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Comment Re:Major disconnect from layers (Score 1) 466

Biases are bad generalizations as you can tell: Don't use them. Each individual should be treated uniquely.

Respect is earned, it cannot be given, even by Mommy and Daddy. That includes self respect.

GP fully misses the irony - if everyone is unique, then no one is. I agree with parent; snowflake syndrome is much more prevalent than it used to be.

The GP's position is that respect is the default, and actions can change that. Parent (and my own) position is that no-respect is the default, but actions can change that.

Comment Re:open marriage (Score 1) 308

it doesn't work for me

It doesn't work for men! We are waaaay more disadvantaged in the game of finding casual partners. Blame it on the economic law of supply and demand, perhaps.

It's actually very easy: you need to possess and display power and influence. With sufficient power and influence you don't even need to hide - you can openly have as many women as you want. Regardless of power and influence women still have to hide their extramarital dalliances unless they want to lose the marriage. Powerful and influential men don't.

So, stop complaining and get to work on becoming a millionaire :-)

Comment Re:All bullshit (Score 1) 263

No, I'm claiming that a large number of teens get into sex because of peer pressure.

That's still consensual. If you want to claim that peer pressure is *coerced*, then you should get ready to jail the coerced teens peers, not the *other* teen they had sex with.

Comment Re:It's not about the crime (Score 1) 263

nobody should be convicted on the word of an accuser alone;

Oh really? So witness testimony is worthless in your opinion? Please justify why you think such an opinion is worth consideration.

You appear to forget that there are *two* witness testimonies in he said/she said cases. Why do you feel that the accuser's testimony should carry more weight?

Comment Re:It's not about the crime (Score 1) 263

Let's say it all together: Acquittal doesn't mean that the accuser lied. Just like in the vast majority of cases, rape is incredibly hard to prove. If they felt there was evidence that she lied, rather than insufficient evidence to prove "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt", then they would be trying her for making false charges - which, computer used or not, is usually a felony.

Regardless, I won't consider justice "blind" until "she consented to the sex" is treated by the same legal standard as a robbery defendant's claim "he consented to give me the money" - as an affirmative defense / defense theory.

They already are treated by the same standard. If someone grabs $10 of you and you have no way to prove that it is yours (no witnesses, etc), then that person will not be convicted. Your accusation alone is not enough to get someone convicted.

Comment Re:Probably 15.0 kW, not 150 (Score 1) 106

15kW per house? This is Africa, not America - typical usage in Europe is 4kW per house. It is probably 40W per house in Africa. Only 0.001% of houses have A/C.

And, as pointed out elsewhere, most electricity comes from Diesel in Africa (The rest mostly from Hydroelectric).

I'm South African. You're wrong. Usage per house varies from between 1kW to 4kW. Running a house on 40W basically lights a room dimly for an hour. Also, we have AC everywhere - I certainly have AC at home, at work and in my Mercedes-Benz.

Oh, wait! You thought Africa was a poor *country*... silly you.. *South Africa* is a country in *Africa*, and we're more first-world than third-world.


Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 706

Their private servers got hacked. In much the same way if I were to get mugged

Lots of people conflating individuals with corporations here.

If you leave the back door open and your customers' stuff gets stolen, you should be liable, criminally and civilly. Just as if you don't maintain your underwater oil rig properly, and there's a catastrophic blow-out and millions of gallons of crude get dumped into the ecosystem, you should be criminally liable.

The situation in this case is more analogous to there being no blow out, but deliberate sabotage. Seriously, you, at some time in your life (maybe even right now) have had under your control at least one machine with a zero day exploit that you did not know about. Should you be penalised when someone actually exploits the ...erm... exploit?

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 706

What makes a system insecure? The system integration/networking? The software, especially third party software with its disclaimers about "no liability for implied merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose"?

None of that matters to the legislation. It can be very simple: If you expose people's private information, that your company has collected, then the CEO and board of directors do jail time.

If that was the letter of the law, then the company officers in this case wouldn't be liable - they *didn't* "expose the data". Their private servers got hacked. In much the same way if I were to get mugged, I didn't "expose my wallet", the muggers simply took it by force.

Perhaps if you reword it...

Comment Re:Laugh (Score 1) 192

is so grossly higher than the actual price of a life

what about the life of Steve Jobs, would that be worth $10 million?

Not at all. You appear to believe that if he wasn't aruond to bring us iShinies then no one else would. The talent that is needed to bring the world iStuff is so common someone else would have done it if he wasn't around.

Comment Re:Let's wait until al Quadia discovers it (Score 2) 192

and thousands of people die the same moment because some terrorist pressed a button.

The US military is the only entity that has actually ever carried out attacks like this

You're missing the word "capable". Many many organisations and countries would love to have the capability, and they have every intention of using it as often as possible.

Comment Re:Well-regulated militia (Score 1) 698

there are five people on the supreme court that make words mean whatever they want them to mean

maybe you can ask them what the word "limited" means when it comes to copyright

You keep saying this. Crack open a thesaurus - you'll see a big difference between "well-regulated" and "state-regulated". Regulated, derived from regular, always meant "in working condition".

I understand that you want the word "regulated" to mean "state-controlled and limited", but no amount of whining is going to change the fact you being regular doesn't in any way involve the government granting you permission to dump your daily crap into a toilet bowl.

Regular means many things - ordinary, common, normal, etc. *You* are trying to redefine the word to mean state-controlled and/or state-limited.

You are false data.