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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Any Web Loco Here's a few I like (282 comments)

The London Review of Books
The New York Review of Books
Foreign Affairs
The Times Literary Supplement

3 days ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Any Web Loco India & China (856 comments)

we'd have to get developing titans like India and China

This gets bandied around a lot as a "reason" not to do anything, or to do very little, about reducing human impact on the environment (Not saying that this is your point, just picking the words out). It's crap for two reasons: first, the impact of the US on the global environment far outweighs India or China's impact, now or in the foreseeable future. Secondly, and more importantly, the argument effectively says "can't fix everything so there's no use even trying." It may be that you can't fix everything, but we have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than doing nothing.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Any Web Loco Lawyer (732 comments)

The moment folk start arguing over who owns what, that's when there'll be lawyers. I don't imagine it'll take long.

about a week ago

Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Any Web Loco "Obviously breathtaking" (172 comments)

Not so much. I get you're a fan but ease up on the hyperbole if you want to be taken seriously.

about two weeks ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

Any Web Loco They will eventually post replies (290 comments)

But they'll only be available Beta. Or maybe /. TV.

I have wondered though - interviews with RMS, Theo De Raadt, Eric Raymond (lol) have all been promised. It's as if /.'s trying to win all the doubters back over.

about a month and a half ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Any Web Loco Re:No, not those who don't understand... (921 comments)

But you didn't have a valid insightful point. You characterized the people in the bar in a certain way, denigrated them because of it, when in fact the fine article actually points out what the other customers actually did. Nothing like what you describe.

about 2 months ago

Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Any Web Loco The Telegraph (359 comments)

Late to the party so I suspect all y'all will miss this but it's important to realise that The Telegraph is a very right-of centre, capital "C" Conservative news organisation. In the UK it's often called the Torygraph for it's unquestioning and unalloyed support of all things associated with the Tory (Conservative) party. For a different spin, try the Guardian's coverage, here.

Even better would be to actually read the LRB article which actually is a detailed, nuanced piece which says both good things and bad about the guy.

about 2 months ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

Any Web Loco Re:Just. Wow. (362 comments)

What are you, 13? "Go look it up in Wikipedia". Please. Sam's (your) argument is that people suffer famine because they live in the desert and this would be solved if they just left the desert area. Because that's why famine happens. And because it's easy to leave. Seriously - how naive are you? Even the wikipedia entry on famine shows you up FFS,

about a month ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

Any Web Loco Just. Wow. (362 comments)

What a well thought through and nuanced position that is. As a rule, famine doesn't happen because people live in a desert. It happens because of crop failure. Or war. Or any combination of a number of social and geo-political factors. But because they live in a desert? Not so much. Further, the "great" Sam's position implies that people have a choice about where they live. Again, not so much.

about 2 months ago

Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

Any Web Loco Black Mirror - The Entire History of You (341 comments)

There is a great fun 1-hour TV show called Black Mirror - The Entire History of You which deals with what it would be like to be able to record every minute of your private life and review it at any stage. Didn't have entirely positive things to say. Worth a watch one evening - might temper your view?

about 2 months ago

Build an Open-Source Electric Car In About One Hour

Any Web Loco Fork Slashdot? (188 comments)

Why don't we make our own Slashdot (with blackjack & hookers)? What IP is there in the site that we couldn't take with us? Could we take the moderation system (it's the only thing I can think of on Slashdot that's good and that no other site does as well)? I can't code for toffee but I'd be happy to make coffee & buy pizza for those who did.

about 2 months ago

NASA Pondering Two Public Contests To Build Small Space Exploration Satellites

Any Web Loco Jon Katz (127 comments)

Come back Jon Katz! All is forgiven! Screw Beta!

about 2 months ago

Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York

Any Web Loco Re:[OT] beta.slashdot.org (94 comments)

Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Use a nice clean fresh browser, no cookies, no history and log into Slashdot. From a clean start (ie not having logged in before, and with no cookies etc) I can't get to classic. Yeah I can add a URL trailer, but really, if my prefs say "Classic" I'm not sure whay, on log on, I don't automatically get that.

about 2 months ago

Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York

Any Web Loco [OT] beta.slashdot.org (94 comments)

Seriously /. - fuck you! If I go to slashdot.org you redirect me to beta.slashdot.org. If I go to classic.slashdot.org, you redirect me to beta.slashdot.org. If I log in, you redirect me to beta.slashdot.org.

I freaking HATE beta.slashdot.org and I resent your pushing me into it! If I log in, and my preferences are set to classic, LET ME HAVE CLASSIC!

about 2 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Any Web Loco Re:It's not binary (628 comments)

Who are these people that seem to care about the impending slaughter of 200 dolphins more than Syrians? Why is it a bad thing if they do?

about 3 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Any Web Loco It's not binary (628 comments)

Why do some people seem to care more about the death of 200,000 Syrians than the death of 500,000 Iraqis? It's a crap argument - you're saying that because people have picked issue A as being worthy of their support over (or perhaps even as well as) issue B, and Issue B is in your view more important than issue A, that caring about issue A is somehow insupportable.

about 2 months ago

200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Any Web Loco Survivalist instinct (628 comments)

This rhetorical device - that it's ok to do x because x is natural - is called an "Appeal to Nature". At base, it argues that because something's natural, it's good. You can use it to justify all sorts of things - rape, murder, sticking your dick into anything that moves - all manner of things. One of the nice things about being human is that we're now in a position to choose whether or not to live by following our natural desires. And in many cases, we've chosen not to - we sanction against rape, murder etc, and many, many cultures, we eschew eating meat. So the argument really isn't whether we should eat meat because it's "natural" to do so, but rather, given we don't really need to, should we eat meat. "we should eat meat because it's 'natural' to" isn't really much of an argument.

about 2 months ago

Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

Any Web Loco Harrowing (207 comments)

With all due respect, I would suggest "harrowing" is overstating things. Tragic certainly, but not harrowing.

about 3 months ago



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