commented on Pregnant Women Are Like Wine Bottles
Oh, there's a "celebratory gush" when the baby pops out. But it ain't cabernet.
Seriously though, this sounds great. Effective and simple enough to use in parts of the world where it is really needed.
commented on Rand Paul Blames "Haters" and Footnote Junkies for Plagiarism Accusations
Is it simply that the act of claiming the words as your own constitutes plagiarism, or do you have to be stealing it from someone?
The former. Plagiarism is using another's work and presenting it as your own. It is distinct from copyright violation, which would be reproducing someone else's work without permission - i.e. "stealing" it. If you post the text of a published novel on your blog while crediting the author, you aren't plagiarizing but you are violating copyright. If you claimed it as your own work, you'd be doing both.
Paul should have given Wikipedia credit, but it is not the same as direct lifting of an author's content.
No, it is exactly the same. If he copied text from Wikipedia and used it in his speech without saying "Wikipedia says that..." first, then he is directly lifting an author's content.
Wikipedia operates under a Creative Commons licensing model. Text from Wikipedia can be freely reproduced without violating copyright, but not
without attribution. The license
specifically states "You must attribute the work."
commented on New Book Debunks Important Piece of JFK Assassination Theory
@16: Those aren't "conspiracies". Those are politicians breaking the law and/or lying, and then concealing it in an attemp to get away with it.
"Conspiracies," as in "9/11 was an inside job!" "Kennedy was killed by the MIC!" or pretty much anything emerging from fevered brain of the prolific SLOGger whose name rhymes with "kaboom!" are pretty much 100% bullshit.
commented on If Republicans Wanted to Hurt Obamacare, Well, Their Shutdown Is Having the Opposite Effect
@21: To be fair to SB (a courtesy she never extends to others, but let's be the bigger people here), she is half right. Ben Franklin never did write "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
He did, however, write "I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." SB ignores the key question of course: what it is to be easy in poverty, or to be led out of it.
She has the idea that reliance on welfare and other social assistance is some kind of easy street, never having known a real live poor person in her life. This is why she begrudges the dollar a day it costs her, personally, to help ensure that the poorest of her fellow citizens can maybe have a roof over their heads, some education for their children, and enough to eat.
She fails to recognize that a few simple supports can help folks work their own way out of poverty. And even more important, supports for poor families can help break the generational cycle of poverty and lead their children to a better life.
But that's a hard thing to achieve. Better to just mutter "Get a job!" and cross the street.
commented on Lindy Wins at Life
@30, 35, 37: Just like an MRA dickweed to barge into a thread congratulating a woman for her success and try to derail it into a discussion of how much she sucks and how bad things are for men.
Ladies, I apologize for taking his bait.
Lindy, you are a fantastic human being. Keep doing what you do.
commented on Lack of Color-Blind Awareness from Web Designers Has Me Seeing Red!
@37: No. Drive through ATMs have braille because all ATMs have braille, and it is cheaper and more efficient to make one standard keypad for all ATMs regardless of where they are installed.
Barrier-free design does not have to be inherently more expensive or more difficult than any other kind of design. It is simply matter of making the right choices early in the design phase.