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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

jodido Education failure (351 comments)

In the McCarthy era a poll quoted the Bill of Rights and people said it was Communist propaganda. This is a symptom of the failure of the US education system. It has nothing to do with people being stupid or not stupid. This is stuff you're supposed to learn in school and if people didn't, it's because the schools suck.

4 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

jodido Don't be naive (263 comments)

All employees are disposable, and always have been. Companies exist not to provide jobs but to provide profits for their owners. And they are not stupid. If churning employees didn't produce higher profits, it wouldn't happen. They have the data--if fact, you probably help them gather it.

about a week ago
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Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution

jodido Re:Don't know why... (122 comments)

The embargo, which followed the nationalizations, of course didn't stop anything, which is why the US finally gave up. But more important, the Cuban government offered every property owner compensation based on the owner's valuation of the property for tax purposes in the previous year. You won't be surprised to hear that no one accepted. BTW it has been illegal for many years for any US firm to accept compensation from Cuba for nationalized property.

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

jodido Re:Null hypothesis (556 comments)

I think most atheists do get this, and I think a lot of atheists (like me) shouldn't be called atheists. I don't believe there is a God and I don't believe there isn't a God. I think a lot of people called "atheists" are like that. I agree that atheism is a philosophy and it can also be a political position (Dawkins et al). I don't agree with their anti-religion campaigning because, a. who cares and b. that's not the way to get people to stop being religious, as if that mattered anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

jodido Re:Satellite not needed (115 comments)

There is no "national firewall." You may be thinking of China. Or more likely not thinking at all. It's fascinating how people will invent or repeat the most badly-informed (I'm too polite to say stupidest) things about Cuba and think they're intelligent.

about a month ago
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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

jodido More US hypocrisy (115 comments)

The US has blocked Cuba's linking to the submarine cables that pass right by the island, so it's more than a little hypocritical from them to now criticize. Also, satellite is not cheap, compared to cable. Third, there are already a lot--a LOT--of Cubans on line through Facebook and other means. So know-it-alls with your sarcasm stick it somewhere else.

about a month ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

jodido Re: Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

"Malpractce" is a civil, not a criminal matter. Lots of doctors have committed malpractice and continue to work.

about a month and a half ago
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Ron Wyden Introduces Bill To Ban FBI 'Backdoors' In Tech Products

jodido "Make" or "convince" (109 comments)

Wyden's proposal says agencies shouldn't be allowed to "make" manufacturers put in a back door. How about "convincing"? All big corporations are on the same side as the "agencies"--and the US Senate, for that matter.

about 2 months ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jodido "Science" of Interstellar=Calvinball (289 comments)

The "science" in Interstellar is all invented for the film. It has much more in common with Calvinball than astrophysics.

about 2 months ago
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

jodido No trials (219 comments)

97 percent of the people in federal prisons never had a trial--their cases were settled through plea bargaining. Like this one was, except this guy was lucky enough not to end up behind bars.

about 2 months ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

jodido Re:Not just cameras (321 comments)

But it's not defective. It works perfectly. That's exactly the problem.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

jodido Class? (334 comments)

Can you get them to take a computer class?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

jodido Re:Cuba? (334 comments)

Email in Cuba is no more "heavily monitored" than anywhere else (can you spell NSA?) and it's available to everyone. However, there is only 1 ISP and there is only dialup (from home) so it could be the OP's family is there.

about 4 months ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

jodido Re:In other words nobody is born smart (269 comments)

If I could I would mod this way up. It's exactly right--the problem is that "intelligence" is never defined. "Academic achievement"? What's that got to do with intelligence? Anyone who's ever been to school knows the answer is, "very little."

about 5 months ago
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L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

jodido Not something new (188 comments)

As alarming and shocking as this story may be to some people, it's only the latest in a very long story of big-buisness press collaboration with the men that own and run the country. The idea of an "independent" press is something they teach you in social studies classes in high school, like the "checks and balances" BS, and is one of the reasons the "education" system doesn't educate. Newspapers are big businesses and the economic and political interests of the owners are no different than the interests of owners of oil companies or phone companies. You can start whenever you want but one of the best-known examples of this is the NY Times agreement with John Kennedy not to print the Cuba invasion story in 1961 (before the invasion); then slide through the (early) years of the Vietnam war (especially the Tonkin Gulf resolution, the Iraq war of its day). The Cuba coverup continues--when was the last time you saw a story that wasn't entirely negative?. Liberals like to talk about some supposed golden age of investigative journalism, when the press was somehow something different, but it never existed.

about 5 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

jodido Arrest/charge him (463 comments)

The deputy should be arrested and charged with homicide (not murder--"homicide"=killing someone, charge could be manslaughter or whatever). Case should be investigated and brought to trial and allow a jury to decide. Should not be left to the DA--which is simply the cops in a different building--to decide the case in advance.

about 5 months ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

jodido FISA is crock (180 comments)

Just shows what a scam FISA is. As if the "FISA courts" weren't proof enough.

about 5 months ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

jodido FISA fraud (180 comments)

This shows what a scam FISA is. In case there's anyone left who still has any illusions.

about 5 months ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

jodido Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Because IQ is a function of many things and no one knows what role the brain plays in it. Do you think "intelligence"--which no one can define--is as simple as eye color?

about 6 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

jodido Re:Who owns the island? (181 comments)

Not exactly an original "thought." Marx takes up this very question in the Communist Manifesto.

about 6 months ago

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Default PC?

jodido jodido writes  |  about 4 years ago

jodido (1052890) writes "Back in the day (2005 or so) if a technically-literate person asked you what PC you'd recommend, you'd probably say Dell (at least, I did). Dell seems to have fallen on hard times--or has it? What's your default recommendation now? (if it's "get a Mac [or Linux]," please save the bandwidth)."

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