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Comment Re:At least it only cost tens of millions of dolla (Score 1) 147

Yes, in much the same sense that I don't know whether the Sun came up on the morning of 19th February, 1862.

Still, if you know of a terrorist plot that was foiled by a TSA body scanner...

Theres been some concern that the backscatter X-Ray scanners (which were rushed into service with little testing or oversight, and which are no longer used) caused more radioactive damage to the skin than expected, and possibly exposed workers to higher than expected X-ray doses. But the additional cancer risk was so slight that it could take years to show up. But it's *possible* that some of the machines did lead to premature deaths.

Comment Re:At least it only cost tens of millions of dolla (Score 1) 147

The body scanners worked just fine. They made money for the people who made campaign contributions to the politicians who won and authorized their purchase.

Hey no fair, you took that quote from the article:

McCormick told him the ADE 651 "does exactly what it's designed to. It makes money."

Comment Re:They didn't treat it like a real bomb... (Score 1) 769

The teacher took it off of him and put it in her desk drawer and carried on with the lesson. If she had thought it was a real bomb, they would have evacuated the school and called the bomb-squad. At no point in this charade did anyone ever think it was an actual bomb.

Correct. And at that point his "my school thinks all Muslims are bomb-carrying terrorists" story collapses.

The school detained him and disciplined him because the kid was misbehaving and was disruptive. Neither bombs nor religion nor ethnicity had anything to do with it.

Being disciplined for an academic transgression requires being arrested and booked by the police?

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 5, Insightful) 769

Um, the majority of nerds I knew growing up had the same exact issue. The only difference is none sued.

They same exact issue? They were questioned for 90 minutes, accused of making a hoax bomb, then taken away in handcuffed to be processed at the police station? Are you *sure* it was the same?

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 0) 769

The question is "was it a lawful arrest" We know now that more of the story has come out, he had this suspect looking thing. Some people recognized it for what it was and told him to put it away.

He didn't follow their advice and continue to wonder around the school with it, not obeying other instructions, which could be seen as suspicious. Assuming there was not communication among the staff that knew it was just a stupid clock to those other people, I can see who it would meet a standard of 'reasonable suspicion' to justify an arrest. Would it have happened to someone who isn't brown skinned I don't know, but I am not sure that matters. If it does matter maybe the problem is authorities are not cautious enough about what white people are doing near high impact (I won't say value) targets like schools.

A 9th grader didn't put away a fun toy that he built for himself, and that's "suspicious"? That sounds like pretty normal behavior for a 9th grader, and it'd probably be more suspicious if he immediately hid it away in his locker.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 4, Funny) 769

I say give him and his father the $15M in the form of Hellfire missiles from a Predator drone. Or 3.

Money well-spent IMO.

See how fast some other "bright boy" tries that sort of stunt again after *that* sort of "payoff"!


I don't see how that would help, he'd surely get into trouble again if he tried to bring a Hellfire missile to school, even if he has all of the paperwork for it.

Comment Re:I Should Be A Judge (Score 0) 769

Clock Boy: I was arrested for making something that was designed to look like a bomb. Even though this was made illegal so that the cops wouldn't have to spend all of their time chasing down false alarms, I still want $15 million.

Judge Me: This is pretty much the most frivolous lawsuit that has ever come across my desk. I'm fining you $15 million for filing such a frivolous lawsuit. If you fail to come up with the $15 million in the next 5 minutes, you will be spending all day, every day making little rocks out of big rocks until you do come up with the $15 million. Case dismissed. Have a nice day.

It wasn't designed to "look like a bomb", it was designed to look like a clock a kid modified. It just happened to look like a cartoon or movie bomb, which is nothing at all like what real IED's look like.

Comment Re:Reads like a script (Score 3, Interesting) 769

This whole story since the day after the incident reads like a script from exactly what the tinfoil hat crowd said would happen. His father is laughing all the way to the bank and laughing at the foolishness of gullible Americans. They not only duped the SJW crowd, but even duped Obama, and they have already cashed in on their successful plan and sounds like they will continue to do so via a lawsuit. Even though there weren't any actual damages, it will be cheaper for the school district to settle, and then raise taxes so that they can afford to keep the school functioning for the other students in the district.

And maybe while they are at it, they'll put policies in place to prevent such an overreaction the next time -- as will school districts across the country.

Without the threat of a lawsuit and large payout there'd be no incentive to this school (or others) to change, they'd continue to overreact to minor things and escalate to the police without reasonable cause.

Maybe the kid doesn't serve such a large payout, but the school deserves to pay it.

Comment If we can choose.... (Score 2) 27

And for all you amateur and professional Data Scientists, what data would you want to SELECT if you were a Pulitzer-seeking reporter?

SELECT convert_style(story, MY_WRITING_STYLE) FROM all_the_stories WHERE interest_score >= PULITZER_LEVEL;

Though I'd probably put a LIMIT on there so I don't publish too many Pulitzer winning stories at once.

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 3, Insightful) 207

It seems a bit... Insane though. 90,000 at a measly $100 a pop (labour, booking etc) = $9m minimum. If they keep that up, they'll eventually eat into the profit so bad they fail. Last I checked, they're not technically profitable as it is without subsidies.

You mean for only $9 million dollars, they can get 90,000 people to voluntarily come into a dealership where they are exposed to marketing collateral and a chance to talk with a sales person. Sounds like a pretty inexpensive marketing campaign.

Comment Re:Salmon's now on my "foods to avoid" list (Score 1, Troll) 513

So you aren't a big fan of science, then?

Science has made many things better for us. Food included.

Yeah, that partially hydrogenated vegetable oil worked out well for us, hasn't it? Don't eat Saturated fat! Instead eat this much healthier trans-fat! Oh wait, we were wrong, turns out that the trans-fat is much worse than the saturated fat. Our bad. But trust us on the rest of the stuff, we probably weren't wrong about that. Like the GMO food, we don't really understand what the body needs, but we're certain that GMO food is exactly what the body needs.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.