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Comment: Re:Could be useful in certain rare cases (Score 4, Insightful) 161

by aardvarkjoe (#48880365) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

In situations where moving the original object physically to its destination is difficult or cost prohibitive, and there is no further need of the original at the source (maybe it only has utility at the destination). The most obvious case would be from Earth to space, either to a location in orbit, or eventually another planet.

I would think that a trash can next to the scanner would probably do this particular job just as well.

Comment: Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (Score 1) 158

by aardvarkjoe (#48853023) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Its called the "commerce clause" and even "originalist" extraordinaire Anton Scalia has no problems with that (see his concurrence in Gonzales vs Rauch).

People buying their internet from a local municipal broadband service is about as far from "interstate" as you can get.

It doesn't really matter if the federal government can convince the Supreme Court otherwise. (The SC, by its nature, tends to allow federal overreach). The fact of the matter is that it shouldn't -- this is something that can be perfectly adequately addressed at the local level, and should be. You should get your state representatives and government to fix their laws, not the President of the US.

Comment: Re:ITS HIM (Score 1) 156

by aardvarkjoe (#48827229) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

So since you're using your nifty little script to filter out Bennett... Why are you still bitching in this thread? Shouldn't this story be filtered out for you?

Because the point of the exercise is to help others. It's not productive for me to spend the time to create the script and keep it to myself. So I don't have it turned on yet. I figured I'd post a link to it once or twice so that those who would be interested will see it, and then I'll turn it on and be rid of him forever.

If you don't like it, set me as a foe and filter my comments out. Unlike Bennett, I don't have any desire to force anyone to read what I've written.

Comment: Re:ITS HIM (Score 2) 156

by aardvarkjoe (#48823523) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

1. How hard is it to see "Bennett Haselton" in the storyline and ignore it. Does the computer have to do everything for you?

Do you also refuse to use adblockers and spam blockers on the same principle?

Obviously people want to get rid of the stories they don't want to see. That's why Slashdot has the story filters in the first place.

Comment: Re:ITS HIM (Score 5, Interesting) 156

by aardvarkjoe (#48823339) Attached to: Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

As I remarked in the comments for his last story, If Slashdot would make Bennett an editor, then those who don't want to read his stuff could filter it out using existing tools. That improves the site for those who don't want to see it, and for those who do by reducing the amount of spam and trolls that flood the comment section for every "article" he writes.

I sent an e-mail to /. to ask them to do so, or comment on why they won't. They didn't bother to respond, which is disappointing, although not unexpected given how hostile the Slashdot staff is towards their users.

So, I made the following user script to remove posts that mention "Bennett Haselton":

It works with Chrome and Greasemonkey in Firefox. If anyone wants to improve it or package it up nicely, please do; I don't have any prior experience with Javascript or browser extensions.

Obviously this isn't the best solution, but it's the only one we're likely to get.

Comment: systemd... (Score 5, Insightful) 552

by aardvarkjoe (#48814835) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

systemd seems dead set on becoming an alternative operative system.

Which wouldn't be a bad thing if it wasn't ruining perfectly good operating systems like Debian while it grows.

I've stuck with Debian for a pretty long time (since around 2000) mostly because I know how everything works. But in the last year running testing, more and more frequently I'll find that something has been yanked out and replaced by something harder to use and understand. Maybe it's finally time to switch to BSD instead.

Comment: Re:Hey Bennett, (Score 1) 182

by aardvarkjoe (#48783655) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

Actually that's the first time anyone asked that specific question, and the answer is: Nobody ever constructed a plan such that all the editors should have editor accounts (which, among other things, lets people filter out their stories), but my stories would be run under other people's accounts instead of my own so that there was no way to filter them out, because they were deemed "too important". Instead, I don't have an editor account because I'm not an editor, and when people suggest making me an editor so they can filter out my stories, the answer is always that we're not going to pander to people who are too lazy to just skip the stories themselves.

You're demonstrating a lack of familiarity with Slashdot here. The whole reason why the "filter by posting editor" feature was introduced in the first place was so that people could filter out articles posted by a particular "editor" (Jon Katz) who had about the same reception here that you do. Making you an editor so people can filter out the drivel isn't "pandering" to anyone -- it's allowing a particular feature of the website to work as designed. Didn't you just post an article about a website that doesn't work as it should?

The word "editor" on Slashdot doesn't actually mean someone who edits anything, as anyone who has ever read the Slashdot front page is well aware.

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