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Comment: Re: Yay for "zero tolerance" (Score 1) 591

by jason.sweet (#48969045) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring
These kinds of policies are a result of repeated gun violence at schools. There are other factors, but gun violence is a large part of the motivation. Given the number of guns in this country (, the likelihood of an empty threat becoming a real threat is something most school administrators are not prepared to ignore.

Comment: Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (Score 1) 320

by jason.sweet (#48368831) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday
If you could have coded it from scratch, you knew how to weed out all the crap and pick the correct example. You also knew enough to realize that the example was an implementation simplified enough to fit in a web page. And, as a result, you enhanced the example to make it robust enough for production use. You did do that, didn't you?

Comment: Sigh! (Score 3, Insightful) 173

by jason.sweet (#48207141) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Please don't tell me you are one of those MORONS who relies on software for real-time instructions

Since this is slashdot, I shouldn't have to remind you of the things in the modern world that depends on real-time instructions from software. But I will say this: If software running on 1960's technology could get humans to the moon and back, it is not unreasonable for me to expect my phone to tell me how to get to ikea.

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