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Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 2) 292

by AmiMoJo (#48671815) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

The US is a paragon of free speech â" not because there is no room for improvement, but because all (certainly most) other societies are worse in this regard.

European countries consider themselves more free than the US, it's just that they have a different concept of what freedom is.

In Europe freedom is seen as a two sided coin. You have negative freedom, that is freedom from interference and limits on your behaviour. That includes freedom of speech. Then you have positive freedom, the freedom to participate in society and to prosper. That includes things like the right to vote, the right to a family life, and the right to education.

In the US you can protest loudly outside someone's home day and night. Some people go and protest at the funerals of soldiers, and good natured bikers have to come and form a line to keep them away. In Europe that kind of thing would clash with a person's freedom to have a private life, i.e. to privately grieve for their loved on at the funeral.

We also see the right to a private life clashing with US company's desire to profile everyone and use their personal data for commercial gain, which Europeans consider to be a massive loss of freedom but Americans consider to be a corporation exercising its free speech rights.

Comment: Re:not really likely (Score 2) 228

by AmiMoJo (#48671795) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What makes it suspicious is that the hackers seem to have access to Sony's system for an extended period of time before going public. If their goal was to prevent the release of this movie they left it rather late in the day. It doesn't seem to have been their primary goal, and in fact they tried to extort money out of Sony first which seems like an odd thing for a nation state to do.

The only evidence that the FBI has offered are some Korean strings, which by themselves tell us very little.

Comment: Re:Cut Down On Olympic Bloat (Score 3, Insightful) 211

by AmiMoJo (#48670023) Attached to: Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Almost all sports are judged to some degree, even if it is only a referee making decisions. In any case, those sports are all in there because they have large international competitions and structures, with well defined rules that many athletes feel are worth competing under. If they were just a pure judgement call people wouldn't bother participating since there would be no clear and objective way to measure and improve their performance, but that's not how they work.

The judges use very specific criteria, just like an examiner does to mark papers in an academic setting. For example, in rhythmic gymnastics there is a list of moves, ranked by difficulty and judged on how well the athlete meets the prescribed forms. It's not about looking good, it's about doing the motions correctly and with a high level of skill.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by AmiMoJo (#48669901) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

There are still big problems with this.

1. The police were warned not to go after people for this kind of thing, with specific advice from the Attorney General. Yet, they carry on doing it.

2. They don't seem to understand Twitter. The laws they are using are anti-harassment laws, designed to stop people trolling the families of victims and the like. This guy didn't send his joke to those people, and they would probably have never heard it if the police hadn't brought it to their attention.

3. While the tweet was public, so are billions of others made every day. It's akin to saying something distasteful but not illegal to your friends while walking down the street, and being arrested because someone somewhere could have been offended by it.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by AmiMoJo (#48669827) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

social justice warriors

This is the new Godwin. And in this case, you are wrong. This is the police being dumb fucks, as usual. They have been given specific advice about this sort of thing, but are ignoring it.

It's actually the people who oppose the social justice warriors who are calling for this kind of things: the Daily Mail readers. The ones who wanted the porn filters. The ones were are permanently offended about everything, especially other people people's offence.

Comment: Re:Tree of liberty (Score 3, Informative) 292

by AmiMoJo (#48669793) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Actually European human rights do give people some right not to be offended in certain, very limited circumstances. For example, someone who has just been bereaved has a right to a certain amount of peace, e.g. not having people standing outside their homes screaming abuse all day. See, in Europe there are both positive and negative freedoms, i.e. your right to scream abuse vs. everyone else's right not to listen to it in their own homes.

Arresting someone for posting something on Twitter is way, way, way beyond what little protection people have though. The victim's families are not forced to read these tweets, and in fact it's somewhat doubtful if they would ever have heard about them if the police hadn't turned it into a media circus by being their usual moronic selves.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 1) 209

by AmiMoJo (#48667675) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Yeah the choice is kids or career without much water between the two. If you don't like that resign yourself to having your children raised by strangers and hired help, which for most isn't acceptable.

It's sad that you just accept that. Try taking a look at northern European countries like Sweden. Child care is excellent, so good that most parents actually prefer to to hand their kids over to well paid, highly trained professionals. It really is top notch.

Combine that with strong rights for employees wanting time off around the birth and then needing flexible working hours in the early years and it really is possible to have a career and kids without sacrificing anything.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 1) 209

by AmiMoJo (#48666071) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

The point is that it shouldn't be a choice between kids or career. Why can't men and women have both?

Society needs kids, obviously. Society has an interest in seeing kids brought up well, which means a reasonable and stable income, time enough for parenting, high quality childcare and education. If we can't facilitate that, it's a problem that needs to be fixed.

Unless you think women should just plan to marry a guy with a good job who can look after her and her child, or maybe become a welfare queen, women need to have a career.

Comment: Re:uh - by design? (Score 2) 160

by AmiMoJo (#48665839) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

VT-d is used for something else, basically allowing PCI-E devices to access RAM without needing to worry about a >32 bit address space. While it might be possible to prevent this attack with it, that isn't how it is currently used. If a fix can be implemented it might break a lot of drivers.

The attack is so nasty because when you can overwrite random bits of memory you can modify executable code on the fly. Address randomization doesn't help, you can simply search the entire address space for some suitable entry point.

Comment: Re:As always, looking at this wrong. (Score 1) 209

by AmiMoJo (#48665801) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Step 1: Stigmatize the traits that lead people to excel in tech fields, men posessing those traits, and anyone in tech
Step 2: Watch as that stigmatization isolates and ostracizes people in tech as "nerds" "dweebs" "dorks" "losers" and so on

Funny, those masculine traits tend not to be associated with nerds.

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