moderation and meta-moderation
Two things going on here:
The story on Hacking the Actiontec 56k Modem/Gateway was a really good 'geek' story... a long while back I hacked a IA1 to run linux... it was a really cheap PC, with a 800x600 flat panel monitor built into the base with a wireless keyboard. It came with WinCE on it and was suppose to only use MSN for dialup... there was a version of Mandori linux hacked together by the community to run on it... it took a bit of hardware level hacking and then you had to use a compact flash to get linux on it... but then it would run this linux distro with opera and you could use any ISP...
I bought one for a 100 bucks, and set it up for my parents. Because the file system was read only, they could just turn it on and off at will... and when you turned it on, it started up opera and then auto connected to the net... total time to internet connectivity from turn on was about 30 seconds. It is the most basic, simple, and easy to use internet only computer I have ever seen. And because it is linux/read only, they do NOT have to worry about viruses, worms, etc... downsides: no flash or java. Price you pay for a OS that fits in 16 megs, I suppose =).
Anyway, what I'm going for has nothing to do with the Actiontec 56k Modem/Gateway... but in that article there was mention of the Linksys WAP54G. It is a wireless router 4 port hub... and I'm going to get one and hack the linux on it to do what I what. I esp. interesting in VPN. Now shit like that is why I come to /. SCO be damned!
Topic two. I metamod everyday, I figure it really helps out the /. system... on average, I use to metamod almost everything fair... lately that has been going down hill... my last metamod I did 5 as unfair, and I am probably averaging 3 over the last month or so.
I'm not saying slashdot is dying, but I think that metamod should require more education... esp. for the definition of what a 'troll' is. You can't blame people for being wrong when they don't know what they are doing.
the best +5 post
I honestly think the best +5 post is one that is so obvious and non offensive that not one person responds to it (trolls and bots excluded). If you manage to say something that is worthy of +5 yet doesn't stir anyone up enough to respond, you have really done an amazing thing...
On the other hand, I'm reminded of the quote 'if you're not pissing someone off, you're not doing something important'. Perhaps a +5 comment 0 response is just an example of the loop holes in the mod system...
Yeah, sounds dumb, I know... but has anyone done it? anyone? anyone? Bueller? Is this thing on?
I just trolled (or flame baited?) for the first time.
I just flamed or trolled (not sure of the right term) for the first time ever. I feel kinda dirty. See my asshole post.
What do you think of that? Anyone else ever done it just to see if you can get a good response? If notanatheist (581086) does respond, I will post his/her post here... and comment. I'm also going to make him a 'friend', just to fuck with his/her mind.
the iraq war
I've ceased to have a outward opinion on the war. I've surrendered myself to the fact that my opinion has almost always been/will be in the minority and unpopular. I'm sick of talking about it.
I'm tired of trying to correct false beliefs and fill in the ignorance about the true current state of affairs. Nobody cares. Most everyone immediately reverts to their 'glazed eyes' mode, not unlike when a person is taken in by a thoughtless TV show.
Anyway. Giving up hope has actually been nice. Not caring makes things much easier, esp. in the short run. I suppose that my apathy doesn't really make sense in the long run but I can't do this alone.
I hate to have the inner thoughts that most people are just sheep... which I know isn't true for some people... I know this because some of the opinions I disagree with most could not have possibly been formed except through long periods of time. Periods of time completely devoid of logic and sanity.
What the fuck is wrong with people? (I include myself in that statement.