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Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 730

It seems that a reasonable change to the law would be to allow surreptitious recording when there is probable cause to believe that a crime is going to be committed.

While the surveillance state will love this (No need for a warrant, we just need probable cause to BELIEVE), it is a terrible idea. These laws exist for a reason. Weakening the criteria is not the solution. Something along the lines of making it a civil offense might work, but the cut-off should not be changed.

Comment: Re:Columbine was revenge against rapists (Score 1) 730

You are the worst expository write I have ever seen, and I teach writing to high school kids with 3rd grade reading levels.

How about instead of making meaningless references to 60 minutes stories none of us have watched, you just tell us what the hell you are talking about.

What is in the report? What "1 bleeding to death sign"? What did the report released by the cops explain? You've answered nothing in your post.

Comment: Re:reversed "with the stroke of a pen" (Score 2) 312

by MaskedSlacker (#46680205) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Given how wrong you are, your sig is quite apropos.

Several of these programs date to after 2008. The rest Obama would have definitely been briefed on. Congress may not have known, but if you think he didn't you are pulling the wool over your own eyes. Just because you were in the dark doesn't mean he was. Notice how he has never claimed to not have known about what the NSA was doing? He knew because he authorized it. All of it.

These are his programs. Believing anything else is willful self-deception. It might help your cognitive dissonance, but it is ruining the country.

Comment: Re:Just the tip of the iceberg (Score 2) 148

by MaskedSlacker (#46612815) Attached to: Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

No, that was not the idea of the invisible hand. It's a nice straw man but it has nothing to do with what Adam Smith wrote.

The invisible hand is just a facile metaphor for how prices are set by supply and demand. Nothing more. It has nothing to do with regulated vs. unregulated markets. Moreover, nowhere in The Wealth of Nations does Smith ever say that the invisible hand will make everything work out for the best.

Comment: Re:Liberal arts professors' worst nightmare (Score 1) 134

by MaskedSlacker (#46423759) Attached to: College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

I didn't. I did however assume a correlation between SAT scores and ADMISSIONS rates. I made no assumption about which of those admitted graduated. It's not relevant to my point.

If 50%-70% of HS students take the test (I'm guessing here, but it seems reasonable) and the top 50-70% of those are admitted and somewhere around 50-70% of those graduate my argument that a score from the 80th percentile of SAT takers will be around the middle or lower of scores of college graduates holds.

Comment: Re:Liberal arts professors' worst nightmare (Score 0) 134

by MaskedSlacker (#46416225) Attached to: College Board To Rethink the SAT, Partner With Khan Academy

Around 25% of Americans complete college. If you score at the 80th percentile on a test that over half of graduating seniors are taking that puts you roughly in the middle quintile of future college graduates.

So yes, mediocre.

A more relevant reply than questioning the definition of mediocre would be to point out that its stupid to care about being mediocre on a test that is only ever used once in your life. On that we would agree. It would be similarly stupid to care about being mediocre at finger-painting or underwater basket weaving. However the fact that its stupid to care about it doesn't change the fact that you'd still be mediocre.

tldr; Middle of the pack of college grads is mediocre but it doesn't really matter for anything so who gives a fuck?

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin