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Okian Warrior writes: I've registered "AltSlashdot.org". I intend to run a site much like Slashdot used to be — better articles, less decoration and less "in your face" functionality. I'm reviewing and getting comfortable with slashcode right now. I'm looking for volunteers to help with setup and running the site. If the site becomes profitable, I intend to hire from the pool of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to participate in a site like Slashdot, here's your chance! I'm particularly in need of people who can:
  • Set up and manage a high-traffic site (servers, load-balancers, data sites, &c)
  • Edit story submissions
  • HTML, CSS, and script creation/bugfix/repair

Contact me if interested John (at) AltSlashdot (dot) org

Comment Re:M.U.L.E. (Score 1) 110

Like watching the original Star Wars,

Actually the whole original Star Wars trilogy holds up very well. That's the benefit of having a very strong design-- since your design isn't tied to the contemporary styles, it'll still be current long after the bell bottoms have been relegated to the junkheap.

For a counter-example, see Star Trek: The Movie. You can tell what decade it was made in 10 seconds.

Comment Remember the (Score 1) 421

For those of you not familiar with the writings of Daniel Keys Moran, I suggest you obtain a copy of Green Eyes or The Long Run.

Once there is no way to have free, anonymous speech on the internet, there will be no arena left where one can have free, anonymous speech.

I'm not suggesting total anarchy, but a rather that such total control should be avoided at all costs.

Comment Re:so why did the devs stay? (Score 1) 325

Well, the longer you spend there, the closer you must eventually get to finishing it, right? And the closer you get, the more you might as well stick it out just a little longer, since you've spent so much time on it already.

That may be faulty logic, but it's easy to see how someone could end up staying there so long.

Plus it would have been a bummer to quit after all that time, only to see the game finally ship and you weren't part of it.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 283

I'm pretty sure I've heard that before.

The only reason I think we should have an IPvX, or an extensible standard that allows longer strings, is that you never know what people will use it for in the future. Anticipating future needs and then saying "This is good enough, forever" has never, ever worked. And people have said largely the same thing about every past technology.

Who would ever need four billion addresses? Only COMPUTERS will be using them and only universities and big businesses have those!

Comment Re:Disney pah (Score 1) 320

The issue isn't that Disney dips in to the Public Domain pool to produce stories. After all, that's exactly why the Public Domain is so important. It SHOULD be there for people to draw from. Rather, the issue with Disney is that they've been a driving force to ensure that their works do not return to the Public Domain, failing to enrich the very resource that as served them so well (and in the process denying the public a very important resource over time).

Comment S.O.B. (Score 1) 600

Has anyone else noticed that for the last 3 or 4 decades, Ray Bradbury has been consistently a tool?

I'm inclined to give scifi writers a lot of leeway when it comes to personal stridency and being fuckheads, because the best ones are visionary and creative and therefore get a little bit of license.

Certain ones, however, have crossed a line where their body of work has to be re-evaluated because of their non-literary activities. Orson Scott Card is one such prick-with-ears. George Orwell is practically the template. Ray Bradbury is arguably on the steering committee of scifi writers who need to STFU.

Fortunately, death sort of wipes the slate clean for this archetype. Because Orwell's no longer around to embarrass himself, and his contemporaries who were virtually unanimous in hating him have all passed on, his work can be seen on its own merits. I think, in the case of O S Card, that the quality of his work has followed his own personal path to wankdom and triviality, and the few worthwhile books he's written probably won't last the time it takes to forget what a jerk he was (after his demise, I mean).

Bradbury's got a little more goodwill built up because he's written some important things, so despite his best efforts to destroy his personal "brand" his work will endure. However, there will be footnotes in his bibliography mentioning what a nasty old cocksucker (and victim of abominable taste in facial hair) he was.

Comment Re:I know the feeling. (Score 1) 420

Sorry I don't have the links to the ols /. story handy, but there are (at least "according to the internet") political sites on that "list of child porn sites". And, as I understand it, that "list of child porn sites" isn't itself open to public review - you just have to take the government's word that it's not abusing its power. Of course, not living in Denmark, I haven't bothered to validate all of this; otherwise I could just say "try to get to this site" and we'd know.

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