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Comment: Has /. turned into drudge? (Score 3, Insightful) 496

When have sensationalist headlines become popular here on /. ? I've been seeing more and more provocative political headlines on this site.

I visit /. to get away from the drudge-type sites.

Are these topics indicative of the course the new owners of /. are taking, now that they have found out they cannot change the look of the site?

Comment: For my usage of (Score 2) 362

by QuietLagoon (#47859225) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates
It looks like the BBC presumes me to be an unsavory character here in the US. I am not able to view videos on the BBC news site, for some reason the BBC seems to think that the videos should not be viewed by me.

To me, the BBC looks to be an organization that is completely anal with regard to who can view or who can access what on their website.

It looks to me as if the BBC would rather restrict than inform. But, hey, that is their choice.

If I were a news-oriented organization, I would probably take a different approach, but that's just me.

Comment: Slideshow rights... (Score 2) 81

...Slideshows are an increasingly popular... web content genre...

I wish someone would claim the rights to web slideshows, and make everyone take 'em all down. I have been unable to find a more vacuous space waster on the web than the current abundance of slideshows. I'd almost rather watch cat videos..... (no flames please, I did say 'almost')

Comment: I disagree with the premise... (Score 4, Insightful) 762

by QuietLagoon (#47853039) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
Scientific consensus is not political consensus.

Scientific consensus is an group of scientists agreeing on a proven theory or the proof of a theory.

Political consensus is a group of people ganging together to push their opinions on others.

The latter has a negative connotation which Mr. Crichton is using to taint the former.

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"