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Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 2) 698

by chadenright (#49479843) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
The Illinois thing is going to last exactly as long as it takes for a gay, black lawyer from the NAACP to fly down there and sue their pants off because they refused him service because he was black. The US has laws against discriminating against people, and this was rather thoroughly hashed out in the '60's and '70's. Unfortunately it looks like we're going to have to hash it all out again because someone found a loophole. Basically, if your religion says you have to bang your forehead on the ground nineteen times a day, that's fine. If your religion says you have to bang someone else's head on the ground, you are going to run into problems. Of course, then there's the corrupt police forces that beat people up and kill them because they're some sort of minority, or just because the cop feels like it. But that's sort of a separate issue.

Comment: Not statistically significant (Score 5, Informative) 187

by chadenright (#48992497) Attached to: The Poem That Passed the Turing Test
From TFA: The 'author' submittted numerous poems to a number of publishers, the great majority of which were rejected. The one that was accepted was accepted to a journal that was to 'showcase a breadth of authors and a breadth of styles.' Really if you're going to publish computer-generated literature, that would be the place to do it.

Comment: Re:they count how many complaints, act if 10,000 (Score 1) 217

It is true that every nation needs a government. It is also true that the government occasionally does what it is supposed to do. It may also be true that most of the US federal government is evil, especially at the highest levels. Let me cite a source for you: http://www.ibtimes.com/us-stil...

Comment: Re:Hope the trend continues. (Score 1) 263

by chadenright (#48834629) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs
This is a very responsible (from google's point of view) attack on a rival company by google. If Microsoft loses Windows customers, Google gains Android customers. There is no losing scenario for google by doing this -- they make microsoft look bad, encourage hackers to target microsoft products, and drive customers away from microsoft and towards google. To be fair, they did in fact give MS a 90-window (ahem) to fix this bug, rather than making it public as soon as they found it, which they also could have done and which would have had a comparable benefit for Google.

Comment: +1 insightful, disagree (Score 1) 430

by chadenright (#42362771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?
I lost about three days of productivity on a new programming language (the Asterisk extensions.conf stuff, actually) because it turns out that that particular language treats whitespace after a comma in a function call as part of the passed parameter. A wonderful example of a language enforcing a language standard -- you cannot put a space after your commas, or the language will break. I only wish it had been documented a little bit better. On balance, though, I would argue that that's a perfect example of a very good reason NOT to strictly enforce coding style.

+ - Jammie Thomas takes constitutional argument to SCOTUS->

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Native American Minnesotan found by a jury to have downloaded 24 mp3 files of RIAA singles, has filed a petition for certioriari to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that the award of $220,000 in statutory damages is excessive, in violation of the Due Process Clause. Her petition (PDF) argued that the RIAA's litigation campaign was "extortion, not law", and pointed out that "[a]rbitrary statutory damages made the RIAA’s litigation campaign possible; in turn,that campaign has inspired copycats like the so-called Copyright Enforcement Group; the U.S. Copyright Group, which has already sued more than 20,000 individual movie downloaders; and Righthaven, which sued bloggers. This Court should grant certiorari to review this use of the federal courts as a scourge"."
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How Technology Promotes World Peace 152

Posted by Soulskill
from the everybody's-too-busy-browsing-lolcats-to-fight dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Ayesha & Parag Khanna write in the Atlantic that there are many important differences between the U.S.-China relationship of today and the U.S.-Soviet relationship before the outbreak of the Cold War. One is that the U.S. and China are deeply intertwined through geo-economic interdependence, and the rapid and global diffusion of technology is accelerating these changes. 'As the global economy has become more integrated, states have greater interest in cooperating and less interest in conflict, which can lead to a kind of mutually assured economic destruction,' write the Khanna. 'If military power is inherently competitive — the stronger your army and the weaker your neighbor's, the more powerful you become — then economic power is more cooperative. After all, much of America's power today is economic, but that power would decrease if China's economy collapses.' This economic inter-dependence, the theory goes, promotes peace, but technological power is also cooperative in this way, perhaps even more so. For example, medical research crosses borders, as do the pharmaceuticals or treatments that research can produce. China can increase its power by developing better solar panels — perhaps in part by building on foreign technologies — then turn around and sell them to other high-energy-consuming states, making us all better off. Like economics, technology doesn't just increase cooperation, it is the cooperation. 'The increasingly integrated global system is shaping the states within it, much as individual powers shape the system. The question is thus not who controls technology, but the way in which we develop, guide, and control it collectively.'"

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe