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Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 462

A spokesperson for the ACB told me today that publications which contain offensive depictions or descriptions of persons who are or appear to be persons under the age of 18 (whether they are engaged in sexual activity or not) must be classified RC. They said the Board classifies publications on a case by case basis, in accordance with the Guidelines for the Classification of Publications, the Code and the Classification Act and that the Publications Guidelines do not specify breast size.

Rather than "debunking" anything, this quote reflects a situation that's even worse. If the model "appears to be" under 18, that's apparently enough to impose prior restraint. A standard based on bra size could at least be enforced objectively, but how do you appeal a decision of an unelected, unaccountable censorship board on no grounds other than "She looks 18 to me?"

Comment Re:probably, detects superheterodyne stage (Score 1) 42

All you need to do is use a conversion scheme that isn't the same as those used by common radar detectors.

For instance, it might be common in the detector industry to use a first IF at 7 GHz. This could be convenient because the same 17 GHz LO would be useful for both 24 GHz K band and 10 GHz X band reception. I have no idea if that's what the manufacturers actually do, but if they do, then the "detector detectors" might work by listening for leakage at 17 GHz. Put your first LO in a different part of the microwave spectrum and they will have no way to detect it.

(Better still, vote for politicians who will implement reasonable speed limits and other traffic laws, rather than treating drivers as rolling cash machines.)

Comment Re:When the fuck will Mozilla wake up?! (Score 1) 134

Yet if you ask the decision makers at Mozilla, they will probably tell you that most of the UI changes have been made using data from A/B tests, UI usage data (ie. UI hotspots). Is their methodology wrong?

Not at all, if your goal is to appeal to the lowest-common denominator of user. You'd better get it right, though, because at that point, you're playing Microsoft's game.

Comment Re:"Redneck" is a racial slur. (Score 1) 546

Yeah, and in real life there will always be some nutcases. It's human nature and its unavoidable. Knowing this, how do you defend a society handing guns to these nutcases?

Easy: with a history book. If you want to be safe, take the guns away from your police, government, and military first. Then take them away from the "nutcases."

Comment Re:When the fuck will Mozilla wake up?! (Score 3, Insightful) 134

The saddest thing about all of this is that it's something that Mozilla has done to itself! It wasn't Microsoft, or Google, or Apple, or Opera, or anyone else who destroyed Firefox. It was Mozilla, and Mozilla alone! Even Firefox's users can't be blamed, because they did what they could and protested each and every awful change that Mozilla has forced. It's all so goddamn unnecessary!

Good rant, and pretty much spot on target.

Apparently, they haven't even fixed issues as annoying as this, after almost five years. There are always plenty of resources at Mozilla to move controls around and break the UI, but when it comes to performance and real-world usability, well, that stuff isn't as much fun to work on, I guess.

(Hint: for those who are annoyed by FireFox's habit of hitching and pausing every 10 seconds or so, that liink to is well worth a click. It seems to have fixed the problem for me.)

Comment Re:"Redneck" is a racial slur. (Score 4, Insightful) 546

WTF, really?

Remember, it's not genocide if it's the enemy. The progressives have been very clear about trying to destroy the roots and symbols of rural culture in America. Religion and Guns? Clearly must be suppressed.

I'm strongly opposed to gun control, but the arguments made by the other side are not without merit. A few gun owners have made their hobby/obsession a problem for the rest of us. Decent gun owners would be better served by reminding the rest of the population that they're not all a bunch of nutcases. Are you sure you're helping?

Same for the "religion" half of your argument. Keep your guns out of my face and your religion as well, and we'll get along juuuuust fine.

Deep family ties? Must financially punish marriage.

Yeah, for definitions of "financially punish" that include "Stop subsidizing specific peoples' personal relationships at everyone else's expense." I'm all for that.

Economy? The war on tobacco continues to destroy cash crops

Of course, tens of thousands of cases of heart disease and cancer don't have any economic consequences at all, am I right?

the war on coal decimating employment

I'm not a global-warrming alarmist but you don't have to be one to recognize that digging up coal and burning it is a stupid, inefficient, wasteful, and generally harmful way to generate power. The sooner we get away from coal the better off we'll all be, and that includes the rural areas.

and turning the education system into a proxy for the propaganda war has destroyed the education system there.

Yeah, when we took Jeebus out of the classroom and started teaching evolution, I guess that's when things really started to go to hell, huh?

This is exactly why sane people are starting to gang up against religion. Don't want a "propaganda war?" Don't start one.

Comment Re:Science is Settled (Score 2) 319

Gravity is a wonderful example of the phenomenon at work here. Dark matter is an "inconvenient truth" in the astrophysics community, a fudge factor that keeps getting put into the equations, then taken out, then put back in again as newer and better observations are made.

Right now, the climate scientists have their own dark matter to deal with, which is the inconvenient refusal of the atmosphere and oceans to undergo consistent, predictable warming in defiance of our best numerical models. The answers to both conundrums will have one thing in common: neither of them will involve a "consensus of 99% of scientists" or any other sort of democratic process. Instead, they will emerge, unavoidably, from a hard-won understanding of the underlying physical mechanisms.... an understanding that we clearly don't have yet, in either astrophysics or climatology.

Soooo.... let's get the models right before we rewire our economy around them, okay?

Comment Re:Saw it last night in 3D (Score 1) 242

I'd have had them exploring a cave at the beginning of the novel. Watney's in the lead, and he falls into a crevasse. They're all roped together, but for some reason the rope failed to hold.

Watney is more or less uninjured, and only about 15 feet down. The rest of the astronauts could rescue him, but only if they go back to the ascent vehicle for the necessary climbing supplies. If they do that, they'll miss the launch window and will all be stranded.

Now that would be a hard scene to write, and even more disturbing to read, but it would kick things off with some interesting dark drama and interpersonal dynamics. Especially when Watney realizes that somebody cut his rope...

Comment Re: Sure you will. (Score 4, Interesting) 217

Bullshit. No OS is "well made" enough that it will never need security updates. Not Windows, not MacOS, not Linux, not *BSD.

This is why it's really, really important for OS providers to maintain a trustworthy update service. If they use it for advertising purposes, or sell it out to various government agencies, or allow incompetent personnel to push "test" updates to the entire planet, it's no longer trustworthy. That means their OS itself is no longer trustworthy, if in fact it ever was.

Nobody at Microsoft seems to have the first clue how important Windows Update actually is, and how important it is not to screw with it. Windows Update is Windows, not just in a de-facto sense but as a vital corporate strategy. It's time they started acting like it.

It is your destiny. - Darth Vader