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Comment "Hate Speech" has no definition (Score 5, Insightful) 467 467

Hate speech is when you *know* how hurtful your words are **and that's the entire point of why you say them.**

By your definition, insults are hate speech.

Hate speech is like pornography/obscenity: No one can define it, and it's usually strangely close to "Stuff I don't like."

Comment Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 628 628

So what? Just like it's not the role of the school to fix your attitudes towards sexuality it's not the role of the CS class to "fix" theirs.

No one brought 'sexuality' into the classroom. It's a picture of a face.

And it's very disingenuous to say it's just a picture of a face, kids aren't morons, someone will figure out the source and spread the news.

Then that's their problem. It's still just a picture of a face.

And even as just a face it's very obviously a sexualized picture.

I'm being trolled here, aren't I?

What are you, some sort of weird face fetishist?

Comment Re:She has a point. (Score 4, Insightful) 628 628

And yes, using an image you know many students will find offensive or threatening just because you think they should feel otherwise is preaching.

If someone finds a picture of a face offensive or threatening, then they've got problems no amount of preaching is going to fix.

Comment Re:The FAA Tried to Study This (Score 1) 36 36

I don't know why the controllers union would be against it.

Because they're dumb and shortsighted. It was obvious to us that it would mean more controllers being hired (and, even better, controllers that could live where it was cheap and the weather was nice, due to remote capabilities). However, the study included a concept for a fully automated control system for airports that don't see enough traffic to even warrant remote tower control, which would interact with aircraft over the radio (kind of like how unattended runway lights are triggered by keying your mic on the right frequency). In addition, only the big airports are staffed by FAA controllers. The small towers are run by (non-unionized) contractors.

As soon as any discussion of some sort of control system that didn't involve warm bodies, or possibly increasing the number of non-union controllers came up, they torpedoed it.

Comment Re:Technology allows (Score 4, Insightful) 636 636

Actually you seem to be missing the obvious: Improving the standard of living of everyone will solve the population growth problem for us. The only countries where the population is still growing like crazy are where the vast majority of citizens are poor and uneducated. Once people get a little bit of education and the ability to enjoy leisure time, they funnily enough stop having kids.

Comment Re:Translation ... (Score 2) 392 392

It's suprisingly more common than you would think. Really depends on the state. They'd be strung up in the northeast for sure, but 'Castle Doctrine' states are usually a little bit more reasonable about giving leeway to people in their home when armed men kick in the doors.

"Well hello there Charlie Brown, you blockhead." -- Lucy Van Pelt