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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Kohath Re:11 Trillion Gallons? (310 comments)

If you set 11000 Libraries of Congress on fire, it would be enough to put the fire out.

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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Kohath Re:Interesting, but ... (142 comments)

What's the best outfit to wear when talking to dogs?

2 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Kohath Want to influence the world? (142 comments)

You probably shouldn't want to influence the world. People who would say they "want to influence the world" generally lack the humility needed to avoid accidentally or recklessly making things worse for the world as a result of their influence.

2 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Kohath Re:Tough call (1037 comments)

They already forcibly herd all the kids together in the government schools to infect each other with diseases and bring them home to infect the adult population. If you want to keep the government out of your body, then you need to get it out of your family, away from your children, and out of your business.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Kohath Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

I know. In the US, the courts serve the financial interests of lawyers as much as (or more than) they serve justice.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

Kohath Re:Deja vu (96 comments)

Huawei copied the code. Arista just made the command line commands look the same (according to the article).

Can you copyright a CLI language? I'm not sure you can.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Kohath Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

Do you really mean "cannot be sued"? Or are you saying you think the people suing would lose in court?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Kohath Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

In the US, the employer would be sued because defending against lawsuits is expensive. So you sue anyone with money. Then you make a deal to drop the lawsuit in exchange for some money -- more than the $0 you deserve, but less than it costs the employer to have his lawyers fight you in court.

You don't need to have a winning case.

In the US, the employer probably has liability insurance that will pay most of the money. I would guess the liability insurance company probably requires the employer not to hire felons -- or charges a much higher premium to employers who hire felons.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Kohath Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

What if they find out anyway? If someone hires a thief to work with children and then the thief steals from the child's family, can the employer be sued? Is the government declaration a shield against liability?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Kohath Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

We could make it harder to sue or less profitable to sue if you lose. But that would mean some companies could escape liability even though they knew they were hiring felons. What does the anti-corporate crowd on Slashdot suggest for this?

One possible answer is a government funded liability pool. Governments could insure against these lawsuits as a way to help felons keep out of trouble in the future. Of course, this would (correctly) be called a taxpayer giveaway to companies and ex-cons.

It seems like the only solution is for the culture to be less punitive. Against felons and companies and everyone else. Look for that to happen when US politics stops being primarily about "us vs. them". Not soon.

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Kohath Re:Mobile police stations (218 comments)

Because driving past a high crime area on the way to give out traffic tickets is the same as having an outpost there for a few weeks?

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Kohath Re:Great (602 comments)

Did you use due process? What standard of evidence? What's "cause"? Is there a law that has charter revocation as a punishment for violating it, or are you just making up ways you'd like to hurt people? Are you justly compensating the innocent people when you take their property -- their ownership in the corporation?

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Kohath Re:Mobile police stations (218 comments)

Centralizing police around other police seems counterproductive and inefficient. If police are going to protect and serve citizens, they should be distributed near the citizens. If they're going to catch criminals or patrol to deter criminals, they should be distributed near the crime areas.

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Kohath Re:Mobile police stations (218 comments)

Not for crime. Police cars just give out traffic tickets.

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Kohath Re:Mobile police stations (218 comments)

2-3 specially outfitted RVs that can all park in the highest crime area. Add a couple cars.

about two weeks ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

Kohath Mobile police stations (218 comments)

I would guess there's relatively little crime within a block of the police station. Police should create a mobile platform and move the police stations to where the crime happens every few weeks or months.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Kohath Cage fighting (584 comments)

Nothing makes a 4 year old more interested in science than watching, and after she turns 5, participating in organized cage fighting. You need to start training her before it's too late.

I would also suggest you wear a luchadore mask around the house and always speak to her using a bad Mexican accent.

I guarantee she will forget about that princess nonsense right away.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Kohath Re:Great (602 comments)

Every government of every size has this authority. It's called the criminal justice system.

about two weeks ago

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Teenage League of Legends player jailed for months for Facebook joke

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Eighteen-year-old Justin Carter of Austin, Texas was arguing with a friend on Facebook about League of Legends back in February. After being called "insane", he responded with "Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". Below that, he wrote "lol" and "jk". He was arrested March 27, 2013 and has been in jail since that time. A hearing to review his case is scheduled for July 1, 2013. His parents have launched a change.org petition to convince the authorities to release their son."
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DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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Say "Water Prevents Dehydration" in the EU, Go to

Kohath Kohath writes  |  about 3 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "Bottled water producers applied to the EU for the right to claim that “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”. The health claim was reviewed by a panel of 21 scientists on behalf of the European Food Standards Authority. The application was denied, and now producers of bottled water are forbidden by law from making the claim. They will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the EU edict."
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Researchers "lost" historical global clima

Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Climate Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia have produced an analysis of global temperature trends indicating climate warming during the 20th century. Recently, Steve McIntyre from Climate Audit, known for helping discredit the Mann "hockey stick", requested the source data from CRU to validate the CRU's findings. His request was refused on the premise that Mr. McIntyre is not an academic. A subsequent request by Roger Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies at UC-Boulder, was refused for a more fundamental reason: the original data is lost. While "climate change" skeptics have jumped on this revelation, professor Pielke is not among their ranks. He laments: "... it is now also impossible to create a new temperature index from scratch. CRU is basically saying, "trust us." So much for settling questions and resolving debates with empirical information (i.e., science)"."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "In today's Washington Post, Spencer H. Kim, father of the late senior CNet editor James Kim suggests that privacy laws were one factor in the inability to rescue Mr. Kim before he died of hypothermia in the Oregon wilderness. Spencer Kim writes:
Four days passed before we even knew James and his family were missing. But because my family was unable to confirm credit card and phone-use information until days after their absence was discovered, the start of the search was needlessly delayed. Precious time and a precious life were lost.
Like all laws, privacy laws have unintended consequences. Spencer Kim suggests these laws be amended to limit those consequences, even though it means less privacy."
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Kohath Kohath writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Kohath (38547) writes "The Democratic leadership in the Senate today sent a letter to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger implicitly threatening ABC's broadcast license if they go ahead with the planned airing of the "Path to 9/11" miniseries. ABC has spent $40 million developing the miniseries, which is set to air Sunday and Monday for the 5th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. The accuracy and truthfulness of this miniseries has been disputed by former Clinton administration officials. But is this kind of censorship really the right answer? And will we ever get to see "The Path to 9/11" miniseries so we can judge the content for ourselves?"

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