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Comment: Sense of permanence... (Score 2) 1037

by beaverdownunder (#46675077) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Many people become Christian because they worry about relevance. An after-life makes the here-and-now less relevant, and there's less of an onus on making your mark, you just "have to follow the rules".

The Internet creates that sense of permanence. You post photos, you document your life, you create music, images, apps, stories, blog entries, etc. etc.

People realise that blogging on Sunday morning makes them feel better than going to church, and there you go...

Comment: It's all about context... (Score 1) 1746

by beaverdownunder (#46657613) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

If he was CEO of Coca-Cola, nobody would've really cared that much about his views on same-sex marriage. But in the tech industry, where there is a disproportionate number of gay, lesbian and transgender workers, saying to them, "I don't think you should be able to marry your partner" is not a great career move.

Yes, when he was CTO people cared less -- but CTO is not CEO, and CTOs are expected to be assholes. When he shifted from second to first place and became the face of the company, his past views then became a serious and unacceptable issue.

So it was only a matter of time before he would be forced out. And yes, there will still be all kinds of fallout, since he put himself under scrutiny. The tech community is a bit strange that way, but it is how it is.

Comment: Re:not private (Score 2) 128

The exception here is if it's an event, or if the individual is behaving in such a way where they are making a spectacle out of themselves. Then, there's an expectation that you might be filmed if you're participating, and you don't have the right to demand your likeness not be published / broadcast.

However, just walking down the street doesn't qualify, and that's where Google Glass gets into trouble since most states expect that if you do take a picture of someone who isn't aware they're being photographed, and don't get their permission, you must obscure or discard their likeness, and essentially ignore their existence (for example, not look them up on-line). Obviously Google Glass is far less useful if it suffers from legally obligatory amnesia.

+ - Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

Submitted by houghi
houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union:
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.

The original paper can be found right here

Furthermore, in the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely refelecting increased manmade polution."

+ - MtGox files for bankruptcy protection, confirms rumours 4

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "The beleaguered MtGox bitcoin exchange has officially filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo, as reported in various news sources via AFP. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled; see The Verge for re-reporting) Bitcoin held an impromptu press conference that addressed recent rumours. They state that they have over $60m in liabilities against just $30m in assets, and confirm the loss of over $500m worth of Bitcoins, split between customers' balances (750,000 BTC) and company assets (100,000 BTC)."

+ - Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices-> 1

Submitted by beaverdownunder
beaverdownunder (1822050) writes "Facebook has recognised it's a gender-diverse world — at least in the US.

In addition to Male or Female, Facebook now lets US users choose among some 50 additional options such as "transgender," "cisgender," "gender fluid," "intersex" and "neither."

Users also now have the ability to choose the pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly: he/his, she/her, or the gender-neutral they/their.
"When you come to Facebook to connect with the people, causes, and organizations you care about, we want you to feel comfortable being your true, authentic self," Facebook said in a post on its Diversity page.

"An important part of this is the expression of gender, especially when it extends beyond the definitions of just 'male' or 'female,' " the post continued. "So today, we're proud to offer a new custom gender option to help you better express your own identity on Facebook.""

Link to Original Source

Comment: Not 'free' to leave Australia... (Score 1) 337

by beaverdownunder (#46080133) Attached to: Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

Australia has exit border control. You have to contact immigration even if you leave by boat. They will ask you your itinerary, residences overseas, and contacts overseas.

You can be prevented from leaving if you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident and the authorities think you'll be negatively affecting Australia's international interests while abroad.

You can also be arrested and placed in detention if you don't have a valid visa (even if you're leaving!)

So no, the idea of a western country keeping people in, or tabs on them when they leave, is not unheard of.

Comment: Google River View (Score 5, Interesting) 132

by beaverdownunder (#46077855) Attached to: Grand Canyon Is "Frankenstein" of Geologic Formations

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