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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

Otter Re:Paranoid (950 comments)

Surely the school didn't purchase a bunch of new heart monitors because it might improve the calorie-burning of their students.

If you haven't been paying attention this summer -- fat people are the new terrorists. It seems a lot more plausible to me that a school is implementing a weight control plan than that they're expecting a gym teacher to diagnose cardiac abnormalities with a heart rate monitor, something a cardiologist couldn't do usefully.

Thinking this over some more, though, I'm more sympathetic to the asker's paranoia than I was at first. If school's can embrace policies of publicly weighing and humiliating children, they might well decide that the heart data might be shared in some inappropriate way, although the insurance thing seems unlikely.

more than 5 years ago
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Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

Otter Re:Paranoid (950 comments)

Back in the olden days, we used to monitor our pulses in gym class using a finger and a clock. No, there's nothing suspicious about this, and anyone who used common equipment in gym should understand the benefit of buying your own strap instead of digging through a box to find the least sweaty one from the period before.

more than 5 years ago
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How Wired's Hiding Writer Was Found

Otter Fembot?!? (83 comments)

Last night, Evan unprotected his twitter account and Reifman began to follow him, under the disguise of a fembot.

Twitter seems as appealing to me as gluten-free pizza, so presumably a "fembot" is some Twitterism with which I'm unfamiliar, and not an actual fembot?

more than 5 years ago
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Goldman Sachs Code Theft Not Quite So Cut and Dried

Otter Re:He's an idiot (306 comments)

Don't talk to the police, or the FBI, or any authority without your lawyer.

Everyone knows that, but how many people have the number of a criminal defense attorney when they've never needed one before? Talking to the police (especially if you think your innocence is obvious) is an attractive option compared to sitting in a police station while you research lawyers or wait for Legal Aid to show up.

Of course, if I'd accidentally walked out with ultra-secret Goldman Sachs code while trying to download vi from an internal server, I'd be one of those people!

more than 5 years ago
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Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

Otter I doubt it... (467 comments)

The men, who appeared to ProtesterHelp to be either Iranian or Lebanese...

I'd take that to mean that he's guessing that they were Iranian or Lebanese. There's no common element in those two ethnicities that distinguishes them from Jordanians, Syrians or what have you. You might recognize an Iranian by face, dress or (obviously) language but not "either Iranian or Lebanese".

more than 4 years ago
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Favorite on-screen calculator?

Otter Re:Search engine... (776 comments)

A "blue moon" is a second full moon in a calendar month.

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalization

Otter Re:If Linux is how much can be made free... (221 comments)

so if Linux can be considered directly responsible for killing Microsoft, which I think is some peoples objective, that puts their market capitalization at $400B - $153B = $247B.

I'm thinking there's more to the decline in Microsoft's market cap between the peak of the dot-com bubble and today's apocalypse than just Linux.

more than 5 years ago
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An FBI Agent's 3 Years Undercover With Identity Thieves

Otter Re:Patience (196 comments)

Sell those things for cash on the street. Don't sell in the same area that you bought the items. Stick to big cities, as the police have way more to deal with than small-time theft. Once you get a big enough stash, use it to start a cash friendly business or find a way to get it to a trusted party in the third world and do the same thing.

In other words, crime is more work with less reward than just keeping your day job writing Java middleware.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica's Last Days

Otter Re:Another dilemma (799 comments)

What are you talking about? He's using "e.g." perfectly correctly.

more than 5 years ago
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Google's PageRank Predicts Nobel Prize Winners

Otter Re:bets? (101 comments)

My friend had money that Obama would say "Always bet on black" for his opening speech (paid 700:1) and that he would use the word 'banana' in his speech (paid 800:1). He lost them both.

Can I propose a simpler scheme where your friend just mails me money while being a racist nitwit? As long as that's his idea of a hobby...

more than 5 years ago
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Seagate Firmware Update Bricks 500GB Barracudas

Otter Re:If You Can Reflash It, It's Not Bricked (559 comments)

Now, let's get over the word "brick" and agree that its meaning is not necessarily "permanently broken" but its meaning is "non-working shiny which may or may not be reparable."

Except that you're wrong and it *does* mean "permanently broken" despite any reasonable intervention.

more than 5 years ago
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Building Linux Applications With JavaScript

Otter Re:Didn't RTFA.... (288 comments)

The main reason being, you then have an easily-scriptable commandline version, and an easily-usable GUI version.

Huh? Whether the application is scriptable has nothing whatsoever to do with whether a layout tool was used to create the GUI.

more than 5 years ago
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Do Nice Engineers Finish Last In Tough Times?

Otter Ummm.... (613 comments)

Is this even a supposedly true story? I'm not sure what we're supposed to conclude from n=1 cases of what appears to be a parable.

more than 4 years ago
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Tech-Related Volunteer Gigs

Otter Re:There are many choices (252 comments)

Among other problems with this date, the fact that there's a foot of freaking snow outside rules out a lot of worthwhile (albeit non-computer) volunteer activity...

more than 4 years ago
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The Evolution of Python 3

Otter Re:Probably not an issue for beginners? (215 comments)

Can someone tell me why it was changed to print()? Philosophical reason or pragmatic?

Philosophical. Pragmatists like myself can't stand it.

more than 5 years ago
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The Power of the R Programming Language

Otter Re:Not a language, really (382 comments)

It's also (hence the name) an open-source implementation of the much older S platform. The article distorts its history to the point of dishonesty.

more than 5 years ago
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Green Is In At CES, But Is It Real?

Otter Re:What's the definition of green? (165 comments)

If you believed Greenpeace, we would all be back in the stone-age since everything has some type of impact on the nature.

If you believe Greenpeace, the worst offenders are a) whichever companies get them the most publicity by attacking them (Apple, Nintendo, but not semiconductor makers consumers have never heard of) and b) whoever doesn't give money to Greenpeace.

more than 5 years ago
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CES 2009 Shrinks With Dwindling Economy

Otter Incidentally... (76 comments)

Not long after we first heard murmurs Microsoft may be ready to lay off as much as 17 per cent of its workforce...

This has been roundly dismissed by many sources at least as credible as the initial "murmurs". (e.g. "The latest to report on the possibility of layoffs at the software giant is the blog Fudzilla, which puts the number of job cuts at 15,000, or nearly 17 percent of Microsoft's worldwide operations.") We'll find out in a week, I guess.

more than 5 years ago
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What to buy on eMusic?

Otter Re:good jazz is offered on emusic (3 comments)

That's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for -- except the jazz part. ;-( I think I'll wind up with the same sort of things out of the reggae/Caribbean section. Thanks!!!

more than 5 years ago
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NVIDIA GTX 295 Brings the Pain and Performance

Otter Re:Prob. in order 4x RV770 from ati ? (238 comments)

these days, all the other components are part of my graphical.

Not to be too technical, but I believe that's called "the Windows", or possibly "the Microsoft".

about 6 years ago

Submissions

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Otter Otter writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Otter (3800) writes "The UK DNA database has been discussed here before. Recently it ID'd a teenager who had spit on a bus driver. The "Gobstopper" program issued DNA swab kits to bus drivers, and the teen's saliva was screened and used to identify him from the database. Apparently being spit upon is a widespread problem in the UK, as they seek to expand "Gobstopper" to bouncers, traffic wardens and others at risk."
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Otter Otter writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Otter (3800) writes "Two KDE developers marry:
Matze and Eva have just returned from their honeymoon which they enjoyed on the the island Bali in Indonesia. There they did not only find some quiet moments without KDE but also an internet cafe which was using KDE on Linux of course.

(What the hell, I'll check the "Submit" box on this one...)

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Otter Otter writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Otter writes "Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman, recently awarded math's top prize, the Fields Medal, for his solution to the Poincare Conjecture, has declined the prize. Colleagues describe him as "reclusive" and he resigned from his job at the begining of the year and is now unemployed. He is rumored to be turning down an additional $1M reward for his solution."

Journals

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Hudson River plane crash

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 5 years ago It just astonishes me that they got everyone out of that plane safely. Kudos to the Coast Guard and whoever else ran that operation. It's absolutely mindblowing.

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Hudson River plane crash

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 5 years ago It just astonishes me that they got everyone out of that plane safely. Kudos to the Coast Guard and whoever else ran that operation. It's just mindblowing.

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What to buy on eMusic?

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 5 years ago My new wireless router came with a coupon for 50 free downloads from eMusic. Is there a particular strength that store has? It seems like mostly the usual unfiltered jumble of unknowns, with no good way to see what gems others have found and Todd Snider is the only one I know at all, with shovelware albums from some bigger-name artists mixed in.

Any suggestions for an artist or genre I could try out, or a better way to browse? The site also has a lot of scripting that my Firefox doesn't like.

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Bailout bill, Rosh Hashana

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I'm not qualified to have an informed opinion on the bailout bill, and I certainly understand the skepticism and hostility towards it. But I get the feeling that this was a huge missed opportunity to avoid disaster...

Anyway, Shanah Tovah to all Jewish readers!

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Williamses versus Mannings

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago I'm still not entirely sure what that commercial is selling (Oreos, right?) but I wonder if I'm not the only person who watched it and thought "The four of them of them totally ought to date!" They seem like they'd hit it off, actually, and it might be the only way the Brady-Bundchen/Monahan kids will get any serious competition.

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A Python window manager

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago Remember when there used to be those window managers whose big selling point was that you could do things to them in LISP, back when people still cared vehemently about window managers. We now have qtile which now allows the same thing in Python. I'll give it a try to see why anyone would want that, which I never understood for the LISP browsers.

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Comment of the (yester)day

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago Either I'm easily amused today or there's a lot to post about: Hal Porter on the Las Vegas Star Trek exhibit.

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Comment of the morning

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago Fallingcow, on a pretty dumb Ask Slashdot. (Not dumb of the questioner, necessarily, but you'd think Timothy would know better.)

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Solving Sudoku With dpkg

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago This deserves a front-page link but Friday afternoon at 4 isn't conducive to my composing a blurb: sudoku solving using Debian's package dependency resolver.

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AdWords: Google sizes me up

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GMail's displayed ad:

As I read a news alert from Forbes: "Making Money Doing Nothin - TheRichJerk.com - I Cracked the Code to Making Money. Now I'm Rich and You're Not."

As I move on to the table of contents from Nature: "Labmeeting - www.labmeeting.com - A new free tool for scientists that organizes your paper collection."

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Defender In Your Favicon

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago Arcade classic Defender has been reimplemented as DEFENDER of the favicon, a game which plays in the favicon in your browser address bar. Only works in Opera and Firefox (with some garbage collection choking in the latter), unfortunately. Still, beyond awesome.

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I've known *that* for a long time...

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago I was intrigued to see the "Road Rage Linked To Automobile Bumper Stickers" article. As I mentioned there, I'd observed that long ago, and giving extra room to heavily-stickered vehicles is one of the cornerstones of safety in my bicycle commuting.

Comment of the day, unfortunately buried under a torrent of projection about how people with Jesus fish are hate-filled bigots who think they're better than other people, is Anne Nonymous.

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I've been modded down for a lot of things...

Otter Otter writes  |  more than 6 years ago ...once, I and others who pointed out a basic math error in the story all got modded down, but I've never been dinged for insufficient worship of Jimi Hendrix before!

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