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Comment: Re:Superman (Score 1) 244

This is something I like about the latest Captain America movie, versus other avenger-related movies. Captain America is described as "The peak of human capability" which I take to mean he's not actually super-human. This means that the villains he fights don't have to be super-human. The Winter Soldier was a freak, but didn't have a super power.

It helps to ground the movie/story when the characters are not super-human. On the opposite side we have man of steel, which descended into a bit of a super-farce for the last hour between Clarke and Zod.

Comment: Re:Seems excessive... (Score 1) 85

by RivenAleem (#47406053) Attached to: Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

It depends on whether you embrace it or not. There are some people for whom game tester is an amazing job. It also depends on the games being tested. There is a small clip of a demo at a con done by one of the game testers.

http://imgur.com/gallery/5XLUt...

When you are this good, even game testing can be fun, I guess.

Comment: Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (Score 1) 152

by RivenAleem (#47405921) Attached to: New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Not entirely true.

Terrestrial TV companies (RTE in Ireland and BBC in UK) have agreements with the regulators to give them first shot at airing TV shows in the country. It can often be on their behest that these shows are not available to stream from Netflix and Hulu. It took years to even be able to get Netflix in Ireland in the first place!

Comment: Re:Holiday in the USA? (Score 1) 657

by RivenAleem (#47405881) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

My wife is from Poland (I am Irish), and in order to go to the US for a holiday, we have to ring a premium phone line to arrange an interview, where we must demonstrate that we have return flights booked, hotel booked and enough spare cash to keep us going while we're there. She must also provide details of employment etc. to prove she won't try to stay there illegally.

This is before all the TSA bullshit which I, who can easily get a visa, won't stand for in the first place.

Comment: Re:What we need... (Score 1) 232

by RivenAleem (#47382987) Attached to: Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

What can be really useful is a short, flexible, pole, about 2 feet long, with a red flag tied to the end, and a glass cutter. Given how in many places, there is a minimum of 3 feet, 1 meter or in some places even 1.5 meters, anyone hit by it would be breaking the law. Ireland, unfortunately, has no such law yet (the law says "Give sufficient distance" and not a specific value for sufficient distance).

Comment: Re:It's accomplices all the way down! (Score 1) 253

by RivenAleem (#47382333) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Both analogies are false.

Volkswagen is the hardware (the computer), the ISP is the road (the internet).

The TOR operator is basically a Person parked outside the bank who will drive anyone, anywhere, no questions asked as they come out of the bank. So if someone come out wielding guns and carrying duffel bags of cash, the driver just smiles and nods and asks, "where to?".

There are 2 questions.
1) Is it irresponsible for someone to run a TOR node which can be used for criminal pursuit?
2) Is it possible to know what someone uses your exit node for?

I suspect the answer to number 2 is "No", which makes question 1 important. You have the Car, Someone provides the Road, they are just things (you might argue one war or another on the ISP, is it a thing or a service they provide) but you chose to run a TOR node that you are aware aides someone to perform illegal acts. It would be like selling guns to people and not asking them for any ID, or submitting the required paperwork for background checks. Is it reasonable to say "I'm just selling guns, I'm not responsible for how they are used. I didn't kill anyone"

I think we chose to quietly ignore the fact that in our quest to protect privacy online and maintain the anonymity of the TOR network, we are conveniently overlooking our responsibility for the outcome of such actions.

Comment: Re:interesting times... (Score 1) 220

You are forgetting the most simple reason, sample group and history.

Why are there fewer black olympic swimmers?

Someone might prattle off "bone density" or "melanin affecting skin density", but the real reason has been know for quite some time. Due to racial discrimination in the late 1800s and early 1900 (and not to mention slavery before that), black people were not allowed into public swimming pools, and eventually, when legally allowed, it was shunned heavily. As a result there isn't a history of swimming in black culture, so fewer of them do it. Also olympic swimming does require a certain wealthier class of person to get regular access to the pool for training, and there is still a economic divide at the highest levels between white and black athletes.

The same is with shooting, it has been male dominated for so long that there is very little impetuous for girls to get into it growing up. It's a very stereotypical father son bonding thing in the US and other countries, and speaking from my own experience, as a member of the rifle (and archery) clubs in university, it appeals more to men than to women.

So in the end you just have a smaller pool of women in shooting, and thus less chance you'll have olympic level athletes.

But really all this would mean is that if competing together, fewer women will win, but (guessing now) it is quite likely that the proportion of medals won would be somewhat close to the proportion of women active in the sport.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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