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+ - White House declines petition for removal of District Attorney Carmen Ortiz->

Submitted by devloop
devloop writes: Petitioners requesting the White House remove D.A. Carmen Ortiz from office for gross prosecutorial overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz, received today what amounts to a denial from WhiteHouse.gov. "We will not address agency personnel matters ... because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so.". It is generally argued that the extreme zeal with which the D.A. prosecuted this case led Swartz to commit suicide.
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+ - White House responds to petition to fire Aaron Swartz's prosecutor->

Submitted by Ear Phantom
Ear Phantom writes: From whitehouse.gov:

Response to We the People Petition on U.S. Attorney's Office Personnel Matters

Aaron Swartz's death was a tragic, unthinkable loss for his family and friends. Our sympathy continues to go out to those who were closest to him, and to the many others whose lives he touched.

We also reaffirm our belief that a spirit of openness is what makes the Internet such a powerful engine for economic growth, technological innovation, and new ideas. That's why members of the Administration continue to engage with advocates to ensure the Internet remains a free and open platform as technology continues to disrupt industries and connect our communities in ways we can't yet imagine. We will continue this engagement as we tackle new questions on key issues such as citizen participation in democracy, open access to information, privacy, intellectual property, free speech, and security.

As to the specific personnel-related requests raised in your petitions, our response must be limited. Consistent with the terms we laid out when we began We the People, we will not address agency personnel matters in a petition response, because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so.

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Comment: Not "civilization", Natural Selection (Score 0) 387

by devloop (#47594663) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

Could it be instead that civilization caused a general lowering of testosterone..?

It *doesn't* work that way. Natural selection causes traits beneficial to survival/reproduction to become dominant. "Civilzation" cannot "cause" anything.

The conclusion reached by the researches is also nothing but a romanticized opinion, as we don't see lower levels of aggression in current humans.

The most likely (and brutal) cause-effect relationship is that tool makers, who were smarter and at least as aggressive despite their testosterone leves, dispatched the less intelligent high testosterone rivals and/or outbred them.

+ - White House responds to petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consu->

Submitted by devloop
devloop writes: White House posts an official response to this petition, already with nearly 140,000 votes in favor, to allow direct sales to consumers in all 50 states. "We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers. However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress."
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Comment: College enrollment ratios already favor females (Score 1) 548

by devloop (#47285101) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative
"No, it's more like "why is ~50% of the country not pursuing IT?"... it seems like an issue that should be researched."

I think the appropriate answer to your "concerned" question should be along the lines of "screw you, misandrist pig".

Why is there absolutely no concern to research why 50% of the population (males) accounts for less than 40% of all college students (and continue to trend downwards)?

Given that education is ever more important in the information economy, shouldn't THAT be also an issue that should be researched?

Are boys not worth the same level of concern? Should companies like Google be skewing these ratios even more against male students?

Comment: Confirmation bias???, nah... (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by devloop (#45535753) Attached to: Art Makes Students Smart
"Researchers" were contacted by.. uh.. well.. the Museum... developed a "methodology" for the "experiment" after the fact, then based their definitions and metrics on an assessment program developed in conjunction with ... another museum.

Solid!. No way this is just another case of confirmation bias.

Comment: Maximum Penalty???? (Score 1) 242

by devloop (#45511655) Attached to: Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog
How is $1.2m the maximum penalty available under the law for this case, when back in 2009, Capitol vs Thomas, a jury awarded $1.92m to Capitol?

Even at $1.92m, that was NOT the highest they could have gone either, the judge established that each infringement would be penalized at $80k, down from a maximum of $150k per instance!

That would have worked out to $3.6m.

Why weren't AFP et al penalized per infraction, vs having a cap for the whole incident?

Comment: Apple apologists in 3, 2, 1 (Score -1, Flamebait) 481

by devloop (#44919863) Attached to: CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken
Their "new", great iPhone has been out for less than a month, with their latest super high tech, hyper hyped "secure" technology and a relatively trivial hack has already been published. We'll have teens with chewing gum hacking TouchID next, and yet, Apple fan bois will still continue to hype and buy Apple substandard, over priced technology.

Comment: Dark strings (Score 3, Funny) 86

by devloop (#44762255) Attached to: Mystery Alignment of Planetary Nebulae Discovered
I have worked out an elegant solution that can be collapsed to only 88 dimensions, where infinitesimally small unbound super strings made of pure dark energy are curled up in tiny unobservable sub-plank scale vibrating loops that create immeasurable gravity-like dark froth along the alignment axis.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."