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Comment Just name-calling, not accusation (Score 1) 669

I'm going out on a limb here because I don't exactly what was posted, but I suspect that in context it was apparent that it was simple name-calling and not an accusation of a crime. If he would've called his teacher a goat fucker, would you really take it seriously? No. Kids at that age try to pick the most hateful thing to say to elicit a reaction. And you know what? Kids of this age already have coping mechanisms in place for when someone calls them a hurtful name.

To be honest, I think this is an overreaction by a vindictive teacher and a staff looking to make an example out of someone, and these kids will suffer a punishment that stretches far into their lifetime for a moment of expressing their frustration to their peers.

This is a rare case where I do think the parents should lawyer up. Don't fuck with a kid's life because you had your feelings hurt when you saw something you were never intended to see.


New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source 195

metasonix writes "While the rest of the industry has been babbling on about the iPad and imitations thereof, Qi Hardware is actually shipping a product that is completely open source and copyleft. Linux News reviews the Ben NanoNote (product page), a handheld computer apparently containing no proprietary technology. It uses a 366 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB RAM, 2 GB flash, a 320x240-pixel color display, and a Qwerty keyboard. No network is built in, though it is said to accept SD-card Wi-Fi or USB Ethernet adapters. Included is a very simple Linux OS based on the OpenWrt distro installed in Linksys routers, with Busybox GUI. It's apparently intended primarily for hardware and software hackers, not as a general-audience handheld. The price is right, though: $99."

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 853

Playing devil's advocate here, but I'm gonna say they outed him to lend credibility to their story about how the phone was obtained. A lot of people, including myself, thought Apple was employing an all-too-common strategy of co-opting news sites as a means of marketing by "losing" a phone.

To be honest, I'm still not entirely convinced this is wrong.


Steampunk Con Mixes In More Maker Fun 50

California has once again been blessed with another steampunk convention, this time to be held in Emeryville, CA on March 12-14 as the "Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition." This year's event promises to mix in much more of the DIY/maker flavor for a greater hands-on feel. Steampunk has been gaining much broader appeal in recent months with the continued growth of maker communities, and the many delightful varieties of music and literature. The con will feature, among other things, a 2 day track of 2-hour how-to, hands-on, and interactive workshops gear towards makers, DIY-ers, mad scientists, and evil geniuses. Of course, if you are an evil genius you probably don't need a workshop except as a gathering for potential test subjects.

Comment Re:Safety Critical (Score 1) 913

Your brakes are hydraulic and your Emergency brake is cable-driven. If you crack a single brake line, your car will happily squirt all of the brake fluid onto the ground and quickly result in total brake failure (all of 'em).

Your Emergency brake is crude, but is there to save your ass if you ever experience a catastrophic failure in the hydraulic system.

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