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Comment: Re:Monkey Business (Score 1) 185

by buchner.johannes (#48654099) Attached to: Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

So someone without money, shopping, hygiene and a job is not a person. Wow, it doesn't take much to see that you are a hard-on capitalist.
Apes were doing their care and feeding just fine before humans came along. Why should they have to fit into our society if we didn't make an effort to preserve theirs?

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 5, Funny) 276

by buchner.johannes (#48653169) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

We can argue all we want to about the cannon (I'm with the anon who thinks if you manage to hijack a plane with it... congrats!)

You know nothing. You put the cannons at the windows, and shoot at the wings of the other planes. Once they are hit, you throw hooks to hijack and loot! That's how to pirate an airship.

Comment: Re:the mysterious "us" (Score 1) 178

by buchner.johannes (#48568057) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

The reason that the discussion isn't framed more to be about the safety of citizens is because it's assumed that people understand to have buildings not collapse in an earthquake is a generally good thing for everyone. Do you really have to have a discussion about how not having buildings collapse onto people inside them is a good thing or a bad thing? We even have some pretty good numbers of the costs associated with earthquakes, as they happen frequently enough in plenty of developed and undeveloped areas.

Isn't this a usual risk-cost calculation? Every building can decide whether the risk (probability times loss) is greater then the costs of avoiding the risk.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (Score 0) 699

by buchner.johannes (#48548897) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

I think the original post is delusional. People would still use AdBlock if ads were unobtrusive and static. They just want the content, just like they download movies without paying.

I am willing to bet that the fraction of AdBlock users that turn on the feature where some ads are allowed does not exceed 1%.

Humans want all of it, for free, and now. If they can't have it under those terms, blaming "stealing" on the providers is only half of the story.

Comment: Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (Score 2) 77

by buchner.johannes (#48543073) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Sure, it might have originated in the Kuiper belt, but it isn't there any more.

That's not the point. The point is it has three moons of the same size as itself, and a lot of other debris. It's not dominating its environment.
You can choose: Either we have 8 planets, or you have to learn 19 names, and new ones every year or two. 9 is not an option anymore.

Anyways, I don't understand why "dwarf planet" was not made a subclass of "planets" along with "major planets" (where the others go). But no, it is "planets" and "minor planets", which are by definition not a "planet".

Comment: Re:Drake is Obtuse (Score 5, Informative) 334

by buchner.johannes (#48526085) Attached to: Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

I've always felt that the Drake Equation is not worthy of the term 'equation' since its just a simple probabilistic estimate from multiplying a ton of other probabilities and instances together.

It has a term on the left and a term on the right, and an equal sign in between. You can also see the Drake Equation as a Bayesian Network combined with a Poisson estimator for the mean (n*p).

Comment: Yes (Score 5, Informative) 238

by buchner.johannes (#48522671) Attached to: The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Caching: You can not cache Facebook for example, because the content is generated differently for every user. Youtube goes through great lengths to prohibit caching (e.g. with Squid) in the first place.
Proxying: You can proxy https just fine.
Firewalling: You can firewall https just fine.
Parental control: You can block websites just fine, either via DNS or IP.
I suspect they mean snooping for "copying that companies don't approve of" and "freedom fighters" here. And child pornography. It's kind of the point of HTTPS that it should be private. So yes, I can accept these costs.

If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably missed some.