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Comment Re:What?? (Score 1) 71

Now I see why it was so confusing. This organization, "Hacking Team", chose a name which is really awkward. In most cases, "hacking team" would be a common noun and appear with some kind of article before it (e.g. "a" or "the"). Since it's really acting as a proper noun, it must appear without any articles. I was assuming, as many people probably would if they didn't happen to read the article just before the poll, that the poll title was just a poorly composed sentence which meant to ask the question "Are the activities of hacking teams ethical?"

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 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

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

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.

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