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Comment: Re:What for? (Score 1) 135

by Richard_at_work (#48193935) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

IT workers are low-wage blue-collar workers with no vacations, no off hours, no overtime compensation and their jobs are being or have already been outsourced.

In the UK we get a minimum of 4 weeks paid vacation, a set time for working hours, and even salaried workers are due compensation for working over their contractual hours.

Been in IT in the UK for 20 years now, never experienced what you are talking about.

Yup, we actually have decent employment law here in the UK. Sucks to be you, wherever you come from...

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 439

by dgatwood (#48193495) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

It's still perfectly legal to want the President dead. You just can't say you want it to happen. Speaking isn't a thought, it's an action.

Actually, you can legally say that you want it to happen, at least based on my understanding of the law in question. Where it becomes a crime is when there is both an expressed desire to actually cause that harm (or a call for others to do so) and a reasonable expectation that it might be feasible for you (or those others) to do so in the manner suggested.

Here are a couple of examples that illustrate the difference:

  • Lack of intent: In theory, you could legally say that you wish the President would get beaten to death by a gang dressed in clown suits while smoking bananas and drinking cheap beer. If you did so, such a statement would not be committing a crime, because wanting someone to die is not the same thing as threatening to kill someone.

    With that said, if someone actually expressed such an interest, the Secret Service would take a very close interest in that person's background, looking to see if (for example) he or she had ever bought a clown costume, bananas, or cheap beer.

    Additionally, it should be noted that if you then went on to say, "And if I ever get the chance, I'll be part of that gang," then you would almost certainly go to prison, because that statement of personal intent would cross the legal threshold for being a threat. Similarly, if you asked others to harm the President, or said things that appeared to advocate the assassination of the President, that would also be considered a true threat.

  • Implausible means: Most people could legally say that they want to hit the President with a giant meteor from space without committing a crime, because to the best of my knowledge, even our best scientists have no real means of making a meteor fall on the White House, much less some random person who has never had any affiliation with any space program whatsoever. With that said, if you are affiliated with NASA, such a statement might be seen as a threat. Maybe.

Additionally, the following conditions must all be met before something is considered a threat:

  • The threat must be made intentionally, not accidentally.
  • The context and manner of the threat must be such that a reasonable person overhearing it would assume that it was an actual expression of intent to harm the President. (For example, snarky comments at a political rally or in a stand-up comedy routine are not likely to be seen as legitimate threats.)
  • The threat must not be made under duress, and must not be forced.

Of course, you can easily get into grey areas, and if you do, even if you don't get jail time for it, you'll probably get a lot more scrutiny than you'd like.

Finally, I'd like to add that IANAL, and this post should not be taken as legal advice.

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 439

by dgatwood (#48193287) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

What society finds acceptable is irrelevant; even if they find it unacceptable, that does not mean it should be illegal.

This. The gold standard for legality is that something should be legal unless it harms someone else—as Justice Holmes put it, "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Society's values are, or at least should be, utterly irrelevant in determining whether something should or should not be legal, except perhaps in defining what constitutes another person, and in defining what constitutes harm.

Then again, I'm half expecting somebody to deliberately twist that and say, "But manga characters are people, too...." And this, I fear, will be the first sign that all hope for humanity is lost....

Comment: Re:Ouch (Score 1) 74

by Richard_at_work (#48188683) Attached to: NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

You need to retake religious studies :) Seriously, your entire understanding of Christianity is wrong.

Catholicism is Christianity in entirety - it has essentially two main branches, Roman Catholic, and Protestant (or Church of England based Christianity, and also includes most other non-Roman Catholic Christian branches such as Baptists, Methodist etc, which are all offshoots of the CoE branch). But both sit under the label of Catholicism.

Protestants most certainly believe in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and while they believe Jesus was mortal, that forms the basis of being able to rise from the dead - his divinity after crucifixion comes from him conquering death and rising again. Oh, and they most definitely believe he is the Son of God.

Your idea of how salvation occurs is also completely broken for both branches of Catholicism - simply leading a good life won't get you any brownie points, you have to believe in Jesus Christ and the fundamental tenet that he died for humanities sins on the cross.

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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK 439

Posted by timothy
from the we-know-what-you-were-thinking dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this news from the UK, as reported by Ars Technica: A 39-year-old UK man has been convicted of possessing illegal cartoon drawings of young girls exposing themselves in school uniforms and engaging in sex acts. The case is believed to be the UK's first prosecution of illegal manga and anime images. Local media said that Robul Hoque was sentenced last week to nine months' imprisonment, though the sentence is suspended so long as the defendant does not break the law again. Police seized Hoque's computer in 2012 and said they found nearly 400 such images on it, none of which depicted real people but were illegal nonetheless because of their similarity to child pornography. Hoque was initially charged with 20 counts of illegal possession but eventually pled guilty to just 10 counts.

Comment: Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (Score 3, Informative) 166

by Richard_at_work (#48186411) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

The only limitations I've ever had with Windows on Apple computers are limitations *Apple* put in place.

Try this - replace the internal DVD drive on a 17" MBP with a hard disk:

1. Bootcamp won't allow you to install Windows on anything other the primary hard disk
2. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot Windows on the second hard disk
3. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot OSX on the second hard disk
4. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to boot the Windows installation media from anything other than the internal DVD drive
5. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to book the OSX installation media from anything other than the internal DVD drive
6. The EFI firmware will specifically refuse to allow the Windows installation to write to it, so Windows cannot set the boot partition

So these days I have a 10GB OSX partition on the primary hard disk which I never boot into, and the final act of doing all the installations was a fun case of swapping the DVD drive in and out.

I've never had anything like as many issues installing Windows on non-Apple hardware.

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 1) 166

by Richard_at_work (#48186229) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Nope, no fire sale, just a very busy store - seems it got busier after the Phones4U store next door to the EE store closed down. I was in the store perhaps 45 minutes, and the staff were never idle, there was a decent, steady stream of customers and probably a good 20 phones sold during that time.

And who said they were buying the "exact same product"? There was perhaps 7 or 8 different Windows Phone models on show, of which the Lumia 930 was but one - the rest of the Lumia range was represented, as were several HTCs.

Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 1) 166

by Richard_at_work (#48186043) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

You also know what they say: "Lies, damn lies and statistics". Pick any period before a new product launch and I bet you can show sales declining - the new flagship WP Lumia series was announced during Q2 2014, but not released until Q3 2014, and other Lumia updates didn't happen until later in Q3 or the start of Q4, so lets see what the sales results for Q3 show before declaring WP dead on the basis of the Q2 results.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 263

by Richard_at_work (#48185993) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

The complexity will come in the outfitting, which for the two aforementioned Royal Navy carriers will come after the ship has been floated and moved out of the construction dock - however, even ignoring the outfitting of the carrier, I am still amazed that the Korean shipyard can build several copies of a much larger ship and deliver them in a time shorter than our shipyards can complete the hull of one single carrier (HMS Queen Elizabeth, laid down in 2009, floated in 2014, still being outfitted). Even going by first joining of major sub assemblies, the RN carrier took 3 years between that and first floating.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly