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Comment: Beta woes (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by bartyboy (#46174239) Attached to: Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

I'm a long-time reader but rarely log in these days. I made an exception to voice my displeasure at the beta version of Slashdot. The new layout wastes space and moves the comments to the background.

I, along with many others, come here for the comments. If the beta is the default design, I will stop coming here. I imagine many others will do the same.

Your move, Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Completely inexplicable... (Score 1) 618

by bartyboy (#39435587) Attached to: Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

One point of data, every 140 years? You'll have to wait 280 more years before being able to identify a trend. At least 7 or 8 points will be needed to do any sort of statistical analysis, if we assume the points follow a standard distribution.

We'll chat in a thousand years, if you're still around.

Comment: You deserve what now?? (Score 0) 1065

by bartyboy (#38976799) Attached to: The Zuckerberg Tax

The wife and kids (if any) did not create wealth. They deserve money, but so do we. Otherwise, we pay their taxes for them. The government has to get money from somewhere.

Do you live on a commune? How in the world do you deserve someone else's money? Unless you performed some deed for them that requires monetary compensation, they owe you NOTHING. Their money is theirs and its redistribution is their decision.

As for the government needing this money, do you seriously think that someone worth 1000 times the average net worth uses 1000 times more government services? Uses roads and bridges 1000 times more than a regular driver? Creates hospital bills for the government that are 1000 times larger? This whole notion of "fair share" conveniently forgets that an individual can only use a finite amount of resources the government provides, and asking that individual to pay more than the maximum worth of those resources is plain greed.

Comment: Browsing without tracking (Score 2) 80

by bartyboy (#37806770) Attached to: Kobo To Release Android Tablet E-Reader

From what I've read, the browser doesn't display pages pre-rendered by Indigo/Chapters. It will be slower to show pages than the Kindle Fire, but this is a HUGE plus to anyone who doesn't wish to be tracked by the people who sold them the tablet. Given that both units are $200, the choice just got a lot easier to make.

Comment: Re:Ah, a "ME" generation kid (Score 1) 241

by bartyboy (#37164546) Attached to: Google Launches Identity Verification Badge Scheme

Unfortunately, if online anonymity goes away, free speech will suffer.

No, only anonymous speech will suffer. Free speech does not require the speaker to be anonymous - in fact, it works because speech is protected even though the speaker can be identified. Anonymous quotes can't have retribution.

Comment: Still doing it wrong. (Score 1) 344

by bartyboy (#34801718) Attached to: In-Car Technology Becoming More Important Than Horsepower

I think the GP's point still applies: if you're spending that much time in your car every day and it's not your job, you're doing it wrong. I have a 15 minute commute each way and would move if it ever went over 30 minutes. There are better things to do with your time than having your butt heated while listening to traffic reports for an hour.

If you commute for 10 hours a week, you're looking at 500 hours in a year, assuming a 2 week vacation. That's over twelve 40-hour weeks of commuting. You could spend that time at work earning extra money, or spend it on hobbies or sports, or with your loved ones. I don't know anyone who would pick sitting in a car, no matter how comfortable, over at least one of those options.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 828

by bartyboy (#34604710) Attached to: Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Too bad the civil rights movement and the end of DADT have nothing in common. When blacks were allowed to integrate, they went into places where they weren't allowed previously. With DADT, there are already gays in the military - there is no integration involved. The only thing that changes now is that they're allowed to be open about it.

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