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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:It's sinking. (304 comments)

Actually, It could really be sinking. It could be a(n) (un)fortunate side effect of the dispersants used to disrupt the BP oil spill in 2010. Plastics are made of oil, after all.

about 2 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Yes, but natural selection is won by pissing contests!

about 3 months ago
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Verizon's Plan To Snoop On Its Customers

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:Should Be Illegal (85 comments)

Unfortunately, the only way to fight this is with a customer boycott. That is to say that Verizon (and others) will not cease such clandestine activites without their advertisers pulling out.

The only way advertisers will pull out is with customer backlash, and that means we have to stop buying from companies who use such advertising.

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

I suppose I could see grounds for such an unusual privacy policy. It protects controversial scientific theories from dooming a person's political or academic aspirations, though not from the ridicule of colleagues who receive the emails.

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

That's a valid point, but it doesn't apply in the case of a university email address (as opposed to a personal email address), especially when the data can be significant to future discussion of the process used today. Historical correspondence between scientists is more often harolded for its benefits to the scientific community than for any fear of political backlash.

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

And can you imagine what would have been lost had the public reacted in knee jerk fashion by keeping those letters private because of some short sighted political pundits?

So tell me again why we're okay with this today?

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

The US constitution stands on it's own merits. The daily tos and fros of negotiating the thing over those 4 months are irrelevant.

And yet, for decades after that original publishing of the US Constitution, those very tos and fros of negotiating were slowly trickled out, leading to some of the most foundational Supreme Court rulings which have preserved our country's freedoms.

Dismissing the process for the results is like missing the trees for the forest. Just as in politics, in the scientific method, the ends do not always justify the means, and pretending otherwise can lead to atrocities like eugenics. Apologies for invoking Godwin's law, but it does sufficiently demonstrate the point.

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

<sarcasm>Your exemplary use of the English language astounds, and it most certainly elevates your point to the level of attention gathering.</sarcasm>

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

In my government place of business we have a warning before login that we are required to accept which states that all our activities are subject to monitoring. Business email is for business use. Personal email is for personal use. It's not difficult for me to understand that and I'm a mere Computer Engineer. Certainly a respectable climate scientist of doctoral status should be able to understand such a social limitation.

about 4 months ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (348 comments)

The thought processes behind the research can often give insight to new data that arises later. Many of Einstein's theories would not be as well understood if not for his correspondence with other notable scientists of his day.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

I think you mean "gyro" ... but the argument is sound.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

I salute you, anonymous coward, for you brought an evil grin to my face... even if only momentarily.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

You only think you're laughing now.

I bought red Swingline staplers for everyone with which I had worked at the company. I labeled each "Property of <my name>" so they'd remember me.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:Enjoy your Death March (308 comments)

It's not that bad. Results are more important than intraoffice politics, if your superiors enjoy making money.

I have been in this specific situation. In my case, the ultimate answer was to rewrite the portion of the program that was worst, mostly from scratch. We had some proprietary libraries for which we had obtained the source code. Going through said source showed that the flaws (in this case, performance drag) were well entrenched, so I decided it would be necessary to write our own code from scratch to replace it. There were no political ramifications because we no longer had a business relationship with the original company, as it had gone bankrupt, and the original code was now owned by our customer. It was on my head to succeed, and succeed I did. The performance of our software went well into the useful range and I had impressed my superiors immensely. Not only that, but about two weeks later, the other customer of our software had canceled their project, so this project that I had just brought to fruition was now the only project using our software. I saved 20+ jobs and was now in charge of our group's only project. I was a hero.

That's when politics begin to matter. Another group in the company had lost all it's customers at the same time as our group lost our other customer. That group's manager needed a project at which to work, so after arranging a public shaming of my group's manager and taking over my group, he had me moved to the basement in another building... literally... He had to replace me with 3 managers and 2 programmers and 4 operators, but then, he was able to charge the customer for 9 employees' time instead of just 1 employee's time. Now he looked like the hero and I was looking for another job. If not for charging time spent to the customer, he probably would have lost that fight.

The moral of the story is: Do your absolute best and, if money is more important in your company than politics, you will be rewarded.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:NoScript (731 comments)

"Amen! Preach on ma' brotha'!"

Seriously, though. That is exactly why I installed an ad-blocker. I specifically allow sites I visit in order to live up to that philosophy, but I have yet to see a single site since 1999 that hosts 100% of its own advertising. I actually enjoy seeing in house ads for exactly this reason, even if the site reviews the product it is advertising, because it shows that they give a care about their users/readers.

about 7 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:If you're concerned... (351 comments)

If all the money that has been given to banks in Quantitative Easing had instead been given to those who were receiving forclosure notices, the bubble would not have burst so detrimentally and the economy would be more stable for the common man today.

The simple fact is: Quantitative Easing is a method for the banks to keep the money in the banks and out of the hands of the people.

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:If you're concerned... (351 comments)

If all the money that has been given to banks in Quantitative Easing had instead been given to those who were receiving forclosure notices, the bubble would not have burst so detrimentally and the economy would be more stable for the common man today. The simple fact is: Quantitative Easing is a method for the banks to keep the money in the banks and out of the hands of the people.

Now explain to me how that is a right wing point of view...

about 8 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

0p7imu5_P2im3 Re:If you're concerned... (351 comments)

Ironically, the 51% attack is very similar to a phenomenon with the US Dollar that is commonly referred to with the politically correct monicker "Quanitative Easing" and the derogatory, though very applicable, term "bailouts."

about 8 months ago
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SQL Vs. NoSQL: Which Is Better?

0p7imu5_P2im3 In this SQL happy industry... (306 comments)

I see no benefit to SQLs as they are typically just regurgitation and rehash of the previous platform. Yes, there is some minor benefit to being able to forgo character exposition, but often they are simple cookie cutter copies of other SQLs... Wait... we're not talking about movies, are we?

more than 2 years ago

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New Petition Regarding Chris Dodd Corrects Previous ToS Violation

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979) writes "A new petition has been posted to whitehouse.gov regarding Chris Dodd's threat of retracting campaign funding. Where as the previous attempt requested "a specific law enforcement action," this one only requests a public statement of intent. The real question is: Does anyone care anymore that the head of the MPAA publicly admitted to bribery?"
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Instyler Ignores Streisand Effect

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979) writes "Instyler is sending Cease and Desist letters to people who sell their hair styling equipment used, presumably because it suggests that the products are not as good as they claim. However, its actions are causing a bit of a ripple over the internet."
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ICE seizing sites that link to sites that link...

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

0p7imu5_P2im3 writes "Great News! My domain has been seized by ICE. It was a podcast with like 3 listeners about lesser known current events. Some of the news article links may have had links to sites that had been seized by ICE for listing locations of torrent files. This is a HUGE reach for the executive branch of the US and Homeland Security and I can only hope it's an April Fool's joke."
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How George W. Bush made me an Ex-Conservative

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979) writes "TheExcon has recently started a political blog with views from an ex-republican point of view. His first post is about How George W. Bush made him an Ex-Conservative. It has enough facts and figures to ensure that he did his homework.

Consider this — the Bush administration entered the White House with just over $5 trillion in national debt. The national debt sits at over $9 trillion today. That is over $30,000 worth of debt for every man, woman, and child in this country. This was somewhat staggering to me. Especially considering that the debt has continued to rise 1.5 billion a day since 2007.
As to the level of astroturf involved... I can't say. The whois data points to Dreamhost.com which, in turn, has his information labeled private. I can't blame him for hiding it if he's being truthful. The only difference between his description and I are the Baptist upbringing and the fact that I'm a Computer Engineer, so I understand the fear involved with publicly saying that you're not a Republican in Alabama, especially outside of Huntsville and its suburbs."

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Sub-Prime Tent Cities in the States

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979) writes "It seems that Sub-Prime Tent Cities are starting to balloon out, in Los Angeles in this case. Such signs of a slowing economy were popularized by depictions of the same during the Great Depression. I find it interesting that it takes an international media outlet to point out such an obvious sign of "economic downcline" (i.e., recession)."
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I tire of seeing my old Journal Entry on top of my page...

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 5 years ago But I don't believe in editing, or deleting, history.

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Slashdot moderation has two obvious and condemning flaws.

0p7imu5_P2im3 0p7imu5_P2im3 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

1) It encourages new members to stay new.

I realize that no system is perfect, but this system encourages stagnation of ideas. If someone new signs up and starts with good karma and +1 bonus point, they have very low visibility and if one moderator disagrees once (mods overrated), even after tens or even hundreds of posts that were ignored by moderators regardless of value, they skip neutral and go straight to bad karma, losing their bonus point, and get relegated to anonymous postings. I have toughed it out for nearly a month, myself, and have found that it will probably be easier to create a new account than continue with this one. Which brings me to another point:

2) The potential to, and likely the actual occurance of, gaming the system is high.

All one needs is multiple frequently used accounts and one can moderate their own posts up and moderate opponents' posts down. There is nothing in place to stop them except metamoderation, and if they get demoted that way, they can just drop that account and build up karma in a new one (using the other successfully gamed accounts) to replace it.

It's very nice for OSTG to allow non-paying members of the internet public to participate, but with a system that is so discouraging of noob participation, is it really worth it?

Suggestions (because I'd be a jack-ass if my criticism wasn't constructive):
A) One possible solution would be a true feedback system.

Require an explanation of why a post was downgraded (without visible attribution of account name) and then moderators have to think about their rating rather than just modding something down because they consider it wrong. It would also give the damaged account holder some idea of what he said wrong. And metamoderators would have something to work with rather than a random post with no context and no reason to aid the community beyond their own personal vendettas.

B) Put a cap on modding up (or down) per account per time period.

If you record the number of mods versus who they modded and put the said cap into action, it will prevent vendettas from being actionable, at least, in the scope of one account per user. If someone doesn't like that they can't mod a racist post down because they modded the guy's on-topic, intelligent commentary on his favorite game as "overrated" earlier, then sucks to be him. He shouldn't have wasted his mod points on something so inane as disagreeing with an opinion.

To gamers of the system:
Malign me and mod yourself up all you want. I probably won't be posting under this account again anyway. At least, not for a few years. I'm going back to HardOCP for a while.

To subscribers:
I humbly suggest the tag "callthewahmbulance"
;)

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