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Comment I voted "no" with mixed feelings (Score 4, Insightful) 369

I think a lot of ACs are a total pain in the ass. But my belief in free speech outweighs that. And there are times where it really is necessary to post as AC. Plus, how many non-ACs actually use their full name on here to the point that they are individually identifiable. If Slashdot eliminates AC, are they then going to pull a Facebook and require full legal names? And who's going to check that out to make sure no one is lying about their name?

The best way to handle abusive ACs is by invoking the old saying "Do Not Feed the Trolls". A troll's goal is to invoke a heated response. Instead, ignore them and don't give them the satisfaction. I'd also like to see Slashdot users with moderation points use them as intended. Make the good posts and replies rise to the top, instead of using "Troll" or "Off Topic" or "Flame Bait" or "Overrated" to be the equivalent of "I disagree with this post".

Comment Wash, Rinse, Repeat (Score 5, Informative) 254

I said it last time this topic came up, and I'll say it again now. Its no surprise to me that their rules are so draconian that they would eliminate pretty much all Star Trek fan fiction created thus far, and would make anyone think twice before bothering to create anything new. The reboot is so horrible they can't survive any real competition. Even with just a short at this point, its obvious that Axanar is going to totally blow away Star trek: Fast & Furious In Space.

Comment Of course Paramount and CBS are nervous (Score 5, Insightful) 82

I can understand why Paramount and CBS are nervous about Axanar. Having seen the trailers for "Star Trek: Beyond" and the short "Prelude To Axanar", I think that Axanar is going to be a hell of a lot better than Beyond. And Axanar looks like Trek. Beyond looks more like "Star Trek: Fast and Furious In Spaaaaace!!!!"

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 172

Read what I said, instead of making up what you think I said...I said "here", as in "in regards to cloning". I didn't think I had to spell it out, but I guess for an AC that's par for the course. You'd rather attack people than pay attention. And in addition, YOU still missed the point...what they know or don't know about biology is totally irrelevant in this matter, its THEIR organization, they can admit or refuse who they want, and it should be tossed out of court. And you should go back to your mommy's basement.

Comment Missing the point (Score 4, Insightful) 172

Yes, the American Quarter Horse Association is woefully ignorant of science and biology here. But none of that matters. The bottom line is the association is a private, non-governmental organization, and provided they are following federal law and state law where they are headquartered, they should have the right to admit or bar any horse they want. If they decide to bar white horses because its Tuesday, that's their privilege.

Comment Re: Gadget guys vs photographers (Score 4, Informative) 192

(I don't normally reply to ACs, but three of you bring up good points, which outweighs the one asshole.)

Actually, no on the toe. Of course there are shots where the gymnast is in a type of pose that doesn't need to be immortalized in a photograph. You'll get that in any sport where the standard method of shooting is "spray and pray" (set the camera on continuous shooting, hold down the button as the gymnast starts a flip, and pray you get a good printable shot at the peak of the flip). And yes, I go through and make sure those don't go out in the wild. But in all honesty, I've never seen a camel toe shot in the schools I shoot at. High school leotards are designed to prevent just that sort of thing. If a high school gymnast is showing toe, then the coach did a really poor job of selecting leotards for the team.

As for the "reasonable suspicion" part, no it really isn't. You'll see more skin at any public beach (and probably most shopping malls in the summer) than you will at a high school gymnastics meet. And most gymnastics meets are so lightly attended that the parents and coaches generally know quickly if anyone suspicious is showing up. If someone unknown shows up and just starts taking photos, someone else is going to ask questions. I started out by taking photos of a family member and her friends on the team 8 years ago, I didn't just randomly walk in off the street with a camera and start shooting. There's also the part, at least in my state, where one must obtain permission from the school principal or the state sanctioning body (depends on particular meet) to distribute the photos commercially. And finally, getting good gymnastics photos is not a cheap endeavor, nor is it something you're going to learn overnight. You're generally in a very large room with piss poor lighting and a strictly enforced rule of no flash photography, and photograph is only allowed in certain areas if you're shooting from the actual gym floor and not the stands. You ain't going to get even passable shots with an entry level camera you bought the day before a meet, a kit lens, and the camera set on "Programmed". A pedo isn't going to devote that much time, money, and effort to something that only lasts 12 weeks a year.

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