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Comment: Re:Should be more common (Score 1) 413

All too often we assume that dealing with trolls is like pissing in the wind but a few crushing responses now and then (being made "famous" and getting fired) is a start.

Yes, exactly: you feel better for a while but risk getting made an example of for some minor (to you) crime someone happens to be crusading against.

It's not that dealing with trolls is futile, it's just that the unintended side effects of any effective response tend to be far too negative.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 413

Actions have consequences. [...] He's not responsible for what people do with the information. [...] If you can't handle the consequences or potential consequences of your actions, THEN DON'T FUCKING DO THEM.

So which one is it? Are people responsible for the (predictable) consequences of their actions, or are they not?

Comment: Re:Are we looking through the center... (Score 1) 148

by ultranova (#49173069) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

We don't know that the speed of light was always as it is now.

For speed of light to vary, either photons must have mass (so they don't need to move at c anymore), or the constant of nature c would need to vary over spaceitme. Either of these would have massive effects on pretty much everything: photons mediate electromagnetic force, which not only underlays all of chemistry, but combines with strong interaction to define stable elements and how much energy nuclear reactions release, while c defines the very structure of causality itself.

So frankly, in this case "it's an alien movie" is a more likely explanation.

Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 1) 116

by ultranova (#49172811) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

Latency and bandwidth are distinct measurements.

But they aren't independent. A device that has high bandwidth and high latency must be massively parallel (since for a sequential device bandwidth is simply inverse of latency) and have massive internal buffers to hold all the data being processed. That seems pretty unlikely for implementing such a simple algorithm, unless of course the implementation is purposefully broken.

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