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SoylentNews Blocks Submitters From Criticism

mattie_p stupidity, not dissent (10 comments)

It isn't dissent we're blocking, Khyber. You were on a rant. Since we keep detailed logs of our IRC, anyone can see what you did to get quieted, and then banned. I'd invite anyone interested to check our IRC logs, starting here. That got you a mute.

You then made threats about a DDOS attack on our site to one of our channel operators via pm. That's what got you banned. I'll note you can still access the main site.

about 6 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

mattie_p Re:No Accredited Credential, No Regulatory Authori (374 comments)

Federal law normally preempts state law, in cases where both jurisdictions have an interest. However, the courts have generally allowed states to provide more specific regulations so long as they meet the requirements of the federal law. Two examples.

Consider minimum wage laws. The US Government requires a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Many states and jurisdictions require a higher wage, and are fully allowed to do so, because whatever rate they set above $7.25 meets the requirements of the federal minimum wage law.

Consider emissions standards. The EPA sets emission standards for the country as a whole, but, in practice, California does. Because the California standards meet the minimum requirements of the federal statute, they can set more strict standards.

about 8 months ago
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US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

mattie_p North Korea (306 comments)

Great news for everyone on the internet in North Korea, they seem to still be able to take Coursera classes! I bet the 1970's Film Appreciation instructor is happy to still have all their students.

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

mattie_p Re:WTF Slashdot (95 comments)

I'm not picky, I'll take whatever flying cat pictures you got. Honestly, can you go wrong posting flying cat pictures on the internet?

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

mattie_p Re:WTF Slashdot (95 comments)

I still expect some level of quality from idle. I don't want to see pictures of your mother's cat.

If the cat is flying in circles due to being caught in a mini-tornado, then I do want to see pictures of your mother's cat.

about 8 months ago
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

mattie_p Re:Hundreds or thousands (95 comments)

Because, how often do you get to use the word "catnado," much less actually see it happen?

Here's hoping someone caught it on film and is uploading to the net as we type.

Seriously. Pics or it didn't happen.

about 8 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

mattie_p Re:I'm waiting for Neil deGrasse Tyson (201 comments)

According to google, there are over 1000 planetariums within the US. Not sure about a world-wide number, hard to really establish. So either we have a large population of astronomers within slashdot, or [shock], people lie on internet polls!

about 8 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

mattie_p I'm waiting for Neil deGrasse Tyson (201 comments)

I'm waiting for Neil deGrasse Tyson to show up and be all like:

"All of the above, you insensitive clods!"

about 8 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

mattie_p Re:Tame and lame (692 comments)

Answer: Yes.

Rationale: There is an International Space Station currently in what is commonly known as space. This is manned by astro/cosmo/nauts, which are a subset of an intelligent species. Therefore, yes.

about 7 months ago
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The Spamming Refrigerator

mattie_p Re:Fridge spam (90 comments)

The can is clearly labeled 'refrigerate after opening' but you probably gobble down the whole can.

I, personally, prefer WalMart's generic 'luncheon meat' to the real branded Spam. The WalMart stuff just tastes better.

Steer far clear of the Kroeger 'spam' though. Yech.

You imply that I open a can of the stuff. I store the cans in the root cellar with the rest of my survival goods for the inevitable apocalypse.

about 8 months ago
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The Spamming Refrigerator

mattie_p Re:Fridge spam (90 comments)

Considering that I've never put spam into my fridge, it is indeed surprising to get spam from a fridge.

about 8 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

mattie_p Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Actually, the beginning would be: "How do I know you exist?" (and vice versa).

about 8 months ago
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Blackhole Exploit Kit Successor Years Away

mattie_p Re:What? (a gyp) (108 comments)

Merriam-Webster states that it is "probably short for gypsy." I trust Merriam-Webster over wikipedia in this case.

about 8 months ago
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Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

mattie_p Re:Unforeseen (361 comments)

Oh, hey, remember this from the internet?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

mattie_p Re:The manual (796 comments)


$ man wife
No manual entry for wife
$

$ man fucking
No manual entry for fucking
$

At least in my distro

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

mattie_p Re:The manual (796 comments)

My wife says: "If you need a manual, you're doing it wrong."

about 9 months ago
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DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

mattie_p Re:Legality vs Enforceability (183 comments)

Let me ask you a question. Which more accurately describes America today: a) the government fears the people; or b) the people fear the government.

How about c) you're using a false dichotomy after already having your pants dropped over the use of circular logic. Don't double down on stupid -- there's more than two ways to approach the problem. Pop open your wallet. Flip over the dollar you got in there. What does it say on the back?

E Pluribus Unum.

That is not latin for "Roll over and play dead."

If it is a false dichotomy, it isn't mine. You're the one who brought up Jefferson's quote, not me. I consider it to be a sliding scale, my belief being that the current balance tips towards people fearing the government. While I'd like it to tip the other way, I don't believe that accurately describes the current conditions in the USA. As a result, the only thing with power over the government is itself. Whatever restraints it exercises (or doesn't) over its own power is self imposed. My logic wasn't circular, it was an if-then statement. I didn't even bring up the else:{ ... } as it wasn't pertinent to the discussion (in my belief).

As someone posted below, one false dichotomy is Republicans vs Democrats, because both are two sides of the same coin, coin (or dollars) being the only thing important to both parties.

I would note that "Out of Many, One" could describe just about every government in the world, from the USA back in the 1790's to the USSR of the 30's up to the present day. And that all governments derive their power from the consent (either implicit or explicit) of the people. It just so happens that the vast majority of the voters of the USA have granted their consent, one way or another.

Again, what should be done is an exercise best left to the reader.

about 9 months ago
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DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

mattie_p Re:Legality vs Enforceability (183 comments)

Strangely enough, I was about to cite the opening paragraph. Let me ask you a question. Which more accurately describes America today: a) the government fears the people; or b) the people fear the government.

If the answer is a), then I am wrong, and should be modded into negative oblivion. If the answer is b), then my original answer was correct.

What should be done about it is another question entirely. But the only reason to "dissolve the political bands" is when b) is more correct than a).

about 9 months ago

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