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Comment Consistent, yet counter-productive. (Score 4, Interesting) 1098

Parent was arguing that Stallman's behavior was counter-productive -- I think we agree that Stallman is consistent. However, I see this as less of a GPL-vs-BSD thing, and more of a troubling window into Stallman's personality. Here Stallman reveals that his primary factor for evaluating the worthiness of a product is not quality, openness, or even license. Rather, he evaluates software based on it's ability to harm his enemies. This is not a healthy opinion to have, let alone vocalize.

Are we going to swear off eating apples because they provide the same level of nutrition to Bill Gates? Fuck that: I like apples

Comment Re:Lame duck President (Score 4, Funny) 316

What one does, the other automatically opposes.

Which is why it's so easy to control today's GOP with reverse psychology.

Obama:Boy, it sure would be bad if you shut down the government.
GOP:HA! Lets shut down the government!
(time passes)...
GOP:Shit, our poll numbers!
Obama: Jesus this is too easy.

Comment Re:node.js has a very serious issue (Score 1) 304

Why would anyone want to re-implement a full fledged http server and pass through all the difficulties and ironing out bugs that commercial http servers went through ( apache/nginx )

But that's a false premise: you can pair nodejs and nginx/apache/iis to serve static content just like php/java/.net web apps.

Comment Good use-case? (Score 4, Interesting) 68

Back when I was working w/ Oracle (10 i think) I remember trying out update-able views, but I found that the rules and restrictions were such that it seemed like only trivial views could be updated and I decided I was easier to just work w/ the underlying tables and/or write sprocs whenever I need to do more far-reaching updates.

That said, I never dug that deep into the subject. Do any slashdotters know of a situation where an update-able view would be handy/ideal?

Comment Re:"Fortunately" (Score 1) 185

I'm of two minds. On one hand I think it's "ok" to laugh about this because it is such a trivial thing. I'm guessing the person(s) responsible for doesn't mind terribly much — I mean it's not like s/he has to be worried about being fired.

But on the the other hand, I think reveling in schadenfreude and antagonizing 49% of voters is a good way for Dems to get screwed in the midterms (again)

Comment Re:This American Lie (Score 1) 326

Well, perhaps we're latching onto different definitions. I consider a story fact-checked when it's airtight -- that the only assertions that you make are the ones that you can independently verify. And in this case "didn't fact check adequately" and "didn't fact check" is hard to distinguish when you consider that it would lead to the same conclusion: the TAL staff was duped, humiliated, and issued their first-ever retraction.

Comment Re:This American Lie (Score 1) 326

Actually, it's not explicitly untrue. You act as though "made an effort at fact-checking" is an acceptable counter to "didn't fact check". If you are unable to corroborate a claim with at least one other party you have not fact-checked. When TAL was not able to verify some of the more serious claims they should have not gone forward with the story. But don't take my word for it, even Ira Glass agrees (emphasis mine):

I can say now in retrospect that when Mike Daisey wouldn't give us contact information
for his interpreter we should've killed the story rather than run it. We never should've
broadcast this story without talking to that woman

So, they didn't fact check his story. They admit to not fact-checking his story. And it wasn't hard to find the interpreter. In fact the Marketplace correspondent, Rob Schmitz, claims that he found her on his very first Google search. I absolutely love This American Life, and so it saddens me to see them screw up like this. But they screwed up. Badly.

Comment Re:This American Lie (Score 1) 326

Keep in mind that some of the things they couldn't verify still have some truth to them...

I think you're referring to the workers who suffered nerve damage from exposure to n-hexane. Ironically, that's one of the things that Mike Daisy admits that he made up. Oh, that did happen to some workers at some other company over a thousand miles away. A long time before his visit. The thing is, Mike Daisy claimed that he witnessed it and that he interviewed several people who suffered such nerve damage. Which is a lie.

There were people that were wounded in Vietnam. I could claim that I'm one of them. Would that be partially true?

Comment Timely! (Score 5, Interesting) 232

This is really cool, because I just finished reading how badly Washington Post screwed up with the "Inventor of Email" story. In fact, if you look at the comments you can see that former OSDN CEO Robin Miller (aka roblimo) suggested that they hire someone from the slashdot crowd to work on IT reporting. Maybe they took it to heart.

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