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Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

August_zero Re:Lax attitudes toward child pornography (722 comments)

Well childporn is natural because of genes and stuff, and BIOTRUTH!!! Victimless crime! They take Bitcoins! If pedos can't have porn they will make it! Im not a pedo, I'm an ephebophile!

If you haven't noticed the decline in the quality of this site in the last couple years, and haven't noticed just how odious and disgusting a lot of the people commenting on it have gotten, you might not have been paying attention.

more than 2 years ago

Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

August_zero Re:Problem here is "racism" (915 comments)

Unless you believe in said "invisible wizards", (which given the tone of such a mocking statement likely that you do not) and believe that leaders among those that believe in said invisible wizard are in direct communication with the wiz, I think a more accurate description of your position is:

"I have few problems with leaders who claim to be acting on the words of a magical invisible wizard, provided they do not order large mobs to kill others."

more than 2 years ago

No Pardon For Turing

August_zero Re:It's not a choice (728 comments)

Because it would at least be a first step. Looking at this from a context of "well why fix one injustice when there are so many others" is a really dumb platform to stand on.

more than 2 years ago

Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

August_zero Re:Good luck getting the protestors to support tha (744 comments)

"And this isn't meant as flamebait. "

And yet it is.

Apple isn't getting a free pass, a lot of people are just not very well informed about the matter. Now that Apple's manufacturing practices are becoming better known, there is a growing back lash. Will it last? Maybe, maybe not. The truth is that the electronic devices like smart phones, computers and tablets are a part of everyday life in the US for a very large part of the population. Convincing people that they need to pay more for these devices isn't an easy cause to champion.

I am not even sure what the point of your comment was outside of a thinly veiled stab at a political movement that you obviously disagree with. Should everyone give a free pass to Apple just because you produced an anecdote that occupy protesters use too many apple devices?

more than 2 years ago

Are Brain Teasers Good Hiring Criteria?

August_zero Re:Well, they're a good indicator of intelligence (672 comments)

Puzzles with subjective answers can show a number of traits in a potential employee. People with overly rigid communication styles or those that fail in the ability to see through analogies are going to be a pain in your ass because they often can't get along well with or understand others in a work environment.

Honestly how many autistic spectrum IT people do you really need?

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court Legitimizing Medical Patents?

August_zero Re:The stupid! It hurts! (251 comments)

Today a patent on titration, tomorrow on breathing.

more than 2 years ago

Google Throws /. Under Bus To Snag Patent

August_zero Re:Google bashing thread! (584 comments)

It's like reddit.

  I mean Slashdot is literally like reddit in the sense that allowing any schmuck to moderate you are basically asking for a hivemind mentality. True, slashdot relies on a semi-random sampling (of people that like to moderate no less) of the user base, but overall you get the same net-effect.

The whole system should just be scraped. Disallow anonymous posting and consider implementing a short "lurk" time on new accounts (more for the spam) and the quality of comments is going to improve.

more than 2 years ago

US Military Commissions Sock Puppet Program

August_zero Re:I, for one, salute our new sock-puppet overlord (217 comments)

Knowing it exists, will not tell you what is and isn't tainted with propaganda. For this reason, I don't think they are going to lose all that much sleep over the big secret getting out.

Embarrassing? Well maybe a little, but remember this is the same nation that had a pretty damning video of a helicopter attack on civilian targets go public, and there was disturbingly little backlash from the public all things considered.

more than 3 years ago

US Military Commissions Sock Puppet Program

August_zero Re:I, for one, salute our new sock-puppet overlord (217 comments)

As distasteful as it is, this is hardly a new thing. Pretty much everyone in history has done this to some degree. The only real "news" is that a new mechanism is going into place, but the machinery has been there all along.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft On List of Most Ethical Companies

August_zero Re:Wow (465 comments)

So this was a list in Forbes?

Unless they became a good judge of humanity when I wasn't looking I think the source of this list has a lot to say about who is on the list.

more than 3 years ago

Employer Demands Facebook Login From Job Applicants

August_zero Re:So, have two accounts? (434 comments)

I search for my name (I have a peculiar first name even) and it returns several accounts that match, none of them are mine because I don't have one. How would I prove that none of these (some have no public pictures) are mine?

more than 3 years ago

Driver Sued For Updating Facebook In Fatal Crash

August_zero Re:Same time? (365 comments)

There are laws in most places protecting so called "good Samaritans" If however you act in a malicious or irresponsible way when you render said help, you may still be vulnerable to legal action. Realistically, if you are the first person on the scene of an accident, you should do what is in your capabilities to assist, even if all you can do is call for more capable help.

Honestly there is no excuse to not know Basic Life Support (aka CPR) in this day and age. Most communities have classes on the cheap, it doesn't take long to learn, and it really makes a huge difference in survival rates for people that need it.

more than 3 years ago

Mirror's Edge Sequel On Hold

August_zero Re:This is why corporations are bad (109 comments)

Except that Mirror's Edge was short on both.

It did have a striking visual design, and the basic idea was good, but after you get past that first impression the gameplay never really progressed. I liken it to the first Assassin's Creed, great first impression, but after about 2 hours you have seen everything the game has to offer and the experience begins to stagnate.

more than 3 years ago

Pac-Man's Ghost Behavior Algorithms

August_zero Re:Always fascinating. (194 comments)

The thing is though, is that it isn't complex, it is actually quite simple. The beauty of the algorithm is that it produced complex and interesting behavior using minimal resources, that behavior however is absolutely predictable and exploitable to top-level players. There is a charm to the lack of randomness though, and even the modern Champion Editions of Pac-Man, use very similar chase algorithms to the originals, and thus share the deterministic nature of the originals.

I can't read the actual article since their hosting has been crushed, but I read an article about the algorithm a couple years ago, and always found it funny that Pinky's chase code had an error in it causing him to target the wrong square when pacc-man was moving upwards (if I remember right correctly that is)

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks Vows Release '7x the Size' of Iraq Leak

August_zero Re:Have All The Other Pages Been Read Yet? (491 comments)

Years ago we had Mystery Science Theater 3000's Turkey Day to help us get through the holiday. Now instead gathering around Joel and the bots as they riff on terrible movies, we gather round and riff on released documentation of war crimes and military SNAFU's.

more than 3 years ago

Traffic Jams In Your Brain

August_zero Re:That was easy! (250 comments)

People that think the brain works like a computer, don't understand either of them.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Find 70-Year-Olds Are Getting Smarter

August_zero Re:arbeit macht smart... (115 comments)

Meanwhile in the United States, the popularity of the "Snuggie" suggests that dementia may be setting in as early as age 30.

more than 3 years ago

Google Says Microsoft Is Driving Antitrust Review

August_zero Re:Once again Microsoft abandons innovation (295 comments)

Google is hardly some poor little fish lost in a big pond with some big bad guppy bearing down on it. Google can handle itself at this point, no need to drag out the M$ rhetoric again.

about 4 years ago

Ubisoft's Constant Net Connection DRM Confirmed

August_zero Re:Let'see.. (631 comments)

At this rate, the next gen of DRM will require everyone in the world with a PC to buy a copy in order to cut off any would be pirates at the pass.

more than 4 years ago


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