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Comment: Re:Make it a real deterent or stop. Penalize Mista (Score 1) 1081

by zAPPzAPP (#49260365) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

We have tried the public execution thing.
We even put the bodies of the executed on the walls of cities, or next to the roads leading into the city.
Did not seem to have that much of an effect. There was never a shortage of delinquents to execute. It's like they did not expect to be caught or something.

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by zAPPzAPP (#49260313) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Are you trying to say that if the death penality would have been an option, then these crimes would not have happened?
Because that would be the only argument of any importance given the whole reason we have a punishing justice system at all is to prevent crime. Not to exact revenge.
I really doubt these people willingly accepted 20+ years in prison, but would have reconsidered in fear of a death penality.

The punishment which acts as the best deterrant while still being reasonable is the most appropriate one. Not the one that 'feels' most appropriate.

As there is apparently (by looking at past data in countries switching from one form to another) little difference in the deterrant effect between long jail time and death penality on hard crime, it makes no sense to apply the latter one, which is riddled with all kinds of problems for society, both economic and ethical.

I agree that it may make sense to make the jail time itself more of a deterrant, but it is hard to get this factor to influence someone BEFORE they end up in jail, ie before they do the crime, which is what we really want.

Comment: Re:The guy who knows everything (Score 1) 227

by zAPPzAPP (#48807185) Attached to: Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

To be fair, the topics they get to speak about are usually very basic, so if they are related to their fields at all, I guess they DO know those things.

For me, this is why I can't really stand watching them:
I have never seen them talk about anything really new, or interesting.
In every TV segment, they start off from zero and never get very far, or into much detail.
I guess as actual scientists they do have their own research projects, or at least interests in more advanced topics. It would be interesting to hear them talk about that once in while. Or in general focus more on the open questions where the current science is done.

Comment: Re:360 3D (Score 0) 26

by zAPPzAPP (#48400803) Attached to: Preview Jaunt's Made-for-VR 360 Degree, 3D Short Films

If you have a camera which can record 360, then there is no need for a second camera to get 3D, provided your camera's point of view moves around in a circle about the size of a human head.
While rotating a head 360 (do not try at home), there is no point of view which is exclusive to one eye. At some point your left eye will see the same thing your right eye saw a couple degrees of rotation earlier (or later).
So you should have all the visual information you need from a single 360 recording.

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming

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