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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

s.petry Lies, damn lies! (474 comments)

Well, she is our titular head of state ... but she has no actual power and gets no money from us,

This, and countless other sources say you are wrong.

Even the Canadian Government says you are wrong, but of course they attempt to justify it and package it so that it looks like it's not only "free" but money well spent. Think really really hard about that last statement.

I remember a debate with an Auzzie not too long ago regarding the same thing. "Oh, the Queen does not make money", but then again she does and the other monarchs do as well. "It generates tourism" is probably the most common reason for giving cash to these people, who really do believe you are beneath them.

9 hours ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

s.petry Re:Why no direct link ? (88 comments)

This is not a newspaper with paid writers who report to an editor prior to publishing. This is a site that runs by user submissions where "editing" is in reality "moderating".

Why would the editor be able to tell you what the submitter did with linking articles? No seriously I want you to tell me WHY ?

11 hours ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

s.petry You are Timmothy's boss? (76 comments)

Nobody can dispute the error, but to assume you know what a person's job entails is asinine. Unless of course you can demonstrate what their contract contains to ensure that their only responsibility is as an editor.

As a guess, all of the Slashdot editors are editors for a few minutes a day (at most) and not provided time to fully research topics and validate content.

I don't expect them to lay out their job responsibility list any time a mistake happens and instead propose that instead of attacking a person, attack the management. Dice management has not done a very good job with other things (*cough* BETA! *cough*) so why would you assume they are doing well managing employee responsibilities?

12 hours ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

s.petry Re:aaaand (474 comments)

Looking at the moderation that's appearing in this thread, all dissenting opinions and questions are being censored.

Not new of course, but interesting to see this much censorship this early in a thread.

yesterday
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

s.petry Royal Pudding! (474 comments)

Was the bowl tipped over?

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

As stated to someone else above

Words like "entrapment" do not change definitions, and in fact the court ruling did not determine that the definition was wrong. The court ruling dictated that a certain segment of society (The "State") does not have to abide by the same rules as everyone else in society. This is not a first, the same type ruling has happened over and over again in the last 30 years.

Entrapment is a very simple term without much room for negotiating intricate meanings.

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

This is so full of fallacy I won't even bother to pick it apart. Words like "entrapment" do not change definitions, and in fact the court ruling did not determine that the definition was wrong. The court ruling dictated that a certain segment of society (The "State") does not have to abide by the same rules as everyone else in society. This is not a first, the same type ruling has happened over and over again in the last 30 years.

If you can not comprehend why two forms of justice are not possible in a "Free" society shame on you. The work was done on that 2,600 years ago and all you would have to do is read and comprehend.

Resorting to ad hominem in your first statement is very telling, and yes we have had brief conversations previously where you demonstrate an adolescent level of dialogue. In other words, I don't expect any rational discussion from you. That said, if you have a real question or statement and can use a fallacy free mode of dialogue I'm happy to respond.

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

This is such an astounding level of delusion that I must consider you are using number 11 from your officially sponsored trolling handbook.

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

Check the age of the dictionary word Entrapment and how often it has been used in Judicial capacity in the last 300 years, and then notice the "legal definition" you provided and be amazed that the date of that definition is 1992 based on a court ruling. A ruling which of course was in favor of the law enforcement officer.

You're welcome."

yesterday
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry You are backing my position (227 comments)

I'm not sure it was intentional, but you provide proof to my statement "You are providing the recent "bastardized by US judicial decisions" biased definition which allow for additional prosecutions."

This current "legal" definition does not match what was used in court cases for hundreds of previous years, which matches the Dictionary definition of the word.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

s.petry We have a great one! (721 comments)

We have a great reason, in fact I read it the other day and said "Wow, this is brilliant!". What is this reason? People are making too much money as developers so people are trying to drive the market price down. The same issues we talk about for women programmers are used for getting kids interested in programming, and the same reasons we are seeing all this hype to increase the H1B numbers for developers.

I know, I know.. it's really hard to believe that big businesses would collude for nefarious purposes because all of these businesses are purely altruistic and have never harmed society. It's probably harder to believe that the Government would be in on this collusion, because our Government has never harmed it's own people either. (if the sarcasm is not obvious I can't help you)

yesterday
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

s.petry Re:I am not going to convert (241 comments)

My point was really along the lines of "What happens when 50 developers all pull the full tree and try to commit it all back?" Usually lock contention, and people hammering all of their files into place. I agree that the problem is not SVN, but this is harder to fix without some draconian measures like Rational.

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

s.petry Re:TFA is exactly sexism (392 comments)

Of course. That's always been the case. Look at religion as the original patriarchal organization that has perpetuated inequality between the sexes, between "us" and "them". Others, whether in business or politics, just jumped on what was proven to work.

It has been done, but should it be done? Especially in a society that believes itself to be intellectually superior to previous societies? I don't accept it as something that should be normalized or "okay because people have been manipulated for thousands of years". I can't argue with what has been, I can only argue my opinion of what should be.

We climbed out of the trees a long time ago. Today (at least here) the 1 year of parental leave after birth can be divided among the two parents as they choose. In the case of someone who is already a stay-at-home mom, the father has the right to take the whole year.

Again, I'm asking why it would be abusive for society to encourage women to stay at home and a man to work, given we have biological limitations that a women does not have. As stated, the ability to carry a child from conception to birth is exclusively granted to women. The ability to breast feed is also exclusive to a woman. Both of those things are essential for reproduction and child development. Breast feeding has repeatedly been proven to be demonstrably healthier for all aspects of an infants development, and it is recommended that a child nurse until at least 2 years old. So 3 years of a child's life is dependent on a woman being available as a full time parent if you truly want the best development for an infant. Bottle feeding is close, but not the same even when using the mother's milk. Fathers need to be involved too, but this is something that propaganda has also rallied against (especially with minorities).

One has nothing to do with the other (gender identity vs. sexual identity). There are transsexuals who are straight, gay, lesbian, bi, whatever ... same as the rest of the population. It's a common enough mistake because transsexuals are at the same point today in terms of public understanding and acceptance as gays and lesbians are decades ago, so no offence taken.

In my defense I did not say transsexual, I stated transgender. One of my best friends though high school was male who went through reassignment surgery. I never noticed any difference in his personality after the surgery, which to me anecdotally indicates that his brain developed more like a woman's as an infant/child even though he grew up male. That does raise some very interesting psychological questions in my opinion. That said, even though she is very happy she can not conceive a child nor can she breast feed.

Where I absolutely agree is that financially women are more often than not forced into a workplace to make ends meet, which a feminist would claim makes me sexist. That is the part which is propaganda, and hard to notice at first glance.

Anyway, thanks for the courteous dialogue so far. I honestly appreciate having my opinions challenged and you raise some good points to evaluate./p.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

That they do have a different definition does not encompass whether or not they "should" have different definitions. Using the definition of Justice and it's purpose in a Republic as defined by Socrates there is supposed to be no separation. Where we have separate judicial rules and definitions depending on whether it's the State or Citizen is in other forms of Government (Oligarchy, Monarchy, Tyranny, Despotism, etc...).

Where it seems like we differ is what appears to be an attempt to normalize the separation. I don't accept it as normal, dictionaries and definitions exist for a reason.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

That isn't what entrapment is. It is when you convince an entity to commit a crime they wouldn't normally commit, such as, telling a Nun if she didn't buy drugs from that guy over there on the street corner, her church probably will burn down due to an "unfortunate accident"

What you are describing is not entrapment, but coercion. I'm not claiming that a corrupt judicial branch has not required entrapment to include coercion for deciding when a law enforcement agent can be breaking the law, but this is a very new phenomenon (3-4 decades roughly). Not very long ago, police could not perform any illegal activities in order to get a prosecution and "entrapment" in legal proceedings used the dictionary definition. The "War on Drugs" started a trend towards our current dual justice system, where the "State" has a different form of justice than the citizens.

I provided the Websters and Oxford definition for "entrapment" in the thread, no need to be redundant. You can read them yourself.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

s.petry Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

Being a bit pedantic here, but you are not using the real definition of the word. You are providing the recent "bastardized by US judicial decisions" biased definition which allow for additional prosecutions. Check both Websters (below)

1 a : the action or process of entrapping
b : the condition of being entrapped
2: the action of luring an individual into committing a crime in order to prosecute the person for it

And Oxford

1 Catch (someone or something) in or as in a trap: she was entrapped by family expectations

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

s.petry Re:TFA is exactly sexism (392 comments)

What a shock that an anonymous coward makes a false claim and a false accusation. This was simple to find, and countless others can be found with very simple search terms. Try "emotion in decision making differences between gender".

I'm guessing that you will do no such search, because it's easier to be a liar hiding behind anonymity than an intellectual person that is willing to back their claims.

2 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

s.petry Re:What? (545 comments)

SMF is like SystemD, and I remember spending about 3-4 months rewriting all of our tools to work with SMF when Sun released it. It was not the magic bullet Sun thought it would be, processes would stick and have to manually be cleared all the time and I don't ever recall it restarting a service like they promised.

At least SMF uses XML scripts, so you can hack away just like a boot script with minimal knowledge, just hack between XML tags. This is where I don't look forward to using systemd or it's competitor. They both believe that booting should be out of DB that you can't hack without importing and exporting objects. That is where my biggest frustration is, if I can't see it I don't trust it.

2 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

s.petry Re:That's all we need ... (545 comments)

We have had several init systems in different Unices for years now, Linux itself having several.

So in Solaris 10 we could choose to remove SMF and use Init? No, we couldn't. You are trying to pretend that an Init system can cohabit with another Init system, and that does not work. Just like there is only 1 running Kernel on a *nix system (VMs don't count), there is only 1 running Init system.

Different Flavors of Linux have been experimenting with replacing init, but this is not something you change out easily and supporting multiples would be a massive undertaking.

2 days ago

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Slashdot Beta Woes

s.petry s.petry writes  |  about 9 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  |  1 year,25 days

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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