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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 322

Lets ignore that, its a TOS violation, which is if you believe the TOS laywers a contract violation, and teh school would also be in violation of illegal computer system trespass. But ya know anything extra legal means to avoid having to make a legal justification.

Its like institutional internet vigilantism.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 1) 556

Yeah well the clickbait mentality has well permeated through both new and old media. "News articles" are just a different color of advertizing, they are designed to attract eyeballs to sell them to the advertisers. We may very well have entered a post journalism era.


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.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania