Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Why not just use heroin? (Score 1) 1038

by SlithyMagister (#45991995) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination
Convict gets a rush of euphoria, and shuffles off the mortal coil.
Side benefit is that it stigmatizes heroin.

Another side benefit is that all of the judicial mistakes get at least one good rush before they are wrongfully executed.
Think it doesn't happen?
It must have happened at least once -- and that is too many.

Comment: Self Determination (Score 2) 641

by SlithyMagister (#45579007) Attached to: Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons
Personhood implies social responsibility.
This is much more than paying taxes, it involves a wide range of social interactions including employment, self-reliance, participation in government etc.

Chimps if "released" could not function in our society. Releasing them into the wild would be a death sentence for most lab animals.

They would still need to be cared for, and are unlikely to be able to contribute much.

I do not see how a judge could make a finding of personhood under (what little I know of) American law.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 144

A major function of adolescence is forging a life apart from the parents' control.

Parents can facilitate this by gradually relinquishing control in response to trustworthy behaviour on the part of the teen.
The progression results in self-disciplining young adults who are independent, yet respect authority

Parents can thwart the burgeoning independence of their adolescent children by attempting to control and monitor their offspring's behaviour, even when the adolescent has shown no tendency toward suspicious behaviour. Treating ANYONE in a suspicious manner tends to foster the behaviour expected.
This progression results in young adults who resent authority, and have sub-standard life skills.

"Just because you can" is never a valid reason for doing something.

+ - Stephen Colbert and the Monster Truck of Tivos

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Lee Hutchinson writes at Ars Technica that when you're picking out a DVR for your home, there's a pretty short list of candidates—TiVo has its new 6-tuner DVRs, or you can get something from your cable provider, or you can roll your own. But SnapStream makes a line of 30+ channel DVRs that can record dozens of TV shows simultaneously. It's products are the monster trucks of the DVR world used by popular shows like The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and The Soup. A SnapStream cluster can repackage, transcode, and distribute content for re-use — functionality you won't find on a consumer-grade DVR. "Being able to record, say, all of the news channels was something companies were interested in," says Aaron Thompson, SnapStream's president.. "The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and so on all use it to record a bunch of stuff, find what they want to make fun of, and quickly get it into their editing bays to get it on air." Prior to SnapStream, the big media companies were using isolated DVRs to record all the different television channels and shows like "The Colbert Report" had armies of interns to watch and catalog all the recorded TV but SnapStream can search the entire recorded library for video based on keywords in the closed captions. “We bring some of the power of ‘new media,’ the ability to search, copy and paste, and e-mail clips, to the old media of television for organizations,” says Rakesh Agrawal . “You weren’t able to search television before, but now you can. Now you can pinpoint stuff and you can hold people accountable and move at the same speed at which media works in the online world.”"

+ - How Lua became successful, but not in Brazil->

Submitted by Ian Grant
Ian Grant (3082979) writes "Yuri Takhteyev, an Assistant Professor at Toronto University, looks very briefly at how Lua is almost unknown in Brazil, even as it becomes popular elsewhere. An interesting story considering Wikipedia's recent decision to use the language

Take the decision of the language’s creators to write Lua’s documentation (the instructions on how to use Lua) in English. Wikimedia Foundation’s engineers note Lua’s excellent documentation as one of the reasons for choosing it over Google’s version of JavaScript.

"

Link to Original Source

Comment: What REALLY worries me... (Score 1) 530

by SlithyMagister (#44702157) Attached to: How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action
Is that somebody will have a bright idea that we can deliberately prolong the status quo.

They then convince a bunch of idiots w/ money and power (aka politicians) that their "solution" will somehow save the planet.

Humans will do what humans do best: We will adapt.

The climate is changing. Let it change. Go with the flow.

Comment: How many was that again? (Score 1) 200

by SlithyMagister (#44617555) Attached to: China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners
from the article::
"Human rights groups estimate that China executes thousands of prisoners a year, but correspondents say that the official figures remain a state secret."

non-Google translation:
"Nobody knows -- not even the Chinese government -- how many prisoners are executed each year...

Comment: What use is a law in the face of power? (Score 3, Insightful) 259

by SlithyMagister (#44312631) Attached to: DOJ: We Don't Need a Warrant To Track You
Since governments in general disregard laws with impunity, what difference can it possibly make to pass laws requiring warrants? They will do what they are going to do anyway. The existence of a law will not change this behaviour. The powerful are not constrained by laws, only the weak.

Comment: Even if MS had caught the error and issued a patch (Score 1) 253

by SlithyMagister (#40135837) Attached to: Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off
So following the announcement of the postponement, MS decides to include the updated calendar info in a patch.
Since the patch isn't a critical or security patch, a large portion of end users -- and a larger portion of systems administrators would not install the patch.

Still not a news item.
I gave up on the holidays calendar years ago due to an overabundance of errors -- primarily inclusions of US holidays in the Canada calendar.
I suspect most Outlook users in the UK did the same.

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. -- Robert Benchley

Working...