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Comment: Re:Ummm ... duh? (Score 1) 317

I normally try not to respond to /. posts this many days late unless its an ongoing conversation but, its taken me a few days to really come to why I am not so sure about this, even though, I mostly think you are correct.

I seriously worry about the creeping effects of these things. In some ways, yes, its great, it removes justification for use of excessive force, it exposes the process to more scrutiny, more opportunity for outrage when it goes wrong and is fully documented without a primary witness who is legitimately afraid to say the wrong thing, even if he was in the right. In terms of the simple individual engagement, it is all wins all around...and in the long run....probably cheaper too.

However it ignores two huge problems.

1. The obvious, liability. When it does go wrong, and it will.... something always goes wrong given enough chances, who is liable? Not just in terms of renumeration but, in terms of taking steps to be reduce the likelyhood of it happening again? Who is responsible if lessons are not learned?
Admittedly, the answer today seems to be nobody at all, but I to be frank, that is one of the things I already find unsettling.

2. If costs of enforcement go down, we will have more of it. I am not sure we know what that means. Laws can be flawed, we have never actually lived in a time in history when it was possible to monitor as much as we can monitor, or to enforce laws on such scale as this could allow for, I am left very uneasy by the proposition of just how uncharted this territory actually is.

Can we hope that as enforcement becomes universal, laws begin to see themselves reviewed and fixed more quickly? Are we sure we can determine the difference between problems that need more law and more enforcement to fix and problems caused by them?

Overtreatment can cause diseases just as deadly as it is meant to cure. At least the medical community is aware of this and even has a word for it: iatrogenic. Disease caused by exposure to medical treatment. Its very real.

Look at Nelson Rockefellar. I genuinely believe he wanted to help people. He saw addicts and he tried instituting programs and forcing them into treatment under some belief that they needed it and he was helping. Eventually, in seeing this not work, he got more and more radical in his "treatment". Soon "zero tolerance" programs were springing up all over the nation....modeled after his sincere frustration at such an intractable disease.

What was the result? Well that was right around 1970, by 1980, HIV was an epidemic in full swing and nobody even knew it yet. How did it happen? Simple, needle sharing. Needle sharing spurned on by zero tolerance policies that put people in prison for being caught with paraphenelia like needles.

I am not convinced that making law enforcement cheaper and allowing it to be transparent is a panacea or even going to make things much better, since so many diseases look the same on camera.

Comment: Re:Arm Ukraine (Score 1) 118

by shutdown -p now (#48442535) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

The conflict with Russia will never truly end. Even if Ukraine can take back all the lands that it has lost, and expel all Russian troops and sympathizers among the local populace, there will always be a looming threat of a repeat so long as Russia exists as the state that is inherently imperial, land-gathering in nature.

Comment: Re:Go asymmetric -- tank vs anti-tank rocket (Score 2) 118

by shutdown -p now (#48442529) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

They celebrate as a great victory the drowning of the Teutonic Knights by sinking them into a frozen river under the weight of Russian corpses FFS.

If you mean the Battle of the Ice, there's nothing in the mainstream historiography about it that involves "weight of Russian corpses" or anything like that. Quite the opposite, the ice supposedly cracked under the weight of heavily armored Teuton knights, when they were trying to flee across the lake.

Comment: Re:Go asymmetric -- tank vs anti-tank rocket (Score 1) 118

by shutdown -p now (#48442525) Attached to: Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

You misinterpret history. Russians will endure great sacrifice to defend *Russian* soil. They won't tolerate the same to take over a part of the Ukraine.

Thing is, a historical perspective on this that has always been present in Russia, and that has been enjoying a very strong resurgence lately, is that Ukraine is Russian soil.

Comment: Re: In Reverse (Score 2) 65

by TapeCutter (#48441309) Attached to: Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa
Deep sea vents were discovered when I was in my 20's before that we used to think abiogenesis had something to do with lightning hitting a mud puddle. The evidence that life formed around such vets on Earth is strong but inconclusive. Fatty acids from clay in the vent spontaneously form primitive cell membranes (in vents and mud puddles). Sulphur provides chemical energy, porous rock around the vent provides a sponge like scaffold for life to take root and extract passing nutrients. Most importantly the vents are predictable, the deep, still water stabilizes the temperature gradient. Convection currents cycle the fatty cells through the gradient allowing different chemical reactions within the membrane to synchronize themselves to the thermal cycle (much the same as plants match the cycle of night and day). If that really is how life got started then it's likely that primitive cells are still being spontaneously created near these vents today, the practical problem for scientists researching this idea is finding them before evolved life such as shrimp eat them.

Europa has all these conditions and like Earth it's ocean is also oxygenated at the top. Oxygen is vital for multicellular life on Earth, collagen (the stuff that holds individual cells together as multicellular critters) cannot form in an oxygen poor environment. Oxygen in Europa's ocean is replenished differently than it is on Earth. On Europa's surface strong radiation from Jupiter knocks the H2 off the ice and out into space, the free oxygen is returned to the ocean via plate tectonics. Personally I would think it very odd if we didn't find single celled life in Europa's ocean, at the very least it would force Science to radically rethink the conditions that lead to abiogenesis on Earth. What I'm interested to find out is whether life on Europa uses the same self-replicating molecules used by life on Earth, but I doubt I will be around to hear the answer..

Comment: Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (Score 1) 313

Ah ok, so if something happened say 20 years ago - the cause of it now is not the same cause as it was back then. Meaning that your global warming "trend" has nothing to do with today's situation, if I follow your "logic". Or where do you draw the line? 100 year old data is ok but 101 year old is not? Why is 150 years ago relevant and 40,000 years ago not?

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.