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DARPA Embraces Nature With Establishment of Biological Technologies Office

Kozar_The_Malignant Android Body Needed (40 comments)

> a new division that aims to 'merge biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security

In other words, Dick Cheney needs an android body urgently.

about three weeks ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:You can't have it both ways... (250 comments)

Plenty of cheap loft space in west Oakland. It's just across the bridge. Exciting night life.

about a month ago
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

Kozar_The_Malignant FTFY (121 comments)

>Complaints by current residents has only resulted in bureaucratic infighting among state health departments and the Navy."

Complaints by current residents have...

about 2 months ago
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Why Is Dropbox Back On the Chinese Market?

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:C'mon, seriously? (46 comments)

Easy to test by opening an account and upload some random files encoded with PGP. See how long it takes to have the account killed and/or State Security goons to show up at your door.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Kozar_The_Malignant Re: Debtors Prison? (467 comments)

Sure, if you go to court and get the debt discharged. If you just don't bother returning borrowed property it is just theft.

Actually, if you don't return borrowed, rented, or leased property, it is called conversion, not theft. The difference is that in the first case, you initially had the property legally in your possession, while in the case of theft, there is never legal possession. Conversion can occur without criminal intent as in, "I didn't return the library book, because I lost it." As with most things, laws vary widely by state. Since this is South Carolina, the woman will probably do hard time especially if she is poor and/or black.

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Some far reaching implications... (463 comments)

This can be nicely demonstrated with a kitchen match and some steel wool.

about 3 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

My desktop machine can boot into three different operating systems; I switch between Gnome, Unity, and KDE in Linux depending on need; I instinctively use keyboard shortcuts in vi, ed, pico, WordStar, Word Perfect, and MS Word; but I'm having a major freakout because a particular website is changing its format? Excuse me? When did techies become so change averse? Sheesh! Change happens. Embrace it.

about 3 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

I agree that the uniform change sucked massively, or maybe more than that.

about 3 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:well i'm reassured! (393 comments)

No redneck, no Jew, no mountain man has been permitted to display a beard while in uniform.

You have obviously forgotten that beards were allowed in the US Navy while Admiral Zumwalt was Chief of Naval Operations. The world did not end and no ships were lost because of this. Admiral Zumwalt also permitted beer dispensing machines in barracks (not shipboard.) A great man IMHO. As I recall, the Coast Guard also permitted beards for a time.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:In California (715 comments)

In California, 80-85% of the district budget is spent on teacher salaries and benefits.

about 3 months ago
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How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:In California (715 comments)

Your statement that California pends over 10k/student is incorrect. Most schools are funded on what is called the revenue limit. It varies by school district from nearly 10k to about half of that. A very few school districts are funded on what is called basic aid and are considerably richer and spend 13 to 15k per student. Teacher salaries vary widely from roughly 32k to 90k+ depending on the district. Salary is only part of the cost to the district to hire a teacher. Districts also pay benefits, retirement, workers' compensation insurance, medicare, social security (district option - some are in; some not), state and federal payroll taxes, etc.

Other costs that the district must bear are facility costs, which are always considerably higher for high schools than elementary schools; transportation costs, property and liability insurance, utilities, etc.

Since the implementation of class size reduction funding, class sizes are generally 22-24, not the 30 you allege.

Now to your list:

1. In my experience this is simply not true. Public schools generally have much better computer equipment that charter schools. I have never seen a charter high school with any decent laboratory science teachers, labs, or materials.

The rest of your list of items 2-10 are individual subject areas that the district board of trustees can fund to a greater or lesser levels depending on that amount of money they have and their priorities. However, they must provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for ALL of their students. That means that the district must pay for athletic equipment, uniforms, including cheerleader uniforms, field trips, books, and all of the other things you list, without charging the students and their families. If they tell your daughter or son that she or he must pay for cheerleader or athletic uniforms, they are in violation of California law and you should contact your local ACLU chapter, as they are very active in seeing that FAPE is enforced.

Another huge cost that public schools incur that charter schools largely dodge by one means or another is special education. California schools are required to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education to even the most profoundly developmentally disabled student through age 22. One child can cost a district as much as $250,000 per year, not counting legal costs if the parents are litigious, which many special ed parents are.

As to your last question, school district budgets are public documents. Most districts post them on their websites. Inaddition, each district is required by law to have an annual, independent financial audit, which is also a public document. If you want to know where the money goes, it is easy to find out.

about 3 months ago
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Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

Kozar_The_Malignant Al Gore (314 comments)

Gore was a representative from Tennessee from 1977-1985. He was a senator representing Tennessee from 1985-1993. He was Vice President from 1993-2001. Corn is not a big part of agriculture in the state.

about 4 months ago
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Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (330 comments)

Notice how consumers aren't given the choice of buying "pure" gas, as opposed to E10. I'm pretty sure that if we had the choice we'd be buying the good stuff, not the corn crap.

You can buy it, you just can't put it in your car to drive on the highway. You can buy it at specialty fuel paces that sell to race car folks and at cardlock type places. You have to sign that you won't put it in your car. I buy it at my local CFN dealer to use in my chainsaw, lawnmower, etc. Definitely worth the extra cost to run it in your small engines; more power and none of the damage you get from ethanol.

about 5 months ago
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Cable Lobbyist Tom Wheeler Confirmed As New FCC Chief

Kozar_The_Malignant Oblig. (242 comments)

We got hosed, Tommy. We got hosed.

about 6 months ago
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UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:Toy guns and fabric softener? (279 comments)

You are beginning to see things correctly Comrade Citizen. Have you considered applying for a career position here at the Ministry of Truth?

From the film version of Dr. Zhivago where Strelnikov is interrogating Zhivago on his armored train:

Strelnikov: You put your knife with a fork and a spoon and it looks quite innocuous. Perhaps you travel with a wife and child for the same reason.

about 6 months ago
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UK Police Seize 3D-Printed 'Gun Parts,' Which Are Actually Spare Printer Parts

Kozar_The_Malignant PEZ? (279 comments)

>the magazine on the otherhand... a box, a spring, and a plate... now THAT is truly terrifying!

Putting a Miss Piggy head on top was a clever disguise, Mr. Terrorist, but we recognize a .22 short magazine when we see one. Come along quietly now before we get upset and have to beat you senseless.

about 6 months ago
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New Goggles Offer Minority Report-Style Interface With Heads-Up Display

Kozar_The_Malignant Obligatory (67 comments)

The goggles; they do nothing!

about 6 months ago
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Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

Kozar_The_Malignant Re:NOLA (470 comments)

The nice thing about buying in Oregon and licensing in California is that Oregon has no sales tax. You do have to buy the CA smogged car, if buying new.

about 6 months ago
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Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

Kozar_The_Malignant NOLA (470 comments)

I'm pretty sure they sell these things in New Orleans and Santa Fe. I realize that it is a hassle to buy a car in one state and re-license it in another, but I have done it myself. It's not too hard.

about 6 months ago

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Anti-Incest App Built By Icelandic College Students

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  1 year,5 days

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Students at the University of Iceland have written an Android app that helps you avoid dating your cousins. The app accesses the Icelandic national genealogical database that contains information on all living citizens and their ancestors going back 1,100 years. Tapping two phones together will bring up an alert if you share a common grandparent."
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Microsoft Shareholders Unhappy After Annual Meetin

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Microsoft shareholders left today's annual meeting grumbling about the 15 minute Q&A period with Bill Gates and Steve Balmer and the lack of any real specifics about corporate direction. Many shareholders are concerned about Microsoft's static share price over the last decade."
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New Bacterium Lives on Caffeine

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A newly-described species of bacterium, Pseudomonas putida has been found to live on pure caffeine. The little jaspers metabolize caffeine into carbon dioxide and ammonia. They were found living in a flower bed on the University of Iowa campus, not in the drain of an espresso machine as one might expect. The paper presenting the research will be presented at the American Society for Microbiology meeting in New Orleans this month where caffeine metabolism will have to contend with the traditional ethanol metabolism."
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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns to Earth

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "The secretive X-37B robotic space plane has returned to Earth after a seven month mission. This was the vehicles first flight. Looking like a cross between a Predator Drone and the Space Shuttle, it landed at Vandenberg AFB in California, which was to have been the military's shuttle launch facility. Speculation is that the X-37B is an orbital spy platform."
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Japanese Launch Human With Bottle Rockets

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A group of Japanese (scientists, techies, drunks?) have launched a human using a jetpack of water powered bottle rockets. The article in Popular Science calculates that the aquanaut experienced about 10 g of acceleration at launch, which probably explains the expression on his face. He also appears to have gone quite a bit farther than his support and retrieval crew expected. A few more bottles and we might have had a Darwin Award contender."
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Software Glitch Yields Innacurate Election Results

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A unique Election Transparency Project in Humboldt County, California has uncovered a flaw in the county's election software that resulted in the county certifying inaccurate results. The software bug resulted in 197 ballots not being counted, which fortunately woulkd nopt have change the outcome of any race in this election. Humboldt County uses optically scanned fill-in-the-bubble ballots.

According to the article, "The basic idea behind the first-of-its-kind transparency project is fairly simple: every ballot cast in an election is passed through an optical scanner after being officially counted and the images are then placed online and available for download. Software, created by volunteer Mitch Trachtenberg, then allows viewers to sort the ballots by precinct or race to conduct recounts at their pleasure."

The GEMS election software is sold by Premier Elections Solutions (Diebold Election Systems, Inc. in a new dress), and they appear to have known about the problem for at least four years. In addition to Humboldt County, the software is used by San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties as well as the State of Maryland and others.

Yes, this is that Humboldt County. No, the County Data Center is a No Smoking zone."
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Massive Martian Glaciers Found

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Scientific American is reporting that "data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter point to vast glaciers buried beneath thin layers of crustal debris..." Data from the surface penetrating radar on MRO revealed that two well known mid-latitude features are composed of solid water ice. One is about three times the size of the City of Los Angeles. This certainly makes the idea of establishing a station on Mars far more plausible."
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Research: Press Harder On Obama Than McCain

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A report to appear in the November issue of Scientific American shows that "despite popular accounts, researchers found that Barack Obama got more negative press coverage than John McCain did in the early summer." According to the report, "This past summer, just as the view that journalists were going softer on Barack Obama than on John McCain was becoming widely accepted, CMPA issued a report showing that 72 percent of the statements in TV news reports about Obama in late spring and early summer were negative, whereas 57 percent of the statements about McCain were negative." This flies in the face of Republican contentions that the media is soft on Obama and is a fine example of the "Ideology Trumps Facts" story on Slashdot the other day. Somehow I doubt that Bill O'Reilly will be reporting this story."
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Swiss Jet Man Succeeds in Channel Crossing

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Swiss rocketman Yves Rossy has succeeded in flying across the English Channel. Leaping from a plane at around 9,000 feet, he made the 22 mile crossing from Calais to Dover in ten minutes. His route follows the first airplane channel crossing in 1909 by French aviator Louis Bleriot. I wonder when the retail version of his jet pack will be available."
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Ancient Yeast Used To Brew Modern Beer

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Yeast trapped inside a 45 million year old weevil, trapped inside amber has been extracted, activated, and used to brew beer. According to the report, the beer has "a weird spiciness at the finish." The brewer, Raul Cano, a scientist at the California Polytechnic State University, attributes this to the yeast's unusual metabolism. "The ancient yeast is restricted to a narrow band of carbohydrates, unlike more modern yeasts, which can consume just about any kind of sugar," said Cano. Cano brews barrels of Pale Ale and German Wheat Beer under the Fossil Fuels Brewing Co. label."
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SFO Laptop Was Stolen

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "The San Mateo County (Calif.) Sheriff's office now considers the "lost" laptop containing personal information on 33,000 travelers to have been stolen. Although Verified Identity Pass has claimed that the information was not compromised, but TSA is still examining the results of their forensic analysis of the laptop. The laptop was recovered inside a locked cabinet inside a locked office. It is also being reported that the sticker with the serial number was removed from the laptop. Anyone else think it might have been an inside job?"
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Airport Security Threatened By Stolen Laptop

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A laptop containing the unencrypted security data for 33,000 travelers using the Clear system was stolen at San Francisco International Airpot on July 26, according to CBS5 Television. The Clear system allows travelers who register and pay a $100.00 annual fee to speed through airport security by using a smart card at special kiosks in some airports. TSA has suspended new registrations in the system, which is run by a private contractor, Verified Identity Pass, Inc., a subsidiary of GE. The laptop was apparently stolen from a locked office at SFO. The company has now decided that it might be a good idea to encrypt the data in their systems. They are in the process of notifying customers that all of their personal data, including name, address, SSi number, passport number, date of birth, etc. has been compromised."
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Macrovision Funded Study Says DVD Piracy High

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "A study reported on in the International Business Times shows that nearly one-third of DVD users in the US and UK admit to making copies of pre-recorded DVDs. According to the article, "The report alluded to magnitude of the profit loss, though actual revenue figures were not revealed. It found that 77 percent of US respondents would have legally purchased the titles if copying was not available, while 63 percent answered similarly in the UK, indicating potential revenue lost to piracy."

What is not being well reported is that the survey was paid for by Macrovision the copy protection company. Considering the source of funding, I am sure no one is really surprosed at the results."

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Western Digital HD Comes With Bonus Asian Porn

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Over on The Consumerist, they are reporting about a fellow who purchased a Western Digital external hard drive from Best Buy that came with bonus Super Secret Asian Lady Porn. He accidentally deleted some of his photos from the drive. When using a recovery tool, he recovered much more than he deleted. Some of the "models" look a bit on the under-age side as well, which could be really bad if someone else found this on your drive. One wonders if this is from the manufacturer's read-write testing, or a free-lance Geek Squad project."
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Least Favorite Rite of Spring

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  about 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Least Favorite Rite of Spring:
  • Income tax
  • The mud
  • Attack of the pollen
  • Attack of the mosquitoes
  • Too much light through basement window
  • Guys in Shipping wearing skimpy outfits
  • Spring? It's still snowing!
  • CowboyNeal going shirtless
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Favorite Rites of Spring

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  about 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Your Favorite Rite of Spring
  • Cleaning the hard drive
  • Attractive co-workers wearing Spring outfits
  • More light through basement window
  • Change skins on software to pastel
  • It's still snowing here you insensitive clod
  • Annual bathing of CowboyNeal
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Ballmer Trying to Buy Sonics

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is reportedly trying to buy the Seattle SuperSonics NBA team. His partners include Deutsche Telekom CEO John Stanton and Costco CEO Jim Sinegal. The team is trying to relocate to [shudder] Oklahoma City. Now that notorious chair-thrower Bobby Knight has retired, big time basketball needs another chair tossing wild man."
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Man Builds Vigilante Dalek

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "Bar owner Rufus Terrill has built his own robotic overlord to chase drug dealers and other scum our of his Atlanta neighborhood. Boing Boing has a story and a link to video from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The thing has a loudspeaker, camera, light, water cannon and looks kind of like a Dalek. Some of the parts came from a smokehouse, and he says it stills smells a bit like chicken."
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Motorola To Bail Out Of Mobile Phone Business?

Kozar_The_Malignant Kozar_The_Malignant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) writes "According to an AP story reported by MSNBC, Motorola is seriously considering getting out of the mobile phone business. This is a proposal Carl Ichan made last year during a losing proxy fight to obtain a board seat. Looks like more than Ed Zander is being tossed out."

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