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Comment: Re:Reads like a "Modest Proposal" to me (Score 1) 208

by Cederic (#47579779) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

The reasoning is both fallacious and just plain wrong.
Allowing anonymity does NOT make criminal behaviour impossible to detect, either the act of criminality or necessarily the individual responsible.
Even if you can't detect the individual the fact that the criminality has occurred can still be detected and addressed.

If I steal a gun, shoot someone with it and run off without being identified, I've still committed a crime. Even if the police can't identify or find me they can provide redress to my victim and assure that the person from whom I stole the gun better secures it in the future. Actions to reduce crime can be taken despite the anonymity.

So no, the reasoning is very flawed and the question of whether to remove anonymity or the classification of actions as 'crime' doesn't even need to arise.

Comment: Re:Van Braun built weapons for Nazis (Score 2) 83

by radtea (#47579763) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Then he came to the USA, and played the same con on Congress to fund his continued work here.

So in your view von Braun was an amoral, self-agrandizing liar who was willing to actively engage in the selection of slave labour working in death camps to build rockets that killed thousands of strangers just so he could play with cool toys? Because that's what you're describing.

I say "self-agrandizing" because everything that von Braun wanted to do would have been done without him, without the 12000 dead slave labourers, without the 9000 dead British civilians.

I've had some pretty extreme scientific and technical ambitions in my time, but have somehow been able to realize many of them without killing people, and have given up the rest because: killing people. So I'm willing to pass judgment on von Braun in this respect: if he faced a choice between following his dreams and not killing people I'd have to say the latter is the far better choice.

Comment: Re:Legitimate concerns (Score 1) 208

by Cederic (#47579741) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

The little problem of the holocaust being a well documented, well evidenced and very real persecution of millions of people does seem to make you look like an idiot.

But even racist idiots should be allowed to express their views - not least so that other people can educate them about their bigotry, their stupidity and how amused we are by them.

I guess you're next going to tell us that tens of millions of people didn't die in the Gulags. Which racial group would you like to blame for that one?

+ - Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' to Treat Drug Addiction

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "To help people overcome drug addiction, researchers at the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work are building hyper-realistic virtual worlds to recreate situations that trigger cravings for nicotine, alcohol, weed, and now, hard drugs like heroin.
Traditional relapse therapy usually involves roleplaying: Therapists often pretend to be a friend or some other familiar person and offer the patient their drug of choice in order to teach them avoidance strategies. By strapping patients into a virtual reality headset and running them through a familiar scenario where they commonly use the drug, like a party, the treatment can be much more realistic and effective, researchers say."

Comment: Re:Doesn't surprise me (Score 1) 74

by The Snowman (#47579339) Attached to: Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

And when it was rumored that Chrysler was introducing another brand in the early 2010s, we "knew" that Plymouth was coming back. It didn't. RAM was split from Dodge instead.

Wow, news to me. Seriously, I am not being sarcastic. I just went to dodge.com and RAM Truck was an option: but it took me to a different site with a warning that I was leaving dodge.com. I was not aware of this until this evening.

+ - Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Nintendo posted its third loss in four quarters on Wednesday. Even though Mario Kart 8, its big first-party game released in May, shipped more than 2.82 million copies by the end of June, the Mario-themed racing game was not enough to help Nintendo’s struggling Wii U console perform in this particular quarter. The company said it lost $97 million between March and June. Nintendo shipped 510,000 units of the Wii U in the June quarter, bringing the total to 6.68 million consoles sold — it’s a big jump from the 160,000 units it sold in the same quarter a year ago and a small improvement over the 310,000 units it sold in the March quarter. Still, the Wii U is still lagging behind the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo must also contend with mobile games available on Apple and Google’s app stores, which cost but a fraction of a Nintendo game."
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Comment: Re:And no one will go to jail - just like bankers! (Score 1) 221

by Tom (#47578883) Attached to: CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

in fact, given the increased US involvement and the general unrest in the Middle East it probably pushed back their goals somewhat

Really? You've heard about this caliphate they are creating in what used to be Iraq before the US tore it to pieces?

If anything, I'd say 9/11 was a win/win for those involved.

Comment: Re:Not in visable uses... (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by mcrbids (#47578853) Attached to: HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

The most bad-ass server I've ever had the pleasure of working with was a Digital VAX 11/750 generations ago. It was *built* to be reliable from the very first rivet.

Oh sure, my pocket phone has far more power, memory, and storage. Despite the ample square footage of my "McMansion" house, It would not have fit in my kitchen. It ate power like global warming really was a myth. But as a server, it was in its own class.

It would automatically detect memory that was failing and rebuild from memory (like ECC) but then would remap that address so it would no longer be used.

You could upgrade its CPUs one at a time without shutting it down.

It was like a hoover with data, versioning files was intrinsic to how the O/S worked.

One time, the A/C in the computer room went out. It mapped *everything* in RAM to disk as the temperature rose and the chips became unreliable. We literally pulled the plug on it because it was completely unresponsive, as all operations were working directly off HDD. When the A/C was fixed and it was powered up late that night, it spooled all of RAM out of the HDD swap, and everybody's workstation resumed exactly where they had left off that afternoon - we couldn't find any data loss at all.

I will forever bow in deference to the greatest server I have ever had the pleasure of working on. How HP managed to acquire such a legacy and turn its back... part of me cries inside.

Comment: Re:No one calling for resignations (Score 1) 221

by Tom (#47578841) Attached to: CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

Sad as it is, you're not far from the truth. Sharks hate and love each other in equal parts, and when they find out someone under them fooled them, they do understand he's too dangerous to be there. But firing him can be dangerous, too - if he can fool you, who knows what else he's capable of? Making him an ally (temporarily, of course, there's no such thing as friendship among predators) is the wisest course of action.

That, in a nutshell, is why the biggest assholes get promoted instead of fired - because the ones making those decisions are the exact same kind of human trash.

+ - Was America's #1 Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI thought so.

Submitted by IMissAlexChilton
IMissAlexChilton (3748631) writes "Frank Malina masterfully led the World War II effort to build U.S. rockets for jet-assisted takeoff and guided missiles. As described in IEEE Spectrum, Malina’s motley crew of engineers and enthusiasts (including occultist Jack Parsons) founded the Jet Propulsion Lab and made critical breakthroughs in solid fuels, hypergolics, and high-altitude sounding rockets, laying the groundwork for NASA’s future successes. And yet, under suspicion by the Feds at the war’s end, Malina gave up his research career, and his team’s efforts sank into obscurity. Taking his place: the former Nazi Wernher von Braun. Read “Frank Malina: America’s Forgotten Rocketeer”. Includes cool vintage footage of early JPL rocket tests. Disclosure: I am a staff editor with IEEE Spectrum."

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