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Comment Opportunity (Score 1) 89

Police are not thinking on all cylinders. Anonymity works both ways. They need some undercover agents on Tor joining (and reporting on) plans ASAP (at least to the extent they are leaked to new recruits). I suspect, however, that ISIS recruits have to meet physically with handlers at some point - and at that point the undercover work becomes exceedingly dangerous.

Comment Re:It will be an improvement (Score 1) 83

Ah, you don't care about it so much that you're bitching about it on Slashdot. I see. Besides, why would you think you're telling someone they cannot make an edit? You're just stating your opinion and he's stating his. If you bowed out of the conflict, it's your own damn fault you lost. Whinging about it here and then turning around and claiming you don't care is just icing on the cake. I bet you're a real go-getter!

Comment This is what I've always thought... (Score 3, Informative) 190

I've never understood the hype of the Raspberry Pi because the Pi is only a computer, not a full computer system. After you buy all the other components you need and piece them all together, you've spent way over $25! If you want a cheap, easy to learn computer system, make it a ZX80-type system with everything included but a monitor, then provide a TV connection. It would suck on an old low-definition TV, but on a typical TV these days it could look great.

Comment Re:It will be an improvement (Score 2) 83

One of my favorite wiki feebles is when they told Philip Roth he’s not “credible source” on book he wrote

Absolutely correct! People cannot be sources for Wikipedia. Previously published material is the only allowed source for Wikipedia. And you can't just write a web page yourself and use that for your source. Now if Philip Roth wrote an article about his life and published it in a reliable periodical, that article could be used as a source, just as if I wrote an article about Philip Roth and had it published that article could be used as a source, too.

Comment Re:It will be an improvement (Score 1) 83

...and then you just gave up. I totally see how it was that other guy's problem.

I've had similar experiences, but I don't give up. If you let asshats walk all over you without putting up a fight, expect asshats to walk all over you. Wikipedia has all sorts of policies for how to deal with this sort of conflict. And I'm sure that in most conflicts both parties think they are in the right. So whomever loses comes here and complains about how bad Wikipedia is because their "good" edit was reverted, so now they refuse to try to edit articles any more.

Comment Re:Ecosystem. (Score 1) 145

I think we should be exposing middle and high school students to some coding. Every student who graduates high school should have the experience of writing a piece of code to perform some simple task and using it in some useful way.

I also think every student should have the experience of playing a simple song on some sort of instrument. It's not about turning everyone into a pianist, but to give everyone the experience of what it is like to play music.

Comment Re:Halfway between ... (Score 2) 159

I was excited about Katrina hitting New Orleans because having lived in Baton Rouge I knew New Orleans was very susceptible to hurricanes. My thought was "Cool... I'm going to see it happen!" The next day this turned to shock and horror when I learned that thousands of people had not evacuated and were dead or in serious need of rescue. Soon afterwards I couldn't believe my ears when Bush stated that no one could anticipate this disaster. It was common knowledge that New Orleans would flood if a hurricane hit. If I knew it was going to happen, certainly the president should have!

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