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Tennessee Bans Posting 'Offensive' Images Online

No Lucifer Re:I'm so confused (372 comments)

Hmm... it strikes me that the example you used would be covered under existing harassment laws. If someone sends me an offensive image (or before it gets to that point, as appropriate), I go to the county courthouse and get a restraining order filed against them. If they break the order, they are subject to penalties (not sure if they are civil or criminal). Is it better to go through the existing process?

more than 3 years ago

Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs

No Lucifer Deconstructing the two characters... (240 comments)

The "villain" in this production is a pasty middle-aged white man, with poorly-done, slick hair, wearing a business suit. He's a little unsure of himself, and he sneaks away with an even greater number of DVDs (3) than what was previously mentioned (1 or 2), indicating greed.

The heroine is a very attractive ethnic-appearing female. She is dressed very trendily. Not only is she attractive, but she is intelligent. While the "villain" stammers in his decision, our heroine looks down in careful contemplation, as if she is making some life-altering decision, then boldly states her objection.

They created the villain by taking things most people would reject subconsciously, and they use the same tricks in the opposite way so we identify with the heroine. Nevermind the fact that the MPAA-types would almost EXCLUSIVELY appear like the villain does, and most of soulless pirates are probably closer to the heroine.

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password

No Lucifer Re:The cause is fear and.. (495 comments)

In another 20 years I suspect the US (and UK, and Europe) will be entering into what we now class as third world levels of poverty and suchlike. Asia and what we now class as the emerging market will have swapped places with us.

But if we swap places, wouldn't China then outsource jobs to the US/EU?

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

No Lucifer No Kidding (585 comments)

Like a lot of Slashdotters I'm getting older

No, like every single person on earth, you are getting older.

more than 3 years ago

Do Geeks Make Better Adults?

No Lucifer Taylor Swift? (335 comments)

I tend to discount many attractive female celebrities' description of "being bullied" growing up. I have know a few attractive women IRL who perceive every single slight as a "bullying" or "being mean" (I was at the story with one once, and she thought the cashier VERY mean based on inflection and tone, etc). Sorry Taylor, a few girls growing up were jealous and said some nasty things about you behind your back. That's not bullying.

(I don't mean for this to sound sexist - I just noticed a handful of female celebs are saying this now. I think guys, for whatever reason, are able to distinguish people talking crap about them and actual bullying)

more than 3 years ago

Case Closed On Jerusalem UFO Video

No Lucifer Respected? (336 comments)

"one of the oldest, largest, and most respected UFO investigation organizations in the world"

World's tallest midget, and all that.

more than 3 years ago

America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

No Lucifer Re:A lot of problems. (757 comments)

One other problem I believe is the American fixation on outcome, and the Asian focus on process, as it has been explained to me by a couple Japanese colleagues of mine (if it's incorrect, someone with direct experience can correct me). In the US in business, if you had a successful short-term outcome, you "did it right"; and if you did not meet the outcome, you failed. In Japanese business, the short-run results are not as important as the process that led to the outcome - results are often distorted by randomness and a correct process will lead to the right outcome in the long-run. This belief in proper processes is the direct result of a focus on and respect for engineering.

more than 3 years ago

America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

No Lucifer What can I do to help? (757 comments)

I'm a corporate finance analyst (like an accountant) who got into this gig because my math skills were good but not strong enough to be a good engineer. I love science and engineering and I've always wanted to get involved somehow. I've tried to focus on engineering or manufacturing-based firms for hiring (I'm an MBA student at the moment), and in interviews I mention one of my strengths is my respect for science and my ability to effectively communicate financial concepts to scientists and engineers. But what else can I do?

more than 3 years ago

The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

No Lucifer Follow the money (1073 comments)

I doubt the censored version has anything to do with being politically correct - and everything about money. Since Huck Finn is in the public domain, I'd guess there are 50 different publishers of this book, and none of them probably make much money from them (and why should they, when a copy of Huck Finn by one publisher is perfectly substitutable for another, price is the only thing that matters). Now, if you can make a niche version of a PD work, you will sell your copy (maybe even at a premium) to all the people and school districts worried about the word. Nothing stopping other publishers from copying what NewSouth is doing, but at least their Q1 profits will look a little better than they otherwise would have.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Patents Looks-Are-Everything Dating

No Lucifer Helps in subjective judgments of attractiveness (192 comments)

I've never really understood the attraction to Anna Kournikova; and Kelli Garner is the pinnacle of beauty to me. I can't speak for women, but at least for men, it has been my experience that we have varying tastes in what we find attractive in the opposite sex. While there are objective measures of beauty (i.e. Megan Fox), there are many, many women who are attractive to me, but would be considered average-looking by most other guys. This service is great for finding women who are my "type". It doesn't mean it is easier to filter out the uggos and fatties, it means I can use pictures of women who fit my subjective tastes and go from there.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

No Lucifer Re:Why do we keep talking about her? (1425 comments)

As of 2:53pm Central time, this post has approximately 750 comments. I think you have your answer right there.

more than 3 years ago

Compiling the WikiLeaks Fallout

No Lucifer No sympathy for Assange (833 comments)

I have no sympathy for Julian Assange, should he somehow face prosecution for these leaks. For the longest time, I knew of WikiLeaks, but had never heard of Assange. Until more recent times, WikiLeaks' message was clear: We are simply to conduit for others to leak documents. I saw them much like a P2P network - people may use the service, but ultimate responsibility lies with the user.

I now feel different. With the Iraq and Afganistan leaks, as well as this one, it is clear to me Assange has fallen in love with his own legend. At least in spirit, WikiLeaks appears to have gotten into the promotion business and crafting a "public image" (and I believe have decided to push an agenda, but I understand that's a contentious point). Had Assange not decided to at the very least not become a celebrity (if not pushing an agenda), I firmly believe the media and government official would be more focused on the source of the link as opposed to being focused on WikiLeaks and Assange.

Assange himself has contributed to painting the target on his own back.

more than 3 years ago

Satellites Spy On Black Friday Shoppers

No Lucifer Competitive Intel (171 comments)

I imagine that companies are not buying this data for information on their own stores (Wal-Mart, for example, can see every transaction at every store in real time), but rather on their competitors' stores. Any large retailer can process their own sales information a million different was in very short order. But getting intel on your competitors can be very valuable. For example, Wal-Mart can use these images to say "at 5am, the average store had 1 car in the parking lot for every 10 square feet of retail space. Target had 1 car for every 14 feet of retail space (also determined by the images)". This could give Wal-Mart a rough sense of their performance versus competitors well in advance of the Q4 earnings release, for instance.

more than 3 years ago

BEAR Robot Designed To Rescue Wounded Soldiers

No Lucifer Shardik? (104 comments)

"See the BEAR of fearsome size, all the world's within his eyes..."

more than 3 years ago

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

No Lucifer Re:that's not how copyright law works (724 comments)

Right. This sounds like blackmail. At least, by calling it a "fine" some folks may unwittingly think it's somehow "official" and it's what they legally owe.

more than 3 years ago

Midwest Earthquake Hazard Downplayed

No Lucifer Two "fun facts" (96 comments)

Because I know /. has significant international readership, I'd like to point out that we don't say "New Meh-DRID", like the city in Spain; but "New MAH-drid" (rhymes with "Eldred").

Also, I live in St. Louis and was 9 years old when Irving Browning predicted, to the day, when the fault go off. In the paranoia, some students practiced earthquake safety (crouching under your desk).

more than 3 years ago

Americans Less Healthy, But Outlive Brits

No Lucifer One thing I noticed... (521 comments)

As American who has spent a few months in the UK outside of London... there are few-to-none serious obese folks in the UK. I can walk around the Wal-Mart 5 minutes from my house, and it's like an Obese Safari. However, I also noticed fewer particularly lean folks over there. My gut (no pun intended) tells me the distribution of weight for Americans has much fatter tails (again, no pun intended). While I didn't see obesity in the UK, I did believe I saw more folks who just a bit "not in shape" as I do here.

more than 3 years ago

'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

No Lucifer Nate Silver/ (836 comments)

I know I enjoyed Nate's blog immensely during the 2008 election. Very good analysis. What I liked most about it, however, was it's *independence*. It placed the science of polling ahead of an agenda. I felt like, here's one place in our society where we can take a detached look at elections, and view it as the "sport" it really is (Nate's experience first came in sabermetrics).

Since the 08 election (and the healthcare debate in particular), Nate's abandoned much of his independence. I stopped reading a while ago because of it. While this doesn't mean his conclusions in the Times article are wrong, but I now view them with a certain skepticism that wasn't there before. I guess taking an independent and impartial view towards politics is just not interesting (or profitable?) for most folks.

more than 3 years ago

The First Photograph of a Human

No Lucifer What Every Detective Show Has Taught Me... (138 comments)

Researcher #1: What's that in sector 2E?

Researcher #2: I don't know... it couldn't be...

Researcher #1: Isolate it. Now zoom in.

Researcher #2: It looks like a human, but I can't tell

Researcher #1: Clean it up. Now, you can clearly see the person in this photo is wearing a Rolex. Just like our suspect.

more than 3 years ago

Top Facebook Apps Violate Privacy Terms

No Lucifer Casablanca (95 comments)

"I am shocked - SHOCKED - to find out private information is being used by developers" - Mark Zuckerberg

more than 2 years ago


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