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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

srobert Imagine That You're a Biology Teacher (665 comments)

Imagine that your a high school or junior high school biology teacher. Several times a day you are in a classroom in a rural southern state with an audience of 20 to 30 students. You know that more than half of the students in your class have been told by their parents and their pastors, that when the subject of evolution comes up, they should just tune out. Many of you keep saying that there's no controversy and nothing to gain by teaching the controversy. Well, for this class room full of skeptical students there's a lot of controversy. I guarantee you won't break through to them by ignoring it.

about 2 months ago
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GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

srobert The Science will Remain Opaque to Ignorant People. (618 comments)

The purpose of the bill and the reporting being done on it from GOPNews is to frame policy debate within the myth that what the EPA is doing isn't ALREADY TRANSPARENT. At least it's sufficiently transparent to those who understand the science. It will always be opaque to those who are ill-informed about science. I've been researching proposed regulations in drinking water. An enormous volume of scientific documentation regarding the studies and methods that are being used were freely available at http://epa.gov./ Schedules for periods of public comment and dissenting opinion documentation are posted there also. So how much more do they have to do to be transparent in the eyes of clueless people.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

srobert "We" can Vote with our feet. (2219 comments)

The post says "we're a community", but otherwise uses the words "we", "you", and "the audience" in a way that indicates the author doesn't really believe it. When he says Classic Slashdot will be available until "we're" confident ..., I'm reasonably certain that I'm not a part of that "we". Rather I'm just a pair of eyeballs that's for sell to the advertisers. I never saw a poll where we,the community gets to vote on whether or not Classic Slashdot should go away. But "WE" are going to vote one way or another. Maybe we'll vote with our feet, the same way we'd vote a lousy restaurant out of business.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

srobert Fork Slashdot (2219 comments)

Yeah, I've been on Slashdot for awhile too. But I won't be back anymore when the classic site becomes unavailable. Since the community is the actual product here, let's just fork it and we'll all go somewhere else. Maybe we can't call it Slashdot, but who cares? Let's just start a new site for all the old Slashdot members with the classic look.

about 2 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

srobert Re:This is bullshit (683 comments)

Yes I think they understood what they had agreed to when they moved in. But the circumstances under which they agreed to it should never have been allowed to occur. And they should evoke empathy among those who are still capable of such. Your comment reminds me of another I heard a short time ago.
"Are there no prisons?"
"Plenty of prisons..."
"And the Union workhouses." demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

about 3 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

srobert Re:This is bullshit (683 comments)

It would be great if the residents actually owned the property. They are often renters. The landlord will be glad to sell his old dilapidated property at its new value, then boot the tenants out. Sometimes they boot the tenants out in advance.The tenants often have nowhere to go and nothing to gain from the transaction. I know an elderly woman who is fighting eviction and relocation because she's simply too old, tired and too sick with cancer to move. She will probably lose and the forced relocation will be the death of her.

about 3 months ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

srobert Much of his life (449 comments)

Much of his 23 year long life. Still couldn't have been very long. I've spent more time taking a crap than he's been alive.

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

srobert Re:Now is your chance to try Linux... (513 comments)

I had a similar experience with my sister (not very computer savvy). She had a laptop that she was very frustrated with. I turned it into a dual boot system with Xubuntu on the Linux side and whatever version of Windows she had on the other. I encouraged her to use the Linux side, which she has been, and since then she has much less trouble.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

srobert Mixing Content with Promotions Ticks Me Off (731 comments)

Whenever I'm reading through a story and realize that I'm being marketed to, it just makes me so angry. Whenever that happens I try to take the edge off it by relaxing with the smooth flavor of a Chesterfield cigarette. Mmm. Smooooooth.

about 3 months ago
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The Far Future of Our Solar System

srobert Re:What about the future of Slashdot? (122 comments)

Indeed. CmdrTaco must be rolling in his grave. ...What? He's still alive. They tell me. Well, of course he is. How could he be rolling in his grave if he was dead? The disturbing part is that he's in a grave. Someone really should get him out of there. What? He apparently refuses to come out until Slashdot ditches the beta.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

srobert But What Do You Mean by "Market" Share (470 comments)

The term "market" implies that the calculations pertain only to competing products for sale and counted by sales receipts. The pie graph on the article indicates over 90% for some sort of MS Windows. 7.5% Mac and 1.7% Linux. I suppose that they're counting my laptop, which came pre-installed with some version of Windows as a Windows machine. Well I did install Windows 7 in a VM, but that's seldom used. Mostly I'm just using the host OS which is FreeBSD. How do they count that since it isn't really in the "market"?

about 3 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

srobert Re:Then Windows would be...? (392 comments)

Windows would be in the service of Mammon. One cannot serve both God and Mammon. But one can serve both Unix and Windows. So the analogy doesn't always work.

about 4 months ago
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Neural Net Learns Breakout By Watching It On Screen, Then Beats Humans

srobert Neural Net Also Sings (138 comments)

"Would you like to hear the song I learned today while we play? Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do ..."

about 4 months ago
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Enlightenment DR 0.18: Improved Compositing, Wayland Support

srobert DE or WM? (62 comments)

So do we call Enlightenment a "window manager" or a "desktop environment"? How many features you can add to a WM before you have to officially declare that it is a DE?

about 4 months ago
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Enlightenment DR 0.18: Improved Compositing, Wayland Support

srobert Re:Why compositing? (62 comments)

I thought that true transparency was just eye-candy, until I started using it on my laptop. I can type into a terminal while still reading the application below it. That's very useful on a small screen. Even with the tiling wm that I use, XMonad, I still float my terminal windows, and have them about half transparent.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

srobert It's Too Bad... (698 comments)

... that they haven't foiled the real threats to the US economy, outsourcing, union-busting, austerity, etc.

about 4 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

srobert Due Process (276 comments)

Due process, The North Koreans have apparently eliminated such inefficiency from their system. A shame to let them get ahead of us in that.

about 4 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

srobert Enforced Ignorance (276 comments)

"Enforced Ignorance", what an interesting term. In the U.S., ignorance isn't actively enforced, but education is widely discouraged.

about 4 months ago
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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

srobert Quietest not Happiest (332 comments)

I'm really tired. I read "Quietest Place on Earth" and I immediately thought Disneyland. No wait, that's "happiest". Anyway, does Disneyland cause hallucinations? That's a whole different matter.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

srobert Anonymous (319 comments)

I always log out and post anonymously.

Doh!...

about 5 months ago

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FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

srobert srobert writes  |  about 4 months ago

srobert (4099) writes "An article at ars-technica details that following stories of NSA leaks, FreeBSD developers will not rely solely on Intel's or Via's chip-based random number generators for /dev/random values. The values will first be seeded through another randomization algorithm known as "Yarrow". The changes are effective with the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (for which the first of three planned release candidates became available last week)."
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FreeBSD Instructional Videos

srobert srobert writes  |  about a year ago

srobert (4099) writes "I found a large number of instructional videos covering FreeBSD installation,configuration, etc., have been recently posted on youtube by ComputerHelpDesks. I've watched several of them. They're very informative and cover a broad range of topics based on FreeBSD 8.x., but still mostly up-to-date information. Ideal for Linux or Windows users who might wish to explore FreeBSD.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Computer...?query=freebsd"

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