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Comment Re:Yes, you ARE stupid (Score 4, Informative) 176 176

Cognitive decay is part of again (though of course it's not 100% universal). Lots of old people are "stupid" even though they weren't a few years ago. And we do find it acceptable to remove their freedom to act as they see fit - those who get particularly bad tend to have a child (or other trusted person) have power of attorney and essentially make all their important decisions for them.

Comment Re:I don't think it's enough, but I have doubts to (Score 2) 331 331

No. The reason swatting is dangerous is because of those things.But that is irrelevant to the person doing the swatting - they are employing that dangerous instrument the details of why it is dangerous don' t matter in the slightest.

Just like if he was to shoot someone himself, the details of how and why a bullet damages a person is irrelevant to the crime itself.

If he was to pay some bikers to break into the victims house and hold them at gunpoint for a while, the social and economic reasons for the existence biker gangs would also be irrelevant.

Comment Re:I don't think it's enough, but I have doubts to (Score 2) 331 331

Swatting is nothing less than attempted murder. People have been killed in "wrong address" SWAT raids in the past which is effectively what this is to the people being targeted. Having armed people hyped up on adrenaline (and roided up in many cases - and expecting trouble force their way into someone's house can go badly in many obvious ways, a lot of which end up with the someone dead.

Now this particular kid seems to have some large mental problems and years in prison is unlikely to help him a lot (though it will prevent him from killing someone via a SWAT raid because they didn't friend him on facebook for a those years).

Comment Re:Nuclear Power Fears (Score 1) 419 419

Because everything works just as designed, as shown by this very probe successfully collecting data for the last seven months...

But yes an RTG would have been a much better choice, but since they haven't developed them and international treaties stop them sourcing them from the US or Russia there doesn't seem to have been that big a choice.

Comment Re:Computer science and the lowest common denomina (Score 1) 179 179

Computer science also isn't programming the computer. Sure it involves that like "Chemistry science" involves test tubes and fume hoods.

But just like you can do chemistry without using a test tube you can do computer science without programming a computer. And just like you can use a test tube without doing chemistry you can program a computer without doing computer science.

But yes, it would be rather strange to wander through a preschool and hear: "OK class, can anyone tell me what a pushdown automaton is? Good Sally. Now can anyone else give me an example of something a pushdown automaton can do that a finite-state automaton can not?"

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten