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Comment Re:Lack of anonymity impacts freedom of expression (Score 1) 344

I wasn't trying to make my point more valid by inserting "to do" in there... freedom of speech is the same as any other kind of freedom that might otherwise apply to things like an actual action. I was generalizing when I mentioned "doing", but my point is identical without it when talking specifically about freedom of speech.

Other than [protection from slander] there should be absolutely no consequences to free speech

I disagree.... If you really feel like you have the need to say something publicly but you do not want to be held responsible for the consequences that what you are saying might not be well received, then I think you completely deflate the importance of saying it in the first place. If it's important enough to be publicly known, then it is probably important enough to be worth whatever consequences that might entail. I would compare wanting to say something publicly but not wanting to face any undesirable consequences that might arise from it as being akin to wanting to buy a car on credit but not wanting to have the regular monthly payments it entails.

Comment Re:I'm not a "denier" but.... (Score 1) 289

What the fuck does that nonsense have to do with anything that I said?

My point is that floods like this have been happening for as long as there has been weather. I think one would be hard pressed to blame any one of them on climate change specifcally. Even if AGW were the cause, the scale of any individual flood that didn't span at least an entire sizeable country is simply far too small to generally attribute to it. Frankly, it looks to me like Mr. Nye is just using a catchy phrase ("climate change") to get press without putting some actual hard science behind his reasoning, which is kind of ironic, considering the full moniker he is publically known as.

Comment Re:Ironic, Given HoloLense Doesn't do Holograms (Score 2) 108

That's not what makes something a hologram. There is nothing that precludes holograms from being put on glasses to effectively "overlay" on what you see. What makes a hologram distinctive is that your brain perceives it as a truly three-dimensional image. When you focus on a hologram, you are focusing at the distance of the object that is presented in the hologram, not on the surface of what the image is being made on.... like a mirror.

Comment An alternative.... (Score 1) 371

.. if Apple is so dead-set determined to say that their way is better, would be for the iphone to have *2* lightning ports instead of just one... You'd still need an adapter for 3.5 mm phones, but even if you had lightning headphones, you could at least charge your phone while you listen without requiring a lightning hub, (or even plug in other lightning devices that the phone supports)

Comment Re:Lack of anonymity impacts freedom of expression (Score 1) 344

I wasn't addresing the issue of breaking the law without knowing it when keeping things secret. If you don't know that you've broken the law by doing something, unless there was some aspect of privacy that was otherwise involved, you wouldn't generally have a reason to think you needed to hide that in the first place. My point is that people have things that are private even *IF* there was nothing wrong with what they want to keep hidden (to anyone who says otherwise, you could ask them why they are wearing clothes... is there something wrong with their body?) My point being that even if a person has done absolutely nothing illegal (ignoring the side-issue that you raised of everyone doing illegal stuff without knowing it), that person still has things to hide... again, not because they have necessarily done anything wrong, but because those things are simply private.

As for the issue of the consequences or possibly even undesirable repercussions to speech making that speech somehow less free, that might be the case if you consider freedom synonymous only with anarchy. Freedom to do or say something can entail the responsibility to still be accountable for what you do or say, and still be freedom in nearly every other sense of the word.

Comment Lack of anonymity impacts freedom of expression? (Score 1) 344

Why should freedom of expression necessarily mean freedom of accountability for such expression?

Not trying to troll... this is a serious question.

Barring the situation where one is living under an actual oppressive regime wherein the government surreptitiously "silences" anyone who expresses disagreement with them, I don't see how that is an issue. The USA still definitely has its problems, but it is one of the furthest places I can think of in the world from having such a regime.

I am not an advocate of the notion that "if you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide" either, because I do believe that everyone has something to hide, even if they haven't done anything wrong. Some things are kept secret or hidden not because there is anything wrong with them, but simply because they are private. Using social media, however, isn't exactly private, so I'm not sure what the issue is with anonymity in such forums.

Comment Re:Contradictory (Score 1) 70

It's not what I can't run... it's that the entire system is less open. The Apple 2, for instance, was openable, an end user could easily plug in cards into available slots much like what PC ISA would years laters, and the manual that came with the machine even had a complete schematic for the computer!

No.... Apple is not more open than they used to be. Not anywhere close.

Comment Re:When everything you do (Score 1) 534

I am comparing the *reception* of systemd it to how heliocentrism was once received, not suggesting that systemd is actually better in the same way that heliocentrism was actually better than geocentrism. My point is that merely being poorly received is not an indicator of whether something is actually better.

Comment Re:Linux is far worse than Microsoft (Score 1) 534

If systemd were actually better.... sure. Systemd solves things that were never really problems in the first place except for people who generally expect to be rebooting their machine almost every time they use it, and while this could be an admirable goal, the improvement is not significant, and the cost of doing so, completely breaking compatibility with init on a technical as well as philosophical level, is definitely not worth the price of admission.

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