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Comment: Re:Citizens United (Score 1) 379

by Gaccm (#33740484) Attached to: Does A Company Deserve the Same Privacy Rights As You?

Rights do not disappear because you associate with someone, or because you have more money than them. Rush Limbaugh has just as much right to free speech as I do, despite the fact that he influences a great many more people.

Actually rights can and do disappear because you associate with people. The entire crime of conspiracy is premised on the idea that multiple individuals working together as a group are more dangerous than the individuals working separately. If I say "I am going to rob a bank," I've done nothing illegal. If I say to Person A "Do you want to rob a bank with me?" and Person A responds "Yes," then I've just committed the crime of conspiracy.*

In criminal law it's viewed as suspect when multiple people combine forces, and I don't see why this shouldn't continue to be true in regulation if those people incorporate themselves.

*Yes, this is a very simplified description of conspiracy. The wiki article has much more detail:


Political Affiliation Can Be Differentiated By Appearance 262 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-it-looks-like-a-liberal-and-quacks-like-a-liberal dept.
quaith writes "It's not the way they dress, but the appearance of their face. A study published in PLoS One by Nicholas O. Rule and Nalini Ambady of Tufts University used closely cropped greyscale photos of people's faces, standardized for size. Undergrads were asked to categorize each person as either a Democrat or Republican. In the first study, students were able to differentiate Republican from Democrat senate candidates. In the second, students were able to differentiate the political affiliation of other college students. Accuracy in both studies was about 60% — not perfect, but way better than chance."

Comment: An unlikely path, but how about law? (Score 0) 564

by Gaccm (#25774957) Attached to: Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?

As a kid, I was always interested in math and science and got a B.S. in astrophysics planning on going for a Ph.D. After taking a break from school, i discovered a "higher calling" if you will, and am in law school.
    I'm still in my first year, and at the beginning I felt like my science background was completely useless. Now that finals are approaching I realize just how critical having an analytical mind is. To provide some hard evidence, the Legal Essay Exam Writing System (LEEWS) talks about how generally people with math or science backgrounds do better than those with english or poly sci backgrounds because they're better able to view the law as a tool (a formula) and know how to apply it to the facts (the variables).


Linux 2.6.27 Out 452

Posted by timothy
from the not-all-fancy-like-gnu dept. writes "Linux 2.6.27 has been released. It adds a new filesystem (UBIFS) for 'pure' flash-based storage, the page-cache is now lockless, much improved Direct I/O scalability and performance, delayed allocation support for ext4, multiqueue networking, data integrity support in the block layer, a function tracer, a mmio tracer, sysprof support, improved webcam support, support for the Intel wifi 5000 series and RTL8187B network cards, a new ath9k driver for the Atheros AR5008 and AR9001 chipsets, more new drivers, and many other improvements and fixes. Full list of changes can be found here."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Apple holds out on resellers 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Anecdotal evidence from Australian consumers indicates Apple are holding back stock from their resellers, while shipping from their online store in record time. A workmate ordered a MBP 8 weeks ago from a reputable reseller who has been saying each week 'apple say they have no stock, they won't tell us when our orders will be filled', yet people ordering from the Apple online store are receiving their laptops within 1-2 business days. My workmate canceled his order on wednesday and ordered online, he just received his laptop today (friday), after phoning the reseller they still have no word on when stock will be coming through. Forum posters from around the state indicate similar issues."

+ - Microsoft Tells Some Users No on Vista

Submitted by kog777
kog777 (1011153) writes "After years of delays and billions in development and marketing efforts, it would seem that Microsoft Corp. would want anyone who possibly can to buy its new Windows Vista operating system. Yet Microsoft is making it hard for Mac owners and other potentially influential customers to adopt the software. Microsoft says the blockade is necessary for security reasons. But that is disputed. The circumstances might simply reflect a business decision Microsoft doesn't want to explain."
Operating Systems

+ - Dell users demand Linux

Submitted by
narramissic writes "Thousands of Dell users voted favorably in response to an idea posted Friday on a company-hosted blog called Dell Idea Storm that calls for the option to purchase PCs with the Linux OS. Other popular threads include requests for consumer PCs that are not pre-loaded with unsolicited applications, requests for OpenOffice applications instead of Microsoft's Office suite, Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, and pleas for Dell to stop routing service calls to operators in overseas countries such as India. For its part, the company has said it will 'post a statement on the blog this week explaining how they will react.'"

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