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How Scientists Know An Idea Is a Good One

FairAndHateful Re:For certain values of "good" (140 comments)

read the article, maybe?

No time! I need to post within an arbitrary slashdot timescale that fits with getting modded up!

about a year and a half ago
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Instagram Wants To Sell Users' Photos Without Notice

FairAndHateful Re:Stockphotos (313 comments)

I'm thinking wieners, but flowers works.

Flowers, bucket full of cocktops. Tomayto Tomahto.

about 2 years ago
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German Police Stop Man With Mobile Office In Car

FairAndHateful Re:There is some news here... (146 comments)

Some Interstate freeways have recently increased speed limits and can be at 70, 75 or in some cases, such as in Texas, 80 (mph || 134 kph

Texas has recently opened a section of road with a speed limit of 85 (mph || 137kph). Minor correction to the quoted section above. For any nations using metric (I'm looking at you, entire world), 80mph is approximately 129kph, not 134kph.

about 2 years ago
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German Police Stop Man With Mobile Office In Car

FairAndHateful Re:Marketing strategy (146 comments)

The FBI collected information for a period from January 1960 to September 1962 and found that in American cities deploying both types of vehicles, 65% of the officers killed while on duty killed were in two-officer vehicles while only 35% were in one-officer vehicles. This statistic seems to indicate that the presence of a second officer does not guarantee personal safety. From Here

Without knowing the percentages of one and two officer cars and the specifics of their deployment, this statistic indicates nothing. There's simply not enough information. Assuming 1/2 of the cars have a single officer, and 1/2 of the cars have 2 officers, and they are evenly deployed, one could conclude that each officer in a 2 officer car is .833% safer than the officer in a one officer car. That's not the only problem here. Why are we citing a study from 1960 to 1962? Hasn't the nature of crime and the style of officer deployment changed at least a little in the last 50 years?

about 2 years ago
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GOP Brief Attacks Current Copyright Law

FairAndHateful Re:Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks (296 comments)

"Throwing money at education doesn't work!"

This is undeniably true. Look at the disastrous quality of education in Washington DC.

Factiod: Texas spends about $6.82 per hour to educate children in K-12 Factiod: Average price of a baby sitter in Texas: $9.00 per hour over all, $12.50 per hour in urban areas.

I was unaware that a babysitter would be willing to babysit 20 to 30 kids at the same time for $9 per hour. That'd be no more than 45 cents per kid per hour!

Factiod: Average pay of a letter carrier: 58,700 USD (no degree required) Factiod: Average pay of a Texas K-12 Teacher with a bachelor's degree: 42,890 Opinion: The person that teaches your child to read should make at least as much as the person that brings them the mail.

First, we'll just accept that the high wages of postal carriers may be related to the fact that the US Postal Service is losing billions of dollars a year and in danger of going bankrupt. Lets move on to a comparison. There are only 180 school days in a school year (in Texas). That's 36 weeks, leaving approximately 16 weeks in the year for vacation. Assuming letter carriers get 2 weeks of vacation, that's 50 weeks. $58,700 / 50 ($1174) compared to $42,890 / 36 ($1191.39). Also, teachers don't have that "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" slogan, and largely get to work indoors sheltered from bad weather and vicious dogs.

And yes - I am now a FORMER K-12 employee. I couldn't keep depriving my family of a living wage to teach your kids, get insulted for being "A pig in the trough sucking on the public t|t"\

If being middle class on a single income while taking nearly 1/3 of the year off isn't a "living wage" for you (in a state with a low cost of living), money isn't going to solve your problems.

I once had someone actually spit on me when I told them where I worked.

You probably were complaining to them about only earning 50% more than they do (individual income, not household) while you had to work an entire 2/3 of the year, when they're the ones paying your income.

about 2 years ago
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How Hair Can be Used To Track Where You've Been

FairAndHateful Trace Amounts of Chemicals (133 comments)

Holy crap, the holistic people have been on to something... Except they're not healing you with "trace elements", they're simply disguising where you've been so the bad germs can't find you!

about 2 years ago
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Former Australian Cop Wants Jail For Internet Trolls

FairAndHateful Re:Specially if its full of oil on fire... (254 comments)

What does NASA stand for? "Need Another Seven Astronauts."

I had no access to a web or a BBS at the time, but that just caused a flood of ALL of the Challenger jokes that I knew to come flooding back. There were many of them, and virtually all of them were tasteless Christa McAuliffe jokes. I don't really think that could have possibly fallen under bullying at the time, but it seems that some lawmakers want to outlaw tasteless jokes, and with the remarkably broad language in the law as described, they may be able to try.

about 2 years ago
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IT Salaries and Hiring Are Up — But Just To 2008 Levels

FairAndHateful Re:Citation needed (198 comments)

Another meme courtesy of the republican party.

Oh, yeah, because businesses favored by democrats don't hedge the same way. This bullshit cuts both ways. You're thinking with your politics, not your brains.

more than 2 years ago
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IT Salaries and Hiring Are Up — But Just To 2008 Levels

FairAndHateful Re:Citation needed (198 comments)

The GP wasn't advocating deregulation, but rather that the government stop changing the rules. Once the rules are established, businesses can adapt and the economy will stabilize. If the rules change every few years, the economy will keep fluctuating.

Thank you for stating this. Businesses are not able to act confidently when they are worried that the rules are going to keep changing. It's not like playing a boardgame where it's all part of the fun. Real things are at stake, and people tend to be very cautious and try to remain flexible and not put any chips on the table when the rules keep changing. (apologies for the mixed gaming metaphors)

Also, I think there's a semantic problem between the people that argue against and for "deregulation", as they seem to be using the term differently. Some people view it as a simplification of the rules, and in some cases, a removal of the more expensive and onerous of those rules. Other people view it as a case of simply changing the rules in whatever way is necessary so businesses can maximize profits. I think an argument can be made that the changes to the financial rules that led to the crisis can be fairly classified as the latter.

more than 2 years ago
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Designing the World's Tiniest Manned Suborbital Vehicle

FairAndHateful Re:You WILL watch... (153 comments)

I like squirrels!!!

more than 2 years ago
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National Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale

FairAndHateful You know, I'm Cynical (103 comments)

But I'm down with this. As long as there is a way for individuals to support a particular government program they believe in, I would support it. In the case of NASA, I'd put my money/time/support where my mouth is.

Damnit, finally a valid reason to sign up for twitter.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Is Studying Site For 'Commercial Cape Canaveral' Near Brownsville, Texas

FairAndHateful Re:Location, Location, Location (69 comments)

Since industrial base wasn't a point discussed in either the original post, or my reply, or a big issue in the original site selection [for Cape Canaveral] - I'm not sure what your point is.

Industrial base was implied when I started discussing parts. And when you started discussing mining.

If you meant apples, why mention oranges? One doesn't even remotely imply the other. Not to mention, if you read the context, you'd note that I (barely) mentioned mining so that you'd understand that Florida was far better connected than you seemed to think - and why.

Honestly, I'm still wondering why you think "parts" doesn't tie in to "manufacturing". As for mining, you're actually trying to say that "apples" and "applesauce" aren't connected.

more than 2 years ago
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Fully Functional Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

FairAndHateful Re:For Sale (49 comments)

Yeah, for $3500. For that price, the are definitely build to order. They are probably making quite a bit off each sale, but there's probably a lot of time spent making even a single table. For $500 and a lot of hard work you could easily build this thing yourself.

3500 smackers? For that, I could buy a toolshed, fill it with the tools I need to do this, and still have 1000 smackers or more left over. That, and I'd still have the pride that I'd made it myself! (not to mention, being able to fix it on the fly, and, hey, I'd have a lot of power tools)

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Is Studying Site For 'Commercial Cape Canaveral' Near Brownsville, Texas

FairAndHateful Re:Location, Location, Location (69 comments)

Since industrial base wasn't a point discussed in either the original post, or my reply, or a big issue in the original site selection [for Cape Canaveral] - I'm not sure what your point is.

Industrial base was implied when I started discussing parts. And when you started discussing mining.

Honestly, what I was thinking about was pretty much around how so much of the shuttle was built from all over the place. That might be due to pork barrel, and that might not be as much of a problem for SpaceX, but for NASA, or anything else funded by the government, it's likely to come up. California is a huge producer/manufacturer in the US, and it's about as far from Florida as you can be, without involving another country or the ocean. I'll admit I know a lot less about the original Apollo program and what the logistics where at that time. They stopped that when I was too young to remember, so maybe it was ideal then.

I felt like I was being bad about looking stuff up when I didn't check the rail lines between Houston and the proposed location, but... Heck, if it's only 300 miles, that's only 5 or 6 hours by truck for a part or supply. That's not bad. And for what it's worth, Houston isn't just a port. It still has manufacturing, and a ready supply of petrochemicals.

more than 2 years ago
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New Zealand Developers Building Open Source Code For Electric Cars

FairAndHateful Mario is slowing down! (45 comments)

You only need the system to survive until just past the finish line,' says Bill Dube

While this is, in a race, true, it is a limit that a lot of race teams have bounced against and lost. Also, while I think most people receive value from what is learned in races, but they want their daily driver to have a little more longevity. Hopefully there's still enough pep to let the thing merge in traffic.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Is Studying Site For 'Commercial Cape Canaveral' Near Brownsville, Texas

FairAndHateful Location, Location, Location (69 comments)

There's the obvious low latitude (for the US) advantage to this location, but I see other advantages. Texas is relatively centrally located in the US, especially compared to Florida. This, and if they need any internationally sourced parts, their stated choice of location is relatively close to Houston, and Houston has plenty of infrastructure in place for getting stuff moved off of ships and onto rail. Houston already has a big shipping port.

For latitude, Florida always seemed like a great option, but for shipping parts and materials, it seemed like a very inefficient choice.

more than 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

FairAndHateful Re:Ron Paul (577 comments)

Okay, so now will republican voters maybe start paying attention to Ron Paul? He's the guy who is ACTUALLY in favor of smaller governments and the constitution.

You guys still claim to like those things, right?

Politicians *claim* to like a lot of things. But if you want to know what they really stand for, ignore the speeches and watch what they do.

Well, Ron Paul has been in politics (off and on) for about 30 years, and serving in the US House of Representatives for the last 14 years or so. I mean, sometimes he sounds a little weird to me, but he has earned a reputation for doing what he says.

The rest of 'em, whatever letter is after their name, yeah, you're mostly spot on.

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Says Smart Meter Hacks Are Likely To Spread

FairAndHateful Re:Balance (189 comments)

But the bigger question is control and oversight of these devices by the homeowners themselves. Homeowners should be allowed to directly access the data on their smart meter. It can be very advantageous to the homeowner to know when there power usage peaks among other items.

I get an email from my power company once a week. It charts out the total usage for the week, extrapolates what my expected bill will be, and it also indicates how much I've used from hour to hour throughout the week. It's been pretty helpful. My company just has a flat rate, so I haven't had to worry about peak usage rates, but I've been able to use the information in the email to figure out how to conserve some energy. It'd be kinda cool to be able to access the meter directly, but the email message is more than enough..

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c

FairAndHateful Re:Not Java. Please not Java. (206 comments)

If the specification is lying, I apologize. Or you're a very subtle troll. But one fact remains.

Repeating something that is not true does not magically make it true.

more than 2 years ago

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