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Comment: Re:Implying Canada isn't an accomplice (Score 1) 184

by LienRag (#45919383) Attached to: Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US
I thought that even if the Metis wars were harsh, Native repression never amounted to genocide in Canada?
Doesn't this make a big difference in the resulting culture, both popular and governmental?
Especially if you take into account Girard's work about the anthropological implications of murder...

Comment: Re:The books thing seems a bit harsh. (Score 1) 127

by LienRag (#45919089) Attached to: Pirate Bay Founder's Custody Extended to February 5th
I can't be sure since I don't know Sweden that much, but if the Swede protestant mentality is any close to Swiss protestant mentality, the core of judicial anger against him is probably simply that Warg refused to submit to their authority, and this is something said authorities can't understand and consider needs to be punished.

In Swiss they kept a petty thief (from a warmer country, so with different sociological principles) for decades (until they let him burn in a fire in his cell) basically because he kept asking to be released when his term had ended.

Comment: Re:Assuming Your Time is Worthless (Score 1) 122

by LienRag (#45876025) Attached to: Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?
The correspondance boom you're referring to may have faded, but correspondance courses are still around and very useful for who has time (and the right skills) to devote to them.
MOOCs are not a magic ticket to universal academic success, but they are at least highly improved correspondance courses.

Comment: Re:Eventually people will look up... (Score 1) 894

Unfortunately after 10 years they've realized that secret prisons are really messy from a human rights perspective so they've decided to use summary executions instead which is why they killed an unarmed Bin Laden at point blank range.

They claim to have killed an unarmed Bin Laden at point blank range.
Ever saw the movie The Siege? Which, by the way, was shot a few years before 9/11...

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 796

by LienRag (#45847835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?
Actually, no.
Karl Marx was a philosophe, and considered that he needed to understand economy to further his philosophical goals of emancipation.
Anyway, the communist manifesto is highly dated; The Capital is obviously a book of his time, but being observational and analytical rather than programmatic, it is an excellent description of the industrial revolution.

Comment: Re:Cry me a river: try 56K (Score 1) 277

by LienRag (#45766119) Attached to: Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL
This is what I came for when I've read low-speed...
I have a better bandwith here than your 56k modem, but not that much (usually around 20 ko/s).

The technical solutions on your link are interesting, but a bit more extreme that what I would need.
Actually, I'm particularly interested in understanding what's non-optimal in bandwith allowance and usage (both from the tower to my computer, and inside my computer, between applications).
There are some behaviours (pages refusing to load at random times) that show that the problem is not only poor bandwith, but bad usage of it too.

Comment: Background (Score 1) 153

by LienRag (#45762819) Attached to: How Asimov's Three Laws Ran Out of Steam
Asimow was a jew.
Jewish intellectuals have a sense of community and an ethic of responsability*, and so loyalty towards humanity and the general good trumps loyalty to the state or the corporation.
So Asimov imagined a future where engineers would have an ethic of responsability and some sort of loyalty towards humanity.
That's the reason for the Three Laws being unrelevant to the actual world.

(*) Non-zionist ones at least.

Comment: Re:Political theater (Score 1) 439

by LienRag (#45748811) Attached to: US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
What seems to be the situation is that for ten years, the Brazil government did not want to buy american jets, but had not enough power to say a definitive "no" to such a "caring friend" as the American government.
Now the Snowden scandal gives Rousseff a good reason to go for the better plane without risking too much of political backlash from both US governement and Boing and US Army friends in Brazil.

Comment: Re:ONE movie? (Score 1) 366

It seems that the real problem is that allowing people to share creation freely would end in people actually choosing what they want to watch and read.
Which would mean that Big Entertainment would not anymore being able to force-feed product-placement crap through false choice like "Ow my balls!" on Channel 1 and "Ouch my thingies!" on Channel 2.
Which would be not only the end of Big Entertainement, but the end too of consumer-driven capitalism, which works well towards an idiocracy-like utopia only because the consumers are advertisement-driven.

If you don't control anymore what the people watch and read, you lose control both of what people think and of what they buy (they might even think before buying - oh the humanity!), so it's the end of civilisation as we know it.

Comment: Re:Back up... (Score 1) 509

by LienRag (#45709455) Attached to: NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata
There's an interesting explanation at the end of Dennis Lehane's "Sacred": basically, because you could not live on what you actually produce, so you have to steal your income from other people and other countries.
Stealing from poor people on a long-term basis cannot be established without submitting them to a reign of terror, so you end living in fear of them retaliating somehow.

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