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Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 381

by AmiMoJo (#47951813) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

The problem is that harassment is subjective, so you can only ask for people's opinions rather than setting an absolute standard.

Take your nice sweater example. If said casually it would just be friendly small talk. If said leeringly while standing uncomfortably close and trying to look down it that would be something else. In between there is a whole spectrum of behaviour and annoying as it is I'm afraid there is no ISO standard to compare it with.

Looking at very specific examples and asking if people felt uncomfortable is all we can do. Of course, we make a judgement, simply feeling uncomfortable is not in itself harassment.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 393

by AmiMoJo (#47945907) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

We've had two referendums, and they proved one thing - change IS possible.

I see almost the opposite. It's like the AV referendum. The "debate" was dominated by fear and ignorance, and in the end people voted to stay the same rather than change to something better mostly because it's familiar.

Once you leave the UK you realize that most of it is very old fashioned and conservative. It needs to change and modernize, but will have to be dragged kicking and screaming all the way.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 3, Insightful) 393

by AmiMoJo (#47945299) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Because it was all vague promises about more money and other favours, which can easily be backed out of. They threw them in at the last moment when it looked like the vote might be yes.

The Tories and Lib Dems hardly have a good track record on delivering promises, especially for Scotland. Besides which the government might change before they happen, in which case the new lot won't want to commit to expensive promises made by the last lot.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 3, Insightful) 52

by AmiMoJo (#47944995) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

There is a balance. Some products are cheap but also fairly easy to repair, which is clearly better than simply discarding them for landfill or even recycling. Non-replaceable batteries are the worst since that's an extremely easy fix that most manufacturers are happy to support. Glued together cases instead of screws or even clips to save a few pennies. It's needless and wouldn't make products significantly more expensive, if at all.

Comment: Everyone loses (Score 4, Interesting) 393

by AmiMoJo (#47944953) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Everyone seems to have lost here. The Scottish will get screwed when the politicians renege on all the promises they made, and the rUK will get screwed when the politicians half deliver those promises at their expense. The question won't go away and will come back round in 15-20 years. The UK will as a whole remain very conservative and averse to change.

I'm not Scottish but I feel very sad today.

Comment: Re:Can't be pirated? (Score 1) 306

by AmiMoJo (#47944923) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Can't be pirated = doesn't play.

You buy it, it doesn't work on your MP3 player or in your car. It probably doesn't work on my PC unless you install some malware, and probably doesn't work on your phone or tablet unless it's got an Apple logo on it.

So basically, it's worth a fraction of the value of a normal CD with "interactive" booklet and fan website that posts better content than all the corporate bullshit designed only to make you buy more of their defective crap, yet probably costs as much or more.

DRM is always a shitty deal.

United Kingdom

Scotland Votes No To Independence 393

Posted by Soulskill
from the they-can-take-our-lives,-but-they'll-never-take-our-haggis dept.
An anonymous reader sends this news from the BBC: Scotland voters decided to remain part of the United Kingdom on Friday, rejecting independence in a historic referendum. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout. "Like millions of other people, I am delighted," Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Friday morning. "It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end." Cameron promised new powers for Scotland in the wake of the vote, but also warned that millions of voices in England must also be heard, calling for a "balanced settlement" that would deliver more power to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Somewhat related: according to a Reuters poll, one in four Americans want their state to secede from the union.)

Comment: Re:Shetland and Orkney (Score 1) 189

by AmiMoJo (#47944841) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

Just look over the channel at places where countries meet. People move quite freely between Belgium and France, for example, with relatives in both countries not being a problem at all.

It's not like they would have put up a fence and installed passport controls at the border. Even on the Irish border you can drive right in and not even realize you did until you see the first metric road sign,

Comment: Re:No vote likely best long term result (Score 1) 189

by AmiMoJo (#47944795) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

The fact that they had to promise additional powers at the last minute, when it looked like the vote might be a yes, makes a no vote very unsatisfactory for the rUK. I expect that the politicians who made those promises will renege on them anyway, but Scotland is likely to get something out of it anyway.

Personally I think a yes vote would have been good for the whole UK. We are far too ultra-conservative and scared of change. Look at the AV referendum. I'd like to hope that most people could have understood AV, being only middle school level stuff, but they were swayed by right wing newspapers and stupid arguments like "the loser can win!" and "other people don't understand it".

Seeing Scotland become independent and do okay or even quite well might have spurred the rUK on to make some positive changes as well.

I suppose at least now there is a better chance of the rUK staying the EU if the referendum does go ahead. It also prevented the Tory party gaining more of the vote proportionally as many Labour/Lib Dem voters in Scotland would have been lost.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil