Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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Slant
by jessesmith on Sat 27th Nov 2010 13:11 UTC
jessesmith
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2010-03-11

Thom,

I really appreciate the work you do here and you dig up a lot of interesting stories. That being said, would you mind toning down your personal views and gripes in the article summaries? It seems to me that recently many of the stories you've posted include sarcasm and/or attacks against the readers here.

In the past I've come to OSnews for the professional and, comparatively neutral position. Of late I think there has been more of a slant and I'd really like to see the site focus on unbiased reporting.

So would you mind cutting out some of the comments about terrorism, Apple fanboys, unicorns, etc? I'm happy to read your personal thoughts on your blog, but I think OSnews would be better off reporting just the facts.

Thanks for your consideration.

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RE: Slant
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 13:21 in reply to "Slant"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

That being said, would you mind toning down your personal views and gripes in the article summaries


Yes, I would mind. OSNews is not an RSS feed - we're a place for expressing opinions to foster discussion. You can express dissent to said opinions in the comments, and, as we've done lots of times before, you can write dissenting articles as well, which we'll publish without hesitation.

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v RE[2]: Slant
by Icaria on Sat 27th Nov 2010 13:43 in reply to "RE: Slant"
RE[2]: Slant
by LouisBarman on Sat 27th Nov 2010 14:24 in reply to "RE: Slant"
LouisBarman Member since:
2010-06-06

Yes Thom, please don't tone down your personal views and gripes. I always enjoy reading your outrageous opinions. I can never quite tell if you really mean it or if you are just trying to gently wind up us readers. But that is half the fun of this site.

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RE[2]: Slant
by jessesmith on Sat 27th Nov 2010 14:30 in reply to "RE: Slant"
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

You say you're open to opposing views, yet you continue to mock and complain about the opposing views in the comments. Politics are getting dragged into technical discussions unnecessarily. Come on, Thom, the site is OSnews, not OSflamebait.

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RE[2]: Slant
by pfortuny on Sat 27th Nov 2010 19:28 in reply to "RE: Slant"
pfortuny Member since:
2006-02-05

This time Thom is right. Which does not necessarily mean that he is wrong every other time.

If you do not like a newspaper, you've got the easiest of options: do not read it. If you do not like an article, yo've got the easiest of options: stop reading it. Use induction now.

Pedro.

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RE: Slant
by fran on Sat 27th Nov 2010 13:47 in reply to "Slant"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

It's difficult to write neutered articles.
Only one thing I wish Thom would do is to give some mention as to the opposing sides argument.
But then again that's why the commenting section is here.

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RE[2]: Slant
by StychoKiller on Mon 29th Nov 2010 05:36 in reply to "RE: Slant"
StychoKiller Member since:
2005-09-20

An "Opposing" argument:
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The
primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one. -- Josef Goebbels

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RE: Slant
by mightshade on Sun 28th Nov 2010 10:16 in reply to "Slant"
mightshade Member since:
2008-11-20

I can only say that I absolutely concur. Hard work appreciated, and of course there must be a place for Thom's opinion, too. But sometimes the comments aren't even related to the article (like the "to annoy unicorn haters" side blow just recently).

Edited 2010-11-28 10:16 UTC

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RE: Slant
by 2ndshot on Sun 28th Nov 2010 13:09 in reply to "Slant"
2ndshot Member since:
2010-11-28

totally slanted. the embedded link was a better article than the original post. just click through.

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RE: Slant
by twitterfire on Sun 28th Nov 2010 19:08 in reply to "Slant"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Thom,

I really appreciate the work you do here and you dig up a lot of interesting stories. That being said, would you mind toning down your personal views and gripes in the article summaries? It seems to me that recently many of the stories you've posted include sarcasm and/or attacks against the readers here.

In the past I've come to OSnews for the professional and, comparatively neutral position. Of late I think there has been more of a slant and I'd really like to see the site focus on unbiased reporting.

So would you mind cutting out some of the comments about terrorism, Apple fanboys, unicorns, etc? I'm happy to read your personal thoughts on your blog, but I think OSnews would be better off reporting just the facts.

Thanks for your consideration.


Well, thank God I am not an editor on Osnews, because it would have been much worse from your point of view.

Thom's articles and stories are as professional as they can be. I've never seen Thom as biased or presenting only one side of the story, and I followed this site for almost five years.

Perhaps you don't like the new articles and news? What you expect? Even if the site's name is "Osnews", the operating system thing is tighter and tighter. I regard osnews.com as a news site concerning tech news and not only. Think of osnews as a "slashdot"-like site, but of course, our readers are smarter than theirs.

If you don't like discussions about rights, about freedom, please continue to read your government's papers, the Holy Bible, The Talmud and leave the Internet alone.

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by meridianrebel on Tue 30th Nov 2010 14:32 in reply to "RE: Slant"
meridianrebel Member since:
2010-08-30

I assume you're not necessarily familiar with the meaning of the word "professional" when it comes to journalism. If it were professional, there would be no bias in any of the articles, and both sides of the argument would be given.

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RE: Slant
by Wodenhelm on Mon 29th Nov 2010 03:26 in reply to "Slant"
Wodenhelm Member since:
2010-07-16

Troll.

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