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Comment Re:Sanctioning NSA/FBI for spying all? (Score 1) 50

China and Russia are likely to respond in kind with sanctions of their own, more than justified of course. The whole thing is a backhand trade deal. Can't block certain imports/exports or you get in trouble with the WHO, so just accuse the other side of cybercrime and enact sanctions instead. The other side gets to ban some US stuff in exchange.

Comment Re:Like the Bible (Score 3, Interesting) 185

Muhammed was illiterate. He had friends who could read, but he himself could not. So in the original story God dictated the Koran to him, and he recited it to his friend who wrote it down. The more you think about this the less it makes sense.

As such the Koran is supposed to be the literal word of God. I mean, it clearly isn't, because even if you accept that there might be a deity, the book itself is very poorly written. It's very obviously a product of the minds of the time, and you don't need a language degree to see that.

This finding is a huge problem for people who believe that the Koran is the literal word of God, dictated to Muhammed. Unlike the Bible, where it is accepted that there are many authors and many of them were not alive at the time of the events depicted, and each had their own agendas etc, the Koran is supposed to be perfect. Any flaw would be a flaw in God's work.

Comment Re:really... (Score 4, Informative) 185

A scholar is just someone who studies something, it doesn't imply scientific method or intelligence. Scholars of theology are often deeply religious and spend much of their time trying to reconcile conflicting statements on holy texts, or apply ancient and poorly worded ideas to the modern world.

Submission + - Hawk the Slayer sequel hits Kickstarter

AmiMoJo writes: 1980s fantasy adventure Hawk the Slayer has become a cult classic over the years. Low budget, with a trippy synth soundtrack, dialogue so bad it's good and legendary B movie actors such as Jack Palance (RIP), the film initially failed to get much attention but slowly gained a loyal fan base. Now the director is trying to Kickstart a sequel to the original film, called Hawk the Hunter. UK video game developer Rebellion is on board for the CG, and $4.5m has already been raised. The Kickstarter campaign hopes to get another $500k.

Comment Re:Idiots. (Score 1) 242

Napster is what really forced music distribution online. It proved that there was a market for digital-only music, sold as individual tracks rather than albums or single CDs with five shite versions of the same thing. It forced iTunes to offer something similar, and do it at a reasonable price.

The TV and movie industries are fighting this hard. Like the video game industry they want silly prices for digital content. £2.50 for a defective-by-design DRM infected download that will only play on one of my many devices? LOL. Netflix has the right idea, in that they are trying to be on every platform and ad-free.

Ironically the Pirate Bay et. al. are the ones keeping them a little bit honest, otherwise you can get that new episodes of popular shows would be $9.99 each to stream.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 2) 258

Ignore all the ad-hominem attacks on him. A lot of it is just the usual state sponsored efforts to discredit him, like the did with Snowden (remember all the bullshit about his girlfriend?)

Look at the situation objectively. No-one else wanted for questioning on this type of offence gets so much money and time spent on them. The US has a history of spreading these kinds of stories and lies about people it doesn't like, and is likely to seek his extradition.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 2) 258

The US has a history of grabbing people and then realizing later it wasn't in its own best interests, but it doesn't stop the US doing it. There are British citizens who were rendered to countries like Egypt for a few months of torture before the US realized it had the wrong person and just dumped them back in the UK. Some of the people in Gitmo have been waiting over a decade for release.

Given what the US has done and continues to do, I wouldn't want to risk my life on the off chance that it had somehow suddenly got a lot smarter. The US isn't one entity, there are many different groups involved and it's a huge risk to assume that none of them will grab someone like Assange.

Plus, if he wasn't a valuable target then why would the UK government spend $12,000,000+ to keep him in that embassy? It's odd that the Swedish won't come to interview him either, despite having interviewed nearly 50 other people in the UK since making their first request.

It's not paranoia when there is evidence to back it up.


Assange Says Harrods Assisting Metro Police in 'Round-the-Clock Vigil' 258

The Daily Mail reports that Julian Assange seems to have yet another foe (or at least friend of a foe) watching persistently while he stays put in the Ecuadorean embassy in London: Harrod's Department Store. The Metro Police, according to Assange, have developed a relationship with the store, and are using that relationship to facilitate their full-time observation of his roosting place in the embassy. When the founder of Wikileaks says, "We have obtained documents from Harrods [saying that] police have people stationed 24 hours a day in some of the opposing buildings Harrods controls," it seems likely that those documents actually exist.

Comment Re:The Unicode Consortium (Score 0) 263

There is still a lot of work to do on Unicode. These emoji are being added because they are in common use in some parts of the world, and to provide options for other genders and races. There is still a lot to do with regards to fixing CJK in Unicode too, and doubtless countless other languages that got screwed up early on.

These things are holding Unicode back. There is a reason why, for example, airlines and hotels are using software that avoids Unicode. Their customers wouldn't be very impressed if the company's software couldn't render their name properly because of Unicode flaws. Chinese phones and IM clients have hacked in new emoji that are now in widespread use, and Unicode can't represent that form of written communication. You might not like them, but Unicode isn't making a value judgement, it's encoding something that is in use.

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