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Comment: Re:Didn't Popper already dismantle induction? (Score 1) 630

by rutter (#34828000) Attached to: The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics
No Popper attempted to resolve the problem of induction, most famously put forward my Hume, by trying to absolve science of induction entirely with a method that relies on deductive reasoning - thereby allowing progress through accumulation on a rational basis. And don't think Popper had the final word.

Comment: Re:oy (Score 3, Insightful) 630

by rutter (#34827134) Attached to: The Logical Leap: Induction In Physics
I'm a Philosophy student and I think I can speak with a certain degree of authority when I say that Ayn Rand isn't someone you seriously cite in academic philosophy. She just isn't credible - and I'm not talking in terms of political disagreement - her arguments on topics of philosophical import just aren't very good. I wasn't too happy with everything that was written before for Rand, such as your rather shallow evaluation of Feyerabend and your flippant remarks about epistemology which clearly demonstrate you have no idea what your are talking about, but second I hit "Ayn Rand" I just stopped reading.

+ - UK finally waking up from Surveillance state?->

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rutter writes: Finally a good story about the UK and civil liberties. The new Deputy Prime Minster of the UK, Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, is heading a complete revision of government policy and setting the agenda regarding surveillance, data collection and storage, and a new British bill of rights to complement the European Convention on Human Rights. The Independent reports:

In a speech in London Mr Clegg will promise a "wholesale, big bang" rather than piecemeal approach, including:
* scrapping the identity card scheme and second generation biometric passports;
* removing limits on the rights to peaceful protest;
* a bonfire of unnecessary laws;
* a block on pointless new criminal offences;
* internet and email records not to be held without reason;
* closed-circuit television to be properly regulated;
* new controls over the DNA database, such as on the storage of innocent people's DNA;
* axeing the ContactPoint children's database;
* schools will not take children's fingerprints without asking for parental consent;
* reviewing the libel laws to protect freedom of speech.

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+ - More evidence for Steam games on Linux

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SheeEttin writes: "Back in November 2008, Phoronix reported that Linux libraries appeared in the Left 4 Dead demo (also on Slashdot), and then in March, Valve announced that Steam and the Source engine were coming to Mac OS X
Now, Phoronix reports that launcher scripts included with the (closed beta) Mac version of Steam include explicit support for launching a Linux version."

Comment: Re:Anonymous Coward (Score 1) 421

by rutter (#30641306) Attached to: You Won't Recognize the Internet in 2020
Yes, but it was designed with applications in defence and research, not for general consumer use. Government, particularly our intelligence agencies, now recognises how pervasive a communication medium the internet is and will become, so an opportunity to make the game easier for them is one they will likely not miss.

Comment: Re:Is it really anything *new*? (Score 1) 311

by rutter (#30550134) Attached to: Gnome Switches Nautilus Back To Browser Mode

Distros that don't include Gnome by default and use the defaults when it is installed or built. I assume Gentoo, Arch, *BSD et al. Might be wrong though.

In arch they use the gnome defaults. So if you install gnome nautilus is in this "Spatial" mode, which renders nautilus completely useless. It is easy to change it to the browser mode that you might be used to as default in ubuntu or suse, but that doesn't justify it being the default. I'm glad the developers have finally realised what idiots they have been and have changed it. Not that it matters much to me as I use pcmanfm.


+ - Why the UK needs the Pirate Party-> 1

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Barence writes: "The UK Pirate Party wants to reform copyright and patent laws, abolish the surveillance state and increase our freedom of speech, and it's just been recognised as a political party. In this interview with PC Pro, UK Pirate Party leader Andrew Robinson explains how he's planning to shake up the political landscape. "What we really want to do is raise awareness, so that the other parties say 'bloody hell, they've got seven million votes this time out', or one million votes, or enough votes to make them care and seriously think about these issues.""
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Comment: Re:Wrong court (Score 1) 278

by rutter (#28899205) Attached to: British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense
The question was never if he would be tired, but where. He can be tried in the UK and serve his sentence in a low security UK prison. In the UK it is likely he would receive the sentence you described, and that is what his supporters want. However, in the US they want to make an example of him, and are pursuing a sentence ranging from 10 to 60 years in a high security prison system known for their poor medical support, particularly in metal support, and that would clearly not be dangerous for someone of his disposition (suicide). In addition, it is likely he will spend significant time just waiting for a trial in the US's overburden criminal courts. All for an episode in which the only real damage was to the US government's pride.

Comment: Re:Wrong court (Score 1) 278

by rutter (#28896623) Attached to: British Hacker Loses Review of Asperger's Defense
I was about to say this. I suppose it is an understandable mistake as the new UK Supreme Court only opens tomorrow. Can an editor please amend this? It's just wrong. I suppose it is unintentionally funny as one main area of debate around this case is the imposition of the US authorities, and the one-sidedness of the current extradition treaty between the US and UK. There are strong feeling in the UK that the so called "Special Relationship" between the US and UK has no real benefits for the UK, and that the terms of the relationship are entirely dictated by the US. As such then mistaken assumption that the US supreme court is the highest authority in a UK case is quite fitting in this context.
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+ - "Terrorist" Hacker To Be Extradited from U->

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cstacy writes: The United States has been trying to extradite Gary McKinnon from the United Kingdom. He admits hacking into 97 military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002. He insists he was looking for evidence of UFOs. Prosecuters say he committed the "biggest military computer hack of all time" and faces up to 70 years in prison. Today the High Court agrees he should be extradited, calling it "a lawful and proportionate response to his offending". His latest bud comes after unsuccessful appeals with House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. He can still appeal to the UK Supreme Court. His lawyer argues that the extradition treaty is for terrorists, and "Gary McKinnon is no terrorist." However, McKinnon did leave a rant on one of the computers he hacked: "US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days? It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand-down on September 11 last year...I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels."
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+ - McKinnon loses latest round in extradition battle

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Smivs writes: "Gary McKinnon has lost his latest High Court bid to avoid extradition to America where he faces trial for hacking into US military networks.The US authorities said Mr McKinnon was responsible for the "biggest military hack of all time" that had been highly damaging and involved 97 government computers belonging to organisations including the US Navy and Nasa. But lawyers for Mr McKinnon, who was not in court and was told the decision yesterday, described him as a "UFO eccentric" who had been searching for evidence of extra-terrestrial life. They described the idea that he was a danger to US national security as "a complete fantasy". Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Wilkie, sitting in London, dismissed his claim for judicial review.If sent to the US, Mr McKinnon was likely to receive a substantial prison sentence of up to 12 years, possibly served in a Supermax prison used for high risk inmates, and was unlikely to be repatriated to serve his sentence."
Hardware Hacking

+ - McKinnon loses crucial judicial review->

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Barence writes: "Gary McKinnon has lost the judicial review of his case, dealing a potentially fatal blow to his hopes of avoiding extradition to the US. Lord Justice Stanley Burnton and Mr Justice Wilkie dismissed the review at the Royal Courts of Justice. The review had been assembled to determine whether the diagnosis of McKinnon's Asperger's Syndrome had any bearing on the Home Office's original decision to extradite him to the US. Asperger's sufferers often exhibit obsessive behaviour and social naivety, which McKinnon's lawyers have long offered as mitigation. His legal team now has 28 days to appeal the verdict, and his lawyer, Karen Todners, has indicated they may consider taking his case before the US Supreme Court. The review was granted in January. A full profile of the hacker was published by the BBC last year."
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+ - Nasa hacker loses latest bid against extradition->

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superglaze writes: "The self-confessed Nasa hacker, Gary McKinnon, has lost his latest bid against extradition to the US over charges of hacking into and damaging military and other federal computer systems in 2001 and 2002.

McKinnon had tried to argue that the former home secretary, Jacqui Smith, was wrong to ignore his Asperger Syndrome in pushing for extradition, and that the director of public prosecutions was wrong to decide he shouldn't be tried in the UK, despite having sufficient evidence to prosecute.

The hacker has attracted backing from politicians and celebrities, who also point to the lopsided extradition treaty the UK has with the US, but high court judges decided on Friday that he should be extradited. Further appeals await."

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