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Comment Re:Yes/No (Score 1) 245

i agree with you! they should have shut down the Boston marathon (and all other marathons going forward) because of the risk of TERRORISM.

Can you point to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Boston two weeks before the running of the marathon. On top of that, can you point to the credible threats that shut down sporting events, and city centres in nearby countries also both within the last two weeks.

I realize that not being an idiot is difficult sometimes, but you could try harder or perhaps head back to high school.

Comment Re:Yes/No (Score 1) 245

Hecklers veto. If police are concerned about an attack on the protests, they should beef up security around the protests, not block them altogether.

In reality, Paris just wants to suppress dissent. So do you.

And that beefed up police presence worked well for the two nuts who did the boston bombing right? Remember that unlike those of us who live in Canada or the US the laws on the books are fundamentally different in many parts of Europe.

In reality, I'm playing the devils advocate. You're just making an ass out of yourself.

Comment Re:Yes/No (Score 1) 245

Before Fox would air a new episode of 24, would you put a new set of vinyl sheets on your mattress in preparation for a night of terrified bedwetting?

Do you turn around and ignore reasonable assessments of threats, and then bury your head in the sand when there is a credible possibility? After all, that's what led to the cancellation of a soccer game in Germany last week. One can't forget about what happened in Brussels last week either.

It's fun to play 'what if' so let's do that. Let's say the government doesn't use emergency powers to block the protests. And a couple of weeks after a series of terrorist attacks, terrorists use the opportunity to splody-dope themselves from within the crowd. The public response would be: "Why didn't you stop the protests." And on the other hand, you have the "Why is France stopping the protests, are they afraid or something?" Because they're taking a reasonable precaution.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 246

Give links, man. Let everybody see what you're talking about so they can understand your commitment to ethics in journalism.

The zoe post vs what the media reports.

Common knowledge is quite uncommon.

Really? You should let the courts know asap. My theory that the sky is actually puce in colour should go over well then.

Comment Re: Isn't this why computers are great (Score 1) 246


Common knowledge, it doesn't require a citation. Want a recent pop culture example? The Zoe Post, and examine the media's stories on it. In nearly every case, the stories are factually wrong, even though the story will cite(the zoe post) and make incorrect statements and claim they're factual.

Comment Re:Or just make the diesels hybrids (Score 1) 184

Kinda the sweet spot for hybrid-electric drives, no?

Well trains aren't hybrid electric, but they're diesel driven electric. A few companies like Freightliner and Mack have been messing around with it for a few years, but there's problems mainly to do with the raw torque requirements for trucks, especially on heavy grade pulls. One of the solutions(can't remember if it was Mack or Freightliner), went with both. Diesel-electric for long cruising and diesel drive only for startup pulling and grades.

Comment Re:Good old fashioned crisis management... (Score 2, Interesting) 294

Seems to me it's closer to paraphrasing. On top of that, the elaborated sentence can also imply that if you know that a crisis exists and you postpone it for whatever reason(time/public backlash/money/others don't believe it's urgent/etc), you can then use that opportunity to implement things that you wouldn't be able to do so before. That also includes implementing things that the general public would find highly objectionable, but would allow in a crisis moment. Or to ram though legislation that would have failed previously.

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 222

So because there is a non-zero chance of a third party maliciously infecting a website, you block all ads everywhere?
Why not just not use the Internet at all since any website can be compromised in ways other than ads?

That's easy, websites that serve malware are exceptionally rare. Ads that serve malware are not. Why do you think there's a proliferation of ad blocking software.

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 222

When does that actually, and more importantly, deliberately by the web site, happen?

Often enough that if you're letting ads be served to you, you're just waiting to get malware from something. Whether it's via flash, java, javascript, silverlight, css vulnerabilities, or one of two dozen other things.

Comment Re:Don't evolve your business model (Score 1) 222

What exactly is the business model for "gimme gimme gimme"? Adblockers have existed before all the JavaScript tracking. Even if it were a simple static image you'd bitch that it was take bandwidth, and even if it were just text you'd bitch it was taking up space on your monitor.
Tracking is just a scape-goat, the real issue is people are self-entitled and too used to getting things 'for free'.

Well first, you can put down the weed. Second, you can then realize that my comment didn't have anything to do with tracking. That, is something completely different.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.