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Comment Re:Germany wants a lot... (Score 1) 539

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, you mean the guy who got completely disgraced due to his plagiarized Ph.D. thesis? Who was booted out as defense secretary? The guy who had to accept third rate EU admin jobs afterwards?

Yeah, that really makes your point very convincingly.

At least German laws aren't written by ALEC.

Find your stance absolutely comical. Kinda like when the US nowadays complains about torture in some other second rate countries.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 539

... it's an index of what reporters in a country believe press freedom to be

Good thing then that you are here to tell them what it really means.

You claimed that the laws of the Weimar Republic guaranteed freedom of speech, and they clearly did not.

Yes, it did as interpreted by the courts at the time. And during most of the republics existence this facilitated a much broader political news spectrum then what the average American Joe is nowadays exposed to. To say that there wasn't freedom of speech in the Weimar Republic is simply a falsehood.

It requires you to define the term to your liking to make it fit. But then again you also think you can tell journalists what press freedom means, just so that you don't have to concede a point.

Sorry to say, but I think you'd be as quick to redefine "up" as "down" as long as it allows you to win the argument.

Comment Re:The reason for these laws (Score 1) 539

In the here and now Germany is doing just fine (much better than the US I may add).

As to the banning of newspapers, as the article you link notes, most of these were after 1930, when the republic was already on the ropes and in its death-throws.

Hugenberg on the other hand looks positively harmless in comparison to Murdoch.

For most of the time the Weimar Republic had a thriving press, which much more diversity than what you get in the US these days, running the gumut from Communist to Nationalist media.

To quote from Peter Humphreys book "Mass Media and Media Policy in Western Europe":

"During the Weimar Republic's short lifespan, there flowered a rich diversity of political reporting." (p.22)

And while press freedom wasn't as effectively protected by article 118 as it should have, personal free speech certainly was.

Comment Re:Germany wants a lot... (Score 2) 539

"... has time and again failed at democracy and that still idolizes authoritarianism."

Right, like the time that the highest court in the country, that had been stacked by the previous right wing governments, decided the election against the popular vote.

Where districts are constantly gerrymandered to engineer the desired voting results.

Voter roles are getting purged and the identification requirements made ever more difficult to ensure only the right people get to vote.

Lines for polling stations wind around city blocks in the "wrong" part of town.

A recent impartial study concluded that the system is not democratic but constitutes an oligarchy, and a former president concurred that this is indeed the case.

Oh, wait a second, ...

Comment Hoboken (Score 1) 373

We'll never need to decide if Hoboken is worth saving. It will be saved as a side effect of saving Manhattan. Once we block inflows on the Arthur Kill, the Narrows and East River then all of Hudson County is safe.

Of course NYC may need to evacuate Staten Island and South Brooklyn somewhere, so Hoboken may change. Sorry. PS For the short stint when I lived in Hoboken it was a living shrine to Frank Sinatra, with a surprising number of residents who never left the "square mile" for any reason. I've been told this has already changed.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 169

There used to be a web page called "Your Eyes Suck at Blue". You might find it on the Wayback machine.

You can tell the luminance of each individual channel more precisely than you can perceive differences in mixed color. This is due to the difference between rod and cone cells. Your perception of the color gamut is, sorry, imprecise. I'm sure that you really can't discriminate 256 bits of blue in the presence of other, varying, colors.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 5, Insightful) 169

Rather than abuse every commenter who has not joined your specialty on Slashdot, please take the source and write about what you find.

Given that CPU and memory get less expensive over time, it is no surprise that algorithms work practically today that would not have when various standards groups started meeting. Ultimately, someone like you can state what the trade-offs are in clear English, and indeed whether they work at all, which is more productive than trading naah-naahs.

Comment Re:What a great idea! (Score 4, Interesting) 121

"Shooting drones down will not solve the problem."

Shooting drones down will solve the problem of having drones in the air. That's the problem this device is designed to solve. None of the other things you mention come under the remit of this device, and the device was not intended to address or solve them. This is just the latest in anti-aircraft evolution.

Comment third party (Score 1) 235


A problem I have (and a temporary solution) is that ads come from a third party site. Usually the same few networks. I don't like being tracked by third party sites and I see no reason to view their content, so I simply DNS block common ad networks and third-party-content block them in the browser. This is causing the problem that I don't pay for the sites I visit (the adblock problem) and of course I can't visit sites that demand the third party site content to show (DNS block),
but there is at least very low risk for tracking and third party malvertising.

A solution as I see it would be that ads are given as images and reported as statistics, so that the main site can repack them (removing any exploits), display them without tracking me more than usual and report the displays to the advertisement network. (It would also have the benefit that any annoying flash ads and popups would go away, which would benefit the advertisers in the long run - less ad blocking.) (I presume clickthroughs can go to the advertisement network so they can keep track of that part.)

Comment Re:Study is right, but needs more.. (Score 1) 163

A nuclear accident could easily release a lot more radiation than a coal plant. You are confused by the often-quoted fact that when operating normally, a coal plant can release more radiation. An accident though means the plant is not operating normally.

This may mean that the risk from the radiation from either type of plant when operating normally is pretty low. It's fun to point out that more radiation comes from a coal plant, but I'm pretty certain the danger from breathing the other crap that comes out of the coal plant way outweighs the radiation danger.

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith