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Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 4, Interesting) 300

by BitterOak (#48605137) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid
The problem is the Pirate Bay is both, and you have to take the bad with the good. I just kinda wish they'd chosen another name besides "The Pirate Bay", as it makes the site look like it was deliberately set up for piracy rather than general file sharing. (And it might well have been set up primarily for that purpose, but no need to be so obvious about it.)

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 0) 865

by BitterOak (#48597551) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Islam is a peaceful religion, that's why followers just went out of their way to do this. And in Canada we had two terrorist attacks(one in Quebec), and another on Parliament Hill in two days.

Well, Christianity is a peaceful religion too. Perhaps that explains the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.

Comment: Re:Just wondering... (Score 1) 416

by BitterOak (#48577119) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Not to Godwin a discussion, but same argument for the research the Nazis did on twins. Some of it is good, useful information. But nobody will touch it because of its source.

Really? Are you suggesting the content of his physics lectures somehow derived from his alleged sexual harassment of students? I'm trying to envision a physics experiment whose successful outcome depends on someone being harassed, but I'm having difficulty doing so.

Comment: Re:The dissent (Score 1) 104

by BitterOak (#48576917) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

do they need a warrant to open your bag you are carrying or wallet?, or anything that can hold other things?, why should cellphones be different?

Because you could have a weapon stored in the bag or even a large wallet that could be a danger to the arresting officer. If cellphones were larger and had the potential for secret compartments in which weapons or other dangerous materials could be stored, then I'd agree with your analogy and suggest that the physical devices could be searched as well. But there's no reason an officer should be able to search data stored on the device absent a warrant.

Comment: This would be a great idea if... (Score 4, Insightful) 186

by BitterOak (#48517869) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind
This would be a great idea if Pizza Hut's main clientele base consisted of stroke victims who are paralyzed everywhere except for their eyes and are able to communicate only through eye movements. Last time I was in Pizza Hut, I didn't see too many such people there. So, I'm not sure what problem this technology is supposed to solve.

Comment: Re:"suspected pedophile" (Score 1) 150

by BitterOak (#48512917) Attached to: UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

Anyhow, there's a technical solution to every technical problem. In this case, a viewer that changes one pixel subtly every time an image is viewed would make hashes like this useless.

While I agree with most of what you say up to that point, I am a bit puzzled by your last paragraph. What "problem" is being solved by your "solution" exactly?

Comment: Re:Notice how LEOs assume they are criminals (Score 2) 481

by BitterOak (#48451995) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Some law-enforcement experts say the NYCLU is going beyond civics lessons and doling out criminal-defense advice.

So wait, we're assuming that they're all criminals to begin with?

The even more peculiar conclusion that can be drawn from this is that these "law-enforcement experts" think there's something wrong with offering criminal defense advice in the first place.

Comment: I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (Score 3, Insightful) 330

by BitterOak (#48441289) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio
Forget square monitors, I'd be happy if 4:3 made a comeback. Yes, I know they still exist, but they're a lot harder to find than they used to be. Go to any Best Buy or Staples and all you see are 16:9. Those are great for watching movies, but I prefer to watch movies on my TV and do work on my computer. And for pretty much all work except video and movie editing, 4:3 is better. I'm currently working on an old Samsung 4:3 which is starting to give me trouble (making strange noises and going dark at random times requiring me to cycle the power on the monitor.) I hope I won't have too much trouble replacing it when it dies.

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