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Comment: Re:Your biggest screw up (Score 1) 405 405

My source of disgust is directed towards the tech media punditry. Because what they're demonstrating is that they don't have a clue what reddit management did wrong. They're just either covering up management's (Pao's) fuckup in the name of professional "sisterhood", or just care about how another startup is going to have lost investor money.

I dunno, I thought my write up on Ars was pretty good. -Lee


Comment: Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1241 1241

If German made cars end up priced out of Greeks budget, wouldn't the materials and equipment required to build Greek cars also be?

You're making the incorrect assumption that cost of manufacture is the same everywhere. You're also ignoring that most countries in Greeks position import used cars - a just-out-of-warranty high-end bmw can be had for $6000 or less if you shop carefully ($40k - $60k new). Google for used chinese cars. This is actually the reason that a common currency helped Germany; if the euro had not been implemented Germany would have effectively priced themselves out of the market (not just cars) due to a floating exchange rate.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 384 384

they aren't in any way evenly distributed along the political spectrum - the vast majority are some flavor liberal/left. Conservative viewpoints are dramatically underrepresented in general and more likely to be downmodded or not upmodded even without being in the batshit crazy demographic.

Anyway, you do have some point, but the reasons for these are objective. Simply put, conservative viewpoints tend to be more batshit crazy in general, and even if they're not, they're still wrong more often ("reality has a well-known liberal bias" and all that). Nevertheless, if you have a valid point, and if you can coherently articulate it, you will usually get upmodded even if it goes counter to the groupthink. It's just that some points are much harder to intelligently argue in favor of than the others.

There is a certain degree of inequality when it comes to the bar for getting upmodded. If you run with the groupthink, you can get easy upmods with just a single emotional statement with some invectives thrown in. If you're arguing against it, you have to be really persuasive. So if you look at all posts, there is a clear slant. But if you look at posts that actually contribute to the discussion, it's much more balanced.

Have a look at this old post of mine. It's about as anti-groupthink on Slashdot as you can get (note that this is back in 2009). And yet it doesn't have a single downmod, and one informative upmod. Why? Because I cited my sources and refrained from unsubstantiated attacks.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 426 426

Well yeah, but it's still a pain, and requires a contiguous file, and multiple commands to set up, and isn't the default.

So I'm sticking with - Windows-like swapfile support.

TBH, for 99.999% of computer users it really doesn't matter; the slowdown from a fragmented swap is unlikely to get noticed in most things. For high performance and/or scientific code it will result in a small speed advantage in low memory situations. The fact that partition is ever so slightly better than swapfile for a tiny fraction of users just doesn't matter anymore. Use the swapfile - it's more convenient anyway.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 426 426

I don't think that there's any evidence that the linux swapfile performs better - and in any case why would it being unfragmented be an advantage? Memory access is random, and so swapfile access is random, and so why does having it non-contiguous cause an issue?

While memory access is indeed random, memory usage is not. Fragmented memory for MxN array accessing would blow chunks because the data is not localised.

Added to which, SSDs are becoming much more widespread, meaning the fragmentation issue vanishes.

I do not know about this - I would hazard a guess ... the issue will still be there, due to caching on the SSD. I imagine pages of fixed size would be cached by SSD controller and non-localisation of your data on SSD would result in multiple cache misses, while localised/non-fragmented data would not.

Comment: Re:Honour to the Greek People (Score 3, Insightful) 1241 1241

The resulting currency devaluation will make greek goods cheaper and exports will boom.

Greece can't export tourism.

Tourism *is* an export - foreign money comes in, services go out. Fair enough, the services occur locally, but they still go out while money comes in. Thus it's an export.

Comment: Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 4, Interesting) 280 280

they should make an internet of their own.


with pop-up ads that say, "Sinned too much? Stay out of Hell for just 7 easy payments of $49.95 a month! And for an extra $10.00 a month, we won't even tell your church! All diddling, screwing, lying, or cheating can be removed from your heavenly record Now Now Now!"

You joke, but I (as a long-standing atheist) am quite curious to see how a facebook-for-evangelicals turns out. There are many questions that could be answered by examining faceglory(sp?). For example,

Evangelising, by definition, needs the target party to be a non-believer; what happens when the entire audience are believers? When you are literally preaching the message to the choir?

What happens in an echo chamber of significant size? Is there some madness event horizon that occurs when too many people do more socialising on godnet than on internet?

What would this madness event horizon look like? Does the group fracture? Wage war on another christian group?

For individual participants, does it reinforce the belief, reduce the belief or not affect belief at all?

For group participants, does regular participation reinforce the group structure?

Will it lead to more orthodox religious beliefs of the participants, or will they mostly just be another group with a shared belief.

etc etc etc

Comment: Re:Drop the hammer on them. (Score 3, Interesting) 1241 1241

I am Belgian. Greece owes me, my wife and children over 3000 euro. We fronted it out of our taxes and if they don't pay us back, we'll pay it back out of our taxes.

You're blaming Greece for this? Why the hell did your country bail out Greece's creditors and take on Greece's debts? If your country had acted responsibly they would have let Greece's creditors fail.

The situation now is that we have Creditor A lending money to debtor B which Creditor A knows in advance that debtor B cannot pay back. So Creditor A then sells the debt that they already know cannot be paid back to EU countries. The only question in all this is: why did your country agree to this?

The people you should be mad at are the ones who bailed out the creditors. Once the loans were made to Greece, the "austerity measures" imposed +- five years ago were simply a blind to get the private creditors paid. Greece owed money to private creditors; your country (part of EU) decided to loan Your Money to Greece on condition that Greece paid back the private creditors. I feel no sympathy for any of the current creditors.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 1) 1241 1241

You can either take a 30% pay cut in Euros, or you can switch to the Drachma and the Drachma declines in value 30% vs. the Euro. The end result is the same - "austerity".

The end result is most certainly not the same - switching to the Drachma and letting it float would result in an accurate reflection of what a Greek man-hour[1] is worth compared to a German man-hour (the exchange rate Euro/Drachma would stabilise around the actual value). Taking a X% pay cut in Euros, even if accurate on the day the cut was done (almost impossible), would not reflect reality a week later when the value of the Greek man-hour changes.

Letting a currency float means that at any given time the exchange rate will give you a reasonably good idea of what the currency is worth compared to other currencies. Giving pay cuts is hardly ever accurate (who calculates the real exchange rate between greek man-hours and german man-hours?), and even in the rare case that it is, it will not be accurate a week later.

[1] I use man-hour as a unit of productivity.

Comment: Re: Good for greece (Score 3, Insightful) 1241 1241

And I guess the Greeks can all start driving cars made by Greek car companies. If there aren't enough Greek automakers, maybe they can purchase the intellectual property from whoever owns the Trabant designs. Probably somebody in Germany, actually.

That's actually the point of separate currencies - prices stabilise to reflect value in a single economy. With a separate currency (Say, DM vs Drachma) the exchange rate would float to reflect the difference between the economies, and german cars would effectively be priced out of (most) Greeks budget, thus opening a market for local manufacture.

Like I keep saying in every post on this subject, it's in Greece's best interest to leave the Eurozone, while it is in the EU's best interest to keep them in. The EU will give up a lot before they let Greece leave - they lose too much in a grexit.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 384 384

Humans are infamous for their groupthink in general. The Slashdot variety is actually pretty mild, if you have any baseline for comparison.

The telling thing is that people complain from all sides of various issues. For example, if you ask a libertarian, they'll tell you that Slashdot groupthink is liberal leaning socialist. If you ask a liberal, it's libertarian. But truth is, you see +5-modded comments from practically any perspective. About the only way to be consistently downmodded here without being a troll (or sufficiently troll-like in behavior, even if not deliberate, to make no difference) is to be a hardline creationist.

There is very little future in being right when your boss is wrong.