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Comment: Who's to blame? (Score 2) 1198

by tripwire45 (#47120579) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Over the past several days, I've read several commentaries about Elliot Rodgers and his motivation for commiting several murders. These murders have been blamed on "white privilege", misogyny, a rape culture, nerd culture, a (of course) gun culture, and so on. From what I understand, Rodgers was in psychotherapy for many years. What hasn't been adequately explored (in my opinion) is assigning "blame" to the apparent fact that the shooter was mentally ill. Quite a number of the high media profile mass shootings within the past several years were committed by individuals with histories of mental illness. If there's any sort of answer to these tragedies or any way to address and hopefully avert future shootings of this nature, how about revisiting our system of treating mental illness in potentially violent people? Blaming men, blaming white people, or blaming guns doesn't seem to be an effective countermeasure.

Comment: Science is all about doubt (Score 1) 600

by tripwire45 (#46824631) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science
Relative to something like the Big Bang, while it is the predominant theory in cosmology today, it is not an established fact. If half the public doubts that the Big Bang as it is currently understood, was the causal factor in the creation of the universe, they shouldn't be that much different than cosmologists who are constantly searching for better ways to understand how our universe came to be. Doubt is not evil. For that matter, neither is believing that every single scientific conclusion or currently popular scientific theory must be treated as fact. However, sometimes I think the news media and their surveys overstate their point and expect all currently held scientific positions to be treated by the general population as immutable fact that should never be questioned. It's as if the news media wants its audience to accept the statement: "Trust me, I'm a scientist." Science is all about questioning and never about blindly accepting someone else's conclusions.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Knowledge Base Product for parent company & white labeled part

Submitted by tripwire45
tripwire45 (798317) writes "I'm responsible for moving our company's customer facing support documentation from hard copy (PDF, Word) to an online Knowledge Base. Finding a Knowledge Base product is fairly easy but we also provide documentation support for a number of white label partners that use our web application product under their brand. For these partners, I would also need to create and support a separate online Knowledge Base platform branded and themed for each of them.

I'm looking for a KB product that will allow me to create online documents under my company's brand on our KB but then push that information out to "mirrored" KB instances for each of our partners. Since company names and other specific wording changes from our company to each of our partners, the product would need to have the ability to "automagically" change specific words such as company name from the parent company to the appropriate name for each partner company. I want to avoid having to manually copy and paste each individual document multiple times and avoid manually changing specific wording and other information.

Since not all features are equally supported between the parent company and all partners, I would need the ability to select which files go where, rather than have everything I create "shotgunned" to all partners.

Our product is a web application and I want our customers to be able to click a "Help" link to open the support KB. When customers of each of our white label partners click "Help", they should be directed to the KB that is themed for that partner.

This product must be highly scalable, since the number of partners we support is only going to grow.

Other requirements include:

SSO so customers signed into the web app won't have to login again to access the KB.
The KB must not be accessible from the web without a login.
Collaboration and versioning would be helpful so different team members could work on a single project.
Some sort of workflow/approval system is desirable.
Analytics to capture how our customers are using the KB support docs.

I've assessed a number of KB products including Confluence, SafeHarbor, MoxieSoft, and ZenDesk, and none of them were able to satisfy these requirements, particularly the ability to support multiple, themed Kbs and auto-translate specific words/terms based on individual themes.

I would appreciate any help you may have to offer. Thanks."

Comment: Revolutionary (Score 1) 185

I've long suspected that the way the DSM is constructed how mental illness is diagnosed has been manipulated by political, social and financial interests (medical insurance companies for instance). Our definition of what is and isn't a mental illness shifts over time. If those shifts were the result of ongoing research, it would be understandable, but as this article suggests, it's based on other factors. It will be refreshing to see a more scientific approach applied, assuming objectivity can be maintained and the causes and indicators of mental illnesses can be reasonably defined and observed.

Comment: Re:This is here, because? (Score 1) 931

The people you're describing have nothing to do with me. I don't believe "God hates Fags" and I have no agenda that involves making you listen to anything I have to say unless you express an interest. Sadly, most people think all religious people are like the vocal few who they encounter. There's nothing like judging an entire group based on the poor behavior of a few. Believe as you will.

Comment: Who decides? (Score 1) 295

by tripwire45 (#43580751) Attached to: Politician Wants Sci-fi To Be Mandatory In School
I think there are a number of science fiction novels that would be beneficial for high school students to read, but that's true of other times of literature as well. The problem is the minute some politician makes a law that says students must read/study such and thus in school for whatever reason, education is defined by politicians instead of educators. Education isn't a mystery and the only thing that really needs to be retooled is to make the emphasis of the educational system on giving students skill sets that they need to function in the modern job market, not to indoctrinate them in the latest social beliefs and priorities.

Comment: Re:This is here, because? (Score 1) 931

Nobody cares if you believe in God, they only care if you don't believe in God. People only "care" if you flaunt it. Every atheist is seen as being as bad as an evangelical activist, because simply not believing is considered a bad thing

I happen to believe that there is a God and I will probably be modded into oblivion just for saying so. The fact that the article shows belief in God in a favorable light, will also not sit well with many.

"I believe in God, and I think Slashdot is a group of bigots that will mod me down for my personal beliefs" is flame bait, and should be treated as such. If you left off the taunt on the end, you might have not deserved the negative mods you are expecting, but haven't gotten at the time I post this.

Actually, I experience the opposite. Atheists care a great deal that I believe in God and because of my belief, make all sorts of assumptions about me in order to ridicule me. The door swings both ways.

Comment: Earthbound (Score 1) 414

by tripwire45 (#43451677) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth
After fifty years of manned space exploration, we've only visited the Moon a handful of time, and most of our experiences of putting humans in space have been temporary visits into Earth orbit. We can't even figure out a practical method of sending people to Mars. What makes you think we'll ever find a way to permanently send people to other planets? We evolved to live on Earth. I say that with a certain amount of angst since I'm old enough to have grown up with the NASA manned space program and it was always my dream as a child and young adult that human beings would personally explore and colonize the galaxy. However, reality had other plans.

Biology is the only science in which multiplication means the same thing as division.

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