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Comment: Re:West Virginia too (Score 2) 203

by Grishnakh (#48284809) Attached to: Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

If the voter records are public information (which seems odd to me actually, but let's assume this for now since TFS said so), then your lawsuit would be baseless. Taking publicly-available information, then releasing it to the public, can't damage you. The information is already public. It's when private information is released that you have grounds to file a lawsuit for damages.

Comment: Re:This is the latest in a long unfortunate evolut (Score 1) 276

by Tablizer (#48283127) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

A liberal arts or pure science education is not meant to be a professional degree. It's a way to learn a lot about a particular topic, independently of whether that directly helps your employment chances or not...Historically,...But it had the unfortunate side effect of starting the thought in people's minds that universities are vocational institutions, rather than institutions of higher learning...

The "culture wars" is at play here. Since Uncle Sam is handing out these loans, many tax payers want a good monetary return on their investment (or lowest loss).

Typically Republicans want their tax money going to direct job creation rather than what might be called general enlightenment. They view general enlightenment education as less useful, the job of religion instead of college, and/or "liberal indoctrination". Thus, they are against anything outside of (directly) providing jobs to the loanees.

I'm not trying to pick sides here, but rather convey the conflicting political views that are at play.

Comment: "Leadership" meme getting old (Score 1) 276

by Tablizer (#48282921) Attached to: Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

The administration missed an opportunity to issue a strong rule, to take strong executive action and provide real leadership on this issue

I'm tired of politicians & pundits saying somebody didn't display "real leadership" when they don't get exactly what they want. Politics usually involves compromise: you rarely get exactly what you want. (Republicans typically push back on what they see as "excess regulations" of schools.)

"Mom didn't display real leadership by giving me 3 cookies. Instead she gave me 1 cookie and a banana."

Comment: Re:Drake equation (Score 1) 201

by Grishnakh (#48279933) Attached to: Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

Exactly. Biological life seems to need a certain amount of warmth; a rogue planet, which doesn't receive any heat from a parent star, is going to have a very cold surface, even if the interior is warm. Life as we know it wouldn't probably evolve on such a planet; it'd just be an ice world.

So this finding is interesting, but I don't see how it would affect the Drake Equation. If we want to find life that resembles us, we're probably only going to find it in star systems, on rocky planets within the star's habitable zone.

Comment: Re:Not that hard to defeat (Score 3, Insightful) 78

by khasim (#48279311) Attached to: Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

That would work.

And I think that the summary kind of misses the point of what "air-gapped" means. It does NOT mean that your system is invulnerable. No system is invulnerable.

It DOES mean that it can ONLY be attacked by someone with physical access to it. Or someone with control of the hardware manufacturing / transportation channels prior to the computer being installed in the secure location. So you're removing potential channels of attack AND reducing the number of potential attackers.

Now you need metal detectors at the entrances. And "no lone zones" where EVERYONE is accompanied by someone else. Depending upon the level of security that you want.

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