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Comment: Re:No s**t Sherlock (Score 2) 350

by cyberchondriac (#48667205) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Yes, it goes both ways. Very often the viral videos you see of police brutality does not show what led up to the transgression, so, a portion of the cases may be misrepresented by way of missing context.
This way, everyone has an objective look at the entire encounter. The cameras are a win-win for everyone.

Comment: Re:How ghey (Score 2) 42

by cyberchondriac (#48667165) Attached to: NuSTAR Takes Beautiful X-ray Image of Sol
Sunne (or Sunna) was the OE/Germanic/Scandinavian name for the Sun (thus it's common name). Sol is the latin name for our Sun. That's why our star system is the "solar" system. It tweaks my OCD when people -especially scientists- refer to another star system as a "solar" system.
Sol /= star, it means our particular star. Though I have a feeling continued usage of it in manner will ultimately change the definition.

Comment: Re:i'm not going to see this (Score 1) 337

by cyberchondriac (#48666911) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Perhaps not, but still, there's enough there in the story that it could have been done much, much better. The difference between Jackson's Hobbit and Jackson's LotR is night and day. The LotR trilogy is a modern classic, the Hobbit trilogy is a big fat misfire. He really did eschew themes, morals, and deeper thinking for soulless CGI action; it's like the new Star Trek films all over again.

Comment: Re:sounds like relevent expertise (Score 2) 324

Nemesis itself also being probably the worst Star Trek film in history. Though most of the TNG movies were stinkers, except the Borg one. I loved the TNG series, it's a shame that whatever the series had didn't translate over to the big screen very well.

Comment: Re:Screw them (Score 1) 220

On paper, that might sound viable to you. But it would pretty well result in NK attacking and lashing back out at anyone they could: SK, Japan, etc..
Chances are the theater threats were .. well, pure theater. But an actual military attack on Pyongang, hello WWIII, or at least the Korean War again.. And I'm sure the Chinese would just sit tight like good little dogs because the ol' USA told them to. The world is not that simple, do not let your emotions cloud your better judgment. K-Ju and crew (love that) will get their just desserts. I suspect we're going to hack back the fuck out of them.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 3, Insightful) 717

You're really broadly generalizing though. Denying one controversial subject doesn't mean someone denies all science.
Skepticism is a healthy attribute, it indicates critical thinking, and an open mind.

I have no problem with evolution or Darwin whatsoever, believe solar power will be a fantastic resource when it matures, would like to eventually see an end to use of fossil fuels as soon as it becomes economically feasible to do so, am skeptical of religion (IMO religion is conveniently pre-packaged cereal box spirituality /philosophy at best); and think creationism is a fairy tale; but whereas AGW is concerned, I'm skeptical (but open minded) because of all the politics and hypocrisy that surrounds it. Al Gore and friends drone on and on about the dangers of carbon dioxide and man's apocalyptic effect on the planet, then all go fly their fuel-hog private personal jets to a summit to discuss it. Same is true of Gore's personal practices (i.e. his house), he seems very unconcerned in practice about those things which he champions in print or video. Such a strong proponent is expected to lead by example. The UN says AGW is critical to address, yet China hasn't had to abide by any accords, being probably the worst pollution offender currently on the planet.
Additionally, all climate and weather forecasts, whether next weekend or 100 years from now, despite the differences, are based on computer models, which are far from infallible. For these reasons, I'm still skeptical; however, I'm not unable to be swayed, given further evidence that isn't dressed up with carbon taxes and other political aspects; additionally, it sure would help if all the celebrities endorsing the tenant of AGW actually practiced what they preached.
Science is a process, a living, dynamic, self-correcting process. It must never be wielded as dogma.

Comment: Re:What's the purpose of all those bodyguards then (Score 1) 586

by cyberchondriac (#48625777) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
You're forgetting, there are 18,000 different theatres, it's not so easy, there's no magic to stop these kinds of things (if they're real, that is) as you imagine. Even the NSA, police, etc.. can't read minds, use a crystal ball, or have Superman's x-ray vision, even with all the data they collect.
But even if it is a ruse as we suspect, the hackers still hold tons of personal information about Sony's employees, their addresses, medical records, etc.. so possibly Sony is more concerned over abuse of that data, and is trying to appease NK.
Not that it matters, because appeasement never works. Never in the history of man has it worked, as an end to itself. Even war has a better track record of stopping aggression than appeasement. Unless the appeasement is used merely as a delay tactic, then it may have some strategic value there.

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