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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

bugs2squash Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (376 comments)

so this would solve the limitations of the IPv4 address range too - what's not to love ?

2 days ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

bugs2squash Re:Time to mourn another passing... (155 comments)

I don't see why Amazon could not do micropayments. One could access content via Amazon's web site, they could lend you, say, $5 when you enroll and when your usage adds up to $5 they bill your payment card, and they bill your payment card anyway at the end of the year. If you become a bad debt they pass the risk on to their content providers. Amazon takes a cut of the micropayment on each transaction.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

bugs2squash David Mertz (277 comments)

I really enjoyed reading the book "text processing with python" And one thing that struck me was that the guy writing it has a pretty solid liberal arts background.

So I think if I were you I would find some subject that interests you and to which computing techniques might be applied, learn what you need to be able to address that and then write a blog, a paper or even a book that describes your approach. Then use that to support your application for a STEM job. I am sure you will get PLENTY of feedback if you publish something online that captures peoples imaginations, it would be a great learning experience and make for a good portfolio to show a potential employer.

As a suggestion, why not consider how a graph database could be applied to some topic in literature or public policy or visual arts.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bugs2squash Re:Do you really trust CNN? (873 comments)

It's the solution for anyone planning to shoot up the mall as a cry for attention, but worrying it would only get local news coverage...

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bugs2squash Re: Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

I would definitely characterize Eric Rudolf as a christian religious bigot. From wikipedia...

Rudolph has made it clear in his written statement and elsewhere that the purpose of the bombings was to fight against abortion and the "homosexual agenda". He considered abortion to be murder, the product of a "rotten feast of materialism and self-indulgence"; accordingly, he believed that its perpetrators deserved death, and that the United States government had lost its legitimacy by sanctioning it. He also considered it essential to resist by force "the concerted effort to legitimize the practice of homosexuality" in order to protect "the integrity of American society" and "the very existence of our culture", whose foundation is the "family hearth".[6] After Rudolph's arrest for the bombings, The Washington Post reported that the FBI considered Rudolph to have "had a long association with the Christian Identity movement, which asserts that Northern European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God's chosen people."[24] Christian Identity is a white nationalist sect that holds that those who are not white Christians can not be saved.[25] In the same article, the Post reported that some FBI investigators believed Rudolph may have written letters that claimed responsibility for the nightclub and abortion clinic bombings on behalf of the Army of God, a group that sanctions the use of force to combat abortions and is associated with Christian Identity.[26] In a statement released after he entered a guilty plea, Rudolph denied being a supporter of the Christian Identity movement, claiming that his involvement amounted to a brief association with the daughter of a Christian Identity adherent, later identified as Pastor Daniel Gayman. When asked about his religion he said, "I was born a Catholic, and with forgiveness I hope to die one."[27][28] In other written statements, Rudolph has cited biblical passages and offered religious motives for his militant opposition to abortion.[6] Some books and media outlets have portrayed Rudolph as a "Christian Identity extremist"; Harper's Magazine referred to him as a "Christian terrorist."[29] The NPR radio program On Point referred to him as a "Christian Identity extremist."[30] The Voice of America reported that Rudolph could be seen as part of an "attempt to try to use a Christian faith to try to forge a kind of racial and social purity."[31] Writing in 2004, authors Michael Shermer and Dennis McFarland saw Rudolph's story as an example of "religious extremism in America," warning that the phenomenon he represented was "particularly potent when gathered together under the umbrella of militia groups,"[32] whom they believe to have protected Rudolph while he was a fugitive. In a letter to his mother from prison, Rudolph has written, "Many good people continue to send me money and books. Most of them have, of course, an agenda; mostly born-again Christians looking to save my soul. I suppose the assumption is made that because I'm in here I must be a 'sinner' in need of salvation, and they would be glad to sell me a ticket to heaven, hawking this salvation like peanuts at a ballgame. I do appreciate their charity, but I could really do without the condescension. They have been so nice I would hate to break it to them that I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible."[33]

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bugs2squash Re:Check your math. (873 comments)

Well it would happen to to be the same god as the Muslims and Jews worship, so yes... not specific to Christianity at least.

4 days ago
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Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

bugs2squash Re:Forked tongue (56 comments)

he meant that, to speak with the reptilians, man needs to speak with forked tongue.

about two weeks ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

bugs2squash operation (82 comments)

when I first saw this I thought "cool, the idea is to get the tool out without setting off the buzzer". Then I got to thinking that maybe if all surgical instruments and materials were tagged with RFID it would be easier to find them inside patients. I think I'm ready for a break now.

about three weeks ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

bugs2squash one letter (127 comments)

"Each offers compelling ideas that could do the trick in solving a particular problem you need fixed"

except the most byzantine one-letter language: C++

about three weeks ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

bugs2squash Re:Also in iBooks (103 comments)

Are you saying that Mr. Montgomery has a new, money grabbing, successor ?

about a month ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

bugs2squash build a quantum computer (247 comments)

if we want to stay ahead, it's time to build something revolutionary, not just something that's 10% faster than whatever someone else has.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

bugs2squash Re:suicide (445 comments)

I can't help but think that any lame duck president should be burning approval karma in favor of doing "the right thing". I'm not saying that Obama is, but if he were sitting on a huge approval rating I would consider him to be ducking unpopular, but vital, decisions.

about a month ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

bugs2squash Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

On a visit to France my toddler son dislocated his elbow. After some broken french and comical miming on my part to describe what happened, the french doctor popped his elbow back in and then apologetically presented me with a bill for about $8. The doctor did not appear to be starving.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

bugs2squash Re:It's Not Racism In The Tech Industry (459 comments)

Over the years I have, at times, found the software industry to be downright hostile, especially when I was at university, where the CS guys seemed extremely unwilling to suffer fools like me (I was an EE major - and I was a pretty good student, but any mistake was derided in a way that an issue about, say, physics was not). There was the attitude barrier to cross, the CS crowd there seemed to think that one should be born knowing this stuff.

At least I looked as pasty as most of the other CS undergraduates, if my appearance or gender had been another consideration I'm not sure that I would have persisted in the field, it could easily have been the "last straw" that dissuaded me.

about a month ago
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Robot Makes People Feel Like a Ghost Is Nearby

bugs2squash Re:And I would have gotten away with it, too... (140 comments)

I wish Scooby Doo had stuck with the old formula. Maybe there would be some hope for critical thinking among the young then.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

bugs2squash Re:I have no problem with it being legal, per se.. (588 comments)

more openly, I could see that.
More often I would have thought comes down to economics rather than legality. If it gets a lot cheaper though, how will the "one dispensary per 13000 people" business model work in my town. I can't see there being enough "connoisseur" demand to keep the dispensaries open once every mini-mart starts selling it.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

bugs2squash Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

No, the parties will shift as and when the electorate shifts.

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

bugs2squash Re:America is a RINO (588 comments)

I'm not sure geography is the best way to do it either, everyone deserves representation, why not just allow each elector to cast a single ballot for any candidate and send the top-n vote-getters to congress where n is the number of districts in the state. I'm sure most will choose someone local to them, but some may choose to support a candidate that represents their constituency in some other way.

about a month and a half ago
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Pacific Northwest Lab's Sensor-Packed Fish Gauges Hydropower Facilities

bugs2squash It's a hoax (28 comments)

There's something fishy About it.

about a month and a half ago
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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

bugs2squash With thanks to... (82 comments)

...our funeral director; Diana Gotoheaven.

about a month and a half ago

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robot projects for K-5

bugs2squash bugs2squash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bugs2squash (1132591) writes "Some of the parents of kids at my son's elementary school would like to set up a robotics club for the children. I see that Lego has a new line of robotics bricks called wedo and that seems to be the path of least resistance to doing something. But I wanted to ask...

What experience do all y'all have of running a robotics club for this age group (5 thru 10 years-old) and what factors made it a success (or failure) ?

Did you use a commercial kit of parts or brew something from scratch ?

What kind of projects work well with kids this age ? — I was thinking maybe making robot flowers (yes, I know they'd all rather build robotic sharks with lasers)"

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