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Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by neonKow (#47758137) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

The roots of Linux really don't matter to the discussion. Linux is much more widely distributed than it has ever been in the past, and while it's important to respect and understand how it got where it is, there is no particular reason one needs to "stay true to its roots" when Linux is now on phones, tablets, desktops, servers, embedded systems, and more. You want to fight that "derailment", but that train left a long time ago. Using that as a reason to fight systemd is the same as sticking your fingers in your ears and going "La la la. I'm not listening."

And anyway, this is FOSS we're talking about. You can't stop people from forking and shaping things to suit their purposes, so what exactly are you trying to accomplish?

Comment: Re:compared to hash database, with antivirus (Score 1) 790

new child porn that doesn't have known signatures.

Also known as "Images with a single pixel changed." That's how hashes work. And, no, it won't create a new market. Anyone tech saavy enough to understand image recognition hashes would not store their stuff in email.

Comment: Re:Well at least they saved the children! (Score 1) 790

Yes, it does.

The act of viewing child pornography is illegal because it creates a market for producing it. It has nothing to do with sexuality being treated differently from murder and everything to do with discouraging people from doing the act in the first place.

Restricting viewing of killing children (or anyone for that matter) will do didly squat for preventing killings.

Comment: Re:Where the fault lies? (Score 1) 231

by neonKow (#47418955) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

What the hell is wrong with you?! No one is telling you to buy anything, but saying that one phone encrypts data and another phone doesn't is a perfectly valid point. Stop your ridiculous religious war and realize that there are things my old brick phone could do that my smartphone can't as well.

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

by neonKow (#47418771) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Not really. A single powerful entity using (abusing?) power isn't a conspiracy; it's basically all of human history.

A conspiracy would involve multiple people collaborating that would not do so under normal circumstances. Because that would involve too many coincidences to be likely, conspiracy theories tend to be dismissed. There really isn't any good reason for scientists all over the world to form a conspiracy in order to get everyone to switch from coal to solar power.

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

by neonKow (#47416789) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Certain comments they make DO deserve to be downvoted to hell. If a round-earth skeptic made a comment claiming the world MIGHT be flat, they would likewise be downvoted to hell.

The fact is that there will always be some people left clinging to old beliefs that have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age by the rest of society that has passed them decades ago, whether it's that AGW is happening, legal gay marriage is going to happen, equal rights under the constitution for everyone regardless or race or gender is happening, eugenics is bullshit, or that you can't use leaches to cure a cold.

To these people, they will always be unconscious of the fact that they think beliefs are the same as truths, and no new truths are allowed to appear. These are also the people who impede the progress of medicine, biology, social rights, and other sciences because when the consensus goes against them, instead of reexamining their beliefs critically, they feel like they're being attacked and respond by holding on even more tightly to their beliefs.

Here is a recent widely circulated article about why such skeptics continue to exist:
http://www.newyorker.com/onlin...

Comment: Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (Score 1) 497

by neonKow (#47416611) Attached to: Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

That's a stupid way to look at things. Nobody flew to the moon either before we got there, but throwing math at things (even in the form of supercomputers) when we have a pretty good idea of how they work is a perfectly valid way of predicting things.

Anyway, there's plenty of indicators of climate change happening on a scale that will negatively affect what natural resources human beings can exploit. No, climate change won't wipe us off the face of the earth, but if the acidity of the ocean continues to rise and kills off large populations of fish, that's obviously going to bad economically for fishing industries all over the world.

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