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Comment: Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 111

You assume it actually works. There's no evidence it's actually stopped any terrorist attack. Further, even if it did, it's still on dubious legal grounds - the government is effectively harming people by restricting their ability to travel, and is doing so without any accountability. No independent judge, no trial, no legal representation, not even the most basic right to see the evidence against them. It's the type of unaccountable secret legal process you'd expect to see in North Korea - given a bit of a PR makeover and introduced to the US.

Comment: Re:Given current tensions, ... (Score 1) 112

by SuricouRaven (#47782043) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

I think they would be very happy if the rest of Europe were utilizing GLONASS, a system they can shut down or manipulate if they need to. There's a reason for the four different sat-nav systems currently under operation or construction: No country wants to be dependent on a system operated by someone else. It follows that they would like other countries to be dependent upon theirs.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 112

by SuricouRaven (#47782031) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

The most plausible explanation I've seen so far is that the separatists were supplied with the missiles but, due to the need for Russia to maintain deniability, not an expert in their use - just a crash course in how to fire the things, without full training in target identification. That would explain how they were able to make such an error as mistaking a giant passenger airliner for a small military aircraft.

It's possible that Ukraine shot it down, they use the same missiles, but their army consists of trained professional soldiers who would be less likely to make such an error. The separatists have some of those now (Russians who just happen to be on leave and came to fight 'voluntarily'), but didn't at the time of the incident.

Comment: Re:On Banco Santander reports (Score 2) 50

I'm a former A&L customer too, but I never really noticed any change at all. But maybe that's because I use them only for the current account service, no loans or credit cards or other tools of finance.

But I've got to contact them soon about a soon-to-mature savings bond I got years ago, so we shall see.

Comment: Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (Score 1) 108

Given that heart disease is one of the biggest causers of natural death, I'd think there would be plenty of pressure to research that.

Ebola, for all the scaryness, doesn't actually kill many people. That's why there's no drug for it: Not enough dead to be worth the research investment. It's generally too lethal to spread, baring the occasional outbreak.

Comment: Re:multi-drive RV tolerance?? (Score 2) 314

by SuricouRaven (#47763817) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

There's an old story posted in a comment on The Register once - someone posted about having an old storage rack with so many hard drives in it that when the power was applied and all spun up together, conservation of angular momentum would make the whole rack rotate slightly in the opposite direction. Solved by configuring them for a staggered spin-up.

Comment: Re:Book burning... (Score 2, Informative) 157

by SuricouRaven (#47759033) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Christianity was around before 300AD, but the record is poor because they were just another weird cult - and there were plenty of those around. It may well have started in exactly the manner Christians claim: As a cult of personality built around one charismatic individual in the vicinity of Jerusalem in the first century. That information has been lost to history. The Council of Nicaea wasn't the birth of Christianity, but the point at which the previously-pagan Roman empire began to adopt it - a process that required first wading through the mess left by the many competing sects with in Christianity and the establishment of a formal management system. It took some decades after that before it was ready to become an official state religion.

Contrary to a very popular belief though, the council did not establish a canon. They condemned a lot of views as heretical, yes. But they didn't pick a canonical set of documents. That came later, in a process that took many centuries, and there are still ongoing disputes.

I still don't know what the bishop who included Revelation was thinking. It reads like the ramblings of someone high as a kite on 'shrooms, and probably was.

Comment: Re: What about.. (Score 2) 157

by SuricouRaven (#47758915) Attached to: A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Half true. Copyright isn't intended as a tool of censorship - it isn't to stop people getting access to information, but to make sure they pay for it. Generally if a copyright holder is trying to stop you downloading a movie off the internet, they really do want you to see it - but through their own approved channel.

That said, it can certainly be abused for censorship, and frequently is. But that isn't the purpose of it. Just an incidental effect.

Comment: Re:Doesn't need much to make it right (Score 1) 251

by SuricouRaven (#47756725) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

The problem though is that those UI ideas fail dismally on small-screen touch devices. What MS is trying to do is create an interface that is applicable to conventional mouse-keyboard, tablets and phones. What they actually did was make an interface that tries to be usable on everything, but is pleasant to use on nothing.

From a business perspective, it's about maintaining consistent brand identity across platforms.

Comment: Re:Substitutability (Score 1) 119

by SuricouRaven (#47754537) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

That's because up until a couple of years ago, game budgets were getting bigger and bigger. They hit the same problem as hollywood: When your next release is going to cost many millions of dollars to make, you can't risk that kind of money on something new and untested. You have to go for something with a history of market success, like a sequel or a franchise installment. That's not so much of a limit in games now because of the rise of mobile games and electronic distribution (Thank you, Steam), both of which provide an area in which lower-budget and independent games can achieve exposure and thus success that were denied to them back when buying a game meant you were limited to what the local shops stocked.