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Comment: Following the killer's "clues" may cause harm (Score 1) 231

by h1q (#37013812) Attached to: Breaking the Codes In Oslo Terrorist's Manifesto

Actually, throwing this poisoned meat out to the dog may be further destruction, not that it is simply a killer-sourced "narrative" established that people will re-ignite interest for many years, but the act of digging up "clues" may disrupt innocent people's lives. For example, what if I named unspecified correspondence with Michele Bachmann as the main reason why I justified going berserk? Her privacy would be invaded and her name besmirched all as a continuing attack by me for years, if not decades. I would lol all the way through prison and you would be my simple tools.

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Nice to do something related to computer engineering or content compilation not obsolete in three or four months;
My Moby Thesaurus is still the largest on-line Thesaurus & related words compilation. Free. On-line since 1993..

Comment: Success (Score 1) 195

by h1q (#36819236) Attached to: Gov't Funded Electric Car Company Goes Out of Business

Actually this project may have been wildly successful, the car may have failed but the project of transferring wealth to entrepreneurs with an in on the city council succeeded wildly. Expect the city council members to have free dinners and free salmon fishing vacations the rest of their lives. You have to understand how small towns work.

Comment: "Understanding the Payoffs" (Score 1) 264

by h1q (#36792542) Attached to: Understanding the Payoffs From Investing In Space Flight

The metaphor of a cash result betrays the mindset that everything that costs must have a financial reward.
What happened to teaching that learning and discovery were valuable beyond reckoning?
I am embarrassed to say that even most religions have got at least this right.
Do we need metaphorical monks working in metaphorical scriptoria to investigate basic science?

Comment: Even a random selection invalidates the population (Score 1) 210

by h1q (#36781410) Attached to: Green Card Lottery Judgment Favors Mathematical Randomness

1898 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. CXCI. 230 Every artificial or even random selection of a group out of a community changes not only the amount of variation, but the amount of correlation of the organs of its members as compared with those of the primitive group (OED, 2nd ed)

Comment: Engineers and Law (Score 1) 307

by h1q (#36775160) Attached to: Wired Releases Full Manning/Lamo Chat Logs

Privilege such as priest-penitent, husband-wife, doctor-patient, attorney-client are affirmative exclusions of evidence, that is closer to mitigation of punishment rather than repudiation of the complaint. Privileges were established for a narrow social benefit and are also interpreted very narrowly by the judge to the end that substantial justice is--done rather than just a technical dodge exploited.

I've notice that people with engineering backgrounds often misjudge the law as a latticework of laser bright lines separating guilty from innocent or probative proof from random fact. The truth is that there are very few absolutes in law; while striving for uniform and clear application of itself and thereby justice, it has to account for the billions of nuances in intent and fact IRL.

Comment: Original content over fair use (Score 1) 70

by h1q (#36732782) Attached to: Study: Fair Use Drives Large Part of US Economy

While scavenging may be intellectually frugal, creation is the maidenhood of civilization.

Rather than torrent that next low grade horror film, why not write a word, a sentence, a paragraph -- anything -- snuff, hate, poem, story, flame and put it up on a blog, email, or otherwise share it. Then you will have added to the world rather than recycling it.

And it is so easy to be novel. Virtually everything you utter more than a few words has probably never been heard or seen before in the history of the world.

For example, the first sentence, the entire sentence is unique in Google and subsets beyond "may be" or "is the" have very few hits.

To be creative in writing is as easy as forgetting to meme.

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