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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

djp928 Re:Please tell me you're kidding (1218 comments)

Yup, doing what the majority wants is a democracy. It's also not the form of goverment the US has.

Seriously, have you read the Constitution? Avoiding the tyranny of the majority was a big part of why it was written. Jesus, learn some civics.

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

djp928 Re:Another perspective (1218 comments)

Well then, it's a good thing we have a Republic that was (at least in theory) specifically fucking designed to avoid the big pitfall of democracy, which is the tyranny of the majority.

Seriously, learn some fucking civics. The US government IS NOT AT ALL supposed to work like you say it does. "Whatever the majority wants, the majority gets" IS NOT how our republic is supposed to work. That's just mob rule, and Plato knew thousands of years ago that it was a bad idea.

In a limited republic like what the US is supposed to be, there are certain rights and privledges that not even the government or "the majority" can ever take away. There are things the government is not allowed to do, no matter how many people think it should be able to do it. One of those things is teach a state religion, which is essentially what teaching "creation science" in the classroom is.

So yes, we DO need to keep religion completely out of education standards. And we DO NOT need to take a vote on this. And even if we did take a vote on this, and even if every single person in the country voted for it, it STILL would be unconstitutional and the government would have no right to implement it.

more than 2 years ago
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Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo! CEO

djp928 Re:Good luck Marissa (302 comments)

Yahoo had glory years?

more than 2 years ago
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Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

djp928 Re:Sad Day (1051 comments)

What part of "Jim Crow laws required public segregation" makes you think the government wasn't the problem?

more than 2 years ago
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Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

djp928 Re:Sad Day (1051 comments)

I like how your own post admits the real problem is government, and yet you still blame the market in the end. Good job there.

more than 2 years ago
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Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

djp928 Re:It's about damn time (1051 comments)

Hey, remember before 9/11, when airport security was the business of the airport and the airlines, not the government? And nobody grabbed your nads or took pictures of you naked or made you endure a pat down to get on a plane? I do. It was way, way better than what we have now.

Then 19 assholes with box cutters fucked it all up, and the government jumped in and decided they needed to "make us safe." Fuck that, I'll go back to the box cutter risk, if it means I get to get on a plane without being molested.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

djp928 Re:Find another job (391 comments)

You're just changing the subject to avoid a lie, though, and any person with more than two brain cells to rub together would call you out on that. The direct question was "Does this make my butt look fat." That's a yes or no question. You either lie to avoid conflict, or you tell the truth and suffer the consequences. Changing the subject isn't answering the question.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone

djp928 Re:Now these guys have some balls (663 comments)

Actually, there's a semi-good reason for it. The UN Charter expressly forbids war, except in the case of self defense. So we conveniently no longer "declare war" when we go to war, we simply have Congress "authorize the use of force." Semantics, but then again, the government has nullified most of the Constitution that way.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Is Recruiting Authors For Its eBook Library

djp928 Re:WHY (130 comments)

Bah, no way, he should try MINE! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005F7XZ82

It has all those problems, but it also has a bunch of footnotes making fun of it the whole way through!

more than 2 years ago
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Kyoto Protocol Renewal Efforts Struggling

djp928 Re:Old family? (393 comments)

Nobody voted for Ford for VP either. He was appointed VP by Nixon after Agnew resigned. So yeah, nobody voted for Ford for President.

more than 2 years ago
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OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

djp928 Re:Supernovas (442 comments)

That was "true" only before E = mc^2

In other words, in a purely Newtonian world, massless particles would travel at "infinite" velocity. In an Einsteinian world, they travel at the maximum possible velocity.

about 3 years ago
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IEA Warns of Irreversible Climate Change In 5 Years

djp928 Re:Let's face it (1105 comments)

Ah yes, religion! Religion will save us! The same way it's always saved us in the past!

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

djp928 Re:A warning (301 comments)

He hates that some apps/protocols use it as a security measure, by doing a reverse lookup on the IP they were just given and trying to match that to the host name they were given. That means he has to pay attention to whether or not Windows is maintaining that info correctly, and as I've said in other replies, it often doesn't if you've ever reused an IP or hostname.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

djp928 Re:A warning (301 comments)

Yeah, it creates them just fine. It just doesn't seem to ever want to keep that info up to date if you change hostnames or reuse IP addresses. Like I said in another reply, I'm not a Windows guy, so I haven't any clue why it doesn't seem to like to clean up after itself. It works great as long as you never delete a host and try to reuse its IP or hostname, then it has issues.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

djp928 Re:A warning (301 comments)

Lucky for him, Windows will keep reverse DNS reasonably well maintained (provided you're using a Windows DNS server) until you decommission a host and reuse a host name or IP address. Then it seems to have huge issues getting things cleaned up. I haven't any idea why because I try to stay away from it.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

djp928 A warning (301 comments)

The windows admin where I work hates reverse DNS. He thinks it's stupid and refuses to keep it updated. So... if there are more people like him out there, you might have issues getting email from them.

more than 3 years ago

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HTC sues Apple to stop iPhone, iPad sales

djp928 djp928 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djp928 (516044) writes "HTC Corp said on Wednesday it filed a patent infringement case against Apple Inc and asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban U.S. sales of iPhones, iPads and iPods."
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"Supertaskers" really can do two things at once.

djp928 djp928 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djp928 (516044) writes "It turns out that 1 in 40 people really are able to do two things at once without suffering noticeable impairment at either task. Scientists are calling these people "supertaskers" and current theory cannot explain how they can do what they do."
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$4.5 billion "bin Laden trade"

djp928 djp928 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

djp928 (516044) writes "Looks like somebody is betting the stock market will crash by 30% or more by the third week in September. tinfoil hat sites are giving the story the most play, but at least a few non-kook sites have also analyzed this disturbing trade. It also happened on the European market as well."
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djp928 djp928 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

djp928 (516044) writes "GPS locators in a mother's cell phone enabled police to locate her and her son in order to inform them that a donor heart had become available for the 10-year-old's lifesaving transplant surgery. It's a heartwarming (pun intended) story, but how long before police are using this ability to find people for less altruistic reasons?"

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