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Comment: Re:Ethanol from corn is height of stupidity (Score 1) 419

by sco08y (#42853137) Attached to: Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

Common sense does not require a citation.

However, that post was not common sense. It was a made up "fact" based on what someone "felt" was right.

In other words, that post was equivalent to religious doctrine.

Except people routinely feel like they'd like to lie or sleep around, so why doesn't religious doctrine say, "go right ahead"?

Comment: Re:I almost hope they do it... (Score 1, Interesting) 171

by sco08y (#42850143) Attached to: Rapiscan's Backscatter Machines May End Up In US Federal Buildings

It's pretty amusing watching people freak out over these things and call them nude-o-scopes and similar. Just like with gun-control laws, I don't care a lot about the underlying issue, but it's so tempting to take a stance just because the NRA folk are so bloody nuts.

The NRA folks are nuts? It's the gun grabbers who are calling to lock people away in jail for owning a rifle with scary parts, or for owning a sheet metal box with a spring in it.

None of the pro-gun folks want to send *you* to jail for being a douche, after all.

Why do you fear and hate your tax-paying, law-abiding neighbors so much that you want to see them spend hard time in jail for owning a gun?

Comment: Re:If this can happen ... (Score 1) 241

by sco08y (#42817537) Attached to: Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

Per company? Oh, look... we went out of business last night and...wouldn't you know it...reopened for business today under a new name.

How many large content producers are going to restructure periodically to make false DMCA requests? All that paperwork costs money, so you just have to make fraudulent DMCA requests cost more than they're worth.

Comment: Re:Roll your own. (Score 1) 141

by sco08y (#42815905) Attached to: Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

He's got a point that many implementations make it hard to navigate the tree,

I don't even grant him that point. Hard compared to what? A flat list of posts that one should try to reconstruct the (naturally tree-shaped) discussion structure from? That's like saying we should be using square wheels because some round wheels make it hard to steer the car.

Many implementations don't give you ready access to the parent and siblings of a post. Also, it is naturally a tree, but often a thread of discussion is mostly a list, and implementations could often flatten those. But, point taken, most of those are not issues that require fundamentally reworking a tree, and they're all far better than the "wall of text" you get with a flat list.

Comment: Re:Roll your own. (Score 1) 141

by sco08y (#42807393) Attached to: Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

In this particular case it is because Jeff Atwood hates threading. I think it's a huge mistake and he never manages to argue this choice in a compelling way, but I guess it's an emotional thing after all.

He's got a point that many implementations make it hard to navigate the tree, but it's not like it's that hard to implement what he wants (find my replies, see original) and be able to collapse trees.

Comment: Why not apply it to their reporting? (Score 1) 149

by sco08y (#42749239) Attached to: Real-Time Fact Checking With "Truth Teller"

Back in the day, "fact checking" was something a newspaper or such ran against their own product. Readers' Digest was famous for their fact checkers.

If they want to check a speech in real time, why don't they run it on their own reporting and opinion pages?

Going around piously checking everyone else's facts is more creating news than anything else.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"