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Comment I don't care about your bottom line, even a little (Score 1) 519

I'm never going to unblock ads. Ever. The web is not usable without a script blocker and an ad blocker. That's the simple fact of the matter.

If that "kicks you in the guts" then too fucking bad. Find a viable business model. But don't expect me to put up with your intrusive, bandwidth-abusing horseshit.


Comment It's just "Linux"... (Score 1) 233

Here's what the guy who invented Linux has to say about what his OS is called:

Well, I think it's justified, but it's justified if you actually make a GNU distribution of Linux ... the same way that I think that "Red Hat Linux" is fine, or "SuSE Linux" or "Debian Linux", because if you actually make your own distribution of Linux, you get to name the thing, but calling Linux in general "GNU Linux" I think is just ridiculous.

The OS can have GNU stuff in userland or not, depending. So it's just called "Linux".


Comment Re:"Automatic" Weapon? (Score 1) 312

It is illegal to construct or possess a gun that is "readily convertible" into an automatic (more than one round per trigger pull); any such device is classified as an NFA weapon (machine gun). A common example is a rifle that can, with only a small amount of milling or other work, accept an autosear.

This is untrue. An AR-15 can be made to fire more than one round simply by removing (or incorrectly installing) a very tiny spring. An AK-style rifle can be made full auto by removing a small amount of metal in the right place, no other parts needed. And an SKS can be made to empty its magazine without any trigger pull whatsoever by simply jamming one piece of its mechanism into a certain position with a tiny wad of paper or something. Those are just three examples.

So then, I could legally have in my possession an AR-15, an AKM, and an SKS. Right next to those rifles I could have a pair of wire cutters, and small file, and a scrap of paper. I would not be breaking the law.

The thing you're likely thinking of is called "constructive intent". If I have all of the above in my possession with the intent of violating the NFA, then I'm breaking the law. Of course, it's up to the BATFE to decide if my intent was worthy of charging me with a crime, and then the court to decide if that crime was committed.


Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 452

How ironic. That's what the Usenet is and was long before WWW came alone.

Very true, and I certainly do miss it. Do you remember the day when AOL hooked up their network to usenet? So much "me too"...

Anyway, forum software sort of got itself into a rut. It seemed like everyone copied everyone else's bad PHP setup. So in that way, reddit was unique. And HTTP is far, far more ubiquitous than NNTP.


Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 452

I'm sure some will. Burn out can be pretty common from what I've read.

But that's how they set up their system: users can create and manage their own areas of the site, while users add content. It was actually a pretty good idea ten years ago. Back then you had slashdot and fark and other forums where the admins essentially created all the different content areas (subforums, I suppose). So it was always a little limited. Now reddit comes along and you can create an area all your own just to talk about beanie babies or whatever. The amount and type of content is limited only by your user base (and, lately, sense of morality).

The trouble is that as things grow and time goes, people move on, lose interest, whatever. You've got really huge super popular areas and they generate a huge amount of work for the guy who started the beanie baby area, and so he brings in other folks to help. At least they hope this is how it works. Way back when a few guys made subreddits for every common noun you can think of. Some of those folks have left.

I'm sure more people will move on.


Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 3, Informative) 452

The majority of users most certainly don't care (or care enough to sign a meaningless petition). But a lot of moderators, who are essentially the unpaid employees who are driving most of the content on the site, like those popular AMAs, DO care. A lot of them are pretty upset. The lack of communication and planning makes their (volunteer) jobs harder, which makes them less eager to do those jobs.

Take the AMAs for example. When Victoria was there, the mods could do what they do: verify the person's ID, make sure it happens on time, set up the schedules, etc. When they fired Victoria, the link between the admins and moderators was gone. That left the mods with no good way to do their jobs and make all that content the company is so eager to monetize. The mgmt team shot themselves in the foot, in other words, and now all the mods are getting are platitudes and vague promises without any deliverables, timetables, etc.

More people will likely start caring when the overall quality of content goes down as mods get more and more burnt out.


Comment Re:Sad (Score 5, Interesting) 452

It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. Ellen Pao is, by many accounts, an abysmal manager and a CEO who appears to lack vision and/or a plan -- which are two things a CEO absolutely must have. Her handling of Victoria's dismissal is pretty clear evidence of that. A 20-something night manager of a McDonalds on the interstate could have handled letting an employee go better than she did.

We're talking about someone who doesn't even know how to use her own product (she once posted a submission that linked to one of her private PMs) and can't even apologize on her own site before going to the media to try to put out fires. She's apparently got dodgy ideas about race and sexism (her failed lawsuit against KP, banning certain subreddits). So an influential black leader gets pissy over a PR stunt that went bad and demands some action? Sure, I could see Pao reacting by firing the most high-profile and well-liked employee at the company without having a contingency plan in place.


Comment Too little too late (Score 5, Insightful) 452

She was all over other media outlets over the weekend, and only just now makes vague promises about "tools". Hopefully those won't go the way of the "transparency!" promises they made earlier. People are apparently rather unhappy. But the good news is that Ellen Pao thinks that her users don't care, and the ones who are raising a fuss are insignificant. That's the way to make the moderators (which are basically unpaid employees) happy, Ellen!

Her management style reeks of VC meddling. It's all sanitize and monetize now. Weird shadowbanning, giving some offensive subreddits the boot but not others, etc.

I predict a gradual exodus. The cool kids tend to move on anyway once their parents have arrived.


Comment Re:Cry me a river. (Score 2, Insightful) 216

I also write free software. And I have a software patent. I could not possibly care in the slightest if software is free. If it does the job, that's all that matters.

Removing non-free software from the USC is removing user's choices, and thinking for users by imposing your moral/political code on them. That's presumptuous and wrong.

Let the users choose what they want to use. The free stuff is there. If they care, they can use it. If not, they have more choices.


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