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Comment: Re:Rome would be so proud (Score 5, Insightful) 133

by mindwhip (#47621061) Attached to: City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

Wow... where is the option to vote the summary and TFA as troll?

Seriously. They full of misrepresentation (CoLP is just another area force like all the others in the UK. CoLP is NOT a private force. The fact that corporations vote in CoL is irrelevant here as voters have no direct influence on the force - policy comes from national level. CoLP are national specialists on this kind of 'soft' crime and are the force responsible for national level investigations of this type. Seizures would have needed to have been court sanctioned/ordered and as is often the case with ongoing investigations where the details would be sealed until said investigation was completed. The fact that large scale copyright infringement is a crime was made by the elected national government and not by the CoLP.)

Wilfully continuing to aid criminals after you are aware of providing such aid (except on threat of personal safety) is in itself a crime in the UK.

ICANN etc have operations in the UK and are therefore have legal responsibility/requirement to comply with such court orders in the country they operate in. This is identical to the many cases where a USA court orders extradition for some minor thing on a non US company director just because they have a sales/import office with 5 staff at some container port in Florida.

Comment: Re: Today I Learnt that... (Score 1) 181

by mindwhip (#47578073) Attached to: Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Thing is they are fairly toothless given all they really have is their branding. The most they can do is either:

1) Withdraw heritage status from a location
2) Write a strongly worded letter to Government/Local Council/Developer/Other threatening to withdraw heritage status from a location

Since most places that have heritage status only use it for tourism promotions and this island only has 13 tourist trips a year, threatening to destroy the tourism is pointless...

Comment: Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1, Flamebait) 186

Related question... why does the USA hate Samsung so much?

I find it interesting when its the USA instead of Europe (or any other nation/entity) doing this kind of global policing that's perfectly fine with US government (and therefore by extension most Americans and American companies) but the second the shoe is on the other foot its a different matter entirely... for example not all countries have the same laws on copyright/patents but USA expects everyone to comply with their view of how the world should be.

The answer to both questions is almost always where the money is. US Agencies favour Apple as they are a US company. EU dislike Google (and some other 'globals') as they use creative accounting to avoid paying a fair amount (sometimes paying nothing) of local taxes in most countries.

PS: I don't agree with the decision... I just find the attitudes interesting.

Comment: Re:Another child making unsupported claims (Score 5, Insightful) 203

No I wouldn't call it jealousy. I'd call it science.

People can claim all they want but without evidence, repeatable test results and peer review its worthless.

And just because they have some 'patent pending' tech doesn't mean they have either a working printer that does what they claim or a patent that's worth anything or even a design that is actually patentable. For all we know the patent is in fact worthless and they are trying to sell it to someone before they realise...

Comment: Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (Score 1) 300

Since the OR was mainly a "close to eye" usable screen with other stuff bolted around it I suspect that Facebook either found some patent in the bundle that will mean they get a cut of Google Glass or is something they think they need or can use to develop their own Glass equivalent... possibly along with a Facebook phone.

I am sad.


Religion Is Good For Your Brain 529

Posted by timothy
from the still-looking-for-a-nice-atheist-church dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Sheila M. Elred writes in Discovery Magazine that a recent study has found that people at risk of depression were much less vulnerable if they identified as religious. Brain MRIs revealed that religious participants had thicker brain cortices than those who weren't as religious. 'One of the worst killers of brain cells is stress,' says Dr. Majid Fotuhi. 'Stress causes high levels of cortisol, and cortisol is toxic to the hippocampus. One way to reduce stress is through prayer. When you're praying and in the zone you feel a peace of mind and tranquility.' The reports concluded that a thicker cortex associated with a high importance of religion or spirituality may confer resilience to the development of depressive illness in individuals at high familial risk for major depression. The social element of attending religious services has also been linked to healthy brains. 'There's something magical about socializing,' says Fotuhi. 'It releases endorphins in the brain. It's hard to know whether it's through religion or a gathering of friends, but it improves brain health in the long term.'" (Read more, below.)

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.