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Comment: Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 1) 117

by Jesrad (#49628221) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

Yet more accurately: faith is the very essence of 'not being able to realize when you're wrong'. Faith is about stopping yourself from questionning your beliefs. Nothing could be more antethical to the pursuit of truth and good.

Good, bad, whatever you're doing, if you can pause and ask yourself whether what you're doing is good or bad then you're already far above the basic zealots who won't pause nor ask themselves. And by zealot, I also mean the ordinary everyday-man, the Eichmann-sort that have faith in public/democratic authority figures, be they secular or religious.

Being a cop doesn't turn someone into a bully

You might want to review the Stanford Prison experiment. Giving someone power over other people and little accountability DOES turn people into bullies.

Comment: Eco-balancesheeting is a difficult thing ... (Score 1) 105

by Qbertino (#49628131) Attached to: The World's Most Wasteful Megacity

One should jump to conclusions too fast. NYC and other first world cities have such a bad eco-balance because all their consumerables and devices are built with a huge resource payoff and complex processes, not recycled, replaced often for no reason and so forth. All out unregulated meat 'production' (one of the largest single causes of modern first world eco-imbalance) and modern mono-agriculture also is a big problem. In that regard the 2nd worlds garbage dumps in the slums in far-east asia or south-america are just about as eco-efficient as a society can get. After all, they're living of our garbage(!!).

If we would tax consumption accordingling, people would be way more cautious about getting that new car or repairing the washing machine by simply tossing it out and getting a new one. Direct recycling would be more of a thing (don't get the impression those bags and pouches are cheap) and we'd shake our heads at the insanity of todays throw-away culture. Our consumption society is the problem. It's only that no one in china or india - or most of any other places for that matter - gives a shit about the environment that we can throw away a t-shirt after one season or get a brand-new smartphone every odd year.

Fix that and the entire planet can live in an utopia and we can add another 10 - 20 billion people without even breaking a sweat or nature noticing.

It's like Gandi said: The world easyly has enough for everyones needs - it does not have enough for everyones greed.

Comment: Re:Which is why we disguise cell towers (Score 1) 178

by SharpFang (#49627687) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

You're as much a customer as a product. You are provided service and your *basic* customer data is protected.

But more advanced data - like data usage, profile of usage, tracking information, network of contacts, all that "meta" stuff - is a product you manufacture and they sell or use to optimize their service (read: give you less, get you to pay more). And the police can just request free access to that product.

Comment: Re:Logical (Score 1) 31

by SharpFang (#49627679) Attached to: As Hubble Breaks a Distance Record, We Learn Its True Limits

the distance to the visible horizon - the most distant object we can see - isn't growing, it's *shrinking*.

Not yet.
We have a much more firm limit in the form of the image of the Big Bang and it's still within the Hubble Sphere. We technically *could* see past it, but even if we had the hardware, it's pretty much opaque.

Yes, as the universe ages, the image moves away from us at c + expansion rate, and eventually it will vanish behind the cosmic event horizon forever, and since then its acceleration will begin to swallow objects making less available for observation. But we have a good few billion years until the cosmological limits imposed by space expansion become our worry. Until then, our theoretical limits are caused by the structure of the universe, and practical limits - by $$$.

Comment: Re:Logical (Score 1) 31

by SharpFang (#49627645) Attached to: As Hubble Breaks a Distance Record, We Learn Its True Limits

That's only if our telescopes could reach the Hubble Sphere. That way light speed + space expansion would be our distance limit and only time would allow us to see objects between the Hubble Sphere and the Cosmic Space Horizon.

But so far with our best equipment we are barely reaching a third of this distance and our limits are still of technological nature - or more accurately of economical nature (we *know* how to build better telescopes that would reach farther, but we don't have the budget).

Comment: Re:Not law yet (Score 4, Informative) 117

by Jesrad (#49627367) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

In any case, the french hosting company has announced it is definitely moving to Norway.

Their CEO left this message on their main page, here it is translated:

Altern shuts its doors... again

Following the voting of the secret services law in the National Assembly yesterday #PJLRenseignement, the webhosting company Altern closes its services while moving abroad.

For twenty years helped make free speech rights a reality for citizens and residents of this country. During these years political leaders, corporate representatives and assorted top brass of any kind never ceased their efforts at ending this happy period of liberty that the Internet had started.

We did get plenty of laughs as they scrambled around trying to roll back the sea with Maginot lines of the likes of the Hadopi.
But today they got the upper hand by forcing us, by law, to install at the heart of our infrastructures "black box" analysers under the sole control of secret services.
This grip on telecom services induces self-censorship of our public expression and annihilates our privacy on the Internet.

For us just one day under global surveillance is one day too many. refuses these secret services black boxes, shuts its doors immediately, and will reopen them in a few days from another country that is more respective of individual liberties.

Comment: Re:It's all politics, all the time (Score 1) 342

talking points to push their cronyism

Both (D) and (R) do this. Your view that the (D) don't (or do it less) while (R)s do (or do it more) is why you're a (D) supporter. I see both (D) and (R) doing what you're claiming, equally and repeatedly. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Cronyism is what happens when we stop fighting for liberty. Neither (D) nor (R) fight for liberty. They just fight over which chains to apply. ;)

Comment: Re:It's all politics, all the time (Score 1) 342

Here is the point between you two, NEITHER of you know anything. Which is kind of the point. How do we know anything at this point? We can't! Which is kind of the point. We should be ABLE to, but we can't. We simply have to "trust" Hilary (not named after Sir Edmund Hillary {two Ls} ) isn't lying to us ... again. Probably another "vast right wing conspiracy" (what she claimed about Monica).

I'm not convinced she did anything wrong. I'd like to verify what she did was on the up and up. Sorry if I don't trust her word, after all she thinks armed guards protects her email server from hackers.

Comment: Re:Oh Fuck Off (Score 2) 78

I'm pretty sure that without a really nice SSD, and custom startup, you can't get boot to login in under 15 seconds on a BIO/UEFI machine.

And to the Ask /. guy, why not just get a Chromebook, drop it into Developer mode and call it good? It will likely to be less headache than rolling your own custom linux setup the borks every update.

Comment: I wouldn't bother. (Score 5, Interesting) 78

Seriously, I wouldn't bother. It makes no sense.

The Chromebooks available are dirt cheap, good-looking, light-weight, run for 8 hours and longer and have their OS tailored to light-weight power-saving CPUs and built around the computers it runs on - sorta like Apple. Chromebooks basically are the poor mans mac-book air. And if ChromeOS fits your bill and you have no problem with your OS basically being a remote extension of the todays online service known as Google you should go right ahead and one of those available. That current one from HP looks pretty neat, for instance.

As for the dabbling, I'd go exactly the other way around: Get a ready-made buy-unpack-works Chromebook and install Crouton on it for Linux freedom pleasure. Don't be silly and try to build your own. It will be shitty, lots of work, short on battery life, weigh a ton, look like crap and be expensive in comparsion.

Mind you, I did just get two refurbished ThinkPads for Linux progging and fiddling, but those are definitely not meant for lugging around. They each weigh well over 2kg and run 4 hours on a full-charge at most and are power-hogs in compasion. Good for proggin C/C++, running LAMP at full throttle (ones got 18GB, a Quad-Core Intel iSomething in it with a 256GB SSD) or playing Fallout 3 on Wine with the GFX all maxed out.
I do *not* use them for everyday utility computing though. One actually serves as ... a server (duh) at work.

My everyday computing, mail and leisure surfing I do on a 10" Yoga 2 Android tablet. Even lighter than a Chromebook and runs 18 hours under full load. ... Have you thought about something like that? That might actually be an alternative. Although ChromeOS does seem to be a better fit for your useage.

This is now. Later is later.