Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Shocking (Score 1) 251 251

I'm pretty sure prosecutors are allowed to do pretty much anything. ianal either, but I've read quite a bit about how few restrictions there are on prosecutorial misconduct. Attorney General is one of the offices of government which has no sufficient checks or balances. As far as I know there's no law against an AG using their prosecutorial power in a biased, selective, or abusive manner. Prosecutorial discretion is one of the greatest injustices in America but it's not an issue most people know or care about so it's not something politicians often bring up.

Comment Re:I've said it before (Score 1) 391 391

The short term isn't short term for the individual who is out of work and whose skills have become anachronistic.

Also, I question your assertion that technology never decreases jobs. I live in the rust belt and around here you don't have to look far to see jobs lost to automation. A lot of factories are making a comeback around here but they employ about 10% of what they used to, despite producing more goods. When there's a surplus of labor, as there is in the rust belt, labor becomes a cheap commodity. No person wants to be treated as a cheap commodity. An economic system that treats huge swaths of its population as cheap commodities isn't one I find to be particularly appealing. Justifying it with some Star Trek type of dream of unlimited goods and terraformed planets butts against the realities of limited resources and technological limitations.

Accusing anyone of being a luddite for not being a gung-ho supporter of the capitalist machine that tramples over so many in its pursuit of goods produced for the upper echelons of society is just silly. Things are more nuanced than that. The pursuit of a distributive justice system that benefits all members of society isn't incongruous with technological progress.

Comment Re:Still the "best" office suite. (Score 1) 130 130

It sounds like you work for Microsoft. I'm not accusing you of being a shill or anything, your post just sounds like it was written by a marketing department attempting to sell Office to the /. crowd.

There was a time when I had to fire up Office because of various formatting quirks or whatever, especially when it came to Excel, but it's been a long time since that's happened. If you believe that LibreOffice isn't good enough for 99% of users out there then I doubt you've used it recently. Using the Gimp/Photoshop comparison is ridiculous (even though I use Gimp for all my photo manipulation needs; I'm not a photographer or graphic artist but I do occasionally need/want to create images or manipulate pictures).

When it comes down to it text editors, spreadsheets, and presentation programs have hit their ceiling when it comes to desired features. They're like Vise-Grips. There was a time when you had to get the name brand ones because nothing else worked as well. Now you can find knock-offs that do the same thing. A couple x-mases ago someone gave me a set of these Kobalt things that were supposed to be like Vise-Grips but easier to use and fancier. They were a pain in the ass and I never use them. That's what Microsoft did when they rolled out their ribbon interface and this 365 crap. They tried to put bells and whistles on something that didn't need them (for the sake of continuing the upgrade cycle) and made an inferior product. LibreOffice doesn't just work as well as MS Office, it works better.

Comment Re:Getting lost in the shuffle. (Score 1) 301 301

His characterization that the quality of papers from men must, by definition, by higher quality clearly establishes the fact that he is a textbook example of the problem.

He didn't say that they, must be of a higher quality. He said that it's a possibility that shouldn't be ignored. You can't just assume it's not true.

Personally, I think the problem is that we try to use science to evaluate things it's ill-suited to do. "How gender differences affect the experiences that PhD students have when moving into post-doctoral work" is not a subject that's best examined using the scientific method. If one wants to come to a real understanding of this issue I would suggest asking a bunch of PhDs, both male and female, to write essays about it from a purely subjective point of view, and put those essays into a collection. It would certainly be much more enlightening than survey data and whatever various statistics were compiled in an effort to make a scientific study out of the whole thing.

I love science. It's great method for discovering truth. But I hate it when people try to apply science to social issues.

Comment Re:Drug dogs (Score 4, Informative) 409 409

I've known people who have had their car searched because a dog allegedly signaled that there were drugs in the car when there were not. They looked like stoners (long hair and tie-dyed shirts) so the cops probably thought the odds were good they would find something. When they didn't they just blamed the dog and said something along the lines of, "well, you were probably smoking pot in this vehicle at some point, and that's probably what the dog smelled."

The dog is just an excuse to violate your rights.

Comment Re:Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653 653

The difference is that Apple is an American company and Indiana is in America. Also, Fiorina demonstrates extremely poor logic: She says it's hypocritical for Apple to do business with China while criticizing an Indiana law. It would only be hypocritical if they were refusing to do business with Indiana but not China. I'm sure if you asked Tim Cook about several of China's policies he would criticize them. It's not surprising nor hypocritical that he chooses to publicly criticize Indiana rather than China, however, because it's in America and he has quite a bit of lobbying power here.

I'm amazed that Fiorina thinks she could be a viable candidate. She ran HP into the ground with horrible decisions. That's all any opponent needs to point out about her.

Comment Re:Boorish (Score 1) 662 662

I can see a fair amount of criticism leveled against American cars but to say they ought to learn from Toyota or Honda is just laughable. A Camry? Really?

If American automobile manufacturers want to take some hints from their foreign competitors I'd hope they do so from the Germans rather than the Japanese. Your comment about seat position and control layout make me think you're short -- Japanese cars tend to be more comfortable for short people compared to American and European cars. Regarding steering and suspension, I don't think you know much about steering and suspension if you think a Camry is ideal.

Most American cars are rubbish, I agree with that. But so are most Japanese cars.

Comment Re:Granted OffTopic, but can BootCamp do Linux? (Score 1) 209 209

Hate to respond to myself but I forgot one tidbit: If you don't have some boot manager software like rEFIt installed, hold the option key while your Mac starts up. This will allow you to select your Linux disc/drive when you go to install it and after it's installed it will allow you to select your Linux partition. By default it just boots OS X.

Comment Re:Granted OffTopic, but can BootCamp do Linux? (Score 1) 209 209

Don't use Boot Camp unless you're making a Windows partition. Use Disk Utility to create a partition and then boot from a Linux disc/drive and install it on the new, empty partition. Back up your OS X files just in case but you shouldn't have any problems if you do it that way.

You can also use Disk Utility to get rid of that Windows partition you made with Boot Camp. If you wipe it clean with Disk Utility and format it as FAT or Ex you should be able to now use it for Linux.

Comment Re:Not in these activist's style (Score 1) 517 517

I agree with much of what you say, but it's highly questionable if the correlation between unleaded gas and the crime rate had anything to do with causation. I don't believe they were related. Regardless, considering the negative health effects of lead, I agree that banning it was the right move. Which just reinforces your point -- we can't always wait for 100% reproducible research to take preventative measures. The EPA needs to enforce preventative measures.

Comment Re:Theory vs Empericism (Score 4, Insightful) 249 249

The phrase that makes me roll my eyes is "survival of the fittest." That's not what natural selection is. It's a gradual increase in variation with the death of the unfit. An organism doesn't have to be "the fittest," it just has to find an unoccupied niche. Thus the various "strategies" different organisms will take for survival -- be it cooperation, selfishness, or some combination of the two -- will vary depending on the organism.

Ants are pretty cooperative. Big cats are pretty selfish and territorial. But wild/feral horses are an interesting combination of the two. They have herds of mares with a few stallions. The stallions attack any other stallion that comes near and once a young stallion grows to a certain age they banish it from the herd. The stallions act pretty selfishly while the mares act rather cooperatively (however, they have a hierarchy so there's some selfishness involved, too).

I think the problem is trying to theorize a formula for understanding the behavior of organisms, or a most successful behavior, in general. There's just way too much diversity in nature for something like game theory to cover all its ground. Perhaps it works when you pigeon-hole it into capitalist economics, but I don't think it's a very comprehensive theory for explaining how animals do or ought to act.

Comment Re:it isn't the best thing for your health, but... (Score 1) 365 365

The reason alcohol is so terrible is because we stigmatize it. There are so many kids who binge drink because it's the cool thing to do once they get ahold of some booze or once they get into college. I hate movies like Animal House because so many kids buy into this idea that binge drinking is the way to enjoy alcohol.

The drinking and driving issue that you pointed out. . . I think self-driving cars/expanded public transportation is the solution. Another major problem is that you can get a DUI for drinking two beers, which for most people doesn't equate to being impaired. That creates an attitude of, "two beers or ten beers, same risk so fuck it, I'll have another beer before hitting the road."

Binge drinking ought to be stigmatized, not drinking. Personally, I enjoy drinking alcohol. I do not enjoy getting drunk.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.