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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

Wow, first time I log into /. for a few months and all holy hell is breaking loose. Sad to see the other Dice falling after seeing the horrible mobile site design ethic get rolled into the redesign idea.

Add me to the chorus and mob that leaves the day that classic gets shut off. Classic is and has been broken for a long time now and may be crap, but the beta is just crap with the oxidation layer spray painted with generic febreeze. Why in the hell would Dice want to make it look like a WordPress malware landing page?

See you all in a week to see the flaming Ukrainian square here when the tire fires have been extinguished...

Submission + - Who ate the Pear? 1

PuceBaboon writes: Speculation is rife in the Linux community concerning the fate of Pear OS, the popular OS X lookalike distribution. The distribution disappeared a couple of weeks back, with a message implying that the project had been bought "by a very large company" appearing briefly on the web site (which is no longer available... archived courtesy of the WayBackMachine).
LinuxInsider is carrying an article with a nice round-up of the various theories and opinions as to its fate.

Comment Re: Rearrange the deck chairs. (Score 1) 307

Is it true that the whims and changes to the specifications up until late September have been a major impediment?

Seems like it was a nightmare from the start. That you guys even got anything live and semi functioning is amazing and commendable. People will complain, bitch and whine while adding heaps of political tribalism, but know that some of us understand the constraints and thank you for the hard work dealing with the beasts of burden.

Congratulations on it not being completely unusable and able to start the real hard work of a large and organic site.

Good luck to you guys. All my empathy and none of my envy to ya.

Submission + - The upcoming "Debt Limit Ceiling" vote is now a bug, not a feature

hovelander writes: Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union address of 1860:
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events. This, plainly stated, is your language
In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, "Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!"
To be sure, what the robber demanded of me — my money — was my own; and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me, to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union, to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle." A soft coup d,etat is still a coup d'état.

Comment Re:Natural selection (Score 1) 618

The ultimate, most painful, kind of meaninglessness comes from not those who are weary of pain but those that are weary of pleasure. The deeper meaning of human connection transcends desperately trying to evoke another secretion in the brain. If you can't love someone for their own sake...

Wow. People will never see this because of the 0 AC, or laugh because it is pretty deep and they don't get your point, but I personally thank you for this. I know people suffering from exactly what you point out and worry about them all the time. Well done.

Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

Exactly! It isn't like all the crack users died out and no more were made in nature. Hell, Nicole Kidman even married a former crack addict. The current Krokodil users won't just die in 3 years and the problem goes away. If it is cheaper and more addictive than heroin its use will become more widespread and destructive. Everyone has the "it won't happen to me" syndrome when they will first try it when they can't get their normal fix, then hop on the krokodil hamster wheel to rotten bits.

To think it's a phase or scourge that will take care of that segment of drug addiction? Might as well pray to Jesus to give you a pretty pony in 3 years, cuz you aren't going to get either outcome you are seeking.

This is the best drug deterrent and way to get rid of some losers? Bullshit. I can see a virulent and nasty antibiotic resistant TB coming out of this situation soon.

Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

Having worked in a detox center, I can assure you that death from heroin overdose (too much heroin) is rare.
This explains it better than I could:


Lot of great AC posts sitting at 0 in this thread, mods.

This whole conversation has been one of the better ones on Slashdot recently, in my own biased memory. My faith in Slashdot has been restored to go along with the aggravation everyone always has with /. Learned and realized quite a few new things just by paying attention to this thread. So I agree with the notion "Slashdot is in no way pretty, but just take a look at the other guys."

Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

America has quickly become like Germany in regards to small brewers with incredible brews only available at a local scale. I agree that the joke will apply for a long time and will always be funny, but it is completely untrue now.

And the company that bought all of our prohibition era mistake breweries resides on your own border. You can blame the Netherlands now, like I do.

Now the parts of our culture that still buys the InBev crap because that is all they know about slightly beer flavored water, you are still correct. I still feel that shame for them too.

Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

Thanks for that info! I was wondering what a potato could add other than yeast food and flavorlessness, but I also thought that about the sugar beet wine that ended up tasting like a good vermouth. My thoughts were going to the colored potatoes and such, so you are right about the desire to experiment.

Banana wines are one of my absolute favorites and is quickly becoming a standard in my pipeline. Tokay yeast is perfect for it. If you've been out of the scene for awhile you may be interested that people are getting away from using golden raisins for body and using welch's white grape juice concentrate instead. Even Jack Keller has largely moved away from golden rasins in the last few years to concentrate to take the obvious raisin character they add along with the body they impart.

Good luck with the banana, you won't be disappointed!

Comment Re:Gross, but... (Score 1) 618

You are spot on and I came to that conclusion above and below. The Krokodil problem is one of information and tools being restricted while the precursors are not. Absolutely agree.

Prohibition and lack of realistic rehabilitation/interventions is the clear problem in this worst case scenario. One of the rare cases where it appears to be a better solution to have their low levels of heroin abuse from before than a walking dead problem.

What kinds of opportunistic disease rise up out a segment of the population that is literally rotting to death? What happens when these shitty methods/recipes that are cheap hit the drug users of China and India? Nightmare scenarios.

Comment Re:Home-brew hard cider is good. (Score 1) 618


Isn't it grand, that a figure from history went around finding plots of land that were going to be future settlements to plant apple trees for hard cider production, is one of the US' children's most known citizens?

John Chapman didn't even care what the apple varieties were. Just apple trees from seed which mostly produced wildly variable size and quality. All for cider. Chapman was a shrewd business wanderer who became immortal in story. Fascinating.

Comment Re:Education won't work (Score 1) 618

Because there isn't a finite number of users who will just die out and then the problem goes away.

Not to mention that at a current estimated user base of 1,000,000 million users will impact whatever healthcare system they have in Russia negatively. What about all the opportunistic diseases that happens when you have a large base of severely compromised immune systems?

Not a simple case of let the druggies kill themselves and leave the gene pool. Not even close.

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