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200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant

cyber0ne Re:Prof is a compleat idiot (693 comments)

I actually noticed the spelling and wasn't familiar with it. I glazed over it as perhaps a mobile device auto-complete error or perhaps a non-native English speaker, either way not really caring. But after seeing this response I just looked it up and learned something new. Thanks!

more than 3 years ago
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USB Is the Devil's Connection

cyber0ne Re:I thought that was firewire (474 comments)

Your mistake is that you think atheists declare there is proof there is no god, they never will, in essence agnostics are just 'politically correct' atheists.

I've actually heard self-proclaimed atheists make such a claim. I generally shrug it off and think of it as no different than self-proclaimed Christians saying/doing very anti-Christian things. (That is not to say that one much be perfect to be a Christian, but to demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of what Christianity is makes the claim a bit disingenuous.)

The last time I heard such a statement was somebody saying, "Science has disproven the existence of God." To which I naturally replied, "Really? What test was performed?" We then got into a short debate on the scientific method. Turns out this particular atheist was just some random blow-hard who wanted his passing whim of an opinion to be heard. I guess religious groups aren't the only ones with zealous outlying cultists who make the rest of them look bad.

There are definitely different "flavors" of atheists out there. There are those who do not believe in God, and there are those who firmly believe in no God. Many of my friends sit comfortably in the former category. Those in the latter category have an admirable amount of faith, even if they deny having it. Much like people who do believe in God (or any god), it's the few who leave us with a sour feeling about the subject whom we remember most, unfortunately.

more than 2 years ago
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The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

cyber0ne Re:Obviously these would have been resolved in BTT (454 comments)

I thought about this a long time ago, actually. It always bugged the crap out of me that they spent much of the third movie driving to the point that the time machine is a terrible thing and must be destroyed before it tears the universe a new one. At the end of the movie this is accomplished splendidly, only to immediately find that Doc Brown has created a new one.

Instead of a fourth movie, I propose a short series. The story is that Marty realizes that Doc Brown must be stopped, so he teams up with the other paradox Martys and they use the various paradox leftover Deloreans to hunt Doc Brown through time. More paradoxes create more people and equipment to replenish what will inevitably be terrible losses in this war.

The series would be terrible, and I would _love_ it.

more than 3 years ago
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Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room

cyber0ne Re:Creative Cheating (227 comments)

I do.

I really don't think you do.

By your logic we can reduce the effect of the fine by having them pay it in 50-kroner notes. That way they only have to pay 40 of them instead of 2,000 of them. 40 is less, so it's not as big a deal.

more than 3 years ago
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Ray Kurzweil Does Not Understand the Brain

cyber0ne Re:ahh, the "singularity"... (830 comments)

with a series of infinitely improbable

Given a large enough sample set, even the least likely of occurrences becomes highly probable. The universe and several billion years make up a pretty large sample set.

more than 2 years ago
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Lasers Approach Their Ultimate Intensity Limit

cyber0ne Re:Maybe, maybe not (384 comments)

Maybe Ken Burns will revisit that period of the galactic history and we'll get a more neutral viewpoint of the conflict.

Depending on how long ago and how far away, we might be getting a neutral viewpoint of it right now.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

cyber0ne Re:a psych eval..... (456 comments)

it means intentionally taking your own life

Fair enough. I guess in keeping with the parent post it's more a question of the psychological definition of being "suicidal" rather than the definition of the word suicide. The former may have more of a psychological medical definition than the latter. And even then there would be a lot of interpretation involved in the evaluation of the patient.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

cyber0ne Re:altruism incarnate (456 comments)

The net result is the same. The recipient of the heart, and their loved ones, will be forever grateful. The guy's true motives are between him and any god he believes in.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

cyber0ne Re:No different... (456 comments)

I wouldn't say "willingly inviting death" but I see the point you're making.

I'm reminded of an episode of M*A*S*H where a soldier was brain-dead due to too much shrapnel turning his head to swiss cheese. The doctors were waiting for his body to fully die (all other functions were still going, but slowly fading) because they needed to harvest some tissue to save someone else. The soldier's friend, recovering from his own injuries, was upset that they were just waiting like vultures to butcher his friend.

The priest asked him if his friend was the kind of guy who would jump on a grenade to save his buddies. The soldier responded that, yes, his dying friend would have done that without a second thought. "Well," the priest said, "that's what he's doing right now." He died back on the battlefield, the rest of his body just hasn't figured it out yet.

This guy is facing a similar decision, he just wants to make it himself while he can before someone else has to make it for him.

more than 3 years ago
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Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies

cyber0ne Re:a psych eval..... (456 comments)

Accepting the inevitability of death isn't exactly the same as being suicidal. We all know we're going to die, most of us just ignore that fact in our daily lives. But when someone is directly facing that reality they may choose to want to make it "mean something" as in this guy's case.

"Suicidal" means wanting to die. I doubt this guy wants to die, but he does want his inevitable death to mean something to someone.

more than 3 years ago
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There is no...

cyber0ne Re:it's ain't no sunshine (314 comments)

ain't no sunshine when she's gone - a song... Bob Marley did it, not sure if he penned it tho

Bill Withers. Man, what do they teach you kids these days?

more than 3 years ago
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The End of Forgetting

cyber0ne Re:Learning Without a Negative Response? (329 comments)

Define "private." There's nothing private about the fact that a person has friends and socializes with those friends. Why should such information be treated as some kind of top-secret embarrassment that must be hidden at all times?

If I were hiring for such a company, I'd be a little suspicious of a candidate who never tells anything to anyone. (Consider how conspicuous and ineffective an "intelligence agent" Colonel Flagg was in the M*A*S*H serious.) They probably favor the candidate who can tell the difference between "something which should be kept secret" and "something which doesn't matter and can be public knowledge." (And, God willing, "something which should be public knowledge, but that's another case entirely.)

more than 3 years ago
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The End of Forgetting

cyber0ne Re:On the other hand.... (329 comments)

the self-righteous goody-goody people in our society who never drink, never screw, never do anything wrong at all

Man, if only that were the case. Then they would be nothing more than an evolutionary anomaly that would take exactly one generation to correct.

more than 3 years ago
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The End of Forgetting

cyber0ne Re:Learning Without a Negative Response? (329 comments)

So don't put your dirty laundry on the internet.

The key problem here is that, in cases such as the given example, it's not dirty laundry. The social issue at hand isn't so much the retention of information, but the ability (or, in this case, inability) of people in society to properly parse and understand that information. A company would seriously be fooling itself if it thinks it preserved some kind of integrity by not hiring someone who occasionally unwinds with friends at a party. They already have employees who do that, they just ignore the fact that they don't actively know about it. The fact that they can't distinguish between the two is a problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

cyber0ne Re:Dept of Troll Prevention.... (377 comments)

Slashdot doesn't filter them out very effectively, it's forever plagued by them. What it does have is ways for knowledgeable users (it's entire userbase) to reduce the noise and bring out the signal, all the while knowing full well what trolls are and how to ignore them. A local newspaper has a much smaller and much less savvy audience and needs to actually filter it out somehow, which can be exceedingly difficult if even possible at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Home Computers Help Or Hinder Education?

cyber0ne Re:Non Sequitur (305 comments)

The computer is just a tool. I'd think it has no direct effect on education whatsoever. Smart kids with supportive parents will gain a great deal from having a computer. Dumb kids with dumber parents will spend hours on Youtube, twitter etc and learn nothing of consequence.

Exactly. If the parents are buying the computer as a teacher in the same sense that they bought the TV as a babysitter then they're doing it wrong. Kids who want to learn and grow will see it as a tool to help them perform that task, whereas kids who want to play Farmville and watch YouTube will see it as a tool to help them perform _that_ task. Perhaps the presence of the computer in the home strengthens the divide, but the divide has already been there. The student has to want to learn. There are exceptions, but generally (at least in American culture) low-income households and neighborhoods don't place a very high social value on education, and kids pick up on that at a much earlier age than a home PC can affect.

more than 3 years ago
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The Unstoppable 'Tech Support' Scam

cyber0ne Re:Scum (312 comments)

So does robbing somebody with an unloaded gun.

The threat of violence is much closer to "violent" than "non-violent." If one believes that the person asking for (or demanding, in your example) money has a firearm, compliance with their demands would probably be the wise choice. I would, however, characterize a willingness to give money to anybody who calls me on the phone as an unwise choice.

more than 3 years ago
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Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

cyber0ne Re:Ah My (371 comments)

My thoughts exactly. If Facebook is stronger than your religion, then your religion could use a little strengthening. It reminds me of when a guy at a church I used to attend said that he saw The Da Vinci Code in the theater and it "challenged his faith." I suggested that he challenge his faith more often, it could really use the exercise.

more than 3 years ago
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iOS 4 Releases Today

cyber0ne Re:Something baffles me slightly (702 comments)

My thoughts exactly. I don't think they put quite the effort into the first iPad that they really could have because its success on the market was so questionable. The device was a risk to say the least. But the sales numbers speak for themselves at this point and it's probably proven to be worth more investment from Apple.

Speaking for myself, I don't see the iPad really justifying its price tag right now. That's just speaking in terms of my own gadget budget and gadget needs. But I'm definitely counting on future releases to make product a _lot_ better. Maybe the next one will be worth the $600 or so. And/or maybe the release of the next one will drive down the prices of the legacy one if there's such a gap in the specs. It's all just speculation of course, but I'd be willing to bet money that the next iPad will be pretty awesome (for definitions of awesome which fit within the iDevice ecosystem, so the average Slashdotter can apply their own metrics there).

more than 3 years ago
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O2 Scraps Unlimited Data Usage For Smartphones

cyber0ne To Whom It May Concern (272 comments)

Dear non-US mobile providers,

Please do not look to US mobile providers for ideas. You will only encourage them. Thank you.

Sincerely,
A US citizen who wants his options to get better.

more than 3 years ago

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