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Comment: Re:You’re using the wrong defn of doubt (Score 1) 600

by fiendie (#46831459) Attached to: The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

His attitude reminds me of so many religious people who insist that youâ(TM)ll go to hell if you donâ(TM)t believe blindly exactly as they do.

Nice try. This has been debunked so many times I am surprised it's still brought up, let alone by people who call themselves scientists.

I have watched countless talks with Dawkins and read most of his books and I have no clue what you are talking about. Would you care to point me to one of those instances where he comes off as arrogant or makes arguments from authority like you are insinuating?

Regarding the evidence which you insist he doesn't care about sharing with "common folk", he wrote a bloody book aimed at children! (The Magic of Reality)

You're just parroting some of the most popular attacks of Dawkins being strident, shrill and arrogant. Again, I dare you to come up with any evidence for those claims.

Privacy

Illegal To Take a Photo In a Shopping Center? 544

Posted by Soulskill
from the common-paranoia dept.
New submitter Kyrall writes "A man was questioned by security guards and then police after taking a photo of his own child in a UK shopping center. The center apparently has a 'no photography' policy 'to protect the privacy of staff and shoppers and to have a legitimate opportunity to challenge suspicious behavior.' He was told by a security guard that taking a photo was illegal. He also said that a police officer claimed, 'he was within in his rights to confiscate the mobile phone on which the photos were taken.'"
Bug

SCADA Problems Too Big To Call 'Bugs,' Says DHS 92

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-a-remote-unauthorized-access-feature dept.
chicksdaddy writes "With the one year anniversary of Stuxnet upon us, a senior cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security says the agency is reevaluating whether it makes sense to warn the public about all of the security failings of industrial control system (ICS) and SCADA software used to control the U.S.'s critical infrastructure. DHS says it is rethinking the conditions under which it will use security advisories from ICS-CERT to warn the public about security issues in ICS products. The changes could recast certain kinds of vulnerabilities as 'design issues' rather than a security holes. No surprise: independent ICS experts like Ralph Langner worry that DHS is ducking responsibility for forcing changes that will secure the software used to run the nation's critical infrastructure. 'This radically cuts the amount of vulnerabilities in the ICS space by roughly 90%, since the vast majority of security "issues" we have are not bugs, but design flaws,' Langner writes on his blog. 'So today everybody has gotten much more secure because so many vulnerabilities just disappeared.'"
Music

Court Reinstates $675k File Sharing Verdict 388

Posted by Soulskill
from the wronging-what-once-went-right dept.
FunPika writes with this excerpt from Wired: "A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a whopping $675,000 file sharing verdict that a jury levied against a Boston college student for making 30 tracks of music available on a peer-to-peer network. The decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a federal judge who slashed the award as 'unconstitutionally excessive.' U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston reduced the verdict to $67,500, or $2,250 for each of the 30 tracks defendant Joel Tenenbaum unlawfully downloaded and shared on Kazaa, a popular file sharing peer-to-peer service. The Recording Industry Association of America and Tenenbaum both appealed in what has been the nation's second RIAA file sharing case to ever reach a jury. The Obama administration argued in support of the original award, and said the judge went too far when addressing the constitutionality of the Copyright Act's damages provisions. The act allows damages of up to $150,000 a track." Update: 09/17 21:32 GMT by S : As it turns out, the article's explanation of the decision is a bit lacking; read on for NewYorkCountryLawyer's more accurate explanation.

Comment: Re:Banned from PSN... (Score 2, Informative) 322

by fiendie (#33496678) Attached to: Sony Has Lost the PS3 Hacking War

250 GB won't last very long. Especially the PS3 exclusive titles fill out those BDs pretty good.

Uncharted 2 was around 39 GB as was God of War III. Heavy Rain used up about 28 GB.

I would love to install at least the game I am currently playing to the HD to decrease load times but I can understand why they left the feature out.

Your average XBox 360 game is roughly 7 GB. I guess Sony just puts a lot of uncompressed textures and sound files on their discs.

Comment: Re:how is this different (Score 1) 406

by fiendie (#31182502) Attached to: Owners Smash iPhones To Get Upgrades, Says Insurance Company

This doesn't make sense.

The 3GS and its predecessor look exactly the same. So if the only reason to own one is to flash it on the subway you could just as well keep your old one.
Most people, like me for instance, wrap their iPhone in some protective sleeve so you can't even tell it apart from other phones on first glance.

Is it really so hard to believe that most users just like the iPhone for its technical merits?
It's because of people like you I used to think twice before I get it out of my pocket in certain places.

Aren't we past the fashion junkie stereotype for owners of Apple hardware just about now?

Get a grip already...

Comment: Re:A Christian's take (Score 1) 1252

by fiendie (#31120224) Attached to: Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

After all, the initial singularity from which the universe sprung had to come from somewhere.

There is an interesting talk by Lawrence Kraus how our Universe could have come from "Nothing".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo

Basically, if we are living in a flat universe, which has been shown to be the case (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shape_of_the_Universe), Quantum Fluctuations allow it to begin from nothing (zero total energy).

Comment: Re:Legitimate? (Score 1) 188

by fiendie (#28417997) Attached to: How the Obama Copyright Policies Might Unfold

So let's play this out a little bit. Let's say we drop the copyrights on everything over 17 years old. All of a sudden, everything older than Third Eye Blind is free. The majority of Metallica music. U2, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Paula Abdul... Jefferson Starship, Beatles, the list goes on. Anything recorded by Casals, most of Pavarotti's records... How many people would say, "I've got a lifetime of music to wade through that's free. Why would I buy this top-40 crap for even a dollar?"
Unless, of course, they actually turn out some product that's better than Britney. I'm not saying that there's no good music these days, but I'm saying that most of the pop stuff they put out now would have a hard time competing against a practically infinite supply of free music.

I don't think that would be the case for a good chunk of listeners. Especially youth culture is all about identification and peer pressure. Therfore, I guess Britney and her ilk are not so much about music.
Plus, it's totally uncool to listen to the same stuff as one's parents, however good it may be.
I know I didn't start listening to older stuff before being well into my twens.

Comment: Re:Am I missing something? (Score 1) 911

by fiendie (#26968573) Attached to: EU Says MS Must Offer Other Browsers; Now What?

The real question is will they force Apple to do the same, or does the Little dictator of Cupertino get another free pass?

Not the same crap again...

  1. Apple is not a monopoly
  2. Safari's market share is insignificant
  3. Safari can be uninstalled with one drag to the trashcan

And Ubuntu even offers to install Epiphany with a few mouseclicks via Synaptic if you want.
Why do people always have to dilute the matter with that line of reasoning?

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