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Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 212

It's fairly simple - the moment a public broadcaster gets funded directly from taxes it also becomes vulnerable to politicians cutting their budgets.

While it's also possible to vote through a lower TV license, it becomes much harder to justify this as "neccessary to balance the budget" when the real goal is to punish the broadcaster for publishing something the politicians didn't like.

So, in a word, independence.

Comment Re:Normally I side with the EFF, BUT (Score 5, Informative) 143

this is just ridiculous.

What's next?

Someone intentionally runs down another person with their car and Ford gets sued?

Ginsu gets sued because some nutso housewife decided to stab her spouse and their spawns?

The local water company gets sued when someone drowns someone in a bath tub, because after all, the water company provided the water....

From TFA:

The Golden Shield system included a library of Falun Gong Internet activity enabling the Chinese government to identify Falun Gong members online, according to the lawsuit. The case also contains strong evidence that Cisco created systems for storing and sharing information about “forced conversion”—i.e. torture—sessions for use as training tools.

The cooperation was also documented in internal marketing literature, where a Cisco engineer described the company’s commitment to China’s security objectives, including the “douzhung” of Falun Gong practitioners. Douzhung is a term describing abuse campaigns against disfavored groups comprising of persecution and torture.

Comment Re:My prediction.... (Score 0) 676

"There have been 103 homicides in Milwaukee so far this year [August 27], compared with 86 homicides during all of 2014. Thursday, Chief Ed Flynn said he blamed Wisconsin's concealed carry law for some of the violence."

"we heard 'bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. We turn around, and 150 feet from where I was standing, a 15-year-old had just murdered a 15-year-old with a .40-caliber pistol. I had 60 cops there," Flynn said."

Comment Re:Do you know what else they censored? (Score 3, Interesting) 39

From a quick glance at their page, the focus seems to be on widely shared content that has subsequently been censored.

So you'd need a fairly big conspiracy to make a fake censorship story here (or at least a pretty long, hard slog making tons of fake screenshots).
On the other hand, this method will only work on things that arn't censored immidiately.

Although, if it's algorithmically censored on posting (see Tsu), it should be fairly easy to replicate.

Comment Re:the interesting part (Score 1) 63

The interesting part seems to be that at least scientists use different weights between asking their opinion (such as a poll) and gambling on outcomes with real money.

Nope. Spot the difference:

" their collective gambling —with real money—predicted the outcome of attempts at replicating experimental results better than their own expert guesses. "

Comment Re: And what if we were just colder 160 years ago (Score 1) 735

This isn't hard.

The ideal temperature is: the temperature that doesn't make seafront property underwater property.

The temperature that doesn't necessitate massive displacement of current agriculture.

The temperature where people don't start dying because they can't handle the heat.

The temperature that doesn't result in massive vegetation death and only much later the growth of species that can handle the new local situation.

This temperature is, by current scientific reasoning, less than 2c warmer than the pre-industrial average.

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