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Comment: Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 2) 109

Your example isn't a good one, because there's no credible reason for anyone to believe that an anonymous Slashdot poster is going to be able to launch an air attack on US military base. A threat by a lone individual to carry out a mass murder, on the other hand, is perfectly believable, because they happen with some frequency.

And making threats is not protected free speech, so it has no implications in that regard. Calling this a "perceived" threat is disingenuous on your part -- it's a real threat, plain and simple, whether or not he intended to act on it.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 3, Informative) 196

by aardvarkjoe (#49605619) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

It's the default browser in many Android devices, is that what you're talking about?

If so, then he's wrong; the figures referenced here are for desktop browser usage. There are a separate set of figures for mobile/tablet (Safari at 40%, Chrome at 30%).

Comment: Re: already done (Score 1) 126

by aardvarkjoe (#49590889) Attached to: Obama Announces e-Book Scheme For Low-Income Communities

Actually, the books they will be providing for the $250 million appear to be largely out of copyright already. So this is even worse than paying the publishers for copyrighted books.

Where are you getting this info? From the articles linked from the summary, it appears that the e-books are being donated by the publishers (not paid for by the government) and I didn't find any information on what books are being provided. But the articles I can find are are woefully lacking in detail.

Comment: Re:Tablets and technology march on (Score 1) 123

by aardvarkjoe (#49578375) Attached to: Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Reportedly Seeking Buyout

Ouja was always going to be a niche market appealing to techies and gamers.

Niche market, yes, but it seems like one of Ouya's (the company's) biggest problems was that they thought that they could appeal to "gamers."

If you consider yourself a gamer, then you probably already own one of the big-name consoles. Recent consoles have a fair amount of support for the kind of indie games that Ouya was hoping would form the backbone of their library, and so there's not much of a strong incentive to get an Ouya as well. And it was obvious that the big game studios were never going to develop major games for Ouya, so getting one instead of a normal console wouldn't have been a good choice.

I got one soon after release, and it's great for someone who likes to play the occasional game, but not enough to bother investing hundreds of dollars in a standard console. But anyone who thought that it was going to compete in the same space as the XBox or Playstation was fooling themselves.

Comment: Re:Who gets fired? (Score 1) 334

by aardvarkjoe (#49540879) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

The highest level person that explicitly signed off on the strike should be fired. That's not the president--he authorises programs like this with the intention that they're carried out properly.

Presumably every single person involved had the intention that it would be carried out properly.

Comment: What is the point... (Score 2) 39

by aardvarkjoe (#49458529) Attached to: LG's Leather-Clad G4 Revealed In Leaked Images

I don't understand the fascination that tech news sites have with pictures of upcoming smartphones. Pretty much every standard smartphone looks exactly like every other damn smartphone on the planet -- a touchscreen with a bezel around it. The "interesting" part of this announcements is the color of the back of the phone -- which is the part that you're never looking at anyway.

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by aardvarkjoe (#49442105) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

Nope, I'm still not buying it. You haven't presented any compelling reason why those in authority should lose their human rights. If you want to introduce ways to make it easier to obtain that proof, I'm all for it, but those in authority should have all the rights that anyone else has. Dehumanizing a group of people is not the answer.

Who watches the watchmen? It has to be us. That means that making sure that the guilt of those who abuse their power -- as well as the innocence of those who don't -- is partly our responsibility.

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by aardvarkjoe (#49440773) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

Cops and politicians no. We have to hold them to a much higher standard if we are going to authorize the power we give them. The Sword of Damocles must hang over all their heads. We don't put a high enough price on power.

I vehemently disagree. Human rights, including the right to being presumed innocent until proven guilty, should not be waived because of someone's occupation.

The problem of guilt being difficult to prove is one that extends far beyond just police or politicians; it applies to anyone accused of committing a crime, and it means that we know that we allow some of those guilty of crimes, even heinous ones, to walk free. We have made a lot of progress in that area, and will continue to do so. It is appropriate to introduce new technology, procedures, or policies that can help make it more difficult for people to hide their guilt, but at the end of the day, a policeman is a man and deserves the same protections that you or I do.

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