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Comment: Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 4, Interesting) 144

by AmiMoJo (#48903605) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

The fear wasn't extradition, it was rendition. People had been kidnapped from Sweden before. Sweden even had to run its own military ops to stop it happening. The problem is that parts of the government still seem to be cooperating with the US. The crackdown in TPB appears to have been at the request of the US.

It also seems highly suspicious that the case was dropped and he was told he was free to go, but then the prosecutor changed her mind and refused to interview him in the UK. If you were wanted by the US, if US senators were literally calling for your head on a platter, would you take the risk of going there? If you had seen leaked evidence that they do in fact render people to other countries, torture them for months, take them Guantanamo and torture them some more?

By all means lets have an investigation. The Swedish authorities want to question him. They can do that in the UK, or by video link. He offered, repeatedly, and it's been done before. Then they can decide what they want to do next, and we can hear some charges and legal arguments.

Comment: Re:Missing (Score 1) 313

by AmiMoJo (#48903555) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

I don't know why you were modded funny, SG-1 was pretty damn good at times. Far from perfect, but it did a lot of stuff right. Interesting characters, and good long story arcs which really built on what had come before instead of hitting the reset button after every episode. Earth slowly built up technology and knowledge, formed alliances and became a major player.

There were big ideas too, and some interesting science from time to time.

Later series suffered from a lack of money, like many sci-fi series. It's a damn shame because when it was good it was very good.

Comment: Re:idiotic (Score 2) 319

by AmiMoJo (#48903477) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Aw, you were doing so well. I agreed with you up to this point.

1. Children need looking after, that's just how they are. It's not putting them on a pedestal, it's recognizing that they are vulnerable.

2. It's possible to deal with one issue at a time. Just because bad things happen to other people does not mean concentrating on one group with particular issues and needs is wrong.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1, Informative) 319

by AmiMoJo (#48903431) Attached to: Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

You only have to look at GamerGate to see the standard of proof required by anonymous. This will very quickly descend into doxxing, threats and blog posts presented as "evidence" of crimes against children, punishable by mob justice. Anyone who opposes it will be labelled and SJW. A false narrative will be constructed around anyone they decide to target, and their lives will be ruined.

Comment: Re:I won't notice (Score 1) 316

by AmiMoJo (#48898107) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

I can tell 1080p from 4k on a 130cm screen from 3m away, with 4k media. I can tell when 1080p media is upscaled on the same screen too. I can also tell 8k apart from 4k under the same conditions, which is actually easier since 8k doubles the frame rate too.

It's not just resolution. 4k has better colour. It's more noticeable on outdoor scenes with a lot of natural tones and dynamic range. Skin looks a lot more realistic too... It's actually kind of a problem because actors that look fine in 1080p look like they are wearing make up in 4k (which of course they are).

Comment: Re:They already have (Score 1) 661

by Bruce Perens (#48897151) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

There is no reason that we have to pick one and abandon work on the others. I don't see that the same resources go into solving more than one, except that the meteor and volcano problem have one solution in common - be on another planet when it happens.

The clathrate problem and nuclear war have the potential to end the human race while it is still on one planet, so we need to solve both of them ASAP.

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 292

by AmiMoJo (#48893435) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

The automatic breaking systems only work at low speed (typically max 30 mph), and are very conservative. Unless you are doing less then about 10 mph they won't even stop you hitting the object, just lessen the impact. They use antilock braking and if the car skids or the driver reacts by turning the wheel, braking or accelerating they instantly disengage.

There are probably a few real edge cases were they might make things slightly worse, but it's hard to imagine a situation where they could cause someone to actually die.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 1) 206

by jbengt (#48892557) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

Consider what exactly heat means - it's the average kinetic ("vibrational") energy of the atoms in an object.

Technically, heat is only the energy moving as a result of a temperature difference. The average (translational) kinetic energy is proportional to the temperature. The kinetic energy of molecular motions is the internal energy.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (Score 2) 65

by AmiMoJo (#48892415) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

The business model is well established and works. Captive audience, unable to compare prices, boredom and left over holiday money to burn. Exactly the same one that worked so well at airports, until recently. On holiday consumers tend to be in "high spend" mode too, splashing out on stuff they wouldn't buy at home.

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