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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

timeOday Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (427 comments)

the Federal government's control reaches into the crooks and nannies it was never supposed to reach

"Supposed" by whom? Some long-dead people?

I do think there is some misalignment between laws as written vs. current practice. But you should realize that bringing them together would most certainly result in more changes to the law, than to how they are practiced. For example, Social Security may or may not be particularly Constitutional, but it will get written into the Constitution long before it will be repealed. Most people want it.

1 hour ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

timeOday Re:People like you... (427 comments)

I would say, no thanks. And that employees in the performance of their duty are in a different situation than ordinary people going about their private business (even if in a public space). I can't think of any good reason not to make this distinction.

That said I also think that access to "Cop-Cams" should be by court-order only. I don't think the police should be able to selectively choose whatever video supports their case, nor feel that they are being needless monitored constantly.

1 hour ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

timeOday Re:Flip the switch (218 comments)

On a theoretical level, you're correct. On a personal level, the nose thing is pretty convincing. Give it a go, you'll see what I mean.

At some instant you are reeling from a punch to the face, and you have an awareness (a memory) of having asked for it 5 seconds previously in a heated philosophical argument. The problem is you have no way of directly experiencing those previous events from 5 seconds ago. It could be that the universe is just a snapshot of this precise moment, which includes sensations of memory, the appearance of slashdot, and the fear of being punched in the face.

There is no disproving this. But it also doesn't matter, since if nothing else the present does contain the perception of continuity, which is all that drives our choices even if continuity does exist. If we somehow discovered that we're just a dream or computer simulation, what does that actually change? What previous theory of existence does it displace?

4 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

timeOday Re:Eh, not exactly (411 comments)

"The focus should always be on how to think rather than a list of facts." That has been the conventional wisdom for a few decades now, but a big problem is that you can't measure things like "critical thinking" in the abstract. Thus the movement towards standardized testing. Nobody says to himself, "we should study lists of facts instead of how to think!" but they do see other nations pulling ahead of the US in standardized tests, and panic. Next thing you know, music and PE classes disappear, end education tends to become rather narrow. And of course, dropping standards does not really transform the *average* classroom into a scene from Dead Poets Society with people standing on the desks and being inspired.

5 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

timeOday Eh, not exactly (411 comments)

Another day, another overblown headline. Quoting from the article, the questionable phrase is: "; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; "

This is wide open to interpretation. Obviously it would be insane not to teach the scientific process. I think there are some who feel education has strayed too far from mastering basic facts into abstraction, such as "new math" instead of mastering times tables.

Anyway this is just one guy's brain fart and not a law. I am kind of curious what he meant by it though.

7 hours ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

timeOday Re:Flip the switch (218 comments)

But he was right of course. There is no way to prove ground truth, such as the continuity of existence - it's just assumptions. Some people never grasp that, most others tire of thinking about it and move on. But not because they solved or proved anything.

Butting into somebody else's conversation just to blurt out that you don't understand it is silly.

9 hours ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

timeOday Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (283 comments)

Ha ha, you have a 16-drive array in your RV? Just when I thought people on slashdot weren't cool any more.

yesterday
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

timeOday Re:Progress (283 comments)

Cloud backup of an 8GB drive? Egads.

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

timeOday Re:Mod parent to infinity (136 comments)

I see, the amount of "Finished Motor Gasoline" was 134.5 BN, so I should have said "oil" instead of "gasoline."

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

timeOday Re:Mod parent to infinity (136 comments)

Individual effort is precisely the wrong way to approach the problem. No individual has a measurable impact on the overall environment. The only thing that would work is manipulating the natural economic incentives that are pushing us towards disaster.

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

timeOday Re:Mod parent to infinity (136 comments)

the effects on the environment are a side-effect, and comparatively small. If we decide to intentionally target the global environment, the effects could be much bigger.

We can only hope, but I find that extremely unlikely. How many dollars have been spent on dredging up carbon and dispersing it into the atmosphere in the last 200 years? The US spends a trillion dollars per year on gasoline alone, and the US is about 1/4 of world oil consumption (less by now). Global coal consumption is over 7 billion tons per year. That is a ton of coal for every man, woman, and child on earth, per year, every year, for decades on end.

What this means is even if we find some means of restoration that is 100 times as potent at cooling the planet as CO2 is in warming it, the task is incomprehensibly huge.

yesterday
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

timeOday Re:Flight controls instead? (473 comments)

Here you go. (Jump to 3:36 if it doesn't do it for you).

Check out the sweet GPS Nav unit at 4:08 also.

yesterday
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

timeOday Re:Mandatory panic! (415 comments)

He wasn't arrested for writing about shooting the neighbors' dinosaur. He was questioned about it, and then he escalated things from there. The story even says this. Even so, this type of anecdotal story is utterly worthless without knowing the backstory and what else was going on. Maybe it's just as ridiculous as it sounds, more likely not, but you really can't tell anything either way from these little tabloid "Can You Believe It!?" writeups.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

timeOday Toner Cartriges (131 comments)

Your comment makes me realize that tactic might work for toner, too... it has the exact same problem in my experience.

5 days ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

timeOday Re:Why is this treated differently (159 comments)

Hmmm. Perhaps employers will find that they can pay somewhat less for telecommuter positions, since it would enable employees to avoid commuting expenses, or even live far away wherever housing is cheap. (Overseas outsourcing being the extreme example of this.) It would be ironic for the Internet to kill Silicon Valley by easing the pressure for co-location.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

timeOday Re:Why is this treated differently (159 comments)

No, the key is avoiding variable costs where one party pays, while another party benefits and controls the variable cost. This promotes waste. A hammer is not a variable cost.

For example, if employers had to pay for your commute, but you still got to choose where to live, you would have no incentive to minimize commuting costs. Thus the employee pays for the commute.

On the other hand, if a boss could make employees use personal cars on the job and not reimburse mileage, then the boss has no incentive to minimize work travel costs. Thus the employer pays for mileage imposed by work.

For me the existence of "Unlimited" plans really muddles the cellphone issue though. If the employer stated up front that you must have an unlimited plan as a condition of employment, that should be OK, since there is no variable cost involved.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

timeOday Re:It depends (159 comments)

Just as the ruling stated: ""We hold that when employees must use their personal cell phones for work-related calls..."

This clearly leaves your employer the option of requiring you to carry a cellphone they own as a condition of employment. Or leaving you alone at home.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

timeOday Re:McDonallds should sue ... (249 comments)

You just described the problem in more words.

Yes, there are reasons for things. Even stupid, annoying things.

about a week ago

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Bill Nye "The Science Guy": Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

timeOday timeOday writes  |  about 2 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "BigThink has released a video missive by Bill Nye "The Science Guy" in which he challenges the low level of acceptance of evolution, particularly in the United States. He does not mince words: 'I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.'"
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Nintendo Favors Europe Due to Weak US Dollar

timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 6 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "The LA Times is reporting that the new Nintendo Wii Fit is hard to find on US shelves, due not only to strong demand but also the United State's declining status in the world economy: "[Nintendo] is also is shrewdly maximizing its profit by sending four times as many units to Europe, reaping the benefits of the strong euro," says Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities. "The shortage demonstrates one consequence of the weak dollar. We're seeing companies ignore their largest market simply because they can make a greater profit elsewhere.""
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timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 7 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "Looks like somebody just blew a chance to inaugurate the 200-mile-high club. Lisa Nowak, a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery in July, was arrested Monday on charges of battery and attempted kidnapping after allegedly trying to subdue a romantic rival with pepper spray and abduct her from a parking lot at Orlando International Airport. It seems both women were chasing astronaut Bill Oefelein, a Navy commander. Police have recommended Nowak be held without bond."
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timeOday timeOday writes  |  more than 7 years ago

timeOday (582209) writes "The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) asks, "Where has the Money Gone? Declining Industrial Support of Academic R&D." Since 1999, inflation-adjusted corporate support for U.S. academic research has plummeted by one third. Prominent members of industry and academia have indicated disagreements over the handling of intellectual property (IP) are partly to blame, driving U.S. corporations overseas in search of more favorable licensing terms. Will this lead to a scientific decline in the U.S., or is reduced industry influence over scientific research a good thing?"

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