None of the above? (Score: 1)

by in To correct my eyesight, I: on 2015-04-13 10:38 (#6YSC)

I wear glasses while driving to improve safety (especially at night) , but otherwise my eyesight is good enough not to bother me. I feel like there should be a "I don't do anything" option, as it is very seldom that I drive (and thus wear glasses).

Re: My opinion (Score: 1)

by in Is Wikipedia just as good when the articles are written by a script? on 2014-07-16 10:27 (#2H1)

I agree with most of what you are saying, but I would like to add another point.

While it is true that you can't stop people from doing this, I am somewhat concerned that resources are spent (disk space, processing time etc.) on article stubs that hardly anyone is ever going to miss. Yes, the cited example of some obscure philipene fishing village that nobody would have known about otherwise is a very fine anecdote, but it's no more than that.

ow many of the other fishing village stubs are ever going to be looked up by anyone ever? Wikipedia is always asking for more money, is it really worthwhile to spend a lot of resources (8.5 % af all articles is not nothing) on this stuff?

Ratings instead of +/- (Score: 1)

by in Moderation schemes I like on 2014-07-15 09:33 (#2GS)

I have mentioned this on SoylentNews several times, but I believe the only sensible moderation system is one where you cannot only add or subtract one, but where you can give your exact rating of a comment. Then let the average decide.

And if you are too concerned with single moderations instantly getting a comment to +5, then make it so the score can never be higher than the number of moderations.

Re: My two cents ... (Score: 1)

by in Soylent News Incorporates on 2014-07-10 06:09 (#2E4)

Thanks for the response - I can understand that currently the balance is in slashcodes favor. I wish I had the time to get involved myself.

Re: My two cents ... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Soylent News Incorporates on 2014-07-09 10:30 (#2CG)

NComander, I am wondering if SoylentNews should/could adopt the pipedot source code? I really love the clean design, and that it is not based on perl. This hopefully makes the codebase easiert to maintain.

Now, I have not seen either the slashcode nor the pipedot source code so I might be talking out of my ass here - but I think it would be good do have something truly our own and without tons of baggage and history attached.

Re: Why are the numbers so low? (Score: 1)

by in What topics would we like to see here? on 2014-06-13 08:01 (#23E)

But it would be interesting to see how many percent of individual voters are interested in one topic or another. Right now there is no way of knowing if every voter is interested in only a single topic, or if every voter likes several topics - the number here would look the exact same, but the meaning would be vastly different. The current format gives us no way of knowing which scenario is true (or closer to the truth).

Re: And I thought (Score: 1)

by in Goal-line technology new at the 2014 World Cup on 2014-06-12 10:23 (#229)

The weather IS good, but I spend it at the beach and not playing football/soccer. Although I wouldn't mind that either.

Re: It depends (Score: 1)

by in Favorite story image style: on 2014-05-28 13:42 (#1Y0)

I agree. I sort of understand the desire to have images, but really, it rarely adds anything of value to the story. I don't need any images, thank you!

Who would have known anyway if they hadn't complained so much? (Score: 1)

by in Mozilla foundation's new CEO causes concern due to anti-gay-marriage views on 2014-04-03 05:11 (#YP)

Isn't the basic claim that a company CEOs public image should not contradict the company mission? But then I have to ask - if nobody had started this whole media circus, who would ever have found out? Didn't they create the problem themselfes?

Re: Devil and the deep blue sea (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Teen Girls Face Charges After Beating Video Shared Online on 2014-03-31 13:29 (#WB)

Ah, I didn't realize the video was available in the article (or at least parts of it). From what I can tell the boy did as I wrote, and he didn't really get beat up as such. Sure he got hurt, but he was clearly able to walk away with no trouble at all (note: I did not watch the entire video).

Re: Devil and the deep blue sea (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Teen Girls Face Charges After Beating Video Shared Online on 2014-03-31 08:38 (#W6)

I realise that there is a lot of truth to what you are saying, but assuming that the boy has the physical ability to fight back, he could do two things:

1) Try to hold them off without actually hitting them.
2) Run away

Of course it depends on the exact situation - but there is a difference between being beaten up by two girls (implying helplessness), and two girls trying to beat up a boy - in the latter case the boy might still be hit/injured, but there is a slight difference.

Not sure what my point is.

Good article, but a bit biased on its own (Score: 1)

by in The Fallacies of Big Data on 2014-03-31 08:32 (#W5)

I fully agree with the overal message of the article, pointing out that just having a lot of data does not automatically prevent sampling errors/sampling bias and/or other fallacies.

That being said, I think they were downplaying what Target seems to have achieved a bit too much. Of course the system is bound to produce some false positives, but given the criteria described it does seem reasonable that they can make a quite good assessment of pregnancy. Granted, without having access to Targets systems we cannot know for sure how well it works, but the article seems to strongly imply that it doesn't work, and indeed cannot work.

Effects on Linux? (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Gamemaker CryTek announces Linux support at GDC on 2014-03-19 10:04 (#P0)

I have traditionally welcomed all efforts at porting games and software in general to Linux, but recently I have started to be concerned about what effects this will have on the Linux ecosystem. Things like Steam and in general the perceived need for "trusted" computing and DRM raise the possibility of commercial products requiring locked down software/hardware platforms that may run Linux under the hood, but are not anywhere near being as open as they are supposed to be.

If all of this just ends up requiring a non-free and non-open version of Linux it would be pointless - might as well just use windows then.

Re: Of course (Score: 1)

by in Game Developers and Unintentional Sexism on 2014-03-15 04:41 (#JR)

That comparison really doesn't work since any god wouldn't be the same species as man. Therefore the answer must be no.

Re: Of course (Score: 5, Interesting)

by in Game Developers and Unintentional Sexism on 2014-03-14 12:20 (#J8)

I cannot agree with your assertion about racism, it would make the entire word meaningles. The word racism simply describes any statement or belief that different (human) races are different beyond color of skin. This gets ugly when this is taken so far as to say one race is superior/inferior to another because of these alleged differences.

When it comes to the character portraits, I agree with most of what you are saying, especially this part:

However, there's nothing particularly enlightened here - no one likes to fantasize about being ugly. Even the grizzled-veteran-with-the-knife-fighting-scars fantasy is just a different kind of attractiveness.

Personally I think they made the characters far too ugly and weird - they don't have to be pretty, young supermodels, but they certainly don't ALL need to be ugly either.

Re: Radiant heat loss (Score: 4, Informative)

by in How about an array of orbiting servers? on 2014-03-13 07:13 (#HD)

Your intuition would be right for conductive cooling such as air/water cooling, but the amount of heat that is radiated only depends on the temparature of the object, the environment doesn't influence this in any way.

awesome (Score: 4, Interesting)

by in Expandable Comments on 2014-03-07 09:52 (#AK)

While the Red site may have more traffic for now, i think this one had great potential. These changes really make it enjoyable to browse here, and it works great even on my phone. Awesome job, keep up the good work.

Re: I love Pipedot (Score: 2)

by in Nintendo to Discontinue Online Play for Wii and DS on 2014-02-28 08:13 (#7Z)

Not anymore, now I am here too. Had no idea this existed also, looks like there are more/different needs than on the red site. Cool!