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Comment: Re:I have very little sympathy (Score 1) 483

by Racemaniac (#48100629) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies

One situation that opened my eyes is what i heard from friends studying to be a doctor. When dealing with cancer patients, they get training in handling them. And it means looking at their record how the patient wants to be handled. And one of the options is the patient being in denial. They'll come to their appointments and have done what needs to be done, but the word cancer won't be mentioned, and they'll be there as if it's about the flu.

And personally, i've become self confident enough to not fall into this kind of denial, but if people are very insecure, they just shut themselves in on such moments, i would expect a lot of people on slashdot being like that. I know i used to, an threatening me would just shut me in more, and making it criminal even more. You're just getting such people stuck in a downward spiral out of which they don't see any escape.

If you think they don't give a fuck, i'm sure there are also people like that. But i find it a very easy stab at sometimes very insecure people. And making them feel bad just makes the situation worse (that's probably how it started in the first place).

Comment: Re:I have very little sympathy (Score 2) 483

by Racemaniac (#48096267) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies

i find it strange that people seem to think that even if he knew, he must be doing it on purpose.
some people just go into denial if something like that (that is likely to kill you) happens
others just completely get blocked mentally and don't dare to tell the truth because they know what will then happen.

We're not talking about robots that just without emotions can say yes or no you know.
people don't always lie because they're evil masterminds bent on infecting the world.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 2) 124

How sure are you? If you can execute the program, that still doesn't mean you can predict exactly what it does and understand everything it could possibly do.
A simple example of checking a password: you can see that the program hashes it and checks it against the hash it should be, doesn't mean you know what the right password is to get beyond it.
Even if you can execute the program, triggering every possible machine state to analyze it is impossible for non trivial programs. And i'm wondering what they could come up with to obfuscate the program logic that would make it computationally very hard to look into the program :).

Comment: Re:In lost the will to live ... (Score 1) 795

by Racemaniac (#47964481) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

No kidding.
While there are some good points (certainly on the relation between politics & science, and how political & policy decisions get made using questionable science as grounds)
A lot of this article/rant is just terrible 0_o.
Certainly the religion part is just unbelievable. The statistical wizardry & magic is obviously preposterous, but the religious affairs are obviously beyond the realms of science, and are no obstacle in the quest for truth and understanding.

Comment: Re:Very subjective (Score 2) 382

by Racemaniac (#47695385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

If they post on a proper science website (talking about the age of the earth or not) - Troll. Science sites are not the right place to talk about any deity.

I find this a difficult point. I agree it's annoying and not productive etc... but... is it trolling? They've got a viewpoint, and are trying to get it across to you...

Imo trolling is something bad you do on purpose. Being convinced that you're helping people by telling them about [deity] doesn't sound like trolling to me. But it can be very annoying on a science forum if you keep getting such on your science forum...

I agree that it's probably not their place to be (or very rarely, maybe some theological discussion could from time to time happen on a science forum, why not). But saying they are trolls is going too far imo. And maybe even banning is going too far, don't know...

Just shutting up people you don't agree with and calling them trolls won't make the situation any better (and will just make both sides more determined...)

Comment: Very subjective (Score 5, Interesting) 382

by Racemaniac (#47694397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

There are ofcourse the obvious trolls, but where does someone end being a troll, and is just someone who has a completely different view?

If someone is convinced the earth is only 5000 years old, and that [insert deity] created all other history to confuse us, is that a troll? How do you prevent just creating a forum where you "discuss" things only with people who think the same way you do, and thus without opposing viewpoints since they'll eventually get removed for "trolling"?

Comment: Re:Barbara Streisand award (Score 4, Insightful) 424

by Racemaniac (#47464599) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

It seems they're going full blown Barbara Streisand. When googling the name of the blogger, i got a google notice that not all search results may be returned since a request was made to make certain information not available.

So probably the people from the restaurant now also made a request to google to make sure this entire thing can't be googled....

Comment: Re:Internet (Score 1) 248

I was thinking the same. The probably most "correct" response would be to make it technically impossible to get the data from Canada, but there is no other way to do that than to just block the data worldwide. Otherwise a simple proxy in another country would circumvent it (or even just imperfect detection of whether the user is in Canada or not).

It seems broad, but unless we've got extremely tightly DRM/Firewall of china kind of restrictions on all data, removing it completely is probably the only way for google to make sure it can no longer be accessed from Canada...

It's still not nice to see such rulings, but unless anyone here has a better idea that isn't trivially circumvented, it's probably also totally legit.

There is no royal road to geometry. -- Euclid