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Comment So men looking to cheat got cheated ... (Score 1) 302

There is no honor among thieves.

Why is this obsession with AM? Have you looked at the medical reps from pharmaceuticals? All reps assigned to female doctors are young good looking men, and all reps assigned to male doctors are good looking young women. If any extra marital flings happen because of this, it is not likely to be any more than general population in the average. All businesses gauge how far their target (doctors in this case) is likely to go, and find people (reps in this case) willing to let them go exactly that far. The targets of AM were willing to really far. AM could have hired the women who work on phone sex lines to post and milk their chumps. It is possible they did that too. And all this software is to weed out the really serious targets from spammers and scammers.

Comment Koran did pre exist Mohammad (Score 2) 609

According to Islamic beliefs Koran has always existed and it is eternal. It was revealed to Mohammad by Arch Angel Gabriel. And these revelations were recorded by his scribe (also father-in-law and the second Caliph) Abu Bucr. So Koran pre-existing Mohammad does not conflict with Islam.

However the written form of Koran known to humans was the revelations as recorded by Abu Bucr. If there were versions of written documents that pre existed Koran it would cause a stir and most Muslims will just ignore the finding and whatever else needed to be ignored.

Comment Re:Funny story... (Score 0) 199

You are lucky. The Surgeon General made me fat overnight. I was at a definitely not fat Body Mass Index of 25.2. Suddenly they changed the definition of fat not-fat cut off from 26 to 25. Suddenly I am fat. My sugar is 99 and my BP is under 120. There is some talk of making sugar target 90 and BP target 110. I am going to be made very unhealthy by these bureaucrats, and become eligible to be prescribed expensive medication.

Comment Loopholes closed in Quantum mechanics? (Score 1) 214

I don't get it. I thought the loopholes in classical mechanics is the quantum mechanics. If you close the loopholes and make it deterministic, then you are back to Newton, baby! Its all canon firing balls horizontally but what would happen if due to curvature the earth surface falls more rapidly than the canonball.

Comment oh, man. Prepare for another round. (Score 2, Interesting) 86

Last time it was the Sorbanes-Oxley act. The company security policies were changed by a committee mainly run by lawyers. These 300$/hr billing rate guys have never logged into anything, always had a bevy of flunkies who did all the access to the computer, who printed out emails and who typed back the responses scrawled on the print outs. The main intent was to show that they had strict security policy in court, rather than implement policies that will actually improve security.

Passwords must be changed every ninety days, it must have one upper case, one lower case, one numeral, one non-alphanumeric, and no reuse of passwords, no substring can be a word or date found in the dictionary. A bunch of uninformed jury would be impressed, that was all the point. That it would force people to write down the passwords in sticky notes and very cleverly paste it on the underside of the keyboard is not realized by the bozos, or if it did, it did not bother them. More like, "yes!, Exactly! this process would net us enough scapegoats and sacrificial lambs to be thrown under the bus! I approve!!" would be their response if they understood what would really happen.

Not all government agencies are like that. FAA and NTSB have a decent reputation. If they realize pilots are not following procedures or checklist they would try to understand why and try to make the procedures easier to follow. (I think they would perform even better if we remove from FAA's charter "promotion of air travel" and make it exclusively concentrate on safety of air travel. )

Comment Modules (Score 1) 149

You could decide to build modules to a standard that people in your state or country use. Use google to find the most appropriate standard for your geographical location and get in contact with people who modules to that standard for guidance on how to get started and what the pitfalls are.

There are meetups where people bring modules and assemble them into temporary model railroads. These meetups often allow visitors and the model railroaders tend to be happy to talk about their hobby with interested visitors. Maybe there's a meetup near you that you could visit?

Comment Re:I don't think K-12 CS is a good idea anyway (Score 2) 184

Your frustration is due to some fundamental misunderstanding about the role of the schools. You seem to think the aim of the school system is to inculcate some deep love for knowledge, induce great free thinking, foster creativity, yada yada yada...

No sir/madam. The purpose of school system is to produce lots of people who would do boring, uninspiring, mindless things day in day out. Creative free thinking people cause trouble, question set ways of doing things and generally make things rough by rocking the boat. Yes, there is some need for creative thinking problem solving people. But a few that maintain their creativity despite the school system are enough.

This is what free market is thinking and this is how it has structured incentives and people and schools are shaped by the invisible hand.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake