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+ - Arizona Senator Proposes Law to Require Mandatory Church Attendance

Submitted by Pikoro
Pikoro (844299) writes "Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen (R), during a committee meeting, put forth a proposal to submit a law requiring mandatory church attendance.

Allen explained that without a "moral rebirth" in the country, more people may feel the need to carry a weapon.
"I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America," she said.

It's a sad sign of the times when Senators have forgotten that one of the founding pillars of the United States is separation of church and state."

+ - There is no "Proper English"->

Submitted by Pikoro
Pikoro (844299) writes "A recent article in the NY Times shows the argument for why there is no longer a "Proper" english.

Itâ(TM)s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault. These days we are told that our ever-texting teenagers canâ(TM)t express themselves in grammatical sentences. The media delight in publicizing ostensibly incorrect usage. A few weeks ago, pundits and columnists lauded a Wikipedia editor in San Jose, Calif., who had rooted out and changed no fewer than 47,000 instances where contributors to the online encyclopedia had written âoecomprised ofâ rather than âoecomposed of.â

Scholarly linguists, Instead of having some rule book of what is âoecorrectâ usage, instead examine the evidence of how native and fluent nonnative speakers do in fact use the language. Whatever is in general use in a language (not any use, but general use) is for that reason grammatically correct."

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Comment: Re:Energy (Score 1) 91

by Pikoro (#49235119) Attached to: Dry-Ice Heat Engines For Martian Colonists

So use solar sails attached to transport ships carrying some other materials to mars. Once the ships enter orbit, detach the solar sails and manuver the sail material (probably mylar) to Mars's L1. Use the solar wind to keep them in place, and balance that with the gravity of mars and use that to refract the solar radiation hitting Mars until it equals that of earth. That would increase insolation and generally supply more solar radiation to the surface of mars. Once the extra heat is added, it will sublimate the CO2 in the soil/poles and increase the greenhouse effect and start warming the planet. That would also increase atmospheric pressure, making habitation easier to achieve. Granted, the new air won't be breathable, but who cares! The planet will be warmer and the atmosphere thicker. If, at some later date, we wanted to make the air breathable, then some serious CO2 scrubbing would be required, but still. That could be a long term goal provided by seeding the planet with.. um... plants! Let the trees do the long term work.

Comment: Re:Turning Japanese (Score 2) 208

by Pikoro (#49204533) Attached to: Make Those Brown Eyes Blue

I don't think it would matter much. Japanese already have a social reaction to this which would fill the gap. Tattoos are shunned in public places. This would probably fall along the same lines.

Dying your hair is also more socially acceptable now, but not in a business setting.

Besides, a Japanese driver's license doesn't even have a place for hair or eye color. ( I am a permanent resident of Japan and have a Japanese license)


Police Use DNA To Generate a Suspect's Face 100

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-the-generic-looking-ones-you've-gotta-watch dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times has a pair of articles about a technology now being used in police investigations: computer generation of a suspect's face from only their DNA. Law enforcement in South Carolina had no pictures or descriptions of a man who murdered a mother and her daughter, but they had some of his DNA. From this, a company named Parabon NanoLabs used a technique called DNA phenotyping to create a rough portrait of the suspect's facial features, which the police then shared with the public.

The accuracy of these portraits is still an area of hot debate — most of them look rather generic. The NY Times staff tested it with a couple of their employees, circulating the DNA-inspired portraits and seeing if people could guess who it was supposed to be. None of the ~50 employees were able to identify reporter John Markoff, and only about 10 were able to identify video journalist Catherine Spangler. But even though the accuracy for a person's entire face is low, techniques for specific attributes, like eye color, have improved greatly. Of course, the whole situation raises a slew of civil liberties questions: "What traits are off limits? Should the authorities be able to test whether a suspect has a medical condition or is prone to violence should such testing be possible?"

Comment: Re:Virtualmin (Score 1) 136

by Pikoro (#49016055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a Web Development Linux Distro?

I was going to post nearly the same thing. The other side of Virtualmin is once you have your packages and configs set up the way you want, simply click the backup server button and get a .tgz you can apply to any other virtualmin server and you'll have the exact same config every time. Tweak the options you want and a simple 3 click vhost is set up and cloned.

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.