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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Attila Dimedici Re:the problem with golf in the USA. (79 comments)

is that it's played by republican douchebags in khakis. you know, the type of people who are against universal health care because f you they've got theirs.

I am not sure how President Obama fits into that description.

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L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Attila Dimedici Re:Sick Society (178 comments)

Yeah, that explains why the cities with the strictest gun control laws have the lowest murder rates and those with the laws making it easier for law-abiding citizens to own and carry guns have the highest murder rates...No, wait, it's the other way around. If you actually look at the facts it turns out that it is people like Bloomberg who are blood-drenched and the NRA who are the heroes.

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Attila Dimedici Re:This Republican scam to destroy education... (100 comments)

Really? Then why do the policies of the Democratic Party, when enacted, have results that look like they were designed by the Democratic Party of 1860?

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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Attila Dimedici Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (375 comments)

You make an interesting complaint but you provide no argument or evidence that the government doesn't have a good reason to propose this rule.

But you see that is exactly his point, he should not have to present anything in order to prevent the government enacting a new rule. It should be up to the government to present an argument or evidence that this proposed rule is not only a good idea, but necessary. When the government proposes a new rule, the first reaction of a free people should be, "Not until you convince me that it is necessary for this branch of government to implement this rule."

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Attila Dimedici Re:This Republican scam to destroy education... (100 comments)

Wealthy areas have students that do well, poorer areas, less so.

Right the explanation must be the fact that they have more money to spend on schools. It could not possibly be because those who have values that encourage their children to value getting an education are more likely to be wealthy, while those who do not encourage their children to get an education are more likely to be poor. It is not possible that the same factors which cause the parents of children in wealthy neighborhoods to be wealthy are the same factors which cause those parents to raise well-educated children.

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Attila Dimedici Re:This Republican scam to destroy education... (100 comments)

On the other hand, such districts can be poorer. While the suburban schools are wealthier. My state used to have heavy state funding of schools, to even out disparities), but that started to be cut. According to a quick google search, the year it came under heavy attack involved a state congress that leaned Republican.

That would make sense if not for two things. First, those inner city schools were already failing before the state funds were cut. Second, there is no correlation between how much a school district spends per student and its success at teaching those students. A few years back, the Washington, DC school district was spending more per student than any other school district in the country, yet was one of the worst school districts in the country (I have not seen the numbers for a few years, so it may no longer be spending the most per student).
Also, the urban areas don't "lean" Democratic, they are overwhelmingly Democratic. There are occasions when a Republican will win the Mayor's office, but that is rare and the overwhelming majority of other elected offices are controlled by Democrats.

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Attila Dimedici Re:Clueless. (100 comments)

Did you fail to notice that the person I was responding to was saying that this was a Republican scam to destroy education?
More importantly the idea that we are collectively responsible for anything is part of the problem. The only kind of responsibility that matters is individual responsibility.

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Attila Dimedici Re:This Republican scam to destroy education... (100 comments)

Umm, have you looked at who runs the schools that are failing to teach minorities to read? In particular you might want to take a close look at the party affiliation of those running the school boards, and the rest of the political machinery of the local government in those place. Further, you might want to look at the history of the political party in question. Then you should ask yourself, if they still held to the political philosophy and beliefs they held in 1860, what would they do differently to better accomplish goals in line with that political philosophy?

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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Attila Dimedici Re:do they have a progressive view? (329 comments)

If I was moving a company out of California, I would be happy to lose any employees who were not jumping at the chance to move out of California with me because I would be able to replace most of them with better workers wherever I was moving the company to.

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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Attila Dimedici Re:So what? (342 comments)

The reason that Mark Steyn was not mentioned in the article is because this case is not the one which Mark Steyn is involved in. Mark Steyn will not be using a FOI request to attempt to gain access to Mann's emails. Mark Steyn will be using the discovery phase of the lawsuit to attempt to gain access to those documents of Professor Mann's that he wants access to.

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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

Attila Dimedici Re:Have their findings been independently reproduc (43 comments)

You know, you might want to do a little research before launching on a rant. Then you might discover that there are already 80 diseases which are treated with stem cells. So, we have already moved beyond theories and experimental research to something more than "the search for pure academic knowledge." In addition, it appears that the misinformation spread by supporters of embryonic stem cell research has done more to delay the development of stem cell treatments than the relatively minor limits that George W. Bush put upon the use of federal funds when he became the first President to allow ANY federal funds to be used for embryonic stem cell research.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Attila Dimedici Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

I agree with the idea of the Mission being in multiple languages. I just think that some thought should be given as to whether Latin and Ancient Greek are the correct alternate languages. Really, which languages are used is the only part of your idea I think is open to question. A question which I am guessing you are open to debating.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Attila Dimedici Re:WTF?? (793 comments)

Well, perhaps you should have read my very first sentence. The one where I listed the reason the charges should have been dismissed and then in my second sentence where I stated I had a problem with the judge ruling that the students and teacher DID have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Attila Dimedici Re:WTF?? (793 comments)

You may want to read the article again. The police officer contacted the DA thinking that the charge should be felony illegal wiretapping, but decided to only charge the boy with disorderly conduct. This went before a judge who found the boy guilty of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Attila Dimedici Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

Actually, that does not require an entire new constitution, just an amendment. I will give that some thought, because at first blush it seems to me that it would be a good thing (the languages part is where I want to think about it).
I would like a constitutional amendment requiring that all federal laws state what provision of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to pass such a law and that if the courts found that that provision did not support what the law did, the law would get thrown out. I would like another amendment that requires that when Congress amends existing legislation, the law making the amendment must contain the entire new form which the law now takes so that all future attempts to understand the law need only look at the most recent version of the law to know everything which is covered under said law.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Attila Dimedici Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

No, the men who wrote the Constitution (and the Bill of Rights) believed, with some justification, that a standing army would inevitably lead to tyranny.

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Attila Dimedici Re:Militia, then vs now (1583 comments)

The U.S. Marine Corps was disbanded in April of 1783. It was re-formed by the Act to Provide a Naval Armament of 1794. So, the person you replied to is, more or less, correct. However, when one considers that the men who wrote the Constitution (and the Bill of Rights), for the most part, objected to the idea of a standing army, it makes it clear that they believed it was important that nothing interfere with all able-bodied men possessing the weapons necessary to make war.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Attila Dimedici Re:WTF?? (793 comments)

But they were not committing that crime during the recording. You seem to be overlooking the fact that there is another exception to the "all-party consent" law. That exception is that it ok to record a conversation which occurs where none of the parties to the conversation have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Such would be the case here.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Attila Dimedici Re:WTF?? (793 comments)

See, that is where you are misunderstanding my initial post(assuming that you actually bothered to follow the thread of conversation). The presence of those other, uninvolved persons changes the situation so that, according to previous court rulings, you no longer have any expectation of privacy. In which case, as the courts have ruled, I am allowed to record you to my heart's content, even if you are NOT committing any crimes. In any situation where those being recorded have no expectation of privacy, such as when they are in a room full of random individuals (say, a school classroom).
Now, in the situation you described, there are all kinds of reasons why the recording would be legal. First, since you postulated that third-parties would be paid to not give consent, you are postulating that those present knew in advance that there would be a recording. Courts have repeatedly ruled that if you carry on a conversation which you know is being recorded, you are implicitly giving your consent to being recorded. Second, you are postulating that these people are being paid to cover-up your crime (being paid to not consent to being recorded is an attempt to prevent the acquisition of evidence to prove a crime is being committed), which is a crime.
So, to re-iterate: the exception to the all-party consent law of recording criminal activity does not apply because not all of those present were committing a crime. However, the boy was not guilty of violating the wire-tap law because he was recording the conversation in a place where people do not, and should not, have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Attila Dimedici Re:All-party state (793 comments)

That was true until about 1 or 2 years ago, when a judge ruled against the police in cases in several states saying that there had been sufficient rulings against such an interpretation that the police could no longer claim that they thought they were following the law...either they were lying, or their training was criminally inadequate.

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Poll shows that 75% prefer printer books to ebooks

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 9 months ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "In a new Rasmussen poll, 75% of American adults would rather read a book in traditional print format than in an ebook format. Only 15% prefer the ebook format (the other 10% are undecided). The latter is a drop from the 23% that preferred the ebook format in Rasmussen's 2011 poll. In addition, more say they buy their books from a brick and mortar store that say they buy books online (35% from brick and mortar, 27% online). I suspect that the 27% who buy online buy more books, but these results are interesting and suggest that the brick and mortar bookstore is not necessarily doomed."
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Ask Slashdot: What is the Best Email Encryption Gateway for a Small Business?

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "I am in the process of implementing a Email Encryption Gateway for my company. I checked with my various contacts in the industry and came away with Voltage as the best solution. However, as I have been working with them to implement a solution, I have been sadly disappointed by their lack of professionalism. Every time I think I am one question away from being ready to pull the trigger, I discover something that my contact with them had not mentioned before that has to be ironed out by the various stakeholders on my end. So, my question for Slashdot Users is this, what is your experience with implementing an Email Encryption Gateway for your company and who what solution would you recommend?"
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Reports of Mis-registered Votes In Early Voting

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "There have been several reports of voting machines changing for Mitt Romney to votes for Obama in several states that have Early Voting, Ohio, North Carolina, Kansas. So far, I have not seen any reports of voting machines doing the opposite. Is this just user error? Or happenstance? Or is this the case of someone fiddling with the calibration of the voting machines to favor their preferred candidate? If it is just random error, why are all the reports just showing votes being changed in one direction?
I am not ready to declare that this is voter fraud, but these are the types of stories that people need to pay attention to if voter fraud is to be stopped."

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It's a Small Galaxy After All

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Word has just come out that Disney is buying LucasFilm for just over $4 billion and that it intends to make new Star Wars movies, ultimately a new one every two to three years.

I will let that news sink in for those of you hearing this for the first time.

Okay, I’m just thinking out loud here.

My first reaction was horror. I joked on twitter about “Herbie the Love Bug as R2D2 and “Lord Vader, we have received reports that the Apple Dumpling Gang is on the ice planet Hoth.”

But then I thought, “Who cares?” it’s not like Disney could do more to sully the franchise than Lucas already has. I mean, so what if Justin Timberlake plays Luke Skywalker and Johnny Depp plays C3P0? And what’s the big deal if Jar-Jar Binks gets his own sitcom on ABC?"

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Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court is going to be hearing a case this fall that could overturn the "first-sale" doctrine for goods not manufactured in the U.S.. The back story (which I think has been discussed on slashdot before) is that a Thai student at Cornell discovered that textbooks were sold significantly cheaper in Thailand than in the U.S.. So, he set up a business where his family bought textbooks in Thailand, shipped them to him in the U.S., where he sold them on Ebay. John Wiley and Sons sued him for copyright infringement. A lower court ruled in favor of the publisher."
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Department of Justice Defends Warrantless GPS Tracking

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The U.S. government told a federal appeals court Thursday that it still has the right to place Global Positioning System tracking devices on cars without obtaining a search warrant—despite a January Supreme Court ruling that the warrantless installation of such a device violated the Constitution. Another article on the subject points out that despite claiming that a warrant is not necessary the Justice Department has instructed agents and prosecutors to obtain one going forward. Is the Justice Department correct that since the Supreme Court did not explicitly say that this particular usage of GPS tracking without a warrant was unconstitutional they have leeway to do so? Or should the Justice Department be staying away from constitutional gray areas in order to be sure that they are not violating it?"
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House Appropriators want to limit public availability of pending bills

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "The House Appropriations Committee is considering a draft report that would forbid the Library of Congress to allow bulk downloads of bills pending before Congress. The Library of Congress currently has an online database called THOMAS (for Thomas Jefferson) that allows people to look up bills pending before Congress. The problem is that THOMAS is somewhat clunky and it is difficult to extract data from it. This draft report would forbid the Library of Congress from modernizing THOMAS until a task force reports back. I am sorry that I cannot write a better summary of these articles, but I think this is an important issue about improving the ability of people to understand what Congress is doing. I am pretty sure that the majority of people on slashdot agree that being able to better understand how the various bills being considered by Congress interact would be good for this country."
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Study Says That Beer Makes Men Smarter

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  about 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Researchers at the University of Chicago say that men are better at solving brain teasers when they have had a couple of beers than when they are stone-cold sober. They discovered that at .07 blood alcohol level men were better problem solvers than when they were sober. Additionally, they found that men were better at solving problems in groups of three rather than in groups of two.
How many of you already knew this?"

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Court Ruling Opens Phones to Warrantless Searches

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This article is rather alarmist about the way this ruling opens the door for warrantless searches of cellphones. However, the police in this case only went so far as to determine the phone numbers of the cellphones. They then used that information to obtain a warrant for the call histories of those phones. This does not seem overly intrusive to me and the judge in his ruling seems to me to say that deeper searches of the phone without a warrant would be inappropriate (although he does not draw a clear line as to what qualifies as a deeper search)."
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A Honda Civic Lesson

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "Eric Peters makes the case that hybrids have been over-hyped. His argument is that in order to sell people on hybrid cars, automakers have emphasized the energy efficiency of hybrids in ideal conditions and failed to tell people that in most ordinary driving conditions they will not come close to meeting the numbers given. He refers to a recent case where an individual has chosen to forego membership in a class action law suit and has instead chosen to go to small claims court. He suggests that there is a significant chance that she will win there and that this will open up all of the manufacturers of hybrid vehicles to similar lawsuits.
The article was on a rather partisan website so I am curious as to what factors he has chosen to overemphasize to make his case? Or what factors he has chosen to ignore to the same end? I know that slashdot has a large contingent of hybrid and EV supporters who are well educated on the subject (as well as a large contingent of those who are not so well educated)."

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World-first hybrid shark found off Australia

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This story talks about the discovery of the first known hybrid between two shark species. The article itself is an interesting hybrid of junk science views of both Global Warming and evolution. It implies that the sharks are planning ahead by "evolving" through interbreeding with another species of shark in order to deal with the changes brought on by global warming. More importantly, it completely ignores the question of whether they will be more capable of being equiped with lasers than either of the parent species"
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A World Without Schoolteachers

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "I came across a an article this morning that suggests that the Nook and the Kindle have changed things in such a way that schools are becoming obsolete. His premise is that the ideal way to teach children is by a tutor. Schools arose because those who were not well enough off to afford tutors pooled their resources to hire a tutor (teacher) for all of their children. Schools further developed because they offered the opportunity for society to indoctrinate children in the values society considered important. Until today, the indoctrination has become more important than the education.
The author's premise is that the Nook and the Kindle have allowed large amounts of written material on many different subjects to become accessible enough that parents can tutor their children at a price that just about everyone can afford."

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Google's Privacy Problem

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "In this article, Daniel Gellenter talks about the various ways that Google uses to keep track of your location. He discusses an new Android app, Lattitude, that installs as part of a system update and how Google lets you know about it with an email that many people will overlook as spam. He then talks about how difficult it is to disable this app. He further talks about the other ways that Google tracks the location of Android users."
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Ask Slashdot: What do Slashdotters think of Herman

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "What do slashdotters think of Herman Cain's candidacy for President since he is arguably one of us (he has a Masters Degree in Computer Science)? This would quite possibly make him the first Presidential candidate with an understanding of technical issues. I wonder, does anyone know what his position is on patent reforn?"
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Tilburg professor faked data in at least 30 academ

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici writes "A professor at Tilburg has been caught using fake data in over 30 scientific papers. His latest paper claimed that eating meat made people anto-social and selfish. Other academics were skeptical of his findings and raised doubts about his research. Upon investigation it was discovered that he had invented the data he used in many of his papers and there is question as to whether or not he used faked data in all of his papers. This is why so many people have trouble taking social and behavioral sciences seriously as science"
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Story claims that Slashdot is dying

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "This article says that slashdot is among once popular sites that are dead or dying. It lists 8 sites that it says are dead or dying. Certainly, Myspace is dead and some of the others are dying, but is slashdot? Is it just a matter of time until slashdot is no more? Is that why CmdTaco is leaving?"
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Massachusetts plans to keep track of where your c

Attila Dimedici Attila Dimedici writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Attila Dimedici (1036002) writes "Massachusetts wants to establish a database with the information gathered by license plate scanners installed in police cars. The scanners will scan license plates of every car the police car passes and transmit that information (along with the location) to a database that will be made available to various government agencies. The data wil be kept indefinitely."
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