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Comment: Re:Get it right, pls. (Score 1) 298

by mvdwege (#47669055) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Oh yes, the Jezebel editors should just grow a thicker skin and take all the abuse they get, but God forbid they post a tongue-in-cheek reaction to a newspiece that might be construed as hurtful by the little boys, then it is suddenly 'criminal domestic abuse'.

Grow the fuck up.

Comment: Re:Slashdot, a sanctuary of intellectual discussio (Score 1) 298

by mvdwege (#47668849) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

The problem with Slashdot is that the moderation system actually works. You mention AGW, but I've found that while there is a strong denier community here, on AGW articles they mostly end up at +5 in equal proportions to the people posting scientifically more accurate responses.[1]

Why is this a problem then? Well, it takes several hours and rounds of moderation to bring a comment section to that state. By that time, although the discussion has become readable and interesting, it hardly pays to add your viewpoint, as most people will now be paying attention to newer threads.

[1] Note to the peanut gallery: read very carefully. Nowhere in that statement do I equate 'scientifically more accurate' with being pro- or anti-AGW.

Comment: Re:A Different Approach (Score 1) 421

by mvdwege (#47645607) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Well, obviously the cutters get traction because no-one on the government side is willing to call them on their stupid arguments; that they have right wing media moguls backing them doesn't help either.

And to get this in before one of the many idiots that plague this site tries to put words in my mouth: if after rationalising the spending it turns out that we can deliver equal or better quality services on a lower budget, by all means return the excess budget as a tax cut.

Comment: Re:A Different Approach (Score 1) 421

by mvdwege (#47641161) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

You want to know why the tax cutters are so strident? It is because they are so badly outnumbered by the tax squanderers.

Which is a stupid argument. If tax money is being spent unwisely, the solution is obviously not to cut taxes, the solution is to fix the spending.

Anyone who seriously tries to make this argument is obviously not interested in fixing the squandering issue at all, but merely wanting to cut his tax liability. Why can't they be honest about it?

Comment: Re:No you do not (Score 1) 353

by mvdwege (#47628209) Attached to: Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

No, I didn't 'read an opinion on pros and cons of large-scale snooping' as an anti-government rant. I read an anti-government rant, which had nothing to do with the topic at hand, namely Microsoft snooping on your mail.

My exact opinions don't matter, and I don't have to provide a complete essay to tell you that you were off-topic.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 442

by mvdwege (#47611905) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

It's nonsense. Individualism is all fine and dandy, but completely denying any commonality is quite frankly stupid. And rather typical of geeks, so there you have at least one point of geek culture: the persistent belief that we're all special snowflakes. Even I find that one hard to shed.

There are certainly some traits that carry over between the groups you mentions. A love for a logically ordered universe is at least one of them. Yes, geek culture has strands in it that may be conflicting. D'oh. Just like baseball fans might dislike American Football, doesn't make either of those groups part of American culture.

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