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Trolls vs. Sysops...
Topic: Society 1:53 am EST, Nov  3, 2003

] let me just say that, as a slashdot troll, i have a
] firewall which allows me to dynamically modify my o/s
] fingerprint, a highly adaptive cookie manager/poisoner
] that can decode many cookies in realtime (stop using
] urlencode!), a browser plugin that lets me modify my
] entire http header including user agent, a
] database-driven transparent proxy tracker which harvests
] new proxies 24/7, scripts to generate free email accounts
] by the 100's, good web scripting skills, and on a good
] day around 500 moderation points on slashdot from over
] 1,000 monitored accounts.

This is a really great discussion between a troll and a sysop. It really speaks to the fact that governance of an internet community is a very complex problem that shares many of the social dynamics of governance of a IRL community.

Trolls vs. Sysops...

Pulling Our Own Strings: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on determinism
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:20 pm EDT, May  8, 2003

A very interesting interview with Daniel Dennett about the nature of free will, choice, and the evolution of the brain and mind.

Pulling Our Own Strings: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on determinism

Skeptic's Annotated Bible
Topic: Society 12:51 am EDT, May  3, 2003

The King James Version presented from a skeptic's point of view.

Very interesting website... whether you "have religion" or you don't.. it's an interesting read about the discrepancies and whatnot found throughout the Bible.

Skeptic's Annotated Bible e-Print archive
Topic: Science 11:11 pm EDT, May  2, 2003 used to be, the official science pre-print server. Every physicist submits his article here *before* it's published. Makes for realtime science.

I will be posting recomendations, with my full analysis, on individual articles from arxiv soon. But for right now come bath in the healing light.

Read more about arxiv here:

[werd - Nano] e-Print archive

Saudi Arabia Awakes to the Perils of Inbreeding
Topic: Society 11:07 pm EDT, May  2, 2003

] Spinal muscular atrophy and the gene that causes it,
] along with several other serious genetic disorders, are
] common in Saudi Arabia, where women have an average of
] six children and where in some regions more than half of
] the marriages are between close relatives.
] Across the Arab world today an average of 45 percent of
] married couples are related, according to Dr. Nadia
] Sakati, a pediatrician and senior consultant for the
] genetics research center at King Faisal Specialist
] Hospital in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia Awakes to the Perils of Inbreeding

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