Skynet for school shooting prediction

This sounds likely to be fraught with false positives. In particular, the language a student uses during an interview can help distinguish a high-risk teenager [shooter] from a low-risk one, according to previous research Barzman directed. That study concluded that the former was more likely to express negative feelings about himself and about the acts… Continue reading Skynet for school shooting prediction

How Not To Break a Frame

Correct: <script language=”Javascript” type=”text/javascript”> if (top != self) { top.location = window.location; } </script> Incorrect: <script language=”Javascript” type=”text/javascript”> if (top != self) { top.location = “/webct/urw/lc18361011.tp0/logonDisplay.dowebct”; } </script> The problem with incorrect is the address used here is not the address in the location bar.  The one in the location bar has the values required… Continue reading How Not To Break a Frame

Rhetoric

When you think of “rhetoric”, do you think of… using language effectively to please or persuade or loud and confused and empty talk When I originally went with rhetoric in the blog name years ago, I was thinking with the latter to fall in with the already loud ones. Somewhere along the journey, I switched… Continue reading Rhetoric

Firefox 3 and SSL Certificates

Apparently LinkedIn.com let their SSL certificate expire this morning. Assuming they really let it expire, this is a big oops. Hopefully, someone in their Production Operations Group has been alerted to the problem and is working on getting a new one. The screenshot is from Firefox 3. In the old days, Firefox or Netscape used… Continue reading Firefox 3 and SSL Certificates

If a Learning Management System Was a Boat…

I saw a CompSci.ca blog post for If a programming language was a boat… (through WIRED) and laughed at the descriptions of C, ColdFusion, Java, Perl, PHP, and Ruby. Java is a cargo ship. It’s very bulky. It’s very enterprise~y. Though it can also carry a lot of weight. Will carry a project, but not… Continue reading If a Learning Management System Was a Boat…

How are you doing?

Good? Well? I used to say “fine,” but pessimists pretending to be optimists tried to psychoanalyze me. So now I say “good,” but people correct me with “WELL.” Yet… I’m not ready to say well. As a native of the south without much of the accent I need something to allow other natives to identify… Continue reading How are you doing?

Turd Blossom

LMAO The Decline and Fall of the Nickname – Newsweek Society – MSNBC.com: I’ll give President Bush credit for coming up with one decent nickname: he quite cleverly dubbed Karl Rove, his trusted adviser and top hatchetman, Turd Blossom. (Here’s how we know Bush came up with it himself: no one other than the president… Continue reading Turd Blossom

Precision

One of the reasons I prefer to communicate in writing is I often dwell on what I wish to say, refining the words to make the message clear and concise. In spoken words, I definitely lack that precision. Something that really annoys me is the use of the prefix “bi-“. This illustrates why: Since bi–… Continue reading Precision