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Comment: Re:Over 190 comments in this thread so far (Score 1) 507

by SpankiMonki (#47462875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Teachers are under attack....

There's a lot of truth to what you say; your observations are among the reasons why I describe the situation as "sad'.

However, it is possible to work in teaching and not be subjected to the hardships you point out above. All the teachers I know personally love their jobs. Of course, they are fortunate enough to be employed by institutions that are insulated from a lot of the problems you mention.

Comment: Re:Civil Rights Activists (Score 2) 223

Why yes, I do watch Fox News. why do you ask?

Because citizens who do not watch Fox News are threats to national security, and are therefore placed under surveillance. No need for you to be concer...oh wait, you're posting on a known subversive site that is part of our selector set. I guess we'll be watching you after all.

+ - Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On->

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Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies."
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+ - Straight-up operant conditioning->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When the University of Victoria in Canada opened a new campus bike centre in the parkade located under the University Centre last November, motion-activated doors were installed to discourage swallows from nesting in the new facility. But when the swallows returned to their familiar nest sites a few weeks ago, they were undeterred by this peculiar impediment: they quickly learned how to open the doors by flying in front of the infrared motion detector, as you see in this video:"
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Comment: Re:really? (Score 2) 115

by SpankiMonki (#47371397) Attached to: Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

...and mining is eventually rendered useless...

Huh? With bitcoin, the mining process is how transactions are validated. No mining, no transactions. How do you think it could ever be rendered useless?

When will a candy bar cost .0001 bitcoins?

Difficult to say. But you can get candy bars for around .0016BTC (+shipping) from here.

Comment: Re:My plan is to wait and see (Score 2) 214

by SpankiMonki (#47344333) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

The point was that Adobe has no plans currently to change because of Aperture's availability as a competitor.

According to this, Adobe is "doubling down" on LR in response to Apple's decision.

Of course, their VP of Products/Digital Imaging could be lying...but then his post on the Photoshop Blog would be pretty foolish, wouldn't it?

Comment: Re:Check some Facts (Score 1) 214

by SpankiMonki (#47344109) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

That's an interesting read - thanks for the link. The author makes some compelling arguments, but there's little in the way of hard facts in that article.

I'd also note that the author seems to have a bias against Adobe, as evidenced by his dismissive comments regarding Adobe's response to the Aperture news.

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