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Comment Re:How about "no"? (Score 1) 416

Asking Facebook to follow German law while operating in Germany is somehow forcing "billions of Facebook users" to his ideology?

Yes, because Facebook doesn't exist only in Germany or only in the US.

If I, as a US citizen, want to deny the holocaust on Facebook, FB then has two choices - Remove the offending comment entirely, or at least block it from viewers in Germany. Either of those infringe on my right to express whatever brand of bigotry I may subscribe to despite living in an entirely different country that doesn't feel the need to outlaw critical thinking. I might not get arrested for it, but I would have had my voice silenced as a result of Germany's stupidity.

FWIW, I don't count as a holocaust denier. I arrived at that conclusion through rational consideration of the evidence, however, not because my government told me what to think - And in fact, the latter would make me less likely to believe it; any time the government really wants you to believe something, that raises the bar for the actual evidence a hell of a lot higher.

Comment Re:How about "no"? (Score 2) 416

Here in the U.S., you cannot just say anything that you want without consequences. Hate speech, threats, and bullying are illegal here.

I agree with the rest of what you wrote, but one correction - Of those three, only credible threats actually break the law (with a few temporary state-by-state exceptions for cyberbullying).

Hate speech absolutely does not violate US law. Inciting to violence against them, sometimes (again, if credible); Ranting until you go horse about the evils of Muslims or gays or Canadians, no. You have every right to hate whatever groups you want and talk about it every chance you get - Hell, you can even do it while running for president!

Several states have passed anti-bullying laws, but not federally, and individual state supreme courts (e.g., New York) have already started overturning them as unconstitutional, and only a matter of time until the USSC does the same.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 509

other than typical reactionary hate I don't see what the problem is.

You now have your init daemon providing an alternate attack pathway for gaining privileged access to the system, in a way that completely circumvents the well-established (and monitored by most IDSs) auditing capabilities of the platform.

I'd call that a problem, but YMMV.

Comment Re: double blind testing (Score 1) 422

Never mind following my link, did you even read the one sentence summary I quoted in my original post???

Here, if the World Health Organization doesn't count as a good enough source for you, how about a nice high quality Wikipedia link:
several double-blind experiments have been published, each of which has suggested that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a sham exposure as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields

Double blind. Unable to detect. What part of that don't you people get?

But hey, prove all the haters wrong! If you can do it so much better than everyone else, set up your own study and vindicate all these poor suffering folks condemned to a permanent vacation in a beautiful rural mountain village.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 3, Interesting) 167

Interpolation is WORSE than nothing. you're discarding signal then adding noise in the hopes that it matches up with what should've been there kinda okay.

1, 2, 3, X, 5, 6. Guess the value of X... Congratulations, you just interpolated the right answer.

In the case of what the GP described, though, it works out even better than that, because the panel actually "knows" the right answer, so it hasn't "thrown away" information; it just lacks the luminance resolution to display it. It can, however, interpolate in the temporal domain way, way faster than the human eye can tell, to create a color we perceive as the correct value.

/ Go ahead, twitch gamers, tell us all about your ability to resolve sub-millisecond 1.5% color changes. XD

Comment Re: double blind testing (Score 1) 422

Could it be perhaps because nobody is subjected to double blind testing in order to determine whether or not they are disabled?

With most legitimate disabilities, a state licensed doctor can typically evaluate whether or not someone meets the criteria for a particular disability. How many legs does the patient have? Less than two? Okay, disabled.

And for the somewhat harder to prove disabilities like chronic pain, at least in the US the burden of proof rests on the individual to make their case, not the government to disprove it - Real sufferers wish they had a way to objectively prove their pain by something like a double-blind test.

RF sensitivity, amusingly enough, falls into a nice neat bin halfway between those two extremes. It has no externally measurable pathology, like chronic pain; but we do have a nice straightforward test to objectively disprove it as a legit disability - Even the worst "sufferers" of it can't successfully detect the presence of the very thing that supposedly leaves them in agony.

"No really, I swear, a shark bit my leg off! You just can't see it because [insert technobabble here]."

Comment Re:Not this shit again... (Score 2) 422

But given that where I feel this "whine" is my ear I don't think it is a stretch that it could be causing dizziness and nausea in others in fact is seems likely.

Do you feel confident that you could detect this whine under controlled experimental conditions, without any external information about when they turned the power on or off? And if not, what would that say about your actual ability to perceive that whine vs your beliefs about that whine?

That said, I don't disbelieve you about the whine. We can all hear it, because AC transformers and high voltage lines actually do make noise at the frequency of the AC - In the US, typically a 60Hz hum, but your choice of the word "whine" makes me think you most likely mean the 15kHz used in a cheap flyback transformer like you would find in an old TV.


it most definitely is not conclusive or concrete data.

If you claim $CAUSE gives you crippling pain, but can't tell whether or not $CAUSE exists without external confirmation, yes, that counts as both conclusive and concrete.

Try replacing $CAUSE with "a shark chewing on your leg". That "conclusive" enough for ya? :)

Comment Re:What's the real problem? (Score 1) 191

But spending any of his time or yours solving proprietary software licensing issues instead of making your own products work is a gigantic waste.

Great advice if you work in a pure-dev shop and the entire corporate food chain knows and likes Linux.

Career-ending advice, however, if you work in the other 99% of the IT industry and the CIO just wants the COTS ERP system to do its damned job.

I myself like and use Linux (at home), make no mistake. But suggesting someone "rewrite" the next version of their most-likely-3rd-party software to run on an open source platform just doesn't count as a practical, or often even possible, suggestion.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 3, Interesting) 270

Is that actually the case? I thought a big purpose was to avoid voter intimidation by non-governmental vigilantes who oppose a particular candidate.

Absolutely! Your reason also holds true, but it comes in a distant second.

We tend to minimize the "Uncle Sam knows who you voted for" angle precisely because we don't live in a country where we routinely round up people who voted for the "wrong" candidate to torture or execute or "reeducate" them.

By contrast, consider (whatever your stance on the post-9/11 Iraq war) that Saddam Hussein routinely won reelection by an almost unanimous vote for precisely that reason.

Comment Re:"Online" classes (Score 1) 95

None of the above really matter as long as any of them include the idea of "learning from your peers". If I pay a university to teach me something, they'd damned well better stick a relative expert on the subject matter in front of me for 40 hours over the next three months, whether in person, in realtime, or just "on demand".

Far, far too many online courses have roughly the same format as a Slashdot FP - Post the day's reading material, then require students to "discuss" it. Except, just like with Slashdot (browsing at 2+), the first few comments (almost always by the same few people) pretty much say it all, and everyone else tags along with "me too" - Albeit phrased much more verbosely to get credit for "participating".

Sorry, but I didn't pay to chat with people who know as little, or less, about the subject than I do. I don't have any interest in "learning" by helping my classmates catch up. I honestly do not give the least fuck about my "peers", and if I could afford to, I would have much preferred to only take classes with one-on-one instruction from a subject matter expert.

Comment Re:Opt out (Score 1) 112

Enabling this option however will, quite rightly, prohibit the subscriber from accessing other free WiFi spots

I guess I don't quite get the whole concept of "free" as used, then.

So the general public can use it, but a paying customer who doesn't want to subsidize Virgin's electric bill can't?

Virgin has an interesting concept of "fair".

Comment Re:Not If, When (Score 1) 127

Bet it is cheaper, easier to accomplish, and better for everyone. Sure as hell will be cheaper then trying to change the climate on the whole planet.

Actually, it wouldn't.

We have the technology today to launch a massive fresnel lens to L1, at an estimated cost of only USD$20B over its lifetime.

For a manned mission to Mars - Not even talking about colonization here - NASA estimates it will cost over USD$100B and we won't have suitable technology available for a good 30 more years (though they could likely could speed that up by throwing more money at the problem).

Comment Re:Not News (Score 5, Interesting) 113

No such requirement exists, however, to simply visit someone's Twitter page. I see this (extremely valuable) tool as likely rewritten into a straightforward page-scraper by the end of the day. Block that, Twitter!

Hell, I might rewrite it as such if I have a slow afternoon.

We don't need no stinkin' TOS to load a public website!

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