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+ - What can be done if a Slashdot footer quote is factually incorrect?

Submitted by Theranthrope
Theranthrope (637884) writes "For years it's been a staple of the Slashdot that there's a random quote at the bottom of the page which contains a witty little truism, which at times, is neither witty nor true... For instance today:

"FORTUNE'S FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL: A giant panda bear is really a member of the racoon family."

Which is incorrect and outdated info, as the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), quoth wikipedia: "based molecular studies, suggest the giant panda is a true bear and part of the Ursidae family". Who exactly maintains and vets the source of quotes for accuracy (and/or stupidity)?"

Comment: Re: Good to see intelligence rewarded for once. (Score 2) 241

Wow. What a textbook example of a concern troll.
You sound like every member of the legion of small-minded school administrators, petty bureaucrats, complacent autocrats, and religious dogmatists that have been ever retarding the expansion of knowledge and technological progress, since before there was there was even a way to record human history.

Comment: Re:Citation needed?! Really?! (Score 1) 215

That AC is more right than you know, because the United States (and many other countries) is still mired in the 19th century's broken and degrading Prussian "factory for minds" system. Practically all of your "advancements" in "educational theory" amounts to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic, as the central tenet of the Prussian system's Industrial Era-philosophy is that minds can be "standardized" like machine parts coming off an assembly line is ultimately rotten to the core.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 780

by Theranthrope (#42281303) Attached to: Schmidt On Why Tax Avoidance is Good, Robot Workers, and Google Fiber
If "optimizations" provide an advantage that others cannot take, it is in just about every other context OTHER than taxes, is not called "abuse" as it's properly called: "CHEATING".

From doping and steroids in sports competitions; to bots and hacks in video games, aimbots in FPSs, and teleport hacks in MMORPGs, for instance. If I can't take advantage of the same accounting and off-shore account shell-games "optimizations" that corporate "persons" take advantage of, WHY THE HELL CAN'T I CALL IT CHEATING!?

Dear AC, you need your moral compass re-calibrated as it's badly mis-aligned.

Comment: Re:it's a media game (Score 1) 339

by Theranthrope (#42240447) Attached to: Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Expected
Nuclear power looks cheap on paper because the costs are hidden because the costs were are borne, not by the nuclear power "industry", but by the taxpayer. The United States' nuclear power "industry" is actually a beneficial byproduct of the U.S.'s nuclear arms race with the (then) Soviets.

Also, unlike gas, oil, coal, or renewable plants, the total cost of a nuclear power plant cannot be determined until AFTER the plant has been closed, because on top of dealing the spent fuel, the plant itself must be carefully dismantled and interred, which is both costly and labor-intensive.
It's like having a mortgage with a massive balloon payment that must be paid after the house is knocked down (then you still have to keep paying to store the debris, because it's hazardous).

Nuclear is NOT a good energy solution, because of reasons that have nothing to do with the typical hippy "no nukes"-things, NOR is it a reason to stop support for renewable sources.

Comment: Dirty deeds done dirt cheap (Score 1) 655

by Theranthrope (#42240361) Attached to: Strong Climate Change Opinions Are Self-Reinforcing
PROTIP: Letting the deniers "debate the controversy" is a sucker's game; it's a form of "rhetorical judo" which forces a skeptic (a GENUINE skeptic) to always make the first move in a debate, to which, the denier would have a list of cut-and-paste talking-points to give a canned response or rhetorical evasion.
It's letting a kook make a extraordinary claim ("All the scientists in this scientific field are WRONG, but I'm right!"), without extraordinary proof. Every. Single. Time.

It dosen't matter is the field is: cold-fusion, round-earth-ism, tectonic plates, smoking's link to cancer, evolution, or climate-change, the deniers all use the same play book (and in the case with smoking-causes-cancer and climate-change denialism, a lot of the PLAYERS are the same, q.v. the Heartland Institute)

Comment: Anyone (still) play Rifts? (Score 1) 62

by Theranthrope (#42240225) Attached to: Brain Pacemaker Helps Treat Alzheimer's Disease
This sounds like the M.O.M. (Mind Over Matter) implants for the "Crazies" OCC from the Palladium "Rifts" dice-and-paper RPG.

Where electrical implants to stimulate the brain to treat mental-illness were found to have the unintentional beneficial side-effect of stimulating latent psychic powers in patients... which naturally (this being an 80's cyberpunk-with-magic hybrid RPG) led to weaponization.
However, the implants used to artificially stimulate psychic super-powers in psycho-normative people, would over time, create mental instability in users, and as delicious irony, would eventually lead to insanity, hence: "crazies".

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