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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 2) 262

by Mr. Slippery (#48184089) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Where does the freedom to "say what I don't like" end and harassment begin?

In terms of content, you can say whatever the fuck you like about me. In terms of place and time and manner, you can't say whatever the fuck you like on my front lawn, because that's trespassing. You can't say whatever the fuck you like about me in my living room, because if you break into my house I will engage in legitimate self-defense and you will be quickly be unconscious or dead.

You can say whatever the fuck you like about me when we're in public, but if you continually follow me around at some point you are expressing a threat and committing assault. That has nothing to do with what you're saying, though, it applies even if you're silent -- it's the physical presence that's a threat.

You can say whatever the fuck you like about me on the internet or on TV or in a letter or on the phone or whatever. Unless you make a specific threat, and can be reasonably believed to have the means to carry it out, it's not assault. "I'm going to drop a nuclear bomb on Tom's house!" is not a threat, unless you command a nuclear arsenal. "Somebody ought to shoot Tom!" is offensive, but I don't have a right to not be offended, and unless someone is pointing a gun at me at that moment it's not assault or encouraging assault.

A nation with an interest in freedom could handle these cases without any new laws against trolling, using the same legal principles that have existed since the first idiot was prosecuted for mailing a threatening letter. But a moral panic about the 'net is fertile ground for authoritarians.

Comment: Re:The essence of enterprise (Score 1) 140

by drinkypoo (#48182493) Attached to: Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

Or it can be employed within a business between teams but only if there is no possibility of their influencing the other team's success, because you should want both teams to succeed.

What I want in this hypothetical scenario is to have the best possible product, and if there are two competing means of achieving the goal I might well choose to explore both of them. And the two ideas are competing, so no matter how much pretty language you dress the idea up in, the two teams will be competing. The important thing is to not see a lack of selection as failure, but as an exploration of an idea which didn't pan out but about which you now have more information. Either you'll have an idea of a scenario where it does make sense, or you'll know why it doesn't make sense and you won't waste time exploring it more completely — perhaps in a finished product which would suffer for it.

Or, maybe it wouldn't make sense to divide your resources like that. It'll depend on your situation. But that's a better use of employees you'll need again one day than firing them and hoping you'll be able to replace them with another unit.

Comment: Troll? Trololol. (Score 1) 107

by drinkypoo (#48182481) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

I know I'm cutting too close to the bone when someone becomes so incensed by what I am saying that they must mod me down for it. I believe both parts of my comment. If you want to claim I went offtopic, so be it, but I was also clearly on topic.

Or in summary: To the moderator: waaaaaaaah

Comment: Reality distortion field (Score 2) 306

by Mr. Slippery (#48180417) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

In spite of the grumblings of many, Karjaluoto doesn't recall many such changes that we didn't later look upon as the right choice.

Or rather, the famous reality distortion field later convinced Apple customer's that Apple must have been right all along. Because otherwise they'd have to admit that they'd been had, and no one wants to do that.

People who have paid a high price to enter a group tend to value that group, and people who are part of a group tend to conform to that group's judgments. It's terrible tech and terrible design, but it's great marketing.

Comment: Comments do not work like that (Score 0) 107

by drinkypoo (#48180087) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Please, please, please, don't start your comment in the subject. That's not what it's for. It's seriously fucking annoying. Netiquette, it's not just for USENET anymore. And it never was.

The system did not work like that ALl of us born ebfore google remember it. Just because google come and suddenly nothing is forgotten, does not mean it is a good thing.

The system does work like that. When an action becomes acknowledged as commonplace in society, the next generation discriminates against it less. Alternately, a problem which is hidden rather than being pointed out is never fixed. Example, selective enforcement, which shields the wealthy (who buy laws) from the results of bad laws.

Comment: Re:Android (Score 1) 72

by drinkypoo (#48180047) Attached to: Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

Right because rooting android and editing a text file

which text file? if I use reasonable search terms, even including OTG, I just get a bunch of bullshit about MTP.

or simply spending $4

why should I spend money for functionality I can get for free?

is so much easier than installing CM.

how difficult do you imagine this is?

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 3, Interesting) 295

Actually, as many review comparisons have noted over the years, Apple's products are priced only a very little bit higher than what other PC manufacturers offer given the exact same hardware.

So what? Apple makes their decisions on a different basis than I do. They choose parts based on maximum availability and profit. I choose parts based on price:performance ratio. I can build much more machine for significantly less money. Who cares if some other corporations are also trying to milk me?

I can ALSO install VMWare on the Mac

Yeah, I can also install vmware on my PC, and run MacOS in it, because some people have worked around the roadblocks that Apple put in the way to prevent users who pay for their software from doing that. How odd that Microsoft will permit me to virtualize their OS, but Apple won't. It's almost like they're bigger assholes than Microsoft. No, wait. It's exactly like that.

Comment: Re:One crap audio brand battling with another (Score 1) 295

Hair rock and Butt rock are definitely the same thing. And Glam rock definitely also means the same thing today. Perhaps there's a distinction to be drawn between glam and glam rock just as there is between punk and punk rock, which are completely different genres. Nickelback and Seether are whine rock.

Comment: Re:The things is, it never does (Score 1) 295

All monitor have color correction

No. Most monitors do not have color correction. They have no way to tell what colors they are putting out, so they have no way to correct their color output. A few flat panels have color correction built in, but they are very expensive.

Comment: Re:As expected from google (Score 3, Interesting) 107

by drinkypoo (#48179589) Attached to: BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

it is stupid that a small error without much consequence ruin your life

That's not google's fault. It's not the fault of anyone publishing the information. And society won't unfuck itself in this regard while some people can hide their deeds, and some cannot, because they do not understand how the system works. All this will do is create further inequities in society.

Comment: A clean and powerfull energy source already exists (Score 1) 339

by master_p (#48179425) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

It is the Sun.

All we need to do is to create enough solar cells and enough batteries so as that we can always have power.

If the Sun is producing 4000000000000000000000000000 watts per second, we are, as humanity, simply fools, in that we have the absolutely best power source right above our heads and we are not using it.

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.