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Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 3, Informative) 412

by Kirth (#48875335) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

None. When science hasn't fully resolved a question based on the evidence, none of the competing theories should be used as a basis for public policy.

Bogus. Science is not about "fully resolving" but about "models that work". Yes you could back the "wrong" scientifc theory when making policy, but in most cases they will differ only in corner cases. And even better, you can choose a response that addresses the problem, no matter which theory is correct. Even if global warming today was mainly caused by volcanoes, would it make sense to pump out even more CO2?

However, if there's a debate like there is in the US with climate change, with opinions 180 degrees the opposite, you can be sure that one side is only spouting complete bollocks and propaganda. Especially when you notice that one side has most of the scientists on its side, and the other mostly politicians.

Comment: Re:Ha ha ha (Score 1) 129

by Kirth (#48727405) Attached to: Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

> It's arrogant as hell for Google to decide that 90 days is long enough, thank you.

Totally ridiculous. I've witnessed the "responsible disclosure" discussions a few years back, and even then, 4 weeks was considered generous. I'd say it's totally egotist of you to expect google to keep even quiet for more than 30 days.

I'd given them two weeks and gone out with it. And there's some researchers with a lot more clout than me, who would have given them exactly ZERO days:

Comment: Re:It all comes down to the OGL (Score 1) 203

by Kirth (#47710361) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

... which is a trademark license anyway.

There is no copyright possible on game mechanics, so you can pretty much write your own completely D&D compatible game, with the rules taken straight from D&D (but rephrased, of course, because the actual phrases are copyrighted). As long as you don't advertise this with trademarked terms, you're fine, you don't need the OGL.

But anyway. Who in his right mind would want to use this complicated mess as a base for his own game, when there is a system from 1978 that is much, much more elegant, named BRP?

Comment: Secret services exacerbating the problem (Score 1) 205

by Kirth (#47322979) Attached to: The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

Of course, if some morons decide instead of to fix problems to try to exploit them -- and to create a market for them, the problem sure is to grow even more.

"Yes, this car may be tipping over very easily, but we might need this to assassinate some foreign dignitaries, so we don't hell the manufacturer".

Comment: Re:War of government against people? (Score 1) 875

by Kirth (#47221075) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Sadly, most crime statistics don't differ between "hand gun" and "rifle" or somesuch. Because that would change the statistics extremely, with "hand gun" ownership being rather low in most countries other than the US, even those which otherwise have a very high gun proliferation.

If you're counting in the "technically government owned firearms", my country (Switzerland) is probably number two, but these are mostly rifles, and most other privately held firearms also are rifles. Depending on the type of rifle, you can get them without any permit. But you usually can't get more modern than single-shot muzzle-loading hand guns without a specific license. And you need another license for carrying them.

Also, the statistics probably lack murder-by-police ("We mistook his cellphone for a gun"), and I'm pretty sure the US is very high up in that department as well..

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer