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Comment: Re: Painless (Score 1) 354

by Anonymous Hermit (#32535930) Attached to: Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories
If you are concerned about being wrongly accused of a crime, then may I suggest that you find an ISP that offers to retain details about your private life as part of a retention service?

Me, I am concerned about leaks and would rather not being treated like a criminal without a court order.

I have heard opinions that data retention is not an invasion of privacy since a court order is needed to grant access to the data. I say that since I am not suspected of a crime, then government have no business ordering my ISP and telco to intrude on my privacy. I would rather not have my location registered every time I make a phone call (as the proposed data retention law here in Sweden would have it), and if my government decides to blatantly disregard my right to privacy, then I am left with no choice but to stop using the internet and telephony to safeguard my person.

Comment: Re:Because death threats are illegal and a felony (Score 1) 806

by Anonymous Hermit (#30479686) Attached to: Student Banned From Minnesota Campus Over Facebook Comments
Either way, perhaps now she will learn of methods of therapy that aren't morbid. If her ex lived on campus, or if it was a classmate, I think it's the right thing to do.

If their social circles are the same, then her ex was bound to hear about it. If so, this was her way of hurting him, by making him fearful. If this was intended, then that would be make it a threat. *shrug*

Comment: Re:From the mouths of babes (Score 1) 189

by Anonymous Hermit (#30409486) Attached to: NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List
I think you underestimate kids curiosity. If you are not there to try to impart your wisdom when they ask where children really come from, they will learn about it from their peers. If they ever confront you about Santa, chances are your fairy tale story about where children come from won't hold up to their newly found skepticism either, and if you keep avoiding the subject, you won't have any influence on their development. They didn't learn anything about it from you, so when you bring it up years after they figured it out for themselves, you won't have any authority on the matter whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Learning about the world takes time. (Score 1) 189

by Anonymous Hermit (#30409012) Attached to: NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List
I assume you don't play videogames, if so, you can't socialize when the topic comes up. I'm curious, do you think that by discussing videogames, someone is being socially backwards? Could it be that because you don't fit in whenever you are in a group of gamers, you project the awkward feeling you get onto others, then you avoid those awkward people? What is it that your circle of friends discuss? Sports? Books? Politics? Science? Movies? Girls? Cars? Fashion?

If you are talking about people who don't like to socialize at all, then it's obvious that they are simply lacking the motivation to be social, or they suffer from social phobia, so they spend a lot of time doing things by themselves, regardless of what their interests may be. Children fantasize all the time, taking on all kinds of roles. That's how they practice socializing.

Comment: Re:Excellent (Score 1) 128

by Anonymous Hermit (#30406960) Attached to: Method To Repair Damaged Adult Nerves Discovered
A few years ago, some researchers from my hometown made some significant discoveries regarding regenerating auditory nerves. (I used to hang out with a relative of Helge, so this was very easy for me to google.)

"In 2004 Helge Rask-Andersen and his associates found immature stem cells in the inner ear of adults, a sensational piece of news in the research world. They have also managed to cultivate hearing nerves from stem cells and human tissue from donated cochleae."
http://www.physorg.com/news159637580.html

"Regeneration of human auditory nerve. In vitro/in video demonstration of neural progenitor cells in adult human and guinea pig spiral ganglion.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15855043
Space

Big Dipper "Star" Actually a Sextuplet System 88

Posted by kdawson
from the toil-and-trouble dept.
Theosis sends word that an astronomer at the University of Rochester and his colleagues have made the surprise discovery that Alcor, one of the brightest stars in the Big Dipper, is actually two stars; and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the four-star Mizar system, making the whole group a sextuplet. This would make the Mizar-Alcor sextuplet the second-nearest such system known. The discovery is especially surprising because Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. The Mizar-Alcor system has been involved in many "firsts" in the history of astronomy: "Benedetto Castelli, Galileo's protege and collaborator, first observed with a telescope that Mizar was not a single star in 1617, and Galileo observed it a week after hearing about this from Castelli, and noted it in his notebooks... Those two stars, called Mizar A and Mizar B, together with Alcor, in 1857 became the first binary stars ever photographed through a telescope. In 1890, Mizar A was discovered to itself be a binary, being the first binary to be discovered using spectroscopy. In 1908, spectroscopy revealed that Mizar B was also a pair of stars, making the group the first-known quintuple star system."

Comment: Re:Privacy (Score 1) 671

by Anonymous Hermit (#30375446) Attached to: Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers
Yes, it is in fact covered under article 12 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"Article 12 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 671

by Anonymous Hermit (#30375370) Attached to: Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers
I see. We can all trust that there won't be any repercussions when doing something that is not illegal in any way, like exposing illegal activity, even if it angers powerful people who think they are above the law. We can all rest assured that no one will be able to purchase our personal details in order to ruin our lives through social engineering, or to simply pinpoint your location so their henchmen can find you. We are lucky to live in societies where everyone is incorruptible, because otherwise the societies within society could abuse the system for their own purposes.

Oh what a utopia we live in where only lawbreakers could possibly have any need for privacy. Hallelujah!

Comment: Re:Super mutants going cheap (Score 1) 425

by Anonymous Hermit (#30375128) Attached to: Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials
You should patent your FEV and then license it out to companies itching to start manufacturing super mutants. That way you don't have to have to worry about marketing and can spend your time researching the next version. Seriously, you need better marketing. I didn't even know your product was for sale.

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