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Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 626

I had something similar happen in high school as well - same era of computing technology, but my "crime" was using the Back Orifice client on a terminal in CAD class and discovering that a good chunk of the school's network had been infected with it. Attempting to convince the district's administrator that a problem existed at all got me a "we have antivirus, we're fine" response (their solution for everything was the same as yours - reformat and reinstall), and when I pressed the issue with the school's administration I was given a more detailed answer of "fixing it isn't in the budget."

So I forced the issue, by using the client to display popup messages on several terminals in my Internet Publishing class, with the teacher in full view of what was going on. Got pulled aside and "reported" to the administration, and he made all kinds of noise about "port scans are a felony" which I couldn't help but laugh at, considering he ultimately had to use the BO client himself to remove the infection. The school administration wanted to expel me and sweep the problem under the rug, but they basically had to settle for assigning me one session of Saturday School after discovering that I had never signed the liability waiver the district required of every student prior to using their computers (I was handed one, I stuck it in my backpack and promptly forgot about it), and neither my CAD teacher nor my Internet Publishing teacher bothered to enforce collecting the damn things.

The start of the second semester that year was telling, because the school had its campus police lock every computer lab and basically force every student, for each class period, to sign a liability waiver and return it before they'd let anyone in.

Story doesn't end there though - fast forward a year and change, over the summer the school spent a huge amount of money having one of the computer graphics classes upgraded, with something on the order of 20-some iMacs and 4 G3's. Barely a semester later, somebody broke into the lab, ripped most of the memory out of each machine, and reconfigured the virtual memory settings so that the theft wouldn't be noticed immediately. And it wasn't. Take a wild guess who their first suspect was.

Getting pulled out of class by two uniformed police officers was fun, though nothing came of that, or their investigation, as far as I know. The school didn't get reimbursed by their insurance company either, because the computers had anti-theft locks installed but none of them were actually armed.

Comment: Re:Ok, I am naive, but... (Score 1) 320

by Pyrion (#48374499) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

The simple answer is that they're not paying for their education.

Incidentally, this lines up quite neatly with why it seems like the big cheating scandals tend to hit the four-year mainline universities versus, say, community colleges and trade schools. Rich kids with more money than sense don't go to those.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 351

by Pyrion (#46040537) Attached to: Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Moreover, the fever itself is the body basically attempting to "burn out" the infection, and suppressing the fever allows the infection to remain for much longer?

If so, it makes sense, cuz the last few times I've caught the flu I've been over it within two days. They're a miserable two days, shivering my ass off while bundled up in bed and sweating my brains out, but I've had friends take antipyretics and be miserable for a solid week.

Comment: Re:Would love to see some naval battle (Score 1) 547

by Pyrion (#38575464) Attached to: Iran Tests Naval Cruise Missile During War Games

What "global" allies? Russia won't do anything beyond complain loudly because energy supply is the centerpiece of their foreign economic policy. China likely won't mind as long as it doesn't spill over into their territory because, like Russia, they don't particularly care so long as it doesn't negatively affect them. Sunni Arabia will be munching popcorn and cheering the impending demise of the Persian heathens, and the rest of the oil exporting nations are too small and irrelevant to mention.

Comment: Re:He couldn't use a License Plate (Score 1) 579

by Pyrion (#37865562) Attached to: Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Would it have killed him to have backlit LCD screens mounted in place of the license plates to otherwise display what a regular license plate would anyways?

Heck, there's enough available characters on CA license plates to allow for "IDOUCHE" so if he ever felt like lampshading his need for an attitude adjustment, there was at least one good reason for using a license plate.

Comment: Re:What a douche (Score 1) 579

by Pyrion (#37865534) Attached to: Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Actually, reserved parking for the CEO would have to be farther away than the handicapped spots, per ADA distance requirements for handicapped parking spaces. This is why handicapped parking spaces are always the closest available spaces to the front entrance anywhere you go, I think the limit is something like 150' from the front entrance, and at least one spot has to be van-accessible (with an adjacent loading ramp).

Comment: Re:not trying to defend these actions... (Score 1) 579

by Pyrion (#37865478) Attached to: Steve Jobs' Missing License Plate

Wait, no, nevermind that. The initial comment of California state law requiring a certain number of handicapped spaces sidetracked me into thinking this was a question of enforcing an adequate number of handicapped spaces being made available on the private lot. Silly me.

Yeah, local police would probably have jurisdiction, even if the lot is private, if somebody called to complain about the unauthorized use of a handicapped parking spot, but yeah, city police wouldn't be actively patrolling Apple's campus. I doubt Apple would have any legal standing to obstruct the police from entering the private lot to conduct an investigation if somebody called to complain, in much the same context that Apple would have no legal standing to obstruct paramedics or firefighters from entering the lot if circumstances demanded it.

(IANAL, tho.)

Comment: Re:This isn't interesting. What is interesting? (Score 1) 69

by Pyrion (#37426638) Attached to: 6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Coast of Japan

This is why we need to stop relying on the earthquake's peak energy output for determining newsworthy events - deep strong quakes can do diddly squat and yet the idiot journalists see the big number and automatically think it's newsworthy. Rate earthquakes based on how much damage they do, not based on how much energy is released. A 5.0 under St. Louis would be several orders of magnitude more newsworthy than a deep 8.0 out in the middle of fucking nowhere.

Comment: Re:Again Apples business (Score 1) 346

No need to train replacements. I'm sure that while the labor itself is dirt-cheap, it takes time and effort and thus money to train replacement laborers as the turnover rate has to be ridiculously high. If a laborer falls ill, dies or otherwise quits, you have to spend time and money to train a replacement. If a machine breaks, you just replace it and continue with little downtime. Also machines can work 24/7/365 until failure, whereas human laborers will fail in less than a day with such a workload.

Even if the machines themselves are expensive to procure, they'll likely still end up saving money in the long run.

For added hilarity, wait for the inevitable sob stories of Chinese laborers going unemployed because they got replaced by machines.

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