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Comment: it's nonsense (Score 1) 62 62

Stupid.

If you offer your copyrighted work for download for free what possible complaint can you have against anyone who takes you up on that offer unless they redistribute via other methods or sites? Peer-peer nature of torrents excluded of course, since they knowingly uploaded knowing full well that peer-peer partial transfers would occur from each torrent downloader...

They should lose all exclusive right and the holdings of the copyright to any of the content they willfully made available for download.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 320 320

>Yes, that's how the whole world works. You really think it doesn't work that way on reddit?

Not really, no: Reddit has no "Anonymous Coward" moniker. Every user has a username, even if it's a "throwaway". It isn't quite so easy to tell these apart from the long-time users unless you're really familiar with peoples' names (or the username is something like /u/throwaway070315). Moreover, Slashdot specifically has a feature to ignore posts by ACs, so a lot of users don't even see posts by anonymous users at all. Reddit has no such thing.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 320 320

You can come up with a throwaway identity on almost any site.

You can, but it's easier to do in practice on some sites than on others. It's not that easy to do here on Slashdot; on Reddit it's almost trivial, and the RES makes it even easier to switch between identities with a couple of mouse clicks. Reddit doesn't require email confirmation and all that crap like (I believe) Slashdot and other sites do, which also causes them to limit you to one identity per email account. Yes, you can just go set up a bunch of one-time-use email accounts, but again that's a PITA, unless you're a professional troll and you have a semi-automated system set up for that.

As for Reddit and its gems/turds ratio, it really depends on the subreddit. They're all different, since they're run by different mods, with different rules, and different groups of people in them. It's not like Slashdot, where there's only one user community, and we pretty much all see the same articles; on Reddit, everyone sees a different version of the site, and sees different articles, depending on which subreddits they're subscribed to. With 250,000 subreddits, there really is not a singular "Reddit community", though there certainly are some subreddits which are extremely popular and might be considered somewhat representative. I can see all kinds of horrible posts in /r/politics, for instance, but then go over to /r/embeddedlinux and see nothing but polite, well-thought out posts (but not too many of them, since it's a small group with only 646 readers).

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 320 320

The mods have nothing to lose by fucking up you site if you mess with them. They can move to a new site tomorrow.
Maybe if being a mod was a payed job you could tell them what to do.

If being a mod was a paid job, most likely the mods would not be trusted much, just like the (paid) admins are not right now. The only way communities like Reddit work is when the users don't see the people in charge as having a profit motive which overrides all sense of ethics and decency. This is why open-source software is usually trusted so much more than commercial software to not have malware embedded and to respect its users (with some exceptions of course, but these, like Gnome3, usually stem from philosophical disagreements, not suspicion that someone is screwing the users over for profit). No one but a fool trusts Adobe or various other commercial software providers to not include bloated spyware in their software to somehow make money on users (after charging them first for the product itself), but not many people distrust GIMP and think it's doing the same. They may disagree on some technical aspects of the software and its UI, but because software like this is made by a community of mostly volunteers and not a single for-profit corporation, it has a level of trust which commercial providers simply will never earn.

For a more relevant example, just look at this site: we even have a word for many "stories" posted here: "Slashvertisements". No one really trusts the leadership here any more, because it's obviously been hijacked by for-profit corporate interests, namely Dice Inc. Reddit appears to be going the same direction.

Comment: Re:Looks pretty useful (Score 1) 29 29

It seems like something that would make it much more difficult for ordinary thieves to exploit cell phones. That would seem to be pretty useful.

And much easier for the Police / FBI / etc... to exploit to unlock your phone. That would seem to be pretty useful - for them.

Comment: Re:Basically, you can only spend so much (Score 1) 183 183

No it's not. It's really not.

Yes, it really is... your saying it isn't doesn't make it so. But I won't bother addressing the rest of your post because you weren't listening the last time and won't this time.

So carry on...

Comment: Re:Basically, you can only spend so much (Score 1) 183 183

We had a real problem in Sweden that physicians (M.D.'s) only worked 6 months a year because that was enough to sustain them for the other 6 months and the government would take 75% of what they earned the other 6 years. So we had a shortage of doctors.

We had that problem back in the 50's when the US tried a super high tax rate.

Ronald Reagan talked about it, actors back then would work for 3 months and then take the rest of the year off, because most of what they earned after that was taken by the government, making it pointless to earn more.

A 75% tax rate is just criminal, the idea that the state is entitled to 75% of whatever you produce beyond a given point is evil.

Comment: Re:You can't really do bankruptcy anymore (Score 1) 183 183

The laws changed and you can no longer discharge debt less than 100k.

Just for the record, this isn't true.

There is a means test, which is put into place to try and keep people from discharging debts they could otherwise pay.

My brother went through this 2 years ago after his divorce and he had to do a chapter 13 because he failed the means test, he makes enough that he can pay something towards his debts.

If you're well and truly broke without an income, then chapter 7 discharge is still an option.

Comment: Re:Why Both? (Score 1) 73 73

The fingerprinting is far more secure.

But also problematic, from a usability standpoint. As people that actually work with their hands know, the ability to take a reliable fingerprint can be impeded by blisters, etc. For example, a (long) while ago I had to delay getting my fingerprints taken at NASA because my finger tips were beaten up from recently working around the house and on my car.

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 4, Informative) 320 320

Please Dice, drop the silly share button and return the read more link, and the read comments link.

Second this, but don't know why, at least, they can't all be displayed?

BTW, I solved this, and the video stories by adding this rule to my Proxomitron config file for "slashdot.org":

Matching expression: </head>
Replacement Text:
<style>
.fhitem-poll { display: none !important; }
.nav-social { display: none !important; }
.popularity { display: none !important; }
</style>
</head>

And killed auto audio play using:
Matching Expression: <audio \1 autoplay="*" \2>
Replacement Text: <audio \1 \2>

Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 320 320

One of the many reasons mods are upset is that the employee who was fired was (by all accounts) crucial to the reliability and credibility of AMAs.

Pro Tip: Pay close attention anytime a manager or company says something like "employees are our most valuable asset" or "... are critical to our success" because that's what they look/sound like when they're lying to you.

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