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Comment Re:The judge issued a verdict ahead of trial? (Score 1) 223

Nowhere does the article say he issued a "verdict," just that he had "sided with the media companies." In this case, he sided with them against a challenge to the legitimacy of their complaint, ruling that if Cox wants to get out of this they're going to have to go with a different defense.

A preliminary ruling like this can be very helpful to both parties involved. The judge has basically told Cox's legal team, "Based on the information I have available to me right now, here is how I would rule, and why." That gives them the opportunity to build their case based on how the judge is leaning.

Judge's are not the same as jurors. They aren't sequestered, and there's no requirement that they only consider information presented at trial. At this point, the judge has read tons of material about the case. If he said he had no opinion at this time, I'd assume he was lying. Better to know where he stands, so that all parties involved can form meaningful legal strategies.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 223

They do when you call someone a traitor against a country, as in "a traitor of the USA."
One of the official definitions of "traitor" is "one who commits treason." It's reasonable to apply that definition when dealing with nations, as that is the most common meaning in those situations.

If the poster had wanted to be clear that they weren't implying treason, they could have said something like "a traitor to the principles of the USA."

Comment Re:Apple TV is too closed off (Score 1) 129

Not that everyone has a 4K res TV but you do have built in longevity with those devices.

I used to feel the same way, especially when I was buying my first media devices. Back then it wasn't 4K, but there were still concerns with "the Wii doesn't have HDMI support" and the like. But then I realized that I generally keep the same TV for much longer than I keep the boxes that attach to it, and even after I upgrade my TV there are usually workarounds that allow me to keep using those devices until I'm ready to upgrade them.

Besides, at the moment I would say that network speeds and content availability are a bigger reason to wait on including 4K than the number of 4K TVs out there.

Comment Re:This is one of the reasons I didn't enter acade (Score 1) 160

Your advisor was mis-applying the philosophy behind "say what you're going to say, say it, then say what you just said." It's valid in certain contexts, primarily when you are writing to educate, which is different than conveying information. In education, you have to repeat yourself because your audience might have trouble keeping up, or their attention might drift. A big challenge with educational writing and speaking is the reality that at least part of your audience doesn't care or want to be reading/hearing what you have to say, so you have to emphasize and re-emphasize the most important points.

By contrast, academic papers are about, as you said, conveying information. People read them because they want to understand what you are saying. If they miss it the first time, they will read it again. The burden should not be on the writer to make sure that the reader stays focused.

Of course, none of that matters to someone that hasn't learned anything about writing since their high school teacher told them the formula for a five-paragraph essay.

Comment Re:Jargon (Score 1) 160

Targeting science journalists is a good middle ground between targeting only experts in your field and trying to target absolutely everyone. Like the parent said, "explain less common jargon / terms once," and you can figure that a journalist worth their salt will already know or be able to look up the more common terms.

Doing this has the added bonus that if your work happens to be newsworthy, it's much more likely that it will be explained correctly in the mainstream media.

Comment Re:Or perhaps... (Score 1) 618

why would GamerGate harass a convention right after fighting for the right to speak at it?

That's just what happened, though. A rabble of angry, anti-SJW folks who failed reading comprehension couldn't abide the existence of a panel that they perceived as pro-SJW. They either didn't know or didn't care about the other panel, and their strategy for shutting down the other panel was threats of violence.

If you can acknowledge that GamerGate isn't an organized, centralized movement, you should be able to acknowledge that some of its "members" are acting as a far-right hate mob that aren't satisfied with having their own panel because their goal is to shut down the conversation.

Comment Re:Change just because? (Score 2) 227

When it comes to the tools we use to do our jobs, it can be valuable to look up from what we've always used and see what else is available. It may be that one of the competing options has a game-changing feature that fits your needs perfectly while your current solution is stagnant.

There is always a cost to switching, but everyone has their own threshold where that cost is lower than the cost of sticking with an antiquated system.

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