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Comment Re:Sure, 17 year-olds believe this because of a ga (Score 1) 839

We're looking at classism and the fact that in America there are two systems of justice. The first is the gentle, nice, forgiving system of justice and its for straightlaced middle class people (being white helps seriously). The other system of justice is vindictive, mean, and harsh its for anyone who isn't at least middle class and doesn't try to match the Leave it to Beaver 1950's image.

As an interesting similar case, in 1997 in Amarillo TX Dustin Camp, a local jock with a clean cut look and upper middle class parents murdered a local punk, Brian Deneke. Ran over him with his car during a fight, and according to a friend riding in the passenger seat yelled "I'm a ninja in my caddie". During the trial the judge repeatedly referred to Camp as a "boy" or a "child", and expressed the opinion that it wouldn't be right to ruin "a boy's" life with a long sentence.

Basically, if you're middle class, white, and can look like you came off the set of Leave it to Beaver, you get the kid gloves. Any freak, non-white, or poor person, they get the harsh treatment.


British Royal Navy Submarines Now Run Windows 725

meist3r writes "On his Government blog, Microsoft's Ian McKenzie announced today that the Royal Navy was ahead of schedule for switching their nuclear submarines to a customized Microsoft Windows solution dubbed 'Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG)' which apparently consists of Windows 2000 network servers and XP workstations. In the article, it is claimed that this decision will save UK taxpayers £22m over the next ten years. The installation of the new system apparently took just 18 days on the HMS Vigilant. According to the BAE Systems press release from 2005, the overall cost of the rollout was £24.5m for all eleven nuclear submarines of the Vanguard, Trafalgar and Swiftsure classes. Talk about staying with the sinking ship."
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Wikipedia's New Definition of Truth 428

Hugh Pickens writes "Simson Garfinkel has an interesting essay on MIT Technology Review in which he examines the way that Wikipedia has redefined the commonly accepted use of the word 'truth.' While many academic experts have argued that Wikipedia's articles can't be trusted because they are written and edited by volunteers who have never been vetted, studies have found that the articles are remarkably accurate. 'But wikitruth isn't based on principles such as consistency or observability. It's not even based on common sense or firsthand experience,' says Garfinkel. What makes a fact or statement fit for inclusion is verifiability — that it appeared in some other publication, but there is a problem with appealing to the authority of other people's written words: many publications don't do any fact checking at all, and many of those that do simply call up the subject of the article and ask if the writer got the facts wrong or right. Wikipedia's policy of 'No Original Research' also leads to situations like Jaron Lanier's frustrated attempts to correct his own Wikipedia entry based on firsthand knowledge of his own career. So what is Wikipedia's truth? 'Since Wikipedia is the most widely read online reference on the planet, it's the standard of truth that most people are implicitly using when they type a search term into Google or Yahoo. On Wikipedia, truth is received truth: the consensus view of a subject.'"

Comment Re:projection (Score 2, Interesting) 596

You can store around one year of moderate quality video/audio, (by which, I guess, I mean fairly low quality by today's standards) and GPS location, in just ten terabytes. Trigger high quality only for stuff you're really interested in, and a few very high quality still shots and you can probably still squeeze in a year of recording in only a bit more than that. Call it eleven terabytes.

Add a video search and you'd never be asking "now where did I leave my keys?" Or, rather, you'd be asking, and your AI assistant would do a quick video search of the past few hours, and tell you "you left them locked in the car. Again." (my AI assistant would be snide, sarcastic, and treat me with a combination of difference and thinly veiled contempt; because I think it'd be fun, that's why. Ideally I'd license Jeremy Irons' voice for my AI assistant.)

Of course there's a whole raft of legal/moral/ethical/privacy problems associated with that, but assuming Moore's law holds steady we ought to be seeing 10TB of portable storage costing only around $10 or so by 2018. Our lives will be recorded, the only real question is: by us, or by a panopticon state? Again, I argue that David Brin's "Transparent Society" is well worth the read.

Storing all sensory input would be interesting, and likely take a lot more storage. But I doubt we'll be seeing that available (at least to the general public) in ten years.


Internet Co-inventor Vint Cerf Endorses Obama 713

SEAActionFund writes "Vint Cerf, Google's Chief Internet Evangelist who also happens to be credited with co-founding the Internet, submitted a video to our AVoteforScience YouTube challenge. In it he discusses the importance of net neutrality and endorses Barack Obama specifically because he supports net neutrality (John McCain does not.) The AVoteForScience challenge calls upon scientists to upload videos to YouTube explaining who they are voting for and why. The first two videos were by Cerf and the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry Marty Chalfie. Any Slashdotters game for explaining who they are voting for and why?" Still waiting for one of the campaigns to ask for my endorsement, which is totally available to whichever campaign offers me the better cabinet seat.

Journal Journal: Interesting strategy from FoxNews

Here we see an interesting new strategy: the carefully timed retraction. FoxNews has recently began posting stories containing false information about John Kerry. The first was the story containing made up quotes intended to make Kerry look effeminant [1]. The second was a story in which they quoted the anti-Kerry group "Communists For Kerry" as if they were a genuine pro-Kerry group. When they quoted Billionares for Bush they made it quite clear that they were an anti-Bush group.

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Journal Journal: And my work is done 17

The great conservative harrassment experiment has pretty much run its course. I was able to get in a few well-deserved jabs at the goose-step set. Some of them were annoyed so much that they decided to start a mod-bombing campaign against me and those who posted in my journal.

So, I'm declaring that this little experiment is over. I am satisfied that I proved quite conclusively that conservatives would kill you if they could.

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Journal Journal: Example of the mod-bombing

Here's a comment that was modded up when it was posted, and days later has been modded down as flamebait. It wasn't flamebait, as anyone who knows the history of Hubble's gyroscopes will attest to.

comment is here

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Journal Journal: One asshole with mod points

As an experiment, I refrained from posting for the weekend. Just as I suspected would happen, one idiot with mod points went through and assigned negative numbers to some of my posts. Looks like three comments were modded down, though they were already at +4 or +5. Then two other people were modded down just for posting in my journal.

This is what the right-wingers do for fun, when they aren't lying or swindling, that is.

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Journal Journal: Seen on Slashdot. I didn't write it. 3

"I'm a Republican (a poem)"

Oh, I'm a Republican
I got a small schling
I like to bomb niggahs
and make a lot o' bling

I got a bunch o' friends
in high up places
They helps me get dem
government graces.

You think I'm smart
I just know who's who
I couldn't run a fruit stand
without the red white & blue

I fancy myself
A brilliant tactician
But neither me nor m'buddies
Could even pass basic trainin'

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Journal Journal: The true face of the right wing 18

This is a pile of hate mail that was sent to Margaret Cho because she said some bad things about the fuehrer.

----- Original Message -----
From: chris
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 6:01 PM
Subject: hi

Fuck you you oriental cunt. you are not even an american. You are soooo stupid. Go fuck yourself and go back to Asia you slanted eye whore.

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Journal Journal: Right Wingers are a bunch of cowards 10

First, welcome to all my new friends. Except for my freaks list, I strive to implement tit-for-tat. This cannot last forever, since the number of friends is capped at 200, I believe. A subscription will take it somewhat higher, but after that, I won't be able to befriend all of my fans.

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Journal Journal: Conservatives Hate Free Speech 52

This article on Kuro5hin is an interesting read, and it reflects a lot of what I've discovered about my right-wing friends here on Slashdot.

The truth of the matter is that conservatives don't want to hear anything that might make them think. It bothers them when someone has an opinion that does not toe their party line, and they do their best to censor or remove that offending opinion.

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