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Comment: Ah - an American speaks (Score 1) 34

by Bruce66423 (#49607403) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...
One of the things that amazes UK readers of Slashdot is the way that you've let your internet become monopolised at the point of access. The UK has open access to the historic telecom network, with real competition between ISPs as a result, along with a cable network that is also in competition. The result pressure on ISPs to keep prices down and quality up. I've got the cable option - without cable TV - and they've ramped the speeds up from 10 to 50Mb/s for almost no price increase - and I usually get better than the advertised 50Mb/s...

+ - Falsely accused male student sues woman making art of his alleged sexual assault->

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 writes: This is a case where freedom of speech and freedom from harassment are beautifully contrasted, a man who was alleged to have raped a woman but was cleared of the allegation, is objecting to her publicising the allegation in an 'art work' (carrying a matress around campus), which has resulted in his being harassed over the allegation.
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+ - Security expert banned from flying after claiming hack on planes->

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 writes: A security expert who has claimed the ability to mess with a planes avionic systems has been kicked off a flight and subsequently banned from another because of a Tweet claiming access to the plane's systems via a hardware connection whilst still on the ground.

Another case of shooting the messenger who's bringing bad news?

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Comment: But when does it become 'accepted science'? (Score 2) 173

That's the problem we have. Given how much of 'accepted science' gets challenged and reworked, we are always faced with a spectrum from the very secure to the totally crackpot. After all, Einstein successfully torpedoed Newton's laws of motion, which were as widely accepted as you get. Somehow we need to have a process for determining whether a scientific claim is sufficient to justify its use for criminal trials. On a good day the court process will do that; on a bad day a poor quality lawyer will be unwilling to challenge it.

Comment: The wider social context - people distrust science (Score 1) 173

One of the frustrations we slashdotters often suffer is the ordinary person who disbelieves a scientific finding; climate change and anti-vaccers are the most visible at present. Yet it is stories like this that give people every justification for their scepticism; we need to be willing to hear their attitude and its reasons!

Comment: Perjury is more deliberate (Score 2) 173

It's the difference between deliberate lying and passing on a fact that proves to be inaccurate. To the extent that these guys were reflecting the general consensus of their profession, then their comments aren't lying. To the extent that they had their own doubts which they failed to express to juries, they are guilty of perjury. But never underestimate the power of groupthink. The experimental demonstrations of the way in which people succumb to social pressure to say what is not true, when those they are with are actors saying the untruth, are terrifying. http://www.simplypsychology.or...

Comment: Interesting list (Score 1) 101

by Bruce66423 (#49476933) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law
I'll give you the smart phone; as a luddite who refuses to use one, I tend to forget their significance. Digital cameras - also true. Genome sequencing - not yet THAT significant; whilst helpful for law enforcement, we've yet to see its wider application. LCD monitors - only significant as leading towards smartphones etc. LINUX, Amazon and electric cars - nah - not that significant.

However the central experience of western life - of living in nuclear families in dispersed suburbs, travelling to work in non-agricultural occupations every day whilst children are schooled in institutions - hasn't changed qualitatively for 150 years; more and more conform to this pattern of course, but my point is that we're doing more of this - not changing those forms much.

Comment: Or you can say things are now slowing down (Score 1) 101

by Bruce66423 (#49474805) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law
The last major, world changing thing, was the internet - some 25 years ago. Since then we've just seen it get better and better - but no real breakthroughs

Before that it was jet planes and anti-biotics - mid 50s

Before that motor cars - 1900 or so

Before that railroads - 1830 or so

Now it may be that we are waiting for the next major breakthrough.

Comment: Never is a LONG time... (Score 2) 101

by Bruce66423 (#49474777) Attached to: Fifty Years of Moore's Law
At some point it will cease to make sense to update your computer on a regular basis. I have a 10 year old one that is fine for internet browsing and word processing. I have a friend who still uses Windows 2000 on hers - though her household does have another one. As computers get to be point of being good enough for all but the latest, most processor intense, activities, then the concept of keeping an heirloom one - especially ones designed to be upgradeable - will probably make more and more sense.

Comment: Strong court judgements force change (Score 3, Insightful) 184

Legitimate court rulings that demonstrate real harm as a result of bad software design are a means of achieving change; the alternative is that the providers get to hide behind the claim that they are complying with all the regulations - despite providing a product that doesn't work. Whilst much lawyering is unhelpful, the reality is that SOMETIMES it does enable good things to happen!

+ - Doctors and others reject UK 'Let's protect the children' moral panic->

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 writes: The NSPCC, a large child protection charity in the UK, recently produced a report with the headline claim that 10% of 12-13 year olds reported themselves to be addicted to pornography. This prompted a Conservative Party pledge to block internet access to such material. This article is a letter challenging the moral panic and its scientific basis, going as far as to suggest that greater porn use is correlated with reduced sexual violence!
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