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Comment: The main branch of the Seatle public library? (Score 1) 288

Does the Seatle public library offer free WiFi without a login?
If so then I would bet a lot of people go there to activate Windows illegally, to avoid getting caught.
If not then a Starbucks in the urban center.

In any case I am curious exactly what it is.

Comment: Ellen Pao --Death of Silicon Valley (Score 0) 121

There is one reason that Silicon Valley will not survive.

The PC/SJW crowd is targeting high tech. now. I can see eventually a case like Ellen Pao where a bad choice of some San Fransisco jury is going to a company in a case that is not even good enough to be borderline.

At that point several startups and established tech firms are going to realize that it is safer to have their facilities in Topeka or Toledo or Peoria etc than it is in the second liberal armpit of America.

You'll get less antagonistic juries and even when guilty won't see such large judgements.

Comment: Good! Show us the results! (Score 1, Insightful) 179

by MouseTheLuckyDog (#49603751) Attached to: NASA Gets Its Marching Orders: Look Up! Look Out!

Since ther days of Apollo NASA's principle task has been the exploration of space and the development of means to travel to space. After Apollo, it's capabilities have been degrading more and more till now the US has to pay Russia to put our stuff on their "trampolines".

TIme to take away their climate toys until they get their primary mission right.

Comment: Shoddy work by Ars. (Score 1) 95

The title of this story would have been better as Ars writes a poor researched story to bash Texas judge.

hell the writer couldn't be bothered to find out the judge's first name or or the name of the fathe in the 'boy in the box' case.

The remarks she made online were basically innoucous, and the judges she was sanctioned on were all probably from Austin.

Comment: Re:Reason for not talking to people (Score 2) 95

It's partially that, it's partially that jurors are not supposed make up their mind till the end of the trial and talking to others tend to make you form opinions.

A judge is expected to be more disciplined when receiving evidence. For example, in a bench trial a judge will hear all evidence including inadmissible evidence. After all it's not inadmissible until the judge rules it so. The judge is then supposed to be able to ignore the inadmissible evidence when reaching his decision.

You are also wrong about the mistrial. The judge was remove mainly because of her remarks on the web site. A new judge ruled that changing judges in the middle was grounds for a mistrial. They then had a second trial where the man was acquitted.

He was acquitted for many reason, the biggest is that it wasn't Harry Potter being kept in the cupboard under the stairs. The kid seems to have had mental problems and a tendency to violence. So the box was the best that his parents could do, and most of the time the door was open.

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.