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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gsslay Wikipedia is not Social Media! (568 comments)

It's an encyclopedia.

If you're going to compare it with Facebook and Pinterest, then all you are doing is demonstrating how how ignorant you are about what it is.

3 days ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

gsslay Re:Seriously? (73 comments)

If you'd read on, it gets worse.

A personal submarine is like a sports car, apparently.

3 days ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

gsslay Going to Battle (85 comments)

From the article;

"I went to battle at the telescope to try and get this detection," Faherty says. "I wanted to put war paint under my eyes and wear a bandanna, because I knew this was not going to be an easy thing to do."

Who said astronomy was dull? There has to be a TV series to had here. Action Astronomer wields her mighty War Telescope!

5 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

gsslay Hardly Nobody (251 comments)

Nobody seems to know for sure

For "Nobody" read "No Journalist".

Unless Microsoft have really lost the plot, I'm fairly certain they know the difference between 'Threshold' and 'Windows 9', and which is heading for release.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

gsslay Re:$230 (610 comments)

Maybe he should stop taking his work to his bedroom?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

gsslay Re:$230 (610 comments)

Why are they running a server in their bedroom where they sleep?

Sounds like something a 7 year old living with his momma might do.

about two weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

gsslay Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

The whole currency exchange actually increased the share of the "Yes" vote.

Cite?

about two weeks ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

gsslay Re:Too much good content is deleted at Wikipedia. (239 comments)

Fact is that hoaxes have always existed and have always found ways of propagating. Wikipedia, like everything on the internet, has just made it easier and faster. It is not a problem of Wikipedia, it's a problem with people in general.

Even people who work for Wikipedia tell you not to trust it [youtube.com], but to check the underlying citations.

You say this as if it comes as a shock. That's kind of the point of an encyclopaedia and completely the point of citations. If you are going to trust an entry in Wikipedia alone for anything important, you are being very foolish.

Unfortunately, while Wikipedia has to justify itself on one hand to those who demand that everything is verified before it is shown, on the other it has those who complain bitterly that new material they have added without any verification is being removed. Wikipedia cannot do both.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

gsslay Re:$230 (610 comments)

Why is your computer on and browsing, with the speakers on, in the middle of the night when you're not using it?

If you're going to do this, you deserve all you get. Along with what it does to your bandwidth and electricity bill.

about two weeks ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

gsslay Re:Those who can't... (179 comments)

And those who don't, comment on those who do.

about two weeks ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

gsslay Re:The first ever business course (179 comments)

You may laugh, but there's a lot of factors that need careful analysis. Weight, dimensions, material, grip, balance, available space, ceiling height, bounce, damage.. The list goes on. You could fill at least three hour lectures on it.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

gsslay Re:It no longer matters. (727 comments)

That was my first thought. Wait 5-10 years and everyone else will be saying to Linux; "You can have the desktop. We're not interested in it any more."

about two weeks ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

gsslay Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (162 comments)

All of them ride around all day with no spare tire? Seems to me the biggest oversight here was NOT packing an extra set.

And a mechanic to change the wheel is just a phone call away because NAS had the foresight to take out full MAA (Mars Automobile Association) membership. They'll even tow it back home!

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

gsslay Re:Problem already solved (457 comments)

"Ignore user" only works if everyone does it. Unfortunately there's always someone who wants to engage with the troll, wanting to put them straight, or show them up for the idiots they are. They don't realise that a troll doesn't care what is said to them. As long as they're given attention they are getting what they came for, and it ensures they keep coming back for more. Usually under multiple accounts.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

gsslay Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

It has nothing to do with skill. "Being licensed" has some implication (however imperfect it may be) of being insured and being a known citizen, with a history of following the rules of the road and laws in general.

Not being licensed means you could be an uninsured, unidentifiable, homicidal maniac fresh out of prison. Personally I'd prefer some kind of means of avoiding getting in a car alone with these people.

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

gsslay Re:quibble on usernames (113 comments)

The idea is to stop users who may claim special authority over the content of some articles, on the basis that they represent an organisation mentioned within them. Naturally, it's the internet, so it's difficult to verify this, and those doing it would have a clear conflict of interest when editing an article related to them. So a good way of nipping this behavior in the bud this is to disallow "corporate" names.

Of course this doesn't stop organisations editing their articles under another name. But at least that's done on the same level as any other editor and the same rules apply.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

gsslay Re:Take it Private (113 comments)

Wiki needs to be purchased.

By who? Who is going to pay for it that can be trusted to not push their own agenda?

Where is the money going to come from? Adverts? Do you think advertisers won't have an agenda, and interest in what appears on Wikipedia?

Why would unpaid volunteers submit articles to a commercial organisation that profits off their work?

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

gsslay Re:Meanwhile the general public in London... (113 comments)

That's the problem with a lot of the criticism of Wikipedia. Too many people think it's a place to publish news or original content. They don't understand what an encyclopaedia is.

about three weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

gsslay Re:IQ of 197? (391 comments)

I wish that journalists would turn their brain on and not off at every number they cite

To be fair, what you just did there relies on knowing a fair bit of statistic methodology. Not something an average journalist does.

But, yeah, any journalist worth anything should be able to spot bullshit. And an IQ of 197 is obvious bullshit. You don't need to do the sums to see that.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

gsslay Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Exactly this. If, when driving an "almost-automated" car, I need to be in a state of constant readiness to take control, then what is the actual advantage to having the car almost-automated? The physical effort involved with driving is pretty light, it's the mental effort that's tiring. So I'm not saving myself any effort. If anything, it could be more effort, because not only am I having to monitor events around the car, I'm also having to react to what my own car does by itself.

The only reasons for using "almost automated" would be;

- You suck at driving and the computer does a better job.
- You're physically disabled in a way that makes driving arduous/impossible.

about three weeks ago

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gsslay gsslay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gsslay (807818) writes "Everyone must have noticed a surge in spam recently, particularly for stock pump 'n' dump scams. The Register reports that anti-spam companies have seen a 30% increase in the last two months and, more worryingly, more of this spam is getting through to mailboxes due to the spammers change in tactics. Rather than use unsecured mail relays spammers are using bot nets, making spam harder to identify and eliminate. Bounced spam is also on the up, and some experts reckon it's past time to start worrying.

I know 90% of all email through my domain is either spam or bounced spam and more than ever is evading my ISP's spam filter. It's been predicted often enough before, but is email set to drown in a sea of dross? As one of the experts says; what's needed to stop spam is for people to stop doing business with it. But as the response rate to spam goes down, spammers are only increasing their output to compensate."

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