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Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

MikeTheGreat +2.... Flamebait? (133 comments)

As of right now (12:23pm PST, 4/21/2014) the parent post is showing +2.... Flamebait.

I've been here a while but never seen a negative word attached to a positive score (it's always been +3 Informative, or +4 Insightful, or +2 Funny, or whatever). I don't think that my personal 'score adjusters' would give anything enough points to boost a -1 or 0 up to a +2.

I'm assuming it got mod'd up with a couple different modifiers (one insightful, one interesting, etc), then mod'd down with only Flamebait (and so Flamebait is the most common modifier), but I'm curious (1) if anyone else is seeing this and (2) does anyone have a better explanation about the score/modifier?


Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

MikeTheGreat Re:Saves about $38 million in taxes - NOT (86 comments)

Math is more informative than off-the-cuff assertions. Embrace it.

Mod parent up! The entire post is solid, but this quote is solid gold on top of that!

3 days ago

How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

MikeTheGreat Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

Three comments:

  1. 1) Companies don't fly around in jets, people do
  2. 2) People don't fly around in private jets, executives do
  3. 3) We're still calling those executives that fly around in private jets assholes

about a week ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

MikeTheGreat Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

I just want to say that while I started this thread/discussion hive in a humorous vein, these posts obsessing about and/or and neither/nor totally made it worth it. We (all) might not be geeking out about technology, but we're definitely, awesomely, geeking out :)

about two weeks ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

MikeTheGreat Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (351 comments)

Whooooooooooosh! :)

(Yeah, you're probably right (at least, you're making a convincing case that the 'and' is a reasonable choice), but where else can I joke about needing a logical OR instead of a logical AND?)

about two weeks ago

Book Review: Mobile HTML5

MikeTheGreat Re:Read Reviews (37 comments)

LOL. There's 4 reviews there (4/7/2014, 2pm PST).

While I agree that Amazon is actually a really good source of reviews I'm not 100% sure that the four (just 4!) reviews really offers a convincing sample size :)

about two weeks ago

Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

MikeTheGreat Re:Communism is the only way forward (870 comments)


I'd rather have millions of corporate overlords than 1 government overlord.

Yeah, but those aren't really your options, are they?

The choice you actually get to make it whether you'd prefer a couple number of corporate overlords, each a master of their domain (oil, telecomm, etc) or a small number of government overlords (the military, Federal Justice department, etc).

about a month ago

Online Streaming As Profitable As TV, Disc Sales By Charging Just a $15 Flat Fee

MikeTheGreat Mod parent up! (160 comments)

"online subscribers" was exactly the weasel-word the needed defining, and parent did an awesome job of patching up the summary!

about 3 months ago

CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

MikeTheGreat Got my 4 digit UID! (221 comments)

At least, I think I did. Where is the UID listed on this new version of Slashdot? :)

about 3 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

MikeTheGreat Re:I wish I could say "none" (312 comments)

When I got my first license (in MA, USA) I had to do a road-test. But I took that test during high school, so maybe the road test requirement is based on age, or based it being my first license, etc.

When I got my second (WA, USA) I had to do a paper (well, computer) test but no road test. It did kinda weird me out at the time, but I'm guessing that since most people drive pretty much continuously after getting their license it would mostly irritate people to have to re-demonstrate skills they've already got. At least, that's how I rationalized it.

But yeah - I agree that the test isn't nearly as tough as it ought to be.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

MikeTheGreat Better yet: A beginner's guide to the Bible (796 comments)

As someone who's tried this I'm going to say that I'd actually recommend reading something that explains the Bible (either concurrently, before, or even instead). Especially if you haven't read a Bible before. Not only are many passages opaque but the writing style is incredibly concise by modern standards. Not to mention the thousands of years of history since it was written. Having something that will help demystify what each passage means really helps open up the Bible.

Think of it this way - you wouldn't try Emacs / Vim for the first time by digging into source code, instead you'd find a 'tutorial for beginners' Digging into a Bible (not matter which version you choose to read) is way, way more complicated than Emacs or Vim. Smart people have dedicated their lives to understanding it, and some of them have have written orientations for beginners - go read one of those!

about 4 months ago

Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

MikeTheGreat Re:OK. This is it. Making stencils right now. (923 comments)

Is that actually going to help? Isn't the whole problem that the thieves didn't understand what they'd stolen? (I guess you better make sure you stencil all sorts of radioactive/biohazard/warning signs over the stuff, too) (Also - please make sure to mention this post 6 months from now when you AskSlashdot "Why don't women want to date me after the first time that I bring them back to my place?")

about 5 months ago

The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

MikeTheGreat Interfacing 2 languages that are C *is* easy (286 comments)

In particular, interfaces between two languages that are not C are often difficult to construct

(Yes, I know what they mean. I think they meant to write "In particular, interfaces between two languages (when neither is C) are often difficult to construct".
Still, it amuses me to think about making an interface from C... to C :)

about 5 months ago

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

MikeTheGreat Glass guy may have broken WA laws (845 comments)

Turns out recording stuff in private without first obtaining active consent from everyone who's being record is illegal in Washington state (RCW 9.73.030). So if the Google Glass guy decided to turn on video recording while enjoying his dinner he wouldn't have just pissed off the owner/other patrons, but also broken WA law, too

about 5 months ago

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

MikeTheGreat Faraday cages? Seriously? (845 comments)

I can't believe that the summary writer can actually suggest that "Maybe Faraday cages and anti-surveillance features will become the norm at the restaurants" - I can't think of a single restaurant that wants to spend the vast amounts of cash to prevent wireless communication

about 5 months ago

Gift Review: Strandbeest Model Kit

MikeTheGreat Tech-oriented, not geek-oriented (28 comments)

if it was geek oriented it would be "some uncanny suggestions", like the Uncanny X-Men! Amirite?

about 5 months ago

Warning At SC13 That Supercomputing Will Plateau Without a Disruptive Technology

MikeTheGreat My inner grammar nazi says (118 comments)

that this is not a complete sentence:
"Although carbon nanotube based processors are showing promise [...]."

Go, speed-editor, go! :)

about 5 months ago



SlashcAliister: How HP and open source can save We

MikeTheGreat MikeTheGreat writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MikeTheGreat (34142) writes "Ian McCallister has another insightful article (print version here), this time discussing how HP has announced their intention to open source the ill-fated WebOS tablet operating system. He brings up some good points about whether HP is simply trying to "offload the cost of developing and maintaining" WebOS, and how committed HP is to ensuring the success of an open source WebOS."
Link to Original Source

Using SlashCode in education?

MikeTheGreat MikeTheGreat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MikeTheGreat (34142) writes "A recent posting to Slashdot got me thinking about technology in the classroom, and reminded me of a question that I've wanted to ask for a while: is anyone using the Slashdot code base (called Slashcode) in an educational setting?
I can see an unmodified local instance being used in much the way that Slashdot is (to publicize & discuss topics, typically news articles), but I'd be even more interested in finding out about people using the underlying technologies (like meta-moderation) with a front-end set up to better allow for discussions of topics that need to be persistent throughout the term.
So — is anyone using Slashcode in education?"


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