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Comment reddit how-to (Score 3, Informative) 195

Reddit has a text-based, list-oritented design the way we want it. It suffers from a lack of article summaries though.

How to cuztomize reddit to replace slashdot:

Step 1: Singup on reddit.
Step 2: Visit these subreddits and click the "subscribe" button in each one of them:
http://www.reddit.com/r/games
http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcgami...
http://www.reddit.com/r/privac...
http://www.reddit.com/r/politi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/openso...
http://www.reddit.com/r/techno...
http://www.reddit.com/r/law
http://www.reddit.com/r/space
http://www.reddit.com/r/scienc...
http://www.reddit.com/r/govern...
http://www.reddit.com/r/securi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/biotec...
http://www.reddit.com/r/censor...

Step 3: Go to your user profile and look for your personalized RSS feed, (should be in https://ssl.reddit.com/prefs/f...) it will give you a digest of the best stories accross all your subscriptions.

Comment Re:Fuck Beta: I've been here for 13 years (Score 4, Informative) 573

Comment Re:The Beta is horrible (Score 3, Interesting) 573

Comment Re:Where to go after Slashdot? (Score 1) 573

Comment Re:Boycott (Score 1) 573

Quoting myself:

Quiting Yes, slashdot beta sucks, but "classic" sucks too. The previous site code was better and THAT sucked too (no unicode support whasoever remember?)

However now that Slashdot is owned by DICE i think it's unlikely that it wil do something so uncapitalist as not targeting the unwashed masses. It's lowest common denominator or shutdown!

I think th ebest course of action is to move somewhere else. Reddit is the most promising one. Subscribe to the following subreddits:

http://www.reddit.com/r/games
http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcgami...
http://www.reddit.com/r/privac...
http://www.reddit.com/r/politi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/openso...
http://www.reddit.com/r/techno...
http://www.reddit.com/r/law
http://www.reddit.com/r/space
http://www.reddit.com/r/scienc...
http://www.reddit.com/r/govern...
http://www.reddit.com/r/securi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/biotec...
http://www.reddit.com/r/censor...

To get all of slashdot covered.

Comment Re:Beta is terrible! (Score 4, Informative) 573

quoting myself

Yes, slashdot beta sucks, but "classic" sucks too. The previous site code was better and THAT sucked too (no unicode support whasoever remember?)

However now that Slashdot is owned by DICE i think it's unlikely that it wil do something so uncapitalist as not targeting the unwashed masses. It's lowest common denominator or shutdown!

I think th ebest course of action is to move somewhere else. Reddit is the most promising one. Subscribe to the following subreddits:

http://www.reddit.com/r/censor...
http://www.reddit.com/r/biotec...
http://www.reddit.com/r/govern...
http://www.reddit.com/r/securi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/scienc...
http://www.reddit.com/r/space
http://www.reddit.com/r/law
http://www.reddit.com/r/techno...
http://www.reddit.com/r/openso...
http://www.reddit.com/r/politi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/privac...
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcgami...
http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming
http://www.reddit.com/r/games

To get all of slashdot covered.

You can also get independent RSS feeds from each subreddit. sweet!

Comment Re:Beta sucks! (Score 1) 164

Yes, slashdot beta sucks, but "classic" sucks too. The previous site code was better and THAT sucked too (no unicode support whasoever remember?)

However now that Slashdot is owned by DICE i think it's unlikely that it wil do something so uncapitalist as not targeting the unwashed masses. It's lowest common denominator or shutdown!

I think th ebest course of action is to move somewhere else. Reddit is the most promising one. Subscribe to the following subreddits:

http://www.reddit.com/r/censor...
http://www.reddit.com/r/biotec...
http://www.reddit.com/r/govern...
http://www.reddit.com/r/securi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/scienc...
http://www.reddit.com/r/space
http://www.reddit.com/r/law
http://www.reddit.com/r/techno...
http://www.reddit.com/r/openso...
http://www.reddit.com/r/politi...
http://www.reddit.com/r/privac...
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcgami...
http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming
http://www.reddit.com/r/games

To get all of slashdot covered.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 2) 732

I remember that story, it's not that bad at first but it soon devolves into Utopian wishful thinking. I like to think that the dude overdosed on something while in the concrete block and the flight into the paradise-Australia that looks and sound communist but is totally not communist and people surrender their very brains to computers that are totally never going to go rampant or be subverted and where he marries the totally-hot chick who he just met and is the first female he ever talked to in the story is just an hallucination.

Comment Re:I do. (Score 3, Insightful) 151

However, if you are a social conformist living an entirely unthreatening life, you really have nothing to hide in the first place. People have had good reasons to hide something for as long as there have been governments. Maybe it's something as simple as enjoying a beer (once an illegal practice), or maybe it's something as heroic as protecting a Jew family from extermination, with a lot of grey areas in between, like marring a person that desperately needs to obtain citizenship or helping a girl get an abortion from a dangerous pregnancy in a state that doesn't allow.

The government is not perfect, so it should have perfect reach. Through out history we have benefited from the inability of governments to enforce the law with absolute efficacy. The US wouldn't even exist today if England had the ability to know everything that was being discussed in their territories. And yes, sometimes social progress needs heroes. People who are upfront about their beliefs in open disobedience. Sometimes we need martyrs. But social progress doesn't actually happen there. It happens at home, at the homes of the low profile individual.

Morality is flexible and nuanced but the law is rigid, short-minded and often manipulated by special interests. Between activism and suppression there is a valley of unenforceability. I'll dare to say that valley was the reason the US flourished while Europe fell into totalitarianism.

You need this environment. Even if none of your current opinions are controversial. Because one day yours, or your childrens' opinion won't won't be welcomed by government.

Comment Re:At Long Last... (Score 1) 144

Firstly, the original Ruby example isn't a a real map but a side effects iteration so the construct you are looking for is
for dude in users:
        welcome(dude)

And yes, it makes more sense than
users.each do |dude|
        welcome(dude)
end

So much so that even Ruby has a better way to do it with
for dude in users
        welcome(dude)
end

which is the one Zuckerberg should have used.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones

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