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Comment: Re:Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (Score 5, Informative) 89

by chemicaldave (#48626563) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have
You say that as if the US penal system's primary goal is to rehabilitate rather than punish. Our system is designed not to rehabilitate, rather it enacts harsh punishment as a theoretical deterrent to crime, and more recently has become a for-profit private enterprise.

Comment: Re:Stick to your field (Score 2, Informative) 138

by chemicaldave (#48372313) Attached to: Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group
From's "Who We Are" section of the website:

Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics.

Criticizing a company for getting steep discounts worth millions of dollars on jet fuel from the government and then getting a large lease from that same government seems in line with their mission.

Comment: Re:football can cause brain damage (Score 1) 405

I doubt it. In all your examples, the trademark becomes part of the lexicon of the general public but the owners still retain the sole rights to sell the product under that trademark. People call all bandages Band-Aids, yet there is only one Band-Aid brand. Same goes for Hoover, and Cellophane. Now when grandpa types into Bing "where to buy an iPad" he's going to be directed towards Apple, even though he might have been thinking of the Surface tablet he saw during the Steeler's game.

Comment: Re:Sue the bastards (Score 4, Funny) 441

by chemicaldave (#47807123) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

"Think of the children"

The book is 900 years in the future. I think you mean "Think of the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren."

Comment: Could be the medium (Score 2) 605

by chemicaldave (#42912435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?
I think writing a blog implies much less formality than a traditional paper. I graduated with a BS in 2010 and never did I write a paper with improper grammar that did not receive deductions, no matter the course or the assignment. It could also be that the students are not writing this in Word, and thus can't rely on the spelling and grammar checking functions.

Comment: Re:Even China is getting tired of their shit (Score 2) 270

by chemicaldave (#42873101) Attached to: North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test
Why would Saddam give anything to Iran? Part of the reason the intelligence community was convinced that he has weapons was because Saddam was a master of denial and deception. Ever since the Iran-Iraq war Saddam has been trying to convince his neighbors that he had WMDs while simultaneously trying to convince the west that he had none. One is difficult to do, both is nearly impossible.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor