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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

mfh Honeypot (103 comments)

I've talked to an accountant about this and we're both convinced this was an RCMP sting. They announced there was a vulnerability on their website about six hours before they patched it. That's either totally stupid and insane, or it was a police sting and they were just waiting to see who would be stupid enough to try and break in through the open door. Please have a seat.

2 days ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

mfh Ergonomics (101 comments)

My feeling is that a lot of older computer users suffer from ergonomic injuries as a result of repetitive stress. Eventually this won't be a problem for us as we move computers into the mind-space but for now when we have to physically interact with computers it's one of those injuries that can really lower the quality of life, let alone the scoreboard.

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

mfh Open Source (580 comments)

It's BECAUSE of open source we even learned about Heartbleed. If it was closed source the hole would still exist hidden in the shadows.

3 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

mfh Re:Autism (584 comments)

If there were another smart animal on this planet, as smart as we are and more cooperative and less likely to lie to each other AND being speciist, ie not trusting human beings, then they would have an evolutionary advantage as a species over us. There isn't.

This is totally mind-blowing to consider. Perhaps that's exactly the kind of species we could encounter that was space-faring, and from another planet, solar system or galaxy. When you consider the Borg in Star Trek terms fits this concept perfectly, it's a little chilling. I wonder if it's simply free will and a short lifespan that causes a species to be so completely dishonest as human beings.

5 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

mfh Re:Autism (584 comments)

You're falling prey to the foolish notion that someone couldn't devise a strategy around this deficiency. One exists to effectively remove dishonesty from the equation.

We're in the age of dating profiles. A successful nerdy high functioning autistic can mate and bear children easily enough. The fact the autistic doesn't have to contend with hundreds of women eagerly waiting for his sexual attention merely offers up more time to do whatever great things the universe has in store.

5 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

mfh Re:Autism (584 comments)

So you're suggesting that evolution relies upon dishonesty? You're not wrong... but at some point we hit a wall where continued dishonesty creates a threat that puts our species at risk (which is where we are today). To survive as a species we have to uphold honesty as a defacto requirement or we'll simply be culled from history like the dinosaurs.

5 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

mfh Autism (584 comments)

Autism is a giant leap forward evolutionary. These low-functioning autistic kids simply haven't had the necessary stimulus, training and radical therapy to become higher functioning. Autism is not a disorder, it is the application of pure order in a world of chaos and ill-intention.

5 days ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

mfh Some (232 comments)

How many billionaire CEOs have courted you personally?

Not enough though. One can never be courted by too many billionaire CEOs.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

mfh Carmack (535 comments)

Listen guys I know a lot of people are complaining about Oculus going to Facebook. Carmack is a total genius.

There are a couple of reasons this probably happened.

This is from Carmack's message when he joined Oculus Rift as CTO last year.

I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message.

Carmack probably started the ball rolling to get Facebook interested. Carmack has always had problems with massive user connectivity to his systems. He has never really been able to manage it very well or he would have pioneered a MMO. His focus has always been geared towards bringing fast paced FPS game engines to market but they almost always lacked very good latency or rendering when more than 16 people would join a game. Facebook has been working on connectivity since day one. Carmack probably wants them involved so he can access their complete knowledge base.

I think this is a calculated move by Carmack. He's also going to shake things up at Facebook.

I think he's gonna have a positive effect on Facebook and also on Zuckerberg, who has lacked a moral mentor that will possibly be found in Carmack.

about three weeks ago
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Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

mfh Re:yuck (102 comments)

You're making the mistake of assuming technology will advance within the confines of our current designs only and you're ignoring the fact that whenever technology advances it often crashes through the confines of walls assigned to try and keep it the way a select few want it to be. Mouse cursor translucency could fix the problem or a simple cross-hair. Another possible fix is that there would be multiple cursors that would be manipulated in polygonal patterns. This polygon method is probably the best application because it would enable at minimal a third dimensional approach to object manipulation. The result? You could quickly mold the screen objects to suit your own requirements just by rapid eye movement. And a side effect of REM is that we might require less sleep using a setup like this.

about 3 months ago
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Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

mfh Context (102 comments)

Context is always missing from computer tracking. Without context there is always a shadow of a doubt.

about 3 months ago
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Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

mfh Re:yuck (102 comments)

Basically the eye becomes the part of the system that moves the mouse and you have buttons or voice commands for accessing areas if you want. So you move your eye over to something and click it or you quickly adjust between five things and order a command that changes how the five things interact. This is way better ergonomically than sliding a mouse or using your hand on a touchpad because no part of your body is actually pushing against a slide-surface.

about 3 months ago
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Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

mfh Re:Jealous Governments & Big Business (207 comments)

The only free country is outer space. It ain't free to get there but if you can manage it, you'll have everything you need.

about 4 months ago
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Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

mfh Re:Jealous Governments & Big Business (207 comments)

These American documents were always false. Look at the whole commie scare during the cold war. Everyone who was suspected of being a commie (as in anybody who didn't see exactly eye-to-eye with big business) was put under a microscope. The fact is that democracy's tenets are as freely interchangeable as any other ideology. It's all just a sham. A total nightmare. Nobody really believes any of this stuff do they? Do you really believe that not knowing what other potentially dangerous people are doing is a good idea? Do you not want to know?

At the end of the day we can use all the information gathered to lock up all the wrong people or we can lock up the right people. Unfortunately all the people in charge are in their position because they are sociopaths. There is absolutely no defense against that kind of tyranny apart from utter revolt which by my watch is now impossible because our younger generation has now had a taste of revolt and how futile it is with Occupy Wallstreet. They accomplished NOTHING. Everyone knows it. Will they ever try again? Nope.

Most people don't believe in fairy tales, but a good test of that is whether or not someone is a theist. Not atheist. A theist because the space there really means something.

The funny thing is that anyone who calls attention to these things is torn down, and damaged. There is no way no possible way to defend against this sham.

The only real way is when it eventually collapses in on itself but by then the real enemy will become evident. And it will be too late. That's the plan.

about 4 months ago
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Unintended Consequences: How NSA Revelations May Lead To Even More Surveillance

mfh Jealous Governments & Big Business (207 comments)

NSA is a blueprint company. Even though we all know they are doing it, there's not much you can do about it. Huge multinationals will participate in schemes to monitor traffic and snoop in one country but they are regarded as being high and mighty privacy advocates in another? That's a load of crap. They are all dirty and have been since the 80s. Tracking and monitoring is what any big business does. If you do business with them, you have to accept that they are watching what you're doing. They are sharing it with all the governments. The fact NSA is being held up as an example is just another cold war move by Russia and probably China. You think Russia isn't watching everything their citizens are doing? China?

There are no private states.

about 4 months ago
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Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

mfh Dell (259 comments)

I own a Dell system and since purchase, once in a while, the hard drive starts churning. Perhaps this is why.

Jokes on them, though. I use the system for work and often read the news -- and that's about all I do.

about 4 months ago
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Google Sues Consortium Backed By Apple and Microsoft to Protect Android

mfh end the trolls (150 comments)

Fix the system. Before a company can claim patent protection, the patent must be in use in a directly conflicting way. 99% if current patent claims would not survive this test. Rockstar makes nothing and operates as a privateer. Shut that down.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix: Non-'A' Players Unworthy of Jobs

mfh Re: Incentives. (397 comments)

This is much like the whole landlord/tenant dynamic. You're right, because with capitalism it's not measured by merit--only position. There were historically no measures apart from results so to ends justify the means in this system. The result of such a system ifs The advancement of sociopaths because the do whatever it takes to advance. They have no compassion for anyone. Darwin's theories aid these types. They are not meek.

about 4 months ago
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Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

mfh Blunders Ahoy! (158 comments)

Your post advocates a

(x) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses
( ) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
(x) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
( ) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
(x) Users of email will not put up with it
( ) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers
( ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
( ) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists
(x) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
( ) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email
( ) Open relays in foreign countries
( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
(x) Asshats
( ) Jurisdictional problems
( ) Unpopularity of weird new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
( ) Huge existing software investment in SMTP
( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack
( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email
( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes
(x) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
(x) Extreme profitability of spam
( ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
(x) Technically illiterate politicians
(x) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
( ) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
( ) Outlook

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

( ) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever
been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation
( ) Blacklists suck
( ) Whitelists suck
( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
(x) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
(x) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
( ) Sending email should be free
( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
( ) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
( ) I don't want the government reading my email
( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(x) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your
house down!

about 6 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

mfh Pentobarbital (1160 comments)

They are switching drugs in Missouri, while adding a team of compounding pharmacists, so the drugs will be made on site and therefore not subject to Europe's politics. Also some of the European flexing here is a direct result of NSA wiretapping.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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Enterprise Level PHP/MySQL Hosting?

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mfh (56) writes "Hello Slashdot, I am getting ready to launch a new spreadsheet-driven document control system, and I am just now looking around for a PHP & MySQL host that is reliable and not too expensive. I have been using Netfirms but I learned after signing up that they have a 50k SQL cap per every two hours, which is disappointing. Their service is pretty slow for what I am looking for, also. Any suggestions would be very welcome."
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Hello Again Slashdot! :D

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mfh (56) writes "Hello folks, just touching base with my Slashdot journal. It's been a long time since I've written anything here and I'd like to start by saying I've made a lot of changes in my life since then.

I quit World of Warcraft, fully stocked my kitchen with fresh veggies and healthy food, joined a gym, started working with a trainer and I'm fucking happier than I've ever been! :)

My job is going well, I'm getting ready to buy a new SUV and I'm happy with my life again, thanks to my family and IRL friends.

I missed Slashdot quite a bit since I was last here and just to let you know I've been over at Reddit, but that's kinda fun and stuff although it's not the same as the nerdy goodness of this fucking awesome website.

I wanna wish all you guys health, wealth and happiness."
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What is the fastest keyboard for hardcore gaming?

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mfh (56) writes "Currently I'm using a Logitech G11 keyboard with 18 of the bindable G keys along the left side of the keyboard. They are designed in a way that makes it really easy to figure out which button I'm pressing but I am concerned that World of Warcraft isn't responding as fast as I would like during raid encounters. I've eliminated every other possible hardware issue and that leaves the keyboard. First of all, can anyone explain why the G11 is slow, and secondly can anyone suggest the most responsive replacement?"
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Hobbyist Game Designer, Level Designer AMA

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mfh (56) writes "An anonymous game designer and level designer, who is the real thing (note the gold star on Reddit) has opened the floor to Reddit's IamA section, for any questions pertaining to game design and level design. Slashdotters interested in finding out development tricks or have even complex problems solved on the spot are all encouraged to submit questions."
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Journals

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SWTOR

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Anyone else enjoying SWTOR as much as I am?

Sith Inquisitor, Sorcerer Heals... the whole game is just amazingly fun.

And no pandas to be seen, at least in the immediate future.

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Suggestion for users.pl

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 2 years ago It would be nice to have the karma scores on each reply to your posts here, so that you can get a sense if replies are worth reading. Also it would be really nice to have a link to user.pl on the masthead.

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Hello Again Slashdot

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

EDIT: I accidentally submitted this journal entry as a story because of all the changes in the Slashdot UI. I assumed that Slashcode would be more intuitive than this. The following is my latest journal entry, now that I've figured out where it goes.

Hello folks, just touching base with my Slashdot journal. It's been a long time since I've written anything here and I'd like to start by saying I've made a lot of changes in my life since then.

I quit World of Warcraft, fully stocked my kitchen with fresh veggies and healthy food, joined a gym, started working with a trainer and I'm fucking happier than I've ever been! :)

My job is going well, I'm getting ready to buy a new 4wd SUV and I'm happy with my life again, thanks to my family and IRL friends. Any suggestions on fuel efficient vehicles that fit this description are welcome.

I missed Slashdot quite a bit since I was last here and just to let you know I've been over at Reddit, but that's kinda fun and stuff although it's not the same as the nerdy goodness of this fucking awesome website.

I wanna wish all you guys health, wealth and happiness.

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I AM BACK

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I'm sorry to have been away for so long, but I have returned! Now that unpleasantness is over I can read over all my emails, and such. Hmmm. Nothing here? WHAT?

Nobody missed me, nobody cared. It was like a million voices continued on while I was away from Slashdot. I suppose being on a spec in the middle of a sandy beach of specs in the floating massiveness of universialitude, I could not be missed had I evaporated and rained all over the prairies. Alas, some things on Slashdot have changed.

What is all this Javascript? Looks good! Things appear to be much more interesting! Hey I've got achievements!!! LOL

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Blizzcon

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I'm not sure I'll have time for Diablo 3. I will definitely buy it (for use on patch tuesdays).

I wish I could be at Blizzcon. I'm currently in the WotLK beta and sadly haven't had much time to play it because I'm levelling up my rogue now that mutie rogues are OP and I like the idea of being OP (as my main is a pve/pvp lock lol ie: t6 or 550 resil atm, take your pick lol).

I played the beta for a very short period, and when I did, I realized two major things:

1) I don't have enough gold for the expansion on my live account, because I'll need loads of gold in order to buy all the stuff I'll need on both my toons.

2) Inscriptions sell for a boatload of money, with very high gross margin so that said -- you will need to have one toon that can do them or you're at the mercy of the free market (ouch, bad idea).

I've flown all over the beta, and each area looks very straight forward enough.

The focus then shifts towards getting my characters ready for what is to come.

I don't know how long this kind of insane pricing will last on the live realms for inscriptions, but I decided to get my alt ready to be my inscriptions toon, so I dropped enchanting and picked up herbalism which is now 375. I have an empty profession ready to go for when inscriptions become live.

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WotLK Beta

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hai. Finally got in the WotLK beta. Learning the quests to 80 and roughly how to play a lvl 80 warlock will maximize my time. DK is going to be lvl'd after I hit 80.

So far it's pretty amazing. It's really wierd seeing my character getting xp points. Man it's been so long since lvling to 70... I forget how much fun it was. The advance of stable questing mods since BC has also made things much easier.

Northrend looks great, but I sadly have not had much time to play. Some of the mods work and there is a list of them that doesn't take long to find through Google. I have a bar mod, xperl and some other less important ones.

Well off to Toronto for a weekend of partying and D&D!

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Anti-Keylogger Reviews?

mfh mfh writes  |  about 6 years ago

I am an avid World of Warcraft player, and I've been looking for some time at getting good Anti-Keylogging software. Right now I have what I consider to be a good setup to protect against security, but I'd like to tighten the noose a little. Does anyone have some good suggestions as to a software package that not only keeps people from hijacking my account, but also doesn't hurt my system performance while raiding the new content?

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In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions...

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm currently reading In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions...When It Counts as one of the first main books in my new O'Reilly Safari library account.

What an amazing book! Such insight! Such intrigue! I am going to make a zillion dollars with this secret knowledge of how to handle accusations from unruly people. I am certain that God himself would have wanted a copy of this to field all of Satan's accusations. Satan would have wanted a copy of it as well.

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Spammer Got Me! What Will they Think of Next?

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Today I received a seemingly innocuous email from a complete stranger, regarding PHP. That did not strike me as odd at all because I am somewhat of an expert on the subject.

The message was a typical plea for help and it started off claiming to have seen me posting on the newsgroups and forums, which was possible but unlikely, as I haven't posted on the PHP newsgroup in months, so I was immediately suspicious of the email.

The sender claimed they had a couple questions and then asked me to answer them for them and that they would like to hire me to do more consulting if they liked my response.

I responded as I always do to such requests, with a link to rentacoder.com and I asked the sender to let me know what their username was so that we could begin a business relationship together. I figure that if I am going to be spending any time helping a stranger, I might as well get paid for it, or I will be the one choosing who and when to help!

The person or bot on the other end of the discussion responded with a strange comment that seemed unrelated. I quickly fired back that they need to do what was asked before I answered any of their questions and that I would not discuss business over email because it has proven to be less than fruitful (and it really has).

The person quickly fired back an angry response so I told them to piss off and that I knew their trick was to get free writing samples from me.

Amateurs!!! :-) I get paid if I have to write anything (except this journal)!!!

So beware of this trick and don't fall for it. If you don't know them, give them a challenge question.

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Yawn, Stretch -- My Holiday Shopping is........

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FINISHED! WOOOO HOO!!!!! ;-)

NOTE: I don't normally support the use of all caps, unless it's in response to someone finishing all their holiday shopping.

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Discussion2 Beta Thoughts

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Can I just say... it's about time! Oh it's sooooo nice!!!

AJAX and CSS perform wonderfully. There are still lots of little bugs but I think when they are ironed out it will be a pretty amazing experience. I'm quite pleased that Slashdot is evolving and you can really get a sense of how it will be so much better in the future.

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d i v ... o r c .... e

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sometimes it sucks, sometimes it's for the best. Not really sure but it's happening now. *sigh*

(any cute nerdy chicks in my fanlist? send pix hehe j/k)

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Standardized Dupe Notice

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

New dupe notice:

I am afraid to comment on this duped Slashdot story due to Hindsight Bias.[1][2][3] (where each number is linked to the dupes available)

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Getting to the Front Page

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The new article stubs on the front page really work for me, but I'd like to see each new story remain a stub until enough 5-Insightful/Interesting/Informative comments become visible. In other words; everything starts sectional and earns the right to be on the front page based on quality -- not quantity (as others have suggested).

We should also have a new mod category: "Flag".

The Flag mod will indicate that an admin should read the comment because it's important. Typos, spelling, dupe notices etc can all fall under this category, and editors could re-thread the site to see these types of comments first. Reward moderators who correctly flag comments as a system notice with extra mod points. Keep the Flag comments collapsed for regular users, so the meat and potatoes comments all frequent higher.

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Projects

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Working on some new projects... a set of sales tools that might be picked up by a big corporation. Very cool stuff, yet no linkage yet. Does anyone know anything about interpersonal sales tools for retail? I've been studying up on it for this project, which I am in charge of, and it's fascinating me. PK is getting pretty damn spiffy when a n00b can go from being hired to appearing like an expert almost immediately... although there is a level of intelligence for using this kind of tool. Just working out UI issues now, and coming up with ideas.

From the customer perspective, what would you want to be able to do with a salesperson say for COMPUTER SALES, in order to make your sales experience better?

Anyway, hope all is well with you guys and let me know what's going on in your lives! ;-)

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Nothing

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

There is nothing much going on. Okay, there is lots going on right now in my private life, but I'm not sure I want to share it just yet. Maybe closer to New Years...

How are my friends on Slashdot? Any complaints?

Looks like I can comment again... but I posted something that might be considered funny, so you know I'll be banned again in short stead...

Truth be told, I wasn't sure I was allowed to post yet, so I simply hit submit, expecting the confounded comment-banned IP/Subdomain notice... but it went.

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Latest Comment Ban

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Slashdot's automated comment/karma banning is stupid. My karma is EXCELLENT, but yet I can't comment because of, surprise surprise, my latest comment ban.

I'm sick of this shit. They should shut it off for users with Excellent karma. How many lines of code would that be??? Like ONE???

PUDGE!!!!

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CSS Slashdot Roolz!

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

OMG just logged in today and CSS /. totally rules. Nice job guys!!!!

Bout frigging time. ;-)

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American Refugees Exist -- Fact.

mfh mfh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

American Refugees Exist! Fact.

Let's not corrupt our language just to save face, or to disseminate PR(opaganda). The word means what it means.

You have them in your country now. Deal with that reality and vote with your hearts -- give with your hearts (but stay off Paypal for Katrina donations).

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