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Comment Well duh! (Score -1) 458

I remember being bullied in grade school yes. But I also remember that there was something about being bullied that was far more infuriating than the bully: the school system. I swear to god my teachers and counselers were batshit crazy with their weird touchy feely advice: "Oh, try to emphasize with the bully. Tell him how you feel. Don't fight back." That wouldn't be so bad if it weren't enforced on me through the school rules! And you know what? The bully knew it. So he picked on me more. In fact, I remember the bastard even learning how to plausibly lie and get me into more trouble, and the fucking teachers believed him ("Oh that sounds like something you'd do"). And you know what? I've been depressed and angry ever since and very anti-social. Innocent until proven guilty MY FUCKING ASS.

So fuck yeah, stand up for yourself! Fuck the pansy ass fucking feel-good counselers! Fuck them for the pain!

/I'm sorry this is something I've been needing to rant on for YEARS
//This is what it was like in the mid 90's, it's probably a LOT WORSE now
///This is why it doesn't surprise me when emo kids want to slit their wrists and kill themselves.

Comment Anyone else worry about junk science like this? (Score -1) 507

Okay, so rats gorged themselves on fatty sugary food. Fine, but I worry when junk scientists try to equate that to hard drugs, because you just know sooner or later that will be picked up by someone who needs an excuse to ban this or that. How much do you want to bet within 4 years some politician will pick this up and use it to push a law banning some kind of fatty food? After all, this study says that they're addictive just like that evil cocaine!

Just a comment on the recent trend of lawmaking...

Comment Alternative theory (Score 0) 268

I think Microsoft is inflating statistics, but not by multiplying numbers.
Remember that physics site that Bill put up a week ago, powered by Silverlight?
I noticed that when playback is active, it generates random hits to an obscure URL that redirects to bing (and returns a transparent GIF). It caught my eye in LiveHTTP headers because the URL contained words like Flash, Adobe, Silverlight, Windows Media, DRM, etc. stuff that really shouldn't have been coming from the site. I suspect that when we all went to the site the JS was active and all the slashdotters inadvertently helped Microsoft pump up their Bing search hits. Oh and of course, stopping video playback stopped the search queries immediately.

This probably doesn't factor in Windows update changing the default search to Bing as well.

So divide the click through rate by maybe 3, or 5, and you'll get the true results.

Comment If I know public schools... (Score 0) 474

They'll teach ONLY the computer science part, to such a narrow degree that students come away from it with no idea how to connect the ideas to actual computer programming or computer anything (like what schools seem to do with math).

My other concern of course is whether this will be forced on students vs. being an elective. Most people I know wouldn't give a shit about computer science topics, so I sincerely hope they don't foist this upon everyone.

Sorry if I sound negative about it, it's just that I have no confidence in schools whatsoever.

Comment Does that mean... (Score 1) 329

When I'm googling around for programmer documentation I no longer have to fear Google showing one thing but the website auto-redirecting to Antivirus 2009 and it's infernal fake nagging "scan" page?
Thank God.

Having hit three in a row thought it would be nice to vent my frustration by mirroring it and defacing the mirror.

Comment This is what bugs me... (Score 2, Insightful) 75

I work in a video production company that makes promotional videos for schools and lately the stuff they say: more school hours and higher standards for our "Global Knowledge Based Economy" bugs me, especially when seen against laws like this where violating some stupid patent has such severe consequences. If what is planned out is what I think it is, a lot of kids that go through this "feel good knowledge based economy" bullshit are going to have a very rude awakening when they're older.

Coincidentally notice that what the schools teach tend to be so narrow in scope regarding technology, as if to ensure the resourceful hackers of yesteryear never happen again.


Sharp's Tiny LCD Doubles As Scanner 69

morpheus83 writes "It's all of 3.5-inches but this LCD screen from Sharp features an integrated optical scanner that could be used to scan business cards, but also be used as a method for multi-touch input. The prototype was seen at the Ceatec exhibition. Possible uses include the ability to recognize fingers or other objects and as biometric lock on your phone. And since each pixel has a scanner it may as well be a multi-touch screen."

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"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982