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Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 319

by shutdown -p now (#47729947) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

English was not invented by anyone - like any other language, it is the result of a natural evolution with a heavy influence of several languages.

Regarding "offence" vs "offense" etc, the American spelling actually dates back to the older British spelling, which itself dates to the original French word "offense" that was adopted into English wholesale. For some mysterious reason, the Brits have switched a bunch of French "-se" endings to "-ce" sometime after American independence, while at the same time changing the spelling of some other words to more closely follow French (like "center" -> "centre" etc). So in many cases, American spellings today are more conservative with respect to language evolution than British ones.

Comment: Re:haven't watched it... (Score 1) 319

by shutdown -p now (#47729853) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

For the same reason, I recommend that people go look up "The Clanging of Swords" - it's the original ISIS propaganda video from when they just finished their first major push in Iraq. It has it all - mowing down civilians, executing freshly surrendered POWs, forcing people to dig their own graves at gunpoint and making them say on camera that "my fate is slaughter", forced conversions etc. After watching this, I am firmly convinced that the people who filmed it, and the people who are filmed in it (other than the victims), are a cancer that should be exterminated.

Comment: Re:Seems to be working really well... (Score 1) 319

by shutdown -p now (#47729791) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

The executioner in that video was born and grew up in Britain.

As far as propaganda goes, this video cuts both ways. I'm sure it'll cause some more to join the muji ranks. It will also cause some more Americans and Europeans to scream bloody murder, quite possibly enough to escalate the Western involvement in this conflict.

Comment: Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 319

by shutdown -p now (#47729761) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Yes. Any law that makes the act of consuming any product or service illegal is a bad law. This includes drugs, prostitution, gambling, any kind of porn etc.

This is orthogonal to the act of producing the product or providing the service. E.g. in case of child porn, producing it should definitely be illegal.

Comment: Re:The people of the UK. (Score 1) 319

by shutdown -p now (#47729721) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

who are you to claim immunity from the democratic will of society

A human being with natural rights.

A "democratic will of society" is not the end-all, be-all. The democratic will of society in Weimar Germany resulted in a totalitarian regime that opened the first concentration camp for political opponents less than two months after taking over the government. The democratic will of society in Rwanda resulted in a genocide of several hundred thousand people. The democratic will of society in Russia resulted in invasion of a sovereign country and annexation of part of its territory.

Comment: Re: Jurisdiction 101 (Score 2) 319

by shutdown -p now (#47729671) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

during the French revolution they found out, people could keep blinking after their head was cut, for various lengths, but most around 35 seconds or so. So you don't die instantly, and experience horror for at least 35 seconds.

It's a myth, and does not have any basis in the modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology. A drop in blood pressure so rapid will render the victim unconscious practically instantly.

Comment: Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (Score 1) 299

Russia? If so, why? Russia's interests do not clash with the UK's anywhere on earth - quite the contrary, it is in our best interests to live in peace with the Russians.

If only the reverse was true. UK is still seen as US' lap dog in many ways, and one of the most hostile NATO members in Europe. Then there's a very long history of conspiracy theories that basically blame Britain for every single bad thing that happened to Russia/USSR since like 17th century (from that perspective it's the reverse, and US is a puppet state for the UK). Google for "The Englishwoman shits" to see some examples.

Comment: Re:Or you could blame Chile's MPs (Score 1) 139

by Grishnakh (#47728901) Attached to: Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

It's not just software that can be deducted, it's anything at all that costs money which your business purchases. If your business purchases a coffee machine for employees to use, it can deduct that. It has nothing to do with software, it has to do with business expenses.

Proprietary software costs money, so of course it can be deducted. However, deductions aren't a good thing; they only reduce your tax liability. You come out ahead by simply not spending the money at all, and paying the tax on it. So if option A is something that costs nothing, and option B costs money, and both are equally good, then option A is better from an economic standpoint.

+ - Cause of global warming 'hiatus' found deep in the Atlantic-> 2

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published Aug. 22 in Science.

Subsurface ocean warming explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at the Earth’s surface. “Every week there’s a new explanation of the hiatus,” said corresponding author Ka-Kit Tung, a UW professor of applied mathematics and adjunct faculty member in atmospheric sciences. “Many of the earlier papers had necessarily focused on symptoms at the surface of the Earth, where we see many different and related phenomena. We looked at observations in the ocean to try to find the underlying cause.”

What they found is that a slow-moving current in the Atlantic, which carries heat between the two poles, sped up earlier this century to draw heat down almost a mile (1,500 meters). Most previous studies focused on shorter-term variability or particles that could block incoming sunlight, but they could not explain the massive amount of heat missing for more than a decade."

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Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 673

by Grishnakh (#47721711) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

How much device driver programming have you done? It doesn't sound like you've done any, or know what you're talking about.

>Its true that the kernel maintainers (Torvalds & gang) maintain some drivers with the kernel, but not all.

Most drivers are part of the kernel. Any that aren't are "out-of-tree", and are either in the process of being put in the tree (most of these are in the "staging" area), or are not for some dumb reason and their maintainers have to waste time maintaining them separately. In practice, in a normal Linux distro, ALL drivers which a normal user uses for his normal desktop/laptop hardware are part of the kernel, except the Nvidia and ATI proprietary ones (IF the user chooses to use those).

>And what do you mean "tightly tied to the kernel"?

Device drivers call exported functions that are part of the kernel. Those functions have particular arguments. If the interface changes in the kernel, then any drivers which make use of those interfaces must also change. In a fixed API which some detractors call for, these interfaces are fixed and never change. In Linux, the maintainers don't believe in this because it limits flexibility and makes improvements later much harder (you end up creating new interfaces, but also keeping around the old ones for backwards compatibility, leading to code bloat). The way it is now, if they decide they want to add an additional function argument for some piece of hardware, it's no big deal, they just add it in, then modify all the drivers which call that function to add that argument. You can't do that with a fixed API, you have to create a whole new API (e.g., "function_call_V2(a, b, c, ...)").

>Oh, and don't get me started on GNU Hurd...

HURD is a microkernel, which is an entirely different architecture than Linux which is a monolithic kernel.

Comment: Re:I'd love to be in his class (Score 1) 177

by Grishnakh (#47721157) Attached to: Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

>Then please, do name one. Please don't say "it's easy to do". If it's that easy, feel free.

I don't have to, just go read through the comments. You'll find a MS-lover sooner or later. No, they aren't nearly as numerous or loud as Apple lovers, but they are out there. If you think there isn't a single MS fan out there in the world somewhere, you're seriously delusional.

Do not simplify the design of a program if a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.