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Comment: Re:I am going to take this a step further (Score 3, Interesting) 113

by reikae (#48579771) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Since you didn't provide any sources, is this just your hypothesis or an actually observed pattern? If the latter, I wonder how the amount of non-heterosexual people can be determined? It's an interesting phenomenon if it's real, but do we know with any certainty if it is? Of course, one's sexual orientation doesn't matter unless I'm going to start a romantical relationship with them.

Comment: Re:One very simple solution (Score 1) 256

by reikae (#48501599) Attached to: UK Police To Publicly Shame Drunk Drivers On Twitter This Christmas

Taking away someone's driving license doesn't ruin their life. It's a big deal if they're professional drivers, sure, so hopefully they'll consider and reconsider before driving under the influence. Waiting until an accident (which can actually ruin lives) happens isn't a good idea.

I'm not sure what the limits are even in my own country, but it's very easy to stay under the limit; in fact, you don't need to do anything!

Comment: Nothing's changed (Score 2) 265

by reikae (#48143481) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Free software is about ideology. About the availability of source code and the permission to examine, modify and redistribute it. It doesn't mean better security or indeed better by any quality metric, and that's not the point. Much like freedom of speech: it's important even if I never say or write anything and it doesn't make everyone Shakespeare either.

Posted from my Windows computer btw; I think there is value in software freedom, but I use what best meets my current needs and wants, and encourage others to do so too.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 314

Because 200 euro and 500 euro notes are all that stands between total anonymity and letting the government track your every step...

Maybe I'm not paranoid enough; many posters seem to consider this a huge issue but I don't see it. If getting rid of 500 euro notes means loss of freedom, what does the lack of 1000 euro and higher notes mean? I realize cash would be effectively banned for many uses if all coins/notes above, say, 1 euro were taken from circulation, but I don't think the Finnish government could even succeed in doing that.

Comment: Re:Reasonable (Score 1) 144

by reikae (#48134139) Attached to: Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

I don't know about eagerness to forgive and all that, but surely the search results aren't limited to Europeans? So also people who presumably aren't eager to forgive and move on would also see the results, which would be seen as an issue. Or does Google return wildly different results (assuming the query is specific enough) depending on the user's country?

Comment: Re:So we can't call anyone stupid anymore (Score 1) 622

by reikae (#48133991) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I didn't check the statistics, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of rapes happened at people's homes (not necessarily the victim's home), workplaces and similar "safe places". So effectively you'd always partly blame the victim for dressing "provocatively". I have a simpler rule of thumb: victim's aren't at fault.

Comment: Re:There is another response for people like this (Score 1) 622

by reikae (#48133837) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Saying "but there was a pedestrian crossing and I had the right of way" doesn't help you when you're lying in the hospital with broken bones.

Would you go to the hospital and rub it in the pedestrian's face, telling them how they were in the wrong place and shouldn't have done this and that? What good would such victim-blaming do? However, reminding other people to watch out when crossing the street wouldn't be victim-blaming because they aren't victims. In this case there's much potential for a positive outcome.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.