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Comment Re:Summary doesn't make it clear... (Score 1) 624

I wonder what his repeat statistics are in comparison to other places that run taxpayer funded country clubs.

Mistreating your prisoners so severely that they die in jail before they've even been convicted of anything does tend to drop your repeat offender rate pretty low.

But the factual answer to your question is that, according to an ASU professer who studied that exact thing, "there was no significant difference in recidivism observed between those offenders released in 1989-1990 and those released in 1994-1995." (Arpaio's first term as sherriff started in 1992.) That's on top of the fact that arrests for actual serious crimes (that is, other than the crime of "being Hispanic") are plummeting, and the FBI claims a 70% increase in violent crimes and a 166% increase in homicides for this clown's county over the past 5 years. Given how absolutely horrible a job he's doing at actually enforcing the laws, it really is mind-boggling how many people buy into his PR stunts and keep relecting him.

Comment Obligatory Dwarf Fortress mention... (Score 1) 346

I'm sure it'll come up elsewhere, but you can't really talk about "unintended" ways of playing a game without bringing up Dwarf Fortress. Though I suppose it's hard to specify what the "intended" way to play is, I'm sure it didn't originally involve killing goblins by catapulting them into the ceiling with a drawbridge.

Comment Re:magic box, good enough for most (Score 1) 876

A general car driver WILL say "the engine is broken" if the engine, drive-train or ANY other mechanical part between engine and wheels seems to malfunction. That goes about many of you computer experts as well.

I find this analogy, plus the one from the article:

Ok, itâ(TM)s not really fair to pick on people for not knowing something that isnâ(TM)t in their field. Iâ(TM)d hate for a doctor to mock me because I donâ(TM)t actually know where my liver is or what on earth the spleen is for.

completely ridiculous, and entirely misses the point. Clearly I would hope that my auto mechanic doesn't expect me to know every piece of my engine. Nor would I expect my doctor to assume that I can pinpoint every organ in my body and it's function.

But if I told my mechanic that my engine was broken because there was a hole in my trunk, or complained about headaches to my doctor when my stomach hurt, I would look like an absolute idiot. People need to take some responsibility to understand the tool they are using. Hell, how long does it take to double-click on "My Computer" and see that "local disk" is just one part?

Comment Re:Come on! (Score 2, Insightful) 379

For the record, I tend to believe his claim, since 1. The Director of Digital Communications at TWC right now is Jeff Simmermon, and 2. The same username on other services (e.g. Twitter, YouTube) seems to be the same guy.

However, his first post was 4:00 on 12/31/2008, so you can clearly see why the veteran /.'s around here would be a tad suspicious. Just saying.

Comment Re:Come on! (Score 2, Insightful) 379

So that's what UID numbers are up to as of today...

Unbelievable. The director of communications comes on to explain exactly what most people are wondering about, and YOU critqique him for not having a Slashdot account before today.

I think you mean:

"A random anonymous new user to /. who claims to be, and may or may not be, the director of communications..."

Comment Re:FiOS (Score 4, Insightful) 379

What this means in English is that if the cable provider sells ESPN to someone, they must buy ESPN to resell it (obviously) but must also buy ESPN2 (and others). However, there is nothing that requires them to actually provide those chanels to anyone. So, they can easily sell and provide ESPN and only ESPN to anyone they want. They just have to charge the cost of ESPN plus extras or they will lose money on it.

So you're saying the cable companies should *pay* for channels no one wants, *charge me* for the channels no one wants, but not actually *give me* the channels no one wants?

In your mind, that scenario makes *more* sense than just sending the channels they have down the wire and letting me decide not to watch it?


Obama's "ZuneGate" 608

theodp writes "Barack Obama supporters were left shaking their heads after a report surfaced that the president-elect was using a Zune at the gym instead of an iPod. So why would Mac-user Obama be Zune-ing out? Could be one of those special-edition preloaded Zunes that Microsoft bestowed on Democratic National Convention attendees, suggests TechFlash, nixing the idea that the soon-to-be Leader of the Free World would waste time loading Parallels or Boot Camp in OS X just to use a Zune."

Comment Re:Problems: (Score 4, Funny) 865

I agree. Clearly there are only two diametrically opposed options here. Either we immediately cease all development and enhancement of Linux and agree that the current kernel version is the absolute perfection of open source, or everyone formats their hard drives and installs Vista.

There couldn't possibly be a middle ground anywhere in there.


Solving the Knight's Tour Puzzle In 60 Lines of Python 311

ttsiod writes "When I was a kid, I used to play the Knight's Tour puzzle with pen and paper: you simply had to pass once from every square of a chess board, moving like a Knight. Nowadays, I no longer play chess; but somehow I remembered this nice little puzzle and coded a 60-line Python solver that can tackle even 100x100 boards in less than a second. Try beating this, fellow coders!"

Yes Virginia, ISPs Have Silently Blocked Web Sites 204

Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes "A recurring theme in editorials about Net Neutrality -- broadly defined as the principle that ISPs may not block or degrade access to sites based on their content or ownership (with exceptions for clearly delineated services like parental controls) -- is that it is a "solution in search of a problem", that ISPs in the free world have never actually blocked legal content on purpose. True, the movement is mostly motivated by statements by some ISPs about what they might do in the future, such as slow down customers' access to sites if the sites haven't paid a fast-lane "toll". But there was also an oft-forgotten episode in 2000 when it was revealed that two backbone providers, AboveNet and TeleGlobe, had been blocking users' access to certain Web sites for over a year -- not due to a configuration error, but by the choice of management within those companies. Maybe I'm biased, since one of the Web sites being blocked was mine. But I think this incident is more relevant than ever now -- not just because it shows that prolonged violations of Net Neutrality can happen, but because some of the people who organized or supported AboveNet's Web filtering, are people in fairly influential positions today, including the head of the Internet Systems Consortium, the head of the IRTF's Anti-Spam Research Group, and the operator of Spamhaus. Which begs the question: If they really believe that backbone companies have the right to silently block Web sites, are some of them headed for a rift with Net Neutrality supporters?" Read on for the rest of his story.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen