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Comment China has reached the 1930s! (Score 2, Interesting) 172

Ever heard of the Hays Code? It applied to movies, but they didn't have video games back then.

The Production Code enumerated three "General Principles" as follows:

  1. No picture shall be produced that will lower the moral standards of those who see it. Hence the sympathy of the audience should never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin.
  2. Correct standards of life, subject only to the requirements of drama and entertainment, shall be presented.
  3. Law, natural or human, shall not be ridiculed, nor shall sympathy be created for its violation.

Comment There are things like this in North America, too. (Score 2, Interesting) 337

See "The Ghosts of Evolution: Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, and Other Ecological Anachronisms" by Connie Barlow. For instance, Osage Oranges were eaten by extinct North American megafauna. In fact, the tree is rather similar to the one in this article, in that it also has sharp spines to defend it.

Comment Iceland is #1 per capita (Score 1) 179

Iceland has an astounding 46.89% of its population on Facebook (since you have to be over 13 to join FB, that means over 50% of adults in Iceland are on Facebook). Norway and Denmark also beat out Canada on a per-capita, with 40.25% and 38.28%. Canada is #4 with 34.37%.
And for those that care, the USA stands at #14 with 19.55%.
Data taken from http://www.nickburcher.com/2009/04/facebook-usage-statistics-by-population.html

Comment Re:The problem is not that SSNs are easy to guess (Score 1) 268

Even if they only published a list of names, and omitted the SSNs, that would be an act of immense evil.

Oh yes, because a publishing a list of names of people in this country would be so evil. You know what would be even eviler than that? A list of names, with phone numbers! And maybe even addresses! They could call it a "phone book".

Comment Re:The problem is not that SSNs are easy to guess (Score 1) 268

What the parent said. SSN should only be used as a uniquifier, to distinguish John Smith 123-45-6789 from John Smith 123-99-4321. The government should pick a date, say 5 years from now, and state that on that date they will publish the full list of Name & SSN data. Everyone using SSN as a shared secret must fix their databases.

Comment Re:5 seconds won't be enough (Score 1) 281

Rather than an email "recall" or "delete" command, I think an "amend" function could be useful. For instance, if an email was properly signed with the right key, it could amend/update a previously sent (similarly signed) email, while maintaining a revision history.

Need to make a small change (adding a forgotten attachment, for instance): no problem. Need to make a big change (e.g., removing your 2 am drunken rant), and manage to send it before the recipient has read the original? Better hope the recipient doesn't click on the "previous versions" button.

Comment Re:Why are they so easyly bought or manipulated (Score 1) 223

a person could donate money ONLY to a candidate he was eligible to vote for.
I like this idea, but it needs to be stated the other way: a candidate can only accept campaign money from people who are eligible to vote for him/her. No money from corporations. No money from the main branch of a political party. No money from anyone but voters.

Comment Welcome back, sneakernet. (Score 1) 674

Within a few more years, people will have 1TB in their pocket, whether on an ipod-like device or flash drives on their keychains. With normal compression, that's about 100,000 songs.

If Governments(/business interests) were to succeed in making stuff unswappable online, sneakernet will return.

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