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Journal Journal: Polls, don't convert to integers! 6

Ok, the latest poll looks at which Star Trek technology we all wish would be implemented. The only issue is I see 199 votes for "Phaser" at the time of me writing this with 0% total? Being the math geek (and future computer science) that I am I hate this!
A simple request: if you must use an integer representation for the percentage of voters which chose a particular choice in the polls, please due so after calculating said value as a "double" or floating point and rounding!
---The percentages listed add up to 97% at the time of me writing this...
---I understand the concept of rounding down, I just cringe at it.

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Journal Journal: Apathy to impartiality in moderating

I have been given another 15 points of moderation this time, and really I wonder if this is for the best? Before anyone ridicules me here I ask to hear me out:

I first would like to begin this strangely motivated journal of mine with a look that poisonous word: apathy. Apathy of the common voter, apathy this and an actavist this is a curse word. But I would have to say this is my curse on moderating in Slashdot: I have a ton of apathy for other people's passions when moderating...

This might, at first glance, seem like a good thing, but it is anything but that. 15 moderator points, this will take me hours. Why you may ask? Because I have an odd system of moderation when I seem to be given these points frequently: Step 0: read the damn article Step 1: read all highly ranked comments and top tier posts for roughly ~50 posters Step 2: turn off ranking Step 3: find a comment with no previous moderation 1st or 2nd tier (no third tier comments yet) Step 4: ignore all comments made to that particular comment Step 5: look for positive qualities


Point being, this is a huge waste of time! Moderation is important, we all know this for a fact, but in my short time here I have come to understand the importance of properly moderated discussions: it saves both the reader time and avoids the Digg effect.

I just wonder if a lot of our moderation is in vain. If I see someone post a comment, even if it is relevant, but against my political views...I avoid moderation for the most part. Why? Because I am biased as hell and will readily admit that. We all know that one moderator point or more, in the past, has been spent unwisely by all of us.

I say now if we are to take a look at how moderator points are spent from birds-eye view, say for the entire population of Slashdot, you and I both know this is a scary thought. Internet meme-ing does not belong on intellectual discussions, ever. Sure the occasional joke is funny and will make me smile, but 25 +5 comments of jokes does not do me much good when I was looking to the discussion for insight.

Ridicule me if you may: "Looking to the discussion for insight! Ha is he an idiot?!?!" But I say to you is this not the ultimate design? Don't we want discussion, however intellectually based, to occur? I've spent a fairish amount of time looking over other forums and news discussions and I can say that the moderation system here is broken for this sole reason: user apathy.

This is not a matter of our best interest: our best interest is for the health and well being of this internet "nook". For the most part I can say many Slashdotters agree that they care about Slashdot's future. Instead consider apathy to be incidental here, not under our control. We are forced to read comments and entire discussions before applying that "sacred" +1 or "damn troll -1" mark. This. Is. Bad. To better understand where I am coming from, let us first consider Jury Duty (bear with me here!). Each time a potential candidate is called to perform Jury duty, it is in the hope that the media or other forms of "reporting" had not gotten to this individual first. Why? - because any individual makes up their mind, however small the degree, upon hearing some argument or reporting no matter how convincing.

There is a simple fix, however, augmented moderation: Upon entering a discussion board a user is either assigned to dupe/troll duty or only given 3 comments to moderate (two with at least 1 followup comment). In this way the user is blinded from the rest of the discussion. Moderation points (up to 3 per article) may be applied as seen fit for these three threads, or the user may chose to not moderate on the given article / exit early. Upon early exit or finishing of those 3 comments, the discussion board would open to normal moderation. Now 3 is an arbitrary number here, I do not know what would work best...but the idea that preliminary points should be considered without regard to the rest of the discussion allows for the initial impartial view...and then the mob view later if needed.

An intro screen to moderation for articles would help Slashdot achieve it's goal for effective distributed moderation without loss of the normal moderation we have come to find effective to many regards. Hell, we all know meta-moderation is too shallow of a view to know the context of how to moderate (honestly one has no idea if sarcasm is applied half the time!) and people enter an article not impartial to the current ratings too often.

Hell ignore what I've said here right? This is only a modest proposal that will be completely forgotten and unnoticed (not to say my idea is perfect - it needs tweaking), but it is a damn shame seeing the meme-a-fying** of this place. **(yes it is a word!)
So you the reader, before you break down my individual quotes with one sentence comments, what do you think of this idea? Do you find this an issue also...why or why not? I would like to see why the current system exists...for no-one, yes not one person, has really given or shown me a rundown of why our current moderation system makes sense.
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Journal Journal: This is completely hilarious

I haven't laughed this hard in a while...this is completely hilarious.

Makes it a whole lot better that my exam tomorrow morning is on this topic. This was a good one.

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Journal Journal: Interesting...mod points. 2

Slashdot why do you keep on giving me mod points? I take time to read everyone's comments but that does not mean I always have the time. 25 points over the past week with 15 this time? I didn't even know they had the Costco deal...well there goes 30-45 minutes.
I have a habit of only modding people up with no previous mod points, makes finding comments a bit more hard and takes much more of my time.
Does anyone else seem to get mod points in "groups of days" and then go for weeks without mod points? - I still do not know quite how this system works here.
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Journal Journal: Question regarding SSH 4

I do not have much experience in ssh, but I would like to set up my home computer to run as a "server" so that I can carbon copy my usb drive after sessions working away from home (I lose the damn things every so often). I have been using ftp for a little bit, but it really isn't that secure and I do not want to transmit a non-encrypted password etc etc.

Anyone have a recommendation for a preferably freeware lightweight program I could use? I have been filtering lightly through the internets, but it would really be helpful if I knew what I was looking for...
(I have the client side issue resolved, that is the easy part)
Thanks :)
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Journal Journal: Ah it comes again

After a late night with the friends, I am eager to begin the final parts of my "education" this coming week...go JMU dukes.

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Journal Journal: A simple wish for Slashdot

I know there are many wishes we can list out there for a website, but this one is regarding the feed and related comment system here at Slashdot. I feel that articles going through the "fire-hose" that receive comments should be able to be filtered higher...that way perhaps more debatable or insightful topics find their way to the top. Perhaps a two-fold weighting and comment hybrid could help with the filtering.
Sidenote: if there is a way to already view recent articles with a "color" threshold ranked with comments, I'd be interested in where I can find the sorting options, because I must have missed it...thanks
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Journal Journal: Question: storage, backup, and the affordable solution

Here is a question to anyone who is willing to provide input:
After recently experiencing the "joy" of a PSU trashing my 2 hard-drives and losing all my 1's and 0's, I am searching right now for a "backup storage solution" to avoid this fallout in the potential future. However simple this may seem, I am looking for an independently powered backup (RAID 1 is useless if the PSU goes beserk!) Additionally I would prefer at least a 2TB backup size. My question is what is the smart solution?
(A) an external enclosure that could support multiple drive bays (must be independently powered) that runs of e-sata or usb
(B) network attached storage, although I am unfamiliar with the performance of this alternative
(C) building my own case, adding some type of power supply and cheap processor,etc, and then putting this on the network as a computer devoted to storage
Any advice to a modern day affordable solution or even an alternative that I did not present above would be greatly appreciated.
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Journal Journal: Pet peeve, except I do not have a pet.

The next person who says

"I welcome our new ________ overlords"

Should be shot on sight. It's not funny unless its entirely irrelevant and original. Every time an article is posted about some animal or robot, we do not need this posting!

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Journal Journal: My motherboard: a soothing blue, red, and yellow sparked flame

It was Tuesday and I was back from college and my little brother needed a new PSU as his current one went into insta-brick-mode. After running some basic tests I placed an order for a new PSU giving him my older one (which his machine runs flawlessly now). Feeling "smart" I soldered a connection off a traditional 4 pin molex power plug to power a fan independent of my motherboard. However, the connection I used I realize only now that when I plugged it in, I somehow through my array of wires managed to cross the red and yellow wires (the psu 12V rail didn't like this). Upon powering up my psu using the front button / motherboard, I generated a deep blue fire about 1 cm in diameter with a red tip and yellow sparks directly over a capacitor on my north-bridge. Now I am no hardware guy, I will never pretend to get one unless I get some education there and experience in the field, but this wasn't good. Three days later with the smell still lingering in my room (yes I am using the "traditional fans on that") I am still waiting for a replacement motherboard and new cpu thermal grease. I can only hope that my cpu was not damaged in the incident, but being that I had my computer powered off within 1-2 seconds of it powering on, I believe it is safe to say the cpu probably survived. Anyways this whole ordeal is very traumatizing and I cannot wait to escape this HP laptop I am currently using.
On another note, anyone else have some entertaining horror stories or something that can top a tri-colored flame?
if you read this journal entry and it looked different, I rewrote it due to it being very hard to read...
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Journal Journal: Want I really want

After that nuke the oil spill article, I would really love to see a modern day nuclear explosion with our camera technologies. Furthermore, since it would be planned, much geological effects could be carefully measured, perhaps providing intelligence into detecting (*cough* North Korea) other nuclear explosions. Lastly it should be noted, how many times have you thought the phrase: "aww just nuke it!", and the possibility that this could be used: awesome.

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Journal Journal: Misinformation and other liberty buzzwords

Yes I am coming on here complaining, its what I do best. My latest beef is really a hopeless cause as nothing I do will change this:
Everyone seems to hate buzzwords, you know those empty shelled words that represent a concept that isn't quite an idea, well I am tired of political buzzwords, or even the use of the word liberty as an empty shell for something every American** needs, or as a substitute for "freedom".
Here I will attempt to explain at least my take on why they cannot and should not be interchanged:
Liberty implies a "set of rules", a "system or safeguard", and the remarkable feature of "restraint". Freedom on the other hand is a word used in context to describe how slavery does not exist, or how I am free from having to choose 2% milk, etc. Liberty can guard to protect various freedom s , but is not a single freedom to do X itself. Now don't get me wrong, I am no political scientist, but I know us Slashdot-ers hate what is coined as buzzwords, or nonsense talk. Instead of referring to "liberty", "freedom", "personal rights", let us learn to talk specifics.
Every time I see a title "Obama calls for..." and someone says something like "human rights" without specifics, I die a little bit inside - and no it is not because of my political standing.
( - a good read)
**yes I am aware not all Slashdot users are American

Journal Journal: Bored 2

Didn't like much of the articles past day. Oh well...

_public class Bored{

___public Object value;

___public Object next;

___public void entertain(){

__________throws WhiteNoiseException

______Bored temp = new Bored();

______value = Google.fetch();

______next = temp;

______if(entertain.value == null)



(The linked list from hell)

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