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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

s.petry Re:Joe is not rudimentary! (26 comments)

No self respecting old timer would admit to using Joe as their editor. How the hell do you plan on getting the VI vs. EMACS flames fanned with such a claim you insensitive clod?

4 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

s.petry Re:My what impressive sources you have! (348 comments)

First, you stated that "The hackers" are "IRL terrorists". The hackers did not threaten anyone, these "threats" according to any other (credible) source were allegedly from the DPRK. Perhaps you need to clarify? Second, if you really believe that the DPRK is going to launch attacks against US theaters you should purchase a globe. If you think that somehow we will have massive amounts of fake pilots storming planes to fly them into Star Theater, you should have your head examined by a professional.

9 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

s.petry Re:My what impressive sources you have! (348 comments)

There is, nor was there, any hypocrisy but rather _you_ are playing favorites. You claim that the hackers are "IRL terrorists" but don't claim Sony is a terrorist organization. As long as you have a double standard there can be no justice in your world.

10 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

s.petry Re:My what impressive sources you have! (348 comments)

That was me that asked the question, and the person I was responding to in the thread defends Sony (or rather claims that people attacking Sony are wrong to do so).

11 hours ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

s.petry Ahh yes (165 comments)

The ever present bogey man justification. No need to have off shore monitoring of the actual potential threats (which would be massive ass container ships which are easy to track), put everything locally and monitor locally. That should let you know where the real problems are, and it's not really the bogey man.

13 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

s.petry Re:My what impressive sources you have! (348 comments)

Unpopular? How about committing illegal acts and getting away with it, and acting as a vigilante squad on their own as I demonstrated above (and TFA discusses). This has nothing to do with "popularity", it has everything to do with a company that is behaving as a cartel.

If you want to be delusional that is fine by me, but at least be honest about your intent to remain in the dark.

13 hours ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

s.petry Re:My what impressive sources you have! (348 comments)

In this case? With regards to an industry that could be killed tomorrow if enough people simply voted with their wallet? Yes, I do think it's wrong.

This indicates that you really don't know how the world works, especially in terms of "entertainment". Perhaps 50 years ago this point would have some merit, but not within the last couple of decades at least. Actually investigate how the industry works, then we will talk.

To give you a hint, Sony in this case is a target because it's a single entity who has repeatedly screwed over consumers. They knowingly installed malware on people's computers and faced a class action lawsuit for it, though consumers received nothing from the damages. For higher profits they have sacrificed customers again and again, all to their benefit and consumer detriment. This part I am guessing you would agree with.

To the voting with your wallet, how big is Sony and how many tentacles do they have into virtually everything from hardware to software? Monopolization has ensured that you can't destroy a company that easily, it takes Government intervention to break up a company of this size. Since there are at least several Governments that pay Sony for all kinds of things from hardware to software, that won't happen any time soon. The breach and theft of a movie won't hurt them, it generates propaganda (those evil bastards just want our freedom) and PR for the movie. Are you daft enough to believe that Kim Jong-un can't figure out a comedy? Do you still believe that the Benghazi raid was because of a class E youtube movie too?

The point here is really that the only way to harm a company like Sony is with vigilantism. I don't agree with hackers releasing Sony customer data because that harms the consumers more than Sony. If they can force Sony to change, all the better. Exposing the MPAA/RIAA for their bullshit tactics may actually reduce some of the nonsense they do on a daily basis.

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

s.petry My what impressive sources you have! (348 comments)

Will you also be quoting the National Enquirer in your quest to demonize anyone questioning the MPAA and/or Sony's behavior?

Do you believe that vigilantism is always wrong? Robin Hood was criminal stealing from "rich" who used criminal means of gaining wealth, and the peasants he was giving money to should have lynched him on the spot? (I realize this one is a fable, but a well known one and high on moral fabric).

If you don't believe vigilantism is always wrong, where do you think the line should be? Big companies are fine to do anything they want, as long as they pay the Governments to get away with it? Do the Governments have to be the actual robbers? (see next)

For posterity, the MPAA and RIAA have already targeted domains though requests to Government agencies. In this case, the MPAA is specifically considering acting as a vigilante and bypassing the Government. Can you attack a vigilante as a vigilante? Seriously, provide a rational perspective instead of gossip rags and OPED pieces. If you can't base your opinion on reason, don't bother.

And lets take out the BS regarding the DPRK launching a massive attack on the US. If you spent a few minutes contemplating the logistics you would see that this is not valid.

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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

s.petry Re:Don't worry guys... (865 comments)

Wrong, see the comment above. Read and understand Hegal before trying to correct people.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

s.petry Re:Don't worry guys... (865 comments)

No, a "False Flag" does not mean completely fabricated (made up). False Flags relate to the Hegalian Dialectic, problem reaction solution. The problem does not have to be fabricated, and in fact these events work better when they are not. Stand down police to allow something to occur, then capitalize on the aftermath. In nearly all of the high profile FBI busts in the US in the last decade, the FBI acted as facilitators to recruit "terrorists", provided plans and direction for bombings, and even the fake bombs. They did not do the dirty work themselves, it would be too easy to trace. The term "patsy" should suffice for the normal.

2 days ago
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Microsoft To Open Source Cloud Framework Behind Halo 4 Services

s.petry Re:First they... (50 comments)

Is that NUCLEAR or NUCULAR?

3 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

s.petry Re:Just let them test out! (304 comments)

No! He means the majority of white people are not born into vast pools of money and privilege as certain agendas are claiming. I am such a person, born into a poor white family from Detroit. Father died when I was 12, mom struggled to raise 2 kids on 1-2 jobs. I was not spoon fed a damn thing, I was however raised to believe in the American Dream. Work your ass off and you will get ahead.

I had no handouts for college, I spent 4 years in the Army so that I could pay for college. After the Military I worked full time and went to college full time, 4 years later I had 2 degrees and my first job in IT.

Your granddad is not the only person who has to pull themselves up from the bottom, people all over do it all the time. Today however, straight white males are starting way behind everyone else in the race and being crippled along the way. All because of this delusion that all straight white males have some sort of privilege. (hint: the people in the top .01% do, and they don't share with us either)

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'Revolving Door' Spins Between AT&T, Government

s.petry Re:This is how it works (60 comments)

I agree with everything except for the implication that it's only corps working with the government on spying. The same collusion/cronyism problems with AT&T exist with Agriculture, Automotive, the MIC, Medical everything, Insurance, Telecom, Communications, etc...

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

s.petry Re:Here we go again... (1037 comments)

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm#jeixiaro

It is really not so difficult to follow a link to the source, you only need to read a little bit to find the page they reference. Which claim is ludicrous, the one that backs science you don't happen to like? Got it.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

s.petry Re:Here we go again... (1037 comments)

I provided science from the CDC, and I did the math using data from the same source. Are you going to claim the CDC is wrong on half of their data? Or you are claiming that you only believe the science that you want to believe? You can't have it both ways and be rational.

Show me which CDC report is wrong and show me where the math is wrong. Demonstrate it! If you can't do so, then you don't give a rats ass about "science" you only care about supporting a deluded believe that your opinion trumps science.

5 days ago
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2014 Geek Gift Guide

s.petry The missing gift (112 comments)

I was hoping that somewhere on Bennett's list I would find a "Terse Text for Dummies" but alas....

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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

s.petry Re:Here we go again... (1037 comments)

We can't have a rational dialogue because you make statements like that one.

Oh, the fact that you want clarification makes it an irrational dialogue? I don't believe you actually understand what dialogue is supposed to be if that's the case, but I'll bite once. All of the information that follows is using the CDC as the source unless I provide a link.

First, you can look up the rates for Autism without any help. This is one of many neurological disorders which have skyrocketed in the US over the last 40 years. In the 1970s and 1980s we were at 1 in 2000, and today it's at 1 in 68. This is only one of many, not the only disorder that has increased. Yeah yeah, our detection is better now but the reported cases of severe autism make up the majority of those numbers.

You can also look up the fact that we have moved from 8 vaccines (1 combo 1 series) from 1960-1980 to today's 49 doses of 14 vaccines today without help as well. CDC link, and here is a breakdown link to help you get started. Oh, and this by age 6 and by age 18 this goes to 69 doses of 16 vaccines.

We have drastically increased the amount of vaccines we get in our most sensitive year of development, and at the same time seen a similar rise in Autism and other neurological problems. As I said above, this does not prove causation but sure as hell does indicate a link. The CDC guidelines show that "severe" side effects for vaccines are about 1 in 10,000 but we are giving a kid 644 vaccines by age 6 (which is what the CDC recommends) we have upped the odds of receiving severe side effects to 6.44% of the population

Which correlations?
Lots of time, money, and effort has been spent studying vaccines in the wake of Dr. Andrew "brought the medical profession into disrepute" Wakefield's original paper (which has since been retracted along with his UK license to practice medicine).

Do you mean the correlation that I just demonstrated above using the CDC as a data source showing a correlation between increased number of vaccines and increases in the number of autism? Or are you really trying to argue that these profit generators are purely altruistic as your second portion seems to imply?

Have done away with the fast track programs for vaccines? We have forced independent study so that Merck can not do the study for a Merck vaccine, and Bayer can not do the study for a Bayer vaccine to ensure no conflict of interests exist? In fact this is not the case at all. I'm not saying that Merck and Bayer don't spend money on researching effects, I'm saying there is an obvious conflict of interest with our current laws regarding how vaccines are tested and approved for consumption. We further have known issues where contaminated (bad) vaccines have been shipped for use overseas in developing countries.

Lets also not neglect that most of a vaccine is not just the live, altered, or inactive virus but a laundry list of other things that we are exposing kids ourselves to when getting vaccinated. Vaccines contain chemicals, metals, proteins, antibiotics and human, animal and insect DNA and RNA. Those mixtures are sometimes varied batch to batch without additional testing.

Nobody in their right mind should be hedging all of their bets on one doctors paper, just like nobody in their right mind should be claiming that all vaccines are the same.

I really don't get why people are against science when it comes to vaccines. Against it to irrational religious levels.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

s.petry Censorship (1037 comments)

Have to love watching this post which is neutral and promotes dialogue, research, and education go from +5 insightful to a troll in under 20 minutes. Amazing how easy it is to censor isn't it?

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

s.petry Re:Here we go again... (1037 comments)

I provided a link and enough information for you to perform a search on anything else. Stop being lazy and do some goddamn work if you want to argue, none of this information is that hard to find.

5 days ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

s.petry Re:No (416 comments)

Lawyers do not make the law or even make a company follow the law. Lawyers determine whether the risk is worth the action. You are simply deluded and believe everything people tell you, as long as they are a person of authority. Works fine until you are hit with a sexual harassment charge and have your life ruined.

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How about some Slashdot Transparancy?

s.petry s.petry writes  |  about three weeks ago

s.petry (762400) writes "A couple of key features of Slashdot appear to be broken, and have been since at least last week when Slashdot went into "offline" mode for several hours. Dice needs to explain what is going on, plans to fix, etc... And "Yes" I checked the Blog area which was last updated in July you insensitive clods!.

Messaging is absolutely broken, I have received no email since the date mentioned above, which by the way we received no information on what exactly broke. A fine middle finger for all of us that have contributed to Slashdot. And yes, I have had named members respond to posts.

I have not seen very much activity in terms of moderation for myself, which is fine for the most part but it's at least unusual. This lead me to start looking at various threads and see how much is actually being moderated. Interestingly I did get a poke for Meta-moderation, which takes me back to November 17th posts...really..

3 moderated posts 2 funny 1 insightful.

0 moderated posts.

2 moderated posts 1 insightful 1 interesting.

0 moderated posts.

1 moderated post 1 insightful.

2 moderated posts 2 moderated insightful 5 posts moderated 3 informative, 2 insightful

No, this is not about me it's about concern for a community system that has been repeatedly messed with at the expense of the members. Even when members of the community have protested against the changes. Perhaps the moderation has a reasonable explanation, but with messaging being broken let me say I'm a skeptic (well normally I'm a skeptic anyway but you probably knew that...)."
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Slashdot Beta Woes

s.petry s.petry writes  |  about 10 months ago

s.petry (762400) writes "What is a Slashdot and why the Beta might destroy it?

Slashdot has been around, well, a very long time. Longer than any of it's competators, but not as long as IIRC. Slashdot was a very much one of the first true social media web sites.

On Slashdot, you could create a handle or ID. Something personal, but not too personal, unless you wanted it to be. But it was not required either. We know each other by our handles, we have watched each other grow as people. We may have even taken pot shots at each other in threads. Unless of course you are anonymous, but often we can guess who that really is.

One of Slashdot's first motto's was "News for Nerds" that Matters. I have no idea when that was removed. I have not always scoured the boards here daily, life can get too busy for that. That excuses my ignorance in a way. I guess someone thought it politically incorrect, but most of us "Nerds" enjoyed it. We are proud of who we are, and what we know. Often we use that pride and knowledge to make someone else look bad. That is how we get our digs in, and we enjoy that part of us too. We don't punch people, we belittle them. It's who we are!

What made Slashdot unique were a few things. What you will note here is "who" has been responsible for the success of Slashdot. Hint, it has never been a just the company taking care of the servers and software.

— First, the user base submitted stories that "they" thought mattered. It was not a corporate feed. Sure, stories were submitted about companies. The latest break through from AMD and Intel, various stories regarding the graphic card wars, my compiler is better than your compiler, and yes your scripting language stinks! Microsoft IIS has brought us all a few laughs and lots of flame wars to boot. Still, we not only read about the products but get to my second point.

— User comments. This is the primary why we have been coming here for as long as we have, many of us for decades. We provide alternative opinions or back what was given in the article. This aspect not only makes the "News" interesting, but often leads to other news and information sharing. It's not always positive, but this is the nature of allowing commentary. It also brings out the third point.

— Moderation. Moderation has been done by the community for a very long time. It took lots of trial and error to get a working system. As with any public system it's imperfect, but it's been successful. People can choose to view poorly modded comments, but don't have to. As with posting anonymous versus with our own handle it's an option that allows us to personalize the way we see and read what's on the site. And as a reward for submitting something worth reading, you might get a mod point of your own to use as a reward for someone else.

Why we dislike Beta and what is being pushed, and why this will result in the end of an era if it becomes forced on the community.

1. Bulky graphics. We get that Dice and Slashdot need revenue. I have Karma good enough to disable advertisements, but have never kept this setting on. I realize that Slashdot/Dice make money with this. That said, the ads sit away from my news and out of the way. I can get there if I want it (but nobody has ever gotten a penny from me clicking an ad... nobody!), but it's not forced into my face or news feed.

2. Low text area. I like having enough on my screen to keep me busy without constant scrolling. Slashdot currently has the correct ratio of text to screen. This ratio has never been complained about, yet Beta reduces the usable text area by at least 1/2 and no option for changing the behavior. I hate reading Slashdot on mobile devices because I can't stand scrolling constantly.

3. JavaScript. We all know the risks of JS, and many of us disable it. We also have an option of reading in Lync or non-standard browsers that many of us toy with for both personal and professional reasons. This flexibility is gone in Beta, and we are forced to allow JS to run. If you don't know the risks of allowing JS to run, you probably don't read much on Slashdot. Those that allow JS do so accepting the risk (which is admittedly low on a well known site).

4. Ordering/Sorting/Referencing. Each entry currently gets tagged with a unique thread ID. This allows linking to the exact post in a thread, not just the top of the thread. In Beta this is gone. It could be that the site decided to simply hide the post ID or it was removed. Either way, going to specific posts is something that is used very commonly by the community.

5. Eye candy. Most of us are not here for "eye candy" and many have allergic reactions to eye candy. Slashdot has a good mix currently. It's not as simple as the site starting with a r-e-d-i-t, which is good. That site has a reputation that keeps many of us away, and their format matches my attitude of them (s-i-m-p-l-e-t-o-n). At the same time, it's not like watching some other "news" sites with so much scrolling crap I can't read an article without getting a headache. The wasted space in beta for big bulky borders, sure smells like eye candy. Nothing buzzes or scrolls yet, but we can sense what's coming in a patch later.

The thing is, the community cares about Slashdot. We come here because we care. We submit stories because of that, we vote because of that, we moderate because of that, and we comment because of that. At the same time we realize that without the community Slashdot loses most of its value. We respect that we don't host the servers, backup the databases, or patch the servers. Slashdot/Dice provide the services needed for Slashdot.

It's a give give relationship, and we each get something in return. Slashdot gets tons of Search hits and lots of web traffic. We get a place to learn, teach, and occasionally vent.

Look, if you want to change default color scheme or make pre-made palettes for us to choose from, we would probably be okay with that. If you want to take away our ability to block ads by Karma, or move the ads to the left side of my browser window, I would be okay with those things too.

If you want to make drastic changes to how the site works, this is a different story all together. The reason so many are against Beta is that it breaks some of the fundamental parts of what makes Slashdot work.

User input until recently has not been acknowledged. The acknowledgment we have received is not from the people that are making the decision to push Beta live. We told people Beta was broken, what it lacked, and we were rather surprised to get a warning that Beta would be live despite what we told people. People are already making plans to leave, which means that Slashdot could fade away very soon.

Whether this was the goal for Dice or not remains to be seen. If it is, it's been nice knowing you but I won't be back. A partnership only works when there is mutual respect between the parties. A word of caution, us Nerds have good memories and lots of knowledge. The loss of Slashdot impacts all of Dice holdings, not just Slashdot. I boycott everything a company holds, not just the product group that did me wrong.

If that was not the goal of Dice, you should quickly begin communicating with the user base. What are the plans are to fix what Beta has broken? Why is Beta being pushed live with things broken? A "Sorry we have not been communicating!", and perhaps even a "Thank you" to the user base for helping make Slashdot a success for so many years."
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Limiting debate in science, is it still science?

s.petry s.petry writes  |  about a year ago

s.petry (762400) writes "We knew that this was coming, but I'm sure many of us thought that science would be immune to censorship. Perhaps not. I was not surprised that it happened on Boing Boing, but on a "science" site I never expected it (at least not this quickly).

These decisions may smack some as subjective or even malicious. After all comments are arguably the digital age response to print's "letter to the editor" — and they often contain criticisms of the article ranging from grammatical erorrs to factual oversights. Some may view the decision to ban comments as a form of censorship, a means for writers to escape any sort of visible accountability among their audience.

While that statement does not get to the meaty subject of real trolling and sock puppets, it does beg a very important set of questions. Especially when the reason for Popular Science from them claims:

And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

As the article points out, Science is not about doctrine. Science is about methods of proof. Science also requires collaboration and gets much better when numerous minds work on and debate the Science.

Is censorship the right direction, or is finding more intelligent ways of reducing sock puppets and trolls through moderation?"

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