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Comment: Re:This is a Canadian story, but (Score 2) 297

by Maow (#49007499) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

You cite the words of a judge

Of course, who else is better suited to demolishing your bullshit allegation of Mann filing suit over "mocking the hockey-stick curve"?

not a scientist, a person more used to evaluating arguments among celebrities than deciding the value of opposing scientific hypotheses.

Shifting the goal posts after an own-goal isn't going to help you.

Scientists accuse each other of manipulating data all the time,

[Citation Needed]

Challenging interpretation of data, methodology, etc. is not the same as allegations of fraud. Anyone with a basic understanding of either science or ethics is aware of this. You seem to lack either.

This is traditionally handled by applying the scientific method to marshal facts and test contending hypotheses. If Mann is confident of having science on his side, why should he be afraid of a lowly editorialist?

He's suing over allegations of fraud. He's done the science, it's been reviewed and corroborated, but the fraud allegations continue. Filing suit is only logical.

And yes, I'm proudly neutral on all scientific questions, meaning that the scientific method, not my political opinions, is the fitting arbiter of truth in this area.

And yet I doubt you pollute cosmology articles with comments about how you're "neutral on the size of the galaxy, age of the sun, properties of the Standard Model", etc.

You people have chosen to contaminate climate research with your political bullying.

You're confused - I'm not a denialist, so it's not "my people" doing that.

Now that this no longer seems to be working, you're rollling in the lawyers. Good luck with that.

The denialist side is finding it untenable to challenge the science and is now attacking the scientists. Good luck with that.

It might work for Mann too.:

Justice Emily Burke ordered the National Post, Fisher, Terence Corcoran, Peter Foster, and Kevin Libin to pay Weaver $50,000 after finding that the defamation was "serious" and that the "factual foundation to the four articles was distorted or false".

"It offended Dr. Weaver’s character and the defendants refused to publish a retraction," Burke wrote in her ruling. "The libel was widely published by at least one high profile journalist and two others."

Comment: Re:This is a Canadian story, but (Score 4, Informative) 297

by Maow (#49006889) Attached to: Canadian Climate Scientist Wins Defamation Suit Against National Post

Michael Mann has sued columnist Mark Steyn for mocking the hockey-stick curve.

Wrong. If that were the case, the judge wouldn't have said the following when denying Steyn's motion to dismiss:

Accusing a scientist of conducting his research fraudulently, manipulating his data to achieve a predetermined or political outcome, or purposefully distorting the scientific truth are factual allegations. They go to the heart of scientific integrity. They can be proven true or false. If false, they are defamatory. If made with actual malice, they are actionable.

For the record, I'm neutral on climate. I trust the scientific method to come up with the truth.

What do you think they've been working on for the past decade and a half (or longer)?

Are you also neutral on quantum mechanics? Gravity? Germ theory? Tell us, oh wise one, what other fields of science do you feel neutral about?

Comment: Re:Even Fox gets it right sometimes (Score 1) 645

by Maow (#49000767) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

To me, Fox got it right this time. They put the video up, with big graphic disclaimers of how barbaric it is. Nobody was ever forced to click on it, you don't have to watch it if you don't want to.

That said, Fox posted this likely for no reason other than to draw eyes - and with them, hopefully money - to their website. So much like Ron Paul, Fox News is most often wrong but on rare occasions right for the wrong reasons.

Did Fox News host videos of Americans (or any other Westerners) being beheaded by ISIS?

If not, then why is this different? I suppose because it would draw eyes - and condemnation instead of money.

But I find it hypocritical of them to show the Jordanian's death and not any American's barbaric death when videos of both have been released publicly.

Comment: Re:The crime happened to an Indian in India. (Score 1) 277

by Maow (#48945449) Attached to: Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

What standing does she have to sue in the US?

There's probably something in the Terms of Use that the only jurisdiction that would be honoured is that of California.

When I purchase from, inside Canada, paid with Canadian dollars, shipment 100% inside Canada, I have to agree to a stipulation that disputes (I forget the details) are to be resolved according to the laws of California, where I assume NewEgg is incorporated.

Yet I don't even have a valid passport to go there should I wish to litigate over some issue.

TL;DR version: Uber's rules say so.

Comment: Re:And why are you telling us? (Score 2) 181

by Maow (#48850953) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

from personal experiance(US Army), the US goverment's technical capabilities generally lag far behind their ability to bullshit, which of course is their greatest asset.

The US Government most likely has third rate hackers,

Whats left are political lackies, the government can dress these people up as "the best experts in the world", and we'll all believe it, but their actual skills lack.

If you believe that the US government, in the form of the NSA, is composed of 3rd-rate hackers, you haven't been paying attention at all to the Snowden revelations.

Comment: Re:You don't say !! (Score 1) 324

by Maow (#48808685) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Whatever happened to the great days of shareware?

The people making 'shareware' realized they had rent to pay and kids to feed.

I don't entirely disagree, but it seems that the authors of shareware (or those in that spirit today) have switched to open source model (or mobile apps now).

It's the purveyors of software are the ones making the money here, not the authors.

I don't think Mozilla, for example, makes anything from downloads of Firefox via CNet or SourceForge.

Comment: Re: NDP (Score 2) 73

by Maow (#48797279) Attached to: Canada's Copyright Notice Fiasco: Why the Government Bears Responsibility

From what I've heard from peers, Jack Layton lost because of rumours floating about regarding his health.

I, for one, hadn't heard the rumours, so I don't think they held many people back from voting for him.

While I'm sure his right hand man would have done well, that unknown scared a lot of people and they decided to jump on the Harper train.

I cannot believe anyone was thinking of voting Layton but switched to Harper for any reason, never mind Layton's health. They were so diametrically opposed in style and substance, after all.

I personally am of the mind that no matter which way you vote, the government will appear incompetent no matter, because people are always out to blame someone. That, and, well, its politics.

This I agree with, but the task is to vote someone in whose mistakes benefit the most people instead of "Ooops, the rich benefited from that mistake. And that one. And this one too."

Just for once it'd be nice if "the little guy" was the beneficiary of a government screw-up.

Comment: Re:Fuck Emoji (Score 2) 104

by Maow (#48791695) Attached to: Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

Are you being sarcastic?


No seriously basic pictures have formed a nice little ability to convey emotion without eating into character limits. Now common and let me give you a hug you angry man \( )/.

If they were used only when space / bandwidth is limited, that would be a different story.

Instead they're used pervasively on forums where technical discussions are supposed to be happening:

How do I ___ the ___ from v1.2.1 via package manager XYZ *smilie* *winkie*

No character limits there, just an expression of idiocy.

Or WhatsApp - I've seen messages there (I don't use it myself) that were more emoticons than characters - and not infrequently.

And those are often in a pictographic language in the first place (traditional Chinese) - they still look stupid. And there are no character limits.

I'll only mention IRC as it's infested with them even though there can be good information interspersed.

It's a dumbing down of communication.

The internet does NOT need a laugh track. They suck on TV and they suck in emoticons.

Comment: Re:Hyperbole Much? (Score 1) 589

by Maow (#48623053) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

We've become a nation where a college kid wishing to avoid a final exam can call in a bomb threat to close a campus. All threats, however implausible, must be taken seriously, just in case it truly is a real threat and an attack occurs. 99.999% of the time the threat is bogus, but if one doesn't act hysterically and it turns out to be the 0.001% situation, you're screwed (more likely by lawyers after the fact, not so much by the attack itself).

To be fair, that happened in small-town Canada 45 years ago too.

Make no mistake, I think it's cowardly to capitulate to this threat against movie theatres, however shutting school due to bomb threats isn't new.

Comment: Re:"Balance" (Score 1) 105

by Maow (#48578265) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

I have come to understand that when courts refer to the "balance" between privacy and law enforcement or security, your privacy is about to get fucked in the ass.

In a report on a previous ruling,

The Supreme Court of Canada says police need a search warrant to get information from Internet service providers about their subscribers’ identities when they are under investigation.

Comment: Re:Blame Canada! (Score 2) 105

by Maow (#48578247) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

This ruling is a cowardly conceit to the End justifying the Means.

Not really. Canada is not as absolutist as the USA.

For example, from Wikipedia on The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

At common law, all evidence, regardless of how it was obtained, can be submitted in a trial.[9] The US exclusionary rule excludes all evidence acquired through the violation of the Bill of Rights. Canada has taken a middle ground, sometimes allowing for the exclusion of evidence, whenever its use threatens to bring the "administration of justice" into "disrepute."[1]

Comment: Re:No way, not for me (Score 1) 545

by Maow (#48537285) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Strawman arguments. Liberals love them!

Damn right!

I had to get up at the crack of dawn to tend my straw farm (on land I built with my own two hands) for it. Fortunately, in southern Canadian winters, the crack of dawn is not much before noon, but still...

I can't wait for global warming to increase the temperature; I'm going to switch to coconuts, I've heard they're easier. They don't need much sunlight, do they?

Our liberal plot of global warming is coming along brilliantly!

But you failed. You forgot to mention Somalia!

Remember, Somalia is also a liberal plot to make libertarians look bad.

Comment: No way, not for me (Score 5, Funny) 545

by Maow (#48534465) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I'm a self-made man - I built the hospital I was born in, started teaching myself at age 11 months, and I got to where I am on my own.

I don't need the nanny state to make sure I and my peers are fairly compensated.

What's next, mandatory clean water? Then clean air? Where does it end?

Socialism, that's where.

No way, not for me!

If at first you don't succeed, you must be a programmer.