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Inertial Mass Separate From Gravitational Mass?

stwrtpj Re:Inertial Dampeners??? (405 comments)

but if you can lower the inertial mass of your spaceship can't you accelerate at ridiculous rates?

That would certainly be the first step. The next technological leap would be to advance to ludicrous speed.

more than 4 years ago

Russian Officials To Investigate Regional President's Alien Abduction Claims

stwrtpj Re:I don't think it works that way, though (184 comments)

Actually, overuse of neurons can cause them to inflame and die. That's one of the major causes of Alzheimer's.

Um ... no, it's not.

Scientists are still trying to find the exact cause, but nothing has linked it to "overuse" of neurons. If anything, there is some evidence that mental stimulation could hold off or slow the progress of the disease.

more than 4 years ago

Oracle Restricts Access To Sun Firmware Downloads

stwrtpj Re:Find the users... (202 comments)

Recently Oracle, announced the procurement of the Sun God Ra, after he defeated Osiris and left Isis searching the river for his missing uh... firmware.

I know this concept might be foreign to you, but Isis is female.

"His" = "Osiris"

I know this concept might be foreign you, but maybe you should bone up on Egyptian mythology before making snarky comments like this (though it was Set that defeated Osiris, not Ra).

more than 4 years ago

SETI To Release Data To the Public

stwrtpj Re:Translation (150 comments)

because we're worried Obama wants to derail our gravy train.

What the hell does Obama have to do with it? SETI is privately funded. Get your facts straight before you use the topic for a political jab that makes no sense.

more than 4 years ago

Nearby Star Forecast To Skirt Solar System

stwrtpj Re:Spooky Chant (135 comments)

In the year 1,502,000....

War was beginning

more than 4 years ago

Hackers Attack AU Websites To Protest Censorship

stwrtpj Re:Do you agree? (334 comments)

As long as the list is publicy managed, this shouldn't be a problem. Obviously, no way it can happen in the real world.

So instead of censorship imposed by the government, you'd have a censorship imposed by a tyrrany of the majority.

more than 4 years ago

SETI Founder Outlines Ambitious Future Plans

stwrtpj Re:How is this different from intelligent design? (281 comments)

Flying pasta monsters aside, how is SETI different from ID? ID does not assert any preconception regarding the nature of the designer, so you can't pull the natural, super-natural distinction. In fact, ID has the advantage of a signal to inspect, that of DNA. SETI has no signal to apply "intelligence" detection algorithms to.

Because the basic hypothesis of SETI is provable, thus making SETI a real science, while ID can produce no proof whatsoever, thus making it faith-based or pseudo-science at best.

Or to put it simply: If SETI detects a signal of intelligent origin tomorrow, that will prove its hypothesis that intelligent life exists elsewhere. ID can offer no such tangible, verifiable evidence.

more than 4 years ago

Graphic Novelist Calls For Better Game Violence

stwrtpj Re:Simple solution (465 comments)

Or better yet, taser underwear.


(this post unlikely to be modded up as getting the reference requires playing a thoroughly unrealistic game)

about 5 years ago

Woman Filming Sister's Birthday Party Gets Charged With Felony Movie Piracy

stwrtpj Re:The "copy" in copyright (705 comments)

Unfortunately for your argument, that part of the sixth amendment does not seem to have been incorporated against the states, so Texas could theoretically never tell you why you were being held, even if a federal prosecutor would have to tell you under the sixth amendment.

Please take a moment to read the whole article about incorporation.

From the Wikipedia article you linked to:

Right to notice of accusations

* This right has been incorporated against the states. See In re Oliver, 333 U.S. 257 (1948).

Perhaps you're the one that needs to read more carefully.

more than 5 years ago

Porn Surfing Rampant at US Science Foundation

stwrtpj Total lack of priorities (504 comments)

So the gist of the article is that the NSF inspector general has enough resources to either investigate science grant fraud OR "abuse" of its internal network.

Personally, I feel that grant fraud is a far more serious issue than whether or not the employees are looking at naked boobies on company time.

more than 5 years ago

New 2D, HD Sonic Game Coming In 2010

stwrtpj Re:A list of what not to include (123 comments)

Doesn't Tails qualify as a furry?

He gets a pass because he's one of the original characters. Plus, if they do it like the original games where he tags along with you, you get to have fun watching him blunder into things, get himself "killed", and then helicopter back onscreen by spinning his two tails.

Ah, the simple pleasures of yesteryear ...

more than 5 years ago

Mixing Coal and Solar To Produce Cheaper Energy

stwrtpj Re:Preheat (198 comments)

Premoderating post -1 Pedantic

more than 5 years ago

Mexico Decriminalizes Small-Scale Drug Possession

stwrtpj Re:The cost of legalization (640 comments)

I don't use drugs because they are illegal. My employer could terminate my employment, I could be jailed, etc. If drugs were legalized, then there would be no barrier (however artificial) for me to start using drugs. Maybe I enjoy it and starts affecting my productivity, my way of life, I become addicted, etc. So while this might be in the minority, there are a number of citizens who are not using drugs for the sole reason that they are NOT legal. Legalizing them would remove this barrier and actually cause more drug use. I am not saying that is horrible, but it is a side-effect that is seldom brought up.

So, in effect, you're asking the government to be responsible for what you see is a weakness in YOURSELF.

more than 5 years ago

SSN Overlap With Micronesia Causes Trouble For Woman

stwrtpj Re:Debt Collectors are Morons (494 comments)

Sometimes all it takes is being a little aggressive with them on the phone and asserting your rights. I had this problem years ago when I first moved into an apartment in NJ. A few months afterward I got calls from a debt collector asking for someone I never heard of. After it happened three times, I decided to be nice and ask the neighbors if they heard the name. Turns out it was the previous tenant. So when the debt collector called again, I was nice about it and explained that I had just moved in and that they wanted the previous tenant.

I was promptly accused of covering for him, and was threatened with ridiculous legal action. That's when I made it clear that I knew exactly what my rights were and that if I received another call again I would refer the matter to my attorney (I didn't actually have one, but sometimes mentioning it is enough). I never got another call again.

more than 5 years ago

Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?

stwrtpj Re:Why (642 comments)

Creating thousands of splinter civilizations with no emotional investment in the species homeworld is a recipe for galactic war if I've ever heard one.

What would be the point?

Consider two "rival" worlds separated by a modest distance of 50 light years. Now assume that the top speed that ships can go remains 1/10 light speed as mentioned in the article. That's 500 years for your fleet to get to the other world. The time dilation at that speed would be small enough to be insignificant. Multi-generational warships anyone?

So let's instead consider that we push the speed envelope. We're still limited in how fast we could go. Say we push it to 80% or maybe 90% lightspeed. You're still talking about taking over 50 years universe time to get there. The expenditure is not worth it. By the time they got there, people will have forgotten what they were fighting about, or would have moved on to more important matters.

more than 5 years ago

Massive Bank Fraud In EVE Online

stwrtpj Not sure who the bigger fool is ... (138 comments)

Not sure who the bigger fool is, the guy that embezzled all the in-game money or the schmuck that paid $5000 of real money for it.

more than 5 years ago

Air Force Seeking Geeks For 'Cyber Command'

stwrtpj Re:not a bad deal really (524 comments)

It is weapons training day at military camp. The instructor is running through some of the kit trainees will be using. "OK, moving on. The next weapon I am showing you here can be used to devastating effect --- in the correct hands and under the right circumstances. We call it vmsplice_to_user()..."
What if he's got a_pointed_stick() ?

more than 6 years ago


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Moderation philosophy

stwrtpj stwrtpj writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Recently I have been reading the threads on the Iraq war. One I posted in, another I moderated. A day later I received my email summary of the moderation done to my comments, and it made for an interesting read.

The post in question ultimately reached a score of 5, but I noticed a -1 overrated in there. When I looked at some of the moderation of other user's posts and my own, I had to wonder what people were moderating, the post or the opinion?

This has been a pet peeve of mine in moderation. I see these wonderful "5 Troll" or "4 Flamebait" posts, which tells me that among all the moderators that were moderating properly, one or two were moderating based on their opinions and whether the poster agreed with it or not.

The first time I received moderation points (after getting over my initial astonishment), I religiously read through the moderator guidelines. As a result of reading this, and from what I have seen from other moderators, I now have the following policy:

  • I NEVER mod down.
  • I start modding from the bottom of the page upwards so late-comers get a chance.
  • I pick random posts that appear at -1 or 0 to see if I can mod them up.

The last rule from the above list, when I got around to really implementing it, stunned me as to how many posts out there were really underrated. I even spotted a few cases of a post starting at 0 and modded to -1, but the post seemed perfectly ligit to me.

I do find that the hardest thing about moderation is dealing with opinions that are contrary to your own. When I modded the one Irag thread, I decided to try an experiment: I modded ONLY those posts that expressed an opinion diametrically opposed to mine. I was amazed at how many really thoughtful, insightful posts I found.

I'd love to hear from others that have moderated, and if they have encountered similar dilemmas, or have similar rules that they use in policing themselves in moderation.

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