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Republican Proposal Puts 'National Interest' Requirement On US Science Agency

i-like-burritos Re:As somebody who served, let me clear that up... (382 comments)

I appreciate your answer to this question. You make a rational argument where so many others that I've talked to jump straight into "the terrorists hate our freedom!" type arguments. I happen to be more cynical and I don't believe that our civilian leaders are simply "acting early," but I respect that you at least supported your position rationally.

What I really take issue with is this:

Don't like it? Look in the mirror and take your elections more seriously.

I do not support what's happening at Guantanamo Bay. I voted for Obama in 2008 largely because he vowed to close it. He won the election, and yet he did not close it. That is the strongest example I have of why you cannot blame the electorate; we simply don't get what we vote for.

Furthermore, those same civilian leaders who tell us that the war on terror is necessary also tell us that marijuana is dangerous and that "legitimate rape" doesn't result in pregnancy. At what point should we start holding people responsible for believing them? Even if the civilian voter does believe them, they aren't the ones pulling the triggers.

about a year ago

Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

i-like-burritos What a shame.... (233 comments)

This might be it for me too.

To be honest though, I don't come to slashdot for the stories; I don't even RTFA most of the time. I come here for the discussions.
As long as the Slashdot community sticks around, I will stick around as well -- no matter what the editors do. Unfortunately I think this article marks the beginning of the end for the community.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Have You Handled Illegal Interview Topics?

i-like-burritos Re:15 employees (714 comments)

That's what I thought at first too, but maybe they're just getting the benefit of the doubt because the cost of a legal case (regardless of whether they were guilty or innocent) would put them out of business.

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Terms of Service Invalidates Your Right To Sue

i-like-burritos Re:yep (206 comments)

Yup...and I can't for the life of me figure out how that jives with the 7 th Amendment: "In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." Seems pretty clear to me.

The Constitution is like the Bible. It's supposedly sacred and infallible, but It's not meant to be taken literally and you have to let the courts interpret it for you (in the context of their own personal interests). As time passes, more and more of it gets flat-out ignored, and eventually it will only ever be read as an academic exercise by historians.

more than 2 years ago

Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

i-like-burritos Re:Not to take sides (1003 comments)

FWIW, Mythbusters tested it.

FWIW, they were completely sober for the "drunk" test. From your own link:

Both Adam and Kari got their blood alcohol level to just below 0.08 (legal limit)

Keep in mind that the legal limit is already artificially low the same way speed limits are. .08 is basically the point at which the worst driver in the world gets distracted by pretending to be drunk and starts driving slightly worse. I suspect that their conclusion is correct, but they have to actually test it before they call the myth "confirmed"

more than 3 years ago

Melbourne College May Give iPad To Every Student

i-like-burritos Actually replacing textbooks (350 comments)

IF buying an iPad were actually a replacement for buying texbooks, then this really would be a good idea. I would gladly pay out of pocket for an iPad if it allowed me to exclusively use ebook versions of my textbooks. In fact, I would even refrain from pirating those ebooks if they were sold for a reasonable price

In reality though, I doubt it would work that way. Because ebooks are easily pirated, textbook publishers would have a hard time sustaining their racket if universities started switching over. For some reason, universities seem to actually care about what happens to publishers, so I can't imagine that many universities would be willing to require professors to choose only textbooks that have an ebook version available.

Even if it did happen, professors would just say "exams are open-book, but no computers are allowed." This would force students to spend $200+ on a physical copy even though they already paid for iPads with PDFs of the textbooks.

Basically, nothing that makes education cheeper or more convenient for students will ever work. Universities don't care about students.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Unveils New Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

i-like-burritos Re:No colors = terrible choice (150 comments)

Getting rid of the colors on the buttons seems baseless. I can't tell you how many times...

Me: "Press A" Her: ::moving thumbs, squinting:: "... huh?" Me: "Green."

Yup. It's even worse for those of us that don't have HD TVs. When on-screen instructions appear, the only way I can understand them is from the colors.

more than 4 years ago

Los Angeles Unveils $578 Million Public School

i-like-burritos Re:I can think of better uses for $500 million (367 comments)

I disagree.
A school facility that doesn't feel like a prison can really change a student's attitude, and that's the most important part of education.

I'm not sure about LA, but where I live even homeless people already have easy access to modern computers and the internet. A student who wants to learn will learn, and student who doesn't want to learn won't learn. No ammount of classroom computers or teachers will change that.

If this one-time cost of half a billion dollars can make kids take pride in their education for as long as the school exists, then it's completely worth it.

That might not actually happen, but it's worth a shot.

more than 4 years ago

Scaling To a Million Cores and Beyond

i-like-burritos Human brain != computer (206 comments)

The things we use computers for are different from the things we use humans for.

Computers are consistant and predictable. The human brain is not.

We have billions of human brains cheaply available, so let's use those when we want a human brain. And let's use computers when we want computers.

more than 4 years ago

SanDisk WORM SD Card Can Store Data For 100 Years

i-like-burritos Re:tamper proof (267 comments)

The worst part is that the police will be using it.
Imagine if the courts actually believed that it was tamper proof.

more than 4 years ago

Memorizing Language / Spelling Techniques?

i-like-burritos Try flashcard software (237 comments)

I've been studying Japanese for years, and flashcard software has really helped me with the Chinese characters. iFlash for OSX is an excellent tool.

As others have said, there's no way around the need for repetition and a lot of practice.

Also, diligence is extremely important. If you're not using them, then you forget the characters very quickly. If you're not careful you might actually find that you're forgetting characters as quickly as you're learning new ones.

more than 4 years ago

Accidental Wii Suicide

i-like-burritos Re:Suicide? (1343 comments)

I'm sure the loss of his child is punishment enough.

I can't imagine how terrible being in his situation would be, sounds worse than jail.

Not if he didn't like the kid.
You can't really say "the loss of his child is punishment enough," because that would provide an easy way out for anybody who didn't want their kid anymore: Just pretend to like him for a couple years then leave a loaded gun lying around.
Way easier than 18 years of child support.

more than 4 years ago

Newspaper "Hacks Into" Aussie Gov't Website By Guessing URL

i-like-burritos Re:Deja vu again once more (271 comments)

Heh, I've gotten the actual answers to a test that hadn't happened yet by guessing the URL.

more than 4 years ago

When I die, I want my body to be ...

i-like-burritos Never discovered (793 comments)

I can't stand the idea of somebody parading my dead body around town and then using it as the centerpiece for an orgy of self-pity. The only thing worse than an open-casket burial would be if my remains were cremated. I can not think of anything more demeaning than being put in a jar and carried around and placed on a shelf somewhere.

I hope that after I die, my family and friends won't defile my body and destroy my pride for thier own enjoyment (I assume people enjoy feeling sorry themselves; otherwise why would they do it?). Instead, I want people to have a party, and use my death as an excuse to get drunk and feel good.

more than 4 years ago

Google, Apple Call Workers' Race & Gender Trade Secrets

i-like-burritos Good for them. (554 comments)

Why should it matter anyway?

more than 4 years ago

If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...

i-like-burritos Literature (1142 comments)

A good literature class can teach Grammar/Communication, Logic, Skepticism, and so much more all at the same time.

more than 4 years ago

How Do I Keep My Privacy While Using Google?

i-like-burritos Google UK (533 comments)

I don't know if there's anything you can do to stop them from tracking you when you're using their browser. If you're using a different browser though, you can avoid having your search queries associated with your gmail account by using a different country's google for the searches. I stay logged into my gmail all the time, and I use google.co.uk for all my searches.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

i-like-burritos Re:Ask Google (443 comments)

Not everybody is an expert at formulating search engine queries.

That is very true. Search engine queries are a suprisingly subtle exercise in language. I never really appreciated this until I tried searching for something in a different language. I have a reasonably good command of that language, and yet I could not form a decent query to save my life.

more than 5 years ago

Attack of the PowerPoint-Wielding Professors

i-like-burritos Good for some students (467 comments)

I love classes where the professors use power point. Those professors almost always post the presentations online, and that completely eliminates the need to show up for class.

Personally, I have a hard time paying attention to most professors talk for an hour, and I also find it inefficient. It feels like a waste of time to listen to the professor explain something out loud when I can just read it to myself in 1/2 the time. It also seems inefficient to spend time watching the professor write things that are already written in the text book. I appreciate the guidance and motivation that professors provide, but most of my actual learning comes from my textbooks and online resources.

I understand that different people have different styles of learning, and that many (or even most) people value lectures. Using power point and posting the slides online is a way for professors to accomodate both kinds of students. Students like me can still benefit from the knowledge of the professor without having to listen to a lecture, and students who want to listen to a lecture still have that option.

One of the author's main complaints seems to be that power-point lectures move too fast, but I would complain that traditional lectures move too slow. It's just a matter of different learning styles, and not all of your professors' teaching styles will match your particular learning style. That's just part of life.

Now, professors who use power-point badly are, of course, not very helpful, but that has nothing to do with power-point. Some professors just aren't the best teachers.

more than 5 years ago

Murderer With "Aggression Genes" Gets Reduced Sentence

i-like-burritos Backwards (507 comments)

If that genetic link is legitimate, then shouldn't that get him a longer sentence?

Prison has two purposes: removing dangerous people from society until they are no longer a threat, and deterring future crimes. If this guy really is genetically prone to violence, that would make him more dangerous, and it would presumably take longer to determine that he is not a threat to others. The reduced sentence would also give him less incentive to overcome his aggression the next time he's thinking about committing a crime. It's completely backwards.

Also, reducing the sentence for him might even encourage further crimes by others, whether or not the genetic science is sound. It could give some sense of justification to somebody who's about to commit a crime. For example, just as I'm deciding whether or not to kill somebody, I might think, "It's not my fault I have genes linked to aggression. Hell, they'll even reduce my sentence for it," and then go through with it.

more than 5 years ago


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