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Illinois Bans Social Network Use By Sex Offenders

sudotron To make some money... (587 comments)

1). Look up a local sex offender on online registry
2). Snap some candid photos of them in public
3). Threaten to make a myspace profile in their name unless the pay up
4). Profit!

more than 5 years ago

Database Error Costs Social Security Victims $500M

sudotron Re:DB indexed on the wrong key, obviously ... (299 comments)

From what I remember about database theory, the logical and correct thing to do in the case that two tables do not have a common primary key is to either A) not relate the tables, as doing so would be prone to producing errors, or B) create a third table to relate the primary keys of one table with the other.

It would be interesting to see if the actual statute included rules for what was supposed to happen in such cases. However, something makes me rather doubtful that anything like that crossed our elected officials' minds.

more than 5 years ago

UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

sudotron Re:Jesus Fucking Christ (693 comments)

Putting cameras in their homes might be better than sending them to jail.

In the US, we have a nice little thing called due process, which guarantees (or at least it used to) that, before a person could be deprived of their rights in such a way as having a camera installed in their home, they are entitled to a fair and impartial trial by a jury of their peers.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship

sudotron Ummm... (635 comments)

Can't they just make more by pouring some ink on a piece of paper and folding it in half? I thought the point of these was what the patient in question thought they looked like, not the appearance of the actual ink-blot. I could be wrong though.

more than 5 years ago

A Mathematician's Lament — an Indictment of US Math Education

sudotron One comment/suggestion (677 comments)

The author suggests that math be taught more as an art than a dry requisite skill. This presents somewhat of a problem though: A great deal of a person's mathematical ability depends on how strongly they understand the foundation of a particular area of study. If we were to treat math courses as "elective", I could forsee all sorts of problems arising.

I've always done well in math and enjoyed it thoroughly, but I'm not to naive as to say that I would enjoy learning about differential equations without first understanding functions, slopes, derivatives, etc. Taylor Series, Fourier Transforms--these are all beautiful and intricate mathematical concepts, but without understanding the fundamental building blocks which make infinite series work, they are all but useless.

more than 5 years ago

Company Claims EEG Scans Can Help Identify ADHD

sudotron Obligatory South Park Reference (373 comments)

Okay, so kids, to see if you have attention deficit disorder, I'm going to start by reading you "The Great Gatsby", by F. Scott Fitzgerald...

(Several Hours Later)
--So we beat on, boats against the current, bourne back ceaselessly into the past.

So children, who can tell me the kind of car that Gatsby drove in chapter three? Anybody? My god, these kids all have ADD!

more than 5 years ago

Calif. Petitions Supreme Court On Violent Video Game Bill

sudotron Mod Parent Up (204 comments)

It never ceases to amaze me how many taxpayer dollars and how much court time could be saved if legislators simply read and understood the documents they are supposed to be upholding.

more than 5 years ago

What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

sudotron My biggest issue with the movie (SPOILERS) (592 comments)

Although, the setting and scenes of the movie, as well as the characters' personae, were generally accurate, the thing that killed it for me was the "red matter".

Seriously, one of the reasons that I've always liked Star Trek is that the technology and phenomenon used has some sort of grounding in real (or at least theoretical) physics: The introduction of some arcane black hole-producing substance made me WTF for the rest of the movie.

more than 5 years ago

What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

sudotron Re:Well... (592 comments)


more than 5 years ago

What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?

sudotron Re:Huh? (592 comments)

They should've just had Q show up at the end and fix the timeline.

more than 5 years ago

IP Enforcement Treaty Still Being Kept Secret

sudotron Re:Funny... (172 comments)

Sadly, neither party seems to be particularly true to their own ideals anymore. The Dems claim that they are the party of the workers and unions, yet they use taxpayer dollars to bailout the big corporations instead of helping the increasingly unemployed population. The GOP claims to favor less government regulation and intrusion in people's lives, yet doesn't object when the government ruins the lives of non-violent drug users, tells people they can't have sex if it's for money, or makes any other legislation of the perceived morality of someone's private life.

The two parties in this country are more alike than you think. And they both want more power and money in their pockets than anything else.

more than 5 years ago

External Airbag Designed to Protect Pedestrians

sudotron Fuel Efficiency? (253 comments)

It seems like we're fighting this never ending battle to shove more worthless equipment into cars while at the same time attempting to increase fuel efficiency. We'll never be able to have both. Every ill-conceived and improperly tested safety feature that's put in a vehicle will either increase its weight, sap power from the engine, or both. Call me nostalgic if you want, but I miss the cars of 20 to 30 years ago: Light, fuel efficient, and simple. I highly doubt that any of the cars coming out today will be running a few decades from now, what with all the cheaply made electronics that are essential to their function.

If you want my two cents, I'd say that all cars should be made with five-point safety harnesses and a roll cage integrated into the frame. This would be light, not require constant electronic monitoring of status, and sufficiently protect the vehicle's occupants. After all, race drivers have had these for years with mostly positive outcomes.

more than 5 years ago

Why Is It So Difficult To Fire Bad Teachers?

sudotron Re:News for nerds? (1322 comments)

Are you crazy? We can't have students learning to think critically and logically--they might end up voting for third parties or worse. And encouraging debate? Do you just want to ruin our carefully constructed tapestry of political-correctness and cultural-sensitivity?

more than 5 years ago

Energy-Beaming Space Collector To Also Alter Weather?

sudotron I dunno... (274 comments)

By heating up the upper and middle levels of an infant hurricane, they say they could disrupt the flows of air that power the enormous storms.

So what happens if you heat the lower layers? Sorry, just my evil genius side coming out.

more than 5 years ago

Energy-Beaming Space Collector To Also Alter Weather?

sudotron Re:So.. (274 comments)

You think that's bad? Just wait until the government introduces a new "hurricane prevention excise tax".

more than 5 years ago

Using Net Proxies Will Lead To Harsher Sentences

sudotron Re:Time for a new name... (366 comments)

It will be called, the Resisty!

more than 5 years ago

Was the Amazon De-Listing Situation a Glitch Or a Hack?

sudotron Re:who is misrepresenting the truth (396 comments)

I was going to say the exact same thing, but you beat me to it.

However, whether or not the letter is genuine it seems unlikely that a glitch would cause specifically gay literature to be de-listed; one would expect some other unusal behavior from their search engine as well, which hasn't been reported so far. As for it being a hack, I would suspect that anyone who gained access to Amazon's listing service would do something a little more malicious than simply de-listing gay books (I know I would).

Just my two cents.

more than 5 years ago

Was the Amazon De-Listing Situation a Glitch Or a Hack?

sudotron Re:To avoid this.. (396 comments)


Not sure if you were being serious or not, but either way I'm going to respond with my usual rant on the subject because I think it's important: Whether or not being gay is genetic shouldn't matter in the context of any policy whatsoever. It appalls me to no end that people debate about this when the real issue at hand is that adults ought to be able to have consensual sex with whomever they want. What I do in the bedroom is between me and whomever I'm in there with.

more than 5 years ago

Data Center Raid About Unpaid Telco Fees

sudotron In the last story... (174 comments)

the speculation was that the FBI raided the data center for IP piracy. Which would, assuming they in fact had a warrant, be within the scope of criminal law, e.g. The Copyright act.

However, I was under the impression that, in America, it was no violation of the law to owe someone money; at least until that person or corporation showed that money was owed or a contract was breached in a CIVIL suit.

Or has the Federal Government legislated itself into that area as well?

IANAL, etc.

more than 5 years ago

Phoenix Police Seize PCs of a Blogger Critical of the Department

sudotron Re:No one left to speak for me (515 comments)

Cops =/= Bears

Besides which, even if this crudely formed analogy were true, the equivalent of the blogger's actions would be shouting insults at the bear from outside the cage. The bear, being at the zoo, ought to be used to that sort of thing.

Now if the cops were pedobear....

more than 5 years ago


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