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Comment Re:Sabotaging? (Score 1) 858

So the men that watched "Sex and the City" didn't really like the show. "Sabotage" has a specific meaning that the article doesn't really support. A better title might have been "Men don't like women's TV."

Is this SJW nonsense? Based on the title I'd say it is. Apparently it was written by a none-too-bright guy who felt it was necessary to stand up for women by speaking poorly of his fellow men. The data doesn't even really support his claim... a much more plausible explanation is that men simply don't like certain shows that are aimed at women.

Why is it on Slashdot? Now, that's your question and I don't have an answer. However, it does give us an opportunity to take a look at the fact that yes, SJW BS is happening, and a good number of people are buying in. Just read the comments at the bottom of the main article... sure some of them are actually sane and reasonable, but a disturbing number are agreeing and making statements about men in general as a result of this BS article.

Here's the real question: why does the author feel the need to paint men in a bad light over this (non)issue despite the fact that he is a man? Answer me that one and we'll be getting somewhere.

Comment Re:Sabotaging? (Score 1) 858

So the men that watched "Sex and the City" didn't really like the show. "Sabotage" has a specific meaning that the article doesn't really support. A better title might have been "Men don't like women's TV." Is this SJW nonsense? Based on the title I'd say it is. Apparently it was written by a none-too-bright guy who felt it was necessary to stand up for women by speaking poorly of his fellow men. The data doesn't even really support his claim... a much more plausible explanation is that men simply don't like certain shows that are aimed at women. Why is it on Slashdot? Now, that's your question and I don't have an answer. However, it does give us an opportunity to take a look at the fact that yes, SJW BS is happening, and a good number of people are buying in. Just read the comments at the bottom of the main article... sure some of them are actually sane and reasonable, but a disturbing number are agreeing and making statements about men in general as a result of this BS article. Here's the real question: why does the author feel the need to paint men in a bad light over this (non)issue despite the fact that he is a man? Answer me that one and we'll be getting somewhere.

Comment Re:Discretion (Score 2) 554

Amen. See Frederic Bastiat's "The Law:" http://bastiat.org/en/the_law....

Written in 1850, it details from a philosophical perspective the rise of law, its presumed purpose, and some strong arguments for indicators that the law has gone bad. Chronic, uneven application of the law is one of the perversions of law he discusses.

Comment Insightful? Really? More like flamebait. (Score 1) 85

But I read webinterface, and we all know web "programmers" are not known for their efficient products.

...because every "programmer" that touches web technologies only produces shitty, barely functioning code.

...and those that don't touch web technologies never, ever produce code that is anything less than perfect.

...sounds like somebody is jealous that we get paid just as much to play with all the fun stuff.

Comment Re:Anonymity (Score 1) 556

Can anyone else come up with valid reasons why a non-criminal, non-terrorist would need to make an anonymous phone call?

Maybe because I live in a free country, or because I have First and Fourth Amendment rights, or because the government doesn't have a valid reason to snoop on me or anyone else. This isn't going to stop any terrorists--they will simply use alternate means of communication.

Comment Sounds like a pretty good argument... (Score 3, Insightful) 132

Sounds like a pretty good argument for taking the federal government out of education entirely.

Centralized mind control through propaganda; acculturation of our nation's youth to silence, oppression, and acquiescence to authority; normalization of the police state; blind nationalism through a fantastic daily "pledge." All of these things are strong counterarguments to the "fair and equal opportunity/better education for all " kind of rhetoric that comes out of Washington.

Seriously, think of the children. Think of all the misguided ideas their heads will be filled with. Think of the cultural values they will be taught to cherish and those they will be taught to revile. Think of the world they will grow up to accept or even create.

Whatever happened to civics class?

Teach your children well... and keep them far, far away from federally funded schools.

Comment Re:I disagree with the premise (Score 1) 402

The article fails to discuss what it thinks "bad UI/UX design" is or to mention any specific open source projects that incorporate it.

I, too, disagree with the premise. However, I will go further and suggest that there is more than merely "anti-open source bias" at work here. The article is so shallow and so baseless that it seems designed to trick as many hapless Slashdotters as it can into accepting the premise without reading TFA--and little else.

This article propagates the idea that open-source UI is bad, despite presenting zero evidence to that effect. It has a cute and catchy title "Open Source Is Ugly" and then fails to address the basic points of that claim: what an ugly UI is and how open source fits that definition. Thus, the article is seemingly nothing more than astroturf. In this forum I am surprised more haven't called this out.

Comment This again? (Score 1) 519

The Web was a fine place before there were advertisements on the Web.

If you ever wanted to put a site up on the Web, then you always knew that visitors to your site could read it through a browser capable of parsing its content and displaying it however the visitor wanted to view it. The Web has been like this since the very beginning--it was designed that way.

Crying over it is like crying over gravity. This is the reality we live in. Deal with it.

Ad-supported "content" is never as good as the information disseminated by ordinary folks who are posting on the Web for personal and non-monetary edification. Anything that is worth being said without ad revenue attached is just more worth listening to. If you need the ad revenue to make your posts worth it, perhaps you are posting for the wrong reason.

Disclaimer: I use Adblock Plus and I have for nearly a decade now.

Comment At the risk of getting downvoted into oblivion... (Score 3, Insightful) 290

Who the fuck cares about Facebook?

Facebook is a despicable company that doesn't have even a basic level of respect for its users. This has been readily apparent to anyone who has been willing to look for the better part of a decade. You want to be a part of that? Go right ahead. Just don't act all indignant when they arbitrarily lock your account or sell the data they have on you to corporations or the government.

Furthermore, likening Facebook to a public square is just silly. Public squares don't fight for your clicks by targeting you with advertisements. Public squares won't track every move you make on the Internet after you leave. And, most relevant of all, public squares are places where it's perfectly acceptable to remain anonymous through the use of any pseudonym you can dream up.

I say let Facebook do whatever they want. The more egregious the abuse, the more likely another clueless user will wake up and boycott that shit.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 255

I've been dual homepaging Slashdot and Soylent for the last few months. The stories over at Soylent tend to be more on-topic, and the story selection process is completely transparent.

I encourage you (and everyone else) to continue to give Soylent a chance. As far as I can tell the community is 100% Slashdot refugees. If Slashdotters continue to jump over, which seems to be the trend, we just might get a good portion of our community back together free of our evil corporate overlords. And I, for one, welcome that outcome.

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