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Comment: Going to Battle (Score 1) 65

From the article;

"I went to battle at the telescope to try and get this detection," Faherty says. "I wanted to put war paint under my eyes and wear a bandanna, because I knew this was not going to be an easy thing to do."

Who said astronomy was dull? There has to be a TV series to had here. Action Astronomer wields her mighty War Telescope!

Comment: Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (Score 1) 239

by gsslay (#47728483) Attached to: Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Fact is that hoaxes have always existed and have always found ways of propagating. Wikipedia, like everything on the internet, has just made it easier and faster. It is not a problem of Wikipedia, it's a problem with people in general.

Even people who work for Wikipedia tell you not to trust it [youtube.com], but to check the underlying citations.

You say this as if it comes as a shock. That's kind of the point of an encyclopaedia and completely the point of citations. If you are going to trust an entry in Wikipedia alone for anything important, you are being very foolish.

Unfortunately, while Wikipedia has to justify itself on one hand to those who demand that everything is verified before it is shown, on the other it has those who complain bitterly that new material they have added without any verification is being removed. Wikipedia cannot do both.

Comment: Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (Score 4, Funny) 162

by gsslay (#47711175) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

All of them ride around all day with no spare tire? Seems to me the biggest oversight here was NOT packing an extra set.

And a mechanic to change the wheel is just a phone call away because NAS had the foresight to take out full MAA (Mars Automobile Association) membership. They'll even tow it back home!

Comment: Re:Problem already solved (Score 1) 457

by gsslay (#47677423) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

"Ignore user" only works if everyone does it. Unfortunately there's always someone who wants to engage with the troll, wanting to put them straight, or show them up for the idiots they are. They don't realise that a troll doesn't care what is said to them. As long as they're given attention they are getting what they came for, and it ensures they keep coming back for more. Usually under multiple accounts.

Comment: Re: Uber is quite retarded (Score 1) 341

by gsslay (#47676279) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

It has nothing to do with skill. "Being licensed" has some implication (however imperfect it may be) of being insured and being a known citizen, with a history of following the rules of the road and laws in general.

Not being licensed means you could be an uninsured, unidentifiable, homicidal maniac fresh out of prison. Personally I'd prefer some kind of means of avoiding getting in a car alone with these people.

Comment: Re:quibble on usernames (Score 1) 113

by gsslay (#47655635) Attached to: Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

The idea is to stop users who may claim special authority over the content of some articles, on the basis that they represent an organisation mentioned within them. Naturally, it's the internet, so it's difficult to verify this, and those doing it would have a clear conflict of interest when editing an article related to them. So a good way of nipping this behavior in the bud this is to disallow "corporate" names.

Of course this doesn't stop organisations editing their articles under another name. But at least that's done on the same level as any other editor and the same rules apply.

Comment: Re:Take it Private (Score 1) 113

by gsslay (#47655559) Attached to: Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Wiki needs to be purchased.

By who? Who is going to pay for it that can be trusted to not push their own agenda?

Where is the money going to come from? Adverts? Do you think advertisers won't have an agenda, and interest in what appears on Wikipedia?

Why would unpaid volunteers submit articles to a commercial organisation that profits off their work?

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