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Comment Gopher was my second step/ (Score 1) 225

Gopher was how I expanded out on the internet beyond paying crazy fees to send internet email over Compuserv. A few local bulletin boards offered access. I was in high school, so I didn’t have anybody around to tell me what the point of Gopher was, so it was like browsing a very nerdy newsstand. Today I often miss Gopher, because it had no images, no video, no Flash, no insane page layouts trying to sell me clickbait.

Comment Re:Slashdot is not far behind... (Score 1) 264

Slashdot comments are just awful. It seems like a collection of bots that only exist to turn every post’s comments into a way to blame all the world‘s problems on taxes, immigrants, and women programmers. I think all the good commenters have moved to carefully moderated subreddits.

Comment Let us ignore comments by keyword (Score 1) 1839

I almost never post on Slashdot because I don’t want anything to do with the comments pages. And I don’t want anything to do with the comments pages because it’s always the same tired old arguments about stuff like systemd, women programmers, immigrants taking jobs, and politics—often even when the topic has nothing to do with those things. I’d love to be able to create a list of words and have Slashdot just not show me those comments, similar to how I was able to block John Katz stories in a previous epoch.

Comment Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 599

In comparison, this measure seems to have been abandoned without much fight. I can't help but wonder why.

The GOP realized that this is not a policy that’s going to help them keep the Senate in 2016. Right now the GOP is dominated by old Republicans who want the party to attract young voters, so ginning this issue up into a war wasn’t worth pissing off the young voters. The other important group in the GOP are the sham libertarians who are trying to bring wealthy techies into their camp. Going to war over net neutrality would halt Rand Paul’s advance into silicon valley. All the money the telcos and cable companies can throw at the GOP isn’t really worth pissing off all the people who want uninterrupted streams from Chaturbate and Russian pirate TV streams.

Comment We should teach everyone *some* code (Score 1) 291

Unless you’re retired it’s almost impossible to live in the developed world and not interact with computers on a daily basis. So computer literacy is an important part of daily life in the USA. So everybody needs to know something about programming or they’ll be incapable of understanding basic and important concepts that are relevant to daily life.

But that doesn’t mean that we need to reshape our entire educational system to crank out more software developers so that tech companies can pay lower salaries, which is really what’s behind many of these big efforts to push coding into schools.

Comment Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

How about using talents and energies on real problems, identified using old fashioned scientific method called prioritization, in IT world knowing as function "sort".

Solving problems like war and climate change pretty much requires getting into politics. If you were a nobel laureate would you want to spend your time dealing with the idiots people vote for?

Comment Just make an SUV with Dad mode (Score 1) 283

“Safety features have also been enhanced, adding "adaptive cruise control and the ability to read speed limit signs, stop itself if a crash is imminent, stay in its lane, and even park itself in a street spot or in your garage."”

I need that right now in a two ton all-wheel drive SUV so I can drive sanely while yelling at my kids in the back seat. Please Elon, hurry up and take my money!

Comment Nope. (Score 1) 534

“That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers could soon detect it.”

No, it means that if, thousands or even millions of years agao, some other life form happened to be broadcasting monster radio waves, in the direction of Earth, astronomers might detect it.

Comment Definitely (Score 1) 763

The $60 price point has really turned me off from gaming. Alone the $60 game might not be a killer. But combined with the game industry's obsession with pleasing hard-core gamers you have a recipe for me walking away from gaming. Why would I pay $60 for a game that requires me to unlock most of the content? Or for a game that requires lots of trial-and-error? Or for a game that was released unfinished with showstopping bugs? I'd rather stick with $10 downloads.

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