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Comment: Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (Score 1) 667

by Hypotensive (#47507843) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Ukraine's own military might have done it

This seems somewhat improbable considering that their enemy, the separatists, don't have any aircraft.

It's the same situation as you had in Syria where chemical weapons were being deployed by helicopter in barrels. Was it the rebels or the government? Well, considering that the rebels don't have any helicopters...

Comment: Shared space (Score 5, Interesting) 579

by Hypotensive (#47367723) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

A better solution might be to remove the signals altogether. Several European towns have tried shared-space experiments where there are no signals or markings and the pedestrians and vehicle drivers have to actually watch out for each other. In all such experiments so far, traffic fatalities have dropped significantly.

Comment: Re:A minority view? (Score 1) 649

by Hypotensive (#47270079) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

It's not a matter of evolution being true or not. Evolution is simply the scientific theory that explains the phenomena best, so far. There probably isn't any such thing as a universal truth, but it doesn't matter to science.

Creationism not only doesn't explain the phenomena best (since it fails Occam's Razor) but it doesn't follow scientific method and therefore is not a scientific theory. Therefore it cannot be taught as science, QED.

Also, there are lots of religious people that don't believe God created life, even Christians for whom the creation myth is a metaphor.

Comment: "Google" not outside UK (Score 1) 104

by Hypotensive (#47260961) Attached to: Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

However the Google pages that get returned by all UK ISPs are in the UK, because those ISPs use DNS hijacking to return their own servers' IP addresses (with a nice Google skin) whenever UK citizens ask for Google, and those servers are in the UK.

As to why they do it, something to do with complying with UK censorship legislation.

Comment: Re:Oi. The stupid. It hurts... (Score 1) 216

by Hypotensive (#47173391) Attached to: Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

The killing people with a car touches a nerve.

In the UK you can just run over a pedestrian and kill them and it's treated much more leniently than armed robbery even if you killed nobody.

Now you'll get life imprisonment for hacking GreedCo's computer and showing that they paid the CEO more in a day than all the lowest ranked employees put together earned in a year.

Actual humans? Meh. But some fat cat's profits? They must be protected at all costs.

Comment: Re:Ethiopian Calendar (Score 1) 209

This is basically what the ancient Germanic peoples had as well, at least as recently as the Anglo-Saxons. Tolkien used it as the basis for his Elvish calendar.

12 months of 30 days each, 2 extra days for midwinter (Yule) and three or four extra days at midsummer (Litha).

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