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Comment Re:Wrong industry? (Score 4, Informative) 112

It has everything to do with copyright law. It's what the company is using in order to claim that they have a right to keep information from the court.

No, even if they would show the code, it wouldn't become magically free software or public domain. What they claim here is that they want to keep a trade secret.

Comment Re:Laurels (Score 1) 36

Actually, these big awards are not that important, especially in medical sciences. In fact, one might even say that hey are counter productive:

All scholarship is, to some extent, built on prior work — but this is especially true in scientific research. Consider James P. Allison, the winner of this year’s Lasker-DeBakey prize in clinical medical research. His work helped clarify one way cancer cells hide from the immune system. [...] Dr. Allison’s work is surely impressive. But [...]it relied on work conducted by 7,000 scientists at 5,700 institutions over a hundred-year period. Yet only he was recognized.


The prize industry contributes to a deeper problem in scientific research: We throw resources at a privileged few who have already achieved enormous fame.


[...] we could break up big prizes and give out many smaller awards. This may be more effective in supporting science [...]

Comment Re:What a scumbag (Score 4, Insightful) 226

Don't pretend they can just show up and ask questions.

Obviously not, but firstly, Assange was in the UK since August 2010 when the case was already open, and he only entered the Ecuadorian embassy in June 2012. That makes nearly two years to question him in London without the complications to ask Ecuador for permission, and then they had three years to ask Ecuador for permission and only did so this year in June when the time for three of the allegations started to run out.

Comment Re:What a scumbag (Score 5, Interesting) 226

Well, he is pinned down in the embassy, and they could have questioned him there:

Swedish prosecutors have interviewed 44 suspects in the UK since 2010, while for five years declining Julian Assange’s offer to be interviewed at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

Meanwhile the UK already spent ~12M pound to make sure he doesn't leave the embassy. If these rape allegations where the only reason for this theatre then the British police would have told the Swedish prosecutor that they will make sure Assange stays put for two or three month in the Embassy to give them the opportunity to interview him, and then they would have stopped this wast of public money.

Comment Re:So... just to to make sure: (Score 1) 141

Last time i checked a country has the right to protect its youth from drugs...

If protect its youth from drugs translates to prohibit these drugs for everybody then there is something wrong, especially when considering that a legal drugs like alcohol and tobacco are way more damaging than Canabis.

Comment Re:Say Russia did it for the purpose of argument.. (Score 1) 249

Well the EU would be obligated to move into the Ukrainian conflict to protect it's citizens,

On what basis is the EU obliged to do this?

... Russia was isolated, ...

What is already happening is that Russia is strengthening its ties with the other BRICS countries, and the big loser is the EU.

Comment Re:Say Russia did it for the purpose of argument.. (Score 1) 249

Care and concern for Ukraine is waning in the West

TBH I think it never existed. That is the problem with the Russian conspiracy theories (ie, that the US hired a sniper to start the whole thing, etc): the US doesn't care enough about Ukraine to hire a sniper.

Ukraine was specifically mentioned in Brzezinski, Zbigniew. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives. Basic Books. 1997:

Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasion chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire. Russia without Ukraine can still strive for imperial status, but it would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts with aroused Central Asians, who would then be resentful of the loss of their recent independence and would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the South.

And just how much the USA actually cared about who is in power in the Ukraine we know from the phone call (commented transcript) between Victora Nuland and Geoffrey R. Pyatt .

Comment Re:Book of numbers (Score 1) 332

Ukraine - inherited ~2500 nukes from the fall apart of USSR.

You might add that they never actually had command control over these nukes, i.e. at the time when they gave them up, they were just nuclear waste to Ukraine. And they were destroyed.

Treaty was violated in 2014 by russian invasion, [...]

Which invasion? If Russia were indeed to invade the Ukraine then it would take them probably no more than three days to finish the operation.

Ukraine is now being partitioned and the treaty patrons USA, UK, France, China do nothing.

Oh, the USA has done quite something, as we learnt from a leaked phone call.

Comment Re:The bravest astronaut (Score 1) 50

will be the first to board the next launch vehicle to the ISS after all these failures.

It's not like any of them are proving themselves particularly reliable. And it's not like any of these failures would have been survivable for the crew.

Actually, the situation is not as dire. The Progess launch failure was a result of combining the new Soyus 2-1A design with the supply ship, and

Officials were considering launching space station crews on the Soyuz-2.1a version once its performance was demonstrated on Progress missions.

Today's mission used the older Soyus-U design, and I would guess that the next crew going up would also use this older launcher.

Comment Re:Knowing when not to (Score 1) 345

The main reason for using templates should be to eliminate copy-and-paste coding, not to improve performance.

This depends on the task. Ever heard of expression templates or partial template specification ? Specifically, the latter is used in many std::copy implementations to do a fast memcopy when the data can be identified as POD or scalar that doesn't require the execution of a copy constructor.

Comment Re:Welcome to Fascist America! (Score 1) 413

Fascism [...] mandates worker syndicates to offset the power of industrialists and other "owners" of production.

If this is so, then why

on May 2nd, 1933, the day after Labor day, Nazi groups occupied union halls and labor leaders were arrested. Trade Unions were outlawed by Adolf Hitler, while collective bargaining and the right to strike was abolished (further reading).

Comment Re:LOL democracy! (Score 1) 253


“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin


“The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson

That's why you really want a consensus democracy:

Consensus democracy is the application of consensus decision-making to the process of legislation in a democracy. It is characterized by a decision-making structure which involves and takes into account as broad a range of opinions as possible, as opposed to systems where minority opinions can potentially be ignored by vote-winning majorities.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan