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Comment: Re: What about my right to search? (Score 1) 168

Well, depending on where you live there may be sme kind of right to free speech. In the US it is fairly explicit. In the UK and commonwealth countries there have been rulings that say there is an implied right to a certain degree of free speech. So is there a right to search, which is really a form of free speech? Well, there may well be.

Comment: Re: surpising (Score 1) 168

by countach (#47536649) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

"We're not talking about a company that is haemorrhaging money"

Well you only say that because its a 140 B company. But if investors suddenly decide this thing is never going to make money, it could suddenly be a 1B company. 126M loss in the context of a 1B company is huge. Until they actually make consistent money, who's to say how much this ship is worth? Could be worth nothing.

Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 866

Depends if your aim is to have the most number of people on board quicker, or to have the flight ready to go quicker. Because getting 90% of the people on board doesn't actually help much, only having 100%. It's actually less comfortable for people to be on the aircraft waiting than to be in the waiting area.

Comment: Re:Kinda ok, kinda not (Score 1) 143

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) 143

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.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."