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Comment Re:Only if you let them (Score 3, Insightful) 60

they can't hurt you IF YOU CHOOSE to not let the words hurt you

True. But that's easier said than done and many people who know the rhyme still are hurt by name calling and criticism, even if they have "chosen" not to be.

The issue there is privacy, you shouldn't be putting personally identifiable info online

You don't need to put any personal information online to be subject to abuse. If you post anything anywhere where people are allowed to comment on it, you can be subject to negative comments. You've posted anonymously. I could still have been offended by your comment and gone off on a rant and started calling you names. If you checked back to see if anybody had replied to your comment you would see that. If you are completely immune to such attacks, that's great. I suspect that quite a few people are not.

I also avoid putting personally identifiable info online because of concerns like what potential future employers might think of my personal views.

Comment Sticks and stones may break my bones ... (Score 3, Interesting) 60

Thankfully I've never been attacked with sticks and stones. And you can't be attacked with sticks and stones through the internet.

But contrary to the old saying, names can and frequently do hurt, as they are intended to do. And calling people names and any other sort of verbal abuse is very easy online. Likely much easier than it is in real life since you don't even have to see the person you are abusing.

At the same time online abuse may in some ways be less painful or threatening since your abuser is not present. A threat to do physical harm is much scarier when the person is actually right in front of you. However the sheer number of people online means you will probably be subject to much more such abuse online than in person.

On of the great things about the internet is that it can connect you to all sorts of wonderful resources. Unfortunately it also connects you to every abusive, vile, stupid (etc. etc.) person anywhere on the planet.

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 569

The "justice system" is a third party.

If it was easy for third party states to gain information from her e-mail server then the "justice system" could have gained it just as easily. Maybe foreign states did hack her server. It's just as likely that the NSA or some other US government entity hacked her server.

Or is the claim that she wiped the server in such a way that it is no longer readable by the US government or even "God", but somehow can still be read by foreign governments?

Comment Re:Won't Work (Score 1) 499

These people already distrust anything science.

Then they should take another course which shows them all the good that science has done for them. As part of that course, remove everything they have which was made using the results of science. So no cell phones, no computers, nothing made of plastic, no modern medicines, and on and on. Probably simpler to say they have to give up pretty much everything they have except for a few things like animal skins, home made bows and spears.

Really they should be much happier having gotten rid of all that distrustful science stuff.

Comment The pivot point on the leg can move (Score 3, Informative) 42

I had trouble picturing how a pair of straight legs which could only pivot would allow walking up and down stairs.

If you watch closely in the video the pivot point on the leg moves up and down. The inside of the leg (meaning side towards the middle, not interior) has a track allowing the pivot point to move up and down the leg. Interesting idea which seems to work quite well.

Comment Re:What are the chances (Score 1) 175

The only way the path between the tines of the fork will be through your heart

You're assuming that the electricity passes from one tine to another. The summary says:

It features a conductive handle that completes a circuit when the tines make contact with a diner's tongue

And the picture in TFA shows all the tines are part of a solid piece of metal. So the electricity is passing from the tongue through the body and arm to the hand. So it may pass through the heart.

Comment Re:Totaly(sic) agree (Score 1) 642

Sorry but that part of my brain is also screaming right now:

If you've never worked with someone like that, you know how awkward

My sense of humor was also screaming. So if you have worked with someone like that then you have no idea?

Now I wait for someone to point out some funny mistake I made in this comment. (Good thing I did preview and caught a dumb html mistake.)

Comment DMCA penalty (Score 3, Insightful) 157

While DMCA is not likely mentioned, it likely is involved. And the reason there is no penalty is because Sony only needs to prove that it is a copyright holder, not that the video that was taken down is actually in violation of copyright.

So the solution is simple. The professor should post some cat video on YouTube, claim copyright, and then file to have every video from Sony removed via a DMCA request.

Hopefully with the whole Harvard Law Faculty behind him he can get away with it and show how broken the system is.

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