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Comment: I fail to see how this is a bad thing (Score -1, Troll) 213

by Snotnose (#49317241) Attached to: Finland's Education System Supersedes "Subjects" With "Topics"
The topic: Your budget.
Skills needed: Basic math, intro to accounting, some economics to see how viable your job is in the future, home ec to show how cooking your own steak and potato as opposed to the local restaurant is much cheaper,

The topic: Global warming
Skills needed: Basic math, history, statistics, critical thinking. Bonus skills: advanced math, meteorology

The topic: ISIS
Skills needed: history, religion studies, psychology, psychiatry, social studies, George Bush cranial anal extraction surgery techniques.

Comment: Re:The problem is the fuzz, not the swatters (Score 1) 569

What you're saying is the problem lies with the lawyers. Which somehow doesn't surprise me.

Get swatted, cops shoot your dog, toss a flash bang into your baby's crib, and scare the crap out of everyone in the family? Grand Jury decides we're cool, no cops get prosecuted.

Get 911'd, cops look into it, figure there's a good chance it's a hoax, turns out it's not a hoax. Layers sue for millions and win.

Essentially, the average citizen and common sense loses in both cases.

Comment: The problem is the fuzz, not the swatters (Score 4, Insightful) 569

The problem is the police respond to everything with a huge over-reaction. They don't investigate, they don't use common sense, they just go in armed to the teeth ready to shoot anything that either moves or doesn't move fast enough and the hell with the consequences, as long as the consequences fall on the target, not the cops.

How the hell did we get such a militarized police force anyway?

Comment: So they gonna remove the BS? (Score 1) 87

by Snotnose (#49280693) Attached to: Apple Reportedly Working On an Online TV Service
Hate when I watch a scify movie and a character sez "fuxor", and they not only silence the word but distort the mouth of the offending character.

Double that for shows like survivor, that distort asscracks and such.

For Fark's sake, if you're going to show it, show it, don't edit it. If you're going to edit it, don't show it. I'm not a kid, I'm an adult watching an adult show. Treat me like an adult, or I swear to god I'll cut the cable and y'all can wonder why pirate's bay gets better ratings that your OTA ratings.

Comment: Re:Poor first sentence (Score 2) 132

by Snotnose (#49276747) Attached to: Researchers Find Same RSA Encryption Key Used 28,000 Times

First line of the article: "What if the key to your house was shared with 28,000 other homes?"

Several years ago I found myself in this situation. I worked night shift, getting home between 2-3 AM. One night I unlocked my door, opened it, and just had time to think "WTF, this isn't my living room" when some guy came running up with "hey, who are you!!!".

The place I was renting was WW2 era housing, a group of rectangular buildings next to each other, each with 8 apts (think | | | | | |). I had the upper unit in the back, turns out my key worked on *every* upper back unit in each building. Talked to one of my neighbors, his key also worked in every building that corresponded to his unit.

Trust me, we all had new locks within 24 hours.

Comment: It's been that long? (Score 4, Interesting) 48

by Snotnose (#49252369) Attached to: Oldest Dot-com Domain Turning 30
As a sysadmin in the late 80s/early 90s I remember the joy I felt when I first installed DNS on our Sun network and could forget bang paths. For the next year or two I enjoyed the extra income I made as a consultant setting up other people with DNS. It was all a word of mouth thing (well, word of email more like), I never advertised or looked for the work (I was still in school part time, free time wasn't in my lexicon).

+ - Austin Declared a Drone-Free Zone During SXSW->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Organizers of SXSW said this week that flying of drones is banned for safety reasons. 'The airwaves and/or frequency spectrums generally used in the remote control of drones are too congested during the popular event to ensure operation safe from interference,' they said in a statement. The Austin Police Department will be watching for drones in crowded or public areas and anyone flying one could have it seized, the organizers warned."
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+ - SPAM: Wacken Metal Battle – Free 80 Song Download

Submitted by Montreal Scene
Montreal Scene (4022989) writes "The annual Wacken Metal Battle is currently in full force. Round 3 will be happening on March 27th at COOP Katacombes. Performing will be Fayne, Distorthead, Wacken Metal BattleDecadawn, and Evertrapped.

Jeff Waters of Annihilator fame will be a special guest judge in select cities, including Montreal.

Wacken Metal Battle Canada has also released a free 80 song download on their website. Click the link to check it out. Hours of free music!

Winners of rounds 1 and 2 are Sanguine Glacialis and Mad Parish, respectively.

The Montreal final will happen on April 23rd and will be a battle between Montreal and Quebec city bands for the provincial finalist.

Wacken Metal Battle is an international battle of the bands in which the winners get to play at Wacken Open Air, one of the worlds largest metal festivals which has been going on for 25 years.


Latest News: Annihilator’s Jeff Waters To Guest Judge Battle Rounds In Select Cities – [spam URL stripped]

Full Listing of Battle Rounds By City: [spam URL stripped]

Free Download: Wacken Metal Battle Canada Compilation Vol. 3 (Over 80 Tracks): [spam URL stripped]..."

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Comment: I'm a guy (Score 2) 161

by Snotnose (#49207617) Attached to: Why It's Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry
My laundry decisions are basically: Am I out of shirts/undies/pants? If yes then haul the dirty clothes bin to the laundry room, dump them into 2 washers, both washers are set for hot/cold and permanent press, install money and detergent, wait 30 minutes, put all clothes into 1 dryer, insert money, haul clothes home, hang/fold/whatever.

Not seeing 14 decision points here. I'm seeing pretty much 1: do I need to do laundry?

A robot chef would end up on ebay pretty much immediately, I enjoy cooking. My robot of choice would be one that would dust and vacuum. I farking hate doing those.

Comment: I'm pretty consistent (Score 2) 45

by Snotnose (#49207589) Attached to: Fujitsu Tech Can Track Heavily Blurred People In Security Videos
My path through the grocery store is pretty consistent. Wander through produce looking for what I need. Beeline to the back wall, where the meat is. Head to eggs/dairy, next to the meat. Hang a 180, down the frozen foods aisle, hang a left, where the deli is for my meat and cheese for the week. Do a 180, head to the checkout.

Every other month or so I need something like fish sauce, olive oil, etc, and then they can track me wandering aimlessly down the aisles, if they had microphones they'd hear me muttering "dammit, why don't they label the aisles better" and "dammit, where's the damned kimchi"

Staples like tomato sauce, chicken stock, etc are bought a couple times a year at Costco.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.