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Comment: Isn't that what "editors" are for? (Score 1) 90

by Platinum Dragon (#36344508) Attached to: Collatz Proof Proposed: Hailstone Sequences End In 1

You shouldn't feel the need to apologize. The people who are presumably being paid to act in an editorial capacity for Slashdot are the individuals who should be taking the time to ensure submissions are readable. They're clearly willing and able to edit submissions, yet have rarely shown any inclination toward putting effort into anything beyond adding subjective comments or making questionable changes that result in submitters having to point out what the editors have done.

This has been a problem for as long as I can remember, and while it's excusable from a volunteer-run operation, a paying for-profit operation should be willing to invest in someone willing to do basic proofreading and fact-checking while approving reader-submitted links, favoured weblogger glurge, and Slashvertisements.

Then again, I don't think much of the hypothesis that financial profit is an obligatory motivator for competence, so I'm not surprised that garbled sentences go right by the staff; hiring someone to check the spelling and grammar would cut into profits, after all, and as long as people keep paying for crap, what motivation is there to change?

Comment: Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose (Score 1) 169

by Platinum Dragon (#36300936) Attached to: 'Fee-Deduction' Malware On Android Spotted In the Wild

This is ultimately no different from the days of downloading trojan-laden warez from a BBS or pr0n site and getting infected with an autodialer that calls some random long-distance number through the modem.

If you're not willing to be careful about what you're installing, or where you're downloading it from, don't be surprised when your phone racks up random charges without your direct input.

Comment: New definition of "current"? (Score 2) 179

by Platinum Dragon (#36245028) Attached to: NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft

This thing isn't even out of the design phase, so it's a bit... i dunno... presumptuous to state it's "currently" capable of anything.

On top of that, 21 days doesn't let you get very far from Earth into "deep space", unless LM is sitting on a revolutionary propulsion system for the capsule, which given the budgets and proposals involved doesn't seem likely. Moon missions are possible, which would be neat to get back into, but until NASA gets the budget of their dreams while DoD has to hold a fundraiser to pay for those new aircraft carriers (or a non-gubmint concern cooks up something awesome), I just can't get too excited over these press releases.

Comment: Re:sources close to the investigation (Score 2) 135

by Platinum Dragon (#36134422) Attached to: Amazon Servers Used In Sony Playstation Hack

In other words, about as much evidence as other claims that Anonymous, PS3 hackers, or Osama bin Laden were involved.

Hey, gotta fill that news cycle. Gotta draw eyeballs for advertisers. Content is just a vehicle for making money. Truth is incidental, and at this point often accidental.

Comment: Re:and? (Score 4, Insightful) 664

by Platinum Dragon (#36110622) Attached to: Engineers Find Nuclear Meltdown At Fukushima Plant

What are you going to do with that molten mess? Remember; it's basically all radioactive waste now, good luck finding a country that will take it. Nope, that witches brew of toxic heavy metals is staying there for a long, long time. An earthquake-resistant, tsunami-resistant structure is goin to have to be built and maintained for, oh, the next few thousand years.

If nuclear reactors were treated as lackadasically as fossil fuel-burning facilities have been until recently (and may still be), you bet your arse there would be many more deaths and sicknesses. The paranoia exists because we know very well what an uncontrolled release of radiation, or a power excursion in an operating reactor, can do.

Comment: And it's still not worth my time or money (Score 1) 375

by Platinum Dragon (#35770964) Attached to: Windows 8 Early Build Hints At Apple, WebOS Competitor - EWeek

Cute feature list. Too bad my Linux machine does everything I need it for, at the cost of only the hardware. Microsoft has given me no reason to consider spending money when the free options fill my needs, from normal end-user stuff to web design and system administration.

Comment: When limits mean nothing (Score 2) 145

by Platinum Dragon (#35750050) Attached to: Denmark Now Supports EU Copyright Term Extension

At some point, a person should stand before a legislative committee dealing with copyright term extensions - pick a country where these discussions are happening, any one - and ask just how many more term extensions will be granted, or whether copyright terms will be made permanent de jure, not just de facto.

Comment: The conveniences you demanded are now mandatory (Score 1) 197

by Platinum Dragon (#35715662) Attached to: California Library's Plan: Get Rid of Books

I'm sure this will seem like a great idea... until the power goes out. I would think that the residents of a state subjected to power outages for profit not too long ago might be a bit more careful about increasing their reliance upon electric current for basic information accessibility.

If we don't replace fossil fuel generation with something more sustainable before peak extraction hits, we are all going to be knocked back to the Paper Age pretty fast. Say what you will about dead trees - they don't require current to operate.

Things are not as simple as they seems at first. - Edward Thorp