll get good heat transfer.

The trick is add more fresh solder to the joint (thus adding more flux and melting the entire joint on both sides) and then use the vacuum plunger tool to suck everything out. All the solder will flow together and magically disappear into the vacuum tool.

All the boards from that era were hand stuffed, and sometimes they used a tool that both smashed the lead (thus preventing the components from falling out during handling before wave soldering) and cut off the excess lead at the same time. if the lead is flat and moon shaped right where it passes through the board, you'll have to dyke off the tip, or cut the lead on the component side.

After you take out the component, touch the via with the soldering iron and surface tension will pul any whiskers back down to the via. insert the new component, solder in place, allow to cool. Use acetone to remove any excess flux. Throw that copper solder wick away, it isn't worth a damn.

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