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Comment Re:In other words. (Score 5, Insightful) 269

There's a HUUUUUUUGE difference between the state asking for location data on a private citizen, and citizens asking to audit the state. The state exists to do the citizens' will and for the citizens benefit. A state's rights are granted to it BY the citizens, not the other way around.

That said, data should be anonymized if it isn't already. When I vote, my ballot doesn't have any identifying information on it, so releasing records exactly as they were captured wouldn't tell you anything about me at all.

Comment Re:Those drone pilots better be pretty good.... (Score 1) 178

Or they'll have the drone just spray the entire area (crop-duster style as another poster put it). Target gets hit. Collateral damage? Oh well. So you send fifty people to the hospital. It's not like you killed anyone.

Bonus feature: If there's a protest you don't like going on - even a peaceful one, you can get a lot of the protesters in one sweep without putting yourself anywhere near them. After all, you just know that those protesters were turning violent right at that moment and can file that in your report.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 583

It is easy to prove that nut allergies exist and some can be quite lethal. When my wife was teaching, she had a student who would have a severe allergic reaction if she picked up a pencil that had previously been handled by someone who ate a peanut butter sandwich. We're not talking "break out in hives" reaction either, but the "can't breathe, get an EpiPen or she'll die" kind of reaction. In cases like this, denying children nuts in school is a small price to pay.

So the question is: Can the parents prove - via a medically recognized procedure - that their child is actually allergic to WiFi? If so, not only will they win the right to ban all WiFi in the school, but they'll also upend countless studies showing that WiFi sickness doesn't exist. I wouldn't bet money on the parents being able to do this, though.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 2) 583

As someone who has fought with the public school system to get accommodations for my son (who has an actual medical diagnosis for a real condition), it takes more than the parents saying "Johnny gets sick around WiFi" before the school would be forced to turn off all WiFi. So even if this were a public school, they would have an uphill battle and would need to 1) demonstrate that their child really does react badly to WiFi signals and 2) show that there is a solution that can be reached which wouldn't overly impact the education of other students.

It's one thing if you accommodate a peanut allergy by banning peanut products in the school or give a child extra time on tests due to reading disorders. It's quite another if you say that all kids can't take advantage of educational opportunities because one child claims to be allergic to them (but doesn't have a medical diagnosis of any kind).

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 2) 583

Bah, we don't need him to sit in a Faraday cage. I'll simply sell them my patent pending WiFi Sickness Rocks. Each rock absorbs the bad components of WiFi via a process called Eam Nihil Penitus Operari. By simply keeping the rock in his pocket, he can be guaranteed that WiFi signals won't cause him any physical harm. All for the low, low price of $19.95 (plus shipping and handling). Order now and I'll throw in my Vaccine Toxin Be Gone rock which removes anything in vaccines that causes autism simply by having it anywhere near your child when the kid gets his vaccines.

Comment Balancing Act (Score 1) 234

Teaching ignorance would be a tricky balancing act. Too far on one side and you're right back into the "here's the set science - nothing new to discover and no arguments exist" camp. Too far on the other side and you're in the "Evolution clearly isn't 'set science' because we don't know all of these things*" camp. The key is to teach kids "this is our best understanding given the evidence we have today but science is constantly learning more every day." This way you give kids a foundation in established science (avoiding the "scientists don't know nothing" group) while not having them think that everything is set in stone.

* We actually do know 90% of the things that the creationists bring up and have a pretty good idea about the remaining 10%.

Comment Re:an overview of the dash button for geeks. (Score 2) 252

2. relocation. Place the device in more suitable areas. What if every time your neighbour sat down on the couch they inadvertantly ordered a 12 pack of bleach? how about whenever the dog bolts through the doggie door your inlaws end up ordering a 24 pack of disposable diapers? The potential is endless and the power is great. you control who gets two crates of macaroni and cheese, how often, and even when.

My first thought, when I saw the dash button, was "How long until a parent is charged hundreds of dollars and shipped a ton of laundry detergent because his/her toddler got hold of the button and pressed it five dozen times?" As the parent of two boys, I can attest the irresistible draw that buttons have to little kids. Also, no matter how much you think you've put something out of reach, your kids' arms will somehow stretch to reach it.

Comment Re:Autism claims appear to have been lawsuit fraud (Score 4, Interesting) 94

Not only that, but the researcher (Wakefield) was trying to market his own replacement to the MMR. He didn't want to eliminate vaccines, he just wanted his own to be used so he would get the money and not someone else. The irony being that the anti-vaccine groups hail him as a saint when he was trying to market a vaccine of his own.

Comment Re: Newsflash. (Score 3, Interesting) 183

A college professor of mine once told the class that everything he taught us would be obsolete by the time we graduated. This didn't make the classes useless, though, because the core concepts he taught could be applied for the rest of our careers.

Nobody's saying that kids learning BASIC will go out and get jobs programming BASIC, but BASIC could lead to PASCAL which could lead to C which could lead to pretty much any other language and any of a hundred different jobs.

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