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Comment Slashdot comment shows one reaction to abuse: (Score 1) 198

Wow! Quotes from the parent comment:

"You're the laughingstock of the whole town."

"You're middle-aged now, alone and shunned."

"Your "call to arms" is a joke and we will laugh at it, as always."

"And you will end up with your pants pulled over your head and stuck heads-down in a trash can."

As I said in my comment that started this discussion of Slashdot reactions to abuse (+5), people who comment about abuse often don't respond in a manner guided by logic. Commenters often use these avoidances, and others:

1) Attack.

2) Change the subject. Respond to the new subject with an attack on that subject.

3) Give excuses.

4) Say that positive change is impossible.

Comment Re:Cox has low customer satisfaction? (Score 1) 69

Yeah, I know why they're hated as a cable TV company, but the ISP side of Comcast has always been pretty decent in my experience, and I don't know anyone who has anything bad to say about that side of them. Sure, the data caps is an ongoing concern, but they haven't implemented anything evil on that side, beyond introducing the concept to begin with.

Comment Re:Libreoffice is a thing (Score 1) 198

git is a tiny fraction of what's needed to replace OneDrive - unsurprising given it's a source code version control/management system. If you were to start from scratch creating a OneDrive alternative, you'd probably start with Apache, not git. Add versioning and more advanced permissions to Apache's WebDAV implementation, a web interface to the same directory (preferably linked to something capable of at least viewing Word etc documents online), and client tools to sync with Apache, and you're pretty close to being there.

Comment Re:Patriot (Score 2) 170

Some would argue that the US Government is bound by the Constitution, wherever the US Government acts, and thus agents of the US Government are either subject to prosecution by the US courts whenever they violate the Constitution wherever they may be in the world, or else they are not acting on behalf of the US Government and are therefore bound by local law and subject to local prosecution.

After all, we already have rules of war that our military is supposed to follow when deployed overseas, and there have been plenty of cases when military personnel have been prosecuted for violating those rules. Why should civilian government actors be any different?

Comment Re: Patriot (Score 1) 170

The military-industrial complex is a lot like Congress. Everyone agrees there's a problem, but no one is willing to acknowledge that their personal bit of it has a problem or that they bear any responsibility for it, and many think that despite the problem, their little piece is good.

Comment Re:Logic and Reason, or lack thereof (Score 2) 170

That's because when it comes down to it, everyone wants their own agenda, and simply makes claims about what they are to pander to who will enable them to make their agenda happen. This is why you have to look at the records of actions that people have taken in the past when evaluating the words that they say to you now. This is why it's probably a good idea for Federal office holders to have previous government experience, so that one can see how they've decided on matters in the past, as that will be the best indicator of how they'll decide in the future.

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) 198

"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.

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