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Comment: Posting mugshots of those arrested (Score 1) 321

by Hawthorne01 (#33241678) Attached to: Drunk Driver Mugshots Featured On Facebook

... is possibly too much, after all, a person is still considered innocent until guilty.


I see no problem with this if they're convicted. DUI doesn't have any social stigma associated with it anymore, and that's an outrage, considering the thousands of people killed each year by drunk drivers. If a little shame stops someone from getting behind the wheel after too much to drink, more power to this sheriff.


NASA Revamps Historic 4-Million-kg Mars Antenna 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-bumper dept.
coondoggie writes NASA is working on some difficult renovations to reinvigorate its 70-meter-wide 'Mars antenna.' The antenna, a key cog in NASA's Deep Space Network, needs about $1.25M worth of what NASA calls major, delicate surgery. The revamp calls for lifting the antenna — about 4 million kilograms of finely tuned scientific instruments — to a height of about 5 millimeters so workers can replace the steel runner, walls and supporting grout."

Comment: Re:How is it at handling silencers? (Score 1) 385

by Hawthorne01 (#31725396) Attached to: Chicago Debates Merits of ShotSpotter Technology

If you're a felon, you don't get one. RTF NFA. You need $200 for the tax stamp, a set of fingerprints on file, and then there's the reams and reams of Federal paperwork you have to fill out to get one.

A better response would be I give it about a year before all the gangs in chicago start using knives as standard equipment.

But what gets me is that this shouldn't be happening at all in the gun-free paradise that is Chicago. Firearms are against the law there, so there should be no shootings at all.
It's almost as if criminals intentionally break the law or something. If only there were some way to empower the law-abiding residents of Chicago to protect themselves...

Comment: Re:2 big problems in that report (Score 1) 342

by Hawthorne01 (#31298712) Attached to: UN To Create Independent Panel To Review IPCC

If I were to write a 3000+ page paper and only had 2 significant mistakes in it, I would be freaking estatic!

So, using that standard, if I wrote a 3000+ page paper on gravity, and made only one error on it, say, that gravity has no effect on people who fall from heights of 250 meters or higher, would you, on that basis, be willing to take a swan dive off the Empire State Building ? I mean, it's only ONE error in a 3000+ page report, what could possibly go wrong?

In the same way, I'm not prepared to ruin the economy of the entire planet because of a few, very significant errors in a report that says we should shut down any industrial progress for the next 100 years just so the glaciers on K2 can stay where they are.

Comment: Oh, goody (Score 4, Informative) 100

by Hawthorne01 (#31262982) Attached to: Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April

Now instead of getting spam about how selected penny stocks on the Vancouver and Hong Kong exchanges are set to explode and make me hundreds of thousands of dollars, I'll get spam about how "TEH A-TEAM MOVIE IS THE BOMB!!!1!! BUY NOW!!!!1".

FWIW, I've been playing the old, free version of HSX for over ten years, and HSX has utterly botched not one, but two beta releases (ask anyone who was on their forums about the V2 rollout and how that went). No way, no how am I letting them anywhere near my real money.

Oh, and "BUY PINK2!".

Comment: Re:Long predictions (Score 1, Troll) 599

by Hawthorne01 (#31131204) Attached to: Gov't Proposes "National Climate Service" For the US

Tax consumption, consumption goes, less is made, less pollution, less climate change.

So if we tax government corruption and waste, we'll get rid of it forever? Can I add a surtax on the macarena and line-dancing, too? What about light beer or the designated hitter rule? Can we get rid of those as well?

Comment: Re:Par for the course (Score 4, Insightful) 169

by Hawthorne01 (#31056120) Attached to: White House Claims Copyright On Flickr Photos
This is not a partisan issue.

Nope, both parties are equally clueless on copyright.

There's a good percentage of voters out there, though, who unfortunately believed that a politician groomed by the Mayor Daley's Machine would suddenly become a champion of human rights once he reached the Presidency.


It'd be interesting to hear what Lawrence Lessig has to say about this stunt, given that Lessig was/is a big supporter of Obama.

Comment: How to analyze current media (Score 1) 1142

How many courses did you take on how to break down a sentence or write an expository paragraph, but no one is teaching kids to tell the difference between an analysis piece and a regular news item (or an infomercial or a regular ad, for that matter). We have a generation of kids with critical thinking skills perfectly suited to Victorian England and as such, they are prime targets for the mass media. If there's one thing I want to instill in my two pre-schoolers, it's pay attention to what you're paying attention to.

Comment: I volunteer all the time (Score 1) 366

by Hawthorne01 (#30837338) Attached to: How Do You Volunteer Professional Services?
Which usually means creating websites for non-profits. The only issue I've ran into is support after the launch can be tricky: The non-profits will need updates and changes and improvements all the time, which can lead to some time-management issues. A good scope of work agreement usually solves this.

Comment: First, make a good video game (Score 5, Insightful) 523

by Hawthorne01 (#30554070) Attached to: Religion in Video Games
Then worry about the religious content. If it's not a good game (or movie, or song, or book) you can stuff it to the gills with religious messages, and no one outside of your particular religious community will ever buy it. Build a better game (or movie, or song, or book) and the world will come to you. (See: Sufjan Stevens, C.S. Lewis, VeggieTales, etc.).

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington