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Comment: School math teacher/school was at risk (Score 1) 794

The way I read the article was the bullying took place in front of a school math teacher. This likely was a form of harassment. Since the math teacher failed to act on this harassment, and the teacher was management's representative here, the school and therefore the school district (and city) was at risk of a harassment charge. They needed to eliminate the evidence. They had the police do this, who I presume were also city employees. I wonder if this rises to racketeering? Let's hope the state does a investigate of this. Looks like they might have avoided a lesser crime charge by making it a larger crime. (Not always a good idea!) (IANAL)

Comment: Re:There is evidence of a SN at that time (Score 1) 84

Having biked a scale model of our solar system (the Sun 4 1/2' dia, Pluto 3.7 miles away) I can't wrap my head around the energies involved to make a noticeable change in C14 here on earth hundreds ( Cassiopeia A 11,0000?) of light year away. My small mind boggles.

Comment: Re:Which shows that people don't understand (Score 1) 846

by AbrasiveCat (#46015381) Attached to: Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

So, let me ask - historically speaking, what has California's rainfall averaged, since the white man first came on the scene?

The funny thing is, I do a Google search to check that out. I click several links, and none show the information I am looking for. In 1849, what was the rainfall? Nothing. 1850? Nothing. 1851? Still more nothing. Where do I find the historical data?

Now, is there REALLY this remarkable drought, or have we simply been over using the available water for several decades already? There are a number of places where we have millions of people, but the land historically only supported hundreds or thousands. Even with tens of thousands, the weather and the land supplied plenty of water for survival, and some thrown in for waste and recreation. But, MILLIONS? Oh-oh - not enough water to go around.

We have been pumping lakes, rivers, and aquifers dry for decades now. We pump water from wherever we can find it, not caring about where it came from, or whether it will ever be replaced, or how it might be replaced.

Do we really have exceptional droughts today, or are we simply running out of water to waste?

Show me the historical data, please. Does it actually support this climate change theory?

Oh my, you mean you can't Google everything? Some source data hasn't and never will be put on the Net. Sorry about that.

Comment: Lets over react (Score 1) 195

by AbrasiveCat (#45933127) Attached to: Hackers Gain "Full Control" of Critical SCADA Systems
Let get the media to over react. That will be fun, more government rules, more government oversight. I know we have multiple "SCADA" systems on my site, except most of them aren't control, they are monitoring. (Oh my! the B4-12 SquareD power meter is reading too low!! That groups power bill will be to low next month.) The other LAN connected SCADA systems on site, that I know of, would fail safe. The worst you could do is cause some experiments to fail. Part of the power of PLCs these days is having them on a LAN. (Who wants the ip of one of our PLCs, I'll give you a hint, it is on the 10. network.) Oh and do slap the folks that have true control systems open on the Internet with addressable IPs that could fail in a dangerous way.

Comment: Re:Outrage doesn't do shit (Score 1) 610

Your nation already looks destroyed. Despite rampant criminality and indiscipline in the administration, the DoJ is deliberately remaining toothless on the matter, the judiciary is issuing no orders to rectify its oversight being ignored, and the legislators are largely following sponsor^Wparty lines instead of constituent wishes when drafting and voting on legislation. A revolution at this point could only create a nation.

Baa, the U.S. remains a great nation. Please respect the folks who have concerns and voice them. Many (most) nations would not tolerate this self examination. We use it for self correction. Much of of our problem is the news media looking for flashy headlines. If I were in charge I would have the cable news run reruns of My Mother the Car, until there was something worthwhile to report. (Now I wish we would get on with the self correction, right after we pass a debt extension and get a dang budget for the government to operate.)

Comment: Re:Deep down.. (Score 1) 610

Which again, isn't really a shock - they were always allowed to look for spies, but after Al Qaeda showed everyone how infiltration can really be done, you'd pretty much expect them to be looking at everyone to figure out if they are an 'agent a foreign power'.

Except that the FBI was responsible for looking for spies (at least domestically), so this did open a new (additional) floodgate of money. (Not that the FBI has been left in the cold, but now they look for terrorists, instead of things like bank fraud.)

Comment: Answer to the face out of frame (Score 1) 96

by AbrasiveCat (#45123891) Attached to: What's Lost When a Meeting Goes Virtual
Well the answer to your face going out of frame is a picture in front of the camera. I could alternate between a normal picture, your head floating in space, frogs, (for this time of year) Jack-o-Lantern. I bet unless you are talking, no one will ever notice.
I thought a conference was an excuse to meet in the hallways and for beer later. Ever been to a Gordon Research Conf? The sessions are just a opening of ideas to talk about later.

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. -- Descartes