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Comment Re:cellphones are bad enough (Score 1) 47

People want electric cars in order to conserve energy, not for themselves but for the environment. So having a very inefficient charger defeats that purpose.

People are very different. I bought an electric car because it doesn't shake, rattle or stink, it's silent, and when I hit the accelerator it actually accelerates.

If it's also environmentally friendly, then I'll take that. Nice bonus. It's not my primary motivator however.

Comment Re:2212 guns being "smuggled" into airports (Score 1) 500

Wow, I thought it was obvious I was referring to "but you can't bring it with you outside into the civilized world".

So are they exclusively for shooting burglars?

We have a lot of guns in private ownership in Norway but shooting burglars isn't legal. We expect people to take their guns out to shooting ranges or into the woods to hunt game etc. You're perfectly free to take your gun with you on the bus or train or whatever, so long as there's a good reason you need to take it. Such as going to or from the shooting range.

Comment Re:2212 guns being "smuggled" into airports (Score 1) 500

There's room for a lot more explosives in a car than in a suitcase so you could probably blow up quite a lot at this external checkpoint - and it's still going to cause an airport shutdown.

The endgame of this is checkpoints as we leave our homes: you might own a gun, but you can't bring it with you outside into the civilized world.

Comment Re:Lawyers are Going to Love This! (Score 1) 223

Hard to believe, but anybody looking to block advertising is not willing to replace it with other advertising.

I'm not so sure about that. A lot of people who block ads are doing it due to the malware threat. If Brave can establish itself as a browser that only serves safe ads (and perhaps even non-obnoxious ones) then I can see a lot of users going for this.

It's not much different from the way AdBlock is pushing with their acceptable ads programme (or whatever it's called).

And advertisers would just need to count hits from Brave browsers to assess legal damages.

This is probably more of an issue but it seems like a tangled legal territory to try and get damages from, if it's the users themselves who are making the decision to replace malware-infested ads with safe ads.

Comment Re:IAB (Score 1) 442

Sure, but you'd think they'd at least be willing to listen to WHY they've pissed people off so badly to the point more people are using this stuff.

Not if you discover that your conference has turned into an ad blocker blocking workshop, in which case you don't want ad blocker representatives anywhere near it.

Which may or may not be what's going on.

Comment Re:We know there are questions we can't answer. (Score 1) 225

"Can God make a chili pepper so hot that He cannot eat it ?"

Yes of course he can, he is omnipotent, why is this even a question?

Once he's done it he would no longer be omnipotent because there would exist a thing that he cannot do. This isn't a problem: it must be within the power of an omnipotent being to choose to make itself no longer omnipotent.

Comment Re: It has begun! (Score 1) 145

The trend with autonomous vehicles is the manufacturer is culpable for anything that happens when the vehicle is in autopilot mode.

The near future of autonomous vehicles is going to be that the manufacturer picks up the bill for computer controlled crashes, and they buy insurance to cover themselves.

Insurance companies are going to sell them that insurance because they realize that a world full of computer controlled vehicles is going to result in fantastically fewer insurance cases than our current world of vehicles controlled by moronic human drivers.

Comment Re:Cruel and Unusual (Score 1) 211

It occurred to me that if we replaced airbags with shotgun cartridges people might start driving carefully and stop running into other cars and things.

No they wouldn't. This isn't very far from the state of affairs before seatbelts became mandatory equipment, and nobody cared much back then that people were dying in droves. Not even the drivers themselves. (Volvo cared though, and invented seatbelts.)

Comment Re:We should differentiate between the two (Score 1) 141

The distinction can't really be drawn. In Germany it is considered harmful to deny the Holocaust to the extent that it's illegal to do so. If a German Google employee is left to decide whether such a ban is 451 or 452 he will likely conclude differently than a US Google employee would.

And of course, child porn means different things in different countries. In some places, someone drawing a basic stick figure and writing underneath "naked child" may be guilty of creating child porn. How obviously harmful is that drawing to anyone? Would blocking it be a ban on political speech? How realistic must the drawing be before it's "reasonable" to ban it?

Comment Re:Freedom of Speech (Score 1) 116

You must realize that the language used in the US Constitution is very exceptional in international terms. It affirms a non-restricted freedom of speech in a way that cannot be misunderstood: the only real way to subvert it is if you can get away with completely changing the meaning of the words used in it. This is a very strong barrier to tyranny. Don't make the mistake of assuming that there are any other nations in the world that enjoy this same level of protection.

The language used in European freedom of speech laws, as an example, comes with qualifications and exceptions built-in. Consequently the seed of tyranny is also built into these laws. They can never be understood to be any sort of guarantee of actual free speech but need to be seen as a (strong) statement of intent more than anything.

(This is one of the reasons I personally am completely indifferent to the whole EU project: they only serve more of the same tripe that is already in place. Had the EU proposed an actual strong freedoms-centric constitution it would have been different, but they didn't.)

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