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Comment Re:Thats the way its supposed to work. (Score 1) 857

I find it hard to believe that any state would be so small that book manufacturers wouldn't cater to them. The whole argument seem to be a bit facetious.

Well, that's sort of true these days with electronic publishing, etc., but you're not going to get a new textbook written to specs for your state curriculum. However, it helps to be one of the 20 "adoption states," where the state board actually approves textbooks. If you're a school district in one of the other states, you're probably not going to get a customized textbook unless you do it yourself.

Before the last decade or so, Texas, California, and New York (as the most populous states) actually did determine some aspects of information that ended up in standard textbooks. For some publishers that still tend toward national editions, these state decisions may still have an impact.

Comment Re:Crazy talk! (Score 1) 745

While your anecdotal clinical sampling is interesting, I've worked extensively on this topic doing research papers at a university and I would suggest that your wife's experiences are not uncommon, but are not representative of the population in any way.

We find that when normalizing for family history and for psychological problems BEFORE taking into account sexual abuse, the effect is much diminished.

That is to say... kids with serious psychological problems, especially those from very bad homes, ESPECIALLY those with impulse control problems are likely (one might even say "almost guaranteed") to be molested.

However, out of the greater sample of "kids who are molested", the result that you describe is actually very rare... In fact, it's barely statistically significant.

Your anecdote does pull at the heart strings, though, which I'm sure was the intended purpose.

Comment Re:Mac OS X (Score 1) 467

>>>you can actually use a Mac for 5 years versus needing a 3 year replacement with Windows boxes

Bullshit. I'm using XP right now and the machine is almost 9 years old (Pentium 4). My laptop still has Windows 98 for god's sake, and it runs everything I throw at it. The Microsoft support cycle is about double Apple's cycle (probably because businesses pressure MS to support old hardware).

Comment Re:Web Based Document Editing (Score 2, Interesting) 178

I don't know what sort of an organization you work for, but you mention that your business departments use change tracking a lot. What about your other departments? Obviously Google Docs isn't for everyone, but I'd be more than a little surprised if the majority of your organization needed that feature, and I know for sure that my (also rather large) company doesn't (as a whole).

Comment Re:Hrmm (Score 2, Interesting) 526

So, how do I get something defined as a trade secret so that I can sue people who photograph it? If it's a "secret", then how can a person possibly know beforehand that that they are committing a felony by photographing it? I mean, if the company was denying the existence of this product, how could anyone know that they were doing something wrong until Apple sent the letter stating that the device belonged to them. Once they did that, everyone handed the phone over. Heck, if there's a red-light photo of Grey using the phone in public, does that mean that the State of California is guilty of trade secret "violations"?

Comment Re:Yay! stupidity outlawed (Score 2, Interesting) 215

I am a journalist, and once interviewed a guy who received an email telling him he could make $500 if he sent them his bank details.

He had a vacant account and figured, 'what do I have to lose?' so sent them the details.

He received a second email saying that they were going to deposit $1000 and he had to just forward $500 to an account with the details they sent him.

In a few days sure enough, $1000 ended up in his account and he forwarded on the $500.

He then got an email saying that because things went so well, they would up the amount.

They sent him $40,000 and asked him to keep $5000, sending $35,000 to a nominated account.

He went ahead and did it, and then he contacted the authorities.

He was never prosecuted, and he never heard whether anyone else was, but hey, he got to keep the $5,500.

Never did he receive any more emails from the group though.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department