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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

six11 Re:Fuckbeta (2219 comments)

Dang, I was going to register my displeasure by ebaying my Slashdot account for the three-digit e-peen. But I guess if they don't show the digits I shouldn't bother now.

about a year ago

US Court Sides With Gene Patents

six11 Re:Hmm... (255 comments)

Actually, if that reasoning were to apply elsewhere, Monstanto might actually have to take responsibility for infecting neighboring non-GMO fields with its seed. I agree with one of the posters below... the people with cancer would somehow end up owing the company money.

I think I'll start a kickstarter fund to set up a colony on Mars, away from all this lunacy.

more than 2 years ago

Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

six11 Re:yes (1010 comments)

I came here to say just this, and you beat me to most of it.

But! If we're doing away with all the subjects that make us feel bad, the logical conclusion (not that we understand logic any longer) is that only one course remains that everybody can agree on: sex education! And, since we have nothing else going on at school because it makes us feel dumb, sex ed will be taken to great new heights! Imagine the possibilities!

more than 2 years ago

3D Printer Models For Universal Construction Toy Connectors

six11 Re:Acronym... (76 comments)

I have it on very good authority that the "F.U.C.K" name was intentional. It was developed by the guy sitting 5 feet behind me. Well, one of them, at least.

more than 2 years ago

Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

six11 Re:Problem here is "racism" (915 comments)

The invisible wizard of Islam is, historically, the invisible wizard of Abraham: the invisible wizards of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are, as a matter of fact, one and the same.

Wizard needs a sense of perspective - badly!

more than 2 years ago

Lawyer Demands Pacemaker Vendor Supply Source Code

six11 Re:CTL-ALT-DEL (334 comments)

I'm dissappointed in Slashdot. One would expect that over here people would see the value of having access to the source of the software that keeps you alive.

100% agree. It seems most of the other posters on this story saw the word "Lawyer" and went temporarily stupid. Slashdotters emit blood curdling screams when they can't get open access to video codecs, but are indifferent when medical device vendors don't share code that literally keeps people alive. To those of you want to keep this code secret, I hope your electric spleen shocks you toasty brown someday.

about 3 years ago

Tipping Point For Open Access CS Research?

six11 Re:ACM now provides free access (116 comments)

Thanks for pointing that out. Download count is not really important for tenure cases but it does help gauge interest. I might just have to point my own paper PDF links to ACM now to start tracking that.

more than 3 years ago

Your State University Doesn't Want You

six11 Re:As a university professor: (551 comments)

By this logic, people who do not drive should not pay taxes for road repair, or that people who don't have kids shouldn't pay taxes for K12 schools, or that people who have replaced their original bodies with titanium robot hulls shouldn't pay taxes that fund the NIH. Of course we would have problems if this is how it worked. Minus the robot people, who I just made up.

You are right that a person might not directly take advantage of a state university that is paid for in part by their taxes. So to that degree, they're not directly getting what they are paying for. But their taxes help educate others in their state. Presumably it is more economically and culturally advantageous to have an educated population than not. But it is hard to quantify those benefits (because people value things differently), which is partly why we have the argument in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Injunction Blocks "Don't Be Friends" Law For Missouri Teachers

six11 Re:Including their own children? (150 comments)

Does it actually state that anywhere? Because that has to be the most ridiculous part of the law.

Reading the injunction (here) it seems the original law does indeed prohibit parent/child association, and the court agrees with you that it is ridiculous. On page 2:

[the law states] "No teacher shall establish, maintain, or use a non-work-related internet site which allows exclusive access with a current or or former student."


... Even if a complete ban on certain forms of communication between certain individuals could be construed as content neutral and only a reasonable restriction on "time, place and manner," the breadth of the prohibition is staggering. The Court finds at based upon the evidence adduced at the preliminary injunction hearing, social networking is extensively used by educators. It is often primary, if not sole manner, of communications between the Plaintiffs and their students. Examination of the statute indicates that it would prohibit all teachers from using any non-work-related social networking sites which allow exclusive access with current and former students. It clearly prohibits communication between family members and their teacher parents using these types of sites. The Court finds that the statute would have a chilling effect on speech.

So yeah, redonkulous.

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

six11 Don't fear the penguins, circa 1997 (1521 comments)

Slashdot was one of my biggest nerd influences during my formative years. Thanks for making the site, and cultivating the community that makes it continue to be (usually) great. I wish you luck in whatever you end up doing.

more than 3 years ago

Cop Seeks Wiretapping Charges For Woman Who Videotaped Beating

six11 Re:Massachusetts laws are fucked up (662 comments)

This would be a perfect opportunity for people to pressure their state legislators to do something reasonable.

more than 3 years ago

UK Police Arrest 12 Over Facebook Use Inciting Riots

six11 Re:Looting criminals (369 comments)

I don't see the relationship between the summary and what you said about it. Taco didn't write it, and timothy (who posted it) only copied in what the submitter wrote. You are implying that slashdot is defending the looters. I just don't see it.

Inciting violence isn't just a bad idea, it's illegal. Those people could probably be nailed for conspiracy to commit violence as well, since they were communicating and coordinating how/when to do it. There was nothing in the summary that supported the looters or rioters...

more than 3 years ago

CDC Warns of Zombie Apocalypse

six11 Re:Not meant literally, but rather a cultural appe (300 comments)

Which is REALLY a bigger threat to us, the military power of any foreign adversary, or a highly contagious disease that knows no borders?

The military of an adversary using (or losing control of) highly contagious diseases within our borders. Lets just hope the rogue militant wing of Blackwater doesn't develop the zombiepox.

more than 3 years ago

Google Launching Music Service Without Labels

six11 Re:This is incredibly offtopic, but... (406 comments)


I'm not sure what interaction benefit the 'click to open parent' gives. If you click a link on an already visible post, it may or may not follow the link. Or it might do some silly un-collapsing thing.

more than 3 years ago

SpaceX Aims To Put Man On Mars In 10-20 Years

six11 Re:So was Obama right? (271 comments)

I think it would be interesting to understand why SpaceX has been able to steadily chug along, and compare that with NASA's recent progress. It could be that SpaceX isn't bound to the political restrictions and other nonsense that prevent NASA from being the beacon of light. I have several friends-of-friends who work at SpaceX, and these are absolutely brilliant people. Presumably these same people could have worked at JPL or something, but since they actually want to put their fancy rocket science know-how to use they went to work for SpaceX, since they are producing inspired results. I imagine it would be hard to find anybody working at SpaceX who isn't brilliant and hard-working. There's a finite supply of top-shelf talent in this area, and my guess is they mostly work for Elon Musk. This is a similar formula that put a man on the moon back in the 60s, though the names and incentives were different.

I predict success. They'll put a man and a woman (we're in the future, and this is how the future rolls) on Mars within 20 years. I'm also skeptical of the 10~15 year goal, but it is better to set absurdly aggressive goals that inspire people to talk about it than it is to be conservative and be ignored. They've proven they can do amazing things already.

more than 3 years ago

StunRay Incapacitates With a Flash of Light

six11 Re:...liabilities (431 comments)

You had me until "military-industrial complex"

I know, right? I mean, what kind of commie, hippie loser came up with the name "military-industrial complex" anyway? Probably some leftist liberal trying to assert his homosexual agenda on the rest of us.

In case the reference is lost to some of you, here's what the parent is talking about. The pinko usually given credit for popularizing the phrase "military-industrial" complex is none other than the former five-star general in charge of the allied European theater of WW2 and later a Republican President of the United States. You may call him Ike... and he knew something about the military and its supporting industrial base.

Admittedly, the phrase is bandied about really loosely (some may say liberally) so it has unfortunately been diluted by misuse.

more than 3 years ago

Confession: There's an iPhone App For That

six11 How that would go. (192 comments)

I am the electrono-priest. Please, describe your problems. Each time
you are finished talking, type RET twice.

Forgive me father, for I have sinned.

Tell me something about your family.

They aren't talking to me anymore.

Why do you say they are not talking to you anymore?

Just what I said. They don't speak with me.

What makes you believe that?

Empirical evidence?

Maybe your plans have something to do with this.

What plans are you talking about? I didn't mention plans.

I don't understand.

That makes two of us.

Is it because makes two of us that you came to me?

Hey you're the priest. Who should I go to, Steve Jobs?

Earlier you said makes two of us?

You heard correctly.

Is it because of your life that you are going through all this?

Tautologically speaking, I suppose my life is the reason I'm going
through anything at all.

How do you reconcile the people you hang around with?

I pay them. Can we get to the bit about my sins please?

You mentioned that makes two of us?

Father are you brain damaged?

You seem to dwell on your family.

Who is that back there?

I'll ask the questions, if you don't mind!

Ezra is that you? Oh for Christ's sake.

more than 3 years ago



Canadian SF author beaten at US border

six11 six11 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

six11 writes "Peter Watts, a Canadian science fiction writer, was beaten silly by US border agents, tossed in jail, and now faces a costly legal campaign. Apparently his computer, paper notebook, and most of his clothes (!) were confiscated, thought it seems those things had nothing to do with the reason why he was assaulted. You can read all about it on boingboing or follow along on Peter's blog. It seems the mainstream media hasn't picked up on this yet, though they should. Are we really this doomed? Quoting Watts:

"Along some other timeline, I did not get out of the car to ask what was going on. I did not repeat that question when refused an answer and told to get back into the vehicle. In that other timeline I was not punched in the face, pepper-sprayed, shit-kicked, handcuffed, thrown wet and half-naked into a holding cell for three fucking hours, thrown into an even colder jail cell overnight, arraigned, and charged with assaulting a federal officer, all without access to legal representation ...


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