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Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 3, Insightful) 373

by mpe (#47803169) Attached to: Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges
Except in most jurisdictions police have immunity from prosecution for crimes they commit while on duty. That's how they can kick the door to a house down, gun everyone down, then shrug their shoulders and say "oops, we misread the address on the warrant." and walk away free of any responsibility for just having murdered an entire family.

With it working rather differently if the family sucessfully defend themselves against the "burglars".

Comment: Re:A willingness to fight (Score 1) 569

by mpe (#47786751) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
Man? Have you ever dated?? Women are the single most argumentative, must be right, cant change their minds, NEEDS AN APOLOGY EVEN WHEN PROVEN WRONG group out their.

Even if this were true it's a non sequitur. Wikipedia "edit wars" are not (hetero) dates.
Apart from both involving people they don't have much in common at all.

Comment: Re:Gender imbalance is self selected (Score 1) 569

by mpe (#47785713) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
That's not the argument that was made. It's not "worse" that some fields are dominated by women, but it is fact. The argument is that a concerted push to end sexism *just for women* is itself sexist. The motivation of these programs to end sexism is called into question since they are sexist themselves.

As well as unlikely to be effective. Mandating discrimination to end discrimination is something only a politician could have come up with. It's even possible for such programs to end up being to the disadvantage of those they are supposedly intended to "help".

Comment: Re:why the focus on gender balance? (Score 1) 569

by mpe (#47784339) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia
Wikipedia is all about (1) information about the world, and (2) a neutral perspective on that information.

You are unlikely to get a "neutral perspective" anyway. Especially not with something which has any "political" dimension.
Someone who does not know a topic may not realise that they could be getting something which is very one sided.

Comment: Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (Score 1) 1220

by mpe (#47778473) Attached to: Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls
I'm just still trying to keep up.
Is this week...
a) "women are as tough as men and can do anything men can do, and need no special favors because those deprecate her strength" or


Possibly even more interesting would be WHO is advocating these positions. Of course in politics it's perfectly possible for there to be "doublethink".

Comment: Re:Just proves the point (Score 1) 1220

by mpe (#47778371) Attached to: Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls
It only proves her point if you are intellectually lazy enough to believe that her only detractors are trolls. There are plenty of rational reasons to critisize here. Have people already forgotten about her receiving 180000$, then publishing videos made with footage almost 100% taken from other youtubers, without any attribution?

Since the "trolls" will tend to draw attention away from the failings of the "research" the question of "cui bono" needs to be addressed.

Comment: Re:Just proves the point (Score 1) 1220

by mpe (#47778307) Attached to: Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls
The sad thing is that a lot of serious trolls aren't 13 year olds. They're 40 year olds, with kids and wives who you think would have some brains, but sadly still seem to get off on just being miserable pricks.

Unless they are identified nobody can know who they are.
They may not always be who they are assumed to be. There have even been cases of "auto trolling"...

Comment: Re:My guess (Score 1) 129

That person then found one quickly and installed it, without checking what it actually filters (although filtering companies do make that tough).

It also appears to be fairly common for such companies to not be exactly honest about their filtering criteria either. Especially when it comes to anything "political".

Comment: Re:lots of good points, but what about... (Score 1) 463

by mpe (#47729959) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
Industry math? 700k downloads does not equal 700k movie tickets or DVD purchases or rentals. Some significant portion of that number would never have bought the movie, whether available for download or not. Regardless of your views on criminal/violent punishment for non-violent IP crimes (I disagree on that level personally), basing any punishment on a false metric is the worst kind of injustice.

There there is also the third catagory those people who would have bought the DVD only because of the seeing the download. This is the number that could meaningfully be compared with "lost sales". Even if "were never a potential customer" covers the vast majority of downloaders.

Comment: Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (Score 1) 458

by mpe (#47729495) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic
If this paper were to turn out to be correct, current climate models are useless and will need to be completely reworked. Well, maybe not completely. Some more than others. But it would contradict some of the fundamental assumptions of most of those models.

We already know that these models useless at predicting. Which rather implies that ALL of them have at least one fundermentally wrong assumption.
How many truely independent models exist anyway?

Comment: Re:Wait (Score 5, Insightful) 458

by mpe (#47727031) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic
Since 2000 there's been an unusual number of La Nina years.

We don't have enough observations to ever begin to know what is "usual" in the first place.

Under normal circumstances, this should have produced a noticeably cool period, similar to the 1940s and 1890s. Instead the decade was still the warmest on record.

Even the longest records we have may well be a few orders of magnitude too short to be of much use here. That's before even considering issues of accuracy, when can even apply to records being currently collected.

Comment: Re:They have invoked Streisand. (Score 1) 391

by mpe (#47726965) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
I also wonder will they prosecute any of the newspapers that showed images from the video? I don't know of any news channels that broadcast the clip, but there might be one of those somewhere too.

Of course just telling people about the video means that it's possible to go looking for it.
Probably be of far more use to strip anyone who wants to join a foreign military/paramilitary of their citizenship. After they leave, of course.

Comment: Re:god dammit. (Score 1, Insightful) 521

by mpe (#47710793) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead
The Exxon Valdez spill killed (from my quick search) an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 birds, about what this would kill in 10 years or so at mid-20k birds killed per year. So, build 10 of these plants (or larger with even more roasting capacity) and you have the equivalent (in bird deaths) of an Exxon Valdez oil spill each year. A wise sage once said "It's not easy being green."

The Exxon Valdez is something which should not have happened at all. Whereas this is a consequence of "normal operation".

Comment: Re:Open Source Integrated email/calendar/phones/et (Score 1) 579

by mpe (#47701207) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Also.... shitty Lync server checks for user agent like websites used to in the '90 and not all SIP clients know how to lie tot the server that they are Lync and not Pidgin, Empathy etc.

There still appears to be plenty of webservers trying to interpret user agent strings. Which, ironically, can cause issues with the latest versions of MSIE.

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