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Comment Re:Good Lord! (Score 1) 371

Actually, it has occurred to me, as I am a personal friend of Sarah's. You may not believe me, but either way, that's somewhat besides my point. I'm sure she wants attention for her outreach work and her scientific research, but to get attention only or primarily because of one's looks is to very unwelcoming. It serves to alienate people, to denigrate them-- it's why we have terms like "sexual objectification" in our language. On the contrary, though, I don't expect you to ignore that she's pretty. I simply don't want our community to be one in which crossing the line into blatant sexualization is acceptable.

Comment Re:Good Lord! (Score 1) 371

I understand what you're getting at, but strongly sexualized language like "cry in your pants" only serves to alienate the very women that we ostensibly want to include in the community! Part of being a welcoming community means that we must sometimes put aside lust, nerdy or otherwise, and simply interact with an intelligent person on that basis.

Comment Re:Good Lord! (Score 1, Insightful) 371

Grow up. The author of that blog is a real, honest person. I don't think she likely appreciates that kind of treatment. Has it ever occurred to you that Sarah may actually find your comment? That there is a person behind that picture? That Sarah may not, in fact, be writing to entertain your "nerdlust," but because she has an interest in, say, science?

Comment Re:No one left to speak for me (Score 1) 515

Thank you for proving the point.

How so? Or is your point that implementing progressive taxation for the purpose of helping all members of society have opportunities available to them is even comparable to illegally seizing private property for merely speaking against corruption? If so, then yes, your point was proven to be as callous and hollow as one might initially have guessed.

Comment Re:Damn graphic artists... (Score 1) 321

Native to browsers in the sense that you can call "eval()" on an string sent by an untrusted party over an unencrypted connection. Now, with the popularity of JSON, I've seen JavaScript-based JSON parsers that don't use eval and thus are (ideally) immune to code-injection attacks. If browsers were to implement such sandboxed parsers, then JSON would have a real advantage over XML in that it fits into the JavaScript language nicely, while still retaining security.

Submission + - Math: Making it fun, again

macaday writes: The desire to learn math and science in school is about as popular as eating Brussels sprouts. Students do not understand the need to learn it and the focus has shifted to standardized test-prep in the classroom. The folks at Shodor are making available free on-line software that makes learning math and science interesting and interactive.

Submission + - TRON Classified "Sensitive" by Homeland Se

ewhac writes: "Apparently a Jeff Bridges film is now a credible threat to the Republic. Reports are emerging from Hollywood that the Department of Homeland Security has classified the film TRON as "sensitive" and ordered Disney studios to surrender all its copies. Concern reportedly surrounds the live action scenes shot at the Shiva nuclear fusion research facility, which apparently after 25 years are now considered to reveal sensitive details about nuclear technology."
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Submission + - Gore and NOAA attack "planetary emergency"

coondoggie writes: "While Al Gore was on Capital Hill today pressing Congress to cut pollution and in general save the world from itself, scientists from NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory announced a tool to more effectively monitor changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The tool, called CarbonTracker, will let its users evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce or store carbon emissions. CarbonTracker is an online system that calculates carbon dioxide uptake and release at the Earth's surface from a system of sensors all over the world over time.Meanwhile Gore, in testimony before a congressional committee, warned that human- caused global warming constituted a "planetary emergency" requiring an aggressive federal response. Gore rejected complaints by Republican lawmakers that he was waging an alarmist war on the use of coal and oil. 3"

Submission + - Marketing Reach of Games Outstrips Retail Sales

njkid1 writes: "Typically, when ads are sold for video games, companies simply look at the raw retail sales. What this leaves out, however, is a large group of people who borrow, play co-op, or simply watch the game. Interpret CEO Michael Dowling explains to us that gaming's potential as a cross marketing medium has only begun to be exploited."

Submission + - iamdentity OpenID Server Now Supports MyPW

An anonymous reader writes: Vecosys Reports iamdentity is the first OpenID server that provides additional security and Strong Authentication using two-factor authentication provided by MyPW. This means that the iamdentity OpenID Server can be used for all sorts of transactions, thus extending the use of pure single-sign-on to protect the sensitivity of data shared.

Submission + - How is the Slashdot tagging beta performing?

An anonymous reader writes: Since the introduction of the tagging beta, a number of tags have appeared that would seem to have little or marginal use. In particular, 'haha' and 'defectivebydesign' seem to pop up regularly. What does the submission of such tags say about the readership of slashdot? Don't you think think that the usefulness of the tagging system can be compromised somewhat by readers' attempts to be humorous? By example, what are the more interesting (and possibly useless) tags that have been observed since the pilot started?

Submission + - Is Google's Pay-Per-Action Blogger-Unfriendly?

Lisa Andrews writes: Yesterday, Google announced the launch of their new (beta, of course) Pay-Per-Action advertising model, claiming it would be the new good thing for everybody. However, some arguments have been raised as to whether webmasters gain or lose in this matter, and it seems that this new advertising model may favor advertiser's and Google a lot more than the bloggers, webmasters, and co.
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Submission + - Dungons & Dragons & IT - Why we crave boun writes: "An editorial in Network Performance Daily tries to take a (1d6) stab at explaining why geeky engineering types are also typically the types that enjoy a rousing game of D&D. "The greatest barrier to creativity is a lack of boundaries. Counter-intuitive — almost zen-like — but we've found it to be true. And this is why people play Dungeons & Dragons (and similar games), and why network engineers often spend time putting out fires when they could be improving the network... Have you ever noticed that, in your job as a network engineer, you spend quite a lot of it putting out fires, as opposed to starting new initiatives? Those network emergencies are obstacles. You have defined parameters and you must overcome the obstacle. Engineers trained to find the best solutions to problems usually feel most in their element when solving a problem!"

Submission + - Can the U.S. Army defeat the Blackwater Army?

An anonymous reader writes: Even though this is a hypothetical question, what if the Blackwater private army's purpose is to make sure the U.S. Army will keep fighting in Iraq/Iran and no military opposition can arise against the Bush Administration? I doubt these will be true, but who would win if these two armies fight each other? Should the U.S. even have a private army?

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