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Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 297

Without the force of Churchill's personality, it's likely that the government would have been swayed by Lord Halifax into making some kind of settlement with Hitler.

In that case, the other things wouldn't have had the chance to happen.

Maybe the US would still have got the A-bomb. But with only one front to fight on it's possible the Germans would too.


Canadian Town Outlaws Online Insults To Police and Officials 59

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-canadians-are-so-rude dept.
Pig Hogger writes: The Canadian town of Granby, Québec, just strengthened its municipal bylaw that prohibits insulting police officers and town officials by extending its "jurisdiction" to online postings. Fines range from $100 to $1,000. The town's mayor said, "In my opinion, if I threaten you via my keyboard, it's as though I am making that threat right in front of you. For me, it's the same thing." Critics worry about the implications for freedom of speech, and wonder why police and officials should get protection an average citizen does not.

French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law 117

Posted by Soulskill
from the privacy-surrenders dept.
Taco Cowboy writes: Thanks to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and other instances of terrorism, the French legislature has voted 438 to 86 in favor of the "Intelligence Service Bill," essentially a French version of the Patriot Act. It awards the French intelligence services sweeping powers to tap and intercept any kind of digital correspondence, including phone conversations, emails, and social media.

The bill decrees that hosting providers and Internet service providers in France must be equipped with a "black box" that can retain all digital communications from customers. "The new law would create a 13-member National Commission to Control Intelligence Techniques, which would be made up of six magistrates from the Council of State and the Court of Appeals, three representatives of the National Assembly, three senators from the upper house of Parliament and a technical expert. ... The only judicial oversight is a provision that allows the commission to lodge a complaint with the Council of State, but lawyers are doubtful that it could be convened on a routine basis." We previously discussed news that ISPs may leave France in protest if the bill was passed. Now we'll know shortly if those ISPs will live up to their word.

The World's Most Wasteful Megacity 106

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-new-york dept.
merbs writes: The world's most wasteful megacity is a densely populated, steadily aging, consumerist utopia where we buy, and throw away, a staggering amount of stuff (abstract). Where some faucet, toilet, or pipe, is constantly leaking in our apartments. Where an armada of commerce-beckoning lights are always on. Where a fleet of gas-guzzling cars still clog the roadways. I, along with my twenty million or so neighbors, help New York City use more energy, suck down more water, and spew out more solid waste than any other mega-metropolitan area.

Comment: Re:Depends how you evaluate the curve (Score 1) 398

by Hognoxious (#49624197) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Assuming that nobody is born able to program, play music or do any other artificial skill, then people must travelling from the left arm to the right one as they pick up experience.

So why is the "bridge" so low? There must be people on that part of the curve to top up the elites as they retire, die, join communes in Vermont etc. Do they pass through it very fast? I don't see a plausible case for that. It's not like there's one or two magic things you need to grok and voila, you're Dennis Ritchie.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen