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Submission + - Reddit Moderator Outs Reddit Admins (soundcloud.com) 8

Khyber writes: While the censorship is strong over at Reddit, details from a (former) moderator of one of the largest subreddits on the site have been leaked in the form of an an audio recording of a Skype conversation between an unidentified journalist and the moderator himself. User posts are being deleted rapidly from Reddit over in the /r/gaming subreddit, users are being shadowbanned, or hard-banned. (I've had my account dropped.) Really interesting parts of the 50-minute long audio sit around ~10:30 and ~26 minute marks, where the moderator details threats made against him and other moderators, and also a bit near the end regarding their censorship/spam control tools, and how anyone can effectively be banned for any made up reason, commonly-used ones being vote manipulation, brigading, and alt account creation. There is also talk about how subreddits for encryption get monitored much more closely and censored much more often than larger subreddits, such as /r/gaming.

As someone I know has put it, "...given that Reddit says that it views itself as a government for a new type of community, this is disturbing."

Comment Re:T-Mobile - The country's largest 4g Network (Score 1) 45

And why should they be shot? HSPA+ may not be as fast as LTE Wimax, but it is clearly superior to 3G technologies that proceeded it. HDSPA was already called 3.5G or Turbo 3G, Edge was originally considered to be a 3G network built on 2G technologies, so I don't see what the deal is. It's just a stupid buzzword for a family of technologies that's easier for the average consumer to understand than LTE / Wimax.

Again, these are all buzzwords. They were created by marketing to be abused like this, usually by pulling shit like having two different networks released within the same time frame and then calling faster of the two the next "generation" of speed. When this doesn't work, you get shit like AT&T with the fastest network and Verizon with the biggest. WOOHOO!

Comment Re:That sounds about right.... (Score 2, Interesting) 328

It's sad, because the apple marketplace actually discourages using open code. You can't install anything that isn't through the app store, and you can't put anything on the app store without the intent to make money off of it. Otherwise, you're penalized with a developer fee that comes out of your own pocket with no way to have that fee waived. Free software is DOA on iOS.

Comment Hmm... (Score 1, Interesting) 442

As much as I love Linux, it is nice to see a government who will do what the majority wants than what a niche minority lobbies for. Or perhaps it's nice to see a society that fights for what it wants, rather than a government where anyone who is against the corporate overmind is unimportant.

Of course, this is Windows 7 (and therefore Microsoft) that we're talking about. I'm certain ConsumerWatchdog doesn't honestly count as a public critic, so who is to say the same thing hasn't happened here. Dammit, I hate watching the fruits of the powers that be without getting a real glimpse of what's going on under the hood of the beast.

Ah, I hate being a conspiracy theorist, and I could probably throw out how corporations have rotted this world for their protection, and how the majority means nothing as the Dollar is king. Bow down to the almighty dollar who's at the top, and where are you?

But who is to say that happened here. I am just a rambler.

Comment Re:No cross platform support either (Score 1) 288

I'm going to make some unfounded but logical assumptions about you. I'm going to assume you're a nerd or at least semi-geeky, because you use slashdot. Next, because of the previous assumption, I'm going to assume that many of your friends are geeks or nerds, and you generally hang around like-minded people. This sets your friend group in a niche. In this niche, there is probably a much higher probability that these people have opinions on technology and like to educate themselves about what is available, as it's logical to assume that a nerd or geek finds technology to be something of a hobby, and people tend to know a lot about things they consider hobbies.

Taking all of this into consideration, I'm going to assume that there is a higher likelihood of people in your friends group who want to put forth the effort to change operating systems on a computer or laptop or netbook, simply for the sake of exposure. So already we've assumed that the people you are friends with are more tech savvy, more opinionated about technology, and therefore more likely to try linux or whatever is out there. So within your group of friends, a percentage of even 20% that use linux would not be surprising. However, much like unscientific pools, it is an inaccurate measure for the rest of the uneducated, uninterested majority population that could give a crap about what their computer is running as long as it does, even with much difficulty (adware, spyware, malware, viri, popups, toolbars, etc), what they want it to do.

Comment Re:Is this really censorship? (Score 2, Informative) 347

Damn right. You are "censoring" information you deem "inappropriate" for your audience. "Censorship is the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body." "When a publisher comes under pressure to suppress a book, but has already entered into a contract with the author, they will sometimes effectively censor the book by deliberately ordering a small print run and making minimal, if any, attempts to publicize it. This practice became known in the early 2000s as privishing."

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