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Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

GreyWolf3000 Re:Missing the point; it's about not enabling (403 comments)

The value of something isn't tied to it's ease of duplication, at all. Property is not the only lens by which to view value. For example, property rights are not in play if I hire someone to clean my garage.

about 7 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

GreyWolf3000 Re:Missing the point; it's about not enabling (403 comments)

I don't know if you can. In the real world, duplicating objects is impossible. However, duplicating information in computers is essentially free. Therefore, I'm not sure that simulating the notion of "property rights" on a computer even makes sense. It certainly doesn't make sense if it costs DRM to achieve it.

about 7 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

GreyWolf3000 Re:Missing the point; it's about not enabling (403 comments)

The means by which they revoke permissions after the time limit must be transparent. DRM fails to meet this criteria.

about 7 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

GreyWolf3000 Re:Missing the point; it's about not enabling (403 comments)

Building a business model around time limits requires you to take rights away from the consumer. You can't justify online video "rentals" if they cannot be built transparently.

about 7 months ago

oVirt 3.4 Means Management, VMs Can Live On the Same Machine

GreyWolf3000 Re:Still trying to wrap my head... (51 comments)

I'd say the killer feature is pure remote management. You don't need to physically manage your systems anymore.

about 9 months ago

XWayland Aiming For Glamor Support, Merge Next X.Org Release

GreyWolf3000 Re:Awesome quote in TFS: (83 comments)

I'm the opposite. I can't stand lacking the ability to dig in and change software when I don't like the way it works. It's rare that I actually do, but there's a huge freedom I get from knowing that when I need to extend the software, I can.

It's common for commercial software to not do what I want it to, either. I'd love to have a working amazon instant video client for my Android phone.

about 9 months ago

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

GreyWolf3000 Re:A myth indeed. (392 comments)

I think the alternative minimum tax kicks in at some point and imposes a (hefty) flat tax structure.

about 9 months ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

GreyWolf3000 Re:Babylon Reboot (276 comments)

Crusade : Babylon 5 :: Frasier : Cheers

about 9 months ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

GreyWolf3000 Re:Babylon Reboot (276 comments)

Babylon 5 ended at the finale of season 4. Not sure what you're talking about :)

about 9 months ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

GreyWolf3000 Re:Babylon Reboot (276 comments)

I think you're confusing "other stories set in the same universe as the show Babylon 5" with "addendums to the story of the show Babylon 5"

about 9 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

GreyWolf3000 Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (281 comments)

Right, most programmers aren't that great; there's a bell curve. When you encounter a poor programmer who dooesn't have a degree, you might be inclined to think that's why. I'll see your anecdotes and raise you one: I once saw a guy with a PHD in comp sci write a single 10,000+ loc function.

about 9 months ago

Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

GreyWolf3000 Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (281 comments)

At some point in your career, everyone is their own snowflake. I'm never going to compete against a candidate that is my equal in every other way but has a degree.

I'm fortunate to be a programmer, though, because it's one of the few industries that has woken up and seen what a worthless institution our higher education system has become.

about 9 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

GreyWolf3000 Re:Horrible coffee (769 comments)

Cleaning the grounds out of a french press is awful. The aeropress completely fixes that problem.

about 10 months ago

Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

GreyWolf3000 Re:I'm not surprised. (304 comments)

My intention wasn't to be partisan at all, actually. I just noticed how goofy political "philosophies" seem when we set them aside for a minute. It didn't come across in my post, for sure. I should really edit before I submit next time.

about 10 months ago

Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

GreyWolf3000 Re:I'm not surprised. (304 comments)

As someone who also happens to be a liberal, I applaud the amount of critical thinking and self examination in your post. In fact, if such wisdom were inherent in all humans, perhaps anarchist philosophies inherent in conservatism would actually work. Now there's a funny thought.

about 10 months ago

Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

GreyWolf3000 Re:Not long (520 comments)

But you're supposing that you're paying for consumption. That's a very reasonable ideal.

Netflix is paying for content, which is one step towards turning them into any other "content provider," which is exactly where telcos want them to be. They want to be in between us and Netflix so that Netflix will scratch their beak.

The end game is not you or I paying for tiers of "bandwidth," it's getting us to pay for tiers of "content" -- we should resist this rather forcefully.

about 9 months ago

Is Ruby Dying?

GreyWolf3000 Re:Dying? No. (400 comments)

Ruby is alive as long as people are willing to program in it. Also, it's very easy to find employment as a ruby programmer. I don't know what you're definition of "dead" is, but ruby certainly fails to meet mine.

Now, if the popularity were to decline to the point where no one was hiring ruby programmers anymore, then I'd obviously have to learn whatever displaced ruby. I'm going to assume that whatever displaces ruby will be an improvement. So I win either way.

You're sounding positively curmudgeonly... or maybe I'm not reading you right.

about a year ago

Is Ruby Dying?

GreyWolf3000 Re:Wrong. We in industry are very upset with Ruby. (400 comments)

I started ruby (and rails) in 2008. I really, really loved the community around it. Back then, very, very few programmers were into ruby, since there really weren't any jobs out there. Of course, there were a lot of php programmers who adopted rails because it was so much better than php, and they often wrote awful code. But by and large most rubyists were the kind of people you wanted to work with because they made you a better programmer.

To me, the big shift that turned the community into a giant wasteland was things like CodeAcademy -- the idea that rails (and therefore ruby) would be a great platform for people who want to learn to program for the first time. Then you suddenly just started seeing codebases pop up all over the place written by very inexperienced programmers with no clue what they were doing, or any experience with software design in general.

I really, really love ruby, but I often grow tired of the community around it. I take issue with your final paragraph -- there are a ton of great ruby (and even rails) codebases out there. Your personal experiences may be artificially depressing your opinion.

about a year ago

Is Ruby Dying?

GreyWolf3000 Re:Short answer: no (400 comments)

I started with C, and I absolutely loved it (and still do). I also grew to love ruby's mix of OO and functional programming -- C features neither of these. Go figure.

I'd say becoming a good C coder flexes certain muscles that are essential to being a great software designer/programmer in general, but it doesn't flex all of them.

about a year ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

GreyWolf3000 Re:2 Words (810 comments)

If you, falling into the "actually need it category," are the exception to the rule, then I don't see how your personal story fits in with the larger discussion about the value of electric vehicles.

1 year,23 days


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[GW3k's Beloved] Untitled Poem I Wrote for My Beloved

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Once under moonlight my heart wouldn't rest
I found myself wandering already dressed
I slowly peered through a small break in the trees
There stood that young woman whom I'd known from my dreams

And I listened as my love she said unto me,
"I will love you o'er rivers and borders and seas"
And Joy just like an arrow shot straight into me
I gave thanks my God as I fell to my knees

But Beauty she is often trailed by decay
And gardens once sprawled out in colored arrays
Will each in their season then to weeds give way
With abandon I wandered the wild astray...

I often recalled how she said unto me
"I will love you o'er rivers and borders and seas"
And as Joy had once pierced me, so now did grief
I wept bitter tears and I cried "You're a thief!"

And I searched high and low for the love I had lost,
Searching the night sky for stars Time forgot,
To fashion in them my final resting spot
For they gave me this fortune: to be with her not.

But just then a vision appeared in my mind
An image of that woman, arms raised toward the sky,
She said "I think I've come to understand the Lord,
The love that we shared we must give to the world."

And I listened in awe as her lips formed these words
"I will love you even on through the end of the world"
And I prayed unto God that this love may endure,
As a light unto all of the dark on this earth.

-- Thanks go to johndiii for his steadfast devotion to romance on his /. journal. There is always hope...


I failed with someone....

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago And then I failed with somebody else. Let this be a lesson. Do not get close to anybody. Period. Be distant and impossible to approach. You will feel safer this way.


Life sucks

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A lesson to all you kids out there. Get a degree. Yes, it may be beneath you. But it might not be beneath the unimaginative overlords who will rule your world one day.

That is all.


[Valentine's Day] I hate it

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 8 years ago Eight Valentine's Day since puberty and I still have yet to have Valentine's Day fall on a day when I have a woman in my life.


Inspired by Johndiii and Koria

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  about 9 years ago

It looks as though quoting favorite poetry can actually be of incalculable benefit. Not to mention theraputic. Here goes nothing,

I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I turned to blow the fire aflame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.


I'm almost done acquiring enough gear to record my music...need to find a place to host it though.

Normally I shun such strong expressions of emotion, but lately I've come to realize that I have to lose my cold, remote disposition, and try and connect with humanity.


Troll tuesday

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Taking a cue from Squiggleslash, I posted a troll on todays story about Microsoft wantint to compete in the cluster market. Funny thing is, I was modded up.

How messed up was that? I'm sick today, and couldn't even think straight...


Traveling to Azerbaijan

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 10 years ago My parents live there...will be back in two weeks. If anyone is interested I'll post pictures.


I Must Find Myself in Nature

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  about 11 years ago How cliche is that?

Well, I do happen to believe that by entering the wilderness, man finds himself most calm. I'm planning on going on a long backpacking trip next summer with a good friend of mine, but need some ideas as to where to go. The trail must be at least 200 miles long, and within the continental US, preferrably someplace 2 or 3 days of driving could take me (I live in central Texas). So far, the Colorado Trail seems to me to be the most likely candidate. At 475 miles, it would take far too long to backpack the whole thing, but I could hopefully take on at least 250 miles.

I used to hate my father taking my family and me on hiking trips up in Alaska; it is only recently that I have come to see how foolish I was in not appreciating the immeasurable value that such journeys presented.

Has anyone out there fallen in love with the wilderness? Any backpackers?


Matrix Machines vs. The Borg

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 11 years ago Allright, fellas, who would win in a confrontation? Would the Sentinels tear the Cube to shreds, or would the Borg quickly rip out all technology on earth? I bet they'd team up.....

Actually, I mean which is a scarier fate for mankind: becoming a Borg, or becomming a battery?

Furthermore, which one would be scarier to wind up in all of the sudden, a Borg Cube, or the Earth of The Matrix?

Update: This time it'll work. Promise....


My thoughts on Gentoo

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 11 years ago For the past few months, my .sig has read,

Sick of gentoo zealots throwing plugs in completely unrelated topics? Me too!

Now, many people take offense to this. They feel I'm either attacking Gentoo itself (which I'm not), or that I'm unfairly targeting Gentoo zealots (over the myriad of other types of zealots).

My feelings on Gentoo are simple: it's a cool distribution, it's well maintained, and most of it's users are pretty cool. However, there are a bunch of zealots that like unleash their enthusiasm where it isn't appropriate.

I rarely go out looking for Gentoo zealots to pick on, and my .sig is more of a passive form of resistance than anything else.

Anyways, if you got here because of my .sig, I do not apologize if I offended you in any way. I don't feel I'm being unfair in targetting specifically Gentoo. Gentoo zealots have made me cringe at hearing the words "compile from source." Furthermore, I'm really sick of mindless Gentoo zealots suggesting that Gentoo "gives" users more control. Knowledge gives you control, not a distribution. And lack of knowledge is also why Gentoo zealots seem to think Gentoo is so much better than everything else.


GreyWolf3000 is in trouble!!! Please help!!!

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok guys, I'm in a real jam.

Here's the deal. I was delivering a pizza to some redneck ol shabby house right off of a 4 lane highway. The somewhat narrow, topographically "unique" (read: one boulder shy of an offroad racing track) and unkept driveway turned inward from the road on a blind corner. I could not reverse back onto the road normally, being that the cars could easily hit me going 45 mph and not see me. I had to swing around in the limited space and turn my car around. However, the driveway was somewhat narrow and my right front wheel fell into a ditch hidden by a tree. I could not get out.

I called PJ's and got another driver to take me back to the store so I could clock out (I was definately through for the night), and find a towing service to bail me out. It was 10 PM, and not many places were open. I found a shop in the Yellow Pages, called Pronto Towing service (looking back now, the name itself should have been a red light that this may not be a great business to go with). I called them, and the guy that picked up spoke fast and rushed me through the process.

Me: "Where you guys at?"

Them: "All over...where you at?"

"I need a vehicle pulled out of the ditch...over at 360 and 2222."

"Ok, great, where you at? We'll send someone right over..."

"Wait...it's a particularly narrow driveway I'm stuck in, and I need to make sure you guys can send a small truck...also, how mu--"

"We got big trucks, small trucks, anything you need. We'll be there soon."

"Actually, I need to know how much it would cost."

"It depends on how hard it is to get it out and how long it takes."

Here's my first big mistake:

"Ok, I work for Papa John's, can you pick me up at Far West and Mesa?"

"Sure, we'll be right there."

Let me explain this little error here, so there's no confusion. Last week my battery died during the day and I got it towed and the towing was 50$. They only needed to pull my vehicle about 10 feet from where it sat. Couldn't be much more...so wrong. So, so wrong.

Oh God, so wrong.

Ok, so I cash out (give Papa John's their money I collected, and find out how I did in tips. On a side note, I did horribly), and wait for the tow truck. It was a Mexican fellow, about 40, and his girlfriend. They were pretty cool, and we went back to the scene.

It took about 5 mintes to pull the truck out. I asked him how much it was, and he went to the truck and looked at a chart, and replied "one hundred and fifty dollars." At the time, I didn't have that kind of money. I asked him when a check would get cashed (I get paid friday), and he said "tomorrow." He then asked me to sign a piece of paper that basically was an agreement that if my check bounces, then they'll repo my car.

I took the check I had written back, and asked about other payment options. I didn't have the cash, and I hope to never have a credit card, so they took my truck home with them, which added another 100$. Of course, if they repossessed it, it would cost 400$. I'm sure this tally will run up daily, however.

I asked the fellow why it costs 150$ to move a truck 10 feet out of a ditch and he said "my boss sets the price the same for every pull-out to be fair..some take as long as 3 hours." But wait...didn't they say the price varied based on how hard it was to pull it out? Liars! Of course, I only realized this until after I had some time to cool off.

Thus, they took my truck away, and I'm out of the delivery business until I can get it back. At my current salary without driving, that'll be 2 weeks, except the cost to keep it there will be more than I can make.

I got swindled. I'm going to contact them tomorrow, and if nothing changes I will contact the Better Business Bureau.

Of course, I doubt this could hold water in court, because of several errors on my part, but I think the fact that they said the price would vary based on the difficulty and time spent on the task, and the fact that it did not would help my case.

I need advice...anyone have similar horror stories that they can relate? Anyone else I could talk to?


Niteline and Mind Control

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 11 years ago I was just watching Niteline and noticed their piece on Saddam. They got at least 12 suits with foreign accents to tell the cameras just how erratic and dangerous we're being led to believe. "Just how dangerous is Saddam?" asked the reporter. Promptly, they showed at least six europeans giving sentence blips saying either a) he won't step down, or b) he wants to use any means necessary to destroy the US. Of course, they didn't show their names or go to any measure to establish crediblity.

Clearly this is an attempt to dispell the fear of acting unilaterally to the American public (they did not address unilateral action specifically throughout the "report," they want us to feel like we're drawing our own conclusions I guess).


TV ads for more cops

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago In my hometown, they're running ads that show policemen busting people for not having seat belts. They're saying basically, "we are starting to put more and more cops on the streets, looking for people who don't have their seat belts on. It's a fact--not having a belt buckled can kill."

I doubt there are more cops on the road to solve this one issue, which leads me to believe they're putting more and more cops on the streets, and are masking the real intent. Is anyone else out there seeing this happen? Are we turning into a police state? I don't think seat belts are much of a problem anyways, but people just blindly accept this.

Anyone know a quiet little corner of the world I could move to 10 years from know when the America I love starts to really suck?

By the way, its not the Bush regime in power. The liberal/conservative dichotomy is setup to make the opposing party allways seem like the cause of the real problems. The state of affairs in this country is really pissing me off, and there isn't a soul in Washington I don't blame for it (aside from John McCain).


Why I hate paying taxes, Part 1

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago

This journal is a response to Interrobang's entries, not a flame (Interrobang: I respect your views inasmuch as I differ from them)

We need roads, power plants, schools, police, firemen, defense, and much more that I'm bound to forget. This is not in dispute. However, this is not an excuse to sneak in broad social programs or large, expensive projects. You can't say that because power plants are needed and we couldn't possibly build them ourselves, those who oppose tax'n'spenders or, more broadly, those who want to increase taxes, are wrong.

I firmly believe that the government should directly serve to protect us from real, physical threats. Is Iraq such a threat? I don't have a clue. But I do know if a nation attacks us, we should have a well-trained military to respond. Due to increasingly liberal attitudes towards troop training (and, more generally, the military becoming the battlefield for all sorts of trite political debates and legislation), our army troops have become the mockery of the other services, who receive far less scrutiny. Our government should do the best job it can of training our troops. However, our defense budget is ridiculously high, and I'm frankly uncomfortable with my country wielding so much physical power--though it may be necessary.

I agree that to acheive equality, the government has a critical role in education our children. If that means contracting under strict scrutiny or actually setting up schools, so be it. I don't think there's anyone who would debate this, so I'll move on.

The government should contract out internal improvements. Roads, power lines, national parks, etc. are very important. However, this should be taken care of by provincial/state and local governments. It is reasonable to devolve powers as much as possible until the next lowest power would not have the jurisdiction or authority to properly handle the situation. Let's keep the federal government out of farm-ranch roads, but have them lay out the interstate systems, for example.

Local communities must provide police/fire/etc protection in the local area. These departments must have as little oversight from the higher authorities as possible, however--if the citizens of a community want more cops, they can pay for it. If the whole nation were to vote, the government could easily scare or coerce the populace into a police state. I don't want men in ski-masks and FBI patches running around with automatic weapons not disclosing what they're doing.

The various governments should also regulate trade, zoning, etc. This should also be devolved unto the most local level as possible. If a regulation is to require a huge beaurocracy but is necessary for a specific region or constituency, they can agree to it and agree to pay for it. A huge advantage of this system is that other regions now have multiple examples of real-world scenarios with which to base the merit of a proposal on.

Now on to taxes. Taxes are what fuel all of this. I want full disclosure of both the money going in to these departments, contractors, or programs, and their operating budgets (this is not wholly the case where I live). We're unfortunately going crazy with building more beaurocracies and programs and such that are costing too much from people to whom these issues do not apply. I am distrustful of my government, and though it would be easy for me to allow them to manage my retirement plan, take care of me when I get fired, etc., not only could the feds taking care of the country lead to them taking over the country, I think we should have enough courage and strength to deal with such issues ourselves.

This is not simply because I believe we should accept more responsibility for our actions, but also because when and if our government tries to screw us (historically speaking, the odds of them not eventually doing so are astronomically low), these tax dollars will help support that through physical means and simply by the precedents that the accompanying legislation will set.

Basically, I know we need a government that collects taxes to pay for a lot of things, but I also firmly believe we should do our best to limit it without crippling its ability to carry out its exclusive functions.

On a side note, with regards to corporate control, the huge corporations are also restricting freedom in a big way, and (as in the media giant's case) are often getting Congressional support. We must also be weary of the giants as well, since they often begin to act like governments. However, this really doesn't pertain to taxation (but I felt it worth mentioning in response to one of Interrobang's points).


'Offtopic' moderation must stop

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago Offtopic moderation no doubt had a reasonable problem to solve. In any given story, there are always a few that open up new threads that are ridiculous and way out there, but not necessarily reduntant, trollish, or flamebait.

Offtopic moderation has gotten out of hand. Almost all threads 'drift' from the original topic. No big deal--'Offtopic' should be given to posts that have nothing to do with their parent--be that an article or a post.

I'm sick of getting modded down for interesting, intelligent conversations with people--that's what the moderation system is supposed to promote.

Here's how I think it should work. If a post has little or nothing to do with the parent, it should be offtopic. All subsequent responses to that post can be considered offtopic as well. However, any offtopic threads must begin with a legitimate crap-post. If the post has something to do with a parent post that can't be quickly traced back to a such a blatantly offtopic crap-post, then the post is not offtopic.

Meta-moderation doesn't cure this--no one reads the context. Today I replied to a thread about kernel source sizes being too big, when the subject was something about two new features being added to the kernel. I got modded down as offtopic, even though the thread started by someone commenting along the lines of "why add new features when the kernel source is already so big?" A decidedly on topic question (despite however you feel about the quality of it). It ended up that I suggested that perhaps someone should distribute a source tree without the non-x86 architectures in it. Someone responded to me, saying that such a file would not be significantly smaller (4 megs). The comment that got modded down as offtopic was my response, that 4 megs for a dialup user is between 10-20 minutes on a good day.

This is one example--of many. Any one else pissed off about this? And before saying "calm down, it's just Slashdot," once I leave Slashdot and go do something else it probably won't urk me anymore. But for now, I really want to know if other people get similar treatment for their contributions to the articles.


Moderation totals

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago Can anyone (out of the 3 people that no doubt read my journal ;) list the most actively moderated comment they've seen?

Ex. Overrated=4,Insightful=3,Interesting=1,Flamebait=2,Funny=5,Troll=1,Informative=1


Blockbuster sucks.

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago I went to Blockbuster to rent some porn^H^H^H^HMonster's Inc, and some store in a different city I rented Star Wars from this summer slammed a bar on me and made the cashier call them. They slapped a 25$ late fee on movies which I could not have possibly been late for (I was in the city for a week).

I of course didn't have enough cash on me, and it led to an embarrasing situation, and now I'm pissed off. Even if I had such a fee, I want it to be brought out to the table ASAP--going past a reasonable customer's memory is a Bad Thing (TM), since it leads to mindlessly paying the bill to avoid trouble.

I wasn't late dammit. I've been renting on this card for months here. I'm gonna call them tomorrow but for now I'll just have to vent on my journal.


My College Experience thus far....

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago I'm sick of people on campus that get microphones and blast their annoying political diatribes all over the place. I hate how they feel like they're at a higher plane of intelligence than the rest of us. I hate how they engage in debates with lame ass looks on their faces, trying to conceal their frustration, because they are 100 percent right, and other people just don't "get it." I also hate how they want my money.

Well, I'm done venting now, so I think I'll hit the sack. Anyways, I like most everything else about college (to stay on topic with my title), except I'd much prefer to learn raw technical skills than all the "well-rounded, mind-expanding" fluff it takes to get a degree. Here I go ranting again--really I'm not a negative person, just sorta in a bad mood, and my journal seems like a good place to vent.


Karma Whoring

GreyWolf3000 GreyWolf3000 writes  |  more than 12 years ago Karma Whoring is not a Bad Thing (TM). It is sort of like those high-school summer jobs or an apprenticeship--doing the hard annoying crap work before you get to the "next level." The only stipulation should be "no lame karma whoring."

I have seen Karma Whores simply provide 3 google links and get away with it, simply by admitting that they were KW'ing. Don't be lame, people. Try and cut and paste a decent amount of information and post it--not too short, and not so long that you're clearly not intending anyone to read it. If you're mirroring an article, great! Just don't do it off of your home cable modem, since it will soon get /.ed as well.

If you admit that KW'ing is not a bad thing, and you strive to do the grunt work and lay out useful information to the community, you deserve to get rewarded. After all, somebody's got to do it. The end result? A better, more well-informed discussion.

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