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Comment: #noallfeminists (Score 1) 1198

by Chessucat (#47113163) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

This is a direct result of the left-wing feminist culture. Men of the past may had their problems, but they were taught not to hit
women, cuss in front of them, and treat them right.

The feminist revolution brought this on themselves and some women are finally waking up to the BS that they were fed by
these so-called feminists.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798

They want the boy to go off and get a gun and kill the bullies. It makes for a better news story and play right along to the politicians' agenda.

But, seriously, if are you're getting bullied then just post it all over the Internet, like what happened to that girl that got raped by those "popular", affluent boys. The cops and school administrators can't sweep that under the rug.

Comment: The Right Formula (Score 1) 384

by Chessucat (#44352271) Attached to: The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

An editorial in the New York Times (March 1, 1998) was entitled, How To Manufacture a Best-Seller. It told the story of John Baldwin, a 53-year-old carpenter and a would-be writer, who had struggled for years to make a living from writing. He determined to become famous and rich overnight by writing a best-selling medical thriller. He studied five or six best thrillers. After 7 years' research he found 10 steps to producing a best-selling medical novel. He honed it with some Hollywood writers and agents, and here is the 10-step formula he used:

        The hero is an expert.
        The villain is an expert.
        You must watch all the villain's activities over his shoulder.
        The hero has a team of experts behind him, working in various fields.
        Two or more on the team must fall in love.
        Two or more on the team must die.
        The villain must turn his attention from his initial goal to the team.
        The villain and the hero must live to do battle again in the sequel.
        All deaths must proceed from the individual to the group.
        If the story bogs down, just kill somebody.

George R.R. Martin must have read this article!

The Media

OpenLeaks — 'A New WikiLeaks' 538

Posted by timothy
from the one-way-valve dept.
Flixie writes "Swedish newspaper dagens Nyheter reports: '...[S]everal key figures behind the website that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive governmental, corporate, organizational or religious documents have resigned in protest against the controversial leader Julian Assange only to launch a new service for the so-called whistleblowers. The goal: to leak sensitive information to the public."
The Courts

US Trials Off Track Over Juror Internet Misconduct 405

Posted by timothy
from the drop-in-the-bucket dept.
aesoteric writes "The explosion of blogging, tweeting and other online diversions has reached into US jury boxes, in many cases raising serious questions about juror impartiality and the ability of judges to control their courtrooms. A study by Reuters Legal found that since 1999, at least 90 verdicts have been the subject of challenges because of alleged Internet-related juror misconduct — and that more than half of the cases occurred in the last two years. Courts were fighting back, with some judges now confiscating all phones and computers from jurors when they enter the courtroom."
Hardware Hacking

Equipping a Small Hackerspace? 174

Posted by timothy
from the vent-hood dept.
andy writes "After gentle prodding for about a year, my company actually agreed to include an electronics/robotics lab in the current build-out of our new office space. As I never really expected this to happen, I was at a bit of a loss when they asked me what sort of workbenches, equipment, etc. I wanted for the lab. The lab will only be approximately 9'x15' but there is a decent amount of vertical space to work with. I was thinking of having 2 workbenches side-by-side, one for 'hardware' and the other for 'software' with a floor-standing cabinet for storage. Semi-mobile workbenches might be a plus. Those of you that work in these sorts of environments, what do you recommend in the way of workbenches, storage, organization, and electronics?"
Businesses

How 6 Memorable Tech Companies Got Their Names 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-in-a-name? dept.
itwbennett writes "If Larry Page and Sergey Brin had stuck with the first name for their search engine, we'd be 'BackRubbing' instead of Googling. But the fun doesn't stop there. The unforgettable Go Daddy was first saddled with the eminently Seussian moniker 'Jomax Technologies.' And as for Yahoo!... its original name just rolled off the tongue: 'Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web.'"
Government

FAA Adds a Study On Adding Drones To Commercial Aviation 215

Posted by timothy
from the did-you-pack-this-drone-yourself dept.
coondoggie writes "Facing a number of technical challenges, the Federal Aviation Administration said today it added another research project designed to better understand how unmanned aircraft can be brought safely into the national airspace. The FAA set a two-year research and development agreement with Insitu (an independent subsidiary of Boeing) and the New Jersey Air National Guard that will help FAA scientists to study and better understand unmanned aircraft design, construction, and features. Researchers will also look at the differences in how an air traffic controller would manage an unmanned aircraft vs. a manned aircraft."
Crime

America Versus the UFO Hacker 452

Posted by kdawson
from the keeping-promises dept.
Rob writes "Gary McKinnon, still suffering from Asperger's syndrome, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, has one last chance to avoid extradition from the UK to the US to face charges of hacking into NASA and Pentagon computers in search of information on UFOs. Will the new UK government keep its word and help him avoid a savage punishment? The New Statesman has a survey of the history and McKinnon's prospects."
Privacy

Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows 976

Posted by kdawson
from the show-your-yellow-teeth-for-the-camera dept.
NicknamesAreStupid writes "A Fort Meyers news station reports a nerdy husband getting his wife out of a red-light camera ticket by proving the light was set with too short of a yellow. Then he goes out and proves that nearly 90% of the lights are set an average of about 20% too short. Is this a local incident, or have local governments nationwide found a new revenue source? What puzzles me is how a single picture can tell if you ran a light. If you are in the intersection before the light turns red, you have not run it, even if it takes a little while to clear it (say to yield to an unexpected obstacle). Wouldn't you need two pictures — one just before the light went red showing you are not in the intersection, and another after the light went red showing you in the intersection?"

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