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Comment: Re:This doesn't seem that bad IMO... (Score 1) 1174

by Lord of Hyphens (#39806525) Attached to: TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl
I know I'm summoning the "black helicopters" with this statement, but since the security checkpoints are crowded and insecure, why not rig up a bomb to go off in the checkpoint, killing/injuring thirty to forty people and sowing panic? You probably wouldn't even have to make it be a suicide bombing (although that particular tactic with a vest of C4 and nails would stand the best chance of success). Such an attack, made at enough airports within a similar timeframe would likely cripple air travel more than the TSA already has.

Comment: Re:SVN for law (Score 1) 115

by Lord of Hyphens (#39806043) Attached to: Hacking the Law

All:
God save your majesty!

Cade:
I thank you, good people—there shall be no money; all shall eat
and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in one livery,
that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

Dick:
The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

Cade:
Nay, that I mean to do.
Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/lets-kill-all-lawyers
I haven't been able to find it in the original Klingon, apologies.

Comment: Re:very cool (Score 1) 161

by Lord of Hyphens (#36480980) Attached to: The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand

Yeah, there's a upper-level undergraduate course that does single-board computers with a 8088 MPU and some supporting hardware. It's a mess and I personally believe that the course should be changed to give a "interfacing with reality" bent to it, as a single MCU can be tuned to do the same (external memory bus, etc) and you can go beyond the "look I made a light blink" to "Look I can actually do something useful with this thing".

Upper-level undergraduate course at my university, which is not MIT.

Comment: Re:very cool (Score 2) 161

by Lord of Hyphens (#36480960) Attached to: The 8-Bit Computer That's Been Built By Hand
Yeah, there's a upper-level undergraduate course that does single-board computers with a 8088 MPU and some supporting hardware. It's a mess and I personally believe that the course should be changed to give a "interfacing with reality" bent to it, as a single MCU can be tuned to do the same (external memory bus, etc) and you can go beyond the "look I made a light blink" to "Look I can actually do something useful with this thing".

Comment: Re:Discouraging Science and Technical studies (Score 1) 532

by Lord of Hyphens (#35965450) Attached to: University Proposes Tuition Based On Major
More specifically, the State of Illinois hasn't paid out all budgeted funds to any of its state universities (to be completely fair here, this is because there is no funds to allocate, not any particular mustache-twirling).

State universities are responding by cutting their own budgets. University of Illinois imposed "furlough days", which amount to "don't come in on these days, you're not getting paid for it". Southern Illinois University, where I attend, has tried to do the same thing and is in a nasty fight with the various unions representing faculty (tenure track and non-tenure track), civil servants and even the graduate assistants. That's an entirely different story, though: the unions are claiming that the administration isn't playing fair and is basically using the budget hell to be authoritarian (evil mustache-twirling, which is an odd though when you consider that our new chancellor is a woman).

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