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Comment: And once again (Score 1) 361 361

http://www.voat.co/ is currently down. I'm assuming for capacity issues (again)

Reddit was good, about 5 years ago. It's turned from a time waster to a waste of time.

I hang out in a few subreddits that aren't bad. The front page has become kind of a joke in a non-funny bad way.

Comment: Re:Veto-Proof? (Score 1) 131 131

The skeptic in me says he vetoed it as political cover

He is expected to announce his candidacy for President next week. So he is shifting from pandering to Louisiana Republicans, to pandering to a national audience. He has already started sending his policies to Grover Norquist for ideological approval, before he proposes them to the public, or even legislators in his own party.

Call me a cynic but it's more likely he's holding out for some nice juicy campaign contributions from the license plate reading corporations for his election

Comment: How about (Score 5, Insightful) 268 268

Since it's Slashdot:

Free Software Foundation http://fsf.org/

Electronic Freedom Foundation http://eff.org/

American Civil Liberties Union http://aclu.org/

Make sure they are registered as a 501(c)(3) so your donations are tax-deducible.

I'd skip sending money to ISIS or the Taliban. It's probably not tax-deductible and may result in unpleasant imprisonment.

Comment: Re:first??? (Score 2) 142 142

What will you do when all cars come with wheel sensors?
What will you do when privacy advocates can't do a thing to prevent such a thing from happening?
What will you do when laws are passed so that cars won't work if the sensors can't read your hands?

Maybe we'll get mandatory self-driving cars before that other thing happens.


Aftermarket steering wheels?

Steering Wheel covers?

Comment: Re:don't need a nuke, just Newtons Law (Score 1) 272 272

I think robot controlled solar sails would even work to adjust trajectories, given sufficient time and warning.

Nukes? If there is a suddenly detected chunk of rock/ice/metallic whatever that big, that close, probably wouldn't help

I prefer nudging even with nukes, not trying to blow up the object.

Comment: Death of Reddit, film at 11. (Score 5, Interesting) 474 474

There have been a lot of strange things going on for a while at reddit.

Banning people because they mentioned the alleged ponzi scheming of the CEO's husband,

Making a bunch of crappy sub-reddits defaults, removing other (crappy) sub-reddits as defaults.

This just seems to be the tipping point for a lot of people. I don't think most people really actually cared about the ban, but the way it was done and the obvious other sub-reddit targets that were just ignored, or had excuses made for them.

I just looked back at digg.com for the first time in a couple years from when it flamed out heroically on it's 2.0 launch. It's not horrible now, there doesn't appear to be too much drama on their front page. Looks like delicio.us Just a abc/cbs style repost of yesterdays "hot web news"

supposedly people flocked to voat.to so hard they took down the site.

The other thing people seem to be doing is re-enabling adblock on reddit, and voting with their purse strings by not purchasing gold anymore.

At these prices, I lose money -- but I make it up in volume. -- Peter G. Alaquon