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Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 299

by shutdown -p now (#47729947) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

English was not invented by anyone - like any other language, it is the result of a natural evolution with a heavy influence of several languages.

Regarding "offence" vs "offense" etc, the American spelling actually dates back to the older British spelling, which itself dates to the original French word "offense" that was adopted into English wholesale. For some mysterious reason, the Brits have switched a bunch of French "-se" endings to "-ce" sometime after American independence, while at the same time changing the spelling of some other words to more closely follow French (like "center" -> "centre" etc). So in many cases, American spellings today are more conservative with respect to language evolution than British ones.

Comment: Re:haven't watched it... (Score 1) 299

by shutdown -p now (#47729853) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

For the same reason, I recommend that people go look up "The Clanging of Swords" - it's the original ISIS propaganda video from when they just finished their first major push in Iraq. It has it all - mowing down civilians, executing freshly surrendered POWs, forcing people to dig their own graves at gunpoint and making them say on camera that "my fate is slaughter", forced conversions etc. After watching this, I am firmly convinced that the people who filmed it, and the people who are filmed in it (other than the victims), are a cancer that should be exterminated.

Comment: Re:Seems to be working really well... (Score 1) 299

by shutdown -p now (#47729791) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

The executioner in that video was born and grew up in Britain.

As far as propaganda goes, this video cuts both ways. I'm sure it'll cause some more to join the muji ranks. It will also cause some more Americans and Europeans to scream bloody murder, quite possibly enough to escalate the Western involvement in this conflict.

Comment: Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 299

by shutdown -p now (#47729761) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Yes. Any law that makes the act of consuming any product or service illegal is a bad law. This includes drugs, prostitution, gambling, any kind of porn etc.

This is orthogonal to the act of producing the product or providing the service. E.g. in case of child porn, producing it should definitely be illegal.

Comment: Re:The people of the UK. (Score 1) 299

by shutdown -p now (#47729721) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

who are you to claim immunity from the democratic will of society

A human being with natural rights.

A "democratic will of society" is not the end-all, be-all. The democratic will of society in Weimar Germany resulted in a totalitarian regime that opened the first concentration camp for political opponents less than two months after taking over the government. The democratic will of society in Rwanda resulted in a genocide of several hundred thousand people. The democratic will of society in Russia resulted in invasion of a sovereign country and annexation of part of its territory.

Comment: Re: Jurisdiction 101 (Score 1) 299

by shutdown -p now (#47729671) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

during the French revolution they found out, people could keep blinking after their head was cut, for various lengths, but most around 35 seconds or so. So you don't die instantly, and experience horror for at least 35 seconds.

It's a myth, and does not have any basis in the modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology. A drop in blood pressure so rapid will render the victim unconscious practically instantly.

Comment: Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (Score 1) 258

Russia? If so, why? Russia's interests do not clash with the UK's anywhere on earth - quite the contrary, it is in our best interests to live in peace with the Russians.

If only the reverse was true. UK is still seen as US' lap dog in many ways, and one of the most hostile NATO members in Europe. Then there's a very long history of conspiracy theories that basically blame Britain for every single bad thing that happened to Russia/USSR since like 17th century (from that perspective it's the reverse, and US is a puppet state for the UK). Google for "The Englishwoman shits" to see some examples.

Comment: Re:"Not eradicated" isn't needed (Score 1) 164

by TheRaven64 (#47727069) Attached to: New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells
The point that the grandparent is trying to make is that you don't need to prevent cancer, you need to prevent cancerous cells from having a serious adverse effect on the organism. There are a number of benign growths that have cancer-like properties that people can live with and that don't spread over the body. Being able to differentiate the benign versions from the malignant and kill off the malignant cells would not require eradicating the cancer mechanism, but would (from the perspective of humans outside of the medical profession) count as curing cancer.

Comment: Re:it's not the ads it's the surveillance. (Score 1) 505

by TheRaven64 (#47727059) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
I wonder if this will change, given all of the reports about web advertising being a bubble. Advertisers are starting to notice that, for most of them, the ROI is tiny and that's eventually going to trickle up the supply chain. If Microsoft were smart, they'd sell off their ad business while it's still at an overinflated price and then work to kill the market.

Comment: Re:it's not the ads it's the surveillance. (Score 1) 505

by TheRaven64 (#47722349) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

The self-destructing cookies plugin for Firefox has the cookie management policy that I want. Sites can leave whatever cookies they want, but they are silently removed when I navigate away from the page (there's also an undo feature, so if I realise after navigating away that I actually wanted the site to store something persistent, I can retrieve it). It also does the same for HTML5 local storage and will aggressively delete tracking cookies from ad networks. It needed basically no configuration other than to whitelist a few sites as I go.

I'd love to see Microsoft and Apple integrate this kind of functionality into IE and Safari. I doubt Google would do the same for Chrome, as they rely too heavily on aggressive tracking for making money. I don't really understand why Apple and Microsoft don't aggressively push privacy features in their browsers: they'd get good PR and hurt one of their competitors at the same time...

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