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Comment Re:Consider soccer timing. (Score 1) 139

imprecise soccer timing

I'd think the game clock's accuracy should take into account the scoring frequency. Thus a basketball clock would have to be more accurate than a soccer clock with football and hockey somewhere in between. If there's a human timekeeper than you should have an accuracy cutoff somewhere around 2x the increment it takes an average person to physically start/stop the timer.

Comment Re:Poe's Law (Score 1) 146

I frequently see people miss sarcasm in real-life interactions

You've got to wonder whether there's an implicit assumption that AI's solved the real-life interactions with the added video & audio feedback or was that too much information so they skipped it. Then there's the issue whether sarcasm is a binary output or a more continuous probability with a value proportional to some measured level of outrageousness.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 667

find a company that makes candy and *pays me* to give it away at my store

I didn't think the advertisers created the content for Wired. If they don't the analogy might be the company gives away the candy they make but when you walk into their store someone, who's paid the company for the right, steps in front of you, shouts their ad in your face, then photocopies the contents of your wallet. If you're not careful your wallet gets lifted.

Comment Re:Submitter and Forbes Relationship? (Score 1) 133

Slashdot is getting paid to accept these submissions

If that's true, and I wouldn't be surprised, then Slashdot should provide some indicatation that that's the case.

Though they're typically mainstream stories, HughPickens writes decent summaries with links going outside his domain. I've clicked on a few of his summary links and never been to his domain. This guy writes an okay summary but with the main (and often only) link to his overdone Forbes blog. His posts either should not be allowed or be noted as paid for.

Comment Re:GOOD! (Score 1) 349

I think this can be boiled down to three issues: 1) Did CBS legal accidentally drop the ball in failing to negotiate with the Newlin estate, 2) Did CBS legal intentionally leave off negotiation thinking they either were in the clear or could bully their way and 3) How long should the copyright on lyrics, dating to the '30s, last? If 1) was the case then it's not likely it'd have gone public, unless the estate thought a public blindside might increase the size of any settlement. If 2) is the case we'll have to see how it plays out in court. Regarding 3) I think most readers would agree that >75 years is too long.

Comment Re:Fighting Poverty..not new. (Score 1) 413

a school failing due to poverty is told they're failing because of "bad teachers" and the school is put into receivership

I'd purpose there's a stronger correlation between economic and cultural poverty today than in the past. That is, for whatever reasons, poor people aren't as interested in their children getting a good education as they once were. This puts a heavier burden on teachers which quickly becomes untenable as kids inevitably fall behind. Why waste a good teacher on remedial education, etc.In other words money is only half the cost. The other currency is cultural and in today's climate private/charter run schools are in a better position to provide it.

restrict student admittance to whomever they want

I don't think that's the case. There is always going to be an incorrigible group of students and a private/charter school dedicated to them could be the best option. (Think of a better version of the military schools from the past.)

Comment Re:State doing the CYA thing (Score 2) 261

If she was anyone else she'd be nailed to the wall already.

Not really. The whole issue revolves around incompetent IT management in government that enabled Mrs.Clinton's setup in the first place. While her competence can also be clearly called into question it's certain that she's not alone getting outed in the casual treatment of this type of information - Petreus comes to mind - and that her position, rather than her person, is what provides the most immunity.

Comment Re:Anyone else think she could be a plant? (Score 1) 210

CEOs have any actual idea of what they're doing

I think in most cases they're glorified administrators occasionally attempting to promote something like the management trend du jour. If they're at the right place at the right time they're lauded. If they're not they move on. To be fair, CEOs of large companies have quite a lot to administer, though they're most certainly overcompensated for what they do.

Comment Re:Rage (Score 1) 350

"Weve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons"

Alas safety depends on real time traffic conditions and not on some database of speed limits. If the car was going significantly slower than the immediate traffic flow it posed a safety hazard. Hopefully the ticket will add this common sense to the programming. There's enough old people driving already.

Comment Still too early (Score 1) 500

Since the wage expenses are being phased in, they'll lag the productivity and publicity boosts to revenue. Whether these initial boosts can be sustained sufficiently to ensure future profitability is tbd. To be sure it's an interesting experiment and even should it not succeed one hopes that some progress towards supporting the middle class, as it were, will come out of it.

Comment Re:I can't help but wonder (Score 1) 342

who's this for?

The current governor's father was also governor and is favorably known for his efforts in building the state's infrastructure. You can figure it from there. The special interests and Brown's reputation as a 'moderate' (in a heavily Democratic state) trump common sense diluted by the state's other issues.

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