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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Whatsmynickname Exactly, they consider us consumers (2219 comments)

Exactly right. This is how organizations and businesses view visitors to web sites now. They are not participants. They are consumers. We are not here to participate in discussions. We are here to consume advertising. The discussions are just a way to get our eyeballs to this web site and consume the crap they put in the margins. So they pretend to ""listen"" so we will say "OK, since you listened to us, we'll keep looking at your web site, increase your visitor count (sucker count), so we can convince advertisers to buy our ads.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

Whatsmynickname Re:Just remember now... (361 comments)

If you really, truly want a refutation of Spencer's graph, I will give it to you.

The editor of the journal in which it was published resigned in protest (or penance?) for such a bad paper making it past peer-review.

And this refutation follows the scientific method how? And for the other responses to the graph are classic ad hominem, awesome! All I want is data which shows Spencer's graph to be incorrect.

about 3 months ago

Every Public School Student In LA Will Get an iPad In 2014

Whatsmynickname LA District is getting EXACTLY what they ask for (393 comments)

The education that the kids are getting is EXACTLY what the parents asked for. As others have posted, the spending policies of CA school districts are dictated by the regional school boards and middle management. The teachers don't really get too much of a say on how the money is spent.

When you look at who is running these school boards and what policies they have for education, one would think a trained squirrel would come up with better plans. Millions in solar panels anyone (don't give me that shit about sustainability, they DONT HAVE THE FUCKING MONEY TO TAKE FROM THE CLASSROOM TO PAY FOR THIS!)? New pools at an existing school when a brand new one is built a mile or so away? Big screen TVs for the football field? And yet who shows up for school board meetings? Certainly not 99% of the parents who vote the school board clowns in. No, all that attend are either companies who want to extract money from taxpayer's pockets or the sycophants who applaud the clown school board directors like trained seals. And yet when these school board clowns dare show their face for school functions and for election campaigns, the people who actually show up for these events applaud them like trained seals; there is no correlation between idiotic school spending policies and the election of the people who implement them.

So should there be any surprise we get idiotic iPad giveaways such as this?

about 9 months ago

The City Where People Are Afraid To Breathe

Whatsmynickname Re:hmm.. (243 comments)

BBC is the closest news network to cover it?

You must be new to the United States media, where the local TV devotes far more airtime to crucial stories such as fucking Zippy the Wonder Dog which does backflips and where the local Pravda newspaper devotes front 5 pages to a local recycling effort. If you're lucky, I mean really really lucky, the local Prava may, just may, have an article buried in page A15 of a 30 page section to 2 paragraphs on something which may affect you.

about 9 months ago

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Whatsmynickname Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (1737 comments)

Has Slashdot become a politics/crime board now?

Yes. Next question.

about 9 months ago

EA Repeats As 'Worst Company In America'

Whatsmynickname Re:Simple (346 comments)

Here's the problem with this capitalistic idea. For every person who uses logic and reason and does not buy a (multi-player) game because it's not supported well, there are at least nine people standing behind him with cash already pulled out of their wallet ready to buy the game. Why? Because they want to play with their buddies, and all their buddies (especially the alpha ones) all are on-line playing that game. So in spite of all the game's and company's flaws, all logic and reason goes out the window, the game is purchased over and over and capitalism falls apart.

This strategy has worked wonders for the Xbox 360. I've seen people who's Xbox die over and over go out and buy a brand new console so they can continue to play Call of Duty with their friends, because the social aspect of the game is the most important thing to them

1 year,9 days

Schneier: The Internet Is a Surveillance State

Whatsmynickname And according to Ghostery... (333 comments)

Google Analytics, DoubleClick, and Scorecard Research are tracking this web page. The irony meter just exploded!

about a year ago

Porn Troll Panics, Dismisses Pending Lawsuits

Whatsmynickname If you notice on the front page of ""slashdot"" (106 comments)

...the phrase "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters." is not there anymore. And you have this stupid article up front which has absolutely nothing to do with nerds. Coincidence?

about a year ago

Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

Whatsmynickname Re:Question the Senate & electoral college sys (419 comments)

Technically, corn ethanol subsidies have already ended, so the whole deal about lobbyists and congressmen and farmers paid by the government is moot. However, now the President has mandated corn ethanol via the "Renewable Fuel Standard" which is an EPA executive branch mandate, so now instead of the government shoveling money to farmers for ethanol, government mandates a guaranteed demand instead.

In order to fix this problem now, we have to convince the EPA to adjust the Renewable Fuel Standard to get anything accomplished.

about a year ago

Legislators: 'Spaceport America Could Become a Ghost Town'

Whatsmynickname Yep there goes our civilization (143 comments)

And this folks is precisely why we never get anything done anymore... Between the lawyers / politicians / managers who "just want to get along", we will just sit here and spin our wheels until our society falls apart.

about a year ago

How ISPs Collude To Offer Poor Service

Whatsmynickname Thanks to... (207 comments)

..all your elected Congressmen and Senators elected by informed, focused voters who stay on top of issues like this. They all make sure these corporations will not get away with this...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

Whatsmynickname Re:It's your responsibility. (430 comments)

If so, the fastest way to appease him is to cram your ego and make the changes

Problem is, as the OP was pointing out, is if you are spending all of your time appeasing and doing low level crap, while huge gaping holes of functionality are NOT being addressed because all of your working hours is spent appeasing everyone, your project is not going to be finished on time and the customers are not going to be happy. The term I have for this is "the process IS the product" where you're spending most of your 24hrs a day doing procedural crap instead of addressing the actual problems because you're mired in appeasing process people.

This attitude is precisely why modern day work environments never get anything accomplished anymore and large scale projects mostly go to crap.

about a year ago

Stay Home When You're Sick!

Whatsmynickname Deadlines don't change (670 comments)

This has nothing to do with "appearing weak". This has everything to do with deadlines not moving despite you being sick. Employers don't care about you being sick, they just want something shipped, and if you can't do that, they will find someone who will.

about a year ago

Mitsubishi Drops Bulky DLP TVs: End of an Era

Whatsmynickname Crap, no more LaserVue? (95 comments)

I'm assuming this means the LaserVue line is dropped as well? This sucks as I wanted one of those TVs someday... I've seen the picture on these and they are awesome! I thought this would be an alternative to Plasma...

about a year ago

Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

Whatsmynickname Re:RTFA (743 comments)

Her refusal is based on an interpretation of the Bible. Is she never going to carry ID? I guess she win't be driving, joining a club, getting a job or leaving the country. All of these require carrying a numbered card which she refuses to do.

But according to some, without an ID she DEFINITELY should be allowed to vote!!!

about a year ago

Tesla Motors Sued By Car Dealers

Whatsmynickname Only asking half the question (510 comments)

What you've said is true, but you are only talking about the revenue portion of government (taxes). What also desperately needs to be addressed is what should the government be spending it's money in? And that leads to the question of what role(s) should the government be in?

For example, I don't think too many people are happy with Social Security except for the people who are currently on it. FDR though the government should play the role of managing people's retirement and it lead to the debacle it is in now.

So because a group of people thought it was a good idea for the government to manage people's retirement, now were stuck trying to figure out how to pay for it. Wouldn't be better to ask the question if government should be in the business of doing something in the first place rather than just doing it and figure out how to pay for it later?

about a year and a half ago

As Gas Prices Soar So Does City Biking

Whatsmynickname Gasoline == freedom to go places (342 comments)

I know I'm going to get modded down by the hard core cycling nerds here, but having the ability to afford gas at reasonable prices means I can go places that I would normally NOT be able to go by bicycle or mass transportation. Locally that means many hiking places and recently a drive to the Sierra Nevada for hiking and fall leaves.

I know exactly how it feels to not be able to drive, and your whole world you can access shrinks rather tremendously. In some areas, you may not miss much, but in California and southwest in general there are whole worlds to see out there with easy access by car. Yeah yeah you MAY be able to swing it with a bicycle + train, but the logistics would be MUCH harder to do. And there are many places out west which don't accommodate mass transit very well.

Hey, and this is coming from a cycling nerd to move to California BECAUSE OF cycling and the weather to do so! And I've done a LOT of commuting by bicycle BEFORE it became fashionable or hip. All I'm saying is there's a balance and a place for cars as well as a place for bicycles.

about a year and a half ago



Oil companies patent trolling on energy again

Whatsmynickname Whatsmynickname writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Whatsmynickname writes "Thought oil companies had enough patent trolling to shut down any efforts to wean us off of crude oil (Chevron and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_encumbrance_of_large_automotive_NiMH_batteries)? Think again. BP and DuPont (Butamax) has taken an advanced biofuel company to court over infringement of newly awarded patents for developing biobutanol [see http://blog.cleantechies.com/2011/02/15/bp-dupont-biofuels-jv-takes-gevo-to-court/%5D. When an oil company advertises it is looking for alternative fuels, it's not because they want to be socially responsible..."
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