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Comment Re:Isn't this a no brainer? (Score 3, Informative) 474

Most people wouldn't use ad blocking if the advertisers didn't allow malware laden ads be served to their PC's turning them into mindless drones for a botnet. They could fix that problem easily by turning around and vetting ads. Or if the ads weren't so obtrusive and annoying either. Bet we'll see within 3 months that they're reversing this stance, or within a year it shuts down.

Remember when the New York Times decided to put themselves behind a Paywall? That didn't last a year. I suspect the same thing will happen here. People don't like ads. The answer isn't to block adblockers, the answer is to stop annoying the shit out of your visitors that they would WANT an ad blocker!

Comment When do ad networks get sued for spreading malware (Score 3, Informative) 474

Nope. If you want to block my adblocker, fine, I won't go there.

I find NO ad acceptable, but if web ads acted like newspaper ads and sat there, didn't try to distract me from reading, didn't take over my screen, didn't make noise, flash, throb, etc, I'd TOLERATE it.

These days, ad networks are so laden with malware and viruses (when is Google or another ad network going to get sued for not vetting content?) that an ad blocker is antivirus for your web browser!

Comment Re:Resignation? (Score 2, Informative) 452

Yep. Reddit isn't serious about anything until she's gone.

Anyone who ever subscribed to Star Wars Galaxies experienced this exact kind of management. SOE endlessly would apologize for their "lack of communication" then proceed to continue on their destructive changes no one liked not altering their course one degree.

Comment Here is the effect it will have (Score 1) 349

Fewer women will get hired. Period.

Whenever you make hiring a particular person (woman, minority, gay, etc) riskier because of lawsuits, fewer such people will be hired. I know that if I were doing the hiring (and I do) this kind of risk would factor into my thinking. Would I say anything, would I put it in writing? Absolutely not, I'm not an idiot.

What Ellen Pao is doing with her lawsuit is making herself unemployable. And an anchor around Reddit's neck.

Comment Leave then (Score 0, Troll) 886

No one should have to perform INVOLUNTARY SERVICE for anyone.

A Christian baker should not have to bake a wedding cake for a gay "marriage". Likewise, should a muslim photographer be forced to photograph it?

For that matter a gay baker shouldn't have to bake a cake for a real marriage.

Freedom of association. It's in the Constitution.

Comment Re:Are Brown Dwarfs Stars? (Score 4, Informative) 98

Your question about white dwarfs is spot-on though because those stars are pretty much what #49246567 describes. A star fuses enough hydrogen that the mass of its outer layers drops off, inner reactions then push that layer outward to form a red giant, the red giant sheds those outer layers, and a white dwarf is that hot, deuterium-rich star left behind. That star then cools and dims over time.

Not all stars that were large enough to do core hydrogen fusion become red giants. Most red dwarf stars won't because they are fully convective, meaning that they will fuse almost all of their hydrogen in the "core" and not have hydrogen fusion in the shell (and no red dwarf has enough mass to do helium fusion). When low mass red dwarf stars run out of gas they simply pass directly to the white dwarf stage (burnt out core)

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.