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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Zalbik Re:More to the story? (375 comments)

Well, there's also the school board's press release

I've tried looking into this more, and I keep coming back to the fact that nobody is given any indication as to why this guy was taken for "emergency medical leave". Everyone just refers back to the WBOC article, and the only thing the original WBOC article says about his writings are:

"Those books are what caught the attention of police and school board officials in Dorchester County. "The Insurrectionist" is about two school shootings set in the future, the largest in the country's history."

From this I can't tell if a fascist police chief went off on a crazy tirade or if the police found a stash of bomb-making materials along with manuscripts of this guys books.

Why is there no interview with the police chief? The principal? The guy's family / friends? His students? The ACLU?

Once upon a time reporters used to at least attempt to get the whole story prior to publishing. Now it's grab whatever looks like it'll cause a stir and publish that regardless of the underlying truth.

Journalism doesn't exist anymore.

4 hours ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Zalbik Re:Now I just have to ... (375 comments)

But amid all the despair and hopelessness, people were working indefatigably to stabilise the nation and alleviate the prevalent tumult; and on 28 August 2298, the sedulousness of these committed inidividual was recompensed.

Ouch...that makes my brain bleed.

If this guy wrote poetry he could challenge a Vogon.

4 hours ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Zalbik Re:The diet is unimportant... (388 comments)

When people have a strong will, they are healthy

Yep, good ol' Steve Jobs just wasn't strong-willed enough.

What a great scam though....convince people that this is the secret to long life, then you can dismiss any contradicting evidence by simply claiming those people weren't "strong-willed" enough.

Your post makes as much sense as Homeopathy, which is to say: none at all.

6 hours ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Zalbik Re:In Soviet Maryland (375 comments)

you can't necessarily blame the police or the school

Yes I certainly can; people who uphold bad laws are almost as bad as those who enact them.

And more importantly, unless there was evidence that this teacher was posing an immediate threat to children, they had no authority to arrest / detain him, regardless of any potential future litigation.

To put it simply, based on the current description of the situation, it appears the police did something both illegal and immoral and the school board did something immoral and possibly illegal.

Note: Every news story I find on this is pretty vague on the details. I suspect there is more going on here than initially reported. The news agencies have quite possibly left out important and pertinent information as it makes a great click-bait story.

7 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Zalbik Re:Trolling (377 comments)

Nope. just had ice cream, your opinion is invalid

I'm lactose intolerant, you insensitive clod!

In any case, everyone knows sorbet is far better than ice cream.

Your move.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Zalbik Trolling (377 comments)

I like to play a game called "Troll the Internet"

You pick some category (music, books, movies, etc) and then ask a question along the lines of "Which is better?". You can even do it with entire categories (e.g. "What are the best songs to have in my music collection?" "What are the best books to read?")

It's hilarious watching the infighting and attempts to justify responses to a subjective question.

The game has gotten a bit out of hand though. I've even seen it being played on popular tech forums like "Slashdot".

5 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:This is good! (523 comments)

that last sentence *is* pretty clear about forbidding intelligent design, or young earth, or anything like that being taught.

Really? I read that last line as:
"prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another political or religious interpretation".

I just wonder who decides what a "political interpretation" is?

Could a teacher teach the "political" interpretation that the fossil record implies evolution in favor of the "religious" interpretation that God created the fossil record to test man's faith?

It's just stupid legislation, likely crafted to show that originators stood up to Washington and their "common core" standards.

about a week ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:"focus on" scientific knowledge (523 comments)

Explain again how a "focus on scientific knowledge " somehow magically prohibits teaching knowledge of microorganisms? About that Bible thing - I guess you missed "prohibit religious " in the law.

Simple: "focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes;"
If microbiology isn't a process, I don't know what is.

That entire section of the bill is terribly worded, incredibly vague and leaves it open to a great deal of misinterpretation. It is an blank cheque to allow legislators to bring in what they feel is "correct science" and get rid of whatever they think is "bad science".

Take the following line":
"prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another."

It looks like this means a teacher cannot favor a political or religious interpretation of scientific fact in favor of a different political or religious interpretation. Who exactly get's to decide what a political or religious interpretation is?

Is the idea that homosexuality is a genetic trait a political interpretation of science? Does this go against (some) religious interpretations that it is a punishment for sin?

Is the interpretation of the fossil record as evidence of evolution political?

How about the interpretation of the temperature of white dwarfs putting a limit on the minimum age of the universe? This goes against the 6000-year old creationist interpretation that "God did it that way"

And if this is such a grand idea for science, why not the same for mathematics? Why not have mathematics "focus on academic and mathematical knowledge rather than mathematical processes".

Because that would be insane. Just like this bill is.

about a week ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:Facts, not Al Gore's theory of the process (523 comments)

I kind of prefer scientific knowledge myself.

So basically you want to limit what we teach to simple observation, with no grasp of what to do with those observations or how to advance knowledge based on it.

Teacher: Ok, class today in biology we're going to learn that penicillin kills bacteria

Little Johnny: How does it do that?

Teacher: Sorry Johnny, that's a process question. We've talked about this, I can't answer process questions.

Little Johnny: Well, how did we find out that penicillin kills bacteria?

Teacher: Well, there was this very smart man named Alexander Fleming who discovered it. I can't tell you how he discovered it, but just trust this big book of Science on my desk. That book says penicillin kills bacteria, and Alexander Fleming discovered it, so you can be sure that it's true.

Teacher: On another note, there's another big book on my desk you should all recognize from Sunday school. You can trust what it says too! After all, we all know that no one interpretation of facts should be favored over another!

about a week ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:So you agree with this bill. Cool. (523 comments)

If you skip past the BS /. headline and read the bill, TFS, or even the subtitle of TFS, the bill basically requires teaching science

Really? Because that's not what one of the bills sponsors said. If you even bothered to RTFA:
"he told The Columbus Dispatch that the bill would open the door to instruction on intelligent design"

And
"he said it's all about the political interpretation of science. And his example of politicized science, naturally, was climate change"

So basically he wants the bill passed to get intelligent design in the classroom and climate change out. Wow, that really helps out in teaching science!

about a week ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:Eh, not exactly (523 comments)

I am kind of curious what he meant by it though.

You could, you know, RTFA and find that one sponsor for the bill:

"told The Columbus Dispatch that the bill would open the door to instruction on intelligent design: “I think it would be good for them to consider the perspectives of people of faith. That’s legitimate."

And
"he said it's all about the political interpretation of science. And his example of politicized science, naturally, was climate change. ...as evidence of climate change's political nature, he cites past estimates of agricultural productivity and the availability of fossil fuels."

So basically he wants intelligent design on the table and climate change off the table. Hmmm...I wonder if he has some sort of agenda?

about a week ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Zalbik Re:This is good! (523 comments)

don't ask why it just is memorize it and every other result of a process!

You've just described 90% of the software developers I've had to work with. No idea why a routine works, but it was highly rated on stackoverflow, so it must be the right answer!

about a week ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

Zalbik Re: Spherical Torus (147 comments)

... and sixty years later we were walking on the moon. Sixty years after the first fusion reactor, where are we?

So are you saying we should shut down most medical research? Modern medicine has been around for at least sixty years and we still don't have a cure for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's or internet stupidity.

As well...my analogy was incorrect. The analogy should be the time from the first research into powered flight until the first successful powered flight.

Guess what....that was a heck of a lot longer than 60 years.

about a week ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

Zalbik Re: Spherical Torus (147 comments)

How come no one mentions that the world's most powerful fusion reactor consumes more energy than it produces?

The first airplane only flew 120 feet. Clearly air travel should never have been researched after such an abysmal failure in one of the first attempts.

about a week ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

That's it's only a suspicion, rather than "drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence".

Damnit, I need more coffee. I keep words in my sentences. That should read:

That's why it's only a suspicion, rather than "drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence".

about a week ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

No, just circumstantial evidence.

That's it's only a suspicion, rather than "drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence".

about a week ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

If everyone waited to be spoon-fed facts about the world around them, rather than drawing conclusions based on life experiences and circumstantial evidence, we'd still be trying to figure out that whole "fire" thing.

Funny, I'm suspect the NSA terrorist identification manual has a very similar idea in it.

Once we start relying on gut instinct and circumstantial evidence to determine who the bad guys are, we've gone a long way down the path of becoming the bad guys ourselves.

about a week ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Misleading headline (131 comments)

can cause so much havoc and panic that everything comes to a stop.

A plane landed in Phoenix instead of San Diego.

It doesn't appear that this involved "so much havoc or panic", or that "everything" depended on John Smedley reaching San Diego on time.

If it did, my Emergency Broadcast System must be broken. They should test that thing some time!

about a week ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Zalbik Re:Aaaand there goes the lizard squad (131 comments)

Yea, that's almost as crazy at the NSA hacking and tracking pretty much everything and everyone. Oh wait...

I'll take "Things we actually have evidence of" for $100, Alex.

Just because a major hacking incident by a corporate/government power occurred, doesn't mean that they all occurred.

about a week ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Zalbik Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

If the US DoD were spending enormous amounts of money developing those comic books with the express purpose of making war look as glamorous and consequence-free as possible, then yes, I would still let my kids read them, because I disagree with intellectual censorship in any form, at any age. But you can bet I'd talk with them about what they were reading, who wrote it, and why they might have written it.

And what does this have to do with the article? As far as I can tell, the US DoD has nothing to do with the development of Call of Duty.

about three weeks ago

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Best Buy wants to fire employee over iPhone video

Zalbik Zalbik writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Zalbik (308903) writes "In a typical corporate move, Best Buy wants to fire an employee because they won't take down a YouTube video they created which spoofs the iPhone 4. Note that at no point does the video make mention of Best Buy or the employees relationship to them.

I wonder if the Best Buy executive has heard of this little thing called "freedom of speech"?"

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Activision Sued over Guitar Hero....again

Zalbik Zalbik writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Zalbik (308903) writes "It seems that Activision's legal battles over the latest edition of the Guitar Hero franchise are not over yet. Having been sued previously over the inclusion of a song cover that sounds too much like the original, they are now being subject to a class action suit due to the fact that the Wii edition of the game only outputs mono sound, despite packaging claims to the contrary.

Apparently their offer to replace any defective discs free of charge isn't enough for some people, so Samuel Livingston of San Diego (represented by the law firm KamberEdelson, LLC) has filed a class action suit over this issue. previously covered lawsuits over the latest edition of the Guitar Hero franchise."

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