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Google Tries Not To Be a Black Hole of Brilliance

Headcase88 Re:Obligatory Google is awesome thread of the week (322 comments)

"Now, after faithfully giving 15-20 years of their life to bettering your company you would just cut them off to go start over somewhere else?"

If the gov't allowed it, most businessmen would. Very few consumers (outside of a few industries) care about the ethics of the company they're (usually indirectly) buying from. Most of us buy from China (I sure do). Most of us don't have time to look up the history of every corporation we buy from. Shareholders... forget about it, most of them use mutual funds. Because of that, you have a choice: make more money, or be ethical. You or I might go for the latter, but our company would eventually fail or get eaten up (outside of a few industries).

"Now.. if they cannot or will not learn to perform a new task... then sure, go ahead and can them."

The problem here is the company gets to choose the task. So they'll gradually make the person work harder and more hours for the same money. If the guy leaves, good we wanted to fire him anyway, and if he stays, also good because he's overworked. It creates a sort of "race to the bottom" among poorer people that is basically the biggest pitfall of uncontrolled capitalism (or overpopulation possibly).

The rest here is just rant.

There's lot of gov't regulations that could be put into place to help; incentives for hiring, penalties for "needless" layoffs, etc. In my opinion the most important in terms of controlling unemployment would be incentives for shorter hours, but that's just one of many, and I'm not an expert.

But wait! The companies with the most money to lobby (bribe) congress, bribe media, buy ad slots, etc. are the unethical ones. And the only regulation they're big on is corporate welfare. Damn.

I guess this is what happens when we have a really stable society. It's awesome that we have one, but it makes it harder to put any real pressure on top officials in government (who are supposed to, in theory, put pressure on corporation management). They'd be all like "what are you gonna do, rebel?" and we'd be all like "nah guess not" and they'd be all like "yeah that's right" and we'd be all like "Well we'll just do subtle things that will hopefully piss you off and write music about it" and they'd be all like "yeah whatever" etc.[/bum review]

Luckily, there are elections to balance the power.

And a good laugh was had by all.

more than 4 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Headcase88 Re:Im lost for words. (419 comments)

You must be right, because I've never heard of a privacy-based definition of democracy, so if that's what the original definition was, then yes, it has been lost.

When I think of democracy, I think of people having voting power over how their gov't is run, which no country has ever really had in full form. I mean you can vote on people, but not on issues or events, making for a weak level of democracy.

If you can convince me most people in Britain think this is bad, then yeah, I guess this is another blow against it.

about 5 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Headcase88 Zing (419 comments)

It would have been more appropriate if they axed it years ago.

about 5 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Headcase88 Re:There are... (419 comments)

Well, police are apt to arrest for any law, whereas an non-cop doesn't have that responsibility. Hopefully, most people who see someone smoking a joint will just ignore it. Some people will report it but at least not everyone will. It might be a small shift to people collectively deciding what laws are worth enforcing, instead of a central body.

about 5 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Headcase88 Re:And we thought it was bad in the US (419 comments)

Anyone who snoops incorrectly will be meta-snooped and won't get as many snoop points. Thus, everything will be forever moderated correctly on Slashdot. I mean Britain.

about 5 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Headcase88 Re:They clearly didn't think this though (419 comments)

How about if you had to login through some sort of secure channel to prove who you are before looking at the cameras or reporting arrests? With the right controls it would be difficult to grief without being arrested yourself. Not saying they're going to do that but if they do?

about 5 years ago
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Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain

Headcase88 Re:So we can't afford Patrolling Police Officers.. (419 comments)

Someone outside of the Inner Party having access to the CCTVs is not Orwellian unless everyone is tasked with reaching an arrest quota. One small potential plus is that society kind of gets to vote on what laws are just, as hopefully most people won't narc out on people breaking bad laws. I'd probably rather have more "citizen's arrests" (moderated by police) and less direct police arrests personally.

Also, by having access to the CCTV content, people might even catch particularly clumsy police committing crimes and getting them arrested, which would be awesome. I'm not from Britain though.

about 5 years ago
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E-book readers ...

Headcase88 Re:Umm (503 comments)

Well, they would just need enough e-readers to meet demand. The only time that would match every book they would normally have is if the library was completely checked out of books, and each person only checked out one book.

Once the tech gets better, I'd imagine this would make it easier for libraries to have better selection and make logistics a whole lot easier for them. Over the long term, it might even save costs if e-books get cheap enough.

more than 5 years ago
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E-book readers ...

Headcase88 Re:Umm (503 comments)

That's classified. As long as you're not a thief (andwedontfuckup), you have nothing to worry about.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

Headcase88 Re:Lol... (301 comments)

I now what you mean. I use Google Search and Gmail, but Google Desktop was a bit much for me. I think the problem is that it was too good. I didn't use it much so my paranoia outweighed the convenience.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

Headcase88 Re:Will Bing get better? (301 comments)

if (enjoyProduct && site == "Slashdot")
{
if (productCompany == "Microsoft")
astroTurfer[poster] == true;
else
astroTurfer[poster] == false;
}
I did (tried to do) that in C# so I'm astroturfing as well.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

Headcase88 Re:Lol... (301 comments)

Apple is still taking an unfair advantage, and IMO even without a monopoly this is still bad. Goes to show that the top management at Apple runs exactly like MS in a lot of ways, they just don't have the OS monopoly to take advantage of.

You can see it with the iPod; there's a lot of stuff that's proprietary that could have been standard, especially when it comes to docking stations that only work on iPod. Please correct me if I'm wrong here, but docking stations that can use both the iPod and other MP3 players need to have a separate port for both? That's the vibe I get from this article (admittedly from an MS affiliated site).

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft and Yahoo Reach Deal

Headcase88 Re:Goodbye old friend. (301 comments)

For anyone who is seriously cancelling their account (not necessarily the parent):

Seriously? You hate MS that much? Yahoo accounts are more for other features and less for search anyway. Well whatever, if you're going to do it, do it quickly so they'll know the spike in cancellations is due to this. I guess the overall goal is that no other company will ever deal with MS again for fear of losing all their users over it. Even if it's the only way they can be competitive in a field.

Seriously?

more than 5 years ago
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China Bans Games That "Glorify Gangsters' Lives"

Headcase88 Re:Well... (172 comments)

Gun. Head. No one.

more than 5 years ago
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MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Models

Headcase88 Re:Physics? (457 comments)

Firstly, I gotta agree with the GGP; putting in so many amps at once is IMO not important. If you have a cheap recharge station where you park at work, and one at home, and a battery with enough storage, dumping in so much power at once is not needed.

Now about what Dan667 is saying about pollution, He's probably talking about the additional power you would need from power plants, but a) they aren't as bad as burning gasoline and b) they helps centralize power generation which makes it easier to push for greener power plants. There's some mercury, etc, in some types of batteries, but as long as there isn't much, it's not as bad as the alternatives.

The idea has been pushed back for legitimate and illegitimate reasons, but the technology will be too good to ignore pretty soon. in the meantime, he's right about 'em being expensive, because none are really mass-produced. The Volt seems fairly close to being a non-gas vehicle though, so hopefully that'll come out as 'planned'.

And yes, I do like that movie, for the most part. The same movie also says hydrogen is BS, and I'm inclined to agree, but I'm not an expert (my guess is GP threw this in to attract fanboys of the movie... well it worked!). In that movie they also say EVs cost less to maintain. I'm somewhat doubtful but if it turns out to be true, it's another thing to factor into the cost.

For anyone who is confused, the movie is "Who Killed the Electric Car?'. Like most documentaries, there's lots of opinions and bias in there, but the facts are pretty solid and I recommend you give it a watch.

more than 5 years ago
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Applying a Music Business Model To a Blog

Headcase88 StumbleUpon or other 'web 2.0' sites (43 comments)

One technique I thought would be effective (at least for getting people who are willing to pay for something they can get for free), would be for sites like StumbleUpon to accept donations, and then (after keeping a tiny cut for admin purposes) split your donation evenly across sites you gave a thumbs up. Or something. Just some sort of model where a big site takes a lump sum from you and splits it up. Maybe that sounds too much like PayPal? But more web 2.0ish.

more than 5 years ago
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Chinese Social Websites Go Under "Maintenance"

Headcase88 Re:Anonymous Coward (84 comments)

Clearly the protesters are emitting some sort of electromagnetic interference, probably from some sort of terrorist super-weapon, and must be detained. Problem solved!

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Headcase88 Headcase88 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Headcase88 (828620) writes "Sega and Nintendo are collaborating to make a Wii and DS game for the upcoming 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The main characters from both franchises will be featured, including Mario, Sonic, Luigi, Knuckles, Yoshi, and Tails. Sega of America president Simon Jeffery claims that the game is being built predominately by Sega's sports team (but not AM2 studio), and contends that "Miyamoto-san himself is actually very closely involved". Could this reverse the trend of mediocore Olympics games?"
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Headcase88 Headcase88 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Headcase88 (828620) writes "Microsoft has officially asked the creators of Halogen to stop development at once. Halogen was an RTS mod being developed by Halo fans for the past three years. From the website:

I was going to write a big sappy letter here, but what's the point. So..that's it then, I guess. The forums, site, and Moddb profile will all be shut down within the week. I can't say it hasn't been fun. It's a shame it has to end like this, but I suppose that's how it goes. Thanks, guys, for all the time you've spent supporting us. It's been a pleasure. We hate this as much as you do.
Was Microsoft right to pull the plug on the mod?"

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Unanonymous modding + Friend/Foe system = Ignore "bad" mods

Headcase88 Headcase88 writes  |  more than 8 years ago I was just reading some comments and noticed some mod abuse. Namely, what I believe wasn't flamebait was modded as flamebait. Sure meta-modding was designed for problems like this, but then I got to thinking.

People have different views. Realizing this, /. added a nice friend/foe system. Most of us know how it works. There's little marks next to friends, foes, fans (you're their friend), freaks (you're their enemy), friends of friends, and enemies of friends. You can even make it so foes are ignored and friend's comments appear to have a higher score.

Well, if people have different views, then one person's insightful is another person's flamebait. Metamodding falls into the same pitfall. So I came up a way to fix it.

Firstly, we need the ability to see a list of everyone who modded a comment and how they modded it. For example, the box that shows the score breakdown has a sectoin for moderation that goes like "50% Insightful, 20% informative, blah blah blah". This could easily include a list of each person who modded that way, and a link to their slashdot page. This already wins half the battle. If you see a post you like and it's modded as flamebait, you can at least mark that jerk as your foe.

But the other thing needed is some new prefences: "ignore modding down by foes", and "ignore modding up by foes". If you turn both options on, then if your foe mods, it isn't tabulated into the score (but still seen in the list described above). Personally I'd probably turn on the first but not the second. Now when the afformentioned jerk mods a comment as flamebait, you won't even notice.

Whether any of the above is implemented are not, I think it'd be nice to see what the "real" score of a comment is (ie what the score would look like to someone not logged in). This is important because what might look like a 5 to you ("don't need to mod this up") could be a 2 to most people, if you had a lot of options. But it's especially needed if you start ignoring people as moderators, because now a few foes could be flamebaiting a comment to death (especially if they are ignoring mods that are taking it down) and it would still look like a 4 to you.

I really don't see much wrong with such a plan as far as how it affects actual moderating/commenting. Perhaps some people would be more timid to mod something if they think lots of people will hate them for it, but hey, they should be responsible for their actions. If they believe strongly in something, shouldn't they be standing up for it even if it makes them unpopular?

The real problem, though, is having to load the name of every moderator. I've never even glimpsed Slashcode and wouldn't understand it if I did, but if I were to guess, every individual does not currently recieve the names (or numbers) of every person who has moderated every comment, and they'd need to for the code to process who's a foe and hence should be ignored. Admittedly, comments pages could take a whole lot more bandwidth/server capacity with those lists, perhaps to the point where it's not really worth it, at least not right now. However, the idea about seeing real scores wouldn't need more bandwidth or server performance, I mean, the slashcode has to know the real score before it can adjust it for you, right? So aside from a couple of characters ("Score: 2 (3)" instead of "Score: 2"), no real difference

But aside from that, I would love to see this. Would you have a problem unanonymous modding? Discuss.

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