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Comment Re:ok let's do it (Score 1) 254

Let's see how Hollywood screams about copyright! OMG copyright! Copyright is more important than national security, preventing world wars, and even the preservation of the human race. Can't wait to hear them scream about movies streamed with easily broken encryption. Exempt that you say? But then it would become the next big thing used by bad guys to encrypt their communications and make it look like a streaming movie.

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 368

It is possible to care about your reputation without being obsessed. It is possible to be modded Troll even if you are not really trolling, or just being sarcastic / cynical.

I once supported the idea of anonymous posting. I think I'm changing my mind.

On plenty of sites I've had to create an account once I had something to say, that I wanted to say badly enough to simply create and start keeping track of one more account. (And I never re-use passwords!) If I ever happen to have something to say on one of those sites, I've already got an account.

Also, creating an account doesn't necessarily make you suddenly lose your anonymity.

But I'm thinking the balance has shifted since the early days. Like when AOL poisoned Usenet by getting AOL onto Usenet, but that was before Slashdot. Or when the center of gravity on Slashdot shifted away from Linux users. But things change. Not all of it is trolling. Sometimes there are just different views. Bring up subjects like Java. Or Microsoft. Or tabs vs spaces. Vi vs Emacs. Is ST:TOS The Menagerie a single episode, or two episodes?

But if you have something to say about a topic like those, then sign in and say it. If you have something that is truly trolling (racist, sexist, offensive, etc), and not just something someone disagrees with, then creating an account is at least a minor barrier.

Being able to ignore a user is a good idea.

Comment Re:Homosexuals (Score 1) 413

Yes. That. And let's not talk about marriage. Let's talk about far more basic things like whether homosexuals should be allowed to have employment. Or be allowed to rent an apartment. The fact is, that disagreement usually does equal hate. Usually enough that the exception is so rare that you could just say it does equal.

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