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Comment Re:Dubious assumptions are dubious (Score 1) 290 290

Turning off lights in cities isn't going to help astronomers much.

Actually, no. City glow is a huge impediment to astronomy for an area hundreds of times the size of the city.

There's a middle ground here. Lighting can be designed so it primarily lights the ground, instead of going every which way. Goes a long way towards reducing problems optical telescope use faces.

Comment Software Priesthood (Score 1) 351 351

The whole thrust of ESR's Cathedral and the Bazaar essay...

You're about 30 years late WRT your reference. When I said "back in the day"...

I first saw the term "software priesthood" in print in Byte magazine -- it was 1976, I think. It was already in play among those of us who had already been programming for a while, and even more so among certain sectors of management.

Comment Re:use this one neat trick (Score 4, Insightful) 351 351

Back in the day, we called this concept the "Software Preisthood"

It wasn't complementary.

1) I am not threatened by "everyone" learning to program

2) don't buy a bunch of stupid apps, and,

3) Apparently, you're a programmer, so write your own apps. :)

Comment Re:Yay no more stupid videos! (Score 1) 550 550

Videos are 5x slower than reading

Yep. And they're extremely difficult to deal with contextually, unless you take the time to generate a full transcript - ugh. So (a) waste your time watching, (b) waste your time writing up a transcript, (c) take the time to post... and (d) everyone has already moved on.

Most video "stories" are for droolers. If you can't write it up, it often isn't worth saying. Exceptions being movies of Pluto, that sort of science-y goodness. I don't think I've ever seen *anything* on the idiot box that was worth a full page of actual cogent explanation. And "interviews".... ffs, just write it down.

Comment Our value is community. Not the broken site. (Score 0, Offtopic) 550 550

Perhaps the new owners will finally fix the massively broken and stupid moderation system that the previous and current owners have left bereft of badly needed attention:

o Moderators can't post with ID. Stupid. Utterly, completely, stupid. Pointless. Ridiculous.
o Moderators have zero accountability for what they've done -- only for what they might do later
o Absolutely no effective mechanism to remove bad moderation (and that really screws up threads here)
o AC's unjustly penalized, many of the site's best posts never rise above the noise level
o Trolls go un-handled -- the AC low-runging is a punt at not having to work at moderation. But it doesn't work.
o Perversely limited set of mod types leaves moderators unable to moderate reasonably
o Limits on mod ranges penalize the very best posts (and don't adequately address the trolls, either, because...
o On slashdot, troll is effectively equal to AC with one person disagreeing, and...
o Because we can't attribute the "disagree" to the mod, it can't be remediated except by the...
o Random and future-behavior-only-focused meta moderation system.

And then we have:

o Ridiculous delays between posts for ACs AND for logged-in users. Big convo? Too bad for you.
o Inability STILL to handle many character entities after all these years. Not to mention UTF-*8, omg.
o Retarded signature limits. C'mon. Bad sigs should be moderated. It takes a lot of chars to use HTML.

And of course there are the short-bus elephants in the room:

o "Editors" that know nothing about editing. Or writing. Or what constitutes a "story"
o The "firehose", a way to vote up stuff that won't get posted -- can be a total waste of time
o And the continuous mucking about with the parts that worked, making them NOT work,
      while all of the above, which ACTUALLY needs fixing, goes unfixed.

I'd fire the bloody lot of them, frankly.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 591 591

Death is one of the consequences of treason/espionage.

And yet Jonathan Pollard is not only still alive but will be released in November and given a heroes parade in Israel.

Any American, and I do mean anyone, who releases classified information or spies for another country should be given the death penalty. This includes those people whose actions you might agree with.*

However, like so many others, criminals are being coddled rather than punished.

* I may like the fact that Snowden exposed what most of us on here already knew, but his actions do not mitigate the fact he released classified information. As you said, death is one of the consequences of treason/espionage and the Founding Father knew their lives were on the line when they signed off on independence but rather than run, they stayed and fought in whatever manner they could.

Comment Re:Correct link to TRA (Score 5, Funny) 118 118

Google developers do not understand how to design APIs.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong! Google developers get paid buttloads of money, more than you or I could hope to make. These are the elites, the 1% of the 1%.

Because they are so highly paid the problem cannot lie with them since we are repeatedly told if you pay developers what they're worth you will get excellent results. Just like paying CEOs of companies who go running to Uncle Sam to protect them from their own incompetence.

The problem must lie elsewhere. Look harder.

Comment Re:Not the best summary... (Score 1) 195 195

Yes, the government should force the obese to get their act together, especially since that same government is now forcing me to pay for their medical care whether I want to or not.

The same for drug users, smokers and alcoholics.

If the idea is to make people more healthy by forcing them to hand over their money to a private company then to get the most bang for the buck forced government coercion to get people to live more healthy lives is the way to go.

Comment Re:Even better news for China (Score 3, Insightful) 97 97

It doesnt matter if those countries get 100 bucks if 99 of them end up going back to cost of manufacturing.

Part of "cost of manufacturing" is paying workers. There and here. So it does matter. When my $100 goes there instead of here, our economy takes a hit. Tiny, sure, but when it's thousands or tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of "whatever", then it's no longer a tiny hit.

It is better to never have tried anything than to have tried something and failed. - motto of jerks, weenies and losers everywhere