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Comment: I can't see the legitmiacy here. (Score 2) 461

by MrLint (#48346203) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

I cannot see how the argument for 'prayer' is legit on logistical or supernatural grounds. There is no clear public benefit here to release this information to this person for the purposes of his own (I guess) spiritual needs. I'd even be hard pressed to make the case if he wanted to do direct health outreach. The licensees can be reached via the places of employ.

Furthermore, one can readily presume that if you are prying for someone to an allegedly omniscient being, he/she/it would be able to work out the details.

Comment: Pre (Score 1) 114

by MrLint (#47229489) Attached to: Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

I don't really understand why nearly 5 years after the palm pre, this isn't a built in feature at this point. The market is running more and more toward unopenable, and unserviceable phones anyway. The inductor back panel for my pre was exactly the same size as the factory one.

That being said, webOS let you do things current phones cant to... :|

Comment: Half Life did it first... (Score 1) 123

by MrLint (#47173441) Attached to: Plastic Trash Forming Into "Plastiglomerate" Rocks

So HL2, came out in back in 2004 had this quote in it, from the character of Dr Breen : Are all the accomplishments of humanity fated to be nothing more than a layer of broken plastic shards thinly strewn across a fossil bed, sandwiched between the Burgess shale and an eon's worth of mud?

While certainly this is not a surprise consequence to anyone in a scientific field(s) involved. I find it somewhat ironic that the sentiment (no pun), showed up in a video game.

Comment: Changing the rules, except the permanent ones (Score 1) 288

by MrLint (#46918675) Attached to: Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

It seems that the logic here might not be applied consistently.

If we are shortening password change time for poor passwords, under the argument they are easy to crack; then likewise hard passwords that would take a "forever" to crack should have no expiry. The rules have decided to be altered, except for the ones that are established orthodoxy, those must blindly be followed without adjudication for all time.

Perhaps the real pavolvian behavior here is the bell that rings every 90 days.

Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 1) 665

by MrLint (#46237697) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

All science, including the technology robots are built on, is an outgrowth of the scientific method. Research, reasoning, and altering your path based on data. If you wish to reject that method when building robots, that's cool. You are going to get a shitbot. You want to reject one of the consequences of scientific research, I call on you should reject all the outputs of scientific research. To assert that the method of gaining knowledge only works as long as you get to ignore the parts that you don't think you "use", or "agree with". Well then you'd a damned fool, and I suggest you return to the stone age animal herders afraid of the night.

Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 1) 665

by MrLint (#46237621) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

While I don't dismiss trade style training programs or apprenticeships, no part of US high school education make you an expert in anything. The idea, however, of forcing every student into advanced section of every topic is foolish, few people do well in all areas all the time. I excelled in the hard sciences, I could have also excelled in history, but I just didn't care; now oddly I have a not insignificant interest in politics and policy, while my job is IT.

Short version, calculus isnt for everyone, and trying to make every child pass calc is a filing venture. However having basic exposure to the whole set of topics breeds a better base for success than trade only (excluding everything else) programs.

Comment: Re:States Rights (Score 4, Insightful) 665

by MrLint (#46220729) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Unfortunately, it will take the child until they are 20 or so to feel the full effects of being poorly educated, worse, being denied the tools of critical thought. At that point bringing that person up to the capability to deal with the technology of the workplace that will face them in 2030 will be nearly insurmountable.

The mere fact that someone should be able to assert that any old idea they have, has equal supportability because of what they assert semantics of words to be, is wrong at best, and megalomaniacal at worst. And we all know that this isn't about "alternate 'theories'" this is about attacking things that don't support the christian creation myth.

I challenge *any* "teach the controversy" supporter to lay out their syllabus and rubric for *ALL* alternative science theories. As it has been stated above, it would have to include astrology, and alchemy, probably phrenology, humors, and I guess demonic possession.

You cannot be honest in this "teach the controversy" thing and only do one piece. Doing so is really a lie to yourself, and everyone knows it.

Comment: Re:This just in, spy wants spy rules to stay (Score 1) 316

by MrLint (#45828573) Attached to: Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

"It makes me wonder why the NSA is pushing so hard to keep unconstitutional spying programs in place"

CYA? Seriously, leadership never takes responsibility. When you dump every possible thing on the table for the leaders to look at, at no point can the phrase "we didn't know" be said honestly.

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra