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Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

FileNotFound Re:Uptime fetish (409 comments)

Funny because you're right - "Impressive UPS" is all I thought.

about a year and a half ago
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Hacker Skips SimCity Full-Time Network Requirement

FileNotFound Re:Not a huge surprise... (303 comments)

I have to admit, as a gaming addict with over 500 steam games, I just never bothered to even try Origin.

ME3? Sim City? These games do not exist to me. I can get my fill of gaming with steam alone.

about a year and a half ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

FileNotFound Re:We have the technology to eliminate speeding (984 comments)

Nobody here is arguing that speed limit enforcement can be done fairly and uniformly. In the UK they use cameras that read license plates between several points, if the average speed exceeds the limit, you get a ticket.

The problem is that the US system was never designed for 100% enforcement rate. This is why everyone does 90 in a 55 during rush hour. The cop that patrols that stretch can only pull over 1 guy every 30 minutes; hundreds of cars meanwhile speed through just fine. So on any given day your odds of getting pulled over are less than 1%, really I’d say about .025% at best.
I cannot speak for every state, but in most, the cops/courts will happily give you a no points ticket that will not go on your record and will not affect your insurance. They just want to collect the fine. This creates the mentality of “Pay to play” and “Speeding Tax”.
I ride a motorcycle, you can be certain that I am not doing the limit. I have never had points go on my license despite numerous encounters with police.
Fact of the matter is that there are plenty of US roads that can be safely traveled at 100-120mph. Our speed limits are stupidly low and the keep right pass left law is completely unenforced resulting in a chaotic traffic pattern that does not allow for a well regulated traffic flow.
Unfortunately with many police departments having no source of revenue beyond traffic violations and insurance companies gorging themselves silly on hiked up premiums due to speeding violations, the much needed change will never come. (Yes plenty of police departments do have other concerns, but I can think of 3 local townships of the top of my head where speeding enforcement is 100% all they do all day long.)

about a year and a half ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

FileNotFound Re:Not true. (984 comments)

I've taken to tossing gravel at them as they race by while waiting to put my kindergartener on her school bus. People live on these streets and their lives are just as important as the one you have living in your mcmansion on a cul-de-sac.

Perhaps they ought to leave a little earlier for work in the morning

You're an idiot. Way to go - promote "saftey" by throwing stones at cars. Fuck you.

I hope the next car you throw gravel at is an undercover cop and they throw the book at you resulting in a felony conviction which you absolutley deserve.

about a year and a half ago
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Full Review of the Color TI-84 Plus

FileNotFound Re:Magical Black Boxes (233 comments)

Yes. I completely agree.

This would eliminate so many common and extremely dangerous misconceptions.

Just a few weeks ago I had an argument with a coworker who insisted that his massive SUV with all season tires could stop better in the snow than my sedan with studded snow tires because he had 4WD on his SUV. The fact that 4WD does not help you stop was not obvious to him nor did he believe me when I tried to explain this to him. He ultimately blames his ABS system for "trying to kill him" because "It didn't even try to stop! The wheels just kept spinning!" (Yes. That's because you have 3 season tires and were on ice and thus had no grip. Spinning tires at least let you maintain steering. No ABS would have caused a spin.)

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Yes, a prosecutor can allow easy convictions to walk - but just like a cop who gives warnings instead of tickets, they will have a very short career.

Prosecutors are often gauged by the number of convictions that they have attained in their career and their conviction rate. This means that prosecutors are highly motivated to take easy to prove convictions to pump up their number and conviction rate while offering significantly reduced charges in a plea bargain to any case where a conviction would be hard to attain (e.g. Dropping statutory rape (felony) to corruption of a minor (misdemeanor).)

Finally, the high focus on conviction rates and the high cost of jury trials means that if the prosecutor wants to convict you for 4 specific charges, they will charge you with the 4 they know they can find you guilty on in court – then another 12+ charges that are unlikely to stick but possibly related to attain an astronomical penalty. The other effect is that if the case would ever go to court, the defense would have to address each charge significantly raising the cost. The prosecutor does NOT want the case to go to court – the jury is often very unpredictable and unreasonable their expectations of what constitute sufficient proof.

Once the prosecutor feels that they have a sufficiently terrifying case – even if only 10% of the charges are legitimate – they offer a plea deal for the charges they really want to convict on. If a plea deal is rejected, the prosecutor may either offer a better deal or a bigger list of charges. In the US, over 90% of criminal cases are settled via a plea deal - feel free to verify this claim.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

I mean that in a case where the charges may be considered as significant and there is ample evidence - it would be a career killer for them as they are elected officials. So letting someone who could have easily been convicted walk would potentially be used to portray them as "soft on crime".

Nobody elects a prosecutor because he or she is "compassionate".

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

"Wrong"? What is wrong?
You're going to find lots of people who committed awful crimes and are convinced that they did the "right" thing - and many who would agree with them.

Here is the thing:
I agree that making JSTOR available for free publicly is the right thing to do.
I think it's wrong to do so by pumping down all their articles and uploading them elsewhere for free.
I think it's really wrong to do so by repeatedly gaining unauthorized access.
I think it's inexcusably wrong to enter a network closet and plug in an unauthorized device.

We can argue that "The end justifies the means." but I promise you that that's not a winning position.

In the end, JSTOR is a non-profit organization. If Aaron Swartz wanted JSTOR articles to be freely available, he should have worked to find means to fund the means by which JSTOR could do that. That would be the "right" thing to do.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Really? Fuck that noise. Intent matters. This was not a man trying to crash vital infrastructure. This was a guy who wanted to release a bunch of public domain articles into the public domain.

And to do that - he had to break several laws.That's what he's charged with.

He is not being charged with releasing the public domain articles.
He is being charged due to the means by which he accessed them.

You have to understand that the only way "intent" is considered in a legal case is in a NEGATIVE connotation - as in "Did he intend to gain access to JSTOR?"
What he intended to do with them AFTER is not relevant.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

I agree with you to a large extent- but you are rasing too many issues. The "deals" are abhorrent and do create a scenario where it often is cheaper to plead guilty to a charge of which you are not guilty than to fight the case in court. Even if you win and are found innocent, you are very likely to end up in worse shape than had you taken the deal.

It really sucks if you are innocent - but since Aaron is NOT innocent I am not so sure that it matters all that much. He is guilty and would probably have been offered a reasonable deal.

The nobility of his actions does not make them any less criminal. The US legal system does not care about such philosophical concepts as the "nobility" of an action. You and I may agree that making the contents of JSTOR public is a good and noble goal. Some others may not. He is not being charged with distributing JSTOR articles. He is being charged with illegally gaining access to them - of this he is guilty.

The government does not punish people for doing things that are "wrong". It punishes people for things that are illegal. The US doesn't really have a "Justice" system it has a "Legal" system.

I agree that the US has far harsher sentences than are acceptable for ALL crimes. This is largely driven by our corporate owned prison system which funnels millions into harsher sentences which result in more profits. It's perverse - but well beyond the scope of this particular case.

The core of my argument has always been the following three points:
1. The charges against Aaron Swartz are legitimate.
2. Aaron Swartz did knowingly and intentionally commit a felony.
3. The prosecutor had every right and cause to proceed with the charges.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

What really bothers me about this whole case is how incredibly stupid his actions were. I have previously worked for a company that actually did something very similar to what Aaron Swartz tried to do - as in download tons of information from a site that was not too keen on having it downloaded. (Actually a long time ago there was an article about that company on Slashdot - and how evil they are for doing what they do.)

The key was lots of computers that appeared spread out as much as possible each slowly downloading.

He had access to JSTOR at Harvard and at MIT. If he had say 20 laptop slowly grabbing articles over the course of a year he would never have been caught - and even if he had, not all the current charges against him would have been applicable.

All he'd have to do was grabbing slowly and from lots of places. Nobody would have given a rat’s ass until JSTOR entire DB magically appeared as a download.

I hate to say it, but his actions were that of a complete and utter script kiddie who did not understand when to stop, when he had gone too far.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Well, the reason I am focused on the charges and their validity is because that is the only factor that the prosecutor considers when deciding to pursue the charges.

MIT and JSTOR have no say in the matter. Both MIT and JSTOR could have been shouting their wish that Aaron Swartz not be prosecuted from the rooftops and it would not have mattered one bit.

The victim of a crime has no say in whether the perpetrator is prosecuted. The victim cannot even refuse to testify unless they want to be held in contempt of court.

From the perspective of the prosecution what does matter is the validity of the charges, the quantity and quality of evidence and the severity of the crime. The wishes of the victim only really play a role in the case of petty crimes or minor family issues. (E.g. Son steals father’s car.)

So this is why I have been so focused on the charges and their validity. If the charges are sound, the evidence is good and plentiful - and the crime is severe - the prosecutor cannot really drop the charges.

Now you and I can argue all day regarding if the crime should be considered severe enough to be prosecuted. I have made my opinion on the matter clear: Once Aaron Swart physically plugged in a laptop in a secured network closet - he was past walking away free.

The fact that the prosecution rejected a particular plea bargain is irrelevant as we do not know the details of the plea deal.

You have to understand that the legal system in the US is not built on emotion or the noble goals of the perpetrator. The courts do not care about such things. They care about one thing and one thing only : “Is the accused guilty as charged?” That is why I focus on the validity of the charges – because Aaron Swartz was guilty as charged.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

No - and I'd be really REALLY surprised if he didn't end up with a plea deal for less than 4 years and end up getting out on probation in 2 or less.

To take such a plea deal, if it were offered, would require he plead guilty to a felony. That he admit he was wrong, and express remorse. So, even once he gets out, his life's over -- he has surrendered his principles by pleading guilty and lost all societal opportunity through the felony conviction.

Were he to not take such a deal, the prosecutor would go through with the other side of the deal -- decades in one of the nastier federal prisons, to make an example out of those who won't play ball. He'd likely never get out of that, certainly not physically or psychologically intact.

So I see why suicide looked like a rational decision. It was less of a surrender than the first option, and a less horrible death than the second.

Well - he DID commit a felony. So yes - he would have to plead guilty to it.
That is the reality of the situation. It's an unfortunate situation but the only way out without a felony conviction would be to NOT break into a network closet and plug in a laptop after getting kicked off wifi over and over.

How would you have wanted this to end? All charges dropped? Why? He's as guilty as can be - caught on camera and caught red handed. It would be unfathomable for the DA to simply let him walk despite all the evidence against him. Once again - I'm not saying "30 years" I'm saying less than 4 and probation - and yes a felony conviction.

It sucks - but when you break into a network closet, attach an unauthorized laptop and start pumping down data that you have no right to - a felony is what you are going to get. Anything less would be uncivilized.

His goals may have been noble but his actions were criminal. I really just don't know what else to say or why so many people just don't get it.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

The blog does not explain what "ire" he could have expected from the district court judge. Plenty of less noble cases have received and outpouring of financial support to fund legal defense. The clown that is Geohot comes to mind.

Stop quoting that blog. It's emotional one sided drivel that is largely responsible for the perception that the charges are overblown and illegitimate without ANY logical explanation for why that is the case.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

I did read that blog and it's complete and utter bullshit that tries to whitewash the issue and claim that the case cannot be criminal because he wasn't trying to make money.

His intent is NOT relevant.

If I break into your house with merely the intent to read some of the books you have - I'm still guilty of breaking and entering and criminal trespass and deserve jail time.

So it's NOT relevant that Aaron was downloading academic journals with no intent to sell them. What is relevant is that he gained unauthorized access to a system despite numerous efforts by the administrators to keep him out.

The final term of his sentence can be determined by plea bargaining and if that is not successful the court. His sentence is NOT for circumventing the paywall leeching bandwidth.

Since you seemed eager to suggest that I read about the case - I suggest you do the same - just from a less biased source:
http://www.volokh.com/2013/01/14/aaron-swartz-charges/
 

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

You are either trolling or you are a complete and utter bitter imbecile who really needs to get laid to get rid of some of that teenage angst that seems to have progressed into middle-aged insanity.
I will not grace you with a constructive reply.

PS. Please see a psychiatrist. You are not well in the head.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Up to 30 years in prison - scary yes - but I don't see a minimum sentencing guide line. So we don’t know what kind of deal if any they had in the works.
Yes I’m sure that in the unlikely event that he could have plead down to a few months in jail followed by several years of probation, the probation would have strictly limited if not outright prohibited the use of a computer and access to the internet.

Personally, I firmly believe that he should have gotten at least 3 months in jail but no more than a year with a year of probation that prohibited access to a computer.

I don’t care if he was creating internet changing technologies at 14 or at 7 – it is irrelevant to the case. Nor does it matter that he was pulling from JSTOR (beyond the fact that it was a secure and not publicly accessible system).

Once again, the facts in the case are that he repeatedly circumvented security to gain unauthorized access to a system causing thousands of dollars in damages to MIT and JSTOR as they had to repeatedly kick him off and restore system integrity. I do not see a single reason for why his charges should have been dropped outright or why he should NOT be on probation. Because he’s brilliant?

Regardless of the nobility of his goals, his actions were criminal even given a conservative reading of the current law.
We can argue about the laws involved if you like, but I fear that you will find it pretty tough to make a computer security law that holds any water and yet lets you plug in unauthorized laptops in network closets legally.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Also where in the world do you see that I prefer that he die rather than get off?

If the charges were dropped, I wouldn't give a rats ass. Hell had Aaron Swartz waited it out and see where the case goes before taking the quick way out, the charges may very well have been dropped or at the very least reduced in a plea barain.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

I am sorry that he killed himself, I am even more sorry that he chose to comit acts that should have been obviously criminal to him.

This says a lot about you as a person. You would prefer that this man die than he get off without spending half his life in prison. I am an atheist myself. Always have been. But the message about compassion and kindness and forgiveness, enforced by cultural norms and a belief in eternal damnation, is as needed in the world now as it ever was. And it's due to people like you who would rather see this guy dead than him getting away with downloading some files. People like you make me almost physically ill.

I wish he had not commited the criminal acts because THAT is the root of the problem.

If he had not killed himself, he would still at best end up with a criminal history - which for an "Ethics Fellow" at Harward would have been devastating. He'd also end up with a probation of several years that probably limited if not outright prohibited computer use.

So yes - I do wish that he never escalated his actions beyond the wifi connection. Fact is that if he had not made the choice to physically enter MIT facilities and plug in a laptop this case would NOT exist. The authorities were NOT invovled until he hooked into the network closet.

You can say that I make you sick, that I am blood thirsty and what not - I really don't care. Educate yourself on the case and the charges ( http://www.volokh.com/2013/01/14/aaron-swartz-charges/ ) or just keep ranting and raving. The fact is that the case and charges against Aaron Swartz were sound.

I am unsure what caused an otherwise smart individual to take the path he took. I wish he had not. Still the blame lies with Aaron Swartz alone - both for the unauthorized access and the suicide.

about a year and a half ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

FileNotFound Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

You're nuts.

about a year and a half ago

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Meta Mod ALL Unfair.

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I'm sick of Slashdot. It's gone downhill. Jon Katz was an ass, now Michael is an ass. WTF?

I don't get mod points despite my excellent karma and input. Fuck it. I'm trolling.

In my own way...

Since I can't moderate but get to meta mod every day I'll meta mod EVERYONE unfair. I know it means jack shit but it really pisses people off. So I'll do it, every day.

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Speakeasy SUCKS

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  about 11 years ago

On the 18th of Sept I placed an order for Speakeasy ADSL (1.5/384) for $70/month.
For the past 2 years I've had Verizon 384 SDSL for $90/month and I loved it. During those 2 years my DSL service was NEVER interupted. True one time a bunch of kids intentionaly cut the big thick cable going to the phone distribution box knocking out all phone service for several blocks...but the DSL worked the moment the phone line was restored ( 4 hours).

I loved Verizon but for $90/m (they did lower it to $70 a month of two ago) I could do far better than 384. Speakeasy offered 1.5Mb/384 for about the same price so what did I have to lose?

My DSL line apparantly.

On the 24th Speakeasy installed thier loop and the line worked for a day. When I came home at 6pm on the 25th the DSL signal was gone. So I called Speakeasy and told them that I had no DSL signal. The Tech told me that they'll get in touch with Covad and give me an update in 4 hours.
I was out for the evening so I didn't bother calling back for an update.
8:20 am 26th, I get in to work to check the ticket status and there have not been ANY updates since my initial call. I figure I'll wait a bit.

Call them at noon and the guy tells me that the first update from Covad always takes about 24 hours, so I should call them when I get home.

6pm I get home, my DSL line is still out. I call Speakeasy and get Tech on the phone who tells me that there is no update. Then he starts telling me to reboot the modem (done that 40 times by that point) needless to say that does nothing.

Next he yapps about the phone filters, how many phones i have etc. I tell him that all of that is irrelevant, I had DSL for 2 years with no downtime what so ever and had their DSL line working for 1 day on the same line in the same house with everything being as it is now. He totaly ignores me and tells me to go and unplug every phone in the house (including the one I'm talking to him on now) and then call them back after I reboot my modem.

At this point I'm pissed off as hell. I try to tell him again that I've had DSL for 2 years and that it's more than highly unlikley that one of my phones would all of a sudden cause problems after working fine for 2 years and time it with their installation.

He says that I need to unplug all my phones to trouble shoot the line...I tell him that that's bullshit and he hangs up on me. Great. Love that 24/7 support.

So I figure fuck this BS, I take the DSL modem and plug the thing into the network interface box outside my house. Guess what. No signal. DUH DUH DUH.

Call them up again, get some other Tech on the phone. I tell her that there is no signal going to my house. She says "Oh ok I'll escalate the ticket".

About 1 hour later someguy from Speakeasy calls to "troubleshoot" the DSL for me. I'm baffled by this point. Troubleshoot what? The CO? Which part of THERE IS NO SIGNAL TO MY HOUSE is so hard to understand? I tell him that there is NO DSL signal in my network interface box. "Well I can't help you then, Covad will need to do this." "Yes, I told you this 24 hours ago. When will my service be restored?" "Well Covad doesn't work on the weekends, so they'll look at it on Monday"

In other words, it takes FIVE techs and 24 hours for Speakeasy to begin to understand that the problem is that the DSL line is down and not that the customer has stuffed the DSL modem and the 5 phone filters up his ass.

The last update I have is : Backhaul installed
Problem:
The port is down with training starts at (6) and not incrementing. I ran a MLT and the MLT states the circuit cannot be found.
Next steps/actions:
I sent this trouble ticket to Ilec Repair to verify the circuit and to run a MLT so we can determine next steps
Estimated time of next update:
09/29/2003 10:00 MDT

God knows what that means. When I called Speakeasy earlier today regarding a time estimate to fix my line, they had no idea.

Great. $360 later I'm without DSL since Thursday and as far as I can tell it won't be back today and probably not tomorow. If that's the case I'm canceling on Wed. This service is BS.

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I want money.

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  about 11 years ago

I want money.

Alright, fine. Screw money. I want stuff.

Here is the stuff I want:

  2 - PIAA X-Treme White Plus 9005 Bulbs - $60
  2 - PIAA X-Treme White Plus 9006 Bulbs - $60
  1 - K&N FIPK 57-1523 - $225
  1 - TrueBendz Dodge Intrepid Stainless Steel 2.5 inch with AroSpeed/Magnaflow Dual Exaust - $670

Total cost: 1015.
Install of Exaust: ~200
Final Cost : 1215.
Money I have: 200
Credit Card Balance: 600
Car Loan: 14,000

Obvioustly I'm not being supplied enough money. Please remedy the situation by sending money to andrey@hell.com Yes I accept paypal.

I'm willing to sell my soul or sexual favours for the dual exaust...

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Darkov loves me.

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  about 11 years ago

It's true. He's the only one who reads my journal. I never thought anyone would look here. But he does.

See thats what makes him special, he does something that nobody else would ever do. Not even my gf reads my journal - well maybe because she doesn't read slashdot...

Still, the attention facinates me...

So you seemed curious as to why I made you a foe. Well hard to remember...I have so many! It was probably something you said that I did not agree with. My Foe/Friend list is more like people I disagree/agree with, some make it really tough by having seemingly random opinions.

So after some in depth examination I discovered the post that might have triggered my "foe sensor":
She's stealing music. She deserves everyting she gets. She should be tried as an adult and the death penalty shuld not be ruled out.

If the piracy continues the recording industry may we wiped out, then would would all those poor executives do? The can't all join SCO.

It was modded funny later, maybe I might have missed the joke having not bothered to read past She's stealing music. She deserves everyting she gets. so maybe you shouldn't be on my foe list afterall.

Yet having you there has produced some facinating and unexpected results; so I'll keep you there anyway. You seem to love it there...

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People are Silly

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  about 11 years ago

...but you already knew that.

So some genious thought that I was whining when I said that mods are silly...and they are.

Granted my last few posts didn't have the 6 or so 5s in a row, but still. 5 posts of 5 isn't bad I think.

But the point is that mods rate comments simply becasue they're "agreeable" they read them once and say "Hmm that sounds good.". Well written BS gets modded to 5 and stay that way even after every single reply is saying how the parent post is BS. Sadly the replies are ignored...

Then there is the whole "I Meta Mod all Offtopic/Troll/Redundant/Flamebait/Overated as Unfair!" culture. But then I must admit I think that the whole rating thing is kinda screwed.

We need to be able to choose if we agree/disagree with the parent and posts should get a rating based on that.

If everyone disagrees with a post then it's BS.

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Mods are Silly

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  more than 11 years ago

It's a fact that in order to get modded up, your post does not have to be correct. Just agreable.

You will get a +5 post if you post early on and post exactly what the average mod might think of find acceptable. It can be totaly wrong. You can know that its' wrong. But hey...Karma: Excellent

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Mods Suck

FileNotFound FileNotFound writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I love it when I post a threat early and it gets moded "redundant" because the posts that follow are more descripitive and informative than mine...

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