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Comment: Re:Government Dictionary (Score 1, Insightful) 227

by Imagix (#48195041) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Of course, perhaps the fact that so many people throw around the term entrapment is indicitive of a general feeling of unfairness at these actions and that they should be illegal actions for the police.

Or, this is the griping of people who figured that they were going to "get away" with something and are now looking for any justification to escape the responsibility for their actions that they knew were wrong to begin with.

Comment: Re:Not just college applications (Score 1) 389

by Imagix (#48073197) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

If you're applying for a programming job, that will never come into contact with customers

Famous Last Words. What's missing is the broader view of who the "customer" is. The customer is the person who will be "consuming" the programmer's work. That could be the programmer's manager ("here's my code"), or the project manager ("Hey, here's a different way of accomplishing the task with the following benefits and drawbacks"), Or the CTO ("If we change our practices in such-and-such a manner, we will save X hours a week of effort."), or Sales ("Hmm... can't do that, but what about this?"), or...etc.

Comment: Re:If yes then what ? (Score 1) 389

by Imagix (#48073117) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

22+22 is no longer 44. its now 40 (plus 4)

Uh... that _is_ how I do math (well, for larger numbers, numbers that small are easy to keep in the head). When the calculation gets big enough, it's time to start changing the equation to a series of easier equations (or start writing stuff down...).

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

by Imagix (#47885131) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows
I've used multiple Windows Phones ranging all the way back to the WinCE devices, Windows Mobile, to Windows Phone. Never been happy with any of them. Then ended up on Android and stayed there ever since. (I do have an iPad, so I use iOS, just not on the phone)

Comment: Headline that asks a question (Score 5, Informative) 282

by Imagix (#47855949) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?
Betteridge's law of headlines. No. The article doesn't say a whole lot. Just makes the assertion that "servers" and "desktops" are different, and lightly appears to dislike systemd. Tries to make the assertion that the security concerns are different on the desktop and on the servers, but doesn't provide a strong argument for that assertion (or really any assertion it makes).

Comment: Re:Crichton is an idiot. (Score 4, Insightful) 770

by Imagix (#47852933) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation
And as soon as those many many many scientists can repeat and verify that experiment, the consensus very quickly changes to account for the new experiment, and the old consensus vanishes. (Or someone can come up with a counter experiment that shows how the first doesn't apply....) That's how Science advances. "Here's how the current theory works. X, Y, Z.". "Hey, I found a case where Y doesn't happen, if there is a presence of midichlorians (M)." "You're right. Ok, new theory: X, Y (if there are no M), Z.". Doesn't make the first consensus wrong. It was right for all of the available data at the time.

Comment: Re:No, it wasn't. (Score 1) 463

by Imagix (#47806729) Attached to: Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges
In Canada there's a infraction called "Driving without due care and attention". Let's start with that. Then move up to the equivalent vechicular manslaughter. Or assault with a weapon, or any of probably a host of other charges. While the police are allowed to use electronic devices in the course of their duties (which the rest of us citizenry do not...), that does not mean that they are allowed to endanger other people while doing so. Theoretically they get training on how to do so, so it's worse in this case. The officer should have known better.

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