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Slashdot Anniversary: Washington, DC, US

GrifterCC Re:Confirming details (18 comments)

Around there, you're likely to be dealing with either 2-hour street parking (usually takes ~15 minutes to locate) or paying $20 for parking in a garage. There are some spots in the neighborhood that switch over to unlimited hourly after 6:30 p.m.

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Anniversary: Washington, DC, US

GrifterCC Re:Confirming details (18 comments)

or the email I created for the event: dcslashdot15th at everyone's favorite .com whose name is derived from the term for one followed by one hundred zeroes.

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Anniversary: Washington, DC, US

GrifterCC Confirming details (18 comments)

Hey gang--sorry about the white-out. Props to eldavojohn for picking up the t-shirt slack. Grand Slam's a good venue, shouldn't be too bad around then unless I've overlooked some sporting event. It's actually inside the Grand Hyatt Washington. I'm 5'10", young looking, white with short brown hair, and will be wearing a suit. If you're worried about getting lost or anything, shoot me a PM and I'll send my cell number over.

about 2 years ago

Slashdot Turns 15, What Are You Doing Later?

GrifterCC First post! (247 comments) create a party for the DC metro area. It's time to fly your geek flag. Hill staffers in particular must come prepared to explain the Series of Tubes.

about 2 years ago

The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

GrifterCC Re:I got accused of rape once (1469 comments)

Please identify one feminist, anywhere on the Internet or in books, who claims that non-consensual pregnancy and subsequent child support cannot ruin a man's life.

Hell, identify one feminist who thinks that man in your hypothetical wasn't raped.

This ain't feminists disadvantaging men. It's the patriarchy harming everyone. Being "weaker"/female means you get raped more often. Being "stronger"/male means that when something painful and traumatic happens to you, nobody cares. See how everybody loses, and then you and I have to dispute whether this is a zero-sum game to begin with?

Anyway, your last question--most crimes, including rape, in most states, have an intent element. Most states also don't let you get wasted and say, "Hey, I was blind drunk, I didn't intend to rape zir!" They say, "You intended to get drunk. We charge you with the consequences." It's crude but effective, for example, in cases where a drunk driver kills a car full of teenagers.

I'm a lawyer but not your lawyer. Your state probably has weird rules and exceptions to this, just like every other state.

about 2 years ago

Teacher Cannot Be Sued For Denying Creationism

GrifterCC Clearly Established: a useful standard. (775 comments)

I am a lawyer, and about a third of my cases are representing state employees, and about a third of those involve cases with a "clearly established" defense, though I practice mostly in the Fourth Circuit, not the Ninth.

The "clearly established" standard is a way for courts to keep these kinds of suits from dinging innocent state employees. Basically, not only does the employee have to violate someone's right, but it has to have been pretty much unreasonable for the employee to think ze wasn't violating that right. Here, in fact, the panel didn't even hold that the kid had a right not to have this stuff said to him. So this case won't be precedent for future cases to reach back and say, "Well, as of the time the Corbett opinion was issued, the right not to have a teacher make fun of your religious beliefs was clearly established."

There are several other possible doctrines for protecting an employee in such a situation, and they're all salutary.

more than 2 years ago

Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

GrifterCC Re:Just say (525 comments)

Also: I'm not your lawyer. Don't rely on that as legal advice.

more than 3 years ago

Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

GrifterCC Re:Just say (525 comments)

Even if you say nothing to the officer who stops you, you can be arrested for any driving infraction, even one that isn't a jailable offense, when you're in your vehicle.

Once you're arrested, you can be searched sans warrant. Once you're arrested, your car can be impounded, and your entire vehicle can be "inventory" searched.

Your car can also be searched sans warrant based on probable cause of any criminal activity, even if you aren't arrested.

Better hope the courts decide your phone is more like a footlocker or a trunk, but good luck with that. The Supreme Court, over the course of about a dozen major Fourth Amendment decisions, has taken a dim view of your right to privacy while in your automobile.


more than 3 years ago

Should Smartphones Be Allowed In Court?

GrifterCC Lawyers Only? (218 comments)

I practice before the federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria, and they do not allow anyone, including lawyers, to bring their smartphones in. It's routine to have to look at your calendar on the fly when the judge wants to schedule something, so you have to have it with you. The EDVA policy is the main reason I still maintain a paper calendar parallel to my computer calendar.

I understand and buy into the rationale behind not letting jurors bring them in, but the state courts in the area almost universally allow lawyers to bring their smartphones in, and it's such a bonus.

more than 3 years ago

Nobel Prize Winner Says DNA Performs Quantum Teleportation

GrifterCC Re:New excuse ... (347 comments)

Excellent! Another rape joke, Now With Pedophilia! You keep it classy, Arthur Grumbine and mods.

more than 3 years ago

Tron: Legacy — Too Much Imagination Required?

GrifterCC Re:Neither reviewer liked it (429 comments)

Subtext, symbolism, and metaphors are all creative work put in by one or more people. I have never understood the distinction between visual or musical symbolism (since you are satisfied by a trite movie with great visuals and awesome soundtrack) and the (thematic?) metaphors you are talking about. All are integral parts of the creative/artistic experience of watching a film.

more than 3 years ago

Julian Assange's Online Dating Profile Leaked

GrifterCC Re:he's a douche, that's all that matters (334 comments)

Oh well, blame the feminists who never thought about the consequences of going to the police because of a condomless one night stand. You heartless bitches.

Is that what passes for "+5, Insightful" these days? Asking a woman who thinks she was raped not to come forward because of your politics is disgusting and terrifying. Your attitude exemplifies the reason that so many rapes go unreported. If she's not a liar or "regretting it the next morning," she's being politically insensitive.

Anyone who modded this Insightful should turn in their mod points or grow some humanity.

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

GrifterCC Re:This is scary (1020 comments)

Thank the gods this got moderated up to 5, Insightful. The thread to this point has been filled with all sorts highly modded throwaway "psh, that's not rape, she just regretted it" bullshit which makes me embarrassed to be a Slashdot reader.

more than 3 years ago

Astonishing Speedup In Solving Linear SDD Systems

GrifterCC A Perfect Slashdot Article (157 comments)

I can tell it's truly News for Nerds because I can barely understand what it's saying and it drops causal references to advanced mathematics--the stuff I only wish I'd had the fortitude to study in college.

I'm serious. This is exactly what I want from Slashdot.

more than 3 years ago

Women Dropping Out of IT

GrifterCC Re:Lack of objectivity? (706 comments)

Maybe it's just your observation bias. Did you control for that in your highly complex subjective calculations?

The concept of "women's intuition" is from about 100 years ago. If you're going to be sexist, at least update your buzzwords.

more than 4 years ago

Hundred-Ton Dome To Collect Oil Spill

GrifterCC You all missed the real story (565 comments)

This is an obvious cover-up for the development and storage of Arsenal Gear.

more than 4 years ago

Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me"

GrifterCC What poor taste. (222 comments)

Seriously, is this the sort of thing a website for scientifically minded humanists posts as a humor column?

This poor woman is evidently paranoid schizophrenic, and Samzenpus has taken it upon himself to make fun of HER (for being chemically delusional) instead of the legislature.

My "firesamzenpus" tag is half in jest, usually, but this post is just beyond the pale.

more than 4 years ago

IETF Drops RFC For Cosmetic Carbon Copy

GrifterCC Enough April Fool's Already. (63 comments)

Do you seriously mean to tell me that there are no important tech stories taking place today? Most of these articles are barely even chuckle-worthy.

more than 4 years ago

EU Funding "Orwellian" Artificial Intelligence Snooping System

GrifterCC Re:A litiginous society leads to 1984 (181 comments)

I agree with your overall point, but the United States is immune from lawsuits by its citizens unless it waives that immunity. It has done so, to a limited extent, via the Federal Tort Claims Act, found at 28 U.S.C. 1346(b). The Wikipedia article is a decent summary.

The next time you read "tort reform" FUD about how Everyone In America is abusing civil litigation and Plaintiffs' Attorneys Like Myself Are Abetting Them, consider the source. P.S. The source is liability-insurance companies.

more than 4 years ago

Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

GrifterCC Count Calories. (865 comments)

Caveat: Your question was essentially time- management-themed. This answer is slightly off-topic: Assuming you just can't drag yourself out there to burn off calories, attack the problem from the other direction.

You're on slashdot. You must have at least some hacker mentality. Take the rules you're stuck with and work around them.

1. No time to exercise
2. Your body needs x calories per day to maintain its weight
3. If you eat more than x, you gain weight
4. If you eat less than x, you lose weight

Go to and punch in your stats as "sedentary". The resulting number is your target. Keep a spreadsheet where you track all of the calories you consume. (Get this data from the label or from restaurant Web sites.) Consume fewer than x, or at least no more than x.

You'll be surprised how many calories there are in the foods you eat. Some macro tips:

1. Lots of soluble fiber--makes you feel fuller longer

2. Diet soda only--for obvious reasons

3. Reduce sugar overall--your body's insulin response to sugar can make you feel hungry even when you're not

4. Drink lots of water--makes you feel fuller longer

I have had several jobs with hours that left me too tired or busy to exercise. This method has always worked for me. There are also online calculators to determine how many calories you burned by exercising for x minutes, so factor that into your equilibrium point if you do manage to work out.

more than 5 years ago


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