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Comment Re:Silly rose-colored glasses (Score 1) 285

With very few exceptions, 80's and 90's games are the only ones I play.

Really, anything made after 1977 is lame modern crap.

Fancy new games like NES Open Tournament are just pale imitations of games like Apawamis Golf on the PDP-10. If you thought Moral Combat was controversial, you haven't played Dr. Sluggo's Torture Chamber!

Did anyone ever make a sci-fi survival horror game that could compete with Jeff Shaevel's Chase?

Comment Re: Developers are but the least part of the probl (Score 1) 199

Had any of the major insurers committed the architectural, design, programming, security, and implementation crimes this project did, there would be hell to pay

Like Bush's Medicare D program system screwups? (Which Republicans conveniently forgot about.)

My post menopausal wife has birth control coverage. What kind of idiot government bureaucrat doesn't know what menopause is?

I'm sure there are things that don't apply to any given individual per anatomy or life style, but by pooling them, then risk is spread. And I bet your old plan had some significant and important gaps that you are not sharing with us. I'd bet money on it.

Why is our government doing this to us?

Because naked capitalism failed to adequately cover people, going for only the profitable low-hanging fruit. And polls have consistently shown that only roughly 35% to 40% of people were happy with the existing system.

Comment Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (Score 5, Insightful) 384

Agreed. I'll answer your question in a moment ...

I've been online for 20+ years. The cycle of online human communication is *always* the same.

* Forum (BBS / newgroup / website) provides a common ground for people to share info. / tips / opinions
* Site is small as only the "geeks" use it
* Site gains Momentum and goes mainstream
* The crazies come out of the woodwork -- Name Calling / Ad Hominem / Trolls attack -- people keep forgetting authority needs accountability
* Moderators are either
    a) 45% of the time non-existent
    b) 45% of the time grammar/spelling/free-thought nazis where posters need to tow the party line,
    c) 4% of the time does it rarely exist there are balanced moderators who allow a difference of opinion as long as it it kept civil and intelligent
    d) 1% site allows members to self-moderate
* All the old members complain about "the good ole days" when the noobs / newbs / hipsters, etc. didn't drive the S/N from Signal into Noise
* New site starts that promises to be "Bigger, Better, Cheaper", etc.
* Old site membership is split as some members leave to check out "Awesome new site" (temporarily, others for good),
* Old site lingers but never really recovers from the mass influx of growth and decay.
* Rinse and Repeat ad nauseum.

What /. did innovate at the time was to allow the crapfest of usenet to be FILTERED. Reddit has mob rule when you get carpet modded into oblivion because people don't want their thinking challenged.

Newspaper used to exist because people saw the value in someone else filtering the amount of information to collect mostly signal and to present THAT to you so you didn't have to waste your time filtering the S/N.

Now to answer your question:

Why is *good* moderation so HARD?
  1. Because it involves TRUST. Are you an expert? Prove it? etc.
  2. The problem is that Truth is NOT only objective, but ALSO subjective. The majority fall into the fallacy of duality. "I'm right, THEREFORE you're wrong." instead of being humble and honest enough to admit. "My POV has + and -, Your POV has + and -. What *new* things can we learn from the difference and intersection of these strengths and weaknesses?"

As a Mystic I am able to see the Strengths and Weakness in *everything*. The question is NOT about simple-minded good vs evil, but about being able to have an open mind and consider ALL the possibilities: the short-term, the long-term, how the strengths of short-term thinking/action might eventually become the negative in the long-term, and vice versa, what did the negative teach us, etc. Most people are not able to communicate with clear, simple, logic free of mis-guided emotion, let analyze something to that depth.

Being passionate is fine. Be able to walk the line between Logic and Emotion -- yeah, we're all still trying to figure that one out. Especially when some noob / fanboi makes an ignorant comment and you just want to flame his ass for being a stupid git. :-)

cue oblg. xkcd ...
  http://xkcd.com/591/
http://3d.xkcd.com/802/

References:
  * "A Community Membership Life Cycle Model" http://arxiv.org/pdf/1006.4271.pdf
  * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_community

Submission + - FILM vs. DIGITAL – Can You Tell the Diffidence? (lensvid.com) 4

Iddo Genuth writes: Film is fading away and almost all of us use digital cameras almost exclusively. But can we really tell the diffidence between film and digital? Photographer Joey Shanks set out to test this question by recording thousands of images with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (set to ISO 400) and a film camera – Canon 7E with a 400 ASA Fujifilm.

He shot a long series of images which he combined into several short clips he set side by side for you to look at and decide if you can actually tell which is which.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids on Classic Games or Newer Games? (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An article at The Verge got me thinking. Parents and those of you who plan to become parents: will you introduce your kids to the games you played when you were younger? Those of us who grew up playing Pong, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man have had a chance to see gaming software evolve into the enormously complex and graphically realistic beast it is today. I've begun to understand why my grandparents tried to get me to watch old movies. I'm also curious how you folks plan to teach your kids about computers and software in general. When teaching them Linux, do you just download the latest stable Mint or Ubuntu release and let them take it from there? Do you track down a 20-year-old version of Slackware and show them how things used to be? I can see how there would be value in that.. the UIs we use every day have been abstracted so far away from their roots that we can't always expect new users to intuitively grasp the chain of logic. How do you think this should be handled?

Submission + - Is Chase.com being DDOSed in followup to Target heist?

wytcld writes: Last night I went to do my daily Chase.com check of a Chase credit card account that we used at a Target a few times in the danger period. Couldn't get the site to work. Thought it might just be a bad 3G connection from my vacation location. FInding it still bad this morning, I tried over a good, fast wired connection, and Chase.com still can't complete a login. Is this an active DDOS to do precisely this — prevent people from seeing fraud on the many Chase cards involved in the Target heist? Are other people seeing this problem?
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity 384

An article from the Associated Press makes the case that internet commenting is slowly but surely transitioning away from widespread anonymity. More and more sites are finding that the prevalence of vitriolic comments is driving away new readers, not to mention other, more reasonable commenters. Sites like YouTube and the Huffington Post are leading the charge, requiring users to log in via Google+ and Facebook respectively in order to establish a real-world identity. The Post's managing editor, Jimmy Soni, said, 'We are reaching a place where the Internet is growing up. These changes represent a maturing (online) environment.' "Nearly three-quarters of teens and young adults think people are more likely to use discriminatory language online or in text messages than in face to face conversations, according to a recent poll ... Newspapers are also turning toward regulated comments. Of the largest 137 U.S. newspapers — those with daily circulation above 50,000 — nearly 49 percent ban anonymous commenting, according to Arthur Santana, assistant communications professor at the University of Houston. Nearly 42 percent allow anonymity, while 9 percent do not have comments at all.

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