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Comment Re:Why this kind of crap always comes from the UK? (Score 2, Insightful) 214

... in reality, schemes like this are positive for society. The only problem would be if they started putting cameras in houses, but nobody has actually done that before, and nobody in their right mind would even try it in a democracy.

Why wouldn't the rhetoric that cameras in public places help prevent and prosecute crime not easily transfer over to "private" places? I would expect that most abuse and a fare share of murders occur in private places. Think of how many murders could be solved (and prevented) if we had cameras in houses. We would completely get rid of meth labs. Obviously the only people who wouldn't want a camera in their house are the ones who want to continue doing these illegal activities. Why should I get to commit crimes just because I put up a lean-to and it is now magically a "private" place.

The concerning thing about 1984 is that it IS a "democratic" society, that is controlled by fear. If I am so scared of crime in public places, why would I not be scared of crime in private places?

Comment Re:Physicist speaking (Score 1) 284

If you dislike, please propose a better solution rather than just complaining.People complain at string without proposing anything better.

The major concern is not that people continue to investigate string theory, but that it is done en masse at the expense of following competitive theories. The string theory trail has certainly gotten colder, and it is time to start investigating other alternatives. I'm all for a few physicists beating the dead horse because it just may come back to life, but we don't need everyone doing it.

Comment Re:Enforcing culture...? (Score 2, Insightful) 508

It's pretty difficult to think about things you have no words for.

Really? Because my children had cognitive functions long before they had any sort of verbal language. For another anecdotal reference, many times I will remember a conversation, but not remember what language it was in, and quote someone in a different language than what they originally said. What is remembered is the idea behind each word, not the specific word itself (which has no intrinsic meaning).

Comment Re:Why haven't we evolved to see IR or microwave? (Score 1) 238

well, evolution only favors a trait if it lets you have more babies... as humans have been diurnal pretty much from the get-go, the advantage of great night vision is lessened because we are generally asleep at that time

it also would favor any trait that keeps you alive long enough to have more babies - say by being able to see predators at night.

Comment Re:More government encroachment (Score 2, Insightful) 232

who's gonna pay for it? the company that spilled it

And they will, which will in turn decrease their profit margins which will be unacceptable for shareholders. That, along with the "decrease" in oil availability because of the spill will result in higher gas prices for a while.

With large scale problems such as this, we can't be blind for the fact of who really foots the bill. Regardless of if governments or corporations front the money, you and I always end up providing the cash.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 374

We should also note that making a pseudo-sphere diameter smaller doesn't shorten the daylight/obscurity period on the said sphere. Even if Earth went to half its current diameter, days should remain the same length unless we change the rotation speed as they suggest in TFA.

The change in diameter would change the moment of inertia for the planet. Since there is no change in angular momentum, the rotational velocity of the earth would need to increase to conserve energy (i.e. shorter days)

Comment Re:HA! (Score 1) 342

No, the reason you shouldn't sue is that suing someone because they pissed you off makes you an asshat.

Yes, because people should live by social norms and measured responses, but Sony isn't a someone. We've been pushing free market to the point in which lawsuits are the only way to get a company to do what you want. The risk of financial damage when the PS4 is launched due to customers being upset now will not provide a quick enough response to the problem. Re-read you Ayn Rand, the company should only change if they are financially at risk. Lawsuits provide that risk.

Comment Re:Privacy and Google don't go together (Score 1) 391

this is Google's problem for not bothering to care about the local laws.

To take it to the next step, wouldn't it depend on where the Google server was located that held the video? If it is in another country that doesn't have the same laws, why wouldn't we charge the ISP that was transporting illegal material into the country? If it is a local law, then putting video of this person is legal until you bring it into the country. It isn't like Google is forcing content into the country.

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