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Comment: Re:Fermi Paradox (Score 2) 458

by Randseed (#39224369) Attached to: Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside
Unless the resulting burst is a Gamma Ray Burst we should already have seen other aliens using this kind of tech.

But we do see unexplained, massive gamma ray bursts all over the place. For all we know, we're seeing what happened when someone dropped out of warp 5 million years ago or something in another galaxy.

Comment: Re:It will .... (Score 1) 478

by Randseed (#37432004) Attached to: Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner
...As opposed to understanding how things work but not being able to receite a bunch of facts. Do you want the doctor, for example, that can recite loads and loads of random facts? Or do you want the doctor who can't do that but knows how to look it up, and can actually give you good care, rather than care that was terrific 10 years ago? Thank you. Rote memorization is dead. That is what people don't seem to understand. We can find information in a few seconds that earlier required hours in a library. We need to concentrate on HOW people think rather than memorization. I obviously can't do it, but I wish I could have a school of kids whom I taught HOW to think versus your school of kids who just memorize things. Unfortunately, the disgusting, pathetic, achronistic way that we do testing penalizes people who have good reasoning skills, and rewards those who can do nothing more than recite a book.

Comment: WTF? (Score -1, Troll) 215

by Randseed (#37315558) Attached to: (Possible) Diginotar Hacker Comes Forward
What in the flying name of crap is this shit? First off, they didn't hack anything: this is more of a social engineering attack. Second, WHY THE GODDAMN FUCK IS THIS NEWS? I do penetration testing on my own damned home network. If some moron decides to set up an insecure network (and I have a few as neighbors), then screw'em. If people are clicking "OK" on random certificates...screw'em.

Comment: Re:red light cameras (Score 1) 483

by Randseed (#33320184) Attached to: Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers?
...which increase accidents at the intersections. This has been said by the DOT. Why? Because usually what happens is the city reduces the yellow light time, then gets people who are in the middle of the intersection. As a result, people slam on the brakes when the yellow light turns, and there are more rear-end collisions. Toledo, OH is a perfect example.

Comment: Re:Either that (Score 5, Interesting) 706

by Randseed (#33292774) Attached to: Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"
Yep. A prominent pediatric neurosurgeon killed himself down here a number of years ago after he got in an argument with someone and they made a malicious report of child porn to the authorities. They searched his place and found nothing, but as a result his life was destroyed. His career was over. His family life was ruined.

He hung himself in a closet.

Comment: Re:Either that (Score 5, Insightful) 706

by Randseed (#33292732) Attached to: Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"
Yeah. The ones who actually knowingly committed a sex crime. Not those who went to a prostitute, urinated behind a tree in a park, got accused of something with no proof except some ten year old saying so, people named as rapists by some teenage girl who got caught by her father at a party she wasn't supposed to be at, naked and covered in two guys' semen, and made up the story to try and get out of trouble (true story), had sex with their 16 year old girlfriend when they were 18, had sex with some 16 year old in a club that she used fake ID to get into, and any of the rest of that crap. Unfortunately, with crap like 's Law it's just a profit-making, life-destroying industry that the government has created so that politicians can get votes.

Comment: Re:I made prediction 10 years ago. 10 years from n (Score 1) 911

by Randseed (#33292214) Attached to: Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks
It absolutely is. Let me throw this out there, though:
It's common practice -- and supported by the United States Government -- for medical students and residents to work 30 hours (realistically, up more since that's just WORK time) at a stretch. This is to support our lovely public health system. (If you doubt this, consider the fact that most academic institutions are predominately uninsured and Medicaid.)
There have been numerous studies that show that the impairment from this level of sleep deprivation is at least, if not worse, than 0.08 BAC. One showed 0.1 BAC equivalent.
Should we require a mental aptitude and coordination test before allowing someone to drive?
Either way, the government should pull its head out of its ass and regulate that. I worked with a doctor who twenty years ago left a 36 hour shift, went to pick up her kids, and veered off the road, killing her kids and seriously injuring herself.
And before someone says that it's these peoples' choice to work that long, here's a clue: It isn't. It's mandatory from the academic institutions, and encouraged by the government by virtue of regulatory agencies.

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_

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