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Comment: Re:Nature of tort reform (Score 1) 459

by JustNiz (#47758163) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

>> And if people drink too much then others can get hurt, and if people smoke too much then people can get hurt, and if people go down to the track and go auto racing then people can get hurt, and if people go skiing then people can get hurt, etc, etc, etc.

With the possible exception of very excessive drinking (which is basically just another form of drug abuse), none of those things cause the sort of damage to a family that having a hard drug user in your family does. Trust me on this, I've experienced it first hand.

The fact that drinking is already legal yet alcoholism is still a large problem in society should already show you that the legalisation of a drug isn't a magic bullet to make all the societal problems associated with it suddenly go away.

Comment: Obvious solution (Score 1) 190

by JustNiz (#47748233) Attached to: Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

>> they mostly seem to concern compatibility with

This a problem of their own making, as a direct result of doing an incomplete rollout.

Why are they even continuing to use or even allow Microsoft-proprietary formats in the first place?

The could easily require that anyone submitting documents to them use ODF (or basically any open standard other than Microsoft).

Comment: Re:Here's an idea! (Score 1) 583

by JustNiz (#47748113) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

>> How about the complete fucks who make Rohypnol

You do realise that Rohypnol is made by drug companies, is widely used pre-surgery and helps millions of people that suffer with convulsions and insomnia right?

What about those complete fucks that make rope? do you know how many people get tied up against their will or even strangled to death by rope?

Comment: Re:So... what does that mean? (Score 1) 441

by JustNiz (#47747881) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

I have interviewed many new grads, and its clear to me that what the American universities are now turning out is a bunch of hyper-specialized grads that only know literally one subject. Because their education is so narrowly focussed they are at least equal to those from non-US universities in that narrow area, but not even slightly as well-rounded otherwise.

I prefer the idea that my university in the UK had, They made a point of explicitly NOT training you for employment, but for a better life. They taught you how to think, not how to memorize 3 key text books and a bunch of jargon.

So what my Uni at least produced was much more rounded people that are much more prepared and continuously adaptable to new challenges even outside their chosen field.

I suppose my question really is: Is getting into some interview room really now the ONLY goal to spending 3 or 4 years or more at university at least in the US? If so that's very sad.

Comment: Re:Nature of tort reform (Score 1) 459

by JustNiz (#47731849) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

>> The drug machine is caused by government prohibition.


>> No innocent people would be hurt if the government stayed out of these personal decisions.

Strongly disagreed. I think you're assuming that people live as islands. Others (family, friends etc) actually do get hurt and face real burdens when people they already care about get hooked on hard drugs.

I for one don't want to live in a society where drugs/drug users are even more pervasive than they already are. I'm not at all sure that legalizing all drugs would be the end to the societal drug problems as most drug users conveniently claim it would be.

Comment: Re:Nature of tort reform (Score 1) 459

by JustNiz (#47731763) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Its not circular reasoning at all. I am not disagreeing that if the law was different then my point would be different. I also agree that it is not appropriate for the government to be legislating "morality". i.e. We should not be persecuted for doing WTF we want with our own bodies, as long as it doesnt hurt anyone else.

However given that US drug law and therefore situation apparently aren't about to change anytime soon, I stand by what I said:
Buying drugs IS keeping an evil drug machine going that DOES hurt innocent people.

Comment: Re:Farce (Score 1) 375

by JustNiz (#47729877) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

You're right I don't think Iran is a real threat, but I think that if ISIS/ISIL/IS ever somehow got their hands on a nuke, or even just some enriched uranium they would soon try to use it on the west at least as a dirty bomb. ...and meanwhile Putin is trying to move Russia back to the Cold War era politics too.

Consequently IMHO its probably good to keep a deterrent around at least for now, not that the UK ones represent much on a global scale.

Comment: Re:So... what does that mean? (Score 3, Interesting) 441

by JustNiz (#47729561) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

>> Well, that must then mean that schools abroad are better than schools in the US

I am a Brit now living in the US, and have a young son. Honestly my own (fairly average) school education in England makes that provided to him by public schools in the US look _very_ poor and low quality by comparison.

I'm sure you made your comment with some degree of self-evident sarcasm intended, but based on what I have seen first-hand I'd be very surprised if there actually isn't a lot of truth in it, especially in comparison to many EU countries.

Comment: The software is clearly very basic (Score 1) 74

>> In particular, the algorithm points out that Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton's Barber Shop painted in 1950 is remarkably similar to Frederic Bazille's Studio 9 Rue de la Condamine painted 80 years before.

Not at all. Apart from both being of (different sized) rooms painted from an approximately similar angle, there really is nothing else that is the same about the two paintings. It would appear that the computer is keying only off of very large features such as a general observation that a large lightsource of a simliar size and location is in both (but in one painting its half a window which is really a secondary subject, and in the other, a doorway to a room with a light in that is the primary subject). If the computer can only make decisions based on such broad generalisations, it really is pretty much useless.

Comment: People aren't open-minded enough for this to work (Score 1) 381

by JustNiz (#47696587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

That idea won't be effective at all. All that this will do is become another forum for sanitized mediocre groupthink.

The problem is that on most public websites, someone genuinely posting a polite, well-reasoned yet strongly contrary viewpoint will often still get marked as flamebait or trolling just because there are apparently a surprisingly high percentage of closed-minded people that just can't abide even the existence of any viewpoint that is much different from theirs, or the social norm.

You don't even need to leave this site to find plenty of great examples of that effect in action.

If you give those people even more power, they would just delete everything that doesn't fit their wold view, so the only thing left on the website would quickly become just all the uncontroversial politically correct unintelligent mush.

In specifications, Murphy's Law supersedes Ohm's.