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Comment: Re:bunch of gun jumping idiots (Score 1) 94

by papershark (#30169160) Attached to: <em>Modern Warfare 2</em> Not Recalled In Russia After All

What’s the phrase, Lies travel halfway around the world before truth has got its boots on!

On the surface it looked like a puff piece that always comes along with blockbuster hits.
Stuff always gets changed for localised markets. Cow death gets deleted for the Indian market (I’m thinking of Mars Attacks) and so on. When it’s a hit it becomes a story. That’s all!

Comment: The real reason teachers don't like comics. (Score 2, Interesting) 127

by papershark (#30021788) Attached to: Comic Books Improve Early Childhood Literacy

I used to read American comics when I was a little kid, today I have a masters in English Literature.
I really find it hard to hate comics... although a broadly agree that about 98 percent of what is published is crap and nonsense. Sure it's functionally literate nonsense, but really, this is no different to all mainstream publishing.

Both bad comics and bad books are good a creating functionally literate people if that is all you really want. I suspect quantity of action, which rises as a child finds material that engages them is the most important factor in creating literate abilities needed within a information culture. Trust me... comics more than surpass this.

Educationalists’ will package reading as a recreation because unlike food, a lot of crap will not damage a child's literacy.
Although it may damage their taste.

The problem could be that an illiterate child can enjoy a comic without reading it... well not reading the text at least.
I suspect the problem (insecurity) for educationalist is in grading a comic at reading levels, which would be practically impossible.

I picked up a French Tin Tin book (in a second hand shop) and enjoyed for about 15 minutes it in a way that undetectable to any one who could not know that I have very very poor reading skills in French. Such a situation if unthinkable in classroom.

Comment: Their problem, not yours. (Score 1) 266

by papershark (#29584283) Attached to: Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?

Just about everything in art rots and falls apart. From festering underpants on Traci Emins bed, to newspaper cuttings stuck on Picasso montages. If what you have made is of value, they will be forced to think of a way of slowing that rot.
You could make art out of rock; it could end up as landfill if it is crap enough.
You best bet at longevity is quality.

Comment: Re:That's not really the issue here. (Score 1) 705

by papershark (#29360115) Attached to: The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

The main problem with touch-typing class is that it really is one of those things that takes about 10mins to learn, then requires about a hundred hours to practice. You don't need a school... you just need to handout free copies of The Typing of the Dead or something similar.

Comment: Re:OMG, freedom. (Score 1) 340

by papershark (#29194205) Attached to: British Video Recordings Act 1984 Invalid

Well yes and no. For some matters the Law Lords are the highest court in the land (This would be similar to the American Supreme Court) (The Law lords do not make law, but interoperate it) on others the European union is the highest, and should you wish to take an issue further (not higher) you could.
It is worth noting that on such matters where Europe makes the law, it is only by act of UK parliament, and can be removed by that parliament... and future parliament are not bound by and may remove themselves should they wish.
Just because a parliament gives the power to make law to another body, it is not necessarily a loss of sovereignty. For example, many parliament will let an unelected body of experts draught law on matters such as technical safety and flight.

anyone can make my law... and i see no issue of sovereign power. but when they control the money in my pocket (The Euro) then the throne of power really has moved to a different place.

Comment: Re:UK Law vs US Law (Score 1) 278

by papershark (#28907481) Attached to: British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense

I have tried to have no bias in my comment, but if you detect it... I am English if they help contextualise it.

1. That the law was broken in the UK, and US should bring the complaint to the British authorities. If they do not find the resolve they wish through authorities than, and only then should they invoke any extradition agreement.

2. That is Britain or any country does not like the terms of an agreement, then they should have not entered into it. If (as in this case) there is a massive disparity in the in the guilty term, then we (The English) should have pushed for a clues cover what the British define as cruel or unusual or extreme... such as the death penalty, or 60 years.

3. All both UK and USA have a sense of honour and pride that has been damaged in this... Embarrassment on the part of the USA that needs to make out that some who tried the password '12345' (or whatever) is crafty hacker (The reality was a craft-less system). The UK that needs to show it's not America's bitch. Both have something to gain in dragging this out for a bit.

4. I have no doubt that the American court will recognise such things as 'compulsive behaviour', reduced responsibility. I think that American court has to recognise circumstantial evidence, and other evidence from a partner as being a fundamental part of any extradition agreement. I personally would like to Americans better manage that.

5. I find it hard to understand why we see 'stupidity' as mitigating on the part of the Hacker and damning on the part of the dipshits that set up a swiss-cheese of a system for the Americans. Sure I believe that the hacker broke the law and should get a fine (that is balanced to personal circumstance), and maybe a few months time and record. But he was not responsible for the security of system, and not negligent of that system, (and he did not damage the system, but i reconise the endless damage to organisations assurance and dependence on it) and it is my opinion the negligent party (who has not broken law, but a contract to supply a 'secure' system) who is most responsible for the cost (in terms of embarrassment) and the cost of audit, and the cost of locking an open door.

Comment: Re:God Bless Him (Score 1) 600

by papershark (#28410471) Attached to: Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet
Alexandria is proof that these old medias need a redundancy system as much as the new.

I think all who love knowledge will understand that the internet (amongst other things) is supplemental to the library, just as the library is supplemental to the memory of a society.

(I mean 'supplemental' in a fashion that is distinct from 'additional' or 'replacement' )
The prince is supplemental to the king... not additional:
'The king is dead, long live the king'.

I love the internet because I can see can see that they are, in every human sense of it's meaning, is a continuation and improvement of the same thing.

Comment: Re:Finally... (Score 2, Insightful) 505

by papershark (#28409631) Attached to: Memory Usage of Chrome, Firefox 3.5, et al.
Saying that Linux is safer is like say that wearing a 'Dragon's Karate Dojo' T-shirt makes your safer. It's not the T-shirt... it's the practice of the owner that makes him safer.

There might be some rub-off safety for those that wear the T-shirt, but don't do the karate.

If everyone who didn't do karate thought they were safer wearing this T-shirt, it would become convenient for muggers to attack them.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

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