Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment The electoral college is already 60% dead (Score 1) 480

According to about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, the Electoral College is already on it's last legs. If states with at least 105 more Electoral College votes adopt this compact, then the Electoral College will have been eliminated. No need to amend the Constitution.

Yours was one of the more insightful posts mentioning the Electoral College, though it received no favorable mods. Typical for today's Slashdot. Your sig was interesting, however.

Comment And who shall rate those self-same raters? (Score 2) 9

Seriously, unless the personal reputation of the raters as actual human beings is taken into account, then the system will be worthless. There has to be symmetry between the reliability of the raters for their ratings to have any reliability.

Almost all of these systems get polluted by gamesters and trolls, often using sock puppets. I'm not saying that anonymity needs to be eliminated, but if you do elect to be anonymous, then your opinions should be discounted as not really representing your public position. However in a situation like this, I do think that anonymous raters should be discounted to zero.

However, I've made basically the same argument as regards fixing the Slashdot moderation system. Haven't noticed any progress yet.

Comment Re:Why go for a simple majority? (Score 1) 620

This is the other one of only two comments to mention this obvious solution, and neither one of them was moderated upwards. Slashdot really has fallen on hard times, eh? This approach would effectively eliminate the Electoral College, and is already more than halfway to becoming effective (as measured by Electoral College votes that have been committed to it).

Again, it appears that no karma bonus was used. Why not?

Should I complain that my comment about the coalition government solution was also ignored? Or just put it on the list of hard-times-at-Slashdot-and-no-one-cares?

On reflection, I do have one more thought about my earlier comment. I think the Judicial branch would be better off as a pure meritocracy with as little political (AKA partisan) political involvement as possible. One approach might be to nominate judges for promotion based on objective metrics of their judicial performance. The judges whose opinions are most often cited by other judges and whose decisions are least often overturned would be the top candidates. When a vacancy appears on a higher court, the top few candidates, perhaps 5, would automatically be considered for the position, and only if all of them were rejected for the promotion (and I find it hard to imagine why that would ever happen) would the process be opened up for other candidates.

I actually think one benefit of this kind of system is that the top judges would tend to be older and therefore not stay in place for so long. Then again, I don't think it would be bad to include special criteria that do favor younger judges, as long as the criteria are applied impartially. Perhaps reduce the penalty if a young judge is overturned, counting it as a learning experience? Or give extra credit for younger judges who spent some time teaching at law schools? Maybe even consider teaching at a law school as counting as much as being a judge in terms of judicial seniority?

Comment Does insight have to involve a deeper truth? (Score 1) 109

Most insightful of the comments that got the mod. More deserving if you considered the topic a bit more broadly, for example by appealing to the orange counterexample who is about to occupy the White House.

I think the answers to your question largely revolve around economic models. Or you might prefer to see the situation in terms of the "military-industrial complex" that Ike warned us about, but I still think that's just another version of the money thing. I don't want to call it a "money problem" because I think problems should be defined in terms of solutions, and there is no solution for infinite greed, just as there is no final digit of pi. People like Trump will never have enough money.

Comment Why I watch in the cinema (Score 3) 337

Watching in the cinema is a completely different experience. Going out of the house and making a journey somewhere builds up the sense of occasion, especially when it's combined with a nice meal somewhere beforehand. Watching a film as part of a large audience is also a better experience than watching at home. Sure there are certain audiences that are annoyingly chatty, but for the most part I have a good experience with fellow film-goers. Watching as part of an audience helps you to pick up on things that you wouldn't notice otherwise. Also, the inability to pause means that you have to put your phone away and give the film your undivided attention. Watching at home leaves you prone to more distractions.

Comment Re:I Would Rather Go To Theatres (Score 5, Informative) 337


Revenue at the 2015 global box office crossed $38 billion for the first time in history, surpassing last year's record $36.7 billion.

That includes an unprecedented $11 billion-plus in North America, up 6.3 percent from last year's dismal $10.35 billion

By the end of 2017, China is expected to surpass North America and become the largest movie market in the world. http://www.hollywoodreporter.c...

So no the movie industry has not been destroyed by the internet. No even close. Time to take you head out of your ass.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Are you getting spammed by the Yahoo Recruiting Management System (

shanen writes: Can't even remember when I looked at that system, and never considered it seriously or even interviewed for a position at Yahoo. However twice in the last few weeks the Yahoo Recruiting Management System has sent me a bunch of notifications of matching job openings. Might be a bug, but I suspect it's a symptom...

So does anyone want to compare notes on what sorts of employees are leaving Yahoo most quickly? (Otherwise, I don't even have a reason to look at all the lovely email.)

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1) 575

I think the point moron is that we have been kicking the can down the road for the past 40 fucking years! At some point you need to start doing something. If we had started 40 years ago we would be in a better position. Now with all the delays, we will need to do something big which will have impact on people's lives.

It's the difference of a small change or a really big change.

Comment Re:It must be nice (Score 1) 334

If they provided lanyard anchors then you wouldn't need the protective case (unless you're paranoid about your lanyard breaking or maybe if you rely on the lanyard too much). I really can't understand the lack of lanyard anchor points on all of the smartphones I looked at recently.

Also, the NFC has apparently become a high-end feature.

Standardized mediocrity even on the corporate evil.

Slashdot Top Deals

Another megabytes the dust.