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Comment: Re:Kinda ok, kinda not (Score 1) 140

by countach (#47514075) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Most people in this situation have no hope of knowing who did it. For example, I have 4 flatmates. If one of them does something like this, I would have no way of finding out which one it was. So its an utter waste of time. If I had kids at home, I'm sure they would all deny it too, like kids always do. If I had friends over, what am I going to ring my friends and accuse them? Ha!

Comment: Kinda ok, kinda not (Score 2) 140

by countach (#47507507) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

On the one hand, its nice that this regime is measured and not over the top. On the other hand, if I hadn't pirated anything, because my flatmates/kids/friends/neighbours had done something I didn't know about, I'd still be pissed off receiving that letter. I don't think the good people of the UK should be completely satisfied with this situation. There should be a way to push back and say, no I didn't do it, take your stinking letter back.

Comment: Nope (Score 2, Interesting) 147

by countach (#47493219) Attached to: Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?

I doubt that there is any possibility to observationally test such a thing, and even if some weird experiment can be devised, I doubt it would really do more than hint at, rather than prove other universes. After all, by definition these other universes are not part of ours, so we can't get at them.

But let's just assume for a minute what is likely, that it can never be proven... Will the pointy headed boffins admit that it is not science, its... well.... something akin to religion really. About as scientific as any religious belief. In which case, shouldn't we really stop the whining between the scientific and religious factions? The scientists must admit that certain things could well be true that they can't prove, and that such things are worth talking about in the same breath as "real science", i.e. the things that pretty much everyone admits is true because it is science.

Next time some pseudo intellectual proclaims "that's not science", just remember... neither is a lot of stuff that gets published under the name of science, and which nobody seems to complain about.

Comment: Intel (Score 1, Insightful) 236

by countach (#47473681) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Errr, yeah, but they could have just used Intel chips like everyone else. Ultimately it would have given better performance, saved themselves a lot of pain in switch over, and put themselves ahead of the curve selling to people who wanted to dual boot. So did IBM save them or cripple them?

Comment: Re:Too true... (Score 5, Insightful) 424

by countach (#47465329) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Properly represented? You shouldn't even be in court in the first place to need representation just because you made a comment about a restaurant.

And if this blog article comes up "too high" in Google's search for the town, can you seriously blame the blogger? Blame Google if you want to blame anyone, but don't blame the blogger because of Google's page rank algorithms.

Comment: Re:Do as they do in job references (Score 1) 424

by countach (#47465311) Attached to: French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Ha ha. My dad the school teacher was once asked to write a reference for the worst kid in the class, a real trouble maker. So he wrote "This is to certify that Bill Bloggs was a student in my class for the year 19XX". Apparently the kid was happy. Always laugh when I think of that.

Comment: Corruption (Score 4, Insightful) 112

So what the AEC is saying is that the election is safeguarded by what is called "security by obscurity". Or in other words, rather than having the software open so that security researchers can point out its flaws, you leave the flaws in place and hope that nobody knows what they are.

People who rely on this method, are known in security circles as "blathering idiots", "damned fools", "corrupt officials hiding something", and various things like that.

It's the moral equivalent of giving all the paper ballots to one single pointy headed official, asking him to count them, and then believing whatever number he decides to cough up. That's what you expect in Cuba, and other dictatorships.

I owe the public nothing. -- J.P. Morgan