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Comment: Tip of a wave of prosecutions against devs? (Score 2) 102

by ggraham412 (#49068197) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

Not sure why Andrus Nomm is charged with anything. Was he responsible for business decisions at the company?

If he was just a developer, I'm wondering if we'll start seeing a more prosecutions against developers working for a DOJ targeted company just to get them to roll on their bosses. In this case, is he any more responsible for other peoples' file sharing than Kim Dotcom's secretary?

As for his own illegal download, yeah, him and about 2 billion other people, (probably also including Kim Dotcom's secretary).

Comment: Go Nuclear (Score 2, Insightful) 560

by ggraham412 (#48716067) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record
France went nuclear a long time ago, and they adopted it at a pace that if replicated around the world would cut C02 emissions to levels recommended by the IPCC. Nuclear energy is the only viable technology we have at the moment that can both reduce CO2 emissions meaningfully and avoid throwing an additional billions of people into poverty.

Comment: While we're on the subject... (Score 2) 292

by ggraham412 (#48652589) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

Not handling hyphens, minus signs or whatever: it doesn't surprise me in the least.

Why don't eBook publishers use a typesetting system based on TeX or LaTeX? Good grief. I was formatting complex mathematical formulas and pretty printing them to Postscript and PDF before the lot of you were born. And not just text with mere hyphens.

Is there something I'm missing, or are eBooks a major step backwards in formatting? Really. I can't tell you how many computer science and mathematics eBooks I've returned to Amazon or B&N because of the sh***y formatting of code and math formulas. Not just when eBooks first came out, but on and on, year after year, and it doesn't get better. It strikes me as the laziness of corporations.

Comment: A better experiment... (Score 1) 123

by ggraham412 (#48410497) Attached to: Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

A better experiment would be to have participants choose to shock themselves or shock other people "for the greater good".

People are primed for all kinds of oppressive behavior as long as it doesn't hit them and if it makes them feel morally superior: true or false? Let's find out.

Comment: The best way to promote critical thinking is... (Score 2) 553

by ggraham412 (#48223387) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

... stop whacking people for thinking outside the box.

This implies a greater tolerance for dissenters, and more time to think critically on the job. You can't think critically about anything if you are so jammed up with work that you don't have time to take a break.

This has nothing to do with education reformers favorite whipping post: memorization. Good memorization skills actually help critical thinking because you don't have to suck time looking up obvious stuff you should already know.

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.