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Comment: Re:Absolute BS (Score 1) 376

by Elyjah (#48154843) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

The reason Bush and Cheney did not shout it out was that Republicans made them and sold them to bad guys.

Yeah, I remember hearing about that. Evidently most Republican offices on Capitol Hill had hidden chemical weapon factories in closets, and the Republican senators and representatives spent long hours personally manufacturing these weapons and having staffers sell them on street corners to anyone wearing a name tag which said "Bad Guy". The only way anyone found out was when visitors touring the Hill were affected by a leak of "Grey Poop-on-you" Mustard Gas emanating from the office of the ranking Republican.

I can't believe this news story was so quickly hushed by the current Democrat-led administration, considering their incredible record for transparency with the press. It's unlike them to hide things the way Bush and company did.

Comment: Another school shooting averted. (Score 4, Funny) 253

by Elyjah (#46801881) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

I approve of this decision. Someone finally thought of the children; just think how many lives were saved! Science is dangerous, and definitely has no place in our schools. Clearly, the children that built these have some severe mental problems, and all right-thinking people know their parents must be fat, conservative tea-baggers. The kind of violence exhibited by these devices cannot be tolerated. This is exactly why children should not be allowed to think for themselves in school; they are too unpredictable.

I'm glad we were able to stop these domestic terrorists before they killed anyone.

Comment: Re:Saddened :( (Score 1) 701

by Elyjah (#40251851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Teaching Chemistry To Home-Schooled Kids?

If the parents that do this to their kids use the "schools aren't safe", "schools aren't teaching what I think they should be", or "schools are failing our children" excuses should *get involved* in their local school, and encourage all other parents to do the same. If their schools really are falling behind in some way, it's *THE PARENTS FAULT* for not being involved.

I don't buy it. I went through public school in one of the wealthiest counties in the US, and saw the problems first-hand. If I have a problem with the school system, it's way easier for me to pull my kid out and educate him/her at home, or at a private school, than leave him/her in the school that isn't properly educating. It is not my responsibility as a parent to fix the schools. My responsibility is to my children. If the school isn't providing the level of education I deem my children need, I'll go elsewhere and they can keep catering to the lowest common denominator. If you follow good curriculum, you can get at least the same level of education at home as you can in public school.

Comment: "Fixes" the issue? (Score 3, Insightful) 179

by Elyjah (#37879358) Attached to: Dolphin, a 3rd Party Android Browser, Relayed URL Data

"They also rolled out a new version of the browser, 7.0.2, which fixed the issue."

The word "fix" makes it sound like it was an unintentional error. The problem wasn't that the browser "accidentally" sent the data. The problem was that the company thought this would be okay in the first place. The real "fix" needed is ridding the company of the people who thought this was a good idea.

Government

Slashdot Mentioned In Virginia Terrorism Report 779

Posted by kdawson
from the true-americans dept.
megamerican alerted us to a leaked document (PDF) from a Virginia Fusion Center titled "2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment." The document is marked as "Law Enforcement Sensitive," not to be shown to public. Citizens for Legitimate Government has a write-up. Slashdot gets a mention on page 45 — not as a terrorist organization itself, but as one of the places that members of Anonymous may hang out: "A 'loose coalition of Internet denizens,' Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube. Other social networking sites are also utilized to mobilize physical protests. ... Anonymous is of interest not only because of the sentiments expressed by affiliates and their potential for physical protest, but because they have innovated the use of e-protests and mobilization. Given the lack of a unifying creed, this movement has the potential to inspire lone wolf behavior in the cyber realms." According to the report, cell phones and digital music players have been used to transfer plans related to criminal activity, and therefore presumably could be grounds for suspicion. Podcasting is also suspicious.
Biotech

Cells In the Retina Tile Like Puzzle Pieces 29

Posted by timothy
from the rather-than-scrabble-tiles dept.
tim writes "Recent work at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif. shows that cells in the retina sample visual space like a multi-layered jigsaw puzzle. High resolution measurements of light response reveal that individual cells have irregular shapes, but together their shapes coordinate to tightly cover visual space. This type of large scale, exquisite coordination could be a general organizing principle of the brain, but no one has seen it previously because technical obstacles typically prevent recording from large cell populations." Here's a link to full paper.
Movies

Shadow of the Colossus To Become a Movie 72

Posted by Soulskill
from the since-street-fighter-did-so-well dept.
Sockatume writes "SCE's critically acclaimed Shadow of the Colossus is set to become a feature film. The cult boss-rush game will be adapted by Justin Marks, who also wrote the recent Chun-Li movie. A friend of the writer reports that the studio hopes to turn it into an LotR-style fantasy blockbuster, expanding upon the side characters in the original game's minimalistic and solitary storyline. This won't be the game's first trip to Hollywood, however. 2007's Reign Over Me featured characters playing the game, at the suggestion of editor Jeremy Roush."

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