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Comment: Re:Automated hate? (Score 2) 446

by Pfhorrest (#48215591) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Your analogy is bad (obligatory "and you should feel bad", but not really).

If speech were expressed with paint on canvas, cruel speech would be painting goatse or the like.

Harassment would be following someone around with your painting of goatse. Or any painting of anything they object to. It's the "following them around" part that makes it harassing.

The verbal analogue of throwing paint on someone would be yelling at them through a megaphone set at painfully high volume.

Every instance of speech is also an action and every action is also an instance of speech, and the distinction between a speech-act as speech and a speech-act as action is whether you're talking about the information content (the speech part) or the physical method of delivering that content (the action part).

Throwing paint or blaring painfully loudly through a megaphone are harmful actions, assault and battery in fact, regardless of the color of the paint you throw or the noises you make through the megaphone.

Following someone around and exposing them to images or sounds they don't like is harassment, regardless of the images or sounds; it's the following-them-around part that makes it harassing.

Images or sounds themselves, presented in a way that is not physically harmful to anyone (the way that loud sounds or a face full of paint would be), in a way that anyone can walk away from, are just speech, cannot harm anyone regardless of their content, and thus should not be regulated in any way regardless of their content.

Comment: Re:Another dorky one? (Score 1) 38

The idea that there might be some human tetrachromats has been entirely discredited.

I stand corrected. It appears that while there are plenty of humans with four cones, this has only been identified (in 2012) to lead to enhanced color differentiation in one subject after 20 years of research. The vast majority are "non-functional tetrachromats". So perhaps not entirely discredited, but close enough as makes little difference.

This is separate from the ability for trichromats to distinguish more colors by taking into account both the cones and the rods, which is well-established, though generally limited to the low-light conditions where the rods are more sensitive.

Comment: Re:New Rule in your region! (Score 1) 235

by Pfhorrest (#48207291) Attached to: Favorite clickbait hook?

"23 hot singles waiting to meet up with you in GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT." -- ads seen by astronauts

On a related note, a person I know who lives in a town with a tiny two-digit population once saw an ad like that claiming there were more hot single women in that town looking to meet up with him than there were people in that town total.

Comment: Re:It's not every day you get to... (Score 1) 164

by JesseMcDonald (#48207269) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Daleks aren't machines though... Those are the cybermen.
A Dalek is a living being inside the armor.

The cybermen aren't that different—despite the suppressed emotions, they're not purely mechanical. They have living brains inside their mechanical bodies. The difference is that the cybermen are set on "upgrading" people; they think of it as a service. They consider themselves advanced life-forms and want others to have the same experience. Failure to comprehend the benefits of what they're offering is taken as further evidence that you're in need of an "upgrade". They're constantly looking for ways to incorporate improvements into their design—the ultimate "progressives", in a sense.

The Daleks, on the other hand, are all about "racial purity"; their driving interest is the elimination of any form of life other than their own. They aren't interested in turning anyone into a Dalek. In contrast to the cybermen's drive for constant improvement, the Daleks are striving to restore an idealized version of themselves from their past—the ultimate "conservatives".

And while I'd rather avoid both if possible, if it came to a choice then I'd also prefer to deal with the Daleks. At least they'll acknowledge that they're out to kill you, as opposed to claiming that they're acting for your own good.

Comment: Re:Ignorant arm chair critics + propagandists at F (Score 1) 421

by bussdriver (#48205817) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

BTW, since we are talking about a virus from Africa, why not mention the obvious one:
AIDS. We can delay it for a long long time but we can't cure it yet. 100% death (although it doesn't directly kill you does it??)

At least with this one you get a fever and it doesn't incubate for many years while you spread around your bodily fluids...

Swine flu was weaker but more contagious; it probably will kill more people in the USA. How deadly is not just death odds but how many people can be infected. We have plenty of incurable unsurvivable diseases which thankfully are RARE. On the other side we have the common flu kills plenty of older weaker people every year...

Don't forget about Hepatitis... B has a vaccine but it still kills millions per year... (likely to go up due to anti-vaccination people) C has no cure but is the cause for liver transplants-- it's slow which is why like a quarter billion people have it already.

Comment: Re:Ignorant arm chair critics + propagandists at F (Score 1) 421

by bussdriver (#48205635) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

I hinted to antibiotic immune bacteria when I alluded to how we are creating new diseases with industrialized farming we are not allowed to criticize, regulate, etc (it's even against the law to criticize it, remember Oprah? she only got off on a technicality.) If you are unaware of the problem, I suggest you educate yourself about it. There is not just 1 kind of bacteria and as we continue what we are doing there will be new kinds (because evolution is real and it works.) I knew a nurse at a hospital which routinely found such bacteria and as a result they greatly increased their procedures. I myself was almost killed by a common bacterial infection where some new drug was the only thing we had time to try out... obviously it worked, but conventional drugs did not and luckily they knew this beforehand because I'd be dead by the time we ran thru all of those.

I was infected simply by walking around outside barefoot... not near a factory farm either. No foreigners required.

I should rant about cancer... but I won't other than to say in the USA you have a 50% chance of getting it and we DO NOT KNOW clear cut causes for it! No sick foreigners; simply owning a Chinese made product where they dumped radioactive waste into the plastic vat... (that has happened, but i can't disclose the details.) Or it could be many things which impact industries bottom lines so they'll keep it under FUD for decades just like easier problems like LEAD poisoning, tobacco, global warming etc. Plus you don't beat cancer-- you mitigate it; the numbers are quite bad when it comes to getting it back again... you "win" if you don't get it back in 5 years but the odds for your lifespan are so much worse than the baselines they commonly refer to that you'll probably get it back and die eventually--- unless you mitigate it until something else kills you 1st. (a friend who died last year got a new kind of terminal cancer as a result of the "safe" treatment of the 1st cancer she "beat." That isn't winning, it is mitigation; at best.)

Comment: Re:Ignorance is the biggest problem. (Score 1) 610

by bussdriver (#48205367) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

I was trying to recall that German town which needed approx 50MW more power which was going to result in the building of a coal generator out of town. The size of the thing didn't matter; their demands were leveled off by installing an industrial sized battery as a power station which cut their whole town's demand to 1/10 or 5MW which was going to probably eliminate the construction because they can import that amount of power from the existing grid. It might not stop it; however, it cuts down on demand for the construction of such things and their town illustrates how little actual base load power we actually require.

We should be moving move over a better designed grid -- more like how the internet functions -- instead of investing in more water boilers which have to constant boil water just in case we need it hot at any given moment (but likely during daylight hours... and if solar takes up that then we have a relatively miniscule demand for baseload at night.)

Comment: Re:Give it another decade - the problem will solve (Score 1) 126

by JesseMcDonald (#48205259) Attached to: The Future of Stamps

I cant FedEx *anything* for a dollar.

Of course not. Thanks to the Private Express Statutes, FedEx can't legally deliver ordinary letters unless USPS postage is paid on top of its own delivery rate. The system is deliberately set up such that no one can compete effectively with the USPS.

Comment: It did happen in USA (Score 1) 513

by bussdriver (#48205249) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Short memory? A crazy man stormed the white house.

They were complaining we didn't shoot the man 6 times as soon as he hopped the fence but after the dog had chewed on him a while so then Fox couldn't talk about conspiracies involving the "victim."

The difference here is we have a black democrat president. If it was Bush it would be another situation. If it was the amazingly unpopular congress that does not represent the public, the government would freak out while most the public would be disappointed no congressmen died.

Comment: Re:Another dorky one? (Score 1) 38

Humans are trichromats. We have three types of cone cells in our retinas...

It's not quite that simple. Putting aside the rare few tetrachromats with four kinds of cone cells, there are also the rods, which can sense a broad spectrum of light overlapping the ranges of the cone cells—some more than others. The color isn't going to look quite right if the overall brightness reported by the rods doesn't match the per-component brightnesses reported by the cones.

That said, three well-chosen primary colors can get us most of the way there, perhaps enough so that these minor differences won't matter—unless you happen to be tetrachromatic.

Comment: Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (Score 2) 100

by Luckyo (#48202861) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

It's completely fair to single out OCZ as related to JMicron controller and sandforce controller issues. All of these controllers had a large set of options which could be tuned by manufacturer. OCZ was known for tuning for pure performance, disabling all reliability related functions in controllers whenever it could give them even a little bit of more performance on benchmarks.

As a result they typically crushed others on benchmarks but drives had absolutely atrocious reliability. Business model was apparently to sell as much as possible so that massive warranty claims could be accounted for through growth. This business model failed and they went bankrupt.

Comment: Re:its not a claim, its a fact of life. (Score 1) 547

by JesseMcDonald (#48195565) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

So, you've tried this? ... by compiling one of the "extras" and running it on a system where systemd isn't installed ...?

That isn't what I said. You can run systemd without running all of the other components. I use systemd for init but networkd or firewalld, for example. The reverse may or may not be possible for any particular component within the systemd "brand", and I don't see any problem with that. These programs are add-ons designed to work with systemd. If they happen to work without it as standalone daemons, that's a nice coincidence, but by no means essential. Anyone using sysvinit already had their own cobbled-together shell scripts for managing these things.

Anyway, why would I want to? Systemd works just fine for me as it is. I have no need nor desire to split up the package. Don't fix what isn't broken. (And yes, sysvinit was well and truly broken. Linux was one of the last Unix-based operating systems to cling to it; everyone else had already moved on.)

Comment: Re:its not a claim, its a fact of life. (Score 1) 547

by JesseMcDonald (#48192797) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

I can use ls without having to use info, but I can't use systemd-networkd without using systemd. Conversely, there is no logging system other than systemd-journald that works with systemd. ... In other words, each individual program that makes up the "systemd brand" must all be installed and running or else none of them work.

Having looked over the source for systemd-networkd, I see no particular reason why it couldn't be used outside of systemd provided dbus was up and running. I'll grant that systemd depends on systemd-journald, or at least something implementing the same interface. That's one of the few "hard" dependencies; most of the remaining services (like networkd, hostnamed, localed, and timedated) are optional. I assume you were exaggerating, but just to be clear: it is not necessary to run all of the programs which make up the systemd "brand". With the exception of a few core dependencies like journald, you are free to pick the components you wish to run.

HELP!!!! I'm being held prisoner in /usr/games/lib!