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Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 3, Insightful) 414 414

by Varitek (#27244855) Attached to: Internet-Caused Mistrials Are On the Rise

The founding fathers believed that it's better to let a guilty man run free than let an innocent man be found guilty.

And that should be trivially obvious too - it doesn't take a complicated debate on ethics. When a guilty man is found not guilty, a guilty man goes free. When an innocent man is found guilty, an innocent man is punished and a guilty man goes free.

Comment: As the old adage has it . . . (Score 5, Insightful) 500 500

by Varitek (#27063489) Attached to: A Short Summary Following the Pirate Bay Trial
If the facts are against you, bang on the law. If the law is against you, bang on the facts. If both are against you, bang on the table.

Making an anti-copyright statement in court would be the equivalent of banging on the table, which Pirate Bay don't appear to need to do.

Comment: Purpose of the class (Score 4, Insightful) 931 931

by Varitek (#26586185) Attached to: A Teacher Asking Students To Destroy Notes?

Is the purpose of a college class to give a student knowledge of a field of study? Or is it to just award a credit towards a degree?

Sound to me that the lecturer thinks it's the latter, which is a problem. Those notes are a valuable resource to any student who wants to retain that knowledge, whether for future classes, a job after college, or just for the pure love of knowledge for its own sake. The student has paid for those notes in time, effort, and money. Asking him to give them up is short-sighted and stupid. Taking them from his backpack is theft.


A Review of the $200 Wal-Mart Linux PC 235 235

Posted by kdawson
from the green-around-the-edges dept.
bcrowell writes "Wal-Mart's new $200 Linux PC has generated a lot of buzz in geek circles. Although they're sold out of stores, I bought one for my daughter via mail order, and have written up a review of the system. The hardware seems fine for anyone but a hardcore gamer, but the pre-installed gOS flavor of Ubuntu has a lot of rough edges."

+ - Brightest comet in decades now visible in sky

Submitted by mlimber
mlimber writes: Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1), the brightest comet in decades, is currently visible to the naked eye in the early evening and early morning sky for the northern hemisphere. The northern latitudes have the best view, but it can be seen even in the southern hemisphere during the day with the right equipment. Another image is available as NASA's astronomy picture of the day.

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.