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Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 167

by KGIII (#49755359) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

I do not wish to seem like an ass but, perhaps, you should not come back then? If you are displeased then, well, it seems logical that you would spend your time seeking somewhere that you are more comfortable and enjoy the content more so than you do here. Nobody is forcing you to enter the URL leading here (as far as I know) so you are the direct cause of your displeasure. Also, just to make sure that this is out there and not subject to debate, I am - by any stretch of the imagination - a leftist.

I do have some beliefs that I share with the left and I have some that I share with the real conservatives (not the insane folks on either side) so I self-identify as a Classic Libertarian. It is difficult to identify as such as the party has been co-opted by the right as a dumping ground for their ignorant and vocal idiots who are ashamed to identify themselves as Republicans. I, for example, strongly support gun rights but I also support Singly Payer Health Care. Single payer is cheaper in the long run and gun rights are a universal way to allow people to ensure their own safety. I do not, for instance, support government intrusion and think that things like DUI checkpoints and anti-drug laws are absurd. So I really run across the spectrum but the base of my beliefs are as minimal legislation as possible while ensuring the general safety of the populace.

I add the above paragraph to ensure that you do not think you are being replied to by a group-think leftist (or rightist) and that my political beliefs do not fit in here very well. I am, obviously, ASSuming that you're the same AC as the poster of comment #49727505. If you are not then, well, you can ignore much of this post. If you are then feel free to add additional information but, again, the root cause of your unhappiness is that you opt to continue going to a site that you dislike. To me that seems a lot like punching yourself in the face just so you can complain about the pain. It is highly illogical so perhaps I am missing something? Maybe you are a masochist? Maybe you are expecting the site to change (you are aware of the adage about insanity and doing the same thing over and over again expecting the results to be different, yes) in the interim? I agree that the site was better in the past but it is not so bad as to make me not return and I do not expect the site to change to meet my expectations, I just accept that it is different. There are still quality posts and valid educational comments that are of great benefit to me, I like learning new stuff, so I still return to mine the quality content but I don't allow myself to become disenchanted by the posts that lack quality, I just move along and accept that people are people and there is little I can do to alter that.

Yeah, TLDR but it seemed a good post to reply to and to air my thoughts on the subject. At times it does seem like it isn't worth returning but moving to a new thread about an obscure topic with only a few comments is often enough to remind me of the many benefits I have had from browsing /. in the past and will be rewarded with in the future. I find that winnowing out the chaff means that I can still find the same posting quality, though diluted, here if I maintain an open mind and don't hold people to my standards but, rather, accept them for who they are even though I don't agree with them. You are, of course, free to do as you want but that has been my solution and it has been effective for me.

Comment: Re:Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 1) 200

by david_thornley (#49755265) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

Heart attacks do indeed come out of nowhere. You can have a good idea of the chances, but not whether or not one will happen. Mine sure surprised me. If it had been a more serious one, and I hadn't gotten prompt treatment, it could have killed me. People do die of single heart attacks.

Comment: Re: Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 1) 200

by david_thornley (#49755245) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

No large species we know of, past or present, is as adaptable as we are, or able to survive in so many different places. I'd bet that the human species would survive any of the common 60-megayear ELEs. I don't know how many would survive, so the 6 billion might be accurate.

Comment: Re:The (obligatory) Missing Option.... (Score 1) 167

by KGIII (#49755169) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

Heh... Wow? You said what I was thinking (quite literally almost all of it - though I only subscribed for a few years before I felt that the quality hadn't dropped so much as it had become diluted. Now I seldom comment except in rather rare occasions when I am feeling "chatty" or the subject is of great interest to me which is where we differ it seems. Other than those minor differences your post is so on target that I probably could have just typed, "THIS." However, if I am going to type THIS then I probably should add "Hitler" just to round things off and make sure all my bases are covered.

Comment: Re:The (obligatory) Missing Option.... (Score 2) 167

by KGIII (#49755117) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

How in the hell did you reach that conclusion?

Also, on my screen, you posted at 11:39 AM and s.petry replied at 11:19 AM. So, from the information I have at hand - according to /. actually, they replied to your comment before you posted it. That, right there, is more interesting than your absurd conclusion.

Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 238

You know, reading through that stuff, I see that models are doing pretty well. There is a discussion of the slowdown of observed warming, including speculation on where the extra energy could be. Overall, it looks like a good scientific discussion, with confidence levels and admissions of anomalies, and it comes out concluding that models have improved since 1990.

Comment: Re:Thanks to reader sleepypsycho for the poll idea (Score 1) 167

by KGIII (#49755005) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

I am not sure why but it seems that I get a pack of mod points every time I post. That is what it seems like though I seldom post anything as of late. Basically if I come here today, as I have, in a posting mood and add some content then I end up with mod points even if I do not have my comments moderated. I am not sure how that works or why it works that way. The only thing I can think of is that the system notes my lack of posting as of late and thus it awards points, as an incentive perhaps, just for having posted? I really haven't a clue as to the actual methods but it is odd to get mod points without having been modded up. It has been like this for at least the last year if I recall correctly. As I stated, I don't have a clue how they are awarded but that has been my observation. I have posted a few comments today (instead of just reading the comments section) and will likely have mod points by this evening if the past is indicative of the future.

Impertinent Content: The reason I don't post much is that I have not seen anyone change their mind due to a forum/comments section and people do not thank one another when they are learning something because some learned person decided to take the time to submit a quality post. It is mostly people, from what I have witnessed, throwing around their beliefs and not bothering to listen or learn about the opposing views. They seem happiest when there is an echo chamber and when they are in the majority. Thus it seems to be a waste of time to post but it does make for interesting, sometimes repetitive, reading so I do read a lot of the comments and resist the urge to reply.

Comment: Re:Thanks to reader sleepypsycho for the poll idea (Score 1) 167

by KGIII (#49754893) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

Checking legitimate sources indicates that I can buy low quality versions of his show for a couple of dollars and high quality versions of some of those (some require membership to the site) for four bucks each. I have no issues with paying for the content and would love to support him by purchasing the content so I think I will go blow some money on the show and download them so I can listen to them while I travel. Thanks again for making me think about him and being the catalyst (even if that wasn't your intention) that motivated me to search. I'll even join his site so that I can get the high quality copies of some of the restricted shows. 'Tis worth it to me so I won't bother seeking other, perhaps illegal, sources though I would not be surprised to find him on various torrent sites.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 238

Hey, you hire some of the unemployed people to go around throwing rocks at windows and the rest to fix the broken windows. Everybody's got a job, they can afford their drugs and alcohol, and the prostitutes can charge more. Everybody wins! Or maybe we shouldn't set people up permanently with makework, when what they're doing isn't useful any more.

Anybody who would draw up a detailed plan for everything you say would be an idiot, since most of that is better done by the market. Government can help out the structurally unemployed with their problems, and everything else works reasonably efficiently.

Comment: Re:So long as you are doing batch processing (Score 1) 358

by david_thornley (#49754837) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Raw pointers work nicely as non-owning pointers. If the raw pointer goes out of scope, normally or through an exception, nothing happens to the data pointed to. In many situations, this is what you want.

In my code, there are raw pointers, but no explicit use of "delete" outside of destructors.

Comment: Re:Thanks to reader sleepypsycho for the poll idea (Score 1) 167

by KGIII (#49754787) Attached to: When it comes to Slashdot ...

I miss the Doctor. His syndicated show is no longer aired by any stations that I receive to the best of my knowledge and I have listened for him on channels that were more likely to be the sort to carry him. I have not investigated online solutions. I probably should... I think I will so thanks for the unintended mental prodding though I would not be surprised if he didn't produce his show any longer. I shall check and see what the mighty Google leads me to.

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