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Comment: Re:This is getting out of hand (Score 1) 462

by wjcofkc (#47885015) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
"Am I the only person who has a problem with that?"

Far from it. There are three types of people when it comes to this issue: people like us that have a problem with it, people too ignorant to have a problem with it, and law enforcement themselves who I am sure prefer the latter.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 4, Interesting) 462

by wjcofkc (#47884987) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
I have the pleasure of working with off duty police officers. We used to always get along well. Then one of them started telling stories about pulling people over. They were not flattering. I explained to them my policy of informing police officers, "I know you're just out here doing your job officer, but I don't consent to searches." I further explained that after stepping out of the vehicle (because that line always results in being asked to), that I repeatedly interject, "Am I being detained or am I free to go." Until finally they have to let me go. Despite explaining that I am as polite as can be about it, they chastised me for my approach. They were as upset as the cop that finally has to let me go. I still have to work with them, but they don't hide the fact that they now dislike me quite a bit. It probably didn't help that I combined it with a story about two cops that severely trampled on my civil rights a couple years ago and there was nothing I could do about it.

Comment: Does not apply (Score 1) 280

by wjcofkc (#47856617) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?
The only benefit to such I model is the ability to charge more in licensing fees for the server version. Obviously that makes no sense here. Although I will say this, for any distro the is both frequently used as a server and is eye balling the abomination that is SystemD, they damn well better offer an init.d version.

Comment: Re:Ecosystem (Score 1) 108

by wjcofkc (#47799785) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction
If the ecosystems can adjust to their demise, then surely they could equally well adjust to their return?
When a species goes extinct, the vacuum it leaves is filled by other species. When a new species is introduced, assuming it is successful, something else has to make way. Historically this is a bad thing. Have you not seen what's going on in Florida right now?

Why not? I'm curious.
Something isn't a good idea just because you are curious.

There 's no way to predict the effect of any given action or inaction. For all you know, reintroducing passenger pigeons could be the best thing ever to happen to the North American environment.
And for all you know? Re-read my first two replies to your comment.

Why is it just as wrong? Something isn't true just because you say it is; try to provide some rationale behind the statement.
And what precisely have you offered in that way in you're comment? Absolutely nothing. If you want to play that game, it works both ways.

Comment: Ecosystem (Score 2, Insightful) 108

by wjcofkc (#47799605) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction
If the Passenger Pigeon has been extinct for this long, it's safe to say that ecosystems have adjusted to their demise. Let's not see what the consequences of re-introducing them are. There is no way to predict the effect. If they are planning and engineering these hybrids just to study their work in captivity, well, that is just as wrong.

Comment: Re:I wish them the best... but (Score 1) 219

by wjcofkc (#47522039) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
You are probably right, and in respect to cooperation space I am most concerned. It is only a matter of time before a nation (probably China) declares a region in orbit theirs. Worse, I suspect someone will eventually try to lay claim to some or all of the moon (again, likely China). It is sad because science, especially space science, should engender cooperation. If anything ever inspires us to drop our imaginary borders, it will be science. Conversely, if we go extinct, science will be the weapon.

Comment: I wish them the best... but (Score 2) 219

by wjcofkc (#47515193) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
I accept that China is now a leader in science and technology. I wish them the best on this project and I am sure it will yield fantastic science. I just hope by "international collaborators" they mean more than the Russian Federation. As an American, I hope we get in on the action.

Just one thing though: if you are going to go to the trouble to build such a big and expensive machine, why not build a linear collider? I realize it would take more land, but I'm sure they have it and the science would be even better. Correct me if I am wrong, but after the second refit of the LHC, isn't the next big international European science project going to be a big honking linear collider? At that point, it won't matter that China's collider is bigger, you can get more interesting results from a gigantic linear collider. Although the idea of a super-proton collider does tickle me a bit.

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