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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

CheeseTroll Re: Scholarships, you mean (321 comments)

If Chewbacca lived on Endor, he could easily get a basketball scholarship.

about 8 months ago

Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

CheeseTroll Sounds familiar (336 comments)

My kids' elementary school banned running at recess and gym. They also couldn't use bats so they had to hit the wiffle ball with their arm. So glad they've moved on to middle school where they're slightly less paranoid.

about 10 months ago

Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

CheeseTroll Re: Slippery slope. (604 comments)

The lockdown wasn't put into place after the bombings. It was enacted after the murder of a security guard, robbery, carjacking, a shootout with ~200 rounds of ammo, one of the suspects blowing himself up, and the other escaping into the neighborhood with who-knows-what for intentions or weapons.

That, combined with the lockdown happening on a Friday (hey, 'free' day off of work!), and it doesn't shock me that people were willing to comply for a day.

about a year and a half ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

CheeseTroll Re:And... it's gone (636 comments)

Slightly OT, but I have an uncle who sold his dental practice, joined the Army as a dentist and served in Korea. Probably not the same person, since there are likely to be >1 dentist in the US Army, but it was interesting to hear about your friend doing the same thing.

about a year and a half ago

US Senate Passes National Internet Sales Tax Mandate

CheeseTroll Re:Define "presence" (297 comments)

Why would they do that? Sales tax is *already* collected on internet retailers with a presence in a given state. This bill would allow states to collect sales taxes even if the internet retailer does not have a presence, but that doesn't mean that establishing a presence would exclude them.

about a year and a half ago

Canadian File Sharing Plaintiff Admits To Copyright Trolling

CheeseTroll Fraud? (87 comments)

IANAL, but why isn't this simply considered fraud, and prosecuted as such?

about a year and a half ago

Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer

CheeseTroll Re:Safer? (615 comments)

That's a pretty big "if", and probably will be so for a long time.

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

CheeseTroll Re:News for Nerds ?! (542 comments)

Martin Luther & John Calvin were fairly successful in forking it. One could say Luther published the source code by translating the Bible into German. (OK - better stop before I start doing car analogies!)

about a year and a half ago

Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

CheeseTroll Re:Will the new pope run Linux? (542 comments)

He'll never switch to Linux - I hear he's far more "Cathedral" than "Bazaar".

about a year and a half ago

NASA Says Asteroid Will Buzz Earth Closer Than Many Satellites

CheeseTroll Re:Football field unit. (225 comments)

But paper beats rock, so we are still doomed. Launch the giant scissors!

about a year and a half ago

BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic

CheeseTroll Re:WBC (333 comments)

They'll be edited into the background of Darth Vader's funeral pyre, harassing Luke with anti-gay vitriol, in the next release of ROTJ.

about a year and a half ago

Canadian Teenager Arrested For Photographing Mall Takedown

CheeseTroll I get angry, too... (770 comments)

When I see someone still using film. I mean, come ON, it's 2012 already! ;-)

Seriously, though, did anyone else think the rent-a-cops were bullying the guy for using last century's tech?

about 2 years ago

Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism

CheeseTroll Re:Attack against Microsoft (343 comments)

After all, if it had been a legitimate forced-install, the computer has ways of shutting down those ports so the naughty bits can't take hold on the internal disk.

about 2 years ago

QR Codes As Anti-Forgery On Currency Could Infect Banks

CheeseTroll Assuming that banks are complete idiots (289 comments)

I can't speak to whether QR codes can stop forgery of the currency, but a QR code, by itself, can't infect anyone with a virus. What kind of bank system would blindly go to whatever website is suggested by an illegitimate QR code?

about 2 years ago

Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie

CheeseTroll Just wait... (303 comments)

Just wait 'till he gets his hands on the Silmarillion. It would open the door to a decade+ soap opera television for geeks!

more than 2 years ago

Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

CheeseTroll Re:Yes, maybe. (504 comments)

Sounds like the "stiction" problem that used to plague our old Mac SE drives on campus. We weren't quite so gentle with trying to un-stick them, however. ;-)

more than 2 years ago


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