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Slashdot getting worse?

Mon Nov 3 11:30:14 GMT 2003 Slashdot getting worse?

Link: Software Installation/Update via Internet Patented

Sheesh. While this may be a lousy patent, it isn't nearly as sensational as Slashdot makes it sound. The other day Slashdot had Google ready to sell out to Microsoft (nope) and another story today (Symantec Says No To Pro-Gun Sites) rather misleadingly reports simple filitering as political agenda.

Slashdot is entirely a victim of itself. By turning control over to the masses, they invite this sort of junk. Unless someone steps in with some better editorial oversight, their day in the sun may end unpleasantly.



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I am stunned by the absolute magnitude of lameness and ambiguity contained within this patent. Seemingly, I can backup the settings from my old Mac to the net, erase the Mac, and later restore it to my Wintel machine at work with only a minimum of incovenience. The possibilities are endless! The details are a mere formality!!

I guess it's time to file a patent for a matter-energy transporter. I believe I can do it in fewer than the 35 claim steps required for this software update patent.

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"Slashdot is entirely a victim of itself. By turning control over to the masses, they invite this sort of junk. Unless someone steps in with some better editorial oversight, their day in the sun may end unpleasantly."

My days of routinely visiting Slashdot ended about two years ago when a "resident" of the site belittled me for making a comment that suggested (accurately, I believe) that some Slashdot nerds lacked the ability to see the big picture -- they were absolutely convinced that Linux would solve all the world's problems (if only it were that easy).

Time evidently has not changed a thing. If anything, Slashdot is no longer "news for nerds." It has degenerated into "news for a**holes." Slashdot is also living proof, I believe, that thousands of monkeys banging away on keyboards will not produce Shakespeare's works, just a lot of noise.

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