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Comment Re:The moderationg system needs an overhaul. (Score 1) 1822

Fourth of all, this site needs to list who moderated each comment. It should show the username of the moderator, and what rating was given. If somebody's deemed responsible enough to moderate, then they should be willing to have their name attached to any and all moderation they do.

I disagree with rest of AC's comment, but this point should be considered. With the present lack of accountability, the moderation system is too much abused.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1822

Or maybe it's all just a hopeless mess.



Anecdotally, there appears to be a variance in the average intelligence of Slashdot's comments that is related to the USA academic year. Slashdot gets dumber in the early Fall, recovers somewhat around the time of study for mid term exams, gets dumber during the Winter break, etc.

This suggests that one way of improving Slashdot would be to prevent persons under the age of 25 years from making comments. But that might be difficult to enforce. Blacklisting persons who are enrolled students in certain schools (Princeton, Yale, Stanford, etc) would also be effective, but also difficult to enforce.

An enforceable policy would be to start all newbies with a karma score of -1 (negative one), to be increased automatically on the 3rd anniversary of their join date, or by merit of their posts (the usual). Most of us who care enough to not want to see the garbage could filter at zero and above-- which should be the default anyway.

Comment Re:So Much LUDD.. (Score 1) 150

Or do it up proper and get rid of the undercarriage, and have the plane mate with an electrically driven cradle on the runway. We've got the technology to do that now. The only thing to fear is fear of a new idea.

We also have the technology to convert passenger and cargo jets to drones, flown by operators on the ground. Get rid of the flight crew. Each airport would have its own corps of operators specialized in landings and take-offs at that airport, with hand-offs to regional operators who manage the high altitude flying.

Comment Re: It's what they say (Score 4, Informative) 111

Those were all published after the printers conventions gained common acceptance among publishers and dictionary writers (between 1450 and 1550 or so). They are proper for printed English. But written English is much older than that. The use of "y" at the end of a word and "i" in its place in the middle of a word was a convention by printers which made it easier to deal with the "y" descender in a stylish way.

I would not say this in many forums, but this is slashdot....

Comment Re:The world would be a more creative place if... (Score 1) 349

Maybe I'm too cynical for slashdot. But I think these daughters, and their lawyer, are seeking to benefit not from a dead relative but from defendants with deep pockets who are likely to pay them to shut the fuck up and settle out of court.

I'm no fan of current copyright law. But I really dislike the mud sucking bottom dwellers who file lawsuits seeking not to win but to walk away with a fat settlement. I hope that CBS and Warner recognize that if they handle the publicity right, the cost of dragging this suit through the courts can be offset from the value added to the "Big Bang Theory" from an increase in viewership.

Comment Re:Not gonna read this (Score 1) 148

Agreed. "Incestuous words" puts a whole new spin on oral sex and only proves the adage, that if it can be put on the Internet, there will be porn of it.

This librarian has found a way to create thesaurus porn, but thesaurus porn does not satisfy any of my particular perversions. So I have not read his article.

besides, tl;dr.

Comment Re:When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

The idiot is the a**hole who buys equipment or software without first determining if the product is suitable for its intended purpose. There are standards in place for towing hitches (Category I through Category III, etc) so the idiot who buys a truck or a trailer with a non-standard hitch system has fully earned his right to pay a fool's tax. The same with software, since although there are fewer recognized standards, the Internet with all its forums makes it easy enough for someone who hasn't yet learned the where the pitfalls are to borrow the expertise of others.

Failure to do your homework and thus lock yourself into somebody's walled garden is not the fault of any OS. It is solely the fault of the purchaser. Parent poster's inability to recognize the difference between being in Microsoft's walled gardens and using a computer that is desktop ready is a serious limitation, but one he will probably outgrow, in time. Yes, those within the walled garden are currently using desktop ready systems. But so are a lot of other people on the other side of those walls, where the view of the real world is much larger.

Some people need to unshackle themselves, step out of the cave, and look around. There is much more going on than Windows' puppet and shadow show will ever put before your eyes.

Comment Re:When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

some manufacture don't care if their consumer stuff doesn't work with linux

Too true. But that conflates the concept of being "ready for the desktop" with being "idiot proof". No operating system can protect its user from stupid purchasing decisions.

To put that another way, no desktop ready operating system can compensate for a user who is not desktop ready.

Car analogy: Persons in the market for a 2.5 ton crew cab pickup truck can that can tow a 10,000 lb camping trailer should not be purchasing top of the line Lexus or Porsche products based on the quality of their entertainment systems.

Comment Re:When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

I have been the "goto geek" for several dozen computer users for the last 25+ years. Most of these users have no technical savvy and no interest in what goes on in the box. They want to mess with their photos, use FaceBook et al, shop on line, do YouTube, etc. They go to me when they get in trouble. They are most definitely computer users.

About half of them are now using Ubuntu and various FOSS software. Thois group has no more trouble with their usual uses than those who continue to buy Windows upgrades, Windows security patches, and commercial software. The only difference I see (apart from the obvious savings) is that the Ubuntu/FOSS users more often call for help because they have downloaded something from the Ubuntu repositories that will expand their capabilities and need help in understanding something that is entirely new to them. In contrast, the Windows users are more reluctant to try anything new and their problems mostly involve regaining functionality after some newly bought upgrade has wrecked their old way of doing things. Example: The Ubuntu user wants me to show him how to get started with a vector graphics art package like Inkscape while the Windows user needs help in getting his photo galleries working since his last Windows upgrade.

Ubuntu and similar Linux distros are definitely ready for the masses. But as Linux distros with good quality repositories are adopted, the role of the computer support geek shrinks. That is very threatening to those who have invested a lot of their ego into Windows expertise. And even more threatening to those who want to make a living off of fixing other people's problems with proprietary software. People threatened by these kinds of changes to their inflated egos and income streams make a helluvalot of anti-Linux noise.

Comment Re:Yucca Mountain is still the the best site (Score 1) 143

Rocket technology has advanced far enough at this point that relatively simple and cheap rockets could be used to drop spent fuel rods on the Moon. This converts the problem from waste disposal to long term warehousing since eventually someone will make use of the material.

I think its time to do a cost and risk comparison study between Yucca Mtn and lunar storage. Lunar storage has the obvious risk associated with a launch failure, but it would be possible to develop abort procedures that would minimize the risk. And the risks associated with processing spent fuel rods, which over a hundred years would likely be greater, would be avoided.

Good long term storage of spent nuclear fuel is probably rocket science. But easy rocket science: one way trips without bothersome life support or complicated maneuvers.

Comment Re:So?! (Score 1) 344

Since the advent of computers and large data sets of accurate birth records, it is now possible to develop falsifiable astrological hypotheses. This would be inexpensive research. But I doubt that this will be done in the next decade or so, since the scientific community is too strongly invested in its irrational prejudice against astrology.

Comment Re:Sue em. (Score 1) 954

There are more agnostic Sikhs who do believe in blending w/ the mainstream, while retaining other more religious aspects of their faith.

Good point.

That the kid was prominently described as "Sikh" in the article suggests that there was something in his appearance that marked him as clearly different from Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, etc. I'm pretty sure that if he had looked like a Methodist the situation would have been defused much more quickly, probably without involving the cops.

Sometimes I think the USA would be a better place if Texas had remained an independent nation. I have met a couple of broad-minded persons from Texas, but they tend to say "I'm from Texas... as far from Texas as I can get." Yeah, I'm biased. But of itself that doesn't make me wrong.

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