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Comment Re:Jurisprudence (Score 1) 263

it's still illegal to murder people

This same German court decided that it's not if you are Jewish. I have as much respect for this ruling as for that one.

"Same"? Did they put some Nazi judges into cryostasis back then, thawed them up again and nobody batted an eye?

Because that's what "same" means. And even if it didn't, your argument would still be retarded.

Comment Re:Their basic argumetn (Score 1) 103

Sooo... how do you know who to connect to in such a "decentralised network"? Even the poster child for such connections, BitTorent, relies on someone telling you where to begin connecting.

I'm talking about match-making capabilities here - if you want to go back to exchanging IP addresses over SMS or something, be my guest.

Comment Re:Companies with stacked ranking don't do "remote (Score 1) 492

Setting goals you cannot achieve so you cannot get a bonus?

We recently had a similar case in Germany where a woman went to court because her company had promised her a bonus, but didn't want to pay it because the company as a whole had missed its target.

The judge didn't quite agree and pointed out that boni coupled to targets have to be set in such a way that it's possible for the individual to achieve this goal.

As a result, your firing over impossible to meet targets would have cost them quite a bit in severance pay...

Comment Re:Science is dangerous and math is stressful (Score 4, Interesting) 246

When I'm doing my safety lecture, I'm always demonstrating why some behaviours are not smart. Either by showing videos and photos, or actually doing an experiment which "goes wrong".

Much better if pupils know why some stuff is forbidden.

However, I'm, also showing them that the acids and lyes they'll be working with are not something to be massively afraid of. Respectful, yes. Afraid, no.

Comment Re:You stay classy, Irving ISD (Score 1, Informative) 657

110 V is not lethal - hurts like a bitch, but lethal? Nope. The AC makes it even less dangerous. Plus, if 110 V were lethal then how do you think people survive being hit by a taser where the voltage is a multiple of 10,000 Volts?

It's the resulting current, the amount of charge transferred and the length of the current which make electric appliances dangerous. But at 110 V you almost have to work hard to kill yourself.

Comment Re:Stupid people are stupid (Score 1) 956

I actually expect a modicum of general knowledge from teachers and not merely the particulars of their field. And it should be general knowledge that a) a circuit board is not explosive and b) for a bomb to be explosive it needs to have actual explosives.

Not to mention there's this small matter of how serious they actually were about this "bomb" (as pointed out by another poster downthread):

They did not evacuate the school. They did not call the bomb squad.

THAT alone should tell you all you need to know about those guys. And now go away. Try to find excuses for some other abhorrent and idiotic behaviour, you won't have much luck here.

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