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d_e_solomon  ·  961 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Blood Will Tell

I served on a jury about seven years ago that convicted a person of criminally abusing their child. Much of the evidence was circumstantial and relied on medical practitioners. To this day, I firmly believe we got it right, but the thought always lingers - what if we didn't. Stories like this always bring up that case.

d_e_solomon  ·  973 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lawns Are an Ecological Disaster

At my old house, my wife and I let back half of the yard go fallow. It was great for saving time mowing and it actually added some charm. We don't have children though, so I get that's not a solution for everyone.

We eventually moved to a house with 6 sq ft of lawn. It's absolutely glorious. :)

Thanks for posting this. I've added a todo item for me to look at statistics about what percentage of people are on SNAP, how that's changed, whether it's getting better, and so forth.

d_e_solomon  ·  2875 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The DDOS that brought down CloudFlare

I spent an hour this morning head scratching on why connectivity to my blog had gone down overnight. I felt a bit silly when I realized that it was cloudflare and not my server. Oh well.

d_e_solomon  ·  2880 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The problem with the drone war that no one’s talking about

The problem is that there is no guarantee that the UN will ensure that an action is moral or just. Russia continually vetoes any action against Assad in Syria. On the other hand, the only reason that the Korean War happened is that the Soviet Union decided to boycott the UN. Let's not even discuss the issues in Kosovo or Rwanda wrt the UN.

I suppose my point is that UN or NATO approval is not necessary nor sufficient for moral military action.

d_e_solomon  ·  2883 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love

I'm in the desktop Linux contingent. Flash support on Linux (especially 64 bit) has always been extremely buggy and I will see massive CPU spikes whenever I have to view flash content. I also have no patience for sites that kick off sound or video automatically. So I can't functionally surf without an ad-blocker.

With that said, if I know the site doesn't use flash ads and if they don't start sound, I'll try to whitelist the domain for ads so I can support the site.

d_e_solomon  ·  2902 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Radiohead - Ceremony

I would give my left nut to have heard Joy Division do the original. Sigh.

d_e_solomon  ·  2902 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Sick.

My brother in law - an ER doctor - said that the flu vaccine isn't effective this year. I read a really good article about how they have to guess what strains of flu will be present ahead of flu season.

Anyway, hope you feel better.

d_e_solomon  ·  2903 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: War Nerd on Mali

Yes, he's still on a paywall, but you can read the past month or so for free. Reading older articles invokes the paywall.

d_e_solomon  ·  2911 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: College Degree, No Class Time Required - WSJ.com

I went to a very large state school and took a reasonably challenging program in mathematics and accounting. One of the few reasons that I managed to survive and finish both degrees was that I skipped most of the general business classes and showed up and took the test. It was easier for met to learn on my own rather than spend the time in class.

On the other hand, I found the major courses in math very challenging and would routinely attend all of those lectures. So I suppose I ended up with a hybrid model, which was good for me.

Of course there's the old yarn about if you want an education, go to the library; if you want a degree, go to college.

d_e_solomon  ·  2911 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What's your forever project?

I once had a dream where I was the proprietor of a tower, where people would visit the tower to learn, to fix their personal issues, to further their understanding of their world, to work on projects, and to progress towards their own version on enlightenment.

It's the only time I ever woke up crying (I'm not an emotional person by any stretch).

So, while I love personal projects (and have quite a few), this is the one that I want to work badly, but the one that I have no idea how to build.