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Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 137 137

I don't get this kind of reaction. I've been reading slashdot since it started in the late 90's and I have no problem with polls being in the news feed. They're collapsed by default so it hardly matters. Ironically, people fuming and overreacting to minor stuff does indicate that we've still got our core reader base.

Comment: Doesn't sound like a conspiracy to me (Score 1) 119 119

Honestly, it just seems like "grit" was a poorly chosen word for Khan Academy's familiar concept of effort. The only things that are somewhat concerning are the school vs. school etc. aspects of the contest. One would hope that the contest is not structured in such a way that it mostly just serves to make more competitive schools feel good about how much more awesome they are than everyone else. This would happen if, for instance, mastery points are given as much or more weight than hustle points. I can't tell if this is the case from the FAQ.

Comment: Re:I wonder how the Gen Con people would feel (Score 1) 886 886

Dictionary definitions are basically irrelevant when it comes to determining what's legal. If it were as simple as looking it up in the dictionary, we wouldn't need lawyers or the legal system. The reason we _do_ have those things is that ethical questions are never so cut and dry. The ideas of "freedom" and "liberty" are defined by the long history of legal precedent.

Comment: Re:On tracking (Score 2) 111 111

How is a certificate anything like a cookie? Cookies are unique to clients. Certificates are unique to servers. You can't use a server's SSL cert to track its users. And, unless Verizon has figured out a way to crack SSL connections in real time, they can't be injecting any headers into web requests made through HTTPS.

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