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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Gryle Re:I don't see how Jackson isn't a racist.... (357 comments)

It means you identify as the same gender you were born with. "I'm a man who was born a man and thinks I'm a man" or "I'm a woman who was born a woman and thinks I'm a woman" as opposed to "I'm a woman who was born a woman and thinks I'm a man" or vice-versa.

6 hours ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Gryle Re:Zalman heat-sink case (132 comments)

The added weight is an anti-theft measure. This way the thief leaves your desktop alone in favor of your more expensive and more easily portable television!

8 hours ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Gryle Re:Money (613 comments)

I don't think you can phrase this issue in terms of "ethics" or "morality" - indeed, doing so has certain racist undertones.

Sorry, I'm have trouble following your logic here, can you elaborate?

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Gryle Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

A "terrorist" is anyone who employs terrorism, especially for political aims. So we look up terrorism and we get: terrorism (noun) 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

With such a nebulous definition we can classify every armed body in the history of the world as terrorists, if we accept Clausewitz' definition of war as the continuation of politics by alternate means. If you narrow it to include asymmetric "guerilla tactics" style warfare, you don't eliminate that many conflicts; WWII had the French resistance, Vietnam was basically a guerilla fight by the Vietcong, heck, Sherman's March to the Sea in the US Civil War could be considered guerilla tactics from a certain vantage point.

As best I can figure now, "terrorist" is basically a political title to signify a guerilla force with aims running counter to those of the speaker. If the guerilla force is neutral we call them "insurgents" or "militias." If we like them we call them "freedom fighters".

about two weeks ago
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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff

Gryle Re:Employees != lobbyists (192 comments)

Has this happened to you? I'm genuinely curious.

about 2 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

Gryle Re:Lighting the road surface sounds stupid (193 comments)

Seconded. Frankly, the lighting situation at night is bad enough. Car manufacturers keep uping the brightness of their headlights. Some of the newer models are damn near blinding, even without their high-beams on, at least to me. Suddenly the whole road is glowing? I think I'd probably have to cease driving after dark.

about 2 months ago
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Phil Zimmermann's 'Spy-Proof' Mobile Phone In Demand

Gryle Re:Not sniping, genuinely curious... (107 comments)

No, not really, not outside of something like a GoPhone or a similar "burner"-type program. Then again, I still have a flip-phone (Samsung Rubgy II to be exact) and if I didn't have to have it for work, I'd not have a cellphone at all.

about 3 months ago
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Phil Zimmermann's 'Spy-Proof' Mobile Phone In Demand

Gryle Carriers (107 comments)

In all seriousness, what US carriers will let you use this phone? I can't see this being offered in-store to every Joe Friday that walks in off the street (the demand isn't high enough, depressingly) and most carriers like you to buy a particular phone to use on their particular network. How do I go about using one of these (well, two of these) in day-to-day activities?

about 3 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Gryle Re:Pron (194 comments)

Alright genius, where do you work for? Better yet, where do you live? Has your government done anything you're not proud of? Comitted any acts you call evil? You chose to pay taxes didn't you? Obviously choosing to give financial support to a government that does things you don't agree with makes you an evil person.

about 3 months ago
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Shunting the FCC To the Slow Lane

Gryle Re:Pron (194 comments)

Dear God in Heaven, my kingdom for mod points. In a world with so many conflicting moral paradigms, any person on the planet has probably done evil in the sight of some other person on the planet. I'll re-state GPs logic with a few changes. "It is appropriate to criticize the lowest citizen of any country that does evil. What would the Presidents/Prime Minister's/Dictators/Generals/ do if they had nobody to boss? They'd shrivel up and die. Every person who lives in [America / The British Empire / The Roman Empire / The Soviet Union / Iran / Saudia Arabia] is culpable -- same rules apply to any organized evil."

about 3 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

Gryle Re:Russia you were so close (284 comments)

Traffic controls, a relatively sane marketplace, access to certain basic necessities and certain amenities, not worrying about having to get shot when I walk outside my door, to name a few. A trite and somewhat broad response to your question? Quite so. But when you ask trite and overly broad questions that only marginally relate to the original poster, you should expect some stupid answers. /climbsoffsoapbox

about 3 months ago
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Rand Paul Starts New Drone War In Congress

Gryle Re:Lets start with paul first (272 comments)

Can you provide any evidence of this or do you just like spouting gossip?

about 3 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Gryle Re:How many? (342 comments)

Let's be clear, what worries the broadcaster is the threat to their business model. If Aereo wins this opens the door to legal challenges against the retransmission fees cable & satellite companies pay for channels that are already broadcast locally free of charge.

about 3 months ago
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How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

Gryle Re:better than FDIC (50 comments)

Paraphrasing an observation I once heard, the US has a funny way of looking at wealth. If I'm wealthy I made my money fair and square through hard-work, determination, and maybe a pinch of luck, and I deserve to keep my hard-won earnings.. If you're wealthy you're a lying, thieving bastard who exploited someone else and don't really deserve your earnings.

about 3 months ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

Gryle Re:Um no (224 comments)

I, for one, am in favor of an 8-day week; a 5-day work week, followed by a 3-day weekend. I doubt it will ever catch on (too much downtime between work-weeks, the business gods will not stand for it!), but hey, a guy can dream.

about 4 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Gryle Re:Jenny McCarthy (395 comments)

This coupled with a weird anti-intellectual mind-set that masquerades as "anti-establishment" or "anti-authority".

about 4 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

Gryle Re:Higher SAT scores, etc (529 comments)

That's all well and good if the school allows it, but there's a great deal of emphasis on everyone following the same program, particularly in the lower grades. I was never part of the gifted programs at my school (I'm only marginally more intelligent than the norm), but I finished my classwork a lot quicker than my classmates in elementary school. I wasn't allowed to do anything aside from read ahead in the textbook or read whatever library book I had to fill the extra time between lessons. The first approach simply exacerbates the amount of time you have between assignments so I ended up doing an enormous amount of reading. I love reading but I sometimes wonder if that time could have been better spent doing some kind of hands-on projects or studying topics not covered by the standard curriculum.

about 4 months ago
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Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

Gryle Re:Startups Aren't Really Job-Creators In Practice (303 comments)

And just TRY to allowing the government to force unemployed people to show up to government work camps to collect their dole. OMG the "progressives" would shit their pants.

Which is unfortunate because I've long thought the Civilian Conservation Corps is an excellent model for unemployment benefits for the able-bodied. Interestingly there are a handful of similar state-run programs in California and Washington but these are generally limited to the 18-25 age-group. I think with a certain amount of "leave days" for job fairs and the like it would be an excellent program for Congress to resurrect. However I can see someone screaming about exploitation of minorities as they have a disproportionately high unemployment rate nationwide (12.6% unemployment as opposed to the 5.7% national average).

about 5 months ago

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Building a Scientific Library

Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "As I prepare for entering graduate school, I've noticed that, aside from the textbooks I bought for college, my personal library is woefully lacking in scientific and mathematical texts. While I realize the nature of scientific inquiry and the scientific process leaves many books obsolete after a few years, there have to be some texts that are considered indispensable. Specifically I'm looking for texts pertaining to mathematics (probably nothing more advanced than Hermitic functions and Hermitian spaces) and chemistry. How about it, Slashdot? What books would you use to stock such a library?"
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Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "According to an article in the The Register, the Kansas school board has decided to remove intelligent design from the science curriculum. According to Bill Wagnon, chairman of the school board, "This assures that Kansas children are appropriately educated for the 21st century.""
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Gryle Gryle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gryle (933382) writes "Reuters is reporting about an unusual roadblock Canadian troops are facing in Afghanistan. Apparently Taliban militants having taken to using thick forests of 10-foot tall marijuana plants for cover. So far all attempts to burn away the forests have failed or resulted in "ill effects" for some of the soliders."

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