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Comment: Re:Outcome of the vote (Score 3, Insightful) 410

by ohnocitizen (#48875467) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work
Mod parent up with the result. Also the purpose of the vote. The vote was a strategic tool by one party to get members of the other party on the record about climate change. To what degree that works we'll get to see in the next Senate campaign (if any of the Democrats are able to effectively use it in their campaigns). But this isn't about legislating science - its about applying political pressure to the people who deny science to secure votes. While I am not sure how effective that will be I would love to see bills about creationism hit the federal level. Can you imagine your Senator on the record saying they think creationism is valid science?

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 5, Insightful) 224

by ohnocitizen (#48865407) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'
Instead you'll get atheist or "the wrong religion(tm)" posts being flagged as false. Plus, not all political messages are such that "false will probably do". Which of the following political statements should be marked false?

"The economy was hit hard by the housing crisis"

"Unchecked human industry is negatively impacting the environment"

"Medical expenses are the number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America"

"The US constitution prohibits establishment of religion by congress"

I think all of them are true, but not everyone will agree.

Comment: Re:Kdenlive is getting stable (Score 4, Informative) 221

by ohnocitizen (#48861197) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing
Second this, kdenlive is decent for quick edit jobs. I can line up multiple videos and substitute or augment audio when I need to. So shooting some footage and adding a soundtrack is doable. Its been super stable for me for a while now - but as with all software your mileage may vary significantly there. It does lack the easy and polish if iMovie and more professional options. I hope it gets there.

Comment: The Mullet Wearing Facebook Generation of Press (Score 3, Insightful) 223

by ohnocitizen (#48707115) Attached to: US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers
"the ponytail wearing Google generation" - that is a hell of a lazy shot in the dark. But such reporting is all too frequently the norm among the latest generation of journalists. "We need to give serious consideration to how the Press could combine the technical expertise of the "Facebook" generation with its more traditional journalistic skills" - said Worthington Alfredingtonshite, god-king of journalists.

Comment: Positives and Negatives to That (Score 1) 129

by ohnocitizen (#48702795) Attached to: Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders
If we get truly universal human rights, yes. But is that a given? In some parts of the world what you say can get you killed by the state, or by the church. Some parts of the world will pay for you to have that expensive medical treatment, others will watch you die. In some parts of the world you can have that life saving abortion, and in others you are doomed to die. The list goes ever on. So if we ever evolve to a point where human rights are truly universal, it sounds great.

Comment: Do We Want Privacy? (Score 2) 145

by ohnocitizen (#48681769) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"
Because if we do, we need to help more people use technical solutions (like the excellent ghostery) and work to put regulations on an industry that will do everything it can to weasel out of them. What we do not need is to blame users for not knowing enough to install tech solutions, say "this surprises no one", or "companies can do whatever they want" or "everything on the internet is public" or "if you are being tracked it is because you choose to be". Here's a thought - if you let companies get away with whatever they want it is because you are choosing not to be part of the solution. So change that. We can work to subvert tracking online and campaign against tracking (and for regulation) at the same time. Unless we don't really want privacy. But I hope that is not the case.

Comment: UK vs Free Speech (Score 2) 360

by ohnocitizen (#48669103) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
The UK is really reigning in on the content of speech. That's worrying enough for their citizens, but also troubling for how they may impact the rest of the world. What caught my eye is he turned himself in. Was he getting death threats? Or does it say something a bit scary about the UK that someone would tweet an offensive joke, erase it, and then turn themselves into the police?

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.