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Comment: Re:Good? (Score 1) 360

by shadowknot (#48669439) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
I didn't say anything about intending harm, that's all you. A direct, credible threat of violence is a very different thing than an off-color joke. The OP suggested that people should get their "head caved in" for saying something disagreeable. The point I was attempting to make is that just because someone is offended by something you say that doesn't mean that they should be criminalized.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 5, Insightful) 360

by shadowknot (#48669155) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
Quit trolling, GP never said anything about the US being a paragon of free speech protections. As someone who grew up in the UK and moved to the US at the age of 28 I can tell you from first-hand experience, however, that the general attitude to protecting speech, even speech that you personally find reprehensible is far more prevalent in the US than in the UK. I have had lengthy discussions with fellow Brits who seem to think that censorship according to the prevailing attitudes of the day is perfectly fine. The problem is that there's a sort of myopia that prevents many people (not just Brits) from seeing that if those prevailing attitudes change in the future a dangerous precedent will have been set. Is joking about an accident in which people lost their lives a nice thing to do? Certainly not. That doesn't mean it should be criminalized. The US and those advocating similar legislation to that implemented in the UK (criminalizing hate speech/incitement of violence) suffer from the same myopia as my former countrymen do.

Comment: Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (Score 2) 148

by shadowknot (#47921307) Attached to: I think next winter will be:
I think it depends on where you live as to how accurate they can be. Most of the time they're pretty good here in Utah but there are periods when things change so quickly and unpredictably that they can't keep up. When I lived in England the climate seemed a lot more consistent (rain, grey skies for 7 months of the year!) so that could be the source of different experience or at least perception of forecast reliability.

Comment: Re:Perhaps they can ask Google to forget that page (Score 1) 273

by shadowknot (#47615151) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix
Apples to oranges. This all comes back to property rights and what you're actually buying. In your example I don't own the race track so I have no rights to it without the express permission of the owner, a fee may be involved. In this case, however, the discussion revolves around what one can do with property they own. Sharing information about that property is neither immoral nor unlawful. It would seem it is illegal under the DMCA but that seems rather ridiculous to most with rational heads on their shoulders. If the manufacturer wanted to sell added capacity they shouldn't sell the unit in a crippled state but make the add-on features available by way of additional/replacement hardware. A good example of this is the Roland synthesizer expansion cards that provide additional instrument patches. They're a little PCB that you pop in to a slot under an easily accessible panel. I don't really know a great deal about oscilloscopes but I suspect it's not beyond reason to expect that a company producing complex electronic devices do something similar. This is especially true given how technical the consumer base is for such products and the idea they're surprised by it is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

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