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Comment Re:Jury trials are fundamentally flawed (Score 1) 528

Jury trials are a protection against a system of corrupt judges, and against systems which otherwise inherently favor the government. In the USA, there is a flaw in that protection, because decisions can be appealed until a court without jury trails is reached.

You can do pretty much the same here in Denmark. However, the supreme court (the court without a jury) is not allowed to decide on the question of guilt. That means you can never be found guilty by the supreme court if you were acquitted by a jury in the court below.

Comment Re:Blah, I Hate This! (Score 1) 139

Dear Mr. 94343,

I would like to thank you for considering our ilustrious instituion. I regret to inform you, however,
that you have not been accepted to our "Universe creation and it's applications" Ph.d. programme.

While your admission project did indeed show a lot of practical skill and hard effort, we believe your theoretical understanding is somewhat deficit.
We asked for the best way to turn hydrogen into plutonium, not iron.

We encourage you to take another year of theoretical physics, and reapplying for the programme next semester.

yours sincerely,
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Dean of admissions
Interdimensional University of Awesomeness

Comment Re:Observer effect - did it mention this? (Score 1) 139

And it could also be related to a gross misgeneralization of the theory of relativity. Which basically states the exact opposite: That any careful observer in any frame of reference will agree on the value of the speed of light and the laws of physics. A better name would have been the theory of constancy.

Comment Re:A modest proposal (Score 1) 161

... perhaps having to delay US release a day or two, or drop some foriegn lang versions (and leave them with English versions only).

Oh the horror. How would I know what to do without translations like: "please click bypass on tabletop to send agenda into space." I hate it when I get a translated version, because it's invariably done by someone with no knowledge of computers or the language or indeed both.

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 249

Well, my experience is that the Danish postal service is pretty forgiving about the payment too. I'd forgotten to put a stamp on a letter, so I got a letter from the post office with a photo of the letter proving that there was no stamp on it. They reminded me to put one on in the future, but they would deliver the letter at no charge this time.

Comment Re:It's all about maths, you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 448

(wich is more than the speed of light in the fibers and the speed of electrons in a copper wire).

It's a lot more than the speed of electrons in copper wire. Depending on the conditions the average speed of electrons is on the order of a couple of centimeters pr second. But in the end the speed of the electrons is not that interesting, the important factor is the speed of the propagation of the electrical field, which is obviously the speed of light in the material in question.

Comment Re:It all depends... (Score 1) 436

I do wear glasses, but don't have headaches or issues with 3D glasses. Maybe I'm lucky or perhaps my cavemen ancestors were blessed with 3D wiring in their brains.

Only a small percentage of us are not. Contrary to what Murch proposes, there is nothing evolutionary going on. There is no physiological link between the focus and the convergence of the eyes. So we are talking about a reflex we've learned, and as such it can be unlearned. Much in the same way as there is nothing in nature that teaches our fingers to type or play the piano, so the first couple of hours are going to be slow and painful. But after enough training almost all of us can learn to play Chopin or touch type.

I get the same amount of eye-strain from 3D and 2D movies, which I guess stems from having to hunt for where on the screen the focus is.

Comment Re:But the ecliptic hasn't moved. (Score 2) 468

Astrology is a superstitious hobby of zero scientific merit...

I have to disagree with you. It is rather a discredited scientific theory. The pursuit of which by for example Tycho Brahe proved the heavens not to be immutable as well as supplying the scientific data allowing Johannes Kepler to derive the laws of planetary motion.

Much like cold fusion is an interesting topic for research. However believing in horoscopes is similar to believing in special magnets creating fusion in your engine giving you better milage.

Comment Re:Bye-bye! (Score 1) 997

And then you can re-read my comment. I didn't say that he created the system, I said he created a philosophy. There is a difference between praxis and theory. Nor did I advance any argument for or against his philosophy being generative of such a system. Finally, I did not say he created THE idea of a market economic system, but simply A philosophy.

I don't agree with you that what he described were the practices of people when left alone. That is rather a barter economy. Smiths certainly favours a monetary system, and such a system requires governmental meddling to be truly efficient(see Wealth of nations chapter 4), or conversely, I believe, any such system becoming efficient would lend it governmental powers.

Marx did certainly not dream up what he thought would be fair, but based his ideas, just as Smith, on practices already established in society. In this case french communes and thinkers of the french revolution.

Comment Re:Bye-bye! (Score 2) 997

Adam Smith created a philosophy of economics based on the division of labour and laize faire capitalism, but he did not invent the assembly line.

The venetian republic used an assembly line approach to building warships in the Arsenale Nuove build in the beginning of the 1300s. In its heyday in the 1600s it could produce a fully equipped warship in a day. If you ever go to Venice, the Arsenale is well worth a visit.

Comment Re:Computer Science = Algorithm Development (Score 1) 564

There are a lot of subjects not covered by algorithm development in CS e.g. data structures. Here in Denmark the field is called datalogy, and the canonical translation to English is computing science. I believe computing science is also used in the UK. I think that's a much better word than computer science.

Comment Re:Context and intent (Score 2, Insightful) 473

You can draw something very close to the second and still claim the defense. It was after all a common symbol in Scandinavia. Carlsberg, the Danish beer company, used it as their logo until the symbol became too tied with thoughts of a rather aggressive southern neighbour. The Finnish air force had it as their symbol, and recently, at their anniversary, you could buy swastika rings. A Swedish noble family has it as their coat of arms. Incidentally that is where the nazis got their inspiration.

The fact is that banning the use of swastikas is ignorant, prejudiced and hypocrisy. Isn't the COD series originally based on WW2, with the possibility of people impersonating nazis for their gaming enjoyment? So you can play nazis for fun, but you cannot use a 4000+ year old symbol because the nazis also used it?

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