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Comment Re:Logic and Reason, or lack thereof (Score 0) 156

England was paying for information, paying informants, paying propagandists, jailing and killing people who spoke out publicly against the Crown's control

Citations would've been most helpful here, but let's stipulate, it is all true.

So, in the 18th century Britain was already doing all of that. And in the 20th it did too — and we still regard Alan Turing's efforts as nothing but heroic and decisive in turning the war in the Allies' favor and saving thousands of lives.

Why, then, are so many folks — yourself included — denouncing Turing's descendants at CIA, NSA and their British equivalents in the 21st century? Yes, they could spy on their own citizens illegally and it, likely, does happen — including political opposition. But they do, unfortunately, have a vast number of legitimate targets and their secretive efforts continue to save lives... To sabotage all of their efforts because they could sometimes be abusive is like banning cars because some times people die in them.

It is most refreshing to have a mainstream media outlet call the "leaker" a "traitor", but, when he is found, we are likely to discover, that he was lead to these actions by the Western public's suicidal attitudes towards earlier traitors — Snowden and Manning.

Submission + - Reddit to deprecate custom stylesheets in upcoming redesign

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman announced that an upcoming redesign of the website will deprecae the use of custom stylesheets across all of its subreddits, in favor of limited customization options on a standardized template, and a new sidebar widget system. He argued CSS on Reddit was "difficult to learn", "error-prone", and "time consuming", made it harder to make changes to the site itself without risking breaking changes made by other subreddits, and were not compatible with the mobile version of Reddit,

Huffman stated that the site's staff planned to work with the community to "replicate as many of the existing uses that already exist, and to expand beyond as we evolve", and that the widget system would allow subreddits to add dynamic content to their sidebars more easily. However, said community is up in arms over the announced changes, as the moderators of many popular subreddits have created intricate stylesheets that add community-specific functionality and customizations that diversify the experience, and the exact level of customization that will be possible under the new system is still unclear.

Comment Common issue: Finding the most negative response (Score 1) 195

"So the proper response is to join the NRA and come out with all guns blazing?"

Why say something extremely negative and worthless, while ignoring suggested solutions? That's one of the ways Slashdot commenters don't handle abuse well.

Here are 2 solutions I mentioned in my grandparent comment:

1) One possible solution: All countries could support ReactOS so that the Windows OS can be eliminated.

2) No company should be allowed to have a virtual monopoly! Companies that are routinely abusive should be re-organized or eliminated.

See my comment below, Gov. leaders unsually have no technical knowledge, for initial ideas about how to cause the writing and adoption of new laws.

Comment Gov. leaders unsually have no technical knowledge. (Score 1) 195

"Not only have consumers ignored open source solutions, they've gone totally the other way."

The average person has no technical knowledge. Companies like Microsoft are using that ignorance to abuse their customers.

We have technical knowledge. We could teach government leaders what needs to be done. In general, almost all government leaders are extremely ignorant about technology. They need a lot of help.

"We've ranted. We've raged."

"Ranting" and "raging" is infantile behavior.

Instead, prepare a set of laws and regulations that we recommend. Get the process started. Ask hundreds of thousands of Slashdot readers to make their local government leaders aware of the laws and regulations we recommend.

Is there a Slashdot reader who has the ability to be a government leader? Would that person be interested in a government career? Support that person nationally.

Why do I spend so much time reading Slashdot? Because I often find knowledgeable, logical comments that are helpful to me. I've taught myself to navigate around the angry, crazy, and otherwise worthless comments.

Maybe the Slashdot readers who are knowledgeable and logical can take a stronger role in leading the world in a better direction.

Submission + - A battery made of molten metals (mit.edu) 1

Z00L00K writes: This story came out a while ago, but didn't seem to surface:

A novel rechargeable battery developed at MIT could one day play a critical role in the massive expansion of solar generation needed to mitigate climate change by midcentury. Designed to store energy on the electric grid, the high-capacity battery consists of molten metals that naturally separate to form two electrodes in layers on either side of the molten salt electrolyte between them. Tests with cells made of low-cost, Earth-abundant materials confirm that the liquid battery operates efficiently without losing significant capacity or mechanically degrading — common problems in today’s batteries with solid electrodes. The MIT researchers have already demonstrated a simple, low-cost process for manufacturing prototypes of their battery, and future plans call for field tests on small-scale power grids that include intermittent generating sources such as solar and wind.


Comment Re:Fortran (Score 1) 502

Yep, me too... I was in fifth grade, our new Astronomy teacher — I'm about twice older now, than she was then (darn!) — offered the class to write a program for her for extra credit (I am pretty sure now, she needed it for her own class in college).

I took my dad's Fortran book and coded the thing up — something really simple, a loop doing something with an array... I never got to test it on anything, but I did get the extra credit...

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