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Comment: Political Correctness gone haywire (Score 1) 706

by Yahma (#44849459) Attached to: Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates
The idea of political correctness in this country is so warped that thought crimes are now punishable by jail sentences & convictions. Most schools now implement a 'zero-tolerance' policy. These politically correct zero tolerance policies are designed to prevent bullying, but in fact do the opposite. At my nephews middle school, the principal stated on the first day of school that if anyone were to attack a student, the student could not fight back. Fighting back would result is severe disciplinary action (ie. zero tolerance) against both students and that the proper response was to lay on the ground (while presumably being beaten unconscious) and wait for help to arrive. Political correctness has become so extreme that even the right to self-defense has been eschewed.

+ - Trove of NSA Documents Declassified on the Eve of 9/11 Anniversary-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Thanks to an EFF lawsuit, the office of the Director of National Intelligence is releasing declassified redacted veresions of various documents relating to the NSA's domestic surveillance activities. The documents are being released on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks."
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+ - The NSA's next move: silencing university professors?-> 2

Submitted by wabrandsma
wabrandsma (2551008) writes "From the Guardian:

A Johns Hopkins computer science professor blogs on the NSA and is asked to take it down.

A professor in the computer science department at Johns Hopkins, a leading American university, had written a post on his blog, hosted on the university's servers, focused on his area of expertise, which is cryptography. The post was highly critical of the government, specifically the National Security Agency, whose reckless behavior in attacking online security astonished him.

On Monday, he gets a note from the acting dean of the engineering school asking him to take the post down and stop using the NSA logo as clip art in his posts. The email also informs him that if he resists he will need a lawyer.

Why would an academic dean cave under pressure and send the takedown request without careful review, which would have easily discovered, for example, that the classified documents to which the blog post linked were widely available in the public domain?"

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Comment: Re:it would be easy to gather the evidence (Score -1, Redundant) 666

by Yahma (#44079913) Attached to: Security Researcher Attacked While At Conference
Nerd rage rape fantasy? Give me a break... if someone tried to rape/kill you, the first thing you do is go report it to the police. The fact she didn't file a police report and instead decided to "blog" about it is very odd. I'm not saying it didn't happen; however, why not file a police report if things happened as reported on her blog?

Comment: Re:The B-Ark? (Score 1) 128

by Yahma (#44040079) Attached to: UnGrounded: British Airways Attempts to Bottle Some Startup Spirit
Why is it sexist when that is what most women respond to? In the fashion industry, it has been established that women are more interested, spend more time, effort and money on fashion than men do. Just as men are more interested, spend more time, effort and money on engineering/science. Where is the parallel effort to get men to design new fashions and reward them with smartphones, power tools and 3D printers?
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
GNOME

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment: Re:Put simply; yes (Score 1) 759

by Yahma (#43260641) Attached to: Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Don’t believe the crap about the patriarchy. More women are accepted and attend college. More degrees are awarded to women than men. Women outlive men. More men commit suicide. Men are twice as likely to be victims of violence, including murder. If you consider sexual assaults in prisons, twice as many men are raped as women (society thinks prison rape is funny). The streets are littered with homeless men, sprinkled with a few homeless women. Statically, women are happier than men. The myth that girls are being cheated by are educational system is belied by the fact that schools are bastions of femininity, mostly run by and taught by women. Girls outperform boys in school. It is the boys in school getting fucked over, and prescribed ritalin for being boys. Real wages for men are falling, while real wages for women are rising. Just because someone says something enough times, doesn’t make it true. You have nothing to feel guilty about.

Having said that, yes, the best response is to shut the fuck up and only respond with "Yes m'am" or "No ma'm", if any only if spoken to.

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. -- Descartes

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