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Comment Re:Enforce login to post (Score 1) 1811

Just to be sure....Did you miss the last sentence of the poster above?

....Logged-in, members could still post with anonymity to allow a return of the original intentions.

That sentence wasn't very clear and seemed rushed, so I can understand missing it, but I think it addresses some of your concerns. Basically members should get a toggle if want their comment or submission to be posted anonymously, but they still have to be logged in. I'm not naive enough to think that all trolling and spammers will stop by requiring a log-in, but it's a simple, reasonable step to weed out the laziest of the web's worst. Yes, there are tools to tune out trolls and spam already, but I think those tools would be more useful by reducing the need for them to begin with. Cutting down on the trolls and spammers would also allow moderator points to go towards building up actual discussions instead of modding down junk.

A community website not taking easy steps to deter trolling and spam is like a company not investing in at least some basic cyber security. Just because you can't guarantee a troll/hacker will never get in and wreck things, doesn't mean you do nothing.

Comment Re:Did they spin when they landed? (Score 1) 633

Point taken... a counter nit-pick is fair game. In my defense, in the context of politics the word "election" has a more specific connotation than your counter examples. Also, my pointing out that word was meant to help show [and maybe I was too subtle] that a few coin tosses in the Iowa caucus isn't that big of a deal in the larger election cycle. Whether 0.02% of the vote should have gone to Hillary or Sanders is missing the forest through the trees. At the very best this is a Hillary win with a very big footnote, that Sanders is a serious contender and their fight to be the Democratic nominee won't be decided quickly.

Comment Re:Did they spin when they landed? (Score 1) 633

...a really stupid way to decide an election...

I'm nit-picking here, but... The Iowa caucus is not an election. No public office changed. I agree a coin toss is a very stupid way to handle a tie, but that's Iowa's prerogative. Thankfully there are 49 other state caucuses and the Democratic party is not going to base an endorsement on this one incredibly close result.

On another note, I like that this close result in Iowa for both parties will make caucuses in other states even more important and spread the candidate selection process around around the country a little more.

Comment Re: Trump just says stuff (Score 1) 875

tbh it's very similar to what Omaba did, just on a much more ridiculous scale.

While I agree that all politicians will make claims that benefit them at the moment, when it comes to Trump I think the last part of your sentence is key... "on a much more ridiculous scale." The ridiculousness of his claims reveal that these statements are for show and attention only. I just wish the media would call him out on the BS and then move on to real news, or just ignore him outright. Instead the media fans the fires of Trump because they profit from all of us getting riled up, tuning in, clicking stories, posting in forums, etc.

Comment Re: Trump just says stuff (Score 4, Insightful) 875

Trump just says stuff because he doesn't actually know how anything works....


Trump says these things because he knows how the media works. He makes wild statements because it gets media outlets, bloggers, and every day people talking about him. As long as he's in the news and in the headlines his "stock" rises. It's very similar to how pundits generate attention [and ultimately profits] for their media businesses, Trump just happens to be running for president. This most recent claim, like so many others before, is outrageous, but Trump knows it will never come back to him to follow through on and it serves his purposes now. Just look at this page and the 350+ comments in less than 5 hours all talking about Trump! The fact that the nation doesn't just ignore Trump's inane statements and we hang on his every word is as big of a problem as he is.

I could use many bad words to describe Donald Trump, but dump or stupid is not one of them.

Comment Re:You know? Something here is disturbing... (Score 2) 508

That is a fair point... but it doesn't matter... you miss the key point...

My body, my right...This isn't a debate (or shouldn't be) about the effects of vaccines, it is about what rights do you have as a human being.

I get the "my body, my right" argument and if one holds to just that narrow argument, fine. But if one tries to further support that stance with anti-vaxxer distortions of the vaccine science and risk then society doesn't need to treat those false statements with any respect or deference to the individual's opinion. That's the point I was making above.

However, what's really happening here is we are talking two different points. My main point about vaccinations is one based on public health, and your main point which is the freedom of the individual. Both valid views, but unfortunately they can come into conflict with each other. However, I have some reasons why public health might win out here....

1) The "my body, my right" argument works for [US] citizens 18 years or older, however, most vaccinations occur in childhood with parental authorization. Let's just be clear that for many anti-vaxxers this argument is actually "my body, my child's body, my right." Is it fair that a child could suffer and possibly die from a preventable disease because of a parent's ignorance or negligence about vaccines? (That's a rhetorical question that the larger society may weigh in on someday)

2) The "my body, my right" tugs at our feelings of freedom and individualism, but it's really not as secure a stance as it seems, because there are numerous examples where the greater good of society trumps an individuals rights (like traffic laws, selective service enrollment, voting laws, drugs, firearms, etc.). For vaccinations specifically real public health benefits are the herd immunity effect and I already touched on the slippery slope with children. Don't be shocked if someday society (i.e. government) decides vaccination benefits outweigh individual rights.

Comment Re:You know? Something here is disturbing... (Score 4, Insightful) 508

Note this up front: Vaccines are good for you. I have zero problems with vaccination as it is beneficial to humanity individually and overall.

Glad we can agree!

Now - about this article: Way the hell too much sensationalism, too much flamebait imputed, and IMHO way too much of this attitude: '...this study is right so I am right and therefore fuck you! Get right with us or else you are not worthy of life you troglodyte!' Seriously... but TFA and summary alike are indicative of what's wrong these days - too much sturm un drang, not enough persuasion.

Interestingly enough, Slate leans a bit to the left... and most anti-vaxxers lean very much to the left, so why was the bile necessary? You'd think that instead of turning it into a contest that hardens opinions (on both sides), that they'd try to at least be a little persuasive about it. ...or has science degraded into an echo-chamber shouting match these days?

Two things:
1) I like a good public discourse on many subjects, but vaccination is public health issue and treating these sides like equal positions has the potential to do more harm to the public health than good. The proven science of vaccinations is not of equal validity as the fear-based lies spun by anti-vaxxers, and our public discourse should reflect those truths. Sure there could be less insults and flamebaiting, but there's no need to give the anti-vaxxer position any more respect or fair treatment than we would give to any other patently false ideas, like flat-earth theory, cold fusion, phrenology, etc.
2) As for the political leanings of anti-vaxxers being liberal...that may be true in your area or experiences, but the ones I've encountered are usually conservative types (sometimes libertarian) who distrust the government, science, and anything that could be perceived as meddling in their lives.

Comment Re:ARGH (Score 2) 720

I don't see a problem with adapting at all.

That's an unfair blanket statement to say about anyone who does not want Windows 10 right at this very moment like Microsoft is pushing. There are many non-luddite reasons one might want to hold off upgrading an operating system. Also what about people who try Windows 10, but it doesn't work for them? I tried the Windows 10 upgrade, which gave me much slower loading times, display issues that did not go away after updating video drivers, and moments the whole system would lock up for a few minutes because I dared touch the bottom left master "window" menu button. Windows 10 was unusable for me, so I switched back to Windows 7. My PC is showing it's age these days, but it runs Windows 7 and my other programs very well. I do play games on my PC, so I expect in the next 1-2 years a game will come out that will prompt me to upgrade my computer and I'll go Win10 then, but in meantime I'd appreciate if Microsoft stopped bugging me to upgrade. I'm usually a Microsoft supporter, but this latest Windows 10 roll out is particularly annoying.

Comment Re:There is only one goal (Score 1) 555

Guns are simple mechanical devices where all the inner workings can be observed, inspected, and maintained in a relatively straightforward manner.

Contrary to the impression Slashdot might give itself, the overwhelming vast majority of the world does not have the knowledge and resources to invasively debug embedded code on microelectronics. Provided that code is even accessible.

We have spent over 300 years refining firearms into devices that are about as reliable as we can feasibly make them while still keeping them usable for their purpose. What the President and others are suggesting here is to undo all that progress by introducing the same sweeping potential for problems that we read about consumer electronics having everyday.

Honestly that argument sounds similar to the arguments made by advocates of the horse and carriage against automobile when they were introduced.

Hyperbolic statements are fun and all, but let's get real about the maintenance and repairs of the electronics here... at most it would be changing/charging a battery, or possibly taking it to a gun dealer/repair shop. No advanced degrees in coding or electrical engineering required.

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