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Comment: Re:Speaking as a former yearbook adviser (Score 2) 308

by penguinoid (#49747347) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

This guy would be -any- yearbook adviser's dream to have. Look at his photos...they're incredible. He gets in close to his subject, captures the action vividly, and makes very good use of lighting. And for a sophomore? Simply amazing.

This district is handling the situation all wrong. Regardless of whether or not they can or cannot make a claim to the ownership of the photos, they should be lifting this young man up for the talent he has and putting him on a pedestal. Enter him into national photography competitions. Get national recognition for his work, and put the trophies in your trophy case. And make him proud of his talent. He deserves it.

Suing him? Simply ridiculous.

As a result of the school's actions, the kid is in fact up on a pedestal and getting national attention.

Comment: Re:python white space (Score 1) 367

by penguinoid (#49746005) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

Like most people I thought pythons enforced white space and avoidance of braces and elimination of semicolons was constricting. Then I realized how easy it was to read other people programs.

So what? Just set up your programming environment to replace all braces and semicolons to the appropriate whitespace instead.

Comment: Re:He has a point (Score 1) 616

by penguinoid (#49713505) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

The consensus on /. seems to be "paywalls and ads are bad and screw those that use them I have a right to ad free and free access to content..."

No, the consensus on /. is that paywalls for free content available elsewhere but linked to because some jerk wants to make money by inconveniencing us are bad. And ads that are intrusive, fraudulent, and/or malware-ridden (ie, the vast majority of them) are also bad. And content specifically written so as to maximize ad revenue (eg a short story spread over multiple pages, or click-baiting) is also trash.

Basically, when someone is trying to screw us they won't be very popular.

Comment: Re:If it works (Score 2) 164

by penguinoid (#49709185) Attached to: Wind Turbines With No Blades

How about you compare to the amount of birds and other life killed by coal power, instead?
1) Habitat destruction from mining coal
2) Pollution from mining coal
3) Pollution from burning coal (carcinogenic particulates, acids, mercury, etc)
4) Death toll from global warming

Just maybe windmills save the lives of birds, on average.

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