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Comment: Re:Arbitrary appendages? (Score 1) 50

Well that was my point about having very plastic brains. I'm not a neuroscientist, and I don't know how much details like (I have specifically four major appendages to control; two arms, two legs) are baked into the brain from day 0, vs. being just one of the configurations to which a very young brain can adapt.

Comment: Re:They've invested billions (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by DoofusOfDeath (#49686783) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

They've invested billions if not trillions in the surveillance networks and infrastructure.

Is anyone going to really believe it's all been mothballed at the stroke of a pen?

I won't.

I don't think its the sunk money that matters to them. It's the heady feeling of autocracy and superpowers which they'll never give up. The NSA and CIA are significantly staffed by bad, treasonous, anti-democratic people.

Comment: Re:Hard to take sides (Score 2) 355

Also, at least one of his cheating allegations was investigated and overturned by their university's administration. This sounds mostly like sour grapes.

Maybe. In a kind-of related note, though, I heard of one Brown CS professor who found pretty damning evidence that some students had cheated, and the University refused to do anything at all about it.

I can understand how a professor's patience would reach a limit.

That don't justify his particular response, I'm just saying I can see why he'd lose it.

Comment: Prof's response was too coarse-grained (Score 1) 355

I think two outcomes should have been upheld:

(1) Each student was graded according to his or her own merit.

(2) The prof. should perhaps have sued the school for a hostile workplace. And maybe the disruptive students arrested for disorderly conduct and/or suspended.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (2) Thank you for your generous donation, Mr. Wirth.