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Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

russotto Re:We're billions or a trillion short still. (88 comments)

What Google's PR / charity funding is, it's a reminder that our society and our government (reflecting the public's apathy and lack of intense desire to provide our kids better education and to FUND it with our taxes so it will happen) are running a system that's not only very underfunded, it's not built to evenly distribute what funding we do get.

You're half-right. It's not underfunded; education funding per pupil has doubled in real terms over the past few decades. But it isn't built to evenly distribute the funding; in general poor areas are favored over more wealthy areas.

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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

russotto Re:Thugs on the DC Metro? (175 comments)

A thug is a gang member, usually an enforcer or other low-level muscle, or someone who acts like one. . Just because Dick Sherman wants it purged as a code-word doesn't make it so.

Although the idea of avoiding the D.C. metro because it's full of thugs is pretty funny. Unless you include people who do legal violence as well as physical in "thug".

yesterday
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

russotto Re:London underground has automatic trains (175 comments)

The other, important purpose it to make sarcastic announcements when the train gets stuck at a signal, which is something they do excel at.

The NYC system has this semi-automatic. They have about 5 different announcements claiming conditions like "held for train traffic ahead", "held by the dispatcher", etc, all recorded by the "50s announcer guy" ("You may know me from such announcements as 'The White Zone is for Loading and Unloading Only, No Parking'"). When the train is stopped for any reason, the driver pushes the buttons, pretty much at random.

yesterday
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

russotto Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Lol they'll post the spacing in metric and people in the US will be totally lost. 145mm of room, wow thats a lot!!!

"I'm sorry sir, you can't fly in this seat without a Confined Space Certification from OSHA"

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

russotto Re:Aren't all the airlines complaining about usage (819 comments)

I was of the impression that most of the airlines were all bemoaning the low traffic, driving up the costs of flying because "nobody is flying anymore". If that is the case, why are they not making flight a more appealing option to draw more passengers?

It's easier to just reduce costs by run fewer flights with more people crammed into each flight.

Book your flight based on things like creature comforts. If the airline doesn't offer what you consider a bare minimum, DON'T Use them! Vote with your Money! If enough people did that, the airlines would Have to accommodate, or go broke in a hurry! Be willing to pay for what you want, or Not pay for a bad experience!

Unless you have days to drive or cruise to where you can fly in hours, the airlines are the only game in town.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

russotto It appears he's also DMCAed the source code (354 comments)

Spigot mentions "Additionally access to the Spigot source code repository has been forcibly removed from GitHub following a similar DMCA takedown."

There's no way to credibly claim a GPL violation resulting from distribution of the source code.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

russotto Re:Wow those fees... (161 comments)

perhaps not as prestigious as MIT, but more than sufficient for most people.

Sufficient for people who want to become a cog in the machine. Those people who are paying for the application service for top ranked schools want to go to those schools because they don't want to become cogs in the machine, they want to own the machine. It is a completely different mindset from "most people".

Second time I read this sentiment in this thread. It fails on two counts -- one that students at lesser schools want to become cogs in the machine; I knew quite a few from my state school who had founded their own company before graduation, and others who wanted to. Two, that MIT and other elite students don't become cogs -- there sure are a lot of MIT-educated "cogs" where I work; they're not any less a "cog" than me for having gone to MIT.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

russotto Re:Smart People (161 comments)

Plenty of smart people even at large mediocre state universities, though -- and they tend to cluster.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

russotto Love the tornado one (222 comments)

The FAA: Keeping the airspace around tornados safe for the public since 2013.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

russotto Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

What, exactly, is controversial about this? The FAA is responsible for the safety of aviation, and a lot of corporations are deliberately, flagrantly breaking the law. Sounds like a good idea that the FAA enforce the law.

The FAA tried to fine one commercial aerial photographer for "deliberately, flagrantly" breaking this law. They lost in court. Not, mind you, a judicial determination: they lost in their own administrative court, where one of their own administrative judges ruled they did not have the authority to regulate these aircraft.

Legally, nothing has changed since then, though appeals are still in progress. The FAA, thus, is attempting to assert an authority that at the present time, they have been told by their own courts that they do not have.

That's what's controversial.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

russotto Re:In Soviet Maryland (441 comments)

In my experience, if something looks outrageous based on the current description of the situation, that description is usually either wrong or omits several very important facts.

The Just World hypothesis in a nutshell.

about three weeks ago
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Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

russotto Re:How about protons instead of neutrons? (200 comments)

I'm pretty sure the energy required to add a proton to the nucleus of a large atom is prohibitive.

about three weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

russotto Re:more info? (441 comments)

Apparently, he sent a letter which caused some people to be concerned.

Indeed. But "the letter contained no threats against schools or school personnel".

about three weeks ago
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New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

russotto Re:419 (62 comments)

In poor countries, pervasive tax evasion means not enough money for infrastructure, or to pay sufficient salaries to government employees so that they work for their salary rather the opportunity to extort bribes.

Right, because government officials are all pure and good and if they got all the taxes that selfish individuals are evading they would definitely use them for infrastructure rather than, say, off-shore "exit funds" or 400 pairs of shoes for their wife or palatial estates in their otherwise squalor-filled country.

The prevalance of the informal (untaxed) economy is a symptom, not a cause. Cracking down on it misses the point and makes things worse.

about three weeks ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

russotto Re:Ecosystem (108 comments)

Because if the things producing the shit are eating your crop, getting a bunch of shit in return isn't really a good deal. It's not like they'd drop a load right after seeding.

about three weeks ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

russotto Re:Ecosystem (108 comments)

Their habit of long distance migration in large groups was well suited for such an explosion, exploiting all of the nut-tree resources on North America.

Unfortunately for the passenger pigeon, their favorite American Chestnut is no longer a nut-bearing species for most of its former range, thanks to the chestnut blight. So before you can re-introduce the passenger pigeon, you need to restore the chestnut -- which horticulturists have been trying, with limited success, for decades.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

russotto Re:Just like the wheel. (258 comments)

Some libertarian terrorists should just steal all the nuclear waste, and secretly stash it away at some safe underground locations in the middle of fucking nowhere deserts in the rockies.

Get real, if libertarian terrorists stole it they'd stash it in the Capitol Rotunda.

about three weeks ago
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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

russotto Just what we need (1 comments)

More pigeons. Can't they resurrect a bird that isn't basically a pest?

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

russotto Re:Good (108 comments)

You also have the option of not traveling by your own car - you can rent a car, borrow one from a friend, walk, bike, or take public transit.

If you rent a car or use public transit, they're tracking you through your payment instrument and/or facial recognition. If you walk or bike, facial recognition. If you borrow a car, they'll track down your friend and have him/her rat you out, or use facial recognition.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

russotto Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

This this car requires an AI than can improvise. It has to know that the hill you are about to go up is snow covered which means you have to gun it and not stop, otherwise you will get stuck.

It'll be easier to teach that sort of thing to a self-driving car than to your average "slower is safer in the snow" programmed human idiot. Keeping enough speed and control to drive around those assholes in their stuck Volvos while I drive around in my (slipping madly, but still going) RWD Miata is a real pain.

about three weeks ago

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US Software Developer Wages Fall

russotto russotto writes  |  about a year ago

russotto (537200) writes "Despite all the talk of "skills gap" and "tech worker shortage", wages for the software industry are falling, not rising. Wages fell 2% to $99,000 in 2012. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't basic economics state that if wages are falling, there must be a surplus, not a shortage?"
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Modern man result of interbreeding with Neandertal

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 4 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "It turns out Neandertal man could, and did, interbreed with modern humans. According a study in _Science_, 1 to 4% of modern DNA from Europeans and Asians comes from Neanderthals. So next time you call someone a knuckle-dragger, remember your great-to-the-Nth grandfather probably was one too."
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Man arrested for anti-cop video on YouTube

russotto russotto writes  |  more than 6 years ago

russotto (537200) writes "In an apparent attempt to prove that while we may still have the Second Amendment, that pesky First Amendment is obselete in the digital age, Philadelphia police arrested and charged a man for posting a video on YouTube where he says that he rejoices every time a cop is killed. He was charged with aggravated assault, corruption of miniors, terroristic threats, and harassment. YouTube, demonstrating its commitment to free speech, pulled the video for "terms of service violations"."
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russotto russotto writes  |  more than 5 years ago Wow, someone out there really hates me. Used up all 5 mod points to score my comments as "Flamebait", when none of them were (and 4 of them clearly weren't).

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