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Comment Re:Or maybe you're not so good at math (Score 1) 512

There are an *exponentially* larger number of ongoing casualties in Syria. Where is the outrage?

You brought it here. You did it because no one, including yourself, cares enough about Syria to actually comment and/or upvote these stories to the front page. This is the case because in Syria it's Muslims killing each other, so you don't feel emotional responses when they get killed. The only reason you feign to care about it is that it might derail the discussion from a topic you don't want to exhamine in too much detail.

Did I miss anything?

Comment Re:It gets worse... (Score 2) 667

The situation is not balanced at all. Unofficial militia shooting down a plane because they don't have access to any ground control is simply more likely. They claimed hitting two military planes before. There is no real justification for the Ukrainian to shoot at anything that flies.

Proofs? I don't have any: unfortunately the main suspects are also the ones in control of the location of all the proofs. And they are preventing any third party from reaching said location. What does this tell us?

Comment Re:It gets worse... (Score 1) 667

Perhaps the best visualization of what the issue is, comes from Vagelis Karmiros who has collated all the recent MH-17 flight paths as tracked by Flightaware and shows that while all ten most recent paths pass safely well south of the Donetsk region, and cross the zone above the Sea of Azov, it was only today's tragic flight that passed straight overhead Donetsk.

What does this change? If it had flown there before it might have been shot before.

Comment Re:Subject bait (Score 2) 379

100+ of the 120+ Gazans killed were Hamas militants, that is about 85% militants-to-civilians rate (US in Iraq: 8-15% militants-to-civilians rate, Russians/Soviets anywhere: 2-5% militants-to-civilians rate) but that is not news.

You have clearly shown that you shouldn't take your 100/120 number seriously. None of those other cases admitted to killing civilians in large percentages either.

Comment Re:The Problem Isn't "Free Speech vs Privacy" (Score 1) 278

The Northern European view is that people change, and that the 60 year old man is not the same person as the 20 year old. People change, and should not be held responsible for views they no longer hold or crimes for which they've served their sentence. There is no "soul", so when the person has changed, the decent thing to do is to forget and not bring it up again. Give people a chance to start over.

Roughly correct, but to be precise, the concept of redemption is more or less present in all Christian beliefs, including Southern Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Americas.

It is arguably a much stronger concept in Catholicism where redemption through deeds has a lesser role than in Protestant churches. Instead the main requirement to be forgiven is simply true repentance.

Most Asian and Eastern Asian religions are fundamentally linked with the idea of redemption especially through penance, most notably the ones that feature the reincarnation cycle. Just to point out that this is not at all an exclusively Christian thing either.

Comment Not even for "normal" matter (Score 1) 135

For normal matter — things like protons, neutrons and electrons — there's a fundamental limit to the number of particles you can fit into a given region of space thanks to the Pauli exclusion principle.

Wrong, unless you assume space is discretized, which might happen around Planck's length, but has never been proven theoretically nor experimentally.

Submission + - Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs 1

Daniel_Stuckey writes: The state of Oklahoma had scheduled two executions for Tuesday, April 29th. This in spite of myriad objections that the drugs being used for both lethal injections had not been tested, and thus could violate the constitutional right to the courts, as well as the 8th Amendment: protection from cruel and unusual punishment. After much legal and political wrangling, the state proceeded with the executions anyway. It soon became clear that the critics' worst case scenarios were coming true—Oklahoma violently botched the first execution. The inmate "blew" a vein and had a heart attack. The state quickly postponed the second one. "After weeks of Oklahoma refusing to disclose basic information about the drugs for tonight's lethal injection procedures, tonight, Clayton Lockett was tortured to death," Madeline Cohen, the attorney of Charles Warner, the second man scheduled for execution, said in a statement. Katie Fretland at The Guardian reported from the scene of the botched attempt to execute Lockett using the untested, unvetted, and therefore potentially unconstitutional lethal injection drugs.

Submission + - Microsoft ordered to release data stored in Ireland to US (

DMiax writes: Microsoft has been ordered by a US court to hand over a customer's emails, even though the data is held on a server in Ireland. The search warrant sought information associated with a customer's email account including the customer's name, credit card details and contents of all messages. The European Commission stated that "this data should not be directly accessed by or transferred to US law enforcement authorities outside formal channels of co-operation" such as specific treaties and "in clearly defined, exceptional and judicially reviewable situations". Microsoft seems to agree but has lost this round in court and is hoping to have the decision reviewed.

Comment Probably a false alarm (Score 2) 146

It's very likely that Nokia tested Android on its phones when it wanted Microsoft to close the deal, this is probably a false alarm born from those prototypes.

It makes no sense at all for MS to release an Android phone, and I doubt Nokia can release it and sell it in numbers before April (aquisition date), so I don't expect it to happen.

If it actually does come out, I see only two explanations. 1) Nokia is trying to scare MS from sealing the deal. 2) it's a thinly veiled attempt at saying "we tried Android but our customers would not want it". Most likely the former.

Whoever let this happen is going to be fired first thing in the new regime, I guess. If MS does not stomp it hard, it would look clueless. Unless MS wants to go Android, which I won't believe until I see it.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker