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Repeal of Louisiana Science Education Act Rejected

Blindman Re:And then there's this asshole: (318 comments)

I noticed that particular passage, too. One of the things that bothered me about his "decision making" is that spiritual healer is not the opposite of evolution or science. I can't remember a single science or math class where spiritual healers came up even once. I don't recall any lesson about how species evolve including, "therefore, spiritual healers suck". Moreover, "That's not science. I'm not going to see this doctor." Who does that? I would have been driven off by the "semi-clothed" aspect, but the its not science would have never crossed my mind.


Moreover, if it worked, I would want to "use my science" to learn more about it and figure out how it works. If I just accept that it was magic, I would close my mind to learning.

about a year ago
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No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?

Blindman Re:slow news day? (631 comments)

The issue isn't our relationship with Google, but Google's relationship with its employees. If Google pays it employees in cash, this is obviously taxable. Can Google pay its employees in "free" lunch? If employees buy their own lunches, they can't deduct it from income. In effect, providing lunch to its employees is a form of tax-free compensation. In an ideal world, my employer would pay all my bills directly, and I would be taxed only on the remainder. Of course, that can't work.

By the way, we pay for Google searches by being exposed to advertising in the same way we pay for network television.

about a year ago
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Judge Rules That Resale of MP3s Violates Copyright Law

Blindman Studio/Customers Disconnect (294 comments)

This is just another example of the disconnect between the studios and their customers. Studios believe that they are selling a license but customers believe that they are buying a product. The studios don't want to be explicit about this because they know that customers would revolt. That is why they work behind the scenes (a court case is behind the scenes for most people) to impose their view of the world without making an announcement. Customers won't like it at first, but eventually people will learn to adjust. However, as part of that new paradigm, studios should provide a free backup service so that the media travels with the person and not a particular downloaded copy.

This being said, I have no idea how someone can generally sell an mp3 in the traditional sense absent some sort of registry system. In theory, if I delete my copy of an mp3 before "selling" it to someone else that has the same character as selling a CD. However, there is no way to know if I actually deleted my copy absent some sort of ownership registry. Selling a CD has that same problem because there is no way to know if someone made a digital copy before selling the physical media. However, that is an enforcement problem and not necessarily a copyright problem assuming that everyone follows the rules.

about a year ago
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Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy

Blindman Re:Not surprising (1174 comments)

Interesting. I might go ahead and read Speaker for the Dead. I didn't get past Ender's Game because I could see how quickly they slapped some material on the end of Ender's Game to nominally connect it to a sequel.

about a year ago
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Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu

Blindman People use Red Hat? (380 comments)

I guess this is a big deal. I tried Red Hat a long time ago and I have never looked back. I'm just going to stick with Slackware.

about a year and a half ago
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iPod Engineer Tony Fadell On the Unique Nature of Apple's Design Process

Blindman Re:One word: (193 comments)

iControl

about a year and a half ago
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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

Blindman Useless (338 comments)

At best, you would be encouraging him to find a different game. Presumably, he would find one without player kills.
People generally find jobs because they need a job--not because they are too bored to do something else.

about a year and a half ago
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Best Trek Captain?

Blindman Captain's Log!! (618 comments)

How can it not be the Captain's log? If has been on every starfleet vessel, and it never makes mistakes. Name one bad order that the Captain's log has given. You can't because it hasn't. The log will NEVER let me down.

about 2 years ago
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Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

Blindman If only used for good. (610 comments)

There is no problem with putting a tracking device on a child as long as it is only used for good. Since there is nothing that could possibly go wrong, it is probably a good idea.

about 2 years ago
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Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?

Blindman Trademark (460 comments)

It is probably a trademark issue. The stranger the name (i.e., distinct) the easier it is to protect the name. If you named your operating system, Functional Operating System, you will have a harder time than if you had named your operating system, Big Slick.

about 2 years ago
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Feds Plan 'Fog of Disinformation' To Track Information Leaks

Blindman Counterproductive (263 comments)

If the information is need-to-know only, then giving the people that need-to-know false information will lead to wasted time. If a person doesn't need to know, then the person shouldn't have the information in the first place. The example in the article of burying useful information in a sea of noise still presumes that someone can exceed their access in the first place. Those things should be preventable in the first instance.

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

Blindman Re:Odd reasoning (2416 comments)

For political reasons, it couldn't be called a tax. The Supreme Court wasn't impressed by the semantics.

more than 2 years ago
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Have Your Fingerprints Read From 6 Meters Away

Blindman Re:Right... (122 comments)

At least initially, replicating someone's fingerprints should be too expensive for general use. Most of us wouldn't be worth impersonating.

more than 2 years ago
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Why 'Nigerian Scammers' Say They're From Nigeria

Blindman Re:NSS (209 comments)

I agree that this is a subtle point. I always assumed that these scammers were taking a shotgun approach and trying to get as many responses as possible. I always thought it was about volume and not efficiency.

more than 2 years ago
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Photographer Threatened With Legal Action After Asserting His Copyright

Blindman Re:Photographer should say "Go ahead" (667 comments)

I agree with one caveat. Since he is telling the story, he gets to spin it to his advantage. I noticed that he only quotes her and not himself. He may not have been as reasonable as it sounds.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Orders Do-Over On Key Software Patents

Blindman Re:What else is there to say? (167 comments)

You can't talk about crushing innovation in the abstract. First, what affect if any does patent protection have on this type of "invention"? Absent a patent, would somebody have done this anyway? You can't crush the inevitable. Second, the question in this context is whether this patent should be entitled to patent protection. Stated another way, is this a patent to an idea or an application of that idea? Is this a special way of allowing users to watch a pre-roll advertisement or is it the idea itself? One deserves patent protection and the other does not.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge to Oracle: A High Schooler Could Write rangeCheck

Blindman Re:Mistrial! (478 comments)

As strange as this may sound, Judges are supposed to use their experience but not their knowledge. Technically speaking, knowing computer programming may present a bias in this case. Taking an extreme example, a Judge shouldn't precede over a murder trial that he or she witnessed. Here, the Judge is basically saying, "I know difficult code. I have written difficult code. And, this sir, is not difficult code." Since, Oracle's argument depends in-part on the value of this code, the Judge has arguably decided that issue, which may come up if Oracle is not happy. I don't disagree with the Judge, but he is not supposed to be making these kinds of factual findings.

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian Physics Student From UT Gets 10 Years In Jail For Spying

Blindman Re:This says it all. (253 comments)

Even in the face of no opposition, a Plaintiff doesn't automatically win. The Plaintiff still has the burden of proving entitlement to a favorable judgment. Unlike a forfeit in sports, you still have to play the game in Court.

more than 2 years ago
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Iranian Physics Student From UT Gets 10 Years In Jail For Spying

Blindman Re:This says it all. (253 comments)

At least you can't accuse them of fabricating evidence.

more than 2 years ago
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Osama Bin Laden Didn't Encrypt His Files

Blindman Re:really? (333 comments)

True, but it would have to be a lieutenant that didn't otherwise have access to the information.

more than 2 years ago

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Don't need a warrant to track your disposal cellphone

Blindman Blindman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Blindman (36862) writes "The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that it is okay for police to track your cellphone signal without a warrant. Using information about the cell tower that a disposal cell phone was connected to, the police were able to track a suspected drug smuggler. Apparently, keeping your cellphone on is authorization for the police to know where you are."
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Patent Troll Tracker Unmasked

Blindman Blindman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Blindman (36862) writes "Apparently, the bounty for the identity of the anonymous blogger worked. The blogger behind Patent Troll Tracker has recently been unmasked . It is unclear what the future of his blog will be, but it is a shame that he couldn't continue to blog about this issue on his terms. Apparently, Patent Trolls don't like being called Patent Trolls. I'm sure this will improve their image."
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