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Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 2) 230

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 1) 230

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' 230

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) 250

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.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 3, Insightful) 250

The Chinese, and to a lesser extent other Oriental and east Asian cultures, are what are driving the adoption of these new emoji. As you probably know, Chinese characters are ideograms, little pictures representing things and concepts. It's hard to describe just how influential this has been on Chinese culture... I guess it's kind of like a emoji of a carrot is sort of pun, almost.

So yeah, while I agree that there are huge problems with Chinese in Unicode and other issues that need addressing, these emojis are already in use in China (special software support on phones and in IM apps like QQ) so they should be supported. The goal is to support all forms of written communication, and these characters are in common use.

The ones added for completeness, e.g. male counterparts to female emoji, are obviously important for other reasons.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 442

Being bored is not the symptom, being unable to not be bored doing a single task no matter how interesting it is is the symptom.

I think you just suffer from an inability to pay attention, e.g. you didn't read his post properly before replying.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 442

Exercise causes the body to release chemicals that make you feel good. It doesn't treat depression, it just makes you feel good for a short time. Depression is much more complicated than that, and can't be cured with drugs alone. People who have bit suffered from depression tend not to understand this, which is unfortunate.

It also doesn't follow that a lack of exercise causes depression. Fit people get depressed.

Comment Re:Where do these people go? (Score 1) 207

Those guys don't have job interviews like that. They know other C level execs who get them in because they "did a good job" at (the parent company of) AM - after all, it was making plenty of money until it was the victim of a crime. Stuff like that - hacks, regulatory changes that fuck up your business, industrial accidents on your watch etc. are just the kinds of things that happen to C levels. They get paid big bucks to take that risk, so naturally when things go bad the other C levels won't hold it against them.

Comment Re:I'm not sure this is the right response (Score 1) 207

Some good may yet come of it. Well, some already has, people are less likely to use AM now, but more over the public is starting to wake up to the fact that stuff the do online on supposedly private sites isn't likely to stay private for long.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst