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Comment: Re:So You are Saying (Score 1) 68

by king neckbeard (#49364001) Attached to: Another Patent Pool Forms For HEVC
You completely missed the point. I'm saying that if even the simplest video codecs involve hundreds of patents, the bar for getting a patent is clearly far too low. Patent pools can reduce the symptoms, but it doesn't address the underlying problem of "HOLY MOTHER OF FUCK, EVEN A CHIMP COULD GET A PATENT!"

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49343681) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
No, I'm 'relativizing' them to statistical probability, both globally and within the US. Within both realms, ISIS and Ebola are not threats. If your village is taken over by ISIS or has a severe ebola outbreak, the stats become a bit different, but that's the exception, not the rule. Also, a good share of the groups fighting ISIS end up causing similar death tolls.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49339027) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
I'm not downplaying their struggles at all. I'm just normalizing them against global threats, and also against the threat of Americans in particular (since we are discussing a US agency, and that agency is nominally focused on US threats). You. however, seem to be focusing entirely upon acute threats. That's actually the easy stuff to focus on, but it often has much less of an impact than less exciting threats. You can empathize with someone without agreeing with their conclusions. That's why, while 9/11 was an awful tragedy, it wasn't worth passing the PATRIOT Act for, especially since it didn't really result in us being safe. I've seen claims that the decrease in flying due to the TSA's security theater has actually caused more deaths than the terrorism it's supposed to fight because people opt for car travel instead, and cars are more dangerous than planes.

Look, it's an easy mistake to make. The human brain is awful at scale, and thinking on scale feels dirty to us. But we've got to at least try to be rational if we want to make sensible decisions.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49335845) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
Malaria kills a lot more people than Ebola, even in West Africa. Ebola is all kinds of nasty, but it's not nearly as contagious. ISIS is a big mess as well, but their scale is relatively small, and they exist because we arm rebels and ask questions later. Look, I realize that these things are scary as hell to our brains. Our brains have a lot of difficulty with grasping relative risks on scales beyond the scope of a tribe. However, that doesn't change the reality, and the reality is that bathtubs kill more people than terrorists.

Comment: Re:I'm disappointed in Canada (Score 1) 202

by king neckbeard (#49329307) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations
Except this windmill is one of if not the closest thing to a dragon in this world. The stupid paranoia of incompetent spies has come close on a few occasions to causing enormous damage to large chunks of human civilization as well. For the sake of species security, the spooks need to go ASAP. Fortunately, they aren't useful anymore, and their utility was pretty limited to begin with, and they were probably always a net liability.

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