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Comment: Re:Insultification of language (Score 1) 1152

Well it seems that a word can start off with a particular meaning, then it gains pejorative connotations, then the original meaning falls out of use out of fear that insulting intention might be inferred, so the word is simply an insult. This process is what I was trying to point out. When a language divides us, different locales will inevitably have certain words at different stages of this process, and here Dawkins points out he sees nothing insulting about being called ignorant about some things (it's simply true), whereas it seems in the US, the word has reached stage 3 and is taken to be insulting even when factually correct. Someone using the term who happens to be innocently ignorant (heh) of this fact will be taken to be insulting even when they are not intending to be.

Comment: Insultification of language (Score 2) 1152

The point on "ignorant" being insulting is an interesting one. As a English person who hears a lot of American spoken, I have observed a few words that are not insulting in English are taken to be so in American. I had "dumb" (now we have to say "mute" in order not to offend) and "retarded" (being a medical term). Now apparently "ignorant" is taken pejoratively too in the US. Any more examples?

Comment: Re:Really? Vigilantes? (Score 1) 482

by gibletparade (#37042270) Attached to: The London Riots and Facial Recognition Technology

In an European context, vigilantes are also criminals, as the only organization which is allowed to use force is the state, which is legitimatized by the citizens.

It is easy to ignore your further points when your initial premise is instantly recognisable as utter bullshit. Use of force is not vigilantism unless it is dishing out punishment outside the law. As for the state being the only thing allowed to use force, does a club bouncer/doorman not use force from time to time to keep to defend themselves and others and to keep the peace in the club? Are you under the impression we have state-run clubs?

More detail on the UK situation if you're interested at all in the truth: http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/s_to_u/self_defence/

One of the more inspiring aspects of this whole situation is how well some immigrant communities have been stepping up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Hp2pOQYqk

Not that any of this has anything to do with the original post about image analysis.

Comment: Re:The thin veneer of civilisation (Score 1) 682

by gibletparade (#37033362) Attached to: Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters
Protesters are protesters. Looters are looters. Listen to the audio. Which are they?

They think people with businesses are rich. In their town, charities burned yesterday.

The last protest was a peaceful one on Saturday night, about the entirely legitimate concern that the police shot a man dead. Bored idiots have been looting since then. The distinction is clear, and the family of the deceased man have spoken out against the looting. The distinction is equally clear in the Egyptian case.

And I don't like this government a bit, but we had a vote etc.

Comment: Re:The thin veneer of civilisation (Score 4, Informative) 682

by gibletparade (#37032940) Attached to: Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters
But these people are not using tech to organise a campaign for democracy. They are living in a democracy, using tech to organise theft and destruction of that democracy.

It isn't Aung San Suu Kyi we're dealing with here. It's these clueless bitches: http://audioboo.fm/boos/434411-leana-hosea-speaks-to-croydon-looters-on-bbcworldservice

Who is suggesting terminating connections? I'm happy with tapping.

Comment: Re:Android pod touch (Score 2) 157

by gibletparade (#36902178) Attached to: Android Market Upgraded, Buy eBooks and Rent Movies

What about Android-powered media players? Is there an Android-powered counterpart to iPod touch for sale here? There is the Archos 43, but it doesn't come with Android Market.

I've had this Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 for a few weeks now. Seems to match your description - not a phone but does wifi and app store fine thanks. Has good codec support. Ogg packs down audio really well too. There's a 5" version also. More info at http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=238

Unfortunately the app store update to get books and films is US-only at the moment.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst