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Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

robinsonne Re:Precious Snowflake (322 comments)

Exactly. Far too many children are coddled and protected far too much growing up. Kids need to learn that not every day is happy sunshine fun land while they're kids. Yeah, it's no fun being punished/disciplined for screwing up, or failing at something, but when you're a kid the stakes are low. I see far too many young people where I work (college) that are on their own for the first time and have never worked at anything in their whole life, never had someone not holding their hand and wiping their nose. What happens? They fall flat on their face and then howl that it's not fair. Better to learn early how to struggle and persevere and succeed than to coast into failure later.

2 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

robinsonne Re:Soon to be a felony in Illinois (515 comments)

They can make it a law in Illinois and until someone sues their way up to a Federal court, and the Feds file an injunction to stop enforcement of the Illinois law.

about two weeks ago
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The Minecraft Parent

robinsonne Re:Pleasant? (174 comments)

1) Who said anything about micromanaging? Find a server that's pleasant, has some of the same values that you're hoping for (friendly, non-adult language, etc) and point your kid there. If he/she likes it, they'll stay there. 2) If you don't want your kid killing anything at all, there's always creative mode where nothing ever tries to kill you either. If breeding cattle, chickens, sheep, etc and then eating them is "sex & violence" then I don't know what to say. You can only shield your child from so many things. Bottom line: If you can't go through the bother of finding somewhere nice, and just plop down wherever you find first, you get what you get. Throw a dart at a map of a major city and live where it lands, see how well things turn out.

about 3 months ago
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The Minecraft Parent

robinsonne Re:Pleasant? (174 comments)

So....just like with any other online game, find some decent servers that don't put up with "adult language" or griefing.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

robinsonne To be fair... (405 comments)

To be fair, have you listened to some of what NFL announcers say these days? Most of it is pretty damn stupid, even when they're keeping their remarks to football. I consider it lucky if they can tell the difference between a run play and a pass play...telling the difference between 2 gadgets? Nope.

about 3 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

robinsonne Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

Where are customers supposed to flee to? Many of these companies are de facto monopolies in many areas or at the very least in lock-step with their "competitors." There aren't very many choices for tech companies unless you want to do without, which is unpalatable for many.

about 4 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

robinsonne Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

Maybe it's just silly, but I'm really scared of someone shooting a laser into my eye. I don't want to be that 0.01% of cases that has something horrible happen.

about 5 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

robinsonne Re:Online petitions with consequences? (382 comments)

Not unless those signatures have money backing them. Money wins elections, not votes.

about 5 months ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

robinsonne Re:About that.... (223 comments)

I don't know who modded you up +5, but buy a clue. When a corporation is being sued/indicted it's that organization that is being taken to court, not it's individual employees, agents, or officers (unless some serious misconduct is happening individually). Therefore the legal entity (i.e. the Corporation) gains some of the legal benefits (4th Amendment) and responsibilities because that is the purpose of a corporation: to create a legal entity that stands apart from the individual members on it's own behalf.

Look up the meaning of the phrase "corporate veil."

about 5 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

robinsonne The relevant part (560 comments)

The relevant part of the ruling:

We now conclude that the answer to the reported question is, "Yes, where the defendant's compelled decryption would not communicate facts of a testimonial nature to the Commonwealth beyond what the defendant already had admitted to investigators." Accordingly, we reverse the judge's denial of the Commonwealth's motion to compel decryption.

So what they're saying is that since the decryption key isn't "testimony" it doesn't count under the 5th Amendment. (IANAL)

about 6 months ago
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Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

robinsonne Re:start up nation (81 comments)

A relative lack of complacency and inertia.

about 5 months ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

robinsonne Re:Oh fudge (65 comments)

No, but AT&T is following the bare minimum of the letter of the law in California. I would assume it's a much wider problem.

about 6 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

robinsonne Re:Internet + limited basic TV (339 comments)

No actually, if you want fewer channels, or heaven forbid want just internet, you can expect to pay extra for that "privilege."

about 7 months ago
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Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

robinsonne Re:in soviet russia (160 comments)

In theoretically-democratic Russia, Russian rocket crash jokes tell you!

about 7 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

robinsonne Facilities (216 comments)

Umm...the facilities people control the HVAC for all 19 buildings which they can do from almost anywhere remotely.

about 7 months ago
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Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

robinsonne Re:Liar or Fool? (261 comments)

Does he live in such a powerful echo chamber / reality distortion field that he actually believes what he is saying, or does he have such disdain for the citizens that he is comfortable saying the opposite of what is true, to try to squeeze out a few extra votes from those who don't know any better?

Yes, and yes

about 8 months ago
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Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

robinsonne Sure, I guess I agree (261 comments)

If by "right side" he means leaning towards totalitarianism and increasingly corporatist/fascist views towards online freedoms, then ok, I guess I can agree.

about 8 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

robinsonne Re:Helios flight disaster. (436 comments)

But then the transponder would have still been on...

about 9 months ago

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