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Comment tuppence (Score 1) 1833

Design a better comment tree navigation system. On the sly, sneak it in as an inobvious option that has obvious benefits and let the awe flow from there. Nobody has solved comment tree yet, why not be the first? Incidentally, your keyboard shortcuts don't work well for me and are not re-configurable (outwith greasemonkey). Make it easy to skip the dross, please.

There's moderation, tricksy stuff like redundant et al, but then there's "get this shit off of here". We should all have a downvote option that triggers deletion above a certain threshold of non-AC users. Some shit is obviously crap and if enough of us think so, then you should trust us and delete it. I should be able to browse fairly safely at 0.

SD has remained always in my top 5 new sites, for well over 10 years. Almost all good tech stories are here, and the comment threads can be of the highest interest, with many spin offs and detours to visit interesting links or research interesting concepts. The register has better tech content but the commentary is single-child nested which stifles proper BTL discussion. Slash is all about BTL. Just keep the stories focused and let the conversation flow.

Comment Re:Because its non-brain-dead software... (Score 1) 143

I have scraped my knuckles badly on drupal versions 6 and 7. I won't ever go near it again, ever. I basically agree with every (comprehensible) thing in your post. Fanboys, facades, false promises and vapourware along wih a bunch of seriously obnoxious contributors and deluded neophytes.

Yeah, it will run a web site. No, it will not run your website.

Wordpress on the other hand is a great money maker for a dev and can be hollowed out and used in any way you like. Highly flexible once understood, just roll your own theme and plugins.

Comment A simple conversion that the editors neglected (Score 3, Insightful) 97

We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity

An angry person writes:

So how much ethyl alcohol? Using standard dimensions as assumptions:

500 bottles at 750ml: 375 litres
375 litres of wine at 13% = 50 litres [*]

Just say that next time, k? At what point in the reporting chain did this idiocy get introduced? It's ejecting around 50 litres of ethyl alcohol. Simple. Now go away.

[*} adjusted ABV from 12 to 13% to get 50 litres - a more likely estimated figure

Comment Re:Hard? No way! If you can do freshman math . . . (Score 1) 350

THIS thread, all the way back to the AC. You guys get it. Any slashdotter worthy of the name would get navigation in an afternoon. I spent two weeks on a boat crossing an ocean and in that time nailed every observation in the book: sun-run-suns, noon sights, compass checks, planetary observations, moon sights, 7-way star fixes. The calculations are straightforward, the only required input data that you can't work out by hand is the celestial ephemera. But even if the almanac went overboard, a sextant, the sun and my casio F-91W wristwatch ($15) would get me across an ocean to a landfall.

Comment Re:can do it with a computer (Score 1) 350

The sextant hasn't been around that long, and is pretty useless without accurate timekeeping too. Accurate celestial navigation is about 200 years old. You also need an almanac, and it was only was possible to complile those data with developments in the telescope dating back only a couple of centuries. Before that, you didn't have much other than latitude measurements to go by (aside from general observation of lifeforms, swell patterns, cloud formations and so on). Before the 19th century, ocean navigation was most definitely an art and not a science.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 399

Union Carbide Bhopal. It was actually the first thing that came to my mind on that September morning back a few years. 8000 people died overnight, thousands more over the years since then. By a cost-cutting cheap ass US company that has never been properly held to account for its actions.

Comment Re:Hallmark hype (Score 1) 241

Red light cameras can increase safety

No, they don't. They don't look to see if the person maybe ran the light because some asshole was tailgating them and they were sure they'd be rear-ended if they slammed on the brakes to stop for the light in time.

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