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Comment: the power of the internet .... (Score 3) 88

by thephydes (#46803495) Attached to: General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause
We'll as an outsider - non USA - this seems to me to be a demonstration of how powerful the internet is ie, forums like slashdot, social media, email, etc. Who in their right mind would think that they could sneak in a clause that takes away already recognised rights, without VERY public and international comment. Geez, who ever hired those lawyers needs to be fired on the spot, and the company needs to hire another firm of bottom feeders.

Comment: how is this new? (Score 1) 307

I first did this "dots in a circle" calculation for pi with a year 8 class over 30 years ago using 4 digit random numbers. Multiply the numbers by 10 000 so that they are all bigger than 1. Split the numbers in half to make an ordered pair from each one. Plotting them on a 0 - 100 plane with a circle radius 50 drawn on it. Determine the ratio of dots inside to outside the circle etc etc.

Comment: as a Grandfather (Score 1) 251

by thephydes (#46572061) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?
I'd love to be able to - when my grandchildren stay the night - to be able to say to little Chloe "How would you like a pink horse" "Yes Poppy Yes!" "Well lets snuggle down for this story about horses and on this new machine Poppy will make a pink horse for when you wake up". When this is possible - yes I have a grand-daughter Chloe - then 3D printers will be mainstream. Until then they are for tinkerers.

Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography" 119

Posted by timothy
from the say-what's-under-that-blue-coat? dept.
Bennett Haselton writes this week with a dissection of the effects of one well-known, long-known problem with so-called Internet filters. "The New Braunfels Republican Women, the Weston Community Children's Association, and the Rotary Club of Midland, Ontario are among the sites categorized as 'pornography' by Blue Coat, a California-based Internet blocking software company. While the product may not be much worse than other Internet filtering programs in that regard, it reinforces the point that miscategorization of sites as 'pornographic' is a routine occurrence in the industry, and not just limited to a handful of broken products." Read on below for the rest.

Comment: It's crap like this .... (Score 2, Insightful) 289

That makes me wonder why I would ever want to visit the USA. I'm sure there are lots of beautiful places to go to and enjoy, but why would I want a semi-educated thug feeling me up and confiscating shit because I might be a bomber. Come to think of it I'm probably on the "fuck this guy over" list because of this and similar comments on other forums. Fuck you NSA, you've cost your country a potential tourist spending several thousand dollars travelling, eating, drinking, visiting places .........

Comment: Re:A Third Possibility (Score 2) 279

by thephydes (#45989849) Attached to: Heat Waves In Australia Are Getting More Frequent, and Hotter
Yes you are correct, it is a possible scenario. However, real scientists look for real evidence that links correlation to causation. When we know that CO2 and others are greenhouse gasses (look that up if you're not sure what it means), AND we know that we have been pumping these gasses into the atmosphere at an ever increasing rate, AND we know that the earth has warmed, AND we are seeing some of the predicted effects eg extreme weather events, THEN the evidence matches the theory that we are a primary cause of global warming. Of course you could still be right and this is all down to natural variability..........

Comment: only when the majority cares .... (Score 1) 210

by thephydes (#45786451) Attached to: Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?
will there be a functioning erasable internet. At the moment, 99% - probably more - of the population do not care what data is collected about them or even that data is collected about them. Those who do care, opt out in whatever way they can. Google = internet or IE = internet are dominant thought patterns and will continue to be. Edward who? .......

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