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Comment: Re:Fake users? Hah! They have Facebook in heaven.. (Score 1) 171

by sartin (#40895519) Attached to: Former Facebook Employee Questions the Social Media Life

The town's beloved food truck, the Food Shark, has nearly 1,700 'Likes' [...] According to Wikipedia Tammy Wynette died in 1998. Facebook was launched in February 2004.

The Food Shark is that good. Went there on Spring Break this year while visiting Guadalupe Mountains, Davis Mountains, and Big Bend. Best meal we had all week.

Comment: Re:Good grief... (Score 1) 1127

by sartin (#40780833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?

Great..so, now, the group turns into a souless, business only work entity...no more joking around, camaraderie, or for that matter....discussing many things as innocuous as what was on TV last night...because someone might get offended.

I find what was on TV last night to be offensive. You should be fired.

Comment: The problem is fundamental (Score 1) 1174

by sartin (#39810273) Attached to: TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

"TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child," the agency said.

TSA is a bureaucracy interested in following procedures rather than creating any sort of real security. It will always be invasive because they will constantly add new rules to deal with old threats. It will never be effective because they only follow the rules rather than looking for real threats.

Comment: Re:This American Lie (Score 1) 326

by sartin (#39436329) Attached to: This American Life Retracts Episode On Apple Factories In China

Seriously, exactly how much fact checking do you expect someone to do when someone presents them with news?

Fact checking is hard. One of the great benefits of publications or shows that are less frequent should be that they have time to fact check. As an example of what I expect:

My son was interviewed for a Sports Illustrated cover article (he was not the subject, but was on the cover) and was apparently interesting enough that the interviewer included two paragraphs about my son in the article. I was on the phone with an SI fact checker for 10 minutes about those two paragraphs, confirming every little detail (and in a couple of cases pointing her to external confirming information).

An example of what I don't expect:

The Boston Globe published an article about a friend of mine who went missing and died as a result of an accident. I was the one who initiated the search that found him and was there several minutes after they found him. My name was on the police report (I'm certain since an insurance investigator tracked me down). The Globe did an article based solely on a single interview with his two apartment mates (who barely knew him and hadn't noticed he was missing) and got all sorts of details wrong. Never contacted me (or anyone on the team that did the search) to fact check.

This incident probably falls in between the two, but too far towards the latter. Certainly a show with the production time of TAL should perform, and honor the results of, some fact checking. The good news is that they fixed it, and did so far more visibly than most corrections.

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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