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Comment Re:Evil bit again? (Score 1) 102

You can only play it back on the device you recorded it on?

When I was looking for a PVR for TV, this is what I was told about the "record to USB" options.

What if that hardware gets upgraded?

You lose all your content. Tough shit. Read the fucking contract. If you don't have a hardware device that stores the content (possibly in a "disc" form factor), then you don't own it.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 227

Let's say that I have a couple of petabytes of full-spectrum (21cm hydrogen through to gamma-ray) data files from a range of telescopes on Earth and in space, and my intermediate processing files ... that's a photograph, to a pretty close approximation. Are you going to recognise the format?

Marketing should have listened to Technical.

(It not an unreasonable example - a few years ago I did a practical astronomy course for the Open University when I had to face as couple-of-gigabyte version of this problem, and the problem of getting the dump from the working machines in the observatory to the other 4 members of my work group, in 3 countries, when I was the only one who had the forethought to bring a spare hard drive with me.)

Comment Re:Controversial? (Score 1) 124

You seemed to be trying to make a point the eugenics is only eugenics if it's carried out by government-level groups, and if it's carried out by individuals, then it's something else. That is not how the term was defined when it was invented by Galton, and since he invented the term and publicised it in the scientific literature, he got to define what it meant.

People do, at the moment, in most of the world, have some degree of choice over who they mate with and whether they have children. Of course, neither of those are absolute freedoms - in much of the world (but not all), the consent of both people is required ; in significant parts of the world, the right to access contraception is severely restricted, if not flat out illegal ; personally, I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised to see those freedoms further restricted as the right-wing continue their rise to ascendency into the next major war.

Comment Re:Controversial? (Score 1) 124

You are precisely wrong. You are conflating the fact that the German Nazi government promoted eugenics with the idea that the meaning of "eugenics" changed meaning at that time. Regardless of who chooses to do it or why (or even how), deliberately trying to change breeding habits to people to bring about a desired change in genetics is eugenics.

(Incidentally, at that time eugenics was very popular with other governments too. this was the era when the US and UK governments forcibly sterilised thousands of people in insane asylums, and for offences such as being poor. The testing of immigrants for IQ at Ellis Island was part of this move too.)

I'll expand on that "how" : there are two ways you can produce a change in gene frequencies in a population - you can cull some genes from the population (by sterilisation, or by murder - same outcome) OR you can try to persuade particular "desirable" groups to have more children - which is what Galton proposed in the 1870s and onwards, and deranged idiots like the "Quiverful" movement and the Catholic Church are continuing with to this day.

If you were a farmer, or a dog breeder, you too would be practising eugenics on the populations you control, though the term isn't generally used for non-human animals.

Comment Re:Controversial? (Score 1) 124

And while it [antibiotic-resistant bacteria] hasn't happened yet,

You need to be much more careful about how you say this. There isn't an antibiotic in use today to which there aren't some resistant bacteria somewhere. (There's an outbreak of resistant bacteria to the newest family of antibiotics - the ones that replace methicillins and vancomycins - in China at the moment.) What hasn't happened yet is that one bacterial strain has been resistant to all known antibiotics, and found in the wild. Yet.

Comment Re:This Is The Right Question/Answer (Score 1) 124

I'm certain the artist took some liberty with the colors, but that's an intriguing painting.

Black and brown, in various intensities? I don't see any liberties there. Those are the colours that were inferred in the first melanocyte-mapping papers from ... it was about 2005, wasn't it?

The descendants of the dinosaurs - birds, see signature - have a wide range of colours available. The other descendants of the ancestors of dinosaurs (mammals and the paraphyletic bucket called "reptiles") also have a wide range of colours available. An argument called a "phylogenetic bracket" suggests that the dinosaurs also had a similarly wide palette available.

Comment Re:Controversial? (Score 1) 124

What you mean is that genetic choice should be made by individuals [..] rather than by governments, in which case it's called eugenics.

you've obviously not studied the history of eugenics, which was originally precisely an encouragement of individuals to breed more offspring with (it was hoped) good ("eu-") genes ("-genic").

Look up Francis Galton, the main founder of the movement.

Comment Re:British Airspace (Score 1) 196

Different areas have different controlling authorities at different times. Just for starters, the airspace downrange from the South Uist missile launch range goes on military control from time to time. The airspace around the foreign nuclear missile bases is, surprisingly, under foreign control. Some of the airspace is under control of the UK's civilian aviation authority near London (i.e. foreign control). Other airspace in the North Sea is under control from somewhere in Fife (not sure if that's a Scottish government or a British government control).

Like any country with several borders with peers, it's a complex mess. That means just about any country that isn't the US or Canada.

Comment Re:Dear black and whiter (Score 1) 562

SPEED BUMPS WORK!

...but not very well.

My former address was on a street built in the late 1930s, with the expectation that the road would be used for deliveries and no-one would actually own a vehicle. So, no-off-road parking space. When I moved there in the early 1990s, maybe 1/3 of the houses had cars (obviously there was no off-road parking). When I moved away most houses had a car. Obviously the road was packed with parked cars, with only one lane for both directions of traffic.

Speed bumps were installed at every leg of every junction, and that dropped speeds by about 5 - 8 mph, though people were still speeding between the bumps. An improvement, but not a great improvement.

When I moved out, I went to an area where the roads had been designed with car ownership in mind, so every house had at least one parking space off-road (and one house still had four cars!). But more importantly, there was no straight stretch of road longer than about 10 metres. Everywhere was twists and turns ; corners were abrupt ; parking bays (for guests or deliveries) swapped from one side to the other unpredictably. Driving along the road was limited to about 10mph - far slower than on the road retro-fitted with speed humps.

Speed humps are better than nothing, but designing roads to slow traffic is much more effective. Speed humps are only a cheap retro-fit solution to roads designed without the needs of pedestrians in mind.

Comment Re:386356909593 my ass (Score 1) 117

People in the process of learning the game normally start in the mid 30s of kyu and will frequently strengthen by several kyu per game until they get to the low twenties. After that, you really need to start sitting down to formally learn set pieces (e.g. how 1-stone or 2-stone jumps can be cut - and therefore when to do a 1-stone extension instead of a 2-stone extension).

It took me about 8 months simultaneously learning and running a teaching club to get to 14 kyu. Then it took another year to make 11 kyu. And there I've stagnated for nearly 30 years, because I only get about 2 or 3 games a year. (I've tried playing online. I hate it.)

Comment Re:Azure (Score 1) 104

No use. Different country. As far as I know, precedents don't transfer between countries.

There's nothing to stop them using the argument though. Whether it works under the property and tort laws of Colvada or wherever your problem is ... you need a local lawyer.

You noticed how the commonest pre-politician employment of politicians is "lawyer" ; and who do you think they write laws to benefit?

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