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Comment: And maybe get rid of studded tires too. (Score 1) 825

by silentquasar (#49735849) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
Ok, I'm mostly just whining, but studded tires are what make Oregon roads kind of sucky. Folks get their tires switched over to studs in mid-fall and ruin the roads from then 'till mid spring, rarely, if ever having need of them (and the rest of us just pull out the chains for the occasional icy or snowy day or trip over the mountains). I often drive as close as I safely can to the center line or almost on the shoulder to try to stay out of the ruts the studded tires make. ...Though the log trucks probably have a big impact too. That said, it does make sense that all users of roads should be responsible in some way for their upkeep, commensurate with how much those roads are used. How to do this without unfairly taxing those who do long-distance out-of-state travel would be tricky. Its absurd to say that this unfairly targets owners of efficient vehicles. Everyone gets charged the same tax per mile, efficient-vehicle-owners still pay less for gas.

Comment: Re:Really, Really, I call BS on your science... (Score 1) 858

by silentquasar (#42183217) Attached to: Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science
Sure, which is why my kids are getting vaccinated (that and the guilt-trip from our PCP about "herd immunity").

My problem is that I'm not so sure that in the long term the "small risk of some weird side effect" is simply that. My impression is that the science is way too thin in that area. I may be wrong on that point, in which case my argument does indeed fall apart.

It seems like the knee-jerk reaction here is to call any doubters in vaccine safety "anti-science" or whatever else. It seems to me that the ones who are "anti-science" are those who don't think it's necessary to explore the possible long-term effects and side-effects of vaccines, both at the individual and societal levels. I thought it was cool on Slashdot to be skeptical, especially when large, powerful organizations like the FDA and Big Pharma are involved...

Comment: Re:False analogy. (Score 1) 664

by silentquasar (#31426062) Attached to: Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall
Furthermore, I believe that doodling can sometimes help someone listen better who is a kinesthetic learner. It's somewhat like underlining or highlighting parts of a text. It might help you to find important parts more quickly when re-reading, but also the action of underlining tickles that kinesthetic part of your brain.

Doodling may not provide much in the way of a useful reference for later, but might be better than just sitting there. I'm no expert, but for certain learning styles, it might even be better than stenographer-style note taking, since the brain isn't trying to get every last word copied down.

n.b.: I say I "believe" this because it's sort of an amalgam of ideas I've picked up from various books at various times, as well as my experiences as a (primarily) kinesthetic learner.

Comment: Re:Lack of Hacker Ethics (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by silentquasar (#26373981) Attached to: Twitter Hack Details Revealed

That's where the 18-year old kid is at fault. He showed a lack of hacker ethics. Good hackers may discover an exploit, but they don't do harm.

When I hacked my university's computer network (Vax machines on Bitnet back in 1990), I did it with the knowledge of the sysadmin staff. And once you have made your point, you stand back.

Indeed. At my college a while back, some seniors found a way to hack into the school's network. They posted every user's password on a local network site. Only a handful of weeks away from graduation, they were expelled. Sure, they meant no harm, just to expose the weaknesses in the system, but they broke the rules and seriously compromised the system by posting the passwords, so they had to pay the price. Yikes!

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.

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