top Would you pay for websites without trolls?
This is a political site. Anyone can read the so called "main feed", but if you want to post or comment you have to pay (currently $5/month). There's also a code of conduct which editors enforce. The discourse is amazingly civil even on controversial topics. (link goes to an editor's post regarding how they "fixed" the troll problem and it works great for them.) It feels to me more like a real community than any other site I read, including
top Ask Slashdot: Opinion of slashdot beta?
Sorry. I know a lot of work went into it. Not sure what the target audience was. Lots of noise, little signal: info per window size is way lower. Please, what is motivating this? What do you guys think is so failing in the current site that the new beta so succeeds in fixing? Not a rhetorical question, I really want to know.
WTF is the thinking behind this?
top Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
If I were president i would pardon him and fix the problem.
Rand Paul had some interesting comments this weekend. He said that this would not have come to light had Snowden not broken the law, but at the same time the law has to apply to everybody and you can't have it both ways: It's ridiculous that people want to throw the book at Snowden (even calling for his death) but we completely ignore that Clapper straight out lied to congress, which carries a 5 year jail penalty.
top Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car
The concept of ownership, title, and property are themselves products of having a state.
Our founding fathers wholly rejected this. Ownership of property was God given, not state (human) granted. Rather, it is the state's obligation to safeguard that right. States that cannot or will not do that are then illegitimate.
top Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million
Oregon taxpayers on the hook for this?
No problem. Oregon went for Obama. They broke it they bought it. Live and learn.
top Geeks For Monarchy: The Rise of the Neoreactionaries
Also, when the current king knows sonny will inherit the throne in 20 years, he has a motivation to think long term and not just about the next couple years.
But yeah, the system does have it's downsides...
top How To FIx Healthcare.gov: Go Open-Source!
Yeah, that was a good article.
But, the government isnt forcing me use Apple or Amazon or Google or Netflix or Whatever. So if you pass a law that makes me pay an extra tax if i dont use it when i can't get insurance elsewhere, then make the web site work, NO excuses, I dont care if the technical problems are insurmountable, NO excuses, it better work or don't pass that law.
top Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates
"Specifically, if it is accepted that algorithmic complexity is an appropriate definition of the complexity of a programming project, then claims of purely objective estimation of project complexity, development time, and programmer productivity are necessarily incorrect"
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education
Would you become a theist if tomorrow you observed the second coming of Christ playing out more or less as Christians generally say it will? It seems to me by your own arguments an invasion by a naturally evolved advanced alien intelligence is far more probable than God. Once their forward agents noticed widespread belief in the Bible, their generals would proclaim "Easiest planetary takeover ever!" Your subsequent experience in heaven/hell is clearly just you being plugged into the Matrix. (My point being I strongly suspect that even in principle there is no possible evidence anyone could present to you that would convince you of theism.)
top What do you usually do with old hardware?
I gave my Mac Quadra 800 and PowerMac G4 to friends when I replaced them, but I still have my PowerMac 8500, my Atari Jaguar, and my TI-99/4A in the closet.
top Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming
I don't know any infants that can survive on their own. The ancient Greeks used this fact to kill unwanted children, sometimes because they were deformed, or not the father's or the wrong sex, or various other reasons. I think that maybe if I'm sick and tired of dealing with my kid and she can't survive on her own, maybe it's ok for me to dispose of her, and your moral beliefs otherwise shouldn't get to interfere with my behavior...
top Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid
What do I do if the idiot in 2C parks his tank^H^H^H^H SUV in my spot (and the two on either side of it), refuses to move it and thus ensures I can't charge my car?
Have his car towed away? I've done that a bunch of times, they never park in my spot again. I also live near DC, so there's no shortage of lawyers to try to sue me but it's never happened.
top Volunteer Towns Sought For Nuclear Waste
Let's see... there are no reactors remotely designed like Chernobyl's. Because even back in the 50s we were aware (cf Edward Teller) this design was a disaster waiting to happen.
Hmm, lets see now... the "next" US disaster... well, the last disaster would be Three Mile Island. Where no one died. But never mind that, pay no attention, because Japan just had a big disaster. Right. Where no one died.
Yeah, nuclear power plants outside of the Soviet Union have been such a nightmare. I mean, its like people slagging on nuclear power have no concept of right and wrong. But hey, you can't expect them to. But you should hold them accountable when they can't get their facts right.
top Volunteer Towns Sought For Nuclear Waste
yes, as a "teabagger" (and props for using that derogatory term, thanks for tipping your hand -- much appreciated), I can assure you the Tea Party is not a giant fan of the iraq war or the extended afghanistan war, and I'm guessing the Nobel Peace Prize committee is just as thrilled as we are about the Libya war. Thank gods we elected "The One" because if we had McCain in there, man, we might be involved in some third war that made so sense whatsoever.
top LulzSec Document Dump Shows Cops' Fear of iPhones
Already got it:
top Libya SIGINT Jamming Satellites, Towers
The West is part of the problem here, not the solution. Leave them alone. This could be the blood bath that will end all future blood baths.
LOL, yes, just like in 1914, this will be the war to end all wars.
top Microsoft Patents "Fonts With Feelings"
Douglas Adams descibed people doing this sort of thing with elevators as I recall. I think it worked out less well than the designers anticipated...
top Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?
Reason Magazine talked about this a few years ago.
The NYC version:
top A Tour of Googleplex East
Paul Graham makes this interesting case:
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