commented on Morning News: Death in Egypt, Pot Rules, Gmail, Horrible People, and a Kitten Cam
>Google says Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their emails are confidential.
Regardless of what their filing might suggest, users absolutely have a reasonable expectation of privacy and confidentiality. Whether companies responsible for ensuring and delivering on that expectation are willing to do so is another matter.
commented on The Friday Morning News
@20 - A common explanation for deer hunting is to control their population keeping the overall herds healthy as well as preventing damage to the habitat and ecosystems they live in. Are there reports of untended octopus breeding out of control and endangering the waters for humans and other forms of life?
Additionally, and not that this seems to have any bearing in practice, Octopuses are generally found to be significantly intelligent. Not "dolphin smart" but much more than "deer smart."
When I was about 6, my family rescued a baby white-tailed deer we rescued from a river in Oregon. It's mother had been killed and left to die upstream and it was literally lying on a rock in the middle of the water. We had a few acres of farmland in Kent and brought it home. After bottlefeeding it for a few weeks, it became a healthy, happy, playful baby deer. It played tag with the dogs, cuddled with our horse, and would follow us kids around like a puppy. We even brought him to show & tell at school.
One day I came home from school and my mother was crying. The deer had died after a neighbor, petting him over the fence, fed him some ferns that little deer are apparently not supposed to eat. We buried him on the edge of the woods near the house.
commented on "Who cares?"
It's nice that she's right once in awhile, but Pelosi is as clueless as Bachmann on so many issues.
commented on SLLOTD: Blessed be the Ties that Bind
@14 Yeah, but for awhile they stopped airing the WTC Simpsons episode after 9/11. Doesn't Whitney Houston deserve the same respect?
Sweet! Heard any good Whitney Houston jokes lately?
commented on The Rather Late Memorial Day Morning News
If I recall correctly, the Stranger was pretty much on Nicole's case a few years ago as a scab when the Times writers were on strike. so much for that legendary "total recall" she fretted so much about.
commented on Puggle: Love It or Shove It
I wish the owners of a lost dog in S. Seattle who found him over a month ago would take down the hundreds of laminated signs they plastered around our neighborhood. Harley, I'm glad you're home, but if your owners pick up after you as poorly as they clean up their own messes, I'll be stepping in your shit soon enough.
commented on Overheard in the Office
Goddamit, even the fucking Cramps warned against eating stuff off the sidewalk. Wise up.
Still recovering myself from food poisoning while in Beijing last week. Of all the fucked up places I ate that should have made me sick, it was a BLT from Subway that almost killed me. I'd hashtag it on the twitter or something, but I don't think I'd want free subway sandwiches for life.
commented on If the Point Is Simply to Hand Out More College Degrees, Why Bother With the Courses at All?
I attended a presentation by Ng this week and he completely sold me on Coursera as the future of higher education. The courses are built and refined continuously and while the "no teachers" thing is a bit misleading, the opportunities for discussion by other students, past students, and experts are all there for those who want it. Through extensive analysis, they can quickly identify problem areas and improve the experience almost immediately.
I have found Coursera to be a better experience than the official online courses offered by WSU, and as mentioned, the opportunity to connect with leading experts is often simpler on the Internet than it can be in real life.