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Camera Gun Would Let Hunters Get Killer Wildlife Shots

PlatyPaul Re:Problematic (263 comments)

At least they point out the potential use for training hunters (in TFA). Otherwise, why bother with this instead of an SLR?

more than 2 years ago
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US Asserts Super-Jurisdiction Over Dot-Com, Dot-Net, and Dot-Org Domains

PlatyPaul Re:*.is ? (395 comments)

They also no longer require residency (even though it was really just paperwork before for the claim), clarified last December. Cheap and easy, with quick and friendly response to questions.

I have a 3-letter ".is" domain. Oh, and jrax.is seems to be free....

more than 2 years ago
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The eBook Backlash

PlatyPaul Re:That's why I like the basic Kindle (418 comments)

I read for 8+ hours per day on an LCD. If I'm going to be reading at home, I'd prefer that it not involve more backlight.

This is the same reason why TV is much less appealing for me on a workday.

more than 2 years ago
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Academics Not Productive Enough? Sack 'em

PlatyPaul Re:Skeptical (356 comments)

Varies field-to-field. Publishing 5 times in a year is not a big deal in computer science, but publishing 5 times in a year in economics is (from what I hear) impossible even for the cream of the crop.

more than 2 years ago
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Academics Not Productive Enough? Sack 'em

PlatyPaul Re:That'll work well. (356 comments)

Speaking as a computer scientist: negative results in my field are massively discounted, unless you are proving impossibility. Producing a less accurate image feature, or a less effective scheduling algorithm, is not generally considered publish-worthy.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook

PlatyPaul Re:Rush To Anti-Judgment (400 comments)

That does not mean that the punishment is/was illegal - nay, unconstitutional. The guy could be a massive asshat for all I know or care, but that judge is the problem.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Ordered To Apologize To Wife On Facebook

PlatyPaul 8th Amendment (400 comments)

Forced public apologies are not standard punishment for contempt of court, even assuming you agree that he should have been convicted of it. Also: what about spamming his own page with an anti-apology following the required post?

IANAL

more than 2 years ago
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Transparency Grenade Collects and Leaks Sensitive Data

PlatyPaul Re:Holy shit (103 comments)

Just because it's art does not mean that it isn't stupid.

Come to think of it, I need that printed up on a shirt....

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

PlatyPaul Re:If you can't pay the fine don't do the crime (326 comments)

I went to public school for K-12 and a state school for my undergrad. It's not nearly as bad as some may suggest.

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

PlatyPaul Re:So, from the article... (326 comments)

If I knew it was workplace policy, I would be fine with it, because I could work elsewhere if I wasn't.

As someone who has had to deal with plagiarism in courses taught, I am very much in favor of detention on first offenses for failure to cite sources or quote works. It's a serious problem later in life, especially for those in fields where scholarly publication is a key part of work. Plagiarism, accidental or intentional, will get you rejected from publication and (depending on circumstances) could get you fired or open your school/company up to lawsuits.

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

PlatyPaul Re:Fines - From the Article (326 comments)

Untied shoes increase the risk of tripping and falling. Private schools have to worry about the cost of insurance against injury claims, and want to maximize students' ability to attend class (as opposed to being in the infirmary/hospital).

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

PlatyPaul Re:So, from the article... (326 comments)

If these are the rules, then they do warrant a detention, by definition. You disagree with these detentions. I disagree with your disagreeing. Regardless of our opinion, these are the rules.

I strongly encourage bans on junk food in schools, and harsh punishment of potential plagiarism. If you want good behavior later, you have to encourage it.

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

PlatyPaul Re:If you can't pay the fine don't do the crime (326 comments)

I'd say the lesson is more like "parents are monetarily disincentivized from supporting behavior that results in detention". Detention is not free childcare.

more than 2 years ago
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Tech Billionaire-Backed Charter School Under Fire In Chicago

PlatyPaul Re:So, from the article... (326 comments)

Attendance of non-public schools is not a right. Failure to comply with rules can (and, I would argue, should) result in punishment for failure to obey known policies and rules.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Real Space Combat Look Like?

PlatyPaul Re:Humans or no? (892 comments)

That, plus you wouldn't have to worry so much about a particular "ship" hitting or generating debris.

more than 2 years ago
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How Companies Learn Your Secrets

PlatyPaul Re:Am I the first to call BS? (354 comments)

Sure. The real question is: what is the operating point (detection vs. false alarm, or false positives versus false negatives, or ...)?

I imagine that the cost of mailing out pregnancy coupons, both paper costs and PR, is low enough to tolerate a lot of bad guesses.

more than 2 years ago
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Do you like your cell phone?

PlatyPaul Re:Honestly... (396 comments)

You think that text is more precise than voice for communicating ideas?

Riiiiiiiight.....

more than 2 years ago

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Which is most likely in next 15 years?

PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PlatyPaul writes "1.) Television becomes online-only
2.) Electric cars sold by GM, Toyota
3.) Non-gov. spaceship circles moon
4.) First cloned human
6.) The death of CowboyNeal?!"
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Fans Construct Star Wars Rube Goldberg Machine

PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PlatyPaul writes "Featured first today on YouTube is a fan-made Rube Goldberg-style machine that serves as a demonstration of physics in action and intense brand loyalty. Assembled in one fan's garage, the completed machine is entirely home-made from common (and recognizable) mechanical and mundane components.

Maybe we'll see an Enterprise-themed follow-up?"
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Chimp will not receive Human Rights

PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PlatyPaul writes "According to a provincial court in Austria, 'close enough' doesn't count. Matthew Hiasl Pan, the 26-year-old chimpanzee formerly known simply as Hiasl, has the support of the Association Against Animal Factories (here's their English-language homepage) in an attempt to lobby for human rights and a human guardian.

Since we last heard about the case, a similar claim by a British woman was struck down, though the AAAF is now determined to take the case to the Austrian Supreme Court. They hope to get an affirmative response to the question: can chimps be people, and do they deserve legal rights?"
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PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PlatyPaul writes "Adding one more level of connectivity to the Web, the folks over at DumbFind have unveiled their latest invention: Searchles. At 12:01AM EST on Sept. 20th, this new tagging/search/community service (think Slashdot + del.icio.us + Google search + FaceBook) goes out of semi-secret Beta and into the public arena. Use is free, and it's already supported by a small but passionate group of fellow geeks. Now if they could only do something about the name...."

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Shake-ups for Diablo universe, StarCraft II, WoW

PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 6 years ago Blizzard Entertainment, in an attempt to expand their icy grip on popular entertainment today, has announced a number of huge shake-ups.

First is the pending sales of Diablo loot pinatas, a fun new distraction for when you can pry yourself away from the computer. CAUTION: Keep away from children and child-like adults.

Next up is the surprise announcement of a new unit in the upcoming Starcraft II video game: the Tauren Marine! Taking a hint from the immense popularity of the species in the World of Warcraft MMORPG, Blizzard has decided to bring the moo-tiful horde to the Terran Confederacy in this final battle for ultimate universal conquest.

Finally, at a standing-room-only press conference, Blizzard's top brass announced two momentous updates to WoW as we know it - a console port and a new hero class. While the new class announcement received a standing ovation (and a 10-minute long drum solo), the announcement that the popular PC-only title would find its way onto game consoles sparked controversy and angry words among the divided crowd, ending with 13 arrests and 2 hospitalizations. 3 attendees remain missing.

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Chimp will not receive Human Rights

PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 6 years ago According to a provincial court in Austria, "close enough" doesn't count. Matthew Hiasl Pan, the 26-year-old chimpanzee formerly known simply as Hiasl, has the support of the Association Against Animal Factories (here's their English-language homepage) in an attempt to lobby for human rights and a human guardian. Since we last heard about the case, a similar claim by a British woman was struck down, though the AAAF is now determined to take the case to the Austrian Supreme Court. They hope to finally answer the question: can chimps be people, and do they deserve legal rights?

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Blizzard Adds Tinfoil Hat to Solve Armory Complaints

PlatyPaul PlatyPaul writes  |  more than 7 years ago Tired of being taunted and terrified by the prospect of your level 70 being mind-zapped? Sick of n00bs who insist on checking your spec at the Armory before accepting you for a raid? Well, no more! Blizzard, in a generous response to requests posted on their forums, has announced the addition of a new item: the Tinfoil Hat.

From the article:

While the Tinfoil Hat provides the wearer with added protection against mind control and other befuddlements, the hat's most interesting and truly unique property is that it completely removes the wearer's character profile from the Armory website and provides enhanced privacy for its wearer!

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