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Comment: Re:Punishment fits the crime (Score 1) 1198

by addie (#46879227) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Proportional means that someone who steals a car should get a proportionally more lenient sentence than someone who commits murder, but there must be a limit. Depending on jurisdiction, that limit is death or life in prison.

If you start taking proportional punishment too literally then we'll be setting up torture chambers instead of execution chambers, and intentionally keeping felons alive as they writhe in pain for days on end. If that's what you want, then that's your right. I'm personally glad society is moving away from that, not toward it.

Comment: Re:Punishment fits the crime (Score 2) 1198

by addie (#46877921) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

The punishment should be proportional to the crime, but does not need to mirror it. An eye for an eye is a bit outdated, no? If capital punishment is to be used, it should be done in a way that is neither cruel nor unusual - that's the law, until a jurisdiction collectively decides otherwise.

Breaking our laws to punish those who broke our laws: this may be widespread and socially acceptable to some people, but that doesn't make it right. If you want someone to be tortured to death, then seek a change in the law.

Comment: Re:Pay what you want & ethical microtransactio (Score 1) 212

by addie (#46407095) Attached to: PC Game Prices — Valve Starts the Race To Zero

I agree with the spirit of your comment. I've bought plenty of Humble Bundle games, and have no issue with making in-game purchases available if it has no effect on gameplay.

However I take issue with labeling a subsection of microtransactions unethical. It may be annoying, and insulting, and even borderline illegal as regards false advertising, but there's nothing inherently or fundamentally wrong from a philosophical standpoint about charging extra for gameplay elements.

Now that doesn't mean that such publishers shouldn't go fuck themselves seven ways from Sunday, but that's another issue altogether.

Comment: Not really new... (Score 1) 108

by addie (#46302813) Attached to: Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

The use of helicams is not really new for television. I know that Survivor (a guilty pleasure, flame on) has been using them for years to get sweeping overhead shots that you may believe are from a helicopter. Also, most of the Korean shows that I watch that have outdoor scenes make extensive - perhaps to the point of overdoing it - use of these things.

I agree they're a great way to get impressive footage for relatively low cost, and it makes sense to use them for sport. Just thought I'd point out this is nowhere near revolutionary - just an opportunity to use "drone" and "Sochi" in the same story.

Comment: Re:Dolphins vs Syrians? (Score 1) 628

by addie (#46023191) Attached to: 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove

Objectively, you're right. Of course you're right. But honestly, so what?

I'm getting really tired of this line of argument. It was all over social media last year, people accusing each other of caring more about Miley Cyrus than the war in Syria. But why can't we "care" about both? I mean, not Miley Cyrus perhaps... But my morning commute, for example. I care far more about how much awful traffic I had to endure this morning than I do about the war in Syria. It's just that much more relevant to my daily life. But I can still read about the war in Syria while I'm the bus, because I'm interested. I can actually care about both.

Syria is important. Dolphins are important. The price of cherry tomatoes is important - my wife eats too many of them. It's all important, but it's also undeniably relative.

Comment: Re:Dumb bitch. (Score 3) 464

Clearly dumb, entitled, arrogant, whatever. But why do you have to use the word bitch or twat? Using an insult that is specific to her gender suggests that part of her behaviour is defined by that gender.

So many of us claim that we're not sexist, and feminism has done its work, but we still don't realize that the way we use language degrades women in ways that it simply doesn't if we were talking about a man. And no, "asshole" is not a gendered insult. We've all got one.

Comment: Re:What about all the new jobs in the "digital" ag (Score 1) 674

by addie (#45896703) Attached to: The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

Tracking numbers are provided with every single purchase these days, and I can say with great confidence that every Apple product I've ever bought online (One iPod, two iPhones, a Macbook, and a monitor) originated in China before being shipped by air.

Maybe I'm the exception, but my experience is more closely aligned with the example of the parent poster.

Comment: Re:starshit troopers is still starshit troopers (Score 1) 726

by addie (#45366823) Attached to: Critics Reassess <em>Starship Troopers</em> As a Misunderstood Masterpiece

"robocop - brilliant
total recall - awesome

but starship troopers is fucking garbage."

Robocop - 1987
Total Recall - 1990
Starship Troopers - 1997

I'm not necessarily going to disagree with you, but do you think perhaps that the age you were when those movies came out coloured your opinion? I went back and watched Robocop recently, and sure it's great fun, and relatively clever satire, but I don't see how it's heads about Starship Troopers. All of these movies are fun (and gory) action movies, not particularly well acted, and feature some kind of pretty blatant social commentary.

Maybe the social commentary is just too damn obvious the older we get?

Comment: Re:youtube ads (Score 3, Interesting) 185

by addie (#45227549) Attached to: Google Testing Banner Ads On Select Search Results

The reason is that a number of YouTubers are starting to actually make a career out of making videos. I consume the majority of my shows on YouTube now, rather than TV or traditional media. Many channels have multiple updates per week.

Am I willing to sit through 30 seconds of advertising (or more likely 5 seconds before being allowed to skip) in order to get such content, and promote independent videographers? Yes. I am.

Shows worth watching:
- Veritasium, 2
- SciShow
- VSauce, 2, 3
- Nerd3
- MinutePhysics
- Numberphile, Computerphile, Sixty Symbols, etc

Comment: Re:the meaning of the word bully (Score 2) 734

by addie (#45143781) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're a man, because physical violence is generally the way that boys "tease" each other. Girls are entirely different, and your suggestion that word calling is harmless discounts the real pain that so many of them go through.

That distinction aside, I just can't agree that a punch in the face hurts more than being completely socially ostracized. Being unable to participate at all in any of the fun things that go on in your social circles, because you're seen as strange and different? There's teasing, and then there's having your social world dismantled. Also, let's not forget that this online world didn't exist when many of us were kids, and it's far, far less forgiving than the playground.

The feeling of having no friends at 12 years old feels like the end of the world. I also got punched and shoved around a bunch of times. I also got called gay, and nerd, and all the things that a lot of slashdotters will understand. I quickly got over the physical blows, but the feeling of being an outsider persisted for a very, very long time.

Comment: Still frame not from video (Score 1) 237

by addie (#43808073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Determine If a Video Has Been Faked?

The summary is wrong in suggesting that the "still frame" showing Rob Ford hanging out with (alleged) drug dealers is from the video. It is in fact a photo given to Gawker to lend credence to their claim that the video is real, but from all accounts it was taken at a different time.

More generally: many people think this is a hilarious story, but as a Canadian I'm sick of it. This isn't the first time Rob Ford has done something to insult the people of Toronto and bring shame to the municipal government, it's just the most heinous thing he's done. It's been a week since we learned about the video, a week! A week and he still hasn't confirmed or denied it. That's pathetic. It's bringing attention to Toronto that the city doesn't need or want. Hockey riots in Vancouver, organized crime and corruption rampant in Montreal, and a crackhead mayor in Toronto? So much for Canada's reputation. The whole situation makes me angry.

Comment: Re:Ugh, potheads (Score 1) 212

by addie (#43736377) Attached to: Possible Graphene Alternative Made From Hemp Waste

A lot of what you say is completely valid. However this: "Medicine is sold at drug stores" is a huge assumption. If you define medicine as something that's accepted by government authorities as a substance with medicinal value, then fine. But if you define medicine as a substance that objectively helps to cure or treat the symptoms of a medical condition, then I don't agree. In that case, medicine also grows in the forest, and is defined differently depending on jurisdiction, culture, and a host of other factors.

I say this not as a burnout hippie, but rather as someone who was raised by a physician and has faith in western medicine (and a fair amount of scorn for homeopathy and the like). However one other thing my father taught me was to have an open mind, and not to speak in absolutes.

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.