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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

ElectricTurtle Re: Why? (2219 comments)

Foe'd. Though I agree, Ban us all, then the traffic can drop in earnest and we can start the brave new world where Slashdot is ghost town that makes no money.

about 10 months ago
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Graphene Conducts Electricity Ten Times Better Than Expected

ElectricTurtle Re:yeah, right (161 comments)

Shut up Lysander Spooner.

Creating a site with a coherent and congruent purpose for the people using it at least establishes clear compatibility for users going forward. People who agree with the founding principles will want to become involved, and people who don't can GTFO.

And your hyperbolous mythical monsters of bigotry by a majority are extremely unlikely. How many mainstream sites do you know of that are openly racist or misogynist? And I don't mean the sort of soft bigotry of disagreement being pushed as equivalent in academia, I mean hardcore 'minorities are evil' bigotry, since that's what would be predicate to your fantasy scenarios of a white male only power structure.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

ElectricTurtle Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Exactly, I've pointed the same things out in every survey, to the feedback mail, etc. etc. Almost everything has been ignored/broken for months. Unless we see a real timeline and real results and not just more of the same "we care, but we're not going to do anything" gloss and bullshit, it's going to be a brief period of gnashing followed by exodus.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot BETA Discussion

ElectricTurtle Re:Spamming Fuck Beta in every unrelated topic is (60 comments)

Exactly this. I gave all sorts of detailed, constructive feedback during the early stages, and then nothing happened. I'm sure I'm not the only one, because for all its faults, the /. community is much more intelligent and helpful than the average gaggle of facebook rejects on blog posts using the ubiquitous Disqus. Indeed, I've met a lot of Slashdotters at the anniversary parties, and you can tell they're a different lot, inheritors of the spirit of the early internet from before Endless September.

I don't need an Engadget clone, especially since I almost never go there either anymore (coincidentally they became shitty after being bought be AOL, pattern much?). I've seen several people talk about starting spiritual /. successors, and some are taking action.

I suppose this was all inevitable. It's just sad to see one of the pillars of the internet finally start falling after more than fifteen years. I've been reading /. since it was featured in some brief minute long segment on ZDTV when I was in high school. If I'd registered back then I'd probably have a four or five digit UID, but I didn't like registering for anything I didn't have to and didn't bother until it was necessary for the 10 year anniversary parties. Oh well, now UIDs aren't going to mean shit, so I guess I won in the end? Yay? Ugh.

about 10 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

ElectricTurtle Re:Sad news (204 comments)

So you're saying it's about developers? Developers, developers, developers?

about 10 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

ElectricTurtle Re:It's not a debate (593 comments)

Your rhetoric smells of lamp-wicks, Demosthenes.

I would venture to note that the great classical rhetoricians had equal if not more respect for those who mastered the extemporaneous mode.

about a year ago
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Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

ElectricTurtle Re:Brief translation from Chinese (284 comments)

It's not just China, East Asia as whole loves to anthropomorphosize things. Jesus... have you seen all the x-tans that come out of Japan?

about a year ago
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Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

ElectricTurtle Re:Only one page of comments (284 comments)

Well, let's see, they invented movable type printing, a calendar that was as accurate as the Gregorian but developed hundreds of years earlier, percussive cap drilling that was capable of the deepest wells in the early 19th century, paper currency, watertight compartments partitioning ships, dental fillings, dominoes, clockwork escapements, forensic entomology, multi-stage rocketry, pontoon bridges, toilet paper, electronic cigarettes, Non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing for Down's Syndrome, Synthesis of crystalline bovine insulin, and I know it's cliche, but since you arbitrarily set the period at 1500 years I have to include gunpowder.

about a year ago
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Chinese Moon Rover Says an Early Goodnight

ElectricTurtle Re:Only one page of comments (284 comments)

You're talking about people who invented the compass. Navigation relative to magnetic fields is kind of a big deal. I'll spare you the litany of other things.

about a year ago
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Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

ElectricTurtle Re:Age discrimination (213 comments)

Not the best example considering a) the US has the highest drinking age in the world, bar none and b) the fact that special rights are being conferred after the age of legal majority for voting and all sorts of other independent actions is ethically incongruent at a minimum.

You should have picked on something sensible, like not allowing tweens to drive.

about a year ago
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Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

ElectricTurtle Re:I like the open plan (314 comments)

Now, now Ethanol-fueled, we've been over this before. When you go into a room with a mirror, that's not a different person that you are "meeting".

about a year ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

ElectricTurtle Re:Wait so now (692 comments)

I guess they could always move everything back out, then rents could be lower so property owners lose money and unemployment could be higher too, surely that's the great solution these brain-dead leftist idiots want.

about a year ago
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Weibo Traffic Temporarily Redirected To Freedom Software

ElectricTurtle An "accident"? (39 comments)

Exactly who would fall of the turnip truck and believe that one of the most popular web services in China would be rerouted to another service whose main purpose is to undermine censorship by accident? I'll believe that Freedom Software wasn't complicit, it was probably some lone wolf, but to think this wasn't a deliberate hack is naive beyond words.

about a year ago
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Code Is Not Literature

ElectricTurtle Re:Similar language, describing different things (240 comments)

As somebody who has detested Ethanol-Fueled since the time when he posted under his actual account before becoming afraid of his bad karma, I thank you AC.

about a year ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

ElectricTurtle Re:Yes. (518 comments)

Crime should be illegal. (That's sarcasm.) The specifics of a criminal's threat are essentially meaningless. Somebody who is deranged enough to use violence or the threat of violence to get money will do so regardless of what specific mechanics are available. What's stopping these people from kidnapping loved ones and sending back body parts until the ransom is paid? That's a pretty classic one. Deranged, violent criminals are going to be deranged, violent criminals no matter what. The merits and detriments of a proposal such as this need to be evaluated outside of a context of law breaking, because, unsurprisingly, law breakers don't care about laws. That's kind of what defines them.

about a year ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

ElectricTurtle Re:What exactly is the problem? (770 comments)

What we are talking about here is a violation of the prevailing interpretation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. You know this as well as anybody, but you're just dancing around it. I don't want one cent of my taxes, which I already resent paying at the implied barrel of a gun, going to sponsor any kind of religious nonsense in a school somewhere. That's private business and should be funded privately at a time and place where children aren't forced to attend by law.

about a year ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

ElectricTurtle Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

I'm as secular as the next atheist, but it's ludicrous to call state-authorized murder on religious grounds as in the "same ballpark" as some allusions to theism in some textbooks. They're both bad things, but to pretend that they're the same degree of bad is delusional to the point where it would make one certifiable.

about a year ago

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