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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

korbulon What a waste (208 comments)

Some fundamental questions need to be asked in earnest - and obviously haven't - foremost among them:

Why do you give a shit that there aren't many girl or minority programmers? I mean, it's not as though they lack the opportunity. Christ, the entry barriers don't get much lower than programming.

Will throwing money from the top-down really fundamentally change anything?

Why are you conflating programming with Big Dreams? Or even little dreams? This is an error.

The main thing that's needed is patience. This is a DNA-of-Society issue, not an attitude or education issue. I mean really: if you like messing with computers, you're going to figure this shit out on your own. Whatsmore, because programming is really a craft and not a checklist, you really only learn on your own.

There isn't a quick fix for this, no matter how many resources are thrown at it.And again, I ask: why should we care?

5 days ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

korbulon Re:Spain is different... (183 comments)

I think you may be right. What's worse, I'm not sure it's entirely intentional. Unfortunately, Spain lives by its own version of Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to malice what can easily be explained by stupidity, greed or laziness (but most likely all three).

about two weeks ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

korbulon Spain is different... (183 comments)

...and a little bit retarded.

If only this were about making a stand against Google, but it's not. As with what happend last year in France, It's mostly about moribund institutions looking for a handout. What's also astonishing is the bit about republishing "any part of their content." Yes, I think this will end well.

This is just another example of the special relationship that exists in Spain between corporate interests and the government; almost always against the best interests of the consumer. So you get things like a maximum of 5% discount on books, no Uber, an arbitrary tax on recordable media and recording devices that goes to a slush fund fronting as a recording artists association. All with the blessing and sanction of the government. !Arriba Espana!

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

korbulon Gazing upon his creation lying still on the cot (574 comments)

the doctor's finger hovered over the rocker switch, shaking. He imagined the frightening potential of the subject, its superior faculties and seemingly limitless intellect, that only needed a flick of his finger to be born - and unleashed upon the world.

At that moment, two questions popped into his head in quick succession:

"As a human being, how could I?"

"As a scientist, how could I not?"

A dull click was heard. And from the switch there was light.

about three weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

korbulon Re:Chicago, Illinois: The Real Problem (355 comments)

I'm shaking my head here, wondering why this is downmodded to troll.

Is this a geek thing - the tenedency to read everything too literally - or do they simply not teach satire in schools anymore? Did the powers that be replace that curriculum with cultural sensitivity lessons?

People are different: but that's not something to be ashamed of: that's something to be celebrated and from time to time - why not?- laughed at. I submit that one sign of a healthy society is when all its people can be made the butt of a joke and are able to laugh at it without resentment. But we are so far from that, in this tumblr society where everyone is a victim.

I had hoped that America was moving towards cultutural transcendence. But now it seems we have the worst of both worlds: the overly-indulged sensitivities of the left and the thinly-veiled, mean-spirited xenophobia of the right.

about three weeks ago
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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

korbulon Quick (67 comments)

Somebody make a shitty about it that's like a prequel to Aliens but most certainly is not a prequel to Aliens! [a-WINK!]

Also: mother-fucking space cobras [80s metal guitar riff]!!!

about three weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

korbulon Spoofing (234 comments)

Tangentially, does anyone know of a procedure on Android which enables you to spoof your personal data and activity (at least as far as apps are concerned)?

Example: your name is Dorothy and you're in Kansas clicking your red ruby slippers together, but all apps see you as Toto, living down in Africa, blessing the rains.

about three weeks ago
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Australia Elaborates On a New Drift Model To Find MH370

korbulon Weaksauce (154 comments)

A story about a model under development which may or may not lead ... to something? You call this news?

Here's an idea: next time something this "newsworthy" comes up, don't post it!

about three weeks ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

korbulon Also ban cars (183 comments)

Because of all the horrific deaths that have occurred just today.

Oh, and think of the children.

about a month ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

korbulon In other words (186 comments)

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Trouble is, the game never changes.

about a month ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

korbulon Re:What should have happened (561 comments)

(yeah I screwed up the link but fuck Slashdot's antiquarian no-editing of messages policy. Jesus, it's almost 2015.)

about a month ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

korbulon How about this one? (62 comments)

"Go fuck yourself."

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

korbulon Re:Broadway Hotel, 2-4 Burlington Road West Blackp (307 comments)

BROADWAY HOTEL SUCKS

You were lucky! Instead of breakfast they gave me a green paste of dubious origin. The room had no shower, if you wanted to get clean you had to stand under the rain. On the bright side, the holes in the roof helped do that while staying in. On the other hand, there were no windows, just holes in the wall (on one of the three standing walls, the fourth one was just a hole into the abyss.

Of my two sons, one disappeared after going to the kitchen for dinner. We had to sell the other to pay the fine for this review.

"Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in t' corridor!"

"Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! Hotel? Huh."

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

korbulon Interest in science (111 comments)

Do you think you'd still be interested in science if you had gone to graduate school?

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

korbulon Great idea (698 comments)

We need to divert resources away from teaching and put more resources into preventing students from getting any actual learning done. An educated populace is a nuisance to the establishment oligarchy's military-industrial-finance-media complex.

about a month ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

korbulon Re:Robber barons (283 comments)

Free market my ass:

Exactly.

Just to be clear: I meant that in a declarative sense, not an imperative one!

about 3 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

korbulon Robber barons (283 comments)

Is basically what these people are - or want to be. Reading the wikipedia article on the subject ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R... ), it's hard to distinguish the behavior of the current conservative groups in question and the unscrupulous landowners who lived along the Rhine:

"They hindered commerce by imposing unauthorized tolls and tariffs and at times by sometimes ransoming or hijacking the goods outright..."

Free market my ass: the real goal of all these crony capitalist "conservatives" is rent-seeking (man, that's another good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...)

about 3 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

korbulon Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

Or as Ron Swanson put it:

“Never Half-ass Two Things. Whole-ass One Thing.”

about 3 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

korbulon Look what happened with Snowden (224 comments)

They got caught with their dicks in the cookie jar, and still (still!) they blame the kid who called them out for it.

Don't fool yourself with ideologies and policy statements and fancy speeches. It's all Bullshit. Democrats = Republicans = Cunts. Power likes to suck itself off and *hates* it when someone gets in the way. Somehow we all know this, but sometimes we need to see it to really believe it. Did many of those who voted for Obama really think the government under his administration would not only be caught spying on US citizens, but that he himself would actively defend it, and that he would use his underlings to spend more effort on the Snowden witchhunt and character assassination than looking into the NSA overreach wrongdoing? It's disgusting behavior, but not wholly unexpected for any reasonably diligent student of political history.

The only people worse than those trying to acquire power are those trying to retain it.

about 3 months ago

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K9 Cop Filmed Shoving Police Dog into Suspect's Car Cleared of Wrongdoing

korbulon korbulon writes  |  1 year,12 days

korbulon (2792438) writes "Back in November, a North Carolina K-9 officer was recorded by a dashboard camera shoving a trained police dog into the car of DWI suspect after he had already surrendered (as the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HF4jnBSUsA) clearly shows, the suspect raised his hands immediately after pulling over). In spite of repeated viewings of the footage, a grand jury has just cleared the officer of any wrongdoing (http://www.wncn.com/story/24174059/video-shows-wpd-officer-thrusting-police-dog-on-drivers-lap-cleared-of-wrongdoing), citing that "case law has established 'a properly trained police dog is not a deadly weapon.'" Ironically, in spite of suffering extensive facial injuries from the dog attack, the suspect will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon."
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The Perfect Geekend

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "I was having a heated debate the other day with my colleagues about what they consider to be their ideal weekend. Responses ranged from massive gaming sessions, TV show marathons, and hiking trips in the mountains to sleeping on the sofa. This got me to wondering: when the weekend rolls around what does the Slashdot community like to do on its downtime?"
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Congressman Wants to Repeal Patriot Act

korbulon korbulon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

korbulon (2792438) writes "New Jersey congressman Rush Holt has submitted legislation to repeal both the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act in an attempt to curtail the expansion of government infringment of citizens' rights and privacy. In a press announcement Holt stated: "My bill would restore the probable cause-based warrant requirement for any surveillance against an American citizen being proposed on the basis of an alleged threat to the nation." In an interesting twist, Holt is currently running for a U.S. Senate seat, giving NJ voters have a chance to indirectly voice their opinion regarding NSA surveillance and eavesdropping ."
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