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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 three weeks 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 a month 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 1 month 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 a month ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Gryle Re:Different prior art: finger counting (63 comments)

Ah, okay, that makes more sense. I read the article but not the patent filing. Thanks for making me less ignorant.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Gryle Prior Art? (63 comments)

I've seen laser projection keyboards for many years. Can someone with some technical know-how tell me why this isn't prior art?

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Gryle Re:Has anyone ever gotten... (769 comments)

I'll second that. At my last job the boss brought a Keurig for everyone to use. I found the coffee a bit weak for my liking but it heated water a lot faster than my drip machine so I used it for making a lot of hot chocolate during the winter months.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Gryle Re:Why? (769 comments)

Honestly, if I had the space available, I would.

about a month and a half ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Gryle Re:Why? (769 comments)

....why would you want to brew decaf? Heretic!

about a month and a half ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Gryle Re:Too many "critical thinkers" (491 comments)

Just a heads up to let you know I'm shameless stealing that comment for my own use in the future.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Gryle Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

I did not oppose a Federal gay marriage law out of hate for gays. I opposed it because marriage is none of the Federal government's f*ing business.

This is an instance where it has to be because of the full faith and credit clause of the US Constitution: "Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof (Article IV, Section 1)." If it's allowed in one state another state must recognize it by constitutional law (note that this doesn't apply to state-specific certifications for things like teaching, civil engineering and so forth). One of the more puzzling aspects of the Defense of Marriage Act was, to me, why the Supreme Court ruled in the act unconstitutional based on Section Three, not Section Two which blatantly contradicts the full faith and credit clause.

about 2 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

Gryle Re:tl;dr (712 comments)

My thing is, why do we complain at all about who makes how much?

In some (not all mind you) cases it's because a person struggles to make ends meet working 80 hours a week and sees other people who work 40 hours a week taking home three times his/her pay and wonders why he or she isn't getting the same breaks.
Now, we can unpack that last sentence until Hell freezes over but at the end of the day most of us in the US are tied to this idea that life ought to be fair (or at least unfair in our favor, to quote Bill Waterson).
Personally I don't object to bankers making a great deal of money. Unless of course they were those bankers who managed to crash the national economy and put a decent-sized dent in the global economy and not serve any jail time because the Justice Department decided these pricks were too valuable to prosecute.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

Gryle Re:Not imposing common carrier status (235 comments)

Actually the FCC tried to reclassify ISPs as common carriers in 2010. There was a partial vacuum created in the ISP buildings as their lobbyists vacated the premises at record speeds in a race to Congress to bribe, er petition, their pet congresscritter to put pressure on the FCC until it decided to leave things alone. (I can't find the original story but it's been referenced in several stories about the JAN2014 debacle) In all likelihood the FCC is trying to figure out ways around the reclassification scheme since it blew up in their face last time.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Gryle Mostly Older Games with Newer Mods (669 comments)

I tend to cycle through my older games and apply newer mods for a tweak here and there. I play through the entire BG saga once every two years or so, with added quests or rules changes from third-party individuals. I've got a mod for Oblivion that strips out the main quest and turns the game into a wide-open sandbox and I have a few characters. As for recent games, Torchlight II is my current crack. Yeah, yeah, yeah it's really similar to Diablo, but who doesn't want a pet alpaca that can summon the undead?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Gryle Re:Skyrim (669 comments)

I had just the opposite happen. I bought Skyrim when it first came out and it was buggy as hell (crashed after I finished the first quest, repeatedly). Months later after all the patches had been pushed out, I still can't get the damn game to get past the first point without crashing. Oblivion runs smoothly, cleanly, and once I added a mod that stripped out the main quest (damn Oblivion portals!) it equaled Morrowind in playability.

about 2 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Gryle Re:What temperature? (118 comments)

Now now now, that just won't do. This is Slashdot after all. If we're not putting our elitism on full show, what are we here for?

about 2 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

Gryle Re:I see a lot of discussion about systemd (379 comments)

I don't run a server. I run Linux on my desktop and my tablet (Mint on a Dell XPS12). Am I no longer part of the audience?
(Please note that I don't have enough technical knowledge to debate Upstart vs systemd. I dislike being dismissed as not part of the "audience" because I don't use Linux in the same way you do.)

about 2 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

Gryle Re:"Unknown Lamer" is right. (361 comments)

Let me preface this by saying I'm strongly against the TimeWarner-Comcast merger, that I strongly support net neutrality, and that my bullshit alarms went off during the first paragraph of the article. That being said, Slashdot shouldn't not run a piece just because most of us here will disagree with the ideas being expressed. At the very least we have some idea of what our enemy's tactics will be when the court fights start.

about a month ago
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Kansas Delays Municipal Broadband Ban

Gryle Re:Municipal owned utilities? (156 comments)

The FCC tried to do that in 2010. The lobbyists got involved and the FCC backed down in the ensuing political shitstorm. (Source: NPR).

about 2 months ago
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Silk Road Founder Indicted In New York

Gryle Re:Whatever. (94 comments)

Blah blah blah the Man's out to keep me down. It's amazing how easily we can justify inaction if we invent a conspiracy to oppress us.

about 2 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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