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Converting RSS Feeds To a Dynamic 3D Scene In 120 Lines of Code

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Not biased at all... (73 comments)

I'm not interested in my moderation score or what you would have modded me given the chance. You'll notice nothing about my 'bitching' was regarding the subject matter, it was in the complete lack of editorial control that Slashdot exhibits. I feel like it's getting worse but that might just be nostalgia, after all Slashdot editors have never been renowned for being thorough or professional.

I haven't used the firehose lately; in fact I haven't done much of anything on Slashdot in a while since most visits don't last more than a few seconds. I read a couple of headlines, decide I don't care about this stuff and move on. Even when a story would interest me it's usually something I read yesterday on some other site. It's really only habit and a serious procrastination problem that keep me coming back at all. And that's really not enough, is it? I was actually thinking about this very thing this morning when making my previous post. Perhaps the site really has gone downhill, perhaps it's simply shifted focus, or maybe my own interests and wants have subtly changed; it doesn't really matter, what does matter is that I don't enjoy visiting this site anymore. When I do comment it is usually to complain about something I perceive as a failing in Slashdot, but I don't honestly expect it to change, experience has taught me that much at least. So I agree with you completely in that respect: I'm not adding anything to the community. Moaning doesn't help those who agree with me and it's annoying for those who don't. Instead of complaining that Slashdot isn't what I want it to be I should find a site that is.

I realise that sounds passive aggressive, like I'm running some melodramatic gambit in the hope that Slashdot will come chasing after me begging me to stay and promising to change. I'm really not, it's just feels a shame to walk away from a site I've visited more-or-less daily for over a decade. But it just isn't working out anymore.

I think we should see other people.

more than 2 years ago
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Converting RSS Feeds To a Dynamic 3D Scene In 120 Lines of Code

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Not biased at all... (73 comments)

The problem isn't that the story is (necessarily) irrelevant to Slashdot readers, it's that you are in no position to make an unbiased look at the subject at hand and report about it to readers who are on what is ostensibly a news site. This doesn't make you a bad person and you were not the intended target of my rant because, as we both mentioned, you made no attempt to obscure the fact that you were tied to the subject matter. My issue is that Slashdot editors and/or firehosers (I don't even know how that works anymore) should have noted that link and either rejected it or re-written/re-submitted a new summary from their own opinion.

Obviously you have a product you're excited about and you want to tell people about it, there's nothing wrong with that. That's why press releases exist - you write what is essentially an informative advert, which by the nature of all PR is 90% bullshit and hyperbole, and send it out to various news source, bloggers and other interested parties. They then read it, ignore the aforementioned bullshit, then decide whether the remaining 10% is worth theirs and their readers time to make it into a story formed from their own words and opinions.

In short, the problem here isn't that your thingie isn't relevant to Slashdot, I honestly don't know whether it is or not, the problem is that there is a degree of abstraction --a level of objectivity-- missing from the process here. That objectivity is the difference between a legitimate news source and a pin-up board for advertisers, and it's a distinction that I expect^H^H^H^H^H^H want Slashdot to adhere to.

more than 2 years ago
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Converting RSS Feeds To a Dynamic 3D Scene In 120 Lines of Code

LighterShadeOfBlack Not biased at all... (73 comments)

So the founder and president [of] Taodyne submits a "story" extolling the virtues of Taodyne's latest program/thingie and this actually makes it onto Slashdot? Am I really expecting too much of Slashdot by thinking that this shouldn't happen? I mean the entire summary is blatantly written like an advert -- perhaps you could say the guy isn't trying to deceive anyone since it's obvious to anyone looking (eg. me) what's going on, but is that really a good direction to go in? Is even the barest of journalistic integrity a lost cause on this site?

more than 2 years ago
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Curiosity's Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Mind blown! (215 comments)

Except you have to use a pretty twisted definition of 'ancestor' for a protoplanetary disc to be a valid example. Do I have to explain the joke word for word for you or shall we just accept your pedantic knob-jockeying is just making you look like a fucking idiot?

more than 2 years ago
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Curiosity's Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Mind blown! (215 comments)

You're not familiar with sarcasm are you?

more than 2 years ago
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Curiosity's Latest High-Res Photo Looks Like Earth

LighterShadeOfBlack Mind blown! (215 comments)

So rocks on Mars, when coloured to look as they would if on Earth, look like rocks on Earth. Obviously this must mean that Martian rocks and Earth rocks share a common ancestor! Once again, Slashdot tackles the tough science questions that other media don't dare touch.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Moses! (1130 comments)

I don't see much sci in his fi.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Walter M. Miller Jr. (1130 comments)

Nearly two. He was writing the 'sequel' to A Canticle for Leibowitz when he died. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman was then completed by Terry Bisson. Unfortunately it's out of print now so I had to buy it second hand.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

LighterShadeOfBlack A paradoxical situation (432 comments)

When it comes to computer work, if you're high enough in the department to be expected to follow a dress code you're high enough to not have to adhere to said dress code.

Problem solved.

more than 2 years ago
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Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Dear Mr Abel (305 comments)

I didn't realise FunnyJunk was in the GM business.

more than 2 years ago
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Fedora Introduces Offline Updates

LighterShadeOfBlack Giving the people what they want. (redux) (287 comments)

Finally, the Fedora guys have listened to its customers and fanbase! People have been clamouring for years to be able to restart their computers needlessly after updating and now these long years of loyalty have been rewarded. Bravo, Fedora. Bravo.

about 2 years ago
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I typically carry X many forms of photo ID; X =

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:3 Cards (380 comments)

ATM card
- if your bank doesn't offer this, nag them. If you lose cards at all this will shut people down looking to go on a spending spree with your card.

In what way will your photo on an ATM card stop a thief using your card to retrieve money from an ATM? Do ATMs have facial recognition where you live?

more than 2 years ago
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Xbox Second Screen Announced

LighterShadeOfBlack Giving the people what they want. (125 comments)

Finally, Microsoft has listened to it's customers and fanbase! People have been clamouring for years to have context focused advertising/product placement on their Xboxen and now these long years have loyalty have been rewarded. Bravo, Microsoft. Bravo.

more than 2 years ago
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War and Nookd — eBook Regex Gone Haywire

LighterShadeOfBlack This isn't about regular expressions... (185 comments)

'eBook Regex Gone Haywire'

This is a straight-forward substring replace, not a regular expression. A not-completely-stupid regex would at least have only converted \bKindle\b, although obviously even then human oversight would be necessary.

more than 2 years ago
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% of my digital storage that is solid-state:

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:Redudant Options (280 comments)

wouldn't storing your stuff in a non digital format constitute Zero?

No. The percentage of digital storage capacity that's solid state would be the formula s/d*100 . If you have no digital storage then the resultant formula would be 0/0*100 , ie. you would be dividing by zero, which of course is a Bad Thing To Do. The answer in that case isn't zero, it's N/A; hence the extra option.

more than 2 years ago
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When I need a robust business solution, I prefer it ...

LighterShadeOfBlack Re:I prefer it not come from Slashdot (275 comments)

Whoosh!

I'm sick of the creeping bullshit such as SlashBI etc. too -- I even moaned about it in the announcing post -- but seriously, guy, learn to take a fucking joke.

more than 2 years ago
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Unblocking The Pirate Bay the Hard Way Is Fun

LighterShadeOfBlack Not all ISPs are blocking it yet. (151 comments)

I'm on TalkTalk and TPB still works fine without any jiggery pokery whatsoever.

more than 2 years ago

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