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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) 458

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) 436

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) 436

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) 517

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) 578

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.

Comment: Re:LibreOffice/OpenOffice still kind of suck (Score 4, Insightful) 578

by mpe (#47701183) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
People don't want to learn any more than the bare necessity to do their job. If LibreOffice is quite capable of doing what they want, but the menu/button layout is slightly different or some techniques are different between it and MS Office, they'll be less inclined to learn and stick with what they've always known. Which is fine, except that people aren't honest about this being the reason.

But somehow changes between different versions of MS Office don't get this kind of response.

Comment: Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (Score 1) 240

by mpe (#47653191) Attached to: Patents That Kill
Finally, everyone remember radio? Radio was invented way before it was it actually became reality. Why? Because everyone had patents on different parts of the radio and they didn't want to collaborate. I hear it wasn't until around WWI that the government stepped in to be able to use it for the military.

IIRC something similar happened with aviation.
It goes back rather further than that. Patents had a big influence on the first road vehicles at the beginning of the 19th century.

Comment: Re:The problem is false negative (Score 1) 383

by mpe (#47647705) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password
Notice that most of these weren't fingerprint scanners or retinal scanners-- they were stuff like gait monitors, or even more bizarre stuff, like listening to your heartbeat. So, if you twist your ankle--or even buy a new pair of shoes-- you're out of luck.

Other clothing changes could affect gait. As could anything else you are carrying both in pockets or in your hands.

Taking pseudoephedrine for a cold? Ooops, your heartrate is different. You're locked out.

Plenty of other things can affect your heart rate, no drugs required.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.