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Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

_Ludwig Re:Wrong Question (80 comments)

The proper questions to ask are those that you know something about. For Snowden to suddenly jump on LGBT rights or Chechen independence would come off as the type of issue-of-the-day “activism” sometimes seen with celebrities. It would make about as much sense as if Pussy Riot went on U.S. television to talk about Obamacare or the Keystone Pipeline.

2 hours ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

_Ludwig Softball (233 comments)

15" holes seem pretty ridiculous, considering you still have to get to the green. Accurate drives and knowing how to deal with situational shots comprise at least half the difficulty of golf. Nobody takes a mulligan on a missed putt, they take them when they slice a shot onto the next fairway over or into a water hazard or whiff it entirely and launch a clump of divot instead of the ball.

But no one derides amateur softball players for not hitting 85 mph pitches or being able to throw out a runner at first with a bullet from 130' away. What might make golf more accessible is building smaller 9-hole courses heavy on par-threes with more forgiving hazards and flatter greens. Less of a time commitment, cheaper due to faster turnover... Change the name somewhat (Golf-lite? Softgolf?) so as to defuse objections from people who want to maintain “pure golf’s” identity as is.

3 hours ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

_Ludwig Re:The fuck?! (242 comments)

A Progressive would more likely be negotiating for the other side. Just because his position had Labor in the title doesn’t make him a union organizer.

13 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

_Ludwig Harper’s, The Baffler, The Believer (285 comments)

Harper’s (not to be confused with Harper’s Bazaar, which is an especially boring fashion magazine,) The Believer, and The Baffler all have good literary and art coverage as well as long-form lefty political journalism. The New Yorker is good too, and not as New York City centric as you might think, aside from the theater/music/event listings, but it’s weekly, so kinda expensive and easy to fall behind on. There’s some good stuff in Rolling Stone and Playboy from time to time but I wouldn’t keep either one on the coffee table where people could see them.

4 days ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

_Ludwig Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

Shouldn’t these negotiations happen between the government and the vendor before the original contract is ever signed, instead of between the government and Microsoft in sudden death overtime? It’s just as negligent to lock yourself into a rapacious business relationship as it is to put off necessary upgrades until vendors have you over a barrel.

about two weeks ago

Algorithm Composes Music By Text Analyzing the World's Best Novels

_Ludwig Simple algorithm (31 comments)

Simple algorithm: Yakety Sax for everything.

about a month ago

College Grads Create Fake Tesla Commercial That Elon Musk Loves

_Ludwig Re:Lemme posit this... (100 comments)

VW’s agency does seem to have a knack for creatively nonstandard commercials:
Da Da Da
Pink Moon

about 1 month ago

Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

_Ludwig Re:Is lifting H1-Bs going to push down CEO pay???? (516 comments)

You have a very nonstandard definition of “rich” if it encompasses the entire top quintile. (Of modern industrial/post-industrial civilizations — we’re not talking about compared to Haiti.)

about a month ago

Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

_Ludwig Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

Sorry for the double-reply, but I meant to also say that you’re right about shared households. I live in one, and think they should be encouraged and thought about beyond “need new roommate, post to craigslist.” I suppose “intentional communities” is the jargon for what I mean.

about a month ago

Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

_Ludwig Re:Greenspan's right (516 comments)

SF refuses to permit building more real estate or even building upwards

I guess you haven’t looked anywhere in the direction of Rincon Hill in the past few years. Or been to South Beach, or Mission Bay, or looked at Lennar’s plans for the Candlestick area. I look forward to all this luxury development increasing the housing supply and driving down rents. I’ll just be over here not holding my breath.

about a month ago

Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

_Ludwig Re:Briefcase!? (102 comments)

Not everyone wants to look like a bike messenger. (re: real briefcases, not this thing.)

about a month ago

Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

_Ludwig Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (465 comments)

Analogy fail: Your mother didn't own any safety deposit box. She owned the contents and rented the box from the bank it is stored in.

It's not too hard to imagine someone leaving, say, a piece of antique furniture but not the diaries stored inside.

about a month and a half ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

_Ludwig Demographics (255 comments)

The article doesn't mention if/how the wrong answers correlate to age or poverty. If you're old enough that computers are still a strange new thing, or poor enough to never have had access to one outside the public library, it's not surprising you wouldn't know those terms.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

_Ludwig Re:So what happens (253 comments)

Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but I assume the FBI would be aware of Comcast's wifi sharing initiative. Just like running a coffee shop with free wifi that a customer did something unsavory with; the feds wouldn't come kicking in the door assuming that the shop owner was the culprit. They might knock and ask to see logs, but in this case they would get those from the ISP.

about a month and a half ago

Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

_Ludwig Re:Wasn't this a movie? (237 comments)

I don’t think Godwin applies to Farenheit 451.

about 3 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

_Ludwig Re:My car already has 2 back doors (364 comments)

Right! Slashdot's target audience are people who hear "back door" and think physical door.

They probably think “porn.”

about 3 months ago

Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

_Ludwig Re:Absolutely zero emissions (239 comments)

“Formal race” probably means one governed by a recognized sanctioning body.

about 3 months ago

Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

_Ludwig Re:Absolutely zero emissions (239 comments)

Where did anyone call this a "zero emissions" car? The summary mentions completing one lap with no emissions, but nobody is saying it's a zero-emissions vehicle.

about 3 months ago


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