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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 3, Insightful) 448

That sounds like a much more reasonable explanation.

The official story makes no sense at all: "Sabine Moreau, 67, had intended to drive to Brussels from her home in Solre-sur-Sambre to pick up a friend from the train station - a journey of just 38 miles."

Forget about the road signs, refueling, sleeping, etc.
What happened to the friend? Did they not communicate at all? Something like: "Hey, you were supposed to pick me up half an hour ago, where are you?"
I take it she didn't think that keeping somebody waiting at a train station for two days is acceptable, let alone helpful.

OnTopic:
The solution to this 'problem' is deathly simple (and it is not 'forget your GPS device'). If you plan a route in reasonable unknown terrain, switch to a 2D north-top map view, zoom out and inspect the route. Your geographical knowledge will actually grow and you can double-check whether the route makes sense and if the device fails, you have some memory of where you want to end up and how to get there.

Comment Re:Asinine (Score 1) 128

I don't disagree with your sentiment, but the reality is the reasons these people don't want their information made public are their own problem. Especially when they show so little regard for us.

It might seem a bit harsh to blame the low-level guys and girls for the high-level decisions (which is who most of 'these people' are). OTOH, the lower-level people are pretty much all accomplices in crimes against the constitution (and humanity in general).

I'm definitely not saying it should be open season on each and everybody in those organisations, but it is hard to feel sorry for any 'collateral damage' done here.

There's even a case to be made to purposefully 'hurt' the larger part of an organisation. Considering Snowden exposing how terrible the high-level decisions have been did fuck-all to change them, trying to start some bottom-up change might prove more effective.

Comment Re:welcome back, bro (Score 1, Flamebait) 38

Although I personally don't mind Slashdot straying slightly into more 'stuff that matters' than 'news for nerds', I would not at all miss all the clickbait articles, the rile-em-up-articles, the terrible teaser non-summaries and all the other disgraces to this community we have been experiencing for months and months now.

So yes, seconded. Crossing my fingers and hoping Slashdot is indeed back to greatness!

Comment Re:He's just trying to win the Primary (Score 1) 350

The most robust definition of the political center is the center between the terms 'progressive' and 'conservative' (although cases can be made for distinctions based on stance on income redistribution and stance on tasking the government). Those terms are fairly well defined without being tied to a continent or country.
Given that definition of center the distinction between an American and European center is nonsensical.

I agree that Rubio will go more to the left (or to the center, if you will) for the general election, but the phrasing 'will come back to the center' is still a misrepresentation of reality, imho. It imbues his future position with a feeling of moderation that is completely undeserved. Slightly to the left of batshit crazy is still crazy.

Comment Re:He's just trying to win the Primary (Score 2, Insightful) 350

Please. Nobody in the GOP will ever be close to the center. They are all superconservative.
Most of the Democratic party is the closest thing the US has to being 'center'. Bernie Sanders is the only real leftwinger running, which in the US apparently equates to PINKO COMMIE.

Comment Re:The moderationg system needs an overhaul. (Score 1) 1833

What higher scores do is show the most POPULAR comments, the ones that maximize groupthink. They do not necessarily enable the "best" comments in terms of quality, and certainly not the ones that will maximize discussion of a variety of views.

Read, man. Read:
"The key point is the 'popularity contest' and 'best' part of it. If the moderation process is unable to provide accurate ratings, the final 'ranking' will be inaccurate and unusable."

But regardless, your proposal not only doesn't solve the problem

What is my proposal exactly? I'm pretty sure I didn't propose a specific implementation.

Your concerns are valid, but your approach is not very constructive. One could imagine factoring in the age of a post or the number of 'views' it has gotten in ascertaining its score. Or perhaps add an element of exploration in browsing by always showing several unrated posts (within their threads) to those with mod points. Both would mitigate 'burial' of good posts.

Another idea is to implement an influence factor, where your (moderation) karma is a multiplier for the moderations you make, thus giving more power to what the community deems its most valuable members. There are some abuse issues with this (improving your karma with an extra account) which are easily mitigated if taken into account, but otherwise it makes sense to improve the quality of the scores of posts.

Comment Re:Just 5 billions for 200 MW?? (Score 1) 182

Fission (which we've had for decades) is a perfectly workable and acceptable energy source for "serious interstellar travel".

I'd say that 'perfectly workable' is an overstatement. AFAIK, the fuel requirements are non-trivial issues at the scales we're talking about. Much less so for fusion.

It's completely crazy to claim "small aircraft" would be a suitable use-case for a fusion power plant.

That only depends on how small we can make them. The point with aircraft is that they need a high energy density power source and rake in lots of money. Leaf blowers don't, which is why your comparison is invalid.

Comment Re:Just 5 billions for 200 MW?? (Score 3, Interesting) 182

We are going to need portable fusion if we ever want to do serious interstellar travel. Wind power sucks in space, natural gas (combustion) takes up a lot of space and PV produces only a very slight bit of energy once you get a fair bit away from the sun.

Small fusion reactors can be superuseful even without taking into account space travel. From battleships to trains to large aircraft to small aircraft: they have a use at many scales where high energy density (production) is required or preferred.

Comment Re:The moderationg system needs an overhaul. (Score 4, Insightful) 1833

There's absolutely no reason for higher mod scores except to have a "popularity contest," and that's not what good moderation is about

Actually, being able to easily see the best comments in a 1000-comment thread would be useful. Other commenting platforms have this feature and it works really well. One thing it does is make the time and subthread of posting completely irrelevant. Currently, +5 posts at the bottom of a story are read far less often than those at the top, I believe.

The key point is the 'popularity contest' and 'best' part of it. If the moderation process is unable to provide accurate ratings, the final 'ranking' will be inaccurate and unusable. Otherwise, it makes sense to include a 'sort by highest rated (post/thread)' functionality.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1833

If you disagree, respond and explain why.

People don't always have time for that or might not want to undo their moderations in the thread.

Although I'm not sure GPs proposal is the best implementation of it, there needs to be an outlet for the feeling of disagreement with the content of a post. Even 90% true and insightful posts evoke a negative reaction if they do not align with your own views. We're only humans, after all.

In a sense, agreement with the content of a post is a different dimension than the technical quality of it. Ideally, the moderation system should reflect that. It may prove to be too complex (although if anyone would embrace slightly increased complexity for greatly increased functionality, it would be Slashdotters), but one could imagine having to indicate agreement with the content for all moderations (+1 Insightful, Disagree slightly, for instance), making moderation a two step action.

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