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Defending the First Sale Doctrine

samzenpus Re:Inappropriate post warning!!! (338 comments)

When you press the "Flag this comment as inappropriate" button that comment ends up on a big list that the editors go through each day. Usually it's filled with user comments that other users don't like, and sometimes theories that we're deleting comments. We try to respond to the conspiracy theories and ignore the complaints about not liking posts for one reason or another. That's what the moderation system is for. Every so often however someone uses the button for it's intended purpose, which is to quickly downmod the worst trolls and to identify spammer accounts so we can ban them. The button is to make sure the gnaa crowd stays at -1 and to keep the spammers out of discussions. Feel free to continue to be inappropriate.

about a year ago
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Professor Cliff Lampe Talks About Gamification in Academia (Video)

samzenpus Re:Is this seriously the final video? (123 comments)

I guess It's hard to glean from the transcript, but if you watch the video I think it's fairly obvious that I was feigning surprise that the Social Media Director wouldn't want to dress as Xena after it was suggested to her. It was easy to get through actually, because the suggestion was ridiculous.

about a year ago
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Will Real Name Policies Improve Comments?

samzenpus Re:Censored Slashdot Post (264 comments)

Normally we try not to feed the trolls but since this has started to pop up in comments, here's Soulskills response to this tired accusation when it was brought up on Reddit last week. http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/wzmdu/censored_slashdot_post_describes_in_explicit/c5hzate. Or you could read the FAQ about why we don't post a story. The relevant part being:
Could you explain why my submission was declined?

This is harder than it sounds. We try to select the most interesting, timely, and relevant submissions, but can only run a fraction of those submitted; there are probably as many reasons for stories to get declined as there are stories. Think positive: read our submissions guidelines for some hints about increasing the chances that we'll run yours.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

samzenpus Axe Cop (372 comments)

Axe Cop, the stories of a 5-year-old through the pen of his 30-year-old brother.

about 2 years ago
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All Hands Active in Ann Arbor is a Makerspace for All Ages (Video)

samzenpus All Due Credit (35 comments)

Josh wanted to make sure a couple of credits were given out that didn't make it into the video.

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Coming Attractions

samzenpus Re:GOD DAMN IT, THIS IS WHY I AVOID REDDIT! (410 comments)

Nobody removed or banned you for "stating a dislike of the USA gun laws." If you'd like you can mail me your username or uid and I can take a look, (assuming something really did happen to your account and your not just trolling.)

about 2 years ago
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Slashdot Coming Attractions

samzenpus Re:A bit late for April Fools, isn't it? (410 comments)

The comment abuse flag is just a way to more quickly catch robo-trolls and spammers. We do ban spammers, but as long as you're not trying to sell shoes, handbags, pills, or treasure maps you have nothing to worry about. On second thought, I probably won't ban you if you're trying to sell treasure maps.

about 2 years ago
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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

samzenpus Re:Use forums instead (429 comments)

It means that I can more quickly mod down the most egregious trolls (GNAA, goatse.cx, that sort of thing), and ban spammer accounts that get reported. The abuse report it generates is really good at finding spammers, but is unfortunately filled with a lot of comments other readers don't like. This one for example. Contrary to some opinions we won't delete your comments or mod you down if we don't like your tone. You're perfectly free to have your opinion and express your views, (yes even the paranoid ones.) We like it that way.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Techie Wedding Invitation Ideas?

samzenpus Re:Well, looks like you did one thing right.... (399 comments)

Actually, they made him turn in the keys. They're hanging on the wall in my office right next to the set for the PT Cruiser.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

samzenpus Re:Spread the word (1002 comments)

That's our intent today. Instead of "going black" we're leaving this post up all day to inform on the potential implications if these laws were passed, and how to contact your elected official.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can You Do About SOPA and PIPA?

samzenpus Re:Spread the word (1002 comments)

That's our intent today. Instead of "going black" we're leaving this post up all day to inform on the potential implications if these laws were passed, and how to contact their elected official.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Your Data Safe In the Cloud?

samzenpus Re:Who asked this question? (332 comments)

We is the other two editors and myself. I wrote a few initial ideas and then it got passed around. I'm not sure if my boss picked the topic or someone at SourceForge. As rbowen eludes to in a thread above, this is a sort of test run to work out the kinks, but we still wanted to get a decent discussion going.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Your Data Safe In the Cloud?

samzenpus Re:Who asked this question? (332 comments)

We wrote the question after being told that cloud security was the topic to be covered. When the editors write a story there isn't a "username writes" at the beginning. Here are a couple of examples from yesterday and Tuesday.

more than 2 years ago
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Brain Imaging Reveals the Movies In Our Mind

samzenpus Re:Hey thanks Slashdot editors! (141 comments)

I could be getting paid? We actually do this with a lot of stories, and you're welcome!

more than 2 years ago
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Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions

samzenpus Re:"Boring Manager Rob" (55 comments)

Wouldn't that make me the pretty receptionist?

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  about three weeks ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Founder of the computer anti-virus company McAfee Associates, John McAfee gained world-wide attention eluding Belizean authorities in the jungle. Since we last sat down with John, he's been working on a device that blocks the government's ability to spy on PCs and mobile devices, been asked by the GOP to fix Obamacare, and has seen his last name removed from his old company. The rebranding garnered this response from McAfee: 'I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet. These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. ... My elation at Intel's decision is beyond words." John has agreed to answer your questions. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post."
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  about 2 months ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Richard Stallman (RMS) founded the GNU Project in 1984, the Free
        Software Foundation in 1985, and remains one of the most important
        and outspoken advocates for software freedom. RMS now spends much
        of his time fighting excessive extension of copyright laws,
        digital rights management, and software patents. He's agreed to
        answer your questions about GNU/Linux, how GNU relates to Linux
        the kernel, free software, why he disagrees with the idea of open source, and other issues of public concern. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post."
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Harold Ramis dies at 69

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  about 2 months ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Writer and comedian Harold Ramis has passed away at 69. Ramis had a hand in many classic comedies but is especially loved for playing the ghost-hunting Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters. 'His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humour and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him,' said his family in a statement."
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Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price or Waste of Time?

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  about 3 months ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Every year companies are willing to dish out big bucks to reach tens of millions of consumers with their Super Bowl ads. This year is no exception with an average price tag of $4 million for a 30-second commercial. We've seen: beer obsessed frogs, field goal kicking horses, celebrities drinking various beverages, explosions of all sizes, homages to 1984, and day trading babies in the past. Since talking about the commercials has become almost as popular as the game itself, here's a place to do just that. What have you liked and what do you think would have been better left on the cutting room floor."
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EU Hackathon

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Google is helping to host an upcoming Hackathon focused on getting talented hackers together to make important data accessible to everyday people. We're currently looking for applicants, and would love it if you could get the word out to interested friends and university or technical networks you're involved with.

Selected hackers will work along two tracks. The first focuses on making information more accessible online, visualizing sources like The Google Transparency Report, Herdict, and OpenNet Initiative; the second concentrates on helping average people understand their broadband performance using measurement tests and data from Measurement Lab."

Link to Original Source
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Malaysia Slows Divorce Rate With Free Honeymoons

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

samzenpus (5) writes "samzenpus writes "Officials in Malaysia are trying to slow down the divorce rate by offering feuding couples a three-day honeymoon package to help bring that spark back into their marriages. After all, what could more romantic than three days of talking about your faults over a lovely fruit plate, and three drunken nights at the hotel bar watching the love of your life flirt with some random guy on a business trip? Terengganu Welfare Community Development and Women Affairs committee chairman, Ashaari Idris says, 'We can understand newlyweds having problems understanding one another, where a slight skirmish could lead to a separation but it is unacceptable for those married more than two decades to file for divorce.'""
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Malaysia Slows Divorce Rate With Free Honeymoons

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Officials in Malaysia are trying to slow down the divorce rate by offering feuding couples a three-day honeymoon package to help bring that spark back into their marriages. After all, what could more romantic than three days of talking about your faults over a lovely fruit plate, and three drunken nights at the hotel bar watching the love of your life flirt with some random guy on a business trip? Terengganu Welfare Community Development and Women Affairs committee chairman, Ashaari Idris says, 'We can understand newlyweds having problems understanding one another, where a slight skirmish could lead to a separation but it is unacceptable for those married more than two decades to file for divorce.'"
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Chessboxing Storming the Athletic World

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Have you been craving an athletic competition that combines the raw physical energy of a chess match and the cognitive discipline of boxing? Crave no more. Chessboxing is here. No really, Chessboxing. As the name suggests, Chessboxing combines rounds of chess alternating with rounds of boxing. If there is no winner after 11 rounds, the match is awarded to the fighter with the most points in the boxing ring. Dutch artist, Iepe Rubingh, created chessboxing in 2003. He says, "I got the idea from a Serbian comic. It looked great. I wanted to see if it would work.""
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Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

samzenpus (5) writes "caffiend666 writes "'Marge Simpson is posing for Playboy. The magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold. 'We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd,' said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey. Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years." Worst issue ever!"
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Anonymous Philanthropist Donates 200 Kidneys

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

samzenpus (5) writes "Even though Christmas has passed, an anonymous person is acting as a secret Santa for many people in need of a new kidney. It's nice to see a story about people helping people for a change."

Journals

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The best May/June.

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Babysitters are different in India.

It's more useful than breaking boards.

One of the best wedding speeches ever.

These guys have an angry god on speed dial.

Next to Floyd this is the best stage show out there.

I wish my sunday school was like this.

I want this car.

I'd buy JayZ.

Finally, the answer to what's tougher.

We need more of this sort of thing on TV.

I wish I could paint this well now.

These kids are great. Finally a rock harp solo.

The inside voice.

Hands down the best amateur porn ever, if you like teeth.

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Best of the net April

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Want to have nightmares?

I'm so goth I shit bats.

Even clown porn is funny.

Don't tell mom you don't believe in god.

A look into the mind of a First Poster.

Just when I thought the Japanese couldn't be stranger they come up with this.

Coolest Job ever.

1000 techno songs are sampling parts of this right now

What side of the Panda abortion issue do you stand on?

This is what happens when a man spends most of his life doing what a car tells him to do.

Sometimes video editing amuses me, this is one of those times.

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The best of the internet Vol 4

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  about 7 years ago

Here we have the closest thing to flying.

It's hard to be a pretzel girl.

If they didn't make this guy stop we all could have had new heads by now.

If I have to do it like this I'd rather not breathe.

Here is Mr. Sulu's take on the Tim Hardaway situation.

This may be the coolest thing I have ever seen on the internet.

A very troubled man wrote this commercial.

This is very cool. If I had something like this when I was eating a lot of acid all the buildings would look different.

Turns out Shadowrun shouldn't be played by everyone.

I'm not sure why I never got a chance to do these kind of tests.

This never gets old to me. I laugh every time.

If you've ever thought, "I wonder what it's like when Rob closes his eyes?" This will give you an Idea.

It's men like this that make me love history.

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The funny week 3

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

This week we have a list of different animals and why they are better than people.

A man who can move anything.

The complete will it blend series.

A real baby genius.

This Christmas song is so bad that I have a hard time believing it's real.

Everyone's favorite Jersey salesman and his Christmas store.

This gave me nightmares the day I saw it.

This gave me nightmares for a week.

Ever want to watch a bunch of Japanese women get punched in the belly? I have a hard time understanding why this is a fetish.

Come on we've all done it at some point at least these guys are honest.

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The funny week 2

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

This week we have bigfoot and his unicorn friend.

The worlds worst driver.

Some deleted scenes for Borat.

I defy you to watch this baby and not at least smile.

This has to be the worst movie ever made.

Here is a black and white info strip for woman who have ideas.

This song is really just trying to help those poor sinners.

I think unintentional racism is the best racism.

If I was a cat I would love this machine.

Boston gets a press conference as stupid as their ATHF reaction.

Finally here are a few of my favorite Johnathan Coulton songs enjoy.

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The funny week 1

samzenpus samzenpus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Remember the best self defense is to have a gun.

Be wary of the pornstars if you cross a river.

This may be the worst Blur cover ever.

People will say yes to just about anything.

Who doesn't like a show about hidden camera bestiality?

This is the last of the technical virgin stuff I could find after the blow-up at PBS.

Ever wonder how hotdogs are made?

This is my favorite parody commercial ever.

Probably the worst thing that could happen to you if you were on drugs.

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