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Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 255

by six11 (#41018643) Attached to: US Court Sides With Gene Patents

Actually, if that reasoning were to apply elsewhere, Monstanto might actually have to take responsibility for infecting neighboring non-GMO fields with its seed. I agree with one of the posters below... the people with cancer would somehow end up owing the company money.

I think I'll start a kickstarter fund to set up a colony on Mars, away from all this lunacy.

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 1010

by six11 (#40813437) Attached to: Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

I came here to say just this, and you beat me to most of it.

But! If we're doing away with all the subjects that make us feel bad, the logical conclusion (not that we understand logic any longer) is that only one course remains that everybody can agree on: sex education! And, since we have nothing else going on at school because it makes us feel dumb, sex ed will be taken to great new heights! Imagine the possibilities!

Comment: Re:CTL-ALT-DEL (Score 1) 334

by six11 (#38775098) Attached to: Lawyer Demands Pacemaker Vendor Supply Source Code

I'm dissappointed in Slashdot. One would expect that over here people would see the value of having access to the source of the software that keeps you alive.

100% agree. It seems most of the other posters on this story saw the word "Lawyer" and went temporarily stupid. Slashdotters emit blood curdling screams when they can't get open access to video codecs, but are indifferent when medical device vendors don't share code that literally keeps people alive. To those of you want to keep this code secret, I hope your electric spleen shocks you toasty brown someday.

Comment: Re:As a university professor: (Score 1) 551

by six11 (#37493192) Attached to: Your State University Doesn't Want You

By this logic, people who do not drive should not pay taxes for road repair, or that people who don't have kids shouldn't pay taxes for K12 schools, or that people who have replaced their original bodies with titanium robot hulls shouldn't pay taxes that fund the NIH. Of course we would have problems if this is how it worked. Minus the robot people, who I just made up.

You are right that a person might not directly take advantage of a state university that is paid for in part by their taxes. So to that degree, they're not directly getting what they are paying for. But their taxes help educate others in their state. Presumably it is more economically and culturally advantageous to have an educated population than not. But it is hard to quantify those benefits (because people value things differently), which is partly why we have the argument in the first place.

Comment: Re:Including their own children? (Score 2) 150

by six11 (#37224610) Attached to: Injunction Blocks "Don't Be Friends" Law For Missouri Teachers

Does it actually state that anywhere? Because that has to be the most ridiculous part of the law.

Reading the injunction (here) it seems the original law does indeed prohibit parent/child association, and the court agrees with you that it is ridiculous. On page 2:

[the law states] "No teacher shall establish, maintain, or use a non-work-related internet site which allows exclusive access with a current or or former student."


... Even if a complete ban on certain forms of communication between certain individuals could be construed as content neutral and only a reasonable restriction on "time, place and manner," the breadth of the prohibition is staggering. The Court finds at based upon the evidence adduced at the preliminary injunction hearing, social networking is extensively used by educators. It is often primary, if not sole manner, of communications between the Plaintiffs and their students. Examination of the statute indicates that it would prohibit all teachers from using any non-work-related social networking sites which allow exclusive access with current and former students. It clearly prohibits communication between family members and their teacher parents using these types of sites. The Court finds that the statute would have a chilling effect on speech.

So yeah, redonkulous.

Comment: Re:Looting criminals (Score 2) 369

by six11 (#37063162) Attached to: UK Police Arrest 12 Over Facebook Use Inciting Riots

I don't see the relationship between the summary and what you said about it. Taco didn't write it, and timothy (who posted it) only copied in what the submitter wrote. You are implying that slashdot is defending the looters. I just don't see it.

Inciting violence isn't just a bad idea, it's illegal. Those people could probably be nailed for conspiracy to commit violence as well, since they were communicating and coordinating how/when to do it. There was nothing in the summary that supported the looters or rioters...

Comment: Re:Not meant literally, but rather a cultural appe (Score 1) 300

by six11 (#36185024) Attached to: CDC Warns of Zombie Apocalypse

Which is REALLY a bigger threat to us, the military power of any foreign adversary, or a highly contagious disease that knows no borders?

The military of an adversary using (or losing control of) highly contagious diseases within our borders. Lets just hope the rogue militant wing of Blackwater doesn't develop the zombiepox.

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