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Comment: Re:Real OG (Score 2) 130

Heh, that's because the longer you spend on a persons profile and looking through their photo albums the more likely it is those people will show up on your newsfeed. All that time spent looking at their pictures tells Facebook those people are important to you so it presents you with their other posts, too.

Comment: Re:Good to Know (Score 1) 365

by is as us Infinite (#40176189) Attached to: Judge Rules API's Can Not Be Copyrighted

Look, I wholeheartedly agree with the idea that a judge should have no amicable ties to companies that have a vested interest in the outcome of various court cases that judge will hear, but the GP's post is not about that. The GP's post is about judges having a sufficient level of technical knowledge related to a case to be able to judge the technical merits of the arguments presented and hence to be able to understand fully the ramifications of the outcomes of his judgement. The GP's post is _not_ about a judge with this experience _because_ they worked at a company entrenched in the industry about which the technical knowledge is required.

Here are a couple of examples related to yours to help show the difference. If the Awesome Judge Alsup's experience in coding had been acquired at Microsoft (or perhaps Oracle) then the GP's comment and your post's statement would logically follow. Or, if you modify your example to be about a judge who is assigned a fracking case who then goes out and researches the technical details of fracking in order to reach a cogent conclusion not biased by the lawyers' pro/against castings, then you have an example that is very close to what Awesome Judge Alsup has done. Or perhaps if the judge's backyard hobby is fracking and then he is assigned a fracking case, though your example falls down there because many people code as a hobby (or at least can) and nobody fracks for fun.

I think your post is a good-natured misunderstanding, though one of your ancestor comments about you praising 'ignorance over knowledge' hits home pretty hard. As the OP states, judges having in-depth technical knowledge about their cases (or even any knowledge is better than none) is definitely a good thing. Also, as you state, judges having a vested interest in a certain outcome because of pre-existing industry ties is a bad thing. No, they are not related here.

Comment: This is the obvious next step. (Score 1) 132

by is as us Infinite (#32120998) Attached to: Robot With Knives Used In Robotics Injury Study

See a review of the previous experiments in this burgeoning field here. I can't believe more research hasn't been done on these kinds of possible accidents. I mean, how many people have to be stabbed before we sit up and demand that experiments are done to find out what happens to people when they're stabbed?


+ - Pigs say, no more OiNK!

Submitted by tMav
tMav writes: Today, eager music lovers all over the world woke up to discover that the popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK has been shut down. The BBC News is reporting the raid and the site now responds only with the increasingly familiar message:

"This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police (FIOD ECD) into suspected illegal music distribution.

A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.